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Very Cool tools for all platforms, including MOBILE!!

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A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

Source: thejournal.com

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A Virtual Reading Experience with 
Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Have your students take part in this unique distance learning opportunity presented by the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum and Discovery Education.

Thursday, January 29th 11:00 – 12:15 PM (EST)
 
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush chose the book “Rushmore” by Lynn Curlee so students can learn the story behind this national treasure, from the engineering feat of building the landmark to its historical significance.
Mr. Hall Davidson of Discovery Education will demonstrate how to experiment with and use computer-generated, augmented reality. During the program, students from Houston Independent School District and Bryan Independent School District will present their own content to digitally enhance the book “Rushmore.” Don’t miss Mount Rushmore coming alive!
The program will also include music by the Texas A&M University Singing Cadets.
Join the live discussion on Twitter @DiscoveryEd 
with the hashtag #ReadingDiscovery.
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Elementary educators nationwide are invited to enter The Incredible Egg Sweepstakes daily, now through April 17, 2015 for their chance to win up to $5,000 for classroom resources!

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Submit a photo of your classroom using Education Station resources and you could win an iPad and a chance to have your classroom photo featured in our Spring 2015 Virtual Field Trip!

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Explore the Farm-to-Table journey with your K-5 students, using various resources provided by Education Station.

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Thanks to March Coppin of the www.annecenter.org for sharing the list today!

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A sixth-grade teacher has received responses from around the world after posting a letter to Facebook about her students’ inappropriate social media sharing. The post was shared in 33 states and four other countries within eight hours, spurring some of her students to delete Facebook posts or even their entire pages.

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To educate students for 21st-century careers, educators should be using real-world case studies, embracing complexity, practicing empathy, integrating technology, and encouraging reflection.

Source: www.edutopia.org

very insightful, well worth the read for sure.  Of course everything Edutopia  does is worth the read.

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Mrs. Pistulka’s 3rd Grade Reading class has been busy learning about communities and how they change over time. As a culminating project, the class researched the history of our community, O’Neill, Nebraska and created a multimedia book to share what they learned. As a result of research from books, local experts, and a field trip to the Kinkaid Museum, each student reported on key events from a historical timeline of our community. With the help of Mrs. Morrow they compiled their stories in iBooks Author and created a Multi-Touch book that can be experienced in iBooks on the iPad.

 

Source: www.diigo.com

So cool, check it out.http://goo.gl/wNZA9G, and of course it is a FREE iBook

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Over the Digital Rainbow: English Teacher Kim Baldwin shares dreams for tech integration in rural Kansas

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This week, I traveled to Inman Junior and Senior High School in rural Kansas with edtech guru and thought leader Kevin Honeycutt. While Kevin taught students about Digital Citizenship, I learned from teachers. One of them was English instructor Kim Baldwin, the tech management director at the junior high school. Kim has big ideas for education technology in rural Kansas. She shared some of them with me for this week’s blog:

Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.

Source: otusplus.com

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That Was History is an educational, history channel featuring videos about our world’s history. We discuss topics from a range of categories including Military History, World History, US History, Political History, Entertainment History and more. Join the That Was History community right now and start getting your history update, today!

Ideally, we release new videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Be sure to join us on those days and check out our various segments including A Day In History, History Deja Vu, History Rewrite, and more!

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http://goo.gl/akmvTf Awesome site for anyone wanting to learn about History, But especially for social studies teachers.  I encourage you to check it out!!

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Thanks again to Mark Chopin of the Ann Carlsen Center for sharing. the list today.

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VisionME_Campaign_120314_Top_ENNeed to get the attention of your whole class for just a minute? Push a button, and all your students’ iPad screens go blank. Their heads come up, and you can provide verbal instruction without distractions.  When you’re done – push another button and your students are back on task.

 

Notice students using their iPads inappropriately? Instantly blank their iPad screens. Unlike other apps, the Vision ME attention feature lets you blank student screens regardless of the app they are using. And, in supervised mode, the student will be locked out until the teacher releases the attention screen. That’s iPad classroom management made easy!”

Not sure how I feel about this, but I do get it, I hear teachers ask about doing this all the time.  One of the big fears in a 1:1 classroom is keeping students attention.  I can see where this could be useful.  But I think I personally don’t want that much control.  

But if you do, you might take a look at it, it might just be the solution you have been looking for. 

http://www.netop.com/visionme.htm  They do have a 30 FREE trial, so nothing to lose.

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These past couple of months I have been involved in iTunes U workshops and Bootcamps in The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark to facilitate teachers to fill up

Source: ipadders.eu

iTunes U Course Manager is a flexible, easy-to-use tool that allows you to share your teaching with the students in your classroom, and with students worldwide.

The way we work is that first we give you a half-a-day workshop on learning your way around iTunes U. After you have had your chance to play around with it and tried it out in the classroom we  invite you to come to the iTunes U Bootcamp. This Bootcamp is a one or two days event where teachers from different subjects and schools come together to one thing. Rethink their education and build great iTunes U courses.

- See more at: http://ipadders.eu/8-advanced-itunes-u-tips-techniques/?__scoop_post=4015704865&__scoop_topic=767338#__scoop_post=4015704865&__scoop_topic=767338

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Last week’s Financial Times headline claiming that Google had overtaken Apple in U.S. education–based on data from IDC–was not just technically inaccurate but wildly misleading and served to obscure far more meaningful trends occurring in the PC market, particularly in education as well as the broader emerging segment of new computing form factors.

Source: appleinsider.com

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Apps today including many of the McGraw Hill Everyday Mathematic apps. Remember to download before they go back to paid.

Everyday Mathematics® Baseball Multiplication™ 1–6 Facts -https://appsto.re/i6Bg97y

Everyday Mathematics® Equivalent Fractions™ -
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Everyday Mathematics® Name That Number™ -
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Everyday Mathematics® Beat the Computer™ Multiplication – https://appsto.re/i6BL8vc

Everyday Mathematics® Tric-Trac™ -
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Everyday Mathematics® Divisibility Dash™ -
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Everyday Mathematics® Subtraction Top-It™ -
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Everyday Mathematics® Baseball Multiplication™ 1-12 Facts -https://appsto.re/i6BB9bk

Wireless Remote HD Document Camera and Overhead Projector Replacement
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Equate Formula Solver -
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LumiKids Park by Lumosity, Early Learning Play for Kids https://appsto.re/i6BB9mB

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If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, we encourage you to apply to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This yearlong professional development program is designed to reward, foster and grow a community of 100 tech-savvy educators making an impact in their classrooms.

Source: www.pbslearningmedia.org

http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/

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By: Rob Dickson.  

Much like the 3 little pigs, a “straw house” implementation cannot withstand the elements around it.  

Successful EdTech implementations share several commonalities when you peel back to the core of the project. In most every case the project:  

1) Started with a vision  

2) Focused on the teaching and learning happening at the student level  

3) Encompassed the right stakeholders in the conversation  

4) Supported teachers by equipping them with the necessary support  

5) Analyzed and reflected on their implementation to allow for corrections throughout the process.  

Oh, and somewhere along the way technology came into the conversation! Not as an afterthought or as an oversight, but as a true reflection of the invisibility of the technology in a successful implementation. It is in the background supporting the objectives, shining a light on student learning.

Source: mobile.edweek.org

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