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John Evans

Is Anchor the best tool to make a podcast? - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "Anchor says it is "The easiest way to make a podcast. Ever." Well we will just see about that and also see if it is a good fit for you in the classroom. There are three things that make Anchor a bit different than its competition. One, there is no limit to what is hosted. That means no bandwidth limit, no storage limit and no time limit. Go crazy creators. The second thing is that you can "move" your podcast from one site to Anchor. The third thing is that it is completely free. As an educator who has relied on services before, I am a little skeptical about this one but we can discuss that later.

    There are mobile apps for iOS and Android but for this post I am going to focus on the online webservice."
John Evans

A Daily Mindful Walking Practice - Mindful - 2 views

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    "Before you begin your meditation, find a quiet space to walk. It could be outdoors, or in a hallway, or even a large room, walking back and forth.

    Walking meditation can be a formal practice, like watching the breath. Or it can be informal, bringing awareness to this everyday activity, whenever you need to travel from point A to point B. Walking meditation gives us an opportunity to gather our awareness which so often becomes distracted or even stuck when the mind is left to its own devices. Whether moving between floors of a building, on a city street, or in the woods, it is an opportunity to guide ourselves out of the distracted autopilot we live in throughout so much of our day.

    Paying attention in this way, we stay safe by remaining fully aware of whatever is around. On any walk, hike, run, or other physical activity, without effort we may mentally check out-or we can practice awareness instead."
John Evans

5 Free PDF to JPG Converters That Anyone Can Use - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "Yet, it's quite common nowadays to be in a situation where you have to use a section of the PDF file. For example, if you want to grab some images or graphs from an existing PDF and place them into your own PowerPoint presentation, you are unable to do so, as the PDF is not editable.

    Unless you buy an expensive PDF editing program, you cannot copy and paste images from PDF documents. That is why certain companies have created simple tools that address this particular issue.

    So, without any further ado, here are the 5 best PDF to JPG converters that are accurate, simple to use and free:"
John Evans

5 Ways to Use Pokemon Go as a Learning Tool - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "As a curriculum supervisor and a demonstration teacher at the A. Harry Moore School of New Jersey City University - an innovative urban special education school - we are always looking for new and interesting technology applications that will pique the interest of our student population while connecting to academic and social goals. We recently found a learning opportunity that benefits our student population in many ways and in an unexpected way: through the Pokemon Go App. This piece will share our story and discuss how we used Pokemon Go Pokestops on the New Jersey City University Campus and in various Jersey City neighborhoods to supported social engagement, community awareness, travel, and 21st century instruction."
John Evans

How To Use Robots in Elementary Classrooms - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "Two years ago, my school obtained a grant from the Sphero Robotics company that brought 10 Sphero Robots to our school. At first, we used them in math and science. However, this year, we expanded our use of robotics and acquired Ozobots, SPRKS, bb8s, and BeeBots. My elementary faculty impressed me with their ability to use these 21st-century robots in a variety of subject areas including language arts and humanities. Here are four examples of how A. Harry Moore teachers used robots to teach lessons in English, Language Arts, and Humanities classes."
John Evans

Literature Supporting Makerspaces - Children's Books Daily... - 2 views

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    "I've just presented another Webinar for the fab Eduwebinar team - this time on texts which support the makerspace movement. Some notes from this evening's webinar are below for attendees, and anyone else who may be starting their makerspace journey, or wishing to add to their existing resources."
John Evans

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "Summer is fast approaching; this is the time of year when teachers are preparing students for exams and trying to keep their classes from descending into the Lord of the Flies. When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. With the more flexible work schedule of the summer, it is also a great time to build up your Professional Learning Network (PLN) - especially one that expands beyond the walls of the classroom.

    Here are a few resources to help you do just that:"
John Evans

5 New Google Form Features to Try - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "If you have opened Google Forms lately, you've probably noticed that things are looking a little different! Don't worry, this Google Forms does everything the older version did… and a few more cool things! If you get a little annoyed with it, you can always go back to the old version. Just click the little the man in the bottom left corner and you will be back in your familiar territory. However, if you're feeling creative, check out the new tools! Here are five of my favorites!"
John Evans

This incredible robot (called Root) is teaching kids to code - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "Root looks like a smoke detector but is actually a sophisticated robot. A magnetic surface, wheels, and an impressive arsenal of sensors allow it to navigate a classroom white board. But Root isn't actually programmed to do anything. Its tasks and functionality hinge on a child's imagination. To operate - Root needs instructions, a line of code.

    Zivthan Dubrovsky of Harvard's Wyss Institute recalls testing out Root with kids for the first time. He asked them this: "Can you make a text based java script line follower? They go 'no that's hard, can't do that', but we can put level one in front of them and they can do it in minutes."


    Level one introduces kids to principles of programming using an interface of simple instruction and pictures. As they become more adept, they jump to levels 2 and 3, at which point writing computer code becomes second nature, according to Dubrovsky."
John Evans

How To Teach Students Effective Online Research Skills - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "What does "effective online research" even mean? Type in a search term and get going, right? While on one hand, it literally is that easy, if you want to find good quality, highly relevant materials, you need to move far beyond a quick Google search and visiting your old pal Wikipedia. We have some great, easy tips for how to make the most of online research coming your way. How do you make the most of online research"
John Evans

The Teacher's Guide to Using Pinterest in Education - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "Five or so years ago when it launched (way back when, in technology terms), Pinterest entered a social media market dominated by text. Quite simply, it brought an unprecedented visual aspect to social media which users enjoyed, though it was a fairly basic platform. Fast forward to today and you'll find a plethora of new features that can make it particularly useful in your classroom.

    Read More: How to Use Instagram In Your Classroom

    So how can making boards and pinning photos be a useful tool for teachers? Pinterest offers a number of different options for teachers both for professional development and for student work. Tons of teachers (and other folks, too) are using this tool  - there are countless boards devoted to lesson plans, classroom ideas, and more. There are purportedly around 100 million active users as of December 2015 - and as with many web-based tools, the more people there are contributing to a platform, the better stuff there will be for you to use (even if you have to sort through some garbage to find it!)   To get your wheels churning, we've collected a few of our favorite ideas below."
John Evans

20 FREE characters to encourage Scientific Thinking - Daily Genius - 6 views

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    "APPS & WEB TOOLS 20 FREE characters to encourage Scientific Thinking1
    ByPaul HamiltonPosted on January 1, 2016

    I've learnt a few things in my 15 years of classroom teaching. One of these gems is 'the power of visuals' to prompt, stimulate little imaginations.

    Whether it be using world builders to ignite creative writing, or a simple image to develop thinking routines.

    One subject area that I see huge potential to prompt thinking is Science. I often have my students taking photo's of different stages of science experiments and investigations. But it is sometimes difficult for my students to think scientifically and communicate these ideas with others.

    So here are 20 FREE kids scientist images that I hope will act as a stimulus for scientific thinking."
John Evans

The 5 best free apps to start using in 2016 - Daily Genius - 5 views

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    There are a lot of terrific web tools and mobile apps available right now. You know that. But how do you sort out which ones are actually worth downloading or even looking at? The Daily Genius editors have cobbled together a relatively refined list of the 5 best free apps that we plan to start using in the new year.

    The apps are for iOS, Android, OSX, Windows, Linux, web browsers like Chrome and Firefox, and more. So be sure to check out each one and see if it might be something that saves you time, money, or a headache. Check out f.lux for avoiding an eye strain-related headache, by the way. It's a personal favorite used on all computers in the house."
John Evans

17 apps and web tools to help you write a better research paper - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    Any college student eventually comes up against that academic kryptonite: the dreaded research paper. Most students consider it a necessary evil, but research papers are actually a very effective way to hone research and writing skills. These are important things to have in any profession, especially if you are into science, and it does help your personal development.

    Editor's note: Antonio helps you walk through each step of the research paper process - links to the 17 apps and web tools are highlighted within each step."
John Evans

These 6 edtech courses are free for the rest of the year - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    If you're about to head off to holiday break, congratulations! You've made it! You deserve to kick back, play with friends and family, and recover from the hectic start of the school year. But after you've had your hot cocoa, opened up all your presents, and realize school is resuming soon … what then?

    Don't let that wave of panic hit you like it did last year. Get prepared for the new year by enrolling in half a dozen edtech courses from Skills Genius. It's an online learning platform the editors of Daily Genius are developing. We want you to help us kick the tires of some of our early courses and are making all 6 edtech courses totally FREE for the month of December."
John Evans

The best resources to get kids coding - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "Many schools are getting to grips with teaching coding, but the resources available, while numerous, can be difficult for any teacher to get their head around. There's different approaches and different languages to learn, and it can be hard to work out what is most suitable."
John Evans

The Teacher's Guide To Using YouTube In The Classroom - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "Forget the cat videos, YouTube has matured into one of the biggest resources for educational content ever. While it may not be as organized as Khan Academy, it's likely got what you need if you do a little digging. You can find videos that make the subject of your lesson more applicable to students' everyday lives. You can teach students video production and editing skills through projects and upload the videos to your classes YouTube channel.

    There's tons of reasons YouTube should be a part of most classrooms:"
John Evans

25 Best Education Apps for the iPad - Daily Genius - 4 views

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    "One of the very best learning tools ever made in the history of mankind is sitting on a table, couch, bed, or in your hands right now. If you think your iPad is just a toy, you're only half-right at best since that is perhaps one of the best computers available right now.

    That's right; it's a computer just like your desktop or laptop, as well as your mobile phone. You get screen size and portability all in one, and that is exactly what you need in a learning tool.

    With its convenience and power all in one package, you should make the most of it as a learning tool right now and download some apps that will help you expand your understanding of the world and become a more complete human being, as well as help others do the same.

    Here are 25 of the best educational apps for the iPad available right now"
John Evans

The quick guide to using Pinterest in education - Daily Genius - 1 views

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    "To understand how to get the best from Pinterest, this, from WorldWideLearn, is as handy a graphic as you'll see, on how and where to deploy it best."
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