Will

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What is your student landing page?

  If you are like me, when I teach, I don’t like to spend much time getting students to the correct resource when using our classroom tech. Walking the room like a shark smelling blood in the water for the student who is off on a tangent looking up muscle cars.  I have found a...
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The reason students need a 3-D printer in the classroom.

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“Give me a fish while you’re teaching me how t…

“Give me a fish while you’re teaching me how to catch my own. That way I won’t starve to death while I’m learning to tie flies.”...
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…good technology shouldn’t distract you, but r…

…good technology shouldn’t distract you, but rather help you stay engaged with your normal, real-world interactions with friends, family, and coworkers....
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Cicret Bracelet

With the Cicret Bracelet, you can make your skin your new touchscreen. Read your mails, play your favorite games, answer your calls, check the weather, find your way…Do whatever you want on your arm....
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Rocketbook – From Smart Pen to Smart Paper

Looks fun, not sure how well it works without lines for student use.  Great for just capturing concepts and such. Love the thought and direction of creating smart paper....
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Plickers – Great formative data without student devices.

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Class Badges for rewarding student success!

ClassBadges is a free online tool where teachers can award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teacher account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school. Badges can easily be aligned to academic goals or associated with existing school awards. http://classbadges.com/...
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How do I reduce text complexity?

I was recently asked how to reduce the complexity of text (lower the reading level) not only by length but by replacing the words to make it more accessible to English Language Learners.  There are a few, easily accessed tools to help accomplish this. Within Chrome, TLDR will reduce the length of any text you...
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Symbaloo for creating easy to navigate content for parents and students.

Symbaloo Looking to guide your parents and students to easy to find content and away from an endless list on blogs?  Use Symbaloo to create icons to link them to content that you want them to reach easily, visually....
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Front Row CCSS Aligned Math Practice

Great tool for differentiated math instruction.  Seeing it in use, it has students ask other students who have mastered a concept for help before going to the teacher. Also works on Chromebooks.   www.frontrowed.com  ...
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InstaGrok – Visual mapping research and organization tool.

InstaGrok My fifth grade daughter pointed me to this great find.  Still in development, it has tremendous potential as a wonderful research tool for elementary and middle school students.  I loved the pinning feature (not shown in the screencast)....
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New offering from Edueto: LMS, Collaboration

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The Deafening Silence – A nod to audio in the classroom

Growing up, I have always loved music but never really worked to acquire it like many of my friends with thousands of albums in their collection. I can recall seeing my brother, with great precision, pulling the vinyl out of the sleeve, dusting it with a red velvet contraption and delicately setting the needle down to...
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Corning – A Day Made of Glass

More future eye candy also created in 2011....
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The Future of School and Work Predicted in 2011 by Microsoft

I was excited to find this video for a presentation that I will be giving in the next few days so that teachers think about what students will be entering into for their work-world.  I was astonished that it was created in 2011 and excited to see that the technology they had envisioned seems only...
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Creating your own classroom Khan Academy

How to set up and use a USB camera for collaborative student work. I have been been referring parents and students to sites like Khan Academy and resource sites for years to assist them in reviewing or learning content associated with their classroom lessons.  I have now been encouraging teachers to create their own content...
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Applications to help with data collection and literacy management

Zip Grade – ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish. Exit Ticket (Chrome and IOS) A Student Response System for Exit...
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Chrome OS Accommodation Applications and Extensions:

    Collection of Chrome OS applications and extensions that support student access including voice recognition software, text to voice, distraction free writing space, online reader to support fluency for dyslexics, typing application and Fluency Tutor for students to practice fluency at home to be evaluated by teachers later. Type with your voice. Sayit turns...
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The Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media...
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Westerly Creek Elementary ALS Challenge – Accepted!

Our AWESOME staff at Westerly Creek!...
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Nuclear Detonation Timeline “1945-1998”

This was both beautiful and eerie.  I had no idea so many tests had been conducted and wonder about the necessity of so many tests....
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EduCanon

I see tons of application and promise for this app in schools!...
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Teaching and Learning with IPADS.

Graphic du jour!...
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Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

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Google now owns Word Lens – Visual Translator

When I came across Word Lens at the beginning of the school year, I was immediately impressed.  It was incredible how the software on my i-Phone worked and even with printed handwriting.  Once, while trying to communicate with a Spanish speaking parent, I couldn’t get the message through.  Using the Word Lens app and Post-It...
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Psyched to be going to InnEdCo14

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I can’t wait to see Google Classroom in action!

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Impact of Social Media on Education

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The Flip Side of Professional Development

I am really excited about this article on flipping professional development.  Not only a great model to emulate to staff but the gain in creating highly functioning collaborative groups and communities of learning is impressive.  ...
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Vintage Social Networking

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Google Oppia LMS a Repackaged Forms?

Google Oppia offers a “create your own path” assessment LMS that may be easier to use than Google Forms but does not offer that much more architecturally at this stage.  I do however applaud G-Dom for continuing to make strides to address educational needs....
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Move

I saw this today and just loved the video diary of travel.  This would be fun to have for a project in a school using Glass or a GoPro....
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MetaPro: 15 times the screen of Google Glass

Umm… Wow!  Not as clean looking as the Google Glass but I am so excited for where technology will be in about 5 years.  I love the concept of hand recognition for digital manipulation.  I can see students writing and solving mathematical formulas without ever touching a piece of paper.  You won’t win any style...
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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

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Using Internet Archives Wayback Machine to find content.

Can’t find that content for free anymore or did the site you once love evaporate on the hot web pavement?  You can find those lost resources by using the Internet Archives Way Back Machine.  The site is an archive of all (or an unbelievable amount) of sites on the internet.  Its bots crawl through websites...
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The Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media...
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Share My Lesson offers 296,899 free lesson plans to teachers from teachers

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Never own more than you can carry in both hands at…

Never own more than you can carry in both hands at a dead run....
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Student Academic Awareness (SAA): How will you see your students in a few years?

I have been watching the deployment of Google Glass with much trepidation and wonder how society will receive the ultimate Big Brother on my face.  Will people not speak with me until I remove the Heads-Up Display that I wear like a fighter pilot careening around the corners of my school halls once the novelty...
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Finally and APP watch that can deliver.

Once this kind of technology becomes mainstream the BYOD for schools won’t be an issue because they will all be wearing it.  How will schools leverage and manage this unbridled technology infusion that will enter the building.  We will have to build assessments that will have to measure a students ability to source the answer...
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Gamification Design MOOC

An average young person will spend more than 10,000 hours gaming by the age of 21 – somewhat the time that it takes us to master any kind of skill- and yet, there’s a huge engagement crisis in many other areas. 70% of US full-time employees are not motivated by what they are doing, kids...
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People-Powered Publishing Is Changing All the Rules

Great opportunities located in this article that sheds light on how early authors can get a start.  This could be a great way to engage the prolific writer in your classroom.  MORE HERE...
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Using Google Forms to Track and Change Student Behavior

I have long lived in the paper world using point sheets that migrate from class to class gathering student feedback on behavior, attitude, work completion and their ability to carry a piece of paper around with them all day.  The end result is usually something that you might find at the bottom of a student’s...
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5 Types of Classroom Teaching Styles

Any person who has ever taught in a classroom setting will quickly confess that their style of teaching is different from other teachers. Having a different teaching style makes it essential for teachers to be able to adapt to their students learning abilities. Here are five classroom teaching style methods that will help any teacher...
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Organic Software Updating

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Even Google Employees Are Giving Up On Google Glass

Despite the undeniable gawking that will occur and the Google version of Apple Picking that will inevitably occur when techno-thugs rip Glass from your face, the benefit to the end-user in industry rather than the the daily commuter will be immense. I agree that in most social situations it will be awkward to wear Glass...
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How Big is Google, You Ask?

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Christmas is all Shiny and Chrome.

Google’s Chromebooks Were The Best Selling Laptops At Amazon, Beating Windows And Mac Computers Not surprising that they are being unwrapped this holiday season with kids at schools across the country being introduced to them as part of their K-12 experience.  Phenomenal move on Google’s part to open up the domains to the schools with...
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He’s Dead, Jim!

Came across this today when my machine was waking up and Google Docs wasn’t quite ready for me.  You have to appreciate the throwback to the Dr. McCoy reference.  Damn it Jim, I’m a doctor, not favicon!...
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