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GoNoodle - 4 views

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    Interesting site offers short "brain breaks" in the form of videos incorporating colorful characters, subject content, and yoga-like elements such as stretching, breathing, mild exercise. Goes along with research into exercise/activity and the brain.
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A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit | Smore - 2 views

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    Awesome collection of copyright-friendly tools for the classroom!
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MakerParent - 1 views

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    Nice collection of STEM project ideas for home (or school), sortable by age, complexity, or expense.
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Audioboo for Education - 2 views

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    AudioBoo is a VERY easy to use podcasting tool, and includes a free app that is very kid-friendly. Free podcasts are limited to 3 minutes each.
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Metta - Storytelling + Polling In One Compact Format. - 1 views

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    Easy to use tool for creating flipped classroom lessons. Use the built-in search tool to find videos, images, or social media posts, put them into a timeline, add text and/or polls, and share. Free account has very limited media storage, but not an issue if you only use embedded media. Paid service has educator discount and is only $2.50/month.
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Greenfoot - 1 views

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    Simple tool that helps students learn to program in Java.
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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Busine... - 6 views

  • Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones
  • And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else.
  • We don’t openly profess those values nowadays, but our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills—doubles down on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested. School administrators prepare curriculum standards and “pacing guides” that tell teachers what to teach each day. Legions of managers supervise everything that happens in the classroom; in 2010 only 50 percent of public school staff members in the US were teachers.
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  • In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside
  • “schools in the cloud,”
  • There will be no teachers, curriculum, or separation into age groups—just six or so computers and a woman to look after the kids’ safety. His defining principle: “The children are completely in charge.”
  • as the kids blasted through the questions, they couldn’t help noticing that it felt easy, as if they were being asked to do something very basic.
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    Must. Read. Such a valuable lesson and another example of how we are doing it wrong.
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PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com - 2 views

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    Nice, easy to use tool lets users choose an image and create a caption, either using the built-in gallery of words or freestyle. Good tool to get the creative writing juices flowing!
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Code Club World - 4 views

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    Great collection of resources for anyone interested in starting an after-school programming club for kids in upper elementary. Lesson plans, student tasks, much more!
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Create Interactive Presentations, Animations and infographics - HTML5 Presenter by Easy... - 7 views

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    Slick-looking, Web-based presentation creation tool. Html5-based, so will work on iOS devices.
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High Tech Verbs - home - 4 views

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    Wiki with Web 2.0 tools and suggested activities linked to verbs (student outcomes).
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Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free - 0 views

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    Free game-based language learning site makes users Web translators. #edtech
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Marqueed - Simple image collaboration and markup tool. Share, annotate and discuss images. - 2 views

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    Share and mark up images collaboratively online. 
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Computer Laboratory: Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development - 2 views

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    Helpful beginners' guide to using the Raspberry Pi.
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How to Summon Your Child's Inner Coder: 10 Questions With Raspberry Pi Inventor Eben Up... - 1 views

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    Interview with the inventor of the Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton. Some good nuggets and implications for education here.
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Become a Maker - DIY - 2 views

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    The DIY online club awards badges (called 'Skills' on the site) to students and kids of all ages in exchange for completing tasks. DIY Makers share their work with the community and get patches for the Skills they earn. Each Skill consists of a set of Challenges that help them learn techniques to get the hang of it. Once a Maker completes a Challenge, they add photos and video to their Portfolio to show what they did.
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ThingLink - 2 views

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    This site lets users create informative, web-based graphics using images and "tags", which function much like people tags in Facebook. Thinglink has the advantage, however, of allowing tags to contain links, media, etc.
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GroupMap - 2 views

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    Collaborative tool for creating group mindmaps/webs/brainstorms. Very easy to use, but requires either Safari or Chrome. Free signup. 
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Create infographics | infogr.am - 2 views

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    Web-based, free infographic creation site.
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