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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers February 2, 2016 Printing Press is a great web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with students in class to easily create beautiful newspapers, flyers and brochures. The tool is very easy to use and students will definitely love working on it. Printing Press provides multiple pre-made templates to choose from when creating a newspaper. Finished works can be saved and shared with others through emails or you can print out paper versions to distribute in your class. Additionally, you can save your unfinished newspaper as a draft and use a simple WYSIWYG to edit it later on.

Free Webinar - Back to School With Socrative The folks at Socrative, many teachers' favorite informal assessment tool, will be hosting a free webinar this week. Join the webinar on Wednesday at 5pm EST to learn the ins and outs of using Socrative in your classroom this year. If you haven't yet tried version 2.0 (all accounts were transitioned to version 2.0 over the summer), this webinar is for you. Prior registration is not required in order to attend the webinar, just hit this link to join on Wednesday at 5pm EST. Check out the videos below for a little pre-webinar introduction to Socrative version 2.0. Disclosure: Socrative's new parent company, MasteryConnect, is an advertiser on this blog.

AnswerGarden » ...- Plant a Question, Grow Answers! Generate a live word cloud with your audience. AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook. 10 Types of Infographics: Which Works For You? Do you have your next big infographic idea but know how to get it on paper? Do you have all the data you need but aren’t sure how to visualize it? Creating a really cool, memorable and–above all–shareable infographic comes down to investing the necessary time and attention in all the steps that lead up to an awesome data visualization. In a previous series of posts, we discussed the steps to creating your own infographic. One of the key elements in this process is understanding that information can be categorized in one of five ways:

Bad Infographics: 11 Mistakes You Never Want to Make In an increasingly visual world, bad infographics have become the bane of the Internet. Just ask users who are bombarded on a daily basis with everything from poorly designed visuals to flat-out inaccurate data visualizations. This pandemic has gotten so bad that up to 95% of infographics from unknown sites have distorted the truth or just plain lied. How to Create Infographics Whether you’re a marketer, entrepreneur, writer or educator, odds are that you’re itching to create some awesome visual content–something that will really impress your audience–but just don’t know where to begin. You’re not alone. Like you, many non-designers nowadays find themselves in the same predicament: full of ideas worth listening to but lacking the know-how to visualize them in a way that will really captivate readers, even in the midst of a crowded web.

Apps Are Free for a Reason Mobile Tech Apps Are Free for a Reason By Patrick Peterson01/26/16 Introducing an educational app to the classroom can be dangerous, and the danger can be revealed at surprising times with startling images. "Watch out for someone in a bathing suit washing a car," Kristy Sailors, director of educational technology at Blue Valley School District in Kansas, told audience members during a workshop at FETC 2016 in Orlando this month.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 Great iPad Apps for Visual Whiteboarding May 13, 2015 Visual whiteboarding is a powerful technique to integrate in your instructional methodology. It basically consists of representing ideas in a visually interactive way using drawings, shapes, sketches, charts, diagrams and many more.The strength of visual whiteboarding is that it enlivens data presentation and enhances comprehensibility through the use of graphic illustrations. There are several apps ideal for turning your iPad into a visual whiteboard to project on a big screen and share with your students in class.

Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must think more critically about how we communicate via social media. As a second grade teacher who facilitates a student-centered classroom, I now believe our use of social media is an opportunity for students to partake in the type of learning in which they can thrive and shout their story to the world. 1. Genuine Digital Citizenship Opportunities In fall 2012, I liked the idea of Twitter, but the thought of social media infiltrating my classroom was still a bit scary.

Counting Down EdSurge's Top Ten S’Cool Tools of 2015 With the winter holiday celebrations come those familiar “Top Ten Lists.” Top ten films of 2015. Top ten books on the New York Times bestseller list. Top ten most read edtech articles of 2015. (At least, on our site.) News-O-Matic Free Pilot Program for Teachers and Students News-O-Matic is a terrific resource for students and teachers. With five new articles available each day at multiple reading levels and in Spanish, this literacy solution is a must-have for teachers looking for high-interest informational text. The folks at News-O-Matic are offering a free pilot program for teachers and their students.

Voxer Versatility: New Ways to Communicate Communication, of course, is at the heart of successful relationships. In Hamlet, Shakespeare encouraged us to be active listeners when he said, "Give every man thy ear, few thy voice." Yogi Berra noticed the need for sincerity when he said, "It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much." Stephen Covey, the author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, believes that "communication is the most important life skill." As educators, we know it is at the heart of what we do. Telestory Lesson Ideas for Moviemaking and Digital Storytelling Digital tools can help students demonstrate their understanding and apply what they’ve learned in engaging, real world contexts. What I love about the Telestory app from Launchpad Toys is how students can quickly and easily become creators. Although there are other apps that let you create a book trailer or share a special moment (see my list of digital storytelling tools below!)

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