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Web tools that can be embedded There’s a gazillion cool online tools nowadays and many provide code that you can use to embed what you’ve found or created into your blog posts, pages or added to text widgets in your blog sidebar. Refer to the following instructions to embed: Below’s a list of tools to get you started: Animate Your Life Tellagami® Edu is a paid version of the Tellagami® app loaded with features that allows classrooms to use the app without in-app purchases. Click on screenshots to enlarge. Male | Female Text-to-Speech Text-to-speech allows you to convert typed text into a voice you select for your character. Includes both male and female voices.

An Open Letter to BOEs Everywhere Dear Board of Education members, It is budget season across the country. Now is the time when school districts need to make hard choices. Why are those choices so hard? Irish Newspaper Archive - Scoilnet Schools in Ireland now have access to the Irish Newspaper Archive through the Schools Broadband Network. www.irishnewsarchive.com/ The archive gives teachers and students unrivalled access to primary source documents through national and local newspapers covering hundreds of years of Irish history.

10 Free Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks Last week I published an updated list of tools for creating videos on Chromebooks. It's time to update it again as I forgot to include Pixiclip which I featured in a post earlier this week. Pixiclip is a free tool for creating simple instructional videos. Pixiclip provides you with a blank whiteboard on which you can draw, type, or insert images. You can record your voice as you draw or type on the screen.

Story in 5 Photos » Show What You Know with Media A five photo story is a collection of five images which tell a story of some kind without using supplementary text, audio or video. The five photos should “stand alone” as a story. A “Story in 5 Photos” project can include five different photos or images either captured with a digital camera or located online. James Patterson is Donating Another $1.75 Million to U.S. School Libraries From Scholastic: James Patterson will personally donate another $1.75 million to school libraries this year, in the second installment of his School Library Campaign.In partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, the program was launched in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a priority for children in the United States. Scholastic Reading Club will administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers and will match each dollar with “Bonus Points,” which teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms, at every school that receives an award.Applications to nominate a school library for a donation must be submitted by May 31, 2016, and can be found here: www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership.Last year Patterson pledged $1.75 million in grants to school libraries. Of the nearly 28,000 entries received, 467 schools were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Source: Scholastic

19 books to help children find hope and strength in stressful times: A librarian’s list As an inveterate bibliophile, I naturally turn to books in times of stress, and because I’m a children’s librarian, those books tend to be ones written for kids. Children, too, are seeking guidance as they navigate these challenging and sometimes confusing times. Books can help. Here’s a list of titles to nurture hope in kids and adults, while also inspiring them into activism to make that hopeful world a reality. Collaborative Tools Skip to main content Create interactive lessons using any digital content including wikis with our free sister product TES Teach. Get it on the web or iPad!

Engage Me with BYOT! Here are the resources that will be used in my workshop entitled Engage Me with BYOT! Build Your BYOT PLN What Is BYOT? The 4 C’S of BYOT Makerspaces Lead to School and Community Successes While the Maker Movement continues to grow, it hasn't yet gained its greatest traction, which currently sits untapped in the minds of the students in front of us. Through forming partnerships with community makerspaces or building a school makerspace, educators and decision makers everywhere have the rare chance to help bring this truly all-inclusive learning experience into their schools, districts, and communities in order to help all students. Here are four ways that the "new industrial revolution" will help your students succeed and help breathe life back into your craft.

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