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My wife came home the other day and started describing a new problem arising in her school, where students were claiming to be tired of using devices for everything. The students were apparently saying “Can’t we just do a lesson on paper today or you just teach us.” As she told me this, my wife didn’t notice that she was simultaneously picking up her iPad to check Facebook and that made me think.



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EDpuzzle New Look EDpuzzle the amazingly simple site for Flipping a Classroom/Lesson just released a sleeker new design w/ new tools to make it even easier to create an engaging interactive video. 

What is EDpuzzle?  EDpuzzle is a free learning tool for educators being used in classrooms around the world to take a video and “make it their own” by editing a video, adding narration, and even adding questions/poll/quiz.  W/ the educational portals students can join a class via a unique code (i.e. ClassDojo).  This portal allows educators to create a video, assign them to students/classes, and even assess them.  This is great for Differentiating Instruction, Project Based Learning, and Flipping a Classroom.  Not only that, but teachers can see the progress of each video assignment and set permissions (Block Seeking Ahead) on wether the video can be skipped through or not.


EdPuzzle si an amazing tool:

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Homeroom  Check out the first Tip sheet: social-media-tip-innovative-engagement

Our second social media tip sheet for educators is now online!


Last Monday, we told you about the fact that we’ve developed social media tip sheetsspecifically to help state and local education agencies expand online engagement.

Our first tip sheet discussed how to develop innovative engagement in a specific community.This week’s tip sheet talks about how to effectively build capacity within a state or local district.

Staff capacity is not a new challenge.  State education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) listed staffing and lack of training as their top two concerns when ED’s Reform Support Network asked them about social media implementation challenges, trumping worries about negative comments and privacy issues.

This doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t solutions.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 9.06.19 AMNeed a way to take notes easily and quickly? For those lucky enough to be attending the ISTE 2014 conference right now, perhaps one of these mobile apps can help, though anyone could always use handy note-taking app.

  • Evernote - You’ve no doubt heard of this app by now: take notes via text, photos, or voice, then view them on any device.
  • Notability - Here’s a powerful alternative to Evernote with similar features, plus handwriting recognition and PDF annotation.
  • Penultimate - If you want to stay in the Evernote family, this app turns your iPad into a digital drawing pad and syncs with Evernote.
  • Google Keep - Or if you want to stay in the Google family, this Android and Chromebook app has similar features to Evernote.
  • AudioNote - This iOS and Android app lets you take notes (text or drawings) and sync them with audio for dynamic notes.

Want more? Check out these collections of tools created by members like you.

Enjoy these great tools for educators!

- Mike Lee, Co-founder of edshelf

PS:  Thanks Mike for all your great resource and always sharing. 


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Teachers and students need access to interesting and thought-provoking videos
“Students have different learning styles, and teachers strive to individualize instruction whenever possible. But videos often appeal to students of all learning styles when they are engaging, informative, and inspiring.Some of the world’s top experts in various academic areas have helped to create videos in which they explain complex concepts in ways that students are able to understand, which gives students real-world knowledge of how they might apply their classroom lessons after they leave school.

Source:  Check out the full list.

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Is keyboarding on the iPad the skill they need to learn or keyboarding on a keyboard….. hence they should practice on a full keyboard?  

Here is a list of potential apps that might sure whichever purpose.  This has really made me think, do we actually need to be teaching keyboarding on a keyboard or on the on screen keyboard on the device.  Have to admit, I have mixed feelings.  This list of resources is from the blog OT’s with Apps & Technology.  Thanks for a great list! 

Keyboarding Apps

Tap Typing 

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iPhone/ iPad Typing app – Reinforces touch typing for speed and accuracy Free/ in app purchase

Ghost type icon

iPad Typing app with graduated lessons. No audio feedback 4.99
Typing Fingers 

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iPad 10 finger typing instruction with 32 lessons. Typing practice and game mode included in each lesson. External keyboard recommended Free  / .99 for ad removal
Keyboarding Fun LiteKeyboard fun lite app icon
iPad Keyboarding awareness app. Speaks each letter typed out loud. Provides visual cues of key on key row visual model. free /4.99
Typing Fun – Lite 

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iPad Basic keyboarding awareness app providing visual cues and verbal reinforcement of letters typed free / 5.99
Keyboard Explore 

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iPad Explore keyboard. Tap a key and a letter, image and letter is named. Upper and lower case choice of letters is provided. free
Type A Word 

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iPhone / iPad Typing app with options of font type, speed (normal/slow) type (plain, reverse, random), languages, wind speed (rate of typing). Word typing practice. Does not offer instruction to typing technique/rows. free / .99

Online Key-boarding Practice Compatible with use of  iPad


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iPad Web site can be used with iPad with Internet connection to type in this keyboarding program Free / online
PowerTyping.comPower Typing icon
iPad Develop and practice step by step web based typing lessons Free / online
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The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online summer professional development opportunity designed to help teachers transform classroom teaching and e-learning with ThingLink, an easy-to-use interactive image and video platform.

This challenge invites teachers to learn to use interactive images to redefine learning in the classroom. Learn how to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation
during this self-paced professional development opportunity. Here are three reasons to participate.

CLICK HERE to read all the details

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Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 10.35.26 AMWhat is Mathbreakers?

Mathbreakers is a revolutionary approach to grade-school mathematics. Instead of worksheets, students explore a rich 3-D world full of machines and monsters.

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At first glance, it might look like Minecraft, Halo or any other 3-D game — but in this world, everything is made of numbers. You can pick them up, chop them in half, and throw them around. The basic rule of Mathbreakers is that when two numbers touch, they add together and combine. Based on this simple mechanic, there are a host of challenges to overcome as you explore.

What does it teach?

Integers, Fractions, Operations and Negatives are Mathbreakers’ bread and butter. It’s most suitable for 2nd-5th graders, but kids outside that age range (and often adults!) find themselves enthralled with a world where you can play with numbers. In Mathbreakers, we teach these mechanics by presenting the player with puzzles, monsters, and gadgets with which to manipulate the numbers.

The game starts off relatively easy, with enemies and walls the likes of “5″ or “18″, numbers easily made by throwing together a few 2s and 3s. Since adding together to get “0″ will destroy any number, you can pass these challenges just by matching the negatives with the positives. Interestingly, this also teaches about factors indirectly, since you can use any factor of N to destroy it with multiple actions. For example, you can destroy a 20 by using a “5″ four times, or by using two “10″s.

It picks up speed in later levels with more complicated machines. One of the most ubiquitous machines in Mathbreakers is the Number Hoop, a magical doorway that transforms any number that passes through it, usually with multiplication. If you pass through a x2 hoop with a 5, it would instantly become a 10. Number hoops are fully reversible — if you go through it from the other side, it’s a /2 hoop, and you can take an 8 through to make a 4. With only a x2 hoop and some 4s, there are some pretty challenging obstacles to overcome; could you make an 11 with just these objects?

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I stumbled across this the other day on We Are Teachers, and found it to be amusing enough to be worth sharing. We’ve all seen the awesome autocorrect posts that show how sometimes technology bites back at us a bit (I think by now we’ve probably all fallen victim to being unnecessarily or incorrectly autocorrected …

Cyndi Danner-Kuhn‘s insight:


I use Remind 101,( it is one way text messaging, I can send my students a quite message, but they do not get my phone number and I do not get theirs.

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Rigorizing Eight Year Olds
by Peter Greene

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 3.52.00 PM“Florida’s program is called “Just Read, Florida!” and that name really captures the cluelessness of the whole approach. Like many Reformster programs, this one starts with the assumption that these little eight-year-old slackers just aren’t being sufficiently threatened and browbeaten. They could read, dammit– they’re just holding out on us! Don’t tell me about your problems or your challenges or your background or your use of English as a second language or your cognitive impairments or how your life gets in the way of your school– Just Read, Dammit! Just do it! Because there is no better pedagogical technique than Insisting Strongly.”

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I grew up in Florida and also taught there early in my career.  On my goodness, seems thing have gone to hell in a hand basket for sure.

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Cyndi Danner-Kuhn‘s insight:

Today we’re delighted to announce iTunes U support for all your Bookry widgets.

In addition to using your widgets in your Multi-Touch books made with iBooks Author, you can also place them in any course on iTunes U. This is how it works:

Create your widgets on as before, using your computer or iPad.After creating your widget, tap on the ‘iTunes U and App Link’ tab.You are then presented with a unique widget code for you to place on iTunes U.

To view the widgets, all your students need to do is download the free Bookry Widgets App to their iPad and enter the widget code – simple!

So, if you want to add a Quiz to your course on iTunes U, simply upload your course documentation (e.g. Multi-Touch book, Keynote, PDF, Pages etc.) to iTunes U, then compliment this with your Bookry Quiz widget code, together with the codes of any other Bookry widgets you want to include. You can also provide them with a code for your book project (get this from your book tab on, so that they can download multiple widgets in one go.

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