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Ten Ways to engage students in literacy learning using technology

Ten Ways to engage students in literacy learning using technology

In January, I had the privilege of presenting at the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) Conference in Orlando, Florida. My session on Literacy was popular and I decided the easiest way to share it was via the awesome Spectronics Blog. Some of my inspiration for the Literacy technology tools I chose, came from by colleague and buddy, Greg …

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Digital Directions #1 – My Top Picks

Digital Directions #1 – My Top Picks

This is the first of a new, regular blog post, highlighting current directions and understandings in the use of technology in the classroom supporting the learning of all students. Each blog post I will seek to highlight key or emerging articles and research, technology tools and practices, and innovative and emerging technologies.¹ What the literature is telling us …

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Using the cloud …… but is it secure?

Using the cloud …… but is it secure?

When exploring and demonstrating the use of cloud based technologies such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote in my workshops, a question is generally asked in relation to security. This recent infographic provides a good overview of the security of cloud services. NJIT New Jersey Institute of Technology – Online MSCS For more information on the background to this infographic see http://computerscience.online.njit.edu/resources/infographics/security-of-cloud-services/  

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LearningGrids and new science curriculum requirements

LearningGrids and new science curriculum requirements

Reposted with permission from Crick Software UK Blog Looking for great resources to support your primary science curriculum (including the new 2014 National Curriculum requirements for science in England)? Make sure you check out the LearningGrids website for a host of brand new science resources to help support the teaching and learning in your classroom. Topics covered include …

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Early Learners and Clicker Apps

Early Learners and Clicker Apps

Reposted with permission from Crick Software US Blog This fall we have been busy adding to our ever-expanding bank of LearningGrids resources for Clicker Apps. Many of the recent sets have been designed to support early learners, by providing access to curriculum content as well as developing their reading and writing skills. Clicker Books activities, such as Food …

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Last chance to upgrade to Clicker 6 literacy software

Last chance to upgrade to Clicker 6 literacy software

Are you still using Clicker 5? Upgrades to Clicker 6 are only available until December 2014. If you are a Clicker 5 user and have been thinking about upgrading to Clicker 6, time is fast running out. Clicker 6 is the child-friendly writing tool that enables students of ALL abilities to significantly develop their literacy skills. After December 2014, …

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Free “Intro to Google Apps for Education” Webinars Now Available

Free “Intro to Google Apps for Education” Webinars Now Available

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com I continue to be amazed by the number of schools throughout North America that have “Gone Google.” This past week at the Annual Conference for Middle Level Education in Nashville, TN was no exception. Teachers from across the US stopped by to talk about their Google experience and to learn more about what …

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Clicker MFL and new National Curriculum requirements

Clicker MFL and new National Curriculum requirements

Reposted with permission from Crick Software UK Blog We have been asked recently by a number of schools if our ‘Powered by Clicker’ MFL resources – Clicker French and Clicker Spanish – meet the new National Curriculum in England requirements for Languages. The answer is – absolutely! In fact, these are excellent primary language resources, whatever curriculum or …

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5 Tools to Help Create a Distraction Free Environment

5 Tools to Help Create a Distraction Free Environment

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com The ability for students (and teachers) to be productive in the classroom, at home, or anywhere in between is no easy task. At any given time phones ring, emails chime, people interrupt you, or other disruptions occur. Unfortunately, aside from locking yourself in a soundproof technology free room, there isn’t a simple solution …

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New TeacherCast Episode Featuring Texthelp Now Available

New TeacherCast Episode Featuring Texthelp Now Available

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com A few weeks ago we listed a great educator resource called TeacherCast. TeacherCast is an Educational Media Network that hosts several podcasts, app reviews, training opportunities and more for educators. You can learn more about TeacherCast and Jeff Bradbury in our previous post. Earlier this week Martin Mckay, Texthelp’s CTO and founder, and …

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