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Putting Technology in the hands of teachers to prepare today's students for tomorrow

Putting Technology in the hands of teachers to prepare today's students for tomorrow

Creative Resources - Reuse Center - Creative Re-Sources Reuse Center Creative Resources is an awesome reuse “store” that provides donated reusable materials to Johnson County educators and not-for-profit groups within the community. To shop at Creative Re-Sources, individuals from Johnson County schools, churches, scout troops, home school families and not-for-profit groups pay $5.00 per shopper per shopping visit (one shopping visit per month – Cash or check only) to shop. The fees go toward offsetting the cost of shipping materials and staff time to stock inventory. All of the items available at Creative Re-Sources have been donated by area businesses, manufacturers, organizations, and individuals in an effort to keep the materials out of landfills. Shopping days are the second Thursday of each month or by appointment (See Shopping Calendar for specific dates).

The 2012 A-Z List Of Educational Twitter Hashtags We got so many additions and updates to our 2011 list we thought it was time to bring you the most up-to-date list for 2012. So, without further ado, here’s the 2012 A-Z list of educational Twitter hashtags. We went through all the comments on the 2011 version , wrote down all the Twitter and Facebook updates, and compiled this list over the course of several months. I’m sure we still missed some as new hashtags seemingly pop up every day. First, some background to get you up to speed on what the heck a hashtag is. First, What’s A Hashtag? Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. How To Hide Your Hashtag Chat From Followers You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). Sources The Most Popular Hashtags Technology

25 Ways to Re-use Your Keurig's K-Cups A Keurig coffee machine is a wonderful thing. It’s convenient, fast and easy, and it brews the perfect cup of coffee every time, right? But the downside to the Keurig is all of those little, plastic k-cups piling up in the landfill. If you’ve wondered how to re-use your k-cups but weren’t quite sure what to do with them, you’re going to love this post! Together, my Facebook followers and I have come up with 25 crafty and creative ways for you to re-use Keurig K-cups in the home, garden, craft room, classroom and playroom! For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links 25 Ways to Re-use Keurig K-Cups 1. 2. 3. 4. make light work of chopping herbs) 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Turn your K-cups into homemade advent calendar for Christmas! Make K-cup Christmas bell ornaments. Make some festive K-cup snack holders or party favours. 10. More uses for K-cups: 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. And now it’s your turn! Looking for more ways to recycle? Recycled Wind Chimes

Classroom 2.0 Makerspace Resources The resources below were compiled as part of my research while writing Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). You might also be interested in the results from the Makerspaces in Libraries Survey I conducted in 2013. General Makerspace ResourcesMakerspace DirectoriesLibrary-Focused Maker ResourcesProject SitesMaker ProductsMakerspace Funding and Donation SourcesDiscussion ListsTwitter Hashtags and Folks to FollowFacebook GroupsGeneral Technology Sites and Blogs General Makerspace Resources Make:: The website for Make: magazine contains a blog, videos, project information, and links to the other Maker Media sites. The projects are sorted by category and rated for difficulty. Maker book lists: A series of maker book lists created by Meredith Nelson, Johnson County Public Library, organized by age and by type of making. Maker Movement Manifesto: Chapter 1 - Mark Hatch, 2014. Makerspace Directories has a directory of makerspaces. Hackerspaces

EasyTech - Interactive Online Technology Literacy Curriculum Practice PARCC and Smarter Balanced Skills in the Classroom One of the best ways to prepare students for online assessments is to integrate technology into core instruction. With EasyTech, teachers don’t have to stop or change what they plan to teach in order to integrate technology into their classroom routine. Features & Benefits Lessons reflect current representations of technology and software, including a ribbon interface Grade-appropriate, guided instruction with immediate feedback Detailed instruction for core technology skills: mouse basics, keyboarding, and word processing PARCC and Smarter Balanced prep sequence Aligned with ISTE Standards for Students Complete online safety instruction that exceeds E-Rate requirements Available in English and Spanish Content is web-delivered with no downloads or installs required EasyTech is Tablet-Ready The app provides students with access to EasyTech lessons on iPad® and Android® tablet devices. Sample Screens Exciting New Lessons

Top 14 Educational Technology Tweeters to Follow I don't think that there is a week that passes by without us posting a new article about Twitter here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Given the importance of this social network in education, we have dedicated a whole section in this blog to cover only educational Twitter tools that teachers can use to promote their teaching and learning and also to grow professionally. In today's post, I am introducing you to some of the top educational technology accounts you can follow on Twitter.If you are a busy teacher who does not have time to sift through Twitter to look for guys whose tweets can trust and therefore follow then you can check the ones mentioned below. These educators are among the most prominent in the field of educational technology and their tweets will definitely save you time and energy especially when looking for updated and fresh news, resources and tips on technology integration in education. 1- @Jerry Blumengarten 2- @ isteconnects 3- @ Edudemic 4- @edutopia