APSRC Technology Blog

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8/29/2016 9:07:44 AM
Follow this link to see how Adobe Spark might work for you!
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5/21/2015 2:31:08 PM

Are you looking for a free app that students can present their electronic portfolios? Check out PopBoardz, highlighted in iPad Apps for School’s article, http://goo.gl/m1PMor


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5/18/2015 10:26:49 AM

Would you like to create videos using your Chromebook? Check out Free Technology for Teachers article highlighting five apps for students to incorporate into their video projects, http://goo.gl/3dzG08


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5/11/2015 11:37:37 AM

Looking for a free site to create rubrics? Edudemic's article, "The Best Free Online Rubric Makers", highlights five of the most popular. http://goo.gl/Cj3fWB


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5/6/2015 3:28:27 PM
Zap Zap Fractions: Virtual Fraction Tutor teaches students the basics of fractions in a fun and creative way. http://goo.gl/8LE3gX
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5/4/2015 3:16:26 PM
Take a look at what students think of modern learning, from the 2014 Speak Up survey discussed in April 30th ISTE article, http://goo.gl/quB1Xg
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5/1/2015 4:28:21 PM
Check out Skaffl, a free iPad app that distributes, collects, and helps with grading student assignments. http://goo.gl/kXttQz
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4/30/2015 3:17:33 PM

Google Classroom added new features for teacher collaboration and announcement drafts. Free Technology for Teachers article highlights changes via print-screens. http://goo.gl/2tkuXq


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4/27/2015 8:56:15 AM

Looking for a Google Form add-on to help with checking items in and out during class time? Free Technology for Teachers article, highlights CheckItOut as a possible solution. http://goo.gl/jH3hHq


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4/17/2015 1:46:41 PM

Are you looking for a fun and interactive polling software for your students? Kahoot is a web-based software for devices. ISTE’s article highlights it use in the classroom. http://goo.gl/7Ri1r4


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4/15/2015 4:22:04 PM

Looking for a way to get your students out of their seats? The QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator helps organize the project and creates a fun lesson for students to use technology. http://goo.gl/8pjeku


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4/7/2015 2:51:23 PM

iPad Apps for School article, discusses three apps used to create talking pictures for elementary and middle grade students. http://goo.gl/qAKWzJ


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4/6/2015 11:25:55 AM

Are you looking for a project to get your students outside? Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife in your area. http://www.projectnoah.org/


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4/2/2015 11:06:11 AM

Interesting way to roll out new iPads at your school. Mind/Shift’s article on how teens react without technology for three days and their reflections, http://goo.gl/MquUUj


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3/23/2015 10:32:00 AM
Are you looking for time-saving add-on’s for your Google Apps in the classroom? "Free Technology for Teachers” article, highlights ten such add-on’s. http://goo.gl/gK4KbR
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3/16/2015 8:59:17 AM

Would you like to send reminders to your students or parents using your Google Sheet? Take a look at a video by Richard Byrne, on how to use an Add-on "Add Reminders”. http://goo.gl/2AJt9X


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3/13/2015 8:38:52 AM

Do teachers have an effect on how students view technology? Edudemic’s article, "How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech” covers teaching tips on how to incorporate technology in your lessons. http://goo.gl/wqqXQR


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3/8/2015 7:07:07 PM
Code.org training for K-5 teachers on April 4th.  Presenter Joel Spencer, note link to flyer for location, time and training description.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BydwdtapT7PwdnNtZlNTTzNxdHc/view?usp=sharing
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2/26/2015 4:40:42 PM

Are you looking for iPad apps to help students learn to spell? iPad Apps for School article highlights eight apps for elementary students. http://goo.gl/2bpqEW


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2/24/2015 2:36:03 PM

What are 3 things great teachers do with technology? eSchool News article highlights teaching techniques to help with student engagement. http://goo.gl/iflfdD


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2/23/2015 11:21:03 AM

Tech Blog Post - For math teachers who use Google Docs and Forms, check out this week's article from Free Tech for Teachers on how to insert graphs and equations. http://goo.gl/NGlllf


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2/9/2015 2:51:13 PM

Mark your calendar, March 13, 2015, is Digital Learning Day. Check out videos and resources on how you can incorporate ideas at your school. Help celebrate with your students and other schools around the country. http://goo.gl/pS7uwd


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2/3/2015 5:50:25 PM

PARCC testing is just around the corner. Arkansas Department of Education issued a Commissioner’s Memo, LS-15-045, encouraging districts to participate in a statewide infrastructure trial. For more details about the infrastructure trial, click the link: http://goo.gl/IcDn0i


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1/19/2015 3:32:25 PM
What are the predictions for technology in education for 2015. Check out this article posted on the ISTE website: http://goo.gl/ZxQdAh
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1/14/2015 2:15:33 PM

Looking for Chromebook apps that transform student’s thoughts in to visual presentations? Check out Edudemic’s article on five such apps. http://goo.gl/pxPE3O


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1/12/2015 9:49:52 AM

How to design a Jeopardy-style game using Google Sheets & Flippity that could be used with interactive whiteboards and iPads. Watch a video, by Richard Byrne, on how it’s created. http://goo.gl/39R6SZ


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12/18/2014 9:38:52 AM

After the week of an "Hour of Code”, I wanted to follow up with an article by Edutopia for additional coding apps, http://www.edutopia.org/blog/7-apps-teaching-children-coding-anna-adam?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-coding-apps-list-repost3


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12/12/2014 3:57:02 PM

Free iPad apps that correspond with the Hour of Code this week, http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/03/5-good-ipad-apps-to-teach-kids.html


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12/4/2014 2:48:05 PM

Are you struggling to manage your iPads in the classroom? Take a look at suggestions to help improve your lessons, http://www.techchef4u.com/ipad/11-tips-for-managing-ipads-in-the-classroom/


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11/21/2014 3:23:17 PM

Have you ever wondered how iPad apps might apply to Bloom’s Taxonomy? Take a look at this article by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano: http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/03/31/ipad-apps-and-blooms-taxonomy/


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11/18/2014 4:37:58 PM

How many 13-year-old’s start their own company? Newsela is a site that posts news articles for students: https://newsela.com/articles/Braille-startup/id/5872/


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11/14/2014 3:50:39 PM

Is your school struggling with what device to order? What questions should your technical staff be asking? http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-choose-the-best-mobile-device-for-your-school/


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11/10/2014 12:53:40 PM

Have you been looking for a Chromebook app that creates short student films? Clarisketch could be your answer for a flipped classroom environment: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/create-instructional-videos-on-your.html?m=1


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11/4/2014 2:16:55 PM

Are you getting the full impact of technology in the classroom? Take a look at suggested techniques to help improve your lessons: http://www.edudemic.com/5-tips-keeping-students-task-using-tech/


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10/31/2014 11:24:28 AM

With less money to take students on field trips. Teachers are coming up with ways to take virtual field trips, without leaving the classroom by using apps: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-virtual-field-trips-monica-burns?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-virtualtripapps-repost2


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10/28/2014 1:42:34 PM

If you haven’t found a reason to try Pinterest, take a look at this week’s article on Educational Technology pages. This might change your mind. http://www.avatargeneration.com/2012/09/pinterest-boards-in-educational-technology


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10/22/2014 1:49:10 PM

Do you have a bulletin board full of sticky notes? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could convert sticky notes in to electronic sticky notes? Check out the latest app: http://ipadapps4school.com/2014/09/26/quickly-turn-physical-sticky-notes-into-digital-notes/



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10/14/2014 9:27:54 PM
CK-12 Exploration Series introduces Physics Simulations that are interactive for students, http://interactives.ck12.org/simulations/index.html
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10/9/2014 9:01:46 AM

Take a look at the latest math app, "MathChat”. This app invites students to collaborate on math problems, either at school or at home. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/math-chat-solve-problems-together-in.html?m=1


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10/9/2014 9:00:19 AM

Would you like to know where the best websites for free sound effects and music are found? Take a look at this article: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/09/sources-of-free-sound-effects-and-music.html?m=1


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10/2/2014 9:13:47 AM
Would you like to have an app that 'Catalogs Your Activities'?  The information collected can be saved in PDF format and uploaded into BloomBoard.   https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cya-teacher-eval/id867902655?mt=8

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9/30/2014 1:32:37 PM

Looking to try project-based learning? PBL organized on Pinterst with the latest tips and tricks. http://www.pinterest.com/edutopia/we-3-pbl/


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9/20/2014 1:11:51 PM

App of the Week: Edmodo - This app creates a safe and easy way for teachers and students to engage and collaborate. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edmodo/id378352300?mt=8


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9/18/2014 4:27:38 PM

Are your students actively participating in the learning process? What role does technology play in classroom management? "Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom” at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-management-tech-equipped-classroom-andrew-marcinek?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-classroom-management-tech-equipped-class-link


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9/10/2014 4:34:54 PM

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner’s Resources for Parents

Is programming and learning code as complicated as it sounds? Take a look at some tutorials and apps for students and parents. It's never to young to start.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teach-kids-coding-resources-parents-matt-davis


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9/5/2014 4:04:57 PM

Would you like to send voice messages to students and parents? Check out the Remind app: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/remind-launches-stamps-and-voice.html?m=1


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9/2/2014 3:54:41 PM

Do you have teachers who feel they are not "tech savvy”? Here are "5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology”: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/help-teachers-struggling-with-technology-josh-work?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-work-tech-tips-teachers-image-repost


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8/27/2014 11:41:38 AM
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8/27/2014 11:39:35 AM

What are some of the latest digital tools to start the school year with? Find out in this PBS article various digital tools to help incorporate technology into your lessons. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digital-tools/


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8/20/2014 4:25:30 PM

App of the Week (August 20, 2014): Are you a Word Maniac? Find out now!
Create as many words as possible in three minutes from a random set of 15 letters. Score points for different letters and word lengths. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/word-mania-challenge/id559660809?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4


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8/19/2014 3:07:40 PM

Why do sharks attack? Find the answer and discover other science and technology episodes on Nova at http://video.pbs.org/program/nova/


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8/13/2014 9:02:59 AM

What’s that Password? See LastPass – one of "50 apps for the new school year” at http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/08/11/50-productivity-apps-389/2/


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8/7/2014 11:46:34 AM

Are you a connected teacher? Find out by reading "Ten Tips for Becoming a Connected Educator” at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/10-tips-become-connected-educator-elana-leoni


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7/28/2014 3:51:05 PM

What does one need to start making videos in the classroom? See "How to Make a  Class Video” at http://desktopvideo.about.com/od/homevideoprojects/ht/How-To-Make-A-Class-Video.htm.

 


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7/21/2014 3:03:40 PM

Do you need a "recipe” to better use your web services? Check out IFTTT (IF This Then That) at https://ifttt.com and IFTTT for teachers at http://edtech.tv/ifttt-for-teachers/.

 

 



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7/15/2014 1:01:46 PM
What are the six technology-related skills that every good teacher should possess -- or acquire? 
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7/7/2014 1:33:06 PM

When business looks at educational technology: What transformations does Harvard Business School identify? "The Unfulfilled Promise of Educational Technology” at http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/7553.html


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7/3/2014 2:09:20 PM

Supreme Court cellphone-search ruling sends a cautionary message to schools

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5/6/2014 4:10:32 PM
Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education
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3/26/2014 2:14:07 PM

Network managers have been waiting several years for tools that let them granularly optimize and prioritize traffic over a wireless network. NGFWs do just that, and they're here!


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3/21/2014 10:43:59 AM
The APSRC Ed Tech Connection is a curation of the weeks' trending articles, tweets, videos and other sources of education technology news and information.
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2/14/2014 2:05:24 PM
When it comes to solving word problems in the math classroom, children should be able to explain their thinking. This includes identifying the strategies they used and the thought process behind their decisions. Students should use grade-appropriate math vocabulary and models that demonstrate the steps they took to solve a problem. In this post, we're going to take a look at how screencasting can be used in a fourth grade classroom to meet a Common Core State Standard while addressing a 21st century skill: communicate clearly.
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2/14/2014 10:13:16 AM
Gone are the days when academic institutes used to shy from integrating current technology into their education system. Now, almost every school, college and university in US, UK and other developed countries are using current techs to foster effective education round-the-clock. As internet plays a huge role in making education more interactive and streamline than ever before, blogging has opened dozens of doorways for teachers to make their teaching endeavors more productive.
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2/14/2014 9:06:28 AM
The APSRC Ed Tech Connection helps you keep up with the latest in educational technology. If there is a certain topic or issue that you'd like to see in the APSRC Ed Tech Connection, email Brook Singletary at bsingletary@apsrc.net.

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2/7/2014 4:13:16 PM
Check out this in-depth lesson using Popplet.  Students read a literary, non-fiction text and use Popplet to mind map themes and tones in the text.
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1/31/2014 3:12:35 PM
Don't miss this edition of the APSRC Ed Tech Connection!
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1/31/2014 12:47:16 PM

Videos are a great way to flip your classroom or extend the learning past the school day. But how can you gather your student's thoughts or questions about the video? VideoNot.es is a great way to do just that!


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1/28/2014 1:33:14 PM

Winter weather may have kept Bishop Donahue High School students home from school Monday, but that doesn't mean they didn't have to go class.


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1/16/2014 8:41:21 AM
Members of the League of Innovative Schools share the secrets of their success in implementing and maintaining tech initiatives. 
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1/3/2014 11:31:13 AM
The APSRC Ed Tech Connection features news, events and resources for the connected educator.
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11/15/2013 12:06:18 PM
Everyone knows DropBox.  But do you know how it can be used in the classroom?
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11/15/2013 9:27:28 AM
The APSRC Ed Tech Connection features news, events and resources for the connected educator.  
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11/4/2013 11:22:20 AM
APSRC Ed Tech Connection provides you with useful and timely information on educational technology resources.  
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11/1/2013 10:17:38 AM
Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!
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11/1/2013 9:39:49 AM
Washington area school districts are creating mobile apps to make it easier for busy, cellphone-addicted parents to check school lunch menus, e-mail a teacher or check on their daughter's latest math score.
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10/17/2013 9:58:16 AM
Thinglink.com and the ThingLink app are free and user -friendly digital tools that provided users the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. 



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10/10/2013 10:11:31 AM
FETC Virtual Conference & Expo is the online companion to FETC, the content-rich conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. 


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9/26/2013 9:03:39 AM
Powerful Learning Practice, a professional learning company for connected educators has created The Connected Educator Starter Kit to help you join the vast sea of connected educators, Web 2.0 tools, and online communities. Whether you just dip your toe in the water by trying a few of these activities or you dive in headfirst and take advantage of this entire month-long, do-it-yourself professional learning journey, we're sure you'll find something to challenge you or spark your interest.
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8/15/2013 1:14:28 PM

Teaching is changing for the better. Instead of one teacher delivering one lesson for one hour to one room full of students, the ideal is now for teachers to enable each student to discover the right mix of lessons that works for him or her anytime, anywhere.

Two new free Web platforms,OpenCurriculum and Activate Instruction aim to put teachers in charge of the digital evolution of classrooms and shape the future of education


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7/23/2013 2:56:38 PM
Reserve Your Spot for EdmodoCon

Edmodo's Free Online Edtech Conference



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7/10/2013 1:36:18 PM
For teachers on fixed salaries, the additional cost of school supplies can be a major financial burden.  As Charles Best thought about this problem, about the money he was spending and that his colleagues were spending, he came up with an idea.
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7/8/2013 4:16:35 PM
Google's Samsung Chromebook is still relatively new to the tech scene, but it's made quite a splash since its launch in October 2012. Aptly billed "a laptop for everyone," its $249 price tag and straightforward interface makes it a device worth considering for both students and teachers. Between the wild news that Malaysia is adopting 10 million and the new Google Play Store for Education, there's a few reasons try Google Chromebooks in the classroom.
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6/6/2013 4:21:28 PM
President Obama today unveiled ConnectED, a new initiative intended to connect 99 percent of America's students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within five years. He called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to modernize and leverage its existing eRate program to meet that goal.


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6/5/2013 4:16:25 PM
Do you know a student entering college in need of a computer?  Microsoft has a program that lets college students crowdsource their next computer.
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5/29/2013 1:51:21 PM
Grant Wrangler has grants for school libraries, teachers, superintendents, and even educators who use insects in the classroom. Want more grants? Search Grant Wrangler.
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4/11/2013 9:52:39 AM

Suzanne Rogers, Assistant Principal at LISA Academy has been asked to be a guest blogger on GoAnimate's blog!  Her post is scheduled to run on May 14, 2013. 


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4/3/2013 9:32:00 AM
The Learning Registry is a new way to identify and find educational resources online.
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4/2/2013 4:02:57 PM
Blended Schools Network (BSN), a non-profit focused on online learning, will launch a massive open online course (MOOC) to help teachers improve their curation of online learning materials and strengthen their professional networks.


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2/6/2013 8:25:06 AM

Signifying the growing importance and demand for digital learning strategies in the classroom, nearly 25,000 teachers, millions of students, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA), are joining the Alliance for Excellent Education today for the second annual Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that promotes digital learning and spotlights successful instructional technology practice in K-12 public school classrooms across the country.


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2/5/2013 8:21:22 AM
We're constantly searching for tools to help teachers infuse technology into the classroom. Check out this list.

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1/31/2013 10:56:49 AM
If you are looking for a new formative assessment tool, check out Understoodit.  Whether your students are on iPads or have access to the web from desktops, Understoodit is a fantastic free assessment tool that is perfect for collecting data when presenting new information to students.

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1/18/2013 2:50:15 PM

Evernote is at the top of my tech tools list.  But have you seen Evernote for Schools?  Teachers and administrators who are looking to start their students on a path of lifelong learning can find a collection of resources at Evernote for Schools including education-related case studies, videos, and a discussion forum for connecting and sharing tips and ideas for using Evernote in a school setting.


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1/9/2013 8:56:03 AM
Does this sound familiar? "Our school just purchased the latest mobile technology tablets for all of the students in our elementary school. Does anyone know where we could get some training about how to use them and what apps we should buy?" We've heard variations on this theme across our state and nationally for several years. Too often, as others have noted, the allure of the device outweighs practical planning for the implementation. Appropriate high-quality professional development and ongoing support for teachers is essential to success. Just as having sweet fluffy cotton candy for breakfast hardly fits the bill for a nutritious breakfast, short-term "summer boot camps" or a few hours of professional development after school leave educators hungry for more and without the necessary "nutrients" for effective instructional practices.
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1/2/2013 1:18:23 PM
You might be familiar with the nonprofit service Digital Wish as a source for ed-tech fundraising - but the site has become much more than a way to connect educators with potential donors.
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1/2/2013 10:56:39 AM
As you prepare to apply for your schools' annual share of $2.3 billion in eRate discounts on telecommunications services and internet access, we've assembled this handy collection of tips, tricks, and other advice - made possible by the generous support of Schoolwires - to help you navigate the eRate process successfully.
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12/20/2012 3:58:16 PM