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Nigel Coutts

The trouble with Twitter - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    Twitter is a great place for educators to share ideas. It has become my go to place when I am looking for something to read, a new idea or some inspiration. It is a great avenue for sharing practice, asking questions and building a community. 
    But . . .
    . . . Twitter has some problems and these seems to be growing. To get the most out of Twitter a degree of caution is advised.
Nigel Coutts

Modern Learning with Modern Tools - The Learner's Way - 0 views

    Tools like 'PhotoMath' present educators with a genuine challenge and leave many asking should we allow our students to use tools such as these?
Nigel Coutts

Taking the time to think - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    It seems that we never have enough of it and the result is a feeling of constant pressure to do things quickly. As a result, we fall into a pattern of making quick decisions, with incomplete information and then proceed to take hasty action and seek short cuts. Our busy lives, the business of those around us, the schedules we set ourselves and the constant stream of distractions and interruptions ensure we have very little time to do things well and we never seem to get things done. 
Nigel Coutts

Tinkering with Old Technology - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    As technology evolves and its inner workings increasingly disappear from view, replaced with solid-state parts hidden by glass, aluminium and plastic, our understanding of what makes the world operate is similarly impeded. When machinery from just a few decades ago is viewed a world of moving parts, linkages, cogs and levers is revealed. These mechanical objects contain an inherent beauty and inspire curiosity in ways that modern devices with their pristine surfaces and simplified design language do not. Opportunities to explore devices from the past open our eyes and lead us to new questions of how our devices function, how machines do the jobs we need them to do and how engineers solve problems.
Nigel Coutts

Collaborative Learning with Google Docs - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    Something is missing from my classroom lately and I am quite happy to have seen it disappear. It is the traditional line at the teacher's desk formed by students awaiting feedback on a recently completed piece of writing. What has replaced this is our use of Google Docs and Slides as a tool for the collaborative development of ideas from initial thinking and strategising through to final editing and refinement. It has introduced a new workflow to the class that both streamlines the process of providing feedback, allows for greater detail and transforms the process into one that is richly collaborative.
Nigel Coutts

Tools for sharing thinking - The Learner's Way - 1 views

    Fortunately there are a number of free tools that do these things and they are available for use on any technology platform as they require nothing more than access to the internet. Recently Eric Sheninger used a set of these tools to give his audience at the Hawker Brownlow Conference on Thinking and Learning in Melbourne a voice.
Nigel Coutts

A healthy dose of scepticism - The Learner's Way - 2 views

    I want my students to be sceptics. I believe that in the present age scepticism is more important than ever. Easy access to information, ease of publishing, scams and confidence tricksters combine to create a climate where blind trust is dangerous for our security, our finances and our knowledge bases. For students of all ages a healthy dose of scepticism is much needed not just so they may reveal falsehoods but to allow them to discover new truths.

Desmos | Beautiful, Free Math - 0 views

    User friendly online graphing calculator.

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You | Edudemic - 7 views

    Classroom Tools

Screencast-O-Matic - Free online screen recorder for instant screen capture video sharing. - 1 views

    The BEST screen cast tool, in my opinion. I use this a lot to answer student questions in a more engaging manner. Share your screen and do picture in picture so students can see you and your screen at one time. This takes the level of interaction between facilitator and student to new online levels.
brandybreuckman share. contribute - 0 views

    A resource where you can explore web 2.0 tools and other resources. Educators contribute and share their favorite Web 2.0 tools. See tutorials for each tools before you download.

Discovery Education Web2014 : Web 2.0 Tools - Presentation Tools - 1 views

    • jsanchezhadfield
      I really like the capability of combining programs like Notebook or smartboard, power point, PDF's or prezi into a one compatible platform.
  • Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • jsanchezhadfield
      I use Prezi almost daily and the results are amazing. My students get glued to the screen and hopefully to more knowledge. The best part is that you can browse for hundreds if not thousands of Prezi presentation shared around the world
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    • thielk
      I see this as a nonlinear path for presenting content, whereas a the slideshow is a story difficult to make modular
  • Presentation Tools

    Show, don't tell

    Web 2.0 brings a whole new dimension to the old adage "show, don't tell"—and lets you share your presentations anytime, anywhere, with anyone you like.

    With Web 2.0 you can push the boundaries of traditional presentations, mix things up, and make learning more engaging than ever before.

    • huehnsl
      I actually have used Prezi for some classroom presentations; I find it gives presenting a bit more dimension and interest...and frankly, it's fun! I've gotten several of my students to use it, when they didn't have Power Point. It's really a great free tool.
    • huehnsl
      Sorry, not sure if I was to leave my name. Thank you. Lisa
  • Prezi
  • SlideShare
    Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides (and Adobe PDF Portfolios and SMART Board presentations) and share them.
    • carolyndcox
      For students and teacher presentations
  • Prezi
    Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • arinceglia
      Prezi creates presentations that are out of this world, literally! Imagine being able to present your findings on the solar system -- not by following a linear, slide by slide structure, but instead following the structure of planets orbiting the sun! This "3d presentation tool" rocks!
  • Prezi
    Break out of the box! throws the slide-show model out the window and presents a giant canvas instead. (It also throws paint brushes out the window in favor of bubbles.)
    • daviwitz
      Most fun in presentation software. Better interface than PP or Google Slides, and easier to use than SlideRocket
    • johnsonm7565
      Have seen this used at conferences and thought it might be useful for me. Need to work on trying it out! - Mark
    Content in a modular format vrs, a story line of a slide show
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    Already have a presentation? Use this tool to upload your PowerPoint or Keynote slides (and Adobe PDF Portfolios and SMART Board presentations) and share them."
    Engaging learners with media in learning.
John Popke

Noteflight - Online Music Notation Software - 0 views

  • Your music, everywhere.
    Create music notation right in your browser and be part of the world's best music composition community.
    Noteflight® is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print and hear professional quality music notation right in your web browser. Write music on your computer, tablet or smartphone, share with other users, or embed in your own pages. Sign up for a free account, or purchase a Noteflight Crescendo subscription to take your creativity to the next level.
    This is a terrific tool for music students (especially to those studying music theory) that allows them to use a high-quality music notation program that exists completely in the Cloud.  A basic Noteflight account is completely free and rivals the capabilities of expensive programs such as Finale and Sibelius for basic notation and playback.
Lisa Jones

STUDYBLUE | Find and share online flashcards and notes from StudyBlue. Any subject, any... - 9 views

    A great way to utilize your mobile apps for studying. You can make flashcards and take it with you where ever you go - free app.
Sandy Madelung

Discovery Education Web2013 : Web 2.0 Tools - 5 views

    Great resource for Web 2.0 tools for everyone.

EasyBib: Free Bibliography Generator - MLA, APA, Chicago citation styles - 3 views

shared by plrichards on 14 Sep 13 - Cached
    Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.
    This site helps you to develop bibliography, helpful for web citations.

Wikispaces - Campus - K-12 Education - 0 views

    • Kait Sanford
      Could use this as a place to share discussions and create an online community within the classroom. A little more professional than Edmodo so the students don't treat it like Facebook
  • collaboration environment
  • Determine who sees content and how they use it
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  • Why reinvent the wheel? Turn successful wikis into templates and share best practices year after year.
  • Student Portfolios

    Each student cultivates a unique online space to showcase their best work, and teachers assess performance as it progresses.

  • Project-Based Learning

    Student groups collaborate on projects that address real-world questions, and share their findings with a real-world audience.

  • Student Assignments

    Teachers post homework, group work, and classroom goals

    Seems like a great way to great a class site. Would work for communication and have full access. Not sure what the cost break down would be like for a district in comparison to other online environments.
    Wikis can enrich the writing classroom by providing fun ways for students to collaborate and learn from each other.

Edmodo | Where Learning Happens | Sign up, Sign In - 4 views

    • Kait Sanford
      Edmoto is a great way to introduce students to online communities. It models Facebook, which could be dangerous if teachers are trying to create learning community and not just a social community. However, it is a great stepping stone into what online courses involve.
    • Rebecca Brink
      I agree that it models Facebook quite closely. I saw this as a perk in the light that it was easy for them to grasp how to use.
  • Where learning happens.

  • safely connecting in online classrooms, collaborating on assignments
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  • collaborating on assignments, discovering new resources
    Edmodo helps your students keep organized with homework, lesson notes, calendars, and teacher help. 
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    "Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential."
    I tried using this as a Learning Management System (LMS) a few years ago.  I was introduced to it through a Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM) Institute I attended.  I found it to be beneficial in aiding students with personal responsibility, by having information available at all times to access.  I moved away from using it when Google Documents became a feature for all of our students.  It was much easier to share that way.  We know use Haiku Learning that has many similar features but allows for Google Drive being linked.
    This is great for having class discussions that you want to be private, so that you as the teacher can facilitate the conversation.
    online outlet for student collaboration
    Students can take quizzes, share ideas, work on assignments and discover new resources.
    I would use this community tool for cooperative learning activities. The value of other perspectives from different backgrounds is paramount as students collaborate on a given topic.

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