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“Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

A class of our 5th graders just participated in a Mystery Skype session with a classroom from Hawaii – thanks to Joanne Jacobs and her students for Skyping with us from the 50th state! It was really cool to sit back and watch the kids in action. What’s a Mystery Skype, you might be wondering?… Continue reading “Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

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Teach Digital Literacy Skills Right Now!

Digital literacy is super important; yet I fear the term digital literacy is kind of tossed around without a real consensus of the true meaning. Is it computer science related? Social networking etiquette? Internet safety? Online research skills? All of the above? I like to think of digital literacy as a broad net with specific… Continue reading Teach Digital Literacy Skills Right Now!

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Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!

Looking to “open the portal” in your classroom and connect with the outside world? It’s easier than you think – I emailed a teacher from Puerto Rico yesterday through Skype Education, and this morning her students connected via Skype with 6th grade Spanish students from my school. At the snap of a finger – it… Continue reading Connect with authors, guest speakers and classrooms – for free!

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Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

Movenote may be the simplest online tool ever created for screencasting. The website syncs with your Google account and allows users to record themselves flipping through Google Presentations/Docs/PDFS, all while providing video narration from the webcam. Movenote hosts the finished product and allows the creator to send a direct link or embed the video. The… Continue reading Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

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Google Tour Builder – A Digital Storytelling Tool

Google recently released a beta version of a web application called Tour Builder. It allows users to create tours using Google Earth online, and it’s quite simple yet super powerful. Simply login with your Google account, choose the locations for your interactive tour, and then add pictures, video and text to tell your digital story.… Continue reading Google Tour Builder – A Digital Storytelling Tool

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TimelineJS – A creative and collaborative beast of an interactive project for your classroom

Creating timelines can oftentimes be a boring and uninspiring classroom activity – but TimelineJS completely revolutionizes the timeline game (dramatic, yes, but true – it really is that amazing). According to it’s website, TimelineJS is “an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually,rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than… Continue reading TimelineJS – A creative and collaborative beast of an interactive project for your classroom

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Social Studies and EdTech – Ideas and Resources for Your Classroom

Looking for some ways to infuse EdTech into your Social Studies curriculum? Here’s some ideas to get you started: Timeline JS (Digital Timeline Creator) Create multimedia-drive, collaborative and interactive timelines using Google Spreadsheets and the Timeline JS website. Overview Video Sample, Completed Google Spreadsheet (Steven Spielberg) Finished Example: History of Ghana Gettysburg Battle App Go on… Continue reading Social Studies and EdTech – Ideas and Resources for Your Classroom