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Bitmoji is your own personal emoji – that you can use right from your keyboard!

• Create an expressive cartoon avatar
• Choose from a growing library of moods, stickers and comic scenes – featuring YOU!
• Use it in iMessage, WhatsApp and more

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 9.07.47 AMIf you’re one of the millions of people with a Bitstrips avatar: Just download and sign into the app with Facebook – your unique collection of Bitmoji is already waiting for you!

I have to admit, I have reached that point in life where I absolutely hate pictures of myself, clearly I have not embraced the selfie craze.  Saw this on the Today show this morning and on my, what fun it is.  Ok admittedly I went a little crazy, but the cool thing is I just made my Avatar and there are tons of options and it just puts your Avatar face or whole body into the scene.

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And there are lots of ways to share, iMessage, mail, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, twitter, save to your photos, etc.

This would be a great tool to use with kids in the classroom, they could each make their own avatar and use it on their blogs, in projects, anywhere.

By the way it is an iPhone app, so if you are looking for it in the APP store on your iPad, look for iPhone Apps! http://goo.gl/zvGypO

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What is it?
NetSmartz® Workshop and Club Penguin™ have teamed up to offer a self-paced, online training program to help you teach Internet safety and prepare kids to be better digital citizens.
This training will cover the issues of:
Digital literacy & Ethics
Inappropriate Content
Online Sexual Solicitation
Online Privacy
Sexting
Cyberbullying

Source: www.netsmartz.org

http://goo.gl/mRAoH0

How long will it take?

Approximate running time: 1 hour

In this self-paced program you are able to tackle the topics in any order you choose. If you decide to take a break, your spot will be saved, so you can pick up where you left off.

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Lots free apps today, don’t miss out, grab them before they go back to paid status.

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As World Book Day 2015 fast approaches, here are a few activities to try.

 

Firstly you can use an app such as Croak It https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/croak.it!/id525958948?mt=8 so pupils can record a 30 second book review into the iPad. This creates a web link (you can make these private) which could be added into a QR Code generator https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/qr-code-maker/id513617634?mt=8 . Print off the QR Codes so pupils can add them to the book covers. This make a nice ongoing activity for pupils to add audio reviews to school library books.

 

The second activity involves Do Ink Green Screen app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 . Students can take a photo of themselves against a green or blue background (green screen or backing paper) and using the app, add themselves into an image of a book front cover by combining the two images together in Do Ink.

Have fun!

www.ipadteachers.co.uk 

 

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“NCLB all over again Are we still talking about NCLB? Unfortunately yes. The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would update the legislation to create more state control over local education efforts. Tied up in this are issues involving Common Core, assessment, and student data. In the meantime, maybe technology can advance to the point where educators can just use the tools and results can speak for themselves. Here’s an interesting piece from Wired on a Mark Zuckerburg-backed company called Panorama.

The nugget:
“The best teachers, parents, and principals know that what truly makes or breaks a student’s experience in school is not math and reading scores, but all the touchy-feely, fuzzy stuff. Things like whether kids feel safe on campus, exhibit self-confidence, or believe that teachers would even remember them a few years down the road.” Panorama uses survey tools to give school leaders a dashboard that takes the school temperature. Seems like better information that anything that can come from the sausage making in Congress.”

by Kevin Hogan, Content Director http://techlearning.com 

Tech&LearningThis is from a newsletter is receive via email each week.  Tech & Learning is if full of thoughtful articles each week.  Check it out.

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Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students’ readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

Source: www.edutopia.org

Imagine a world where resources were limited to what was found in the classroom or the school closet known as the "Curriculum Materials Room." Picture a world where students wrote letters with pen and paper to communicate with other students and adults outside of the building. Due to postage costs, the teacher either sent the letters in bulk or paid for stamps out of his or her own pocket. Can you recall a time when student interests like skateboarding or video were never used as part of learning curriculum because the tools needed were either too expensive or not yet conceptualized? Do you remember a time when non-traditional learners struggled, and absenteeism meant a high likelihood of students doing poorly in school, and possibly having to retake the course?

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Kahoot 2

Kahoot has got to be the most enjoyable instant poll, quiz, response sites around. Create questions, quizzes and polls with the ability to add images and even video for participants to complete in real time from a computer or mobile device with internet access.

Your students access the quiz by entering a code on their device.  It is a game based response system. Yes, a competition!!  But kids absolutley love it.  They don’t don’t even realize they are learning!!  Tons of fun and even more learning.

Kahoot“Launch Kahoots on the screen at the front of the room, and learners join through their personal devices. In real-time and with gaming elements to increase engagement and motivation, learners answer questions through their personal devices. Educators get an overview of the current knowledge levels of everyone in the room for formative assessment, and can adapt their teaching accordingly.”

If you’ve not tried it yet, I encourage you to do so.  At the time of this blog post 1436.7k Kahoots  (https://create.kahoot.it/#public/kahoots/featured) other folks have created are available for you to use.  Surely you can find one to try.  Or you can make your own.  It is easy.   To make your Kahoots go to https://create.kahoot.it, create a free account and choose the type your want to make, Quiz, Survey, Poll.

To play a round of Kahoot on your device go to https://kahoot.it and enter the PIN number for that particular game that shows on your screen at the front of the room.  After you have “played” or completed your assessment, you can download a spreadsheet with all the results by student.  Awesome!!

Here is the Kahoot Youtube channel full of resources and tutorials https://www.youtube.com/user/getkahoot 

Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed and your students will love Kahoot.

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YoutubeKIDSAt long last, Google has released a version of YouTube designed  exclusively for kids, YouTube Kids.  I tried it on my iPad, and then let my grandkids give it a try.  Looks like nice way to use YouTube with kids because you can turn off the ability to search, and even set a timer to limit the time used.  All videos that are current, have no profanity and nothing inappropriate comes up when trying to search for something not acceptable for kids.  Pretty good start for Google on this one.

Check out YouTube Kids for your iPad here!!!

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iDo Getting Dressed - https://appsto.re/i6Br889
Sounds LITE with The Speech Wizard - https://appsto.re/i6Bt9PR
SAS Math Stretch - https://appsto.re/i6Bt9V8
DisplayNote for iPhone - https://appsto.re/i6Bt9Kh
My Bright Smile - https://appsto.re/i6Bc7JX
iPills – Medication Reminder - https://appsto.re/i6Bw4rL
VeryPDF PDF to Word - https://appsto.re/i6Bc3bx

 

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I’ve separated my “The Best…” lists here by topics. A number of the lists, though, can fit into multiple categories, so it still might be useful to scan all of them. The Websites Of The Year page…

Source: larryferlazzo.edublogs.org

Larry Ferlazzo shares daily and consistently share great stuff for educators.  This is one blog that you should absolutely subscribe and read regularly.  Id do and learn from Larry every time.  Just a plethora of resources and insight!!

http://goo.gl/EdEh

 

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