Tech Tuesday

December 2, 2014

Tour Builder with Google

Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

https://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/


Here is an example I made using Letters From Rifka.

http://tourbuilder.withgoogle.com/builder#play/ahJzfmd3ZWItdG91cmJ1aWxkZXJyEQsSBFRvdXIYgICA1ImDrwkM

Fantasy Geopolitics

Think "fantasy football for social studies and literacy standards".

Teachers sign up, contribute what they want for year-long access, have a draft in class, and use scores and resources however they want.

Students draft teams of countries, become more aware, and automatically score points every time their countries are mentioned in the New York Times or make moves on the "Goldstein" scale using GDELT data.

FGP engages students in the study of how politics, geography, humans, economics, and foreign policy interact. Click on the Get Started links to access draft instructions, draft central, and ideas for use.

Access the best resources from around the world wide web using the Resource Central link.

When you're ready to have fun learning about the world, just click "Let's Play!" to join more than 500 teacher-fans and 10,000+ student-managers.

http://www.fantasygeopolitics.com/

Fantasy Geopolitics

Tackk


Tackk is a simple way to create beautiful pages on the web. It's your very own page, flyer, blog post, or poster.

http://www.tackk.com


This is very similar to Smore.

Full Tackk Tutorial

United for Literacy-Free Ebooks


Our Vision is Picture Book Abundance

We picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures.

We create picture book abundance by employing the convenience of digital technology and the power of community-based funding to put books in every home.


http://uniteforliteracy.com/

United for Literacy

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Infuse Learning


Infuse Learning provides a platform by which teachers can seamlessly engage every student on any device. Make informed decisions at the point of instruction with real-time, student feedback.

Imagine a classroom where the language barrier ceases to exist. Captivate students with Infuse Learning by creating an environment in which they can read, listen, and participate in their native language.

Engaging every student in the new 21st Century Classroom doesn’t have to be difficult! With Infuse Learning, you can start today with little to no training or installation. Infuse Learning is dedicated to developing educational tools that are empowering, yet simple and easy to use.

Infuse Learning isn’t limited by device or location. Students in a distance learning environment, homebound students, or even students collaborating internationally can participate at the same time from any location via the internet.


Infuse Learning Student Response System
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Screen Leap

www.screenleap.com

Just found this really cool, free site. It will allow you to show your screen to anyone anywhere as long as they have access to the internet. You just give them a code to type in their browser and your screen can be shown to them for free! You can share your screen for 2 hours per day for up to 8 viewers for free. This would be great to use in the classroom with students having their own devices. You can also purchase other plans for more users. Check it out.. really easy and gives no issues with a proxy server. I have successfully used it on an iPad too.

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Scratch- more coding websites

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

http://www.scratch.mit.edu

Hour of Code Dec. 8-14th

Monday, Dec. 8th, 8am

This is an online event.

Anybody can host an Hour of Code anytime, but the grassroots campaign goal is for tens of millions of students to try an Hour of Code during December 8-14, 2014, in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. Is it one specific hour? No. You can do the Hour of Code anytime during this week. (And if you can't do it during that week, do it the week before or after).

http://hourofcode.com/us

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Shadow Puppet Edu

Shadow Puppet Edu is a free iPad app that students can use to create audio slideshow videos. The app offers an integrated search tool that students can use to find pictures from the Library of Congress, to search for images from NASA, and to find Creative Commons licensed images from Flickr. Students can also import pictures from the camera roll on their iPads. After selecting a set of images students can arrange them into any sequence by simply dragging and dropping them into order. Then to create a story students press the record button and talk while flipping through their images. Students can share their Shadow Puppet Edu projects through a variety of avenues including YouTube and email. Shadow Puppet Edu projects are automatically saved to the camera roll on a student’s iPad.

Jennifer Tierney

Beechwood Library Media Center

Teaching 21st century skills in reading, research, and technology

to raise student achievement and create life-long readers and learners.