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Whether you need a crumbling building, rain, fire, smoke, fluid, cloth or full on destruction, Blender delivers great looking results. Blender’s simulation tools include Fluid – Realistic water and fluid simulations.Smoke – Billowing smoke with flames and scene interaction.Hair – Beautiful wafts of hair that blows in the wind and interacts with collisions.Cloth – Amazingly realistic cloth simulations for clothing and environmentsRigid Body Physics – Makes any object destructable and collidableParticles – For creating things like rain, sparks and shrapnel

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The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested. Formative Assessment Welcome - Fritzing chris labrooy / design / 3d graphics How to Embed Remind (101) Messages Into Google Sites On Saturday I shared directions for embedding Remind (formerly Remind 101) messages into a blog. Today, I received a handful of emails from folks wanting to know if they could do the same with Google Sites. The answer to that question is yes.

Infographic: Technology maximizes Common Core success As controversial as the Common Core State Standards are, they do provide a clear benefit: They present a prime opportunity for educators to bring their classrooms into the digital age. To date, 43 states have adopted the Common Core, which means the standards will apply to nearly 90,000 public schools, 2.3 million teachers and 46 million students. Fortunately, as the infographic below shows, Common Core’s increased emphasis on the use of digital learning tools will help bring U.S. classrooms into the digital age, where their students already live. According to Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey, a majority of both middle and high school students have access to broadband in their homes, and even more have personal smartphones.

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let's Talk Tech Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. The greatest benefit of flipped learning is the restructuring of class time, which is more of a pedagogical solution than a technological solution. However, the in-class benefit is dependent upon the utilization of technology tools. So what technologies are necessary in a flipped classroom? Content Creation Tools

Flipped-Learning Toolkit Thinking about flipping your classroom? Flipped-learning pioneers Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams walk you through the steps you need to take to make blended learning a reality. Read More About Flipped Learning Video lectures at home? Homework in class?

9 Word Cloud Generators That Aren't Wordle The use of word clouds in the classroom is a powerful way to really get through to visual learners. The details about the following nine word cloud generators will give you a fair idea how, as an educator, you can get the best out of them. A quick note: Wordle is quite easily the most popular word cloud generator out there. Setting a Goal When You Feel Overwhelmed With Technology Options When I visit schools to facilitate workshops there is usually a mix of folks who are off and running with technology use in their classrooms and folks who are just getting started. When mixed together with those who are off and running, the folks who are just getting started can sometimes feel like they have so much to do to get caught up to their colleagues. In those situations I remind folks that they don’t have to learn it all on their own today.

Two Ways to Share Bundles of Links With Your Students Trying to get all of your students to the same set of websites at the same time can be a frustrating experiences. Just a couple of mistyped characters can create a frustrating experience for everyone. One way to avoid this situation is to post all of your links on one course webpage or in a blog post. Another solution is to use a link bundling service that will group all of your links together into one package. Then instead of sending out a bunch of individual links you can just send one link that will open all of the bundled links for your students. Here are two services that you can use for just that purpose. 28 Tools for Problem-Solving and 21st-Century Skills This week, we're highlighting 28 of the best edtech tools for teaching 21st-century skills. This broad set of knowledge, habits, and character traits is critically important for student success in today’s world. From problem-solving, media and Internet literacy, and global awareness to scientific reasoning, research skills, perseverance, and collaboration, 21st-century skills-building is crucial in all content areas. As such, we've aimed to create a list that touches on a wide range of subjects.