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Learning Continues with  “The Summer of Making and Connecting”

Digital Tools | June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Learning Continues with “The Summer of Making and Connecting”

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.”

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Windows Live Movie Maker Video Educast Series

Digital Tools | May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Windows Live Movie Maker Video Educast Series

The following videos are a 9 part series on how to use Windows Live Movie Maker. Live Movie Maker is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Windows operating system users to edit their own videos. This version of Movie Maker is compatible with Windows 7 or more recent operating systems. It is not compatible with earlier versions of Windows OS like Windows XP.

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Interactive Timelines for the Elementary Classroom

Digital Tools | March 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Interactive Timelines for the Elementary Classroom

Creating and reading a timeline is a skill introduced in elementary grades. For a second grader her first timeline might be autobiographical, which is a good way for students to begin understanding what a timeline is – a linear graphic representation of major events in chronological order. Students are exposed to more timelines as they […]

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The New Research Paper is a Remixed Video

Digital Tools | February 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

The New Research Paper is a Remixed Video

Imagine you are an 11th grade student taking American History today. Your teacher walks into the classroom and asks you to create a video that discusses the significance of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, but you can only use found footage on YouTube for the […]

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Stop Motion Animation in the Elementary Classroom

Digital Tools | January 17, 2013 | 15 Comments

Stop Motion Animation in the Elementary Classroom

In the 1950s, Art Clokey created beloved claymation character Gumby and sidekick Pokey for a stop motion claymation television series that ran in the 50s and 60s. Since then, stop motion animation has made it to the big screen with movies like Wallace & Gromit and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Can this digital art form make […]

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What Can a Twitter Chat Teach Our Students?

Digital Tools | January 15, 2013 | 9 Comments

What Can a Twitter Chat Teach Our Students?

To some, a Twitter chat can mean endless banter that can cause major distraction. Young people love to use the popular platform to communicate with their friends on what they are doing at any given moment. To educators, this kind of use doesn’t jibe in the classroom…and mobile devices in many schools are outlawed for […]

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The impact of video in education (infographic)

Digital Tools | November 9, 2012 | 3 Comments

The impact of video in education (infographic)

Earlier this week, Ed Tech Times posted an insightful infographic about the power of video in education. It was produced by Cisco to accompany their recently published white paper.

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Media Ripping Tools 1: Easy YouTube Video Downloader

Digital Tools | October 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Media Ripping Tools 1: Easy YouTube Video Downloader

Remixing video has become a popular cultural movement. We see it all over the internet where people re-purpose video to convey an alternative message. The Mister Rogers remix entitled Garden of Your Mind, produced by PBS Digital Studios takes hundreds of clips from dozens of episodes to create an inspirational song about learning. The audio […]

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Online PD for Media Making

Digital Tools | October 19, 2012 | 2 Comments

Online PD for Media Making

Today, science demands sophisticated skills not generally taught as part of standard science curricula. Ideally, classroom instructional strategies in the sciences should teach a scientific body of knowledge and cultivate other abilities required for the practice and process of science. There are many connections between the skills used for media making and those required for […]

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What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website

Digital Tools | October 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website

Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning. Read more about this dialogue about filtering on KQED MindShift.

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