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Three People and 4 Definitions of Digitial Literacy| Reflection Friday #2

Chris – Digital Literacy … Just when I was closing in on the textual literacy thingy. Dang! Another form of literacy to wrestle with in the second half of my life, like I don’t have anything else to do. Seriously, though, let’s talk about this digital monster. I look toward the classic understanding of literacy […]

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Famous Painting App Frames European Art History With Broad Strokes| Audio Review #119

Overview Famous Paintings is an app for Androids (Google Play), but the Apple equivalent is for-cost, and not the same (iTunes App Store). I will review the Android app which allows users to examine 100 of Europe’s most famous … well, you guessed it … paintings, on Android-capable handheld devices. Concerns As a fun exercise […]

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Audio Review # 114 | P2PU, By Any Other Name, Still Smells As Sweet

Overview P2PU’s (Peer to Peer University) tagline says it all, “Playful, networked learning experiences that last. Instead of lonely, anonymous online courses, our communities sustain interest and engagement because folks build them together. We are open and welcoming in everything we do, and help folks generally feel comfy on the internet.” P2PU creates a platform […]

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Audio Review #112 | RefME Makes Citations As Easy As Taking A Picture

Overview RefME is the next generation research tool that makes building works cited and bibliographies for research impressively easy. So, what makes RefME special compared to EasyBib, Son of Citation, and any of half a dozen other citation automaters? First, RefME takes advantage of working on computers, iPhones, and Android devices. RefME stores your various […]

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Audio Review # 110 | Codine For Newbies, Candy For Pros

Overview CodeCademy is a free, online, code instruction site. Not for the graphically driven among us, CoedCademy is crunchy and serious. If you wish to learn HTML, Python, or most of the popular coding languages out there, consider CodeCademy as an excellent resource. The user sees two windows, one with the code and one with […]

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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 # 106 | BetterLesson, we think you’d better listen to it!

Overview BetterLesson is a website that archives over 10,000 Common Core aligned lessons created by over 130 master teachers. Each lesson addresses specific Common Core standards, and veteran teachers vet each lesson. Concerns None. I often question how “expert” expert teachers are, given the motivations of the organization to legitimize itself in the eyes of […]

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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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