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26 Free (or Free-to-Try) Content Curation Tools Content is still king, but it isn't always practical or cost effective for marketers to produce brand-new, meaty, thought-leadership level content pieces on a regular basis. That's where curating content can come in handy. Content curation offers a nearly limitless method of fueling your inbound marketing efforts. Unearthing and sharing the quality content of others allows you provide your audience fresh content on a regular basis to serve any interest, industry, or market. What's more, sharing and celebrating the work of others helps get you on their radar and can forge valuable, long-term relationships with the content authors.

Modern Lessons Welcome to the new online learning platform for the Global Education Database! It’s a free, simple, and quick way to learn new skills, find new education resources, and figure out how to do just about anything a modern teacher or student needs. Take as many courses as you like – they’re free and all you need to do is sign up to get started. Register To Start Learning Free Creating sign language books in Book Creator This example shows how powerful Book Creator can be as a tool for breaking boundaries. Lisa Johnson is the CEO and founder of TechChef4u, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a mother of two mobile natives. Lisa also serves the Eanes ISD school district in Austin, Texas as an Educational Technologist supporting their K12 1:1 iPad initiative. Gone are the days of limited tools for students to demonstrate understanding. Today we have an infinite pallet of ways to support students in displaying their application of a concept or skill. A growing trend in classrooms is the ability for students to create and author their own content… many times in the form of a book.

Gamifying Education: Do We Know How to Gamify the Classroom? Gamification in many parts of education is a sham. Listening to the researchers and experts in this area has convinced me of that. If you’re interested in making your classroom more intriguing and powerful, read on. We can do better. Who Is Shaping The Gamifying Education Conversation? Creating and publishing a collaborative ebook Librarian Karin Hallett takes us through the step-by-step process her students went through to create history ebooks. Karin Schreier Hallett has been a librarian for 15 years, most recently as School Librarian and Instructional Coach at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a keen user of Book Creator and has used the app within her classroom for several successful projects, publishing students’ work on her blog Liquid Literacy. About the project

Content Curation Tools What is Content Curation? As instructors, we are all information curators. How do you collect and share currently relevant content with your students? How do your students research and share information that they find with the rest of class? What tools do you use to manage or facilitate presentation of resources? Is it public?

20 Cool Creativity Apps for Tech-Minded Teachers Tech-savvy teachers incorporate apps into their teaching practices with ease, and creativity apps are a favorite for students who want to do something special for a class project. Here’s a list of 20 different creativity apps for the tech-minded educator to utilize in a range of creative classroom learning adventures. We often speak about Creativity Fluency and its role in shaping holistic modern learners. It refers to using artistic proficiency to add meaning to something through design, art, and storytelling. Cube Creator Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. The interactive Cube Creator offers four options: Bio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person's significance, background, and personality. Mystery Cube: Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories.

Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning Infographic Adult Education Infographics Gamification Infographics The Gamification and Serious Games in Organizational Learning Infographic illustrates trends in gamification and serious games for organizational learning. From 551 people that completed the ASTD survey: 25% use gamification in learning20% use serious games in learning Make learning an adventure How to play Classcraft is a free online educational role-playing game that teachers and students play together in the classroom. Acting as a gamification layer around any existing curriculum, the game transforms the way a class is experienced, throughout the school year. Explore the different sections below to get a better understand of how Classcraft works.

Play to Learn: 100 Great Sites on Gamification Using incentives to encourage students to stay interested in educational pursuits is not a new idea. However, the incorporation of game mechanics, incentive systems, and other ideas borrowed from the game world to create a game-layer on top of existing educational systems is revolutionary, and many educators, students, and entrepreneurs are taking notice. Gamification of education can help students be more motivated and engaged, and can make it easier to remember what they’ve learned. What teacher wouldn’t love that? Enthusiastic teachers from K-12 all the way up into college have started using game-based learning techniques in their classrooms, and there are loads of learning opportunities online for students who prefer a game-like experience. Many companies are working on gamification platforms to make it easier to implement incentive programs and game mechanics in classrooms, online courses, and even in employee training and career development settings.

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