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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

June26

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!

» Pinstamatic

A tool that allows users to create a variety of items to add to Pinterest boards including website snapshots, pins of Twitter profiles and Spotify tracks.Great for generating cool educational boards!

» Photovisi

Design unique photo collages and social media covers with ease using this free online tool.

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

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Monitor Classroom Noise Level with Bouncy Balls

June25

OK, so what teacher doesn’t need a new classroom management gimmick every now and then? Well, when the need arises, look no further than Bouncy Balls, a free online web site that activates the user’s microphone and detects noise level. The more noise in the classroom, the more the balls bounce.

An example of what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is silent.

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An example of what Bouncy Balls looks like when the classroom is noisy.

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Classroom Connection:

Use Bouncy Balls when you need a neat way to monitor the noise level in your classroom—especially during cooperative learning, pair-share, literature circle or other group activities. Another great aspect of this tool is that it teaches students self-monitoring skills, especially if the site is projected to an interactive whiteboard.

Be sure to add this gem to your edtech toolbox for the upcoming school year!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

June19

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!

» PicPlayPost

An iOS and Android app that makes it super easy to combine different types of media (photos, videos, GIFs and music) into a collage that can be shared via social media networks.

» Bulk QR Code Generator

A bulk QR Code generator that allows users to create multiple QR codes for free and then download them as a png, jpg, svg or zip files. ideal for making class sets and/or badges for conferences and meetings.

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

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom

June18

Google-Classroom-Logo1For the past few years Google has provided educators with a killer blended learning platform that allows them to create, distribute, grade assignments and share feedback all in one place. Essentially, it is a teacher’s mission control! Instant. Paperless. Awesome! If you have not yet experienced this simplistic yet extremely powerful tool known as Google Classroom, you have no idea what you’ve been missing! It’s by far one of my most favorite and efficient resources to utilize in the classroom—and for professional development purposes.

To help you become a Google Classroom rock star, the folks at Educational Technology & Mobile Learning have generated a checklist of skills all teachers should master in the form of the infographic shown below. Be sure to check it out!

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Classroom Connection:

Use the tips listed on the infographic to effectively integrate this fantastic blending learning platform in your educational space!

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Edu-fun Friday: Who Needs a Driver Anyway?

June17

cartoon4325As 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—even if you are enjoying summer vacation!

Speaking of which… If you’re a techie and a golfing junkie (like many of my teacher peeps), then you can probably related to this one—both in the classroom and on the links!

Thanks to cartoonist Mark Anderson for sharing this humor with us!

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The How to Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources Infographic

June9

open educational resourcesIf you need some equitable access to education for all learners, then this edu-good info is actually for you! It focuses on some tech-knowledge-y that all educators who create multimedia projects and/or who conduct research with their students could surely use.

So here it is: When you need the answers to life’s burning questions or more along the educational lines, such as information for a presentation or report, you and your students most likely default to one of the most robust resources that currently exists: The Internet, or more specifically, Google. Because of the continuous evolution of mobile technology, it’s simple to use, fast and in most cases, accurate.

And here’s the part where the infamous “but” word enters the equation…

Yep, there’s no doubt that we have a wealth resources at our fingertips; however, the real question becomes: Is snagging this stuff for our own purposes legal? What constitutes fair usage of various form of media?

Open Educational Resources (OER) to the rescue. By taking a look at the infographic shown below, teachers and students can become more aware of how to locate images, documents and videos that can be edited, remixed and shared without copyright restrictions. Check. It. Out!

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Props to the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning for creating and sharing this helpful visual.

Classroom Connection:

Use the infographic as a how-to guide to search for openly licensed educational resources that can be used in conjunction with digital projects and presentations. Having this knowledge should help to avoid having the copyright police banging at your door!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

June6

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!

» Permission Click

Create permission slips using an existing process or from a template in the easy form builder. Once generated, parents simply click a link which takes them directly to the digital permission slip anywhere, anytime!

» Wowed

An iOS app that can be used to create word clouds from Twitter, Facebook, webpages and more! Choose from a range of different fonts, colors, and layouts to customize the appearance of the clouds that are generated.

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

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Tech It Up Tuesday: 26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter in Education

May31

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Welcome to the last edition of Tech It Up Tuesday for the 2015-16 school year!

Today’s final tech-isode features a very useful infographic highlighting 26 ways educators can incorporate Twitter into their craft.

So, if you haven’t adopted this social media platform as one of your go-to places for professional development and/or sharing pertinent info with coworkers, students and parents, no worries! There’s no time like summer vacation to add a new set of skills to your tech-box!

Despite the 140 character minimum, tweets—articles, thoughts, opinions, inspiration, quotes, images and more—allow like-minded individuals to connect, collaborate, discuss, exchange and even debate all sorts of ideas with virtual colleagues. Whether it’s best practices, instructional strategies, the latest and greatest tech tools or an innovative project, invaluable information is just a hashtag away!

Check out the infographic below for an A-Z list of ways educators can utilize one of the most popular social media platforms on the edtech scene to make meaningful connections with others.

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Click here for a larger version of this infographic.

A shout out to eLearning Infographics for creating and sharing this useful info for educators!

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

May31

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 and resources that can be utilized to incorporate technology into your classroom!

» Wiggio

A free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in all types of groups (academic, clubs, organizations, sports teams, social groups, etc.). The platform is designed to be easy and straightforward, even for the least tech-savvy members of your group.

» Curriculet

Embed a layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media annotations into any reading assignment to track mastery of literacy skills and Common Core standards in real-time.

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

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Diigo Weekly Bookmarks

May22

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 and resources that can be utilized to incorporate technology into your classroom!

» Picjumbo

Totally free stock photos for educational, commercial and/or personal use. No attribution needed!

» Every Last Drop

An interactive website about conserving water. Scroll through the page to reveal how the average person consumes water on a daily basis and learn ideas for reducing waste.

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

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