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Amy Roediger

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Learned about some up-and-coming Nearpod changes at the #PioNearSummit this past weekend. Here they are!
I spent this past Saturday and Sunday at the second annual Nearpod PioNear Summit in Austin, Texas. It was great to see the 30+ people that I met at last year's summit and to connect with 60 more PioNears from all over the wo...
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“I can barely fix a printer. If there is a non-tech way to do something, I will find it,” says Shanti Crawford, a teacher at P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. Crawford may have never considered herself to be a "tech person," but she recognized the value of code and discove
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Shannon Doak

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One of the Top 5 Augmented Reality Apps for Education.
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What are your go-to sites for research in elementary grades? I'm putting together a database for my teachers and I'd love some input!
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7 Super Screencasting Activities for School http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/screencasting-activities.html
See how the free Google Chrome web extension Screencastify can be used by students for seven creative learning activities. Tutorial videos, examples, and detailed directions included.
How to use the Screencastify Chrome extension for seven creative activities for student learning.
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Love the idea for dubbing videos! Can't wait to share this with teachers!


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A program at Carnegie Mellon is using technology to enhance the block-building experience for kids.
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Interesting tools. :) #edtech #edchat #teaching
 
5 New EdTech Tools for Teachers
January 9, 2017 Below is a collection of some good educational web tools we are featuring here in EdTech and mLearning for the first time.  Some of the things you can do with these tools include: collaboratively create digital stories, download and share in...
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Tessedel GP

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The authors offer a framework—based on three years of campus visits—for thinking about (1) the circumstances under which personalized learning can help students and (2) the best way to evaluate the real educational value for products that are marketed under the personalized learning banner.
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Video Dubbing Learning Activities for Students - See how students can use the Screencastify Chrome extension to add their own audio narration to videos for various learning activities including practicing translation, reinterpreting a story, creating commentary, and more. http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/video-dubbing.html
Students can use Screencastify to dub their voice on videos for many educational activities.
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Unique 2017 Disney New Years Resolutions » WDW Fan Zone #Disney #Disney New Year #Give Kids the World [...] http://www.wdwfanzone.com/2017/01/unique-2017-disney-new-years-resolutions/

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. 2017 will allow us a time to look back at 2016 and make an effort to improve ourselves as the New Year begins.
It’s well known that New Year’s resolutions don’t have a high success rate. But this post will be a different approach. Research tell us that approximately 45 percent of American adults set at least one resolution come New Year’s.
We all get excited and energized as the New Year begins and we think that this year will be different from the last. We are going to help you follow through and keep your NEW resolutions.
Let’s start from scratch, start with a clean slate and get started on our “DISNEY” New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year's resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. 2017 will allow us a time to look back at 2016 and make an effort to improve ourselves as the New Year begins. It’s well known ...
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Solving Story Problems with the Highlight Tool Add-on for Docs http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/math-highlights.html
See how using the Highlight Tool add-on can help students work through math story problems.
How to solve math story problems with the Google Docs add-on Highlight Tool.
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Trevor Beck

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Help get our Hangout Apps back!

If you've ever tried a Hangout on a personal account vs. a work/education account, you can see that all the apps we used to enjoy have been removed. With the recent announcement of the Hangout API being shut down, apps that give us functionality like the lower thirds will likely go away.

So, what can YOU do? Say something.

Using the feedback tool for hangouts, we can let Google know what we want to see in Hangouts. Allo and Duo are Google's answer to iMessages, but it currently only works on mobile devices.

So, what should we say? Well, here's a message that you can quickly copy/paste into the feedback windows for Hangouts:


Functions I'd like to see in Google Hangouts:

1. Lower thirds. Whether in a private video call or a Hangout on Air, the ability to easily see the name of the person speaking is extremely imporant.

2. Soft focus background. Great for busy backgrounds, this allows for a sharp focus on the speaker while everything around was out of focus.

3. Bring back/keep Google Effects. Many people don't like using video conferencing because they can see themselves on screen. However, wearing a silly hat goes a long way to breaking down their reluctance.


Where to find feedback:

New Hangouts: Select Feedback from the menu (three dots in top right)
Old Hangouts: Question mark in the bottom left corner
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The Wi-Fi Minute: 3 Wi-Fi Planning Tips to Create a Reliable and Secure School Wireless Network - No matter how big or small your school is, deploying a wireless network is a huge task.
#edtech #edtechchat #K12
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Nick Foster

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Email is a critical tool for education or any other endeavor, it's time we all found some better apps for it! What's your app of choice for managing email?
 
I recently switched to using Airmail, and I finally feel like I'm using email again instead of fighting it. If you're interested you can read my full review here: https://staringatphones.com/2017/01/09/airmail-app-review/
App: Airmail Developer: Bloop S.R.L. Platforms: iOS, Mac Price: $4.99 (iOS), $9.99 (Mac) In addition to Notability and 2Do, another new app that really changed the way I work last year is Airmail. …
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I am looking for recommendations to redo our computer lab. We currently have 30 Imacs but eventually they will not cooperate with Chrome. 
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Why not?
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By Tom Vander Ark - School improvement has seasons, and whether an EdLeader is an improver or an innovator you will find a time where you need their skills.
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