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How Learning Registry works

Open Learning Registry Browser and Collector

Launched by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Learning Registry stores data provided by numerous sources about the content of various learning resources hosted in different systems. Data published to the Learning Registry can serve as the basis for learning resource analytics to help recommend resources, detect trends in resource usage, and judge user experiences. We’ve covered… Read More ›

25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (2013)

Every year American Association of School Librarians (AASL) selects the “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning”, this is the list for this year – 2013. Media Sharing Pinterest smore easel.ly Digital Storytelling inklewriter myHistro FlipSnack Manage & Organize BiblioNasium LitPick padlet edcanvas WorkFlowy  Social Networking & Communications socrative QuadBlogging Marqueed Curriculum Collaboration 19Pencils iCivics Wonderopolis… Read More ›

99 Resources and Tools for Digital Learning

By Carrie Hopkins, from Top5OnlineColleges.org The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online education has changed the landscape of guided learning for both students and teachers. Professors who once stood in front of classrooms filled with dozens of students now stand in front of webcams in front of thousands or tens… Read More ›

knowmia teach app

Free Tool to Create Interactive Assignments and Track Learner Performance

Knowmia has supported so many teachers flipping their classrooms, it’s especially popular in U.S. We’ve covered their free iPad App – Knowmia Teach (iTunes link), which can replace the paid App – Explain Everything. And it’s not just a video recording tool, it connects to a whole lot more support for teachers! In case you… Read More ›

A Tour through Open Source Creative Tools

by Máirín Duffy (Red Hat), from OpenSource.com (licensed under CC BY-SA)  Image credits: Flickr user Leszek.Leszczynski Every tool in this talk is available via Fedora 17, the latest version of Fedora. Here’s a quick rundown of the tools represented in this talk. MyPaint and Krita are fantastic sketching apps that feature natural-feeling digital brushes. Darktable is a raw image processing… Read More ›

rhyming tools

15 Digital Resources For Rhyming and Wordplay

by Kenney Meyers, TeachThought.com : 15 Digital Tools For Rhyming & Wordplay Rhyming words are fun, but some words will leave you tongue-tied trying to find a suitable partner. Anyone who has ever dabbled in poetry will tell you that meter is a refined art that requires the poet to have a comprehensive understanding of how the… Read More ›

101 of The Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

101 of the best web 2.0 tools for teachers by GoEd Online. Some tools come and go, so it might be a good idea to check out if anything new and useful to you! Several months ago, Jane Hart also compiled a list of “Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012” which were voted for by 500+ learning… Read More ›

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(Infographic) iPad as Teacher’s Pet

Tony Vincent made an infographic that showcases iPad as a toolbox to help you become an even better teacher! Spend some time with this infographic (download PDF file) to discover how your iPad can be your handy assistant. It’s filled with apps and services that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. View on Scribd : iPad as Teachers Pet… Read More ›

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100 Recommended Search Engines for Serious Scholars

by Staff Writers of OnlineUniversities.com : 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars (Revised) Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been… Read More ›

mobile learning

Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)

The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE) enables students to quickly pose multimedia-rich multiple-choice questions and share them with peers using mobile phones during class. After the questions have been created, students can respond to and rate the questions that they and their peers created moments before. Finally, when all students have responded to each… Read More ›

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Make An eBook out of A Bunch of Resources Right Away

When more and more contents are digital and available online for free or for a affordable fee,  it makes creating and sharing digital stuffs much easier and flexible. And the innovations of software from new ideas are growing everyday. What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can… Read More ›

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Originally posted on The Craig Weiss Blog:
Everyone loves lists. Lists for the best books written in 1899 (right?), best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Authoring tools are always changing – some for the better, others for the worst. Therefore, new rankings are…

data commons

MapStory – Wikipedia Way of Telling Stories on Maps and Timelines

We learn MapStory from Saylor Journals OER Newsletter – “A creative platform that allows you to start your own story or build on another one, with use of maps and time lines as a foundation. Through Creative Commons, this platform is completely free, and it allows you to “share what you know about the world… Read More ›

digital resources

21 Literacy Resources For Digital Classrooms

by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., learningunlimitedllc.com, cross-posted on TeachThought.com If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective… Read More ›

interactive fiction, text adventure

Making Interactive Fictions in Classrooms

Making games in the classroom could be daunting to get started, especially when graphics and interfaces are involved. So creating text adventures (or interactive fictions, IF) is a great start for building the capacity of game design and traditional literacy – reading and writing.  Anastasia Salter of ProfHacker selected some free tools sutiable for classrooms. Make Games in the… Read More ›

Glogster EDU, creativity

[Promotion] Celebrate #Creativity and GlogsterEDU 3rd Birthday

Glogster EDU turns 3 ! 1 Million Teachers    10 Million Students    100 Districts  1,000 Schools Take advantage of this promotion & lock in pricing with a multi-year license! This is a special, one time promotional offer. Purchase our best-selling EDUcator Premium license for $20 per year, or a School License for just 40¢ per student. Order multiple years to lock in this… Read More ›

iPad classroom

5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention (#iPadEd)

Several new tools might be worth your attention for flipped classrooms or iPads classrooms. These tools are all free to use and meet different needs. GoClass (beta) Instructors can string together resources in a lesson plan format along with lecture notes and questions for formative assessment through a single app, and then deliver it through the… Read More ›

flipped classroom

Flip a Class and Create a Movie

by John Hardison, this article first published on GettingSmart.com : Flip a Class & Create a Movie: A Dream Come True Proudly, I am a teacher and a dreamer. With all discrepancies of skills and talents set aside, I relate to Steven Spielberg in at least one area: I, too, “dream for a living.” I dream of… Read More ›

inquiry based learning, science

Free Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) is a free, online platform that engages students in the methods of real scientists and collaborative exploration of science issues through customizable curriculum and activities. Featured by Edutopia Technology Integration Research: Evidence-Based Programs by Subject : WISE has been shown to improve students’ science achievement, especially when teachers… Read More ›

digital learning

14 Ways To Store And Share Files On iPads

This post was written by Terry Heick, first appeared on TeachThought.com. iPads are neat little devices that can pretty much do it all: play music, support interactive content, reshape how we think of textbooks, produce high-quality videos, and even take a step back and function as a good old-fashioned typewriter. The iPad does, however, have… Read More ›

digital research tools

Registry of Digital Research Tools

Bamboo DiRT is a tool, service, and collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software. Bamboo DiRT by Project Bamboo is licensed… Read More ›

open source software for education

Open Source Options For Education from OSS-Watch

by Mark Johnson, OSS-Watch , first published here :  Open Source Options For Education This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the… Read More ›

interactive video

Creating Videos for Interactive Learning Experience on Screen

Flipped classrooms and online learning are here to stay, even explode. Watching videos is a crucial part for the learning. To be honest, watching videos on the screens often makes me sleepy unless the videos are more like a performance instead of lecturing. But of course a performance is a kind of visual arts appealing… Read More ›

online video creation

Building a More Web Literate Planet

“Mozillians are people who make things. Moving people from consumption to creation is Mozilla’s goal.” — Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Chair We think Mozilla’s offerings and projects will help a lot on learning based on constructionism and learner-centered methodology. Here are some resources. WebMaker The goal: help millions of people move from using the web to making the web. As part of… Read More ›

connectivism

15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While much progress has been made in working toward… Read More ›

educational technology

15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and… Read More ›

online co-learning

A Handbook for Self-organizing Self-learners

Kicking off the learning journey of 2013, many MOOCs just started last week, Learning Design for a 21st Century Curriculum  from Open University (#OLDSMOOC_w1) and #ETMOOC (focused on educational technology) from a group of thought leaders are especially for educators, while DS106 on digital storytelling is for anyone who likes to tell stories in digital forms. Of course, storytelling… Read More ›

tablets for learning

50 Resources on iPads for Learning

50 Of The Best Resources On iPads In Education by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com 36 Lists of iPad Resources  39 sites for using iPads in classrooms 10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have– from PC Magazine 10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers 10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom 40 iPad Apps… Read More ›

mobile learning

44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Classroom

This article is by John Hardison, first published on gettingsmart.com : Part 1 : 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class. John Hardison is a facilitator of learning in an interactive classroom called Studio 113 at East High School in Gainesville, GA where literature creatively comes to life on a stage with students as the stars. In… Read More ›

open educational resources

15 Reusable Technology Solutions for OER

15 reusable technology solutions for OER from JISC Digital Infrastructure Team is a summary for  the completion of the OER Rapid Innovation Strand. This is an introduction to the reusable technology solutions developed by the rapid innovation projects of the UK OER Programme during 2012. Bidders were asked to address problems identified through the Programme, and 15… Read More ›

educational technology

UNESCO launches online course in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue

(news from UNESCO website) UNESCO supports the Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Intercultural Dialogue University Network in the launch of an online course in MIL and intercultural dialogue. The course is designed for teachers, policy makers and professionals. It is led by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and will be offered over 13… Read More ›

Personal learning network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more… Read More ›

harvard professor

How Most Ed-Tech Products Went Wrong

Reynol Junco is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He researches the impact of social technologies on college students. (Follow Rey on Twitter and read about his research on his blog.) His recent article deeply resonates with what we believe in educational technology development. Most ed-tech startups suck! Here’s where they’re going wrong (on… Read More ›

scientific and math search engine

A Search Engine for Math and Scientific Equations

Symbolab is a semantic web search engine for math and science. It allows users to search for equations, formulas and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as full text search. The stated goal of the site is to provide the most relevant search results that are theoretically and semantically similar, rather than visually…. Read More ›

Google’s Mobile Future Is Now

Google Now is a tool that brings together virtually everything Google knows about you and where you are and then turns all of this information into a useful dashboard on your phone. TechCrunch gave a review on related clues to figure what Google’s mobile future will be: Google’s Mobile Future Is Now. Google Now is a standard feature… Read More ›

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Better Possibility of You in College Admission

Across the state of Maine, 460 high school students are assigned to every one guidance counselor. To help students explore a wide range of schools and find the right college at the right price, PossibilityU.com has introduced a new digital college counseling program. The small Portland, Maine-based company’s big idea has generated attention from the White House at… Read More ›

augmented reality

7 Augmented Reality Apps Good for Informal Learning

Holidays are good for informal learning beyond the walls of classrooms. The following Augmented Reality (AR) applications could be both educational and entertaining in different environments. (we skipped those with rating not good enough) Visilizer AR Price : Free Christmas is a time of joy, excitement and magic so we at Jerusalem.com have decided that… Read More ›

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How to Use QR Codes in Classroom

by Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to: take you to a website,… Read More ›

the barriers to using OER

Growing The Curriculum with Open Education Resources

If you can’t beat them, join them. That is Pearson’s latest approach to open educational resources (OER). Pearson showcased three solutions at Educause 2012 in Denver, CO. The products aim to foster personalized education and access to Open Educational Resources (OER). Pearson has partnered with Gooru, a search engine for learning materials, to create Project Blue Sky, a new… Read More ›

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Education-Focused Search Engine for K12

Gooru, a free search engine for learning, teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math, science and social science topic, with more subjects coming… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).