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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

February7

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest web tools that can be added to your edtech toolbox for the upcoming school year!

» Stickfigure Animator

Software that allows users to create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. Finished projects can be exported to video format for use in other programs and/or on YouTube.

» ClipConverter

A free online media conversion application which allows users to convert and download YouTube URLs to formats such as MP3, MP4 and more!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Tech It Up Tuesday: The Coolest Dictionary Known to Hombre

February2

tech it up tuedayIt’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time to roll out another tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I will share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

Seems like a great day to learn about the coolest dictionary known to hombre, right? So, that’s the plan! And the tool’s name is Lingro, an online dictionary that converts an ordinary web page into one that transforms all of the words on the desired page into interactive definitions! Yep, just like magic this resource immediately displays a definition when any word on the page is clicked.

Having trouble wrapping your mind around all of that? Then check out the example shown below. First, I located a page of interest from the web (info about Groundhog Day from Scholastic.com), snagged the URL, pasted it into the Lingro interface and here’s the outcome… As you can see, I clicked on two words and for each one, I received a box containing the part of speech and multiple definitions.

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Oh, and in case you’re wondering—Punxy Phil did not see his shadow this morning, so it looks like spring will be arriving in about six weeks (or less—at least I’m hoping so)!

Anyway, a really cool feature about Lingro is that it does not alter the appearance of the original web page. In fact, it looks exactly the same, except the words on the page are now clickable. (Is that even a word?) Basically, Lingro hides in the background until students need it.

In addition to being an online dictionary, Lingro can also be a translation tool as well. Just select one of the language options from the drop-down menu located at the top of the page (i.e. English to Spanish) and follow the same process as previously described. The result is now users will be able to click on a word and see its translation in another language along with its part of speech. Lingro can currently translate to and from English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch and Chinese with more languages to be added in the future.

Another great feature built-in to Lingro is that students can add newly learned words to customized lists. This action can be done without logging into the web site, but if users have accounts, they can keep track of their words and even play various flashcard games with them in the Games section.

Classroom Connection:

A few words sum up this tool: Simple solution, big impact. Even though Lingro is a pretty simple tool, it packs quite a punch! Besides its “wow” factor, it ranks pretty high with the usefulness factor—especially for ELL, learning support or students who are struggling readers, particularly when they utilize internet sites above their reading level. It’s also a great resource for foreign languages students as well.

If that’s not enough of a reason to give Lingro a try, just remember that vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. And it’s also essential for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Oh, and by the way—for those of you who have no clue as to what hombre means: It’s Spanish for man. So now you can say that you just learned all about the coolest dictionary known to man!

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16 Edtech Tryouts for 2016

January31

multimedia iconsWe’re teachers… So, by nature we’re the type to set the goal of being the absolute best we can be for our students. Part of the equation in striving to provide the best education possible involves acquiring and/or honing the digital skills necessary to transform teaching and learning in our classrooms.

That said, hopefully you have set goals for 2016 focusing on technology integration. If not, here are a few suggestions that can surely help you power up your knowledge—which, of course, will result in a variety of authentic, engaging and real-world learning experiences for your students. How could you go wrong!

Check out the interactive infographic show below—one that highlights 16 ways you can incorporate some tech into your classroom. And don’t forget to hover over the visual to reveal hotspots linking you to some useful resources to kick start your journey into the digital world!

Check out a full screen version of this image here!

So, there you have it—some recommendations for transforming yourself into an edtech rock star for the remainder of the school year! No excuses—just tech the plunge! Trust me, you’ll be glad you did—and so will your students!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

January31

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest web tools that can be added to your edtech toolbox during the 2016 school year!

» Twiddla

A free, no-setup, web-based meeting playground. Collaboratively mark up websites, graphics and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Includes voice and text chat tools as well!

» TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Watching

A collection of educational video covering a wide variety of intellectual topics.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Edu-fun Friday: Who Says Teaching is Stressful?

January29

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As Quincy Jones once remarked, “I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”

That said, Edu-fun Friday is a series devoted to adding some humor to the lives of teachers who visit this blog. After all, there’s nothing better than ending the week on a positive note! Plus, do we have the best topics to provide us with some comic relief or what?

After the app-solutely crazy week I’ve had, I’m hoping I look like I’m 39! How ’bout you?

TGIF! Enjoy a well-deserved weekend!

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Math Madness: Digital Tools for Every Concept

January28

algebra toolsAre you a math teacher looking for some super cool resources to engage students and assist them with mastering content?

Then look no further than this collection of Digital Tools for Math to locate exactly what you need to tech up your next lesson or project. With dozens of suggestions in the areas of web tools, apps, formative assessment, QR codes, math glossaries, and recommendations for whom and what to follow on social media, there’s sure to be a tip, trick or tool for any math teacher!

There’s also a “Helpful Materials” section that is jam-packed with additional resources—one you won’t want to misss!

And if you ever need a corny math joke to jumpstart your class (like—When things go wrong, what can you always count on?… Your fingers!), just check out the Just for Fun section. It contains some pretty neat stuff as well.

OK, so without any additional interjections from me, here’s a way cool mash-up of mathematical goodness!

Check out a full screen version of this digital flyer created with the Smore web tool here.

A huge shout out to edtechies Janet CorderChelsea Wade and Joan Gore for developing and sharing this fabulous resource!

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Tech It Up Tuesday: The Periodic Table of Education Technology

January26

tech it up tueday

It’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time to roll out another tech-isode in my “Tech It Up Tuesday” series in which I will share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

So, let’s kick this thing off with a question: What do you get when you combine the traditional periodic table concept with some of the best edtech resources on the market?

Answer: The Periodic Table of Education Technology which visually presents some of the most widely accepted edtech resources in the industry—118 tools in seven categories to be exact.

Check out this super cool and very useful graphic compiled by the Daily Genius shown below.

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Need a PDF version of this image? Snag your very own copy right here. Or better yet—check out a pretty awesome interactive PDF version created by edtech guru Kathy Schrock here.

Classroom Connection:

Use The Periodic Table of Education Technology as a quick reference guide to locate tools and devices that can be utilized in the classroom and/or to find various edtech conferences that can be attended for professional development purposes.

According to the Daily Genius, The Periodic Table of Education Technology will be updated on a regular basis so be sure to check out the changes here.

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Hello with a Snow Day Twist

January24

snow dayOK, so I thought I was the queen of wishing for snow days… But Mary Morris, a third-grade teacher at Rush Strong School in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, has me way beat. She really, really, really wants not one, but two or maybe 23 snow days so she made a major plea for some of the white stuff by producing a high quality video parody set to Adele’s smash hit Hello—one that’s going viral since being released just four days ago.

With lines like “If it’s got to be so cold, the least that it could do is snow” or “If I have to keep my students inside one more time, for recess, I’m gonna lose my mind”, it’s no wonder this masterpiece has already been viewed over 1.5 million times (and counting).

Whether you’re a teacher or not, maybe this video just captures how any one of us really feels! Check it out below… It’s definitely worth the next six minutes of your life! And if you’ve never wished for a snow day before, I guarantee it that you will now!

Even though Central PA got smacked with 19 inches of snow yesterday, it doesn’t look like I’ll be having one of those coveted snow days tomorrow. But at least I’ve had plenty of time for the past two days to watch Netflix in my PJs!

Two thumbs up for Mary Morris, a very talented and creative teacher. Thanks for the laughs! I truly hope your wish comes true! ♥

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

January24

diigo iconWhat’s new this week in my Diigo bookmarks? Check out the links shown below for some of the latest and greatest web tools that can be added to your edtech toolbox for the upcoming school year!

» ChatterPix

An iOS app that allows users to add audio to photos and images. Personalize the masterpiece with a variety of fun filters and stamps then share with others via social media or email.

» E.gg Timer

A simple countdown timer that can be utilized for various classroom activities. Simply enter the time in words and press go! The tool fills the entire screen, which is perfect for projecting time to students.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links can be found here.

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Edu-fun Friday: Wireless Technology

January22

funny-wireless-technologyAs Quincy Jones once remarked, “I’ve always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, “Ain’t that the truth.”

That said, Edu-fun Friday is a series devoted to adding some humor to the lives of teachers who visit this blog. After all, there’s nothing better than ending the week on a positive note! Plus, do we have the best topics to provide us with some comic relief or what?

As we continue to upgrade the wireless infrastructure in our district, I thought this comic was a perfect one for this week’s TGIF laugh.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And if you’re in the path of the blizzard forecasted to slam the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Saturday and Sunday (like I am), keep warm and stay safe!

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