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Inbox Zero Could Be A Reality With These Tips and Tricks | Audio Review #140

Overview Do you agree that the above graphic is true?  I think I’d add a third type.  The person who has about 100 emails in their inbox and really really wants to get to zero, but doesn’t know how.  A few years ago the idea of “inbox zero” became popular when Merlin Mann began posting […]

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The Magnet Maker Makes Word Sorts Digital | Audio Review #132

Overview We use Words Their Way as our spelling program here at Concordia, and although I really like the program, I always found the logistics of it somewhat complicated.  If you aren’t familiar with Words Their Way, the program is based on students learning spelling patterns by sorting lists of words into groups.  It’s fun, […]

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Virulent Is An Infectiously Engaging Simulation | Audio Review # 126

Overview Virulent is an iTunes app simulation of virus behavior that incorporates gamification elements to engage students from grades 4-12 in exploring the microscopic world. The player becomes the “mind” of the viral invader, seeking to combat the defenses of the host in order to not only survive, but to thrive. The graphics are crisp, […]

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Bit Strip Should Be Your Go To Comic Making Tool | Audio Review #120

Overview A teacher at Concordia attended a class on digital literacy and learned about a tool called Bit Strips.  Apparently this has been around for awhile, but I have never heard of it and really enjoyed creating the comic above.  Bit Strip really has everything you could want in a comic making tool.  You can […]

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Audio Review # 113 | Periscope Let’s You Live Stream Your Life to Twitter

Overview Twitter recently purchased and released the Periscope mobile app.  Like its competitor Meerkat, Periscope lets you stream long form video directly from your phone to the world. It is linked into your Twitter account;  your contacts will get a tweet from you when you turn on the video stream. People interact with it by […]

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Audio Review #108 | Confer & Snapfolio Help You Organize Your Anecdotal Notes.

Overview I’ve been teaching Reading and Writing Workshop for awhile now and one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced is keeping anecdotal notes about my students.  I’ve tried a ton of different systems: checklists, stickers, sticky notes, clipboards, evernote, excel, even google forms… but I’ve always struggled to stick with it.  After I left the […]

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Audio Review # 107 | ClassCharts Does Not Top My Chart

Overview ClassCharts is a web service that is both an interactive seating chart and student behavior tracker. The logic of the site is that student location, both vis-à-vis the teacher and specific other students, has a significant impact on that student’s ability to focus on the content and skills being taught. This service provides longitudinal […]

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Audio Review # 100 | Tellagami’s Telemetry Will Not Achieve High Orbit With Teachers

Overview Tellagami is a mobile app for both Apple and Android products that lets you create animated avatars that speak your own voice, or a voice of your choosing through text-to-speech, with many accents to choose from. You can choose the background of the animated avatar from the few that are preloaded, or you can […]

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Audio Review # 96 | TurnItIn Makes Turning in Your Assignment a Moment of Anxiety … Or Maybe Not!

Overview Turnitin is an online “originality” checker (read: plagiarism checker) and feedback system that everyone is education seems already to know of. While other plagiarism checkers are out there, none have the user base (1.6+ million educators), or the rich feedback system, than TurnItIn has. TurnItIn allows teachers to grade, comment, and highlight student work, […]

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Audio Review # 90 | Weebly Will Not Wobble, nor will it fall down

Overview Weebly is a free web hosting service that allows teaches and students to build attractive, surprisingly sophisticated websites by the use of their walk-through upon setting up an account, and an engine built around a highly effective drag-and-drop design. If you have heard of WordPress, then you understand what Weebly is. So what sets […]

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