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Great way to make infographics with your ideas! http://www.easel.ly/


Make your QR code talk!  http://classtechtips.com/2014/04/23/talking-qr-codes/


17 Tips for Skype http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/325393/17-skype-tips-to-help-you-master-web-calling-video-chat?mailingID=81784FEDF58834201A534B050F298B75


Pre-K digital learning FREE webinars!  They archive them too so if you can’t make the time frame they still can be viewed.

OK to Play How Tablets, Smartphones, Computers and Other Devices Can Be an Important Part of a Child's Development Presented by Barbara Chamberlin, Ph.D

Tuesday, July 22nd at 3pm ET   REGISTER HERE

Much is made of "screen time" and "device overload" regarding our children. New technologies have spurred a burst of development for young children, leaving teachers and parents wondering how much is too much. They have also heard a burst of outrageous and ill-informed claims calling for a "ban of devices for children". Dr. Barbara Chamberlin will help you set your own guidelines for your students, giving specific examples of how these tools can be beneficial, prompt discussion of where we should show caution, and help us each - as parents and educators - be better informed about what is "OK to Play".


Don't Flip Out! The Unique Aspects of Blended Learning Implementations for Your Youngest Students Presented by Barker Davis 

Tuesday, September 23rd at 4pm ET   REGISTER HERE

Before you turn your conventional classrooms upside down, consider how the very different needs of your youngest learners should shape blended learning implementations for PreK-Grade 3. We will take a closer look at which blended learning elements and concepts are likely to fly or flop with your early learners.



FREE: Webinar 7/29 4:00 PM Eastern time| Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow
A new posting from The edWeb Team (edWeb.net) Join us for the next Blended Learning webinar!
New Research: Digital Tools and Personalized Learning, Today and Tomorrow
Presenters:  Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow; with Christina Gibson, Principal, Crull Elementary School, Port Huron, MI

In This Session
How is learning and teaching being transformed by digital tools?  How do administrators, teachers, parents, and students really use technology right now? And what does the future of personalized learning look like?

In our community’s next webinar, Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will share survey findings from the Speak Up National Research Project and discuss learning and teaching with technology, 21st Century Skills, and STEM instruction. She will be joined by Christie Gibson, Principal of Crull Elementary School, who will share insights from her Board of Education Report on state reporting, as well as comparisons of student growth with the amount of time digital tools are used in each classroom.  

Join Julie and Christie on July 29th to hear the latest on digital tools and personalized learning, today and tomorrow.

To Participate in the Live Session
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
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About the Presenters
Julie Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. With 16 years of experience in the K–12 education sector, Project Tomorrow regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K–12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, businesses and higher education.

Christina A. Gibson is the Principal of Howard D Crull Elementary School in Port Huron, Michigan. She blogs at 2principals.org and hdcrull.weebly.com. Christina is on a mission to bring creativity, projects and student focused learning to public education with an emphasis on blended learning and google education products.  She recently was featured in the MACUL journal and has presented at the MACUL technology conference on deploying and implementing technology in Title I schools.

This program is sponsored by DreamBox Learning.


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E-textbooks evolve to include more adaptive features
E-textbooks have evolved beyond words on a screen to include adaptive features that adjust levels of difficulty based on students' needs and offer translation functions. "Think of it as making the textbook a hands-on activity," said Andrew Miller, an ASCD faculty member and technology expert. "It's making the content come to life in a way that meets the needs of different learners -- auditory learners, visual leaders, text-based learners." District Administration magazine online (7/17)


Game-based learning becomes more popular in schools

Many teachers are finding the benefits of game-based learning, which draws upon a medium that students can connect with to teach academic concepts. Among mainstream games teachers can use are Minecraft to teach digital citizenship; Portal and Portal 2 to teach teamwork and physics; and DragonBox to teach algebra. EdTech magazine online (7/16)


5 essential insights about mobile learning http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/5-essential-insights-about-mobile-learning/


NJIT 12-credit/4 course Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, Evaluation, & Assessment is designed for K-16 teachers, administrators, and corporate trainers who are faced with the instructional design and educational measurement demands to demonstrate that their students are learning what they are being taught. This credential prepares educators and trainers to use the most-up-to-date tools, methods and techniques. These include how to more effectively design online courses, as well as how to integrate appropriate assessment strategies that accurately measure learner subject mastery and overall school and program performance.   Enrollees can take all 4 courses to earn the stand-alone credential which can be applied to Masters degree programs or they can enroll in any 1 or more of the graduate courses in the certificate which best meets their professional needs.  


The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) releases the 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report based on self-reported progress toward building a framework that embraces technology and e-learning.

Executive Summary of the 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report: http://siia.net/visionk20/2014_VK20-ES.pdf . Full report: http://siia.net/visionk20/2014_VK20.pdf


5 Apps every teacher should have http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/07/17/5-apps-every-teacher-should-have.aspx?=THEMOB


14 Steps for meaningful student blogging http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7980


13 YouTube Tricks for True PowerYOUsers http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/325658/13-youtube-tricks-for-true-poweryousers/1   So many I didn’t know!!!!


10 Emerging Technologies and How they are being used across the Globe http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/the-ten-emerging-technologies-in-education-and-how-they-are-being-used-across-the-globe/


Yooukids advertised as an adult’s remote control for videos to be sync’d onto kids devices. http://www.yooukids.com/


NJ Science teachers check out the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Youth Cyber Defense Competition. See: www.uscyberpatriot.org .

Potential to get hands-on training to coach a CyberPatriot team. A recent press release for more info at: http://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AFA/6379b747-7730-4f82-9b45-a1c80d6c8fdb/UploadedImages/Press%20Releases/2014/June/CyberPatriot%20Video%20Release%20for%202014.pdf

The Open Division team registration provides access to the software, participant materials, and all travel expenses for teams qualifying for the in-person competitions. The current CP-VII team enrollment deadline is Oct 10th with the first two competition rounds scheduled for Oct 24-26 and Nov 14-16. The final in-person all paid competition will be held at the AFA’s CyberFutures Conference, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, on March 11-15, 2015. To see the competition timeline, see:  https://www.uscyberpatriot.org/competition/competition-timeline


Mandy Galante, Applied Technology Teacher, Red Bank Regional High School, has coached CyberPatriot teams since they were opened to all high school students. Her first CP-III team won the national competition and all of her teams have consistently been the top scoring Open Division teams in NJ. She has offered to give a presentation for teachers on how to coach a CyberPatriot team and get started for this fall.  The presentation would include hands-on demonstrations with laptops to simulate what a competition looks like.Interested in attending a demonstration on either August 20th or 21st at Kean University on how to coach a CyberPatriot team contact Mandy Galante directly at mandygal@gmail.com. If the team enrollment registration fee is a problem, contact a local AFA Chapter at:  http://njairforceassoc.org/chapters.htm


GREAT webpage for links to Images you can use. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo!   http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2008/10/11/the-best-online-sources-for-images/


The Educators’ Guide to Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons:  http://theedublogger.com/2012/02/09/the-educators-guide-to-copyright-fair-use-and-creative-commons/