Audio Review: Go Making Crazy with Makey Makey

Overview Have you ever seen someone playing a piano with bananas as the keys?  It sounds insane/ impossible, but that’s one of the many things you can do with the MaKey MaKey.  The company describes the Makey Makey as, “an invention kit for the 21st century.”  The basic idea is that you can turn everyday […]

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Audio Review: Thinglink

Overview Thinglink is a web tool that allows you to “link” any part of a page to a video, audio, website, etc. Videos can be imbedded directly onto a ThingLink page. Basically, ThingLink creates hot links over any image or webpage that you wish. The fact that ThingLink is versatile and easy learn makes it […]

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Audio Review: Concentrate

Overview   Concentrate is another app in the limit distractions family.  Our laptops have way too many fun things competing for our attention and for most of us (at least me) it is hard to shut that off when I should be focusing on work.   The Concentrate Mac OS app is a wonderful solution […]

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Audio Review: Newsela

Overview Current events are an important part of any Humanities curriculum.  But finding appropriately leveled news articles is too consuming for most teachers. Sure you can check out things like TIME For Kids, but what about current events or specific, narrow topics?  Newsila appears to solve that problem! Newsila lets you create a class or […]

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Tech Talk Roundtable 71 | Hacking The Data

Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss their personal learnings and articles of the week. Articles of the Week Is it a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop, or FabLab? | MAKE makezine.com The past decade has seen the sudden, dramatic appearance of community spaces offering public, shared access to high-end manufacturing equipment. These spaces are interchangeably referred to as hackerspaces, makerspaces, TechShops, and […]

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Audio Review: PhET Your Way to Create Science Simulations

PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. The simulations are written in Java, Flash or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source and can be used at any level of science instruction up through college. There are over 110 million simulations available for […]

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Audio Review: Math Slide Is a Family Of Slippery Math

Math Slide is a multiplayer game that helps kids understand place value and basic math facts. In the place value app, players learn by sliding tiles into the center to match an answer, equation or image. The player who slides their tiles first wins. The same game is used for the basic math facts apps […]

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Audio Review: Harkness Recorder For Socrative Teaching Nuts

I have used this brand new product to score class discussions, Socratic Seminars, as well as the eponymous Harkness Method discussion. I am pleased with the efficiency of the product, and improvements are being made to make this site more user friendly. If you are seeking a more efficient and effective method of recording discussions, […]

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Audio Review: FreeTech4Teachers Is a Never Ending Resource

FreeTech4Teachers   FreeTech4Teachers is a daily blog concerning all things Ed Tech. Richard Byrne, curator, goes to significant lengths to investigate the various apps, resources, and sites. He posts what he believes to be the best of them. If you are in to Ed Tech, then you would benefit from subscribing to his daily blog. […]

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Audio Review: Limit Distractions with GetConcentrating

Overview Concentrate is another app in the limit distractions family.  Our laptops have way too many fun things competing for our attention and for most of us (at least me) it is hard to shut that off when I should focus on work. The Concentrate Mac OS app is a wonderful solution for our distractions.  Concentrate lets […]

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