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Education Technology, Free Apps & Lifehacks for Teachers
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Building Critical Thinking Into Self-Paced Online Learning - Until recently, I worked on Propero.org, a collection of accredited, self-paced, online learning courses where students work at their own pace and pick up college credits with maximum convenience. I joined the team after the curriculum had been developed, so it was my job to review the courses and determine which changes we should make to further develop them. I instantly noticed that the learning objectives were all clustered on ...

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Sleep Conductor | App Prototype for IDEO CoLAB Makeathon 2016

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Experience API and RSS News/Podcast Aggregators in Education

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Search Canvas LMS with Chrome Custom Search Engines - If you’re an admin user of Canvas LMS by Instructure, you frequently have to navigate your account by searching for users and courses in the Admin panel’s search bars for “Users” and “Courses”. This is a snazzy trick that lets you search your Canvas instance directly from your Chrome browser’s address bar. You can define a custom keyword for each search using Chrome Custom Search Engines, allowing you to invoke the search you want to per...

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Discussion Forum for Video Lectures Encourages Engagement - Most LMSes have a “Discussion Forum” tool that you can add into any course unit, and even make it a graded assignment in the course. Many online educators will post a discussion prompt and let students respond below. Here’s a little trick to help spice up your discussion postings with a rich multimedia presentation that students can respond to instantly. Here’s how to do it in Canvas, but the process for each LMS is very similar. Y...

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Loop is Google Play Music on your Desktop - Google Play Music is my favorite music streaming service — but running it in my main browser has some drawbacks. Luckily Loop has emerged as a nice standalone desktop app for Google Play Music. It lets you keep your music player separate from your main browser, improving your overall performance and simplifying the task of navigating to your tunes. First, why is Google Music so great? I know that Spotify is the “cool” music streaming service, but ...

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Testing the H5P.org Twitter Widget - I have long been a fan of the h5p.org project, a collection of open source learning objects written completely in HTML5 technologies to add interactive elements to online courses. These are the learning objects used in edX courses, but you can freely deploy them in your own courses. I’m going to be testing some of the tools, and I figured I’d post about them as I go. The Twitter User Feed Widget is the least course-specific of their catalog of learning i...

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Sandstorm.io for Teachers | Presentations - I’ve long been a believer that teachers should explore open source edtech tools as an alternative to all the free, freemium, ad-supported, and privacy-invading web applications that are marketed to us. In addition to all the great open source desktop applications, there are a lot of open alternatives to the cloud apps we all know and love — Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, SurveyMonkey, Twitter, etc. Open tools can match the power of these commerci...

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Site Builder Pingendo Lets You Build with Bootstrap Visually

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Always Know Where Your Towel (and File) Is - So after reading this guy’s rant about how terrible his experience with iTunes is, it reminded me of a big “I told you so” that I want to share. While your apps would like you to think of your music, movies, and documents as being theirs, they’re really yours, and you should always know where they are stored on your devices. This empowers you to take control of your computing life, and always gives you the option to skip out of an abusive relatio...
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