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9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning

9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning
Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on the beach, let’s be realistic… their brains are constantly running, reflecting, and mentally archiving away ideas for the next school year. To meet both the recreational and curricular needs of educators, I have concocted a special blend of FREE web tools and apps, highlighting both extracurricular as well as instructional integrations for each. Hopefully, these tools will exceed your souvenir quota and prove to be true digital treasures for the 2014-2015 school year as well. Bubbli Create 360 panoramic bubbles of the sights and sounds of places you visit that others can explore by clicking on a shared link. Photo Mapo Transform photos into mapped masterpieces. Flowboard Strip Designer Tackk Related:  app iOSBlandatBlandat

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific technology tools to enhance student learning. All of the apps, games, and websites featured in the roundups are reviewed on Graphite. Other sessions focused on sharing our resources for teaching Digital Literacy and Citizenship or for rolling out a 1-to-1 program. Follow the linked titles below to see the specific apps, games, websites, and Common Sense resources featured in each session. What was your favorite app, game, or website that you discovered at ISTE or used in your classroom this year? Related Posts: Find Common Sense Media at ISTE 2014 Organize Inspiring Tools onto Boards You Create on Graphite

The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. Pixiclip is another wonderful tool to create step by step instructional videos to use in your flipped classroom. 3- Explain Everything Explain Everything is a great interactive whiteboard that allows you to create screencasts and video tutorials using annotation, animation, narration, importing, and exporting almost anything to and from almost anywhere. 4- Knowmia Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. 6- Educreations

Over 40 Great Websites for Kids and Young Learners June 30, 2014 Looking for some wonderful sites for your first graders ? The resource below is definitely a must have. This is a Symbaloo board created by Emily Richeson where she featured 45 websites particularly curated for young learners.These sites include interactive games and exercises to provide your first graders with practice on key literacy areas such as Math, reading, and writing. I spent sometime sifting through these sites and I found them really worth sharing with you here. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Click here to access these websites. For those of you not yet familiar with Symbaloo.

Storyboard That: The World's Best FREE Online Storyboard Creator 101 iPad Tips & Tricks Use these iPad tips and tricks to do more with your iPad Air, iPad mini and every other iPad running iOS 7. This list of over 100 iPad tips and tricks is broken down by tips to help you get started, use the keyboard better, surf the web on the iPad easier, sync your photos, data and calendars as well as get the most out of your iPad with entertainment apps and services. Whether you just bought an iPad, or you’ve had one for years, these useful iPad tips and tricks will show you new ways to do more with your iPad. If you want to get to know how to use the iPad like a pro with useful shortcuts that will have you typing faster, being more productive and enjoying your iPad more, this is what you need to know. Check out these 101 iPad tips that work on the iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2. All of these iPad tips and tricks work on all the iPad models Apple sells now, even going far back as the iPad 2. Advertisement iPad Setup Tips Show iPad Battery Percentage

Cardboard Box Tools The child in the photo above just received the most amazing toy! It might have been a giant stuffed giraffe, or a truck, or a new game. However, the cardboard box is even more exciting. The child will eventually outgrow the giraffe or the truck because those toys can be only one thing -- but the box is timeless. The box can be a racecar, a submarine, a suit of armor, a castle, or a cave. We can learn a lot from children's infatuation with cardboard boxes. Beyond cardboard boxes, think about the timeless toys that exist today -- Legos, Lincoln Logs, crayons -- and what they have in common: each provides open-ended possibilities for creation. Finding the Right "Box" I once spent six weeks working on a Sketchup project with my seventh graders. I don't remember the learning objective, or what the students gained from the project, and after spending hours teaching myself the nuances of the program, I never touched it again. Building an Empty Toolkit Explain Everything (iOS and Android)

11 Great Apps to Enhance Your Evernote July 25, 2014 Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live without it now.Evernote enables you to take notes in both text and audio format. Your notes can also include images,videos and even files. Evernote is available across different devices so that everything you do with Evernote on your computer can be automatically synced to your Evernote account on your phone or tablet. With the growing popularity and widespread of Evernote, there appeared a wide variety of applications that can enhance your productivity and expand your Evernote experience. 1- EverClip2 EverClip 2 is the easiest way to clip things on mobile to Evernote Open EverClip in the background, switch to any app, copy something you like, and it will automatically be imported to EverClip. is the easiest way to publish the thoughts you're already capturing in your Evernote.

9 Excellent New Educational Web Tools for Teachers September, 25, 2014 It's been awhile since I last updated you on the new educational web tools that have been recently launched. Things have been pretty hectic here particularly that I am a full time PhD student now and it gets increasingly hard for me to find a balance between blogging here and my studies but I am doing my best to keep up with everything. As you know by now THE New Educational Web Tools is a series of bi-weekly posts in which I feature a compendium of new web tools that have some educational potential for teachers. I curate the list based on the reviews provided by other educational bloggers. So here are the titles you might have missed in the last few weeks: 1- Inifinit Infinit is a beautiful and free peer-to-peer file-sharing application that allows sending unlimited size in just a matter of seconds through a single drag and drop. 3- Otus 4- Nasa Kids' Club Heganoo is a tool that lets you create beautiful maps with your personalized rich-content points of interest.

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom 100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom by Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection. The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. Ed note: This is an older post, so some of these features or links may be out of date. Keyboard Shortcuts Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more. Productivity Hacks These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined. Features & Tools Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you. Collaboration Files, Folders and Filters Organization

Great Teacher-Approved Educational Games for iPad July 5, 2014 For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is fast approaching. That means school will be out and summer learning loss will become a worry. One way to curb those concerns is with engaging and educational games, like this set of teacher-approved iOS apps. Launch a rocket into space and practice your skills in addition, multiplication, fractions, money, time, shapes, and more. While your rocket is floating weightlessly in space, the real fun begins! Play one of the many fun math missions. Learn the sounds of letters with sight words, in a manner that may make you chuckle and grin. Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, play against Okta to collect cards with a specified sum. How did the universe begin? Have fun reinforcing your chemistry knowledge in the form of addictive Mahjong games created by Stetson University. 6- Spell + Friends Become a spelling bee champ and master over 2,000 words, including pronunciations, definitions and etymology.

- Teach Students About Creative Commons: 15+ Resources 0 Comments March 9, 2014 By: Shelly Terrell Mar 9 Written by: 3/9/2014 3:03 PM ShareThis Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category “Nothing is original. Your students will often use images, music, and content created by other individuals. Students can learn about Creative Commons licenses by watching this slideshow explaining Creative Commons. Sites for Creative Common Images Flickr- Go to the Flickr Advanced Search page. Sites for Creative Common Sound Files & Music Challenge: Teach your students about Creative Commons. cross posted at Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Alert to All Users of the Disqus commenting system: Because of a recent global security issue, the Disqus website recommends that all users change their Disqus passwords.