• Ted-Ed : A Free Educational Resources

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 1/16/2020

    TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. They support learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers.

     Ted-Ed original animated videos, paired with questions and resources, make upas TED-Ed Lessons.

    Educators can join the site for free by going to https://ed.ted.com/

     

     

     

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  • Computer Science Education Week Resource: Google's Made With Code

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 12/11/2019

    For students today, coding is becoming an essential skill, just like reading, writing, and math. Google created Made with Code to expose young women to learn to code, and open up countless opportunities for their future. Whether she’s an athlete or an artist, loves animals, or wants to explore medicine, coding can help her pursue her interests now and create greater career options and job security for her future. Long story short? She can make anything with code. Google made this resource to give you the answers you need to have a conversation about Computer Science (or CS)—what it is, why it matters, and what girls can do with it. If your daughter is already taking AP Computer Science at her high school, awesome! Jump down to the What Else Can I Do? section to find more ways to support her in learning to code. If you haven’t heard a whole lot about CS, start from the beginning to see all of the different ways CS is part of our daily lives.

    https://www.madewithcode.com/

     

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  • CS First with Google

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 11/18/2019

    CS First is one of many Google initiatives focused on computer science education. 

    CS First was built by educators who wanted a tool that allowed every teacher to teach computer science, even if they weren't tech experts. So they developed a curriculum that made it easy to teach and integrated into a wide range of classrooms.

    https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/

     

     

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  • Halloween with Google

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 10/31/2019

    I am so guilty of putting in so much time in 2018 with the Halloween Googe Doodle game....

    Who else?

     Google Doodle Halloween 2018

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    Google Doodle 2018

     

     

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  • EdTech Club: Free Weekly Edtech podcast

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 9/16/2019

    Stay in-the-know on all things educational technology with TCEA's free, weekly podcast!

     

    TCEA’s Ed Tech Club podcast is all about the tech tools you love, the resources you need, and the insights you value. Each week, educators and experts discuss everything from big ideas to useful tips for your most-used ed tech resources.

     

    The Ed Tech Club meets every Thursday, so subscribe wherever you listen to your podcasts.

     

    Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Spotify | RSS | More

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  • Cool Tech Tool: Quik app / desktop (video editor)

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 9/4/2019

    FROM THE MAKERS OF GOPRO:

    iOS:https://apps.apple.com/us/app/quik-gopro-video-editor/id694164275

    Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stupeflix.replay&hl=en_US

    Desktop: https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/softwareandapp/quik-%7C-desktop/Quik-Desktop.html

     

     

     

     

    With the Quik app, you can create awesome videos with just a few taps. Choose your favorite photos and video clips then let Quik work its magic. In seconds, it finds great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music. Customize your story with text, music and easily share it with friends. Editing has never been this fast—or this fun.

     

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    ADD YOUR PHOTOS + VIDEOS

    + Add up to 200 photos and video clips from your Photo Library or GoPro Plus. Quik even works with Live Photos.

    + Quik gets data from your GoPro footage (smile [1], faces [2], voices, cheering, speed, jumps, water, panoramic and steady footage [3]) and analyzes your videos to select great moments. It detects faces and colors to frame each photo perfectly. Adjust the layout or interest point manually.

    + Want to select your own moments? Use HiLights to tag the best footage.

     

    CHOOSE YOUR THEME

    + Choose from 26 themes, each with transitions and graphics designed for any occasion.

    + Adjust the font, filters, filter intensity and graphics to fit your style.

     

    CUSTOMIZE YOUR VIDEO

    + Easily reorder, trim, zoom and rotate photos and video clips.

    + Personalize your story with text overlays and title slides. You can even add emojis :)

    + Let Quik do its magic with Smart Cuts or use full video clips.

    + Speed up footage or play it in Slo-Mo.

    + Add GPS Stickers to show how fast you were going.[4]

    + Quik automatically turns on the audio when it detects voices.

    + Choose cinema, square or portrait formatting for easy sharing on Instagram or Snapchat.

    + Set a duration for photos and titles - Quik adjusts the cuts and transitions automatically.

     

    PICK THE PERFECT SOUNDTRACK

    + Choose from more than 100 free songs, use a song from your iTunes library (subject to iTunes terms) or import music from iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive and, Box. Quik supports MP3, M4A, MP4, MOV, AAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV.

    + Start your soundtrack at any point in the song.

    + Quik automatically syncs transitions to the beat of the music.

     

    SAVE & SHARE YOUR VIDEO

    + Save videos in gorgeous HD 1080p or 720p—even in buttery-smooth 60 fps.

    + Share to Instagram, Facebook and more, or send a private Quik link via text or email.

    + With GoPro Plus, your shared videos are saved as Shared Links in your Plus account. [5]

    + Need more time to edit? Save projects as drafts and Quik will keep them for 7 days.

     

    VIDEOS MADE FOR YOU

    + Rediscover memories with Flashbacks—ready-to-watch videos of your past adventures.

    + With Flashbacks 24H, you can relive the day with fun videos created from your last 24 hours of footage.

     

    QUIKSTORIES

    + Quik works with the GoPro App to bring you QuikStories—awesome videos made automatically with media shot within the last 72 hours. [6]

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  • Chromebook Simulator for more Google HOW-TO

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 9/4/2019

    Below is the link to the Google Chromebook Simulator, which is a handy interactive tutorial for using and learning about the functions of the Chromebook :

     
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  • Gmail: Create Email Groups

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 8/20/2019

    Today's Tech Tip is brought to you by Sandy Kendell (on Twitter: @DLCoachSandy )

    Hola! 😀
     
    I've received several questions about setting up email groups as the new school year starts. These can be great ways to quickly communicate with a group of parents or a team of your colleagues.
     
    Here are a couple of hopefully helpful tutorials I've created. If you need further assistance, please put a request into the Technology Service Desk!
    • Creating and Using Contact Lists in G Suite
      • Create an email contact list
      • Use the list correctly by sending to it using BCC!
      • Edit existing contact lists
      • View the tutorial here: https://youtu.be/0H5zl7zJCNM 

     

      • Exporting and Importing Google Contact Lists
        • If you share students with another teacher, share the work of setting up contact lists, too! 
        • Set up a contact list for your homeroom, then export it and give it to your partner teacher to import into their contacts.
        • Ask your partner teacher to set up their homeroom list and export it for you!
        • View the tutorial here: https://youtu.be/Je5MpyTbusQ
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  • FINDING FREE AUDIOBOOKS FOR EDUCATORS

    Posted by Andrew Roush on 7/23/2019

    Earlier this spring, a report commissioned by the Audio Publishers Association found that, for the first time, half of all American have listened to audiobooks. Like many technologies, audiobooks, and their cousin, the podcast, are making their way into the classroom.

    Recent research on the use of audiobooks on education is limited. A 2016 study found that those who received a lesson through audio did not lag behind those who heard and read the audio. Some researchers also point to the notion that the human brain is designed to interpret aural information first and foremost. A 2012 study published in the journal School Library Research noted a positive impact through the use of audiobooks for struggling readers. As the study summarized:

    "The findings indicated that struggling readers’ use of audiobooks had a positive impact on reading skills and attitudes toward reading. These findings are significant given the dearth of research directly related to the impact of audiobooks, despite the prevalent usage of audiobooks."

    Free Audiobook Resources

    LibriVox includes free, public domain works read by volunteers. Its collection also contains a number of plays, poetry, and a vast array of nonfiction, in addition to its numerous fiction titles.

     free audiobooks

     

     

     

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  • STEM resource: MIT Blossoms

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 6/7/2019

    https://blossoms.mit.edu/

    Animated graphic showing flowers blossom.

    BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore (available in different languages). The Video Library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads.

    Every lesson is a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. We carefully craft each BLOSSOMS lesson to make your classroom come alive. Each 50-minute lesson builds on math and science fundamentals by relating abstract concepts to the real world. The lessons intersperse video instruction with planned exercises that engage students in problem-solving and critical thinking, helping students build the kind of gut knowledge that comes from hands-on experience. By guiding students through activities from beginning to end, BLOSSOMS lessons give students a sense of accomplishment and excitement.

    https://blossoms.mit.edu/

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