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John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructiona... - 0 views

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    "Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our "go to" application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages - 0 views

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    "A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube - 3 views

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    "Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: In Pieces - An Interactive Site About Endangered Animals - 0 views

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    "In Pieces is a neat site that features the stories of 30 endangered animals around the world. Visit the site and you will be greeted by a little animation that comes together to form the shape of a whale. After the animation plays click through to see the stories of the 30 animals featured in the site. Each animal's story is told with text, images, and video. You'll learn about the threats to each animal, its native habit, and efforts to save each animal."
John Evans

10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration | Technology | The Gu... - 2 views

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    "This morning, I spent a happy 20 minutes wandering around my back garden taking photos of grass, flowers and trees to decorate a virtual patchwork elephant. I am 37 years old, and not ashamed.

    The Elmer's Photo Patchwork app isn't really for me, though. It's a children's app released this month by developer Touch Press, based on the popular series of Elmer books. And it's one of a growing number of apps trying to encourage kids' real-world play, rather than cannibalise it.

    The best iPad apps for kids of 2014
    Their features vary, but their common goal is to get children to look up from their screens, whether it's taking photographs, making papercraft animals or spotting constellations in the night skies.

    Here are 10 worth investigating with your children. It's iOS-heavy, which sadly reflects the priority being given (or, rather, not given) to other platforms by developers of these kinds of apps"
Phil Taylor

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology | Ask a Tech Teacher - 1 views

  • ten tips that will take the fear out of infusing tech into your lesson plans
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Journey to the Centre of the Earth - An Animated Infographic - 0 views

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    "Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a neat infographic produced by the BBC. As you scroll down the infographic you will see little pieces of information slide into the graphic from the sides. Each of these pieces of information is a fun fact like the maximum depth of a metal detector, the depths of sunken boats, the depths of the layers of the Earth, and the pressure you would feel at various depths below the Earth's surface."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Annotations to YouTube Videos - Video - 0 views

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    "Adding annotations to YouTube videos is a good way to add little bubbles of information to a video or to create a series of choose your own adventure videos. A great example of using annotations in student-produced videos can be found here. In the video embedded below I provide directions for adding annotations to your YouTube videos. You can also find screenshots of the process in this post."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: The Making of Maple Syrup - 1 views

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    "One of my favorite signs of spring is seeing maple syrup taps and buckets on the trees around me. Next Sunday is Maple Syrup Sunday here in Maine. If you're in Maine you might take kids to check out the process in person. If that's not an option for, take a look at the resources below for learning about the maple syrup creation process."
Phil Taylor

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Ways Students Can Share Videos Without YouTube - 0 views

  • Google Apps for Education users can have students upload their videos to Google Drive and then share them just as they would share any other file in Google Drive. The videos will play in Google Drive. Complete directions for that process can be
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: iStoryBooks Now Offers Premium Books for Free to Teachers - 1 views

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    "iStoryBooks is a good service that for the last few years has offered classic children's books for free through their iPad and Android apps. Today, I received an email from their PR department in which they announced that now all of the books in the apps will be free to teachers. Directions for getting a free premium subscription are copied below."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Common Mistakes Made When Starting a Classroom Blog - 4 views

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    "This afternoon Sue Waters and I revived a presentation on blogging that we gave together six years ago at ISTE (formerly NECC). One aspect of our presentation was to share some of the mistakes that we frequently see people make when starting classroom blogs. I made all of these mistakes myself when I started blogging with students nine years ago."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Tools for Creating Whiteboard Videos - 2 views

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    "One of the many things that we tried today in my Future Schools workshop was creating whiteboard instructional videos. Someone in the group suggested using those videos as layers in Aurasma that would trigger when students scanned a geometric shape. Even if you don't use Aurasma to showcase your videos, whiteboard videos can be helpful in helping students understand a process or concept. Here is a handful of tools for making whiteboard videos."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: TinyTap Introduces Challenge Mode for Building Games on i... - 0 views

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    "TinyTap is a fantastic free iPad app and Android app for building fun and interactive review games. With the app you can create games based on pictures, diagrams, videos, and icons. The latest update to the app enables you to include a challenge mode in your games."
Phil Taylor

Why Has Technology Failed To Substantially Improve Student Achievement? -- THE Journal - 1 views

  • if K-12 wants discontinuous, substantive improvement in student achievement, then it needs to change its pedagogical practices to better exploit the affordances of the computer
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    "Business realized that simply putting an existing paper-and-pencil process on a computer would produce modest or incremental gains,"
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