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John Evans

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom | Teacher Network | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "Excited shouts of "left, left, left", "knock down that tree" or "pick up that stone" can only mean one thing: your students have discovered the virtual world of Minecraft.

    Since its launch in 2011, children and adults worldwide have spent hours creating unique environments. The video game generates a blank landscape of different terrains that players explore. They construct buildings, mine for useful materials and, depending on what mode you're in, may have to defend yourself from attacks or stave off hunger"
Reynold Redekopp

Marshall McLuhan: "The Medium is the Message" - 3 views

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    A summary of Marshall McLuhan's main ideas
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Platforms for Writing Choose Your Own Adventure Sto... - 1 views

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    "Over the weekend I published a review of Twine, an open source program for writing choose your own adventure stories. In the past I've reviewed a couple of other tools for the same purpose. This post is a short comparison of the three."
John Evans

Forget Google Translate: 3 Ways to Get an Accurate, Quick Translation - 2 views

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    "The problem is two-fold. Firstly, translations are being made by people who don't have a perfect command on the target language. We've also became far too dependent on Google Translate which offers a questionable service at best.
    Thankfully, there are services that offer affordable and accurate translations you can depend on. Here are three of the best, and three of the rest."
Nigel Coutts

Lessons Learned - 5 views

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    With one term down now is the perfect time to look back and identify what has worked and suggest some areas for growth ahead of Term Two. - Stand Up Meetings, Genius Hour, Science, History, Optional Homework, Growth Mindsets
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Flip Your Phone for Better Videos and Pictures - 0 views

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    "The next time your students are about to embark on a video project for your class, share a few of these simple tips with them and you'll all be happy with the improved results. Having raw videos and pictures in the right orientation and zoom level will make editing the final project a lot easier for everyone."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: An Interactive Guide to Photo Editing - 4 views

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    "Instagram will have you believe that anyone can be a photo editing expert by just applying a filter and cropping your image into a square. But my friend Abbie Morrison, a professional photographer, will remind me that being able to use Instagram and being a good photo editor are not the same things. A good photographer and photo editor will take advantage of more than just a few default filters in a photo editing tool. To help people understand photo editing terminology and functions, Polarr has published an interactive guide to photo editing terminology. The guide defines twenty-four terms and provides visual examples of each in practice."
John Evans

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - 2 views

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    "Move over, Facebook! If you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom."
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 - 1 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 - 4 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."
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