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MasteryConnect's State Core Apps Make It Easy to Identify Standards Disclosure: MasteryConnect is an advertiser on this blog. A couple of years ago MasteryConnect released a free iOS and Android app that made it easy for teachers to quickly identify and access Common Core standards. That app has been downloaded my more than one million people. Timeline Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing. Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions, and they can share their final work via e-mail.

ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a classroom code students can text to participate, so teachers and students don’t actually have each other’s phone numbers.

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Dario Taraborelli: home I am a behavioral scientist and social computing researcher based in San Francisco and I run Research at the Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia and its sister sites. Wikimedia Research is a team of scientists and UX researchers using data to understand and empower millions of users – readers, contributors, and donors – who interact with the free encyclopedia on a daily basis. ›› My own research looks at the behavioral and social aspects of collaborative technology. I am interested in studying the principles governing online collaboration and peer production as well as the use of data from the social Web to analyze and inform scholarship ›› Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide!

15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and iPad Apps for Teachers and Students January 28, 2014 The possibilities for the use of timeline tools in the class are endless. Whether you want to teach salient historical incidents, chronological order of events, or explain a developmental process in biology or simply outline the major learning curves for the year, timeline creation tools are the ideal platforms to implement. A timeline is a visual representation that features information in connected sequences over a given period of time. The importance of timelines lies in the fact that they enable students to easily comprehend and internalize information, chronological sequences, and dates.Students can also use these tools to participate actively and in building new learning experiences. They are excellent tools for conducting scholarly research and sharing knowledge.

Textbook Rental Site BookRenter Spawns Rafter, A Course Materials Management Network For Colleges College textbook rental startup BookRenter is announcing an interesting new venture today, pivoting slightly from the singular focus on rentals to a broader market. Rafter is launching as a network of software services which basically allows college administrators and educators to better control cost and manage course materials and products for their students. BookRenter will continue to operate, but as a division of Rafter. As BookRenter and Rafter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia explains to me, the sourcing of course materials is actually a challenge for many professors and administrators for a number of reasons. First, discovering the best course materials for a particular subject has been a process that has taken place largely through word of mouth and offline conversations. Second, there are major complexities in accessing the rights to content as well as fulfillment.

Wardman - Making the News: A Motivating Writing Skills Project for ESL Students The Internet TESL Journal Clare Wardmanc.wardman1 {at} St John University (York, UK) Rationale Many ESL students, children and adults alike, dislike or even dread writing tasks in the ESL classroom, finding them boring or difficult (Winer,1992: Cimcoz, 1999). You Can Now Create Your Classroom Website on iPad for Free October, 2014 Weebly, the popular website creation platform, has now a powerful app that works on iPad. Besides Google Sites, Weebly is one of the best free web tools I have been recommending for teachers to use for creating classroom websites and students portfolios. Weebly has a very simply and easy to use editor that allows you to create your website within a couple of minutes. You can simply drag and drop different elements into your template and add your content and share your website with the world.