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This article is intended for three groups of people…

— those who aren’t on Twitter and don’t see what the fuss is about
— those who are new to Twitter and want to get the most from it
— those who are trying to persuade colleagues to get on board and want something vaguely lively to show them by way of persuasion…

So, rather than doing this the usual, boring, way we’re going to attempt this article through the medium of Skittles (Twittles, so to speak). Sweets can be very persuasive.


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Lessons for schools considering going all digital

Just one year after his high school went all digital, vice principal Frank Portanova shares three tips for other schools considering what he says has been a successful and exciting transformation. In this commentary, he writes that the transformation does not happen immediately, that it is important to ensure that infrastructure needs are met and that teachers and students are on board.

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How To Create QR Codes To Use In Your Classroom Wednesday, July 23, 2014    No comments


What are QR Codes and How Can I Use them in my Classroom?  A QR Code is a type of barcode that is readable by dedicatedQR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text you want students to read, websites, or vide


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Hey Fellow Teachers:

Now is the time your toot your horn and yes, I know educators are pretty bad at tooting their own horns.  But we should! Or nominate a colleague.  Either way, it is a good thing.  Show off what you are doing in your classrooms! Nominate yourself or a colleague who is deserving of being recognized as one of the nations’ top innovators.  15 awards to be handed out in November.

Why Awards?

Sharing. Innovating. Showcasing. Words that we hear in conversations, but so infrequently when it comes to awarding individuals and teams heavily involved in the education sector. That is, until now.

EdSurge and Digital Promise have partnered to create the first annual ”Digital Innovation in Learning Awards” (or the DILAs), a joint effort to celebrate what you are accomplishing in edtech, and more importantly, howit’s being accomplished. For far-reaching impact, we will share videos from winners with the greater edtech community, so as to proliferate the winners’ work and give the edtech community ideas for their own usage.

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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.

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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