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Code Combat Teaches Programming and Killing | Audio Review #141

It seems almost without exception that students LOVE to code.  Especially when there is an interactive, web based environment that provides them instant feedback. So you might want to ask why we would need to gamify a process they already love.  Well the folks at Code Combat went ahead and did that anyway.  They took […]

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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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Tynker Totally Takes Students From Zero to Hero in the Programming World | Audio Review #139

Tynker is a MASSIVE suite of programming tools, lessons and projects for individuals, classrooms and entire schools. It uses a Scratch like programming interface, but guides you along the way. Students sign up as part of a classroom that you as a teacher can manage.  They then proceed through the lessons and projects that you […]

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Flashcard Machine Makes Flashcards … In A Flash. Sorry For My Lack Of Imagination On This One. | Audio Review # 137

Overview Flashcard Machine is what it says, and straight forward, no nonsense, flash card generator that is free to all users, with the reality of ads, and is ad-free if one donates to the cause.  I like this business model, allowing users to choose what we wish to see. The crowd-funding nature also appeals to […]

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Sunrise Calendar App Brings Calm To Your Calendar Life | Audio Review # 135

Sunrise App is yet another calendar app for your mobile device or computer.  However Sunrise has a number of benefits that make it more than just your average calendar app. Pulls in all your calendars to one feed including websites like TripIt, Asana, Trello, Evernote, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Calendars, iCal and Microsoft Exchange. Has […]

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Movieclips.com Brings An Avalanche of Movieclip Resources To You | Audio Review # 133

MovieClips.com is a fanatcially fantastic resource for finding a zillion different movie moments from some of the best movies ever.  The site is packed with all kinds of film genres and film gems. The front page has a ton of fun suggestions including popular mashups and the clip of the day.  You can search in […]

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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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Codemonkey Is Javascript Tutorial For Elementary Students | Audio Review # 131

Codemonkey is a web based programming tutorial.  It is a detailed, gamified instructional tool to teach basic javascript programming.  Students are placed in a visually appealing environment with a monkey and some bananas.  The monkey has various tasks to do and the students program the monkey to complete the tasks.  Mistakes mean the monkey does […]

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The Knotted Line Attempts To Unravel The Complex Interplay Of Power And Freedom As Themes In US History | Audio Review # 130

Overview The Knotted Line is an ambitious effort to build a timeline of American History that brings to light complex relationships and parallels between and among seemingly unrelated events. Knotted Line manages to pull off this work of art by viewing history through the related prisms of freedom and power. To use this timeline is […]

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Screencast-O-Matic Will Capture Your Heart … And Cast It! | Audio Review # 129

Overview Screencast-O-Matic is a screen-capture service that has a highly functional free version, and a powerful and easy subscription plan that doesn’t break the bank. If you use, or wish to use, screen capture technology, for flipping your class for example, please try this tool. You can record your screen, yourself, or both, and alternate […]

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