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John Evans

40 Moving Examples Of #Iwishmyteacherknew - 0 views

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    "Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Colorado.

    By now, you've likely heard of her-or at least one of her ideas, #Iwishmyteacherknew.

    Every now and then, there's an "Education" story that the masses take notice of-standardized testing, Michelle Rhee, Waiting for Superman, the flipped classroom, the iPad failure in LA, the testing scandal in LA, among others. The most recent to crossover is the hashtag #Iwishmyteacherknew, which is what it sounds like it might be-an asynchronous conversation (or rather, series of statements) illuminating the realities that many students face every day.

    On one hand, there's an inherent kind of other disconnect at work here that makes the whole thing a huge act of spectacle, while inviting frank discussions about privacy. We'll talk more about that in a follow-up later this week. To provide context to that kind of analysis, first the tweets themselves."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: ArcGIS Online - Introduce Students to GIS Beyond What Goo... - 0 views

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    "The one hundred or more posts that I've written about Google Maps over the years is indicative of how much I like what can be done with Google Maps in classrooms. That said, when you're ready to move beyond basic placemarks there are more robust mapping tools than Google Maps. One of those tools is ESRI's ArcGIS Online.

    ArcGIS Online is an expensive product for anyone that is not in a K-12 school. If you work in or attend a K-12 school then ArcGIS Online is free through ESRI's ConnectED program. Click here to apply for a free subscription."
John Evans

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle - Emerging Education Technolo... - 0 views

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    "The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. "SAMR" is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using "tech for tech's sake"."
John Evans

Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - ... - 0 views

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    "Great writers don't rely solely upon their talent. They are characterized with discipline and great focus. If you lack these fundamental skills, your talent won't help you write outstanding posts and articles on schedule. Wait; that doesn't mean you should give up!

    There are many online tools, apps and websites that will help you achieve your full potential as a blogger or content writer. Start exploring these tools:"
John Evans

#31- What Can You Do With The Maker Space at the Cincinnati Library? | The Juice Cast - 0 views

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    "What can you do with The Maker Space at the Cincinnati Library?
    The Maker Space is an incredibly useful resource for local makers and creatives of all kinds in the Cincinnati area. It is located at the main branch of the Cincinnati Library in downtown Cincinnati. In this podcast episode, we ask Ella Mulford (Maker Space Queen) about all the equipment available for use, what kind of preparations we need to make before using it and, what kind of cool stuff we can make there."
John Evans

Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | F... - 0 views

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    "So what qualities would a teacher possess in a constructionist environment and how would these superheroes behave? Thank you to FabLearn Fellows Mark Schreiber and Erin Riley for their feedback for this post. They are quoted below from our small group meeting on April 7th. Here is a list of top five qualities and behaviors to keep in your tool kit for fostering a constructionist learning environment."
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John Evans

The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning - 0 views

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    "Whether you are looking for a toy that provides educational value, a gift that gives a little bit more or a digital companion that can teach logic and programming, these robots for kids are some of the most cutting edge gadgets around. With companion smartphone apps, voice control, advanced mechatronics and even xylophones, these amazing pieces of electronic kit will keep your kids entertained, engaged and educated for years to come."
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How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace | Edudemic - 0 views

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    "There is a certain magic found in rolling up your sleeves and tackling a project head on, an undeniable sense of empowerment that results from solving problems and manifesting big ideas. In essence, that's the soul of the maker movement - creative individuals from all walks of life united by an insatiable desire to improve the world around them. Although synonymous with 3D Printing, it extends far beyond a single technology or buzzword. Truth be told, the maker movement represents the instinctual drive of our species to ascend ever upwards: to innovate, design, and construct a better tomorrow.

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John Evans

25 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter | Edudemic - 0 views

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    "Imagine being able to connect with one hundred million people anytime you want. With that many people on Twitter each day (and that's not counting the additional 184 million users who are on Twitter at least once each month), a great deal of knowledge, perspective, and news is accessible to you, just by clicking a few buttons.

    It's no wonder educators are harnessing the power of Twitter to bring cutting edge ideas, trends, research, and best practices to use in their schools and classrooms. But just as Twitter can be a treasure trove of information, it can be overwhelming for new users to figure out how to use it effectively.

    We've compiled this list of the best ways to make Twitter a social media tool that works for you."
John Evans

10 Essential Skills for The 21st Century Worker/ Learner - 0 views

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    "Here is an interesting infographic from university of Phoenix featuring 10 essential skills for the successful worker.Going through the list we remarked that these skills are important not only for a successful work for successful learners as well. In fact, these skills represent the ethos of the 21st century epoch, an era where knowledge economy and the social capital are so interdependently connected that it becomes extremely hard to decipher the dividing line between the two."
John Evans

How Much Sleep is Just Right for Cognitive Function? | MindShift - 0 views

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    "There's no shortage of research around the benefits of sleep and its critical relationship to learning. So how much sleep is enough? Researchers have looked at the differences in cognitive function of people who have slept four or six or eight hours and how their brains function. This AsapSCIENCE video demonstrates what your capabilities are after those various amounts of sleep."
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Awesome Interactive Simulations for Learning Math and Science - 2 views

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    "PhET is a very good platform that offers free interactive simulations to help  students develop a an informed understanding of a variety of phenomena covering science, physics and math.  These simulations come to life via the use of graphics, interactive controls, sliders and radio buttons. Students can easily manipulate its intuitive interface and even get animated feedback and responses as they navigate their way through simulations.
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John Evans

Sharing and Building Upon | Langwitches Blog - 3 views

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    "How can I make it even MORE visible that sharing our work as educators is one of the critical components of the "learning revolution"?

    Sharing means amplification. Amplification means spreading good practices, reaching more people and connecting beyond our own limitations of zip codes and language barriers. I have written and tweeted over and over again about the need and benefits of sharing among educators for educations and learning."
John Evans

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development | Edudemic - 5 views

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    "I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing my feed as I tried to take it all in. Honestly, up until I used it at that conference, I thought Twitter was just another social media blackhole. But through essentially constant use for those few days, I began to see Twitter as an excellent resource for educators and an invaluable tool for professional development - one of the best out there. So, for you teachers wondering about all the hype…I promise, Twitter is worth it."
John Evans

How To Pick The Best Browser-based Photo Editing Tool - Daily Genius - 4 views

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    "Editing images is often imperative in order to achieve the perfect results from your efforts. There are a number of amazing photo editing programs available for you to use through your desktop, but it is not always ideal or even possible for you to sit down in front of your computer to edit images.

    When you need to edit a photo in the fastest and most convenient way possible, using a online editing tool through the browser in your tablet or smart phone is a better solution. There are some great browser-based options available for you to choose from. You can easily sort through some of the online editing tools now so that you have them downloaded and ready to use when you need them."
John Evans

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom | Teacher Network | The Guar... - 1 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"
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