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Take A Book, Return A Book

15 Apr

Have you donated to “A Little Free Library”? It’s a free book exchange! Their motto is a “take a book, return a book”. If you spot one, they come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share.

Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. It is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Find one near you!

https://littlefreelibrary.org/

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What’s Google Experimenting With?

13 Apr

Google is continually exploring tool that are more accessible for everyone. They currently have 1,500 experiments and counting. They are conducting experiments that push the boundaries of art, technology, design and culture. Like Shadow Art, where you try your hands at the art of shadow puppetrywith some help from artificial intelligence (AI) or Alphabets Got Talent where you use Morse Code, input a letter and receive a dancing animal with the same letter.

https://experiments.withgoogle.com/

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Get A Slice Of Raspberry Pi

9 Apr

Are you a Raspberry Pi fan? Their mission is to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. You build a small and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming.

If you are interested getting in computer programming and want to have fun at the same time, then you should check out it. Raspberry Pi is perfect for Educators and Parents looking for something exciting to introduce to students. There are computing clubs in your area such as Code Club, CoderDojo, and Raspberry Jams – there isn’t a shortage of interactivity!

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

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Top Grad School Help

24 Feb

Are you trying to figure out where you want to go to graduate school?  I stumbled upon this website that prompts you to answer a few quick questions and you get back a list that matches your preferences. If you already have an idea what you want to study, then you can browse through the top universities by program or location. Find your perfect course or what program suits you best!

https://www.topuniversities.com/

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Udacity has Free Tech Classes

22 Sep

Did you know that Google offers an abundance of classes for tech & business professionals? Localization Essentials class is one of my favorites. The free class on localization essentials is about making products work for users worldwide. If you want to expand your horizons, check out Udacity. It offers classes from the top big technology companies.

https://www.udacity.com/

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Digital Hoarding

28 May

Are you a digital hoarder? How do you keep track of your digital files. One argument states that a large amount of digital content is not a problem in itself; rather, the problem is content findability. How do find your digital files? Many people use Google Drive, OneDrive, DropBox or Box or organize their files. What system do you use?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_hoarding

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Test Your Knowledge at Mental Floss

19 May

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on Mental Floss. If you want to shock your brain then jump over to their quizzes or maybe you just want to learn some amazing facts. Watch videos and read articles that will just simply stimulate your mind.

Mentalfloss.com

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Learn to Play Music Faster with Modern Educational Technology

3 Mar

Playing Guitar

Learn to Play Music Faster with Modern Educational Technology

Studies have consistently shown that technology helps improve learning. From mobile apps and online courses to software and even games, modern teaching and learning tools are clearly a great way to enhance the overall learning experience. They’re not only fun and convenient, but they also allow students to learn at their own pace.

Get the physical tools ready

When it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument, however, you can’t rely solely on your apps and other e-learning tools. You’ll also need the physical gear before you can get started. This includes the instrument you want to play and all the other related accessories required to make it work.

Let’s say you want to learn how to play the electric guitar. Aside from getting the instrument itself, you’ll also need things like strings, instrument cables, picks and a good guitar chair to sit on. If you pick the drums, on the other hand, then you’ll need a kit, several pairs of drumsticks and good soundproofing materials. Keep in mind that the best way to learn is to integrate theory and practice, and these physical tools will allow you to do just that.

Find a medium that works for you

According to Andrea Leyden of GoConqr, learning through apps is the future of education—which is probably true considering the rate at which educational apps are improving. However, the choice of what you should use to learn your chosen instrument should still ultimately depend on the type of learner you are and what medium you’re most comfortable with. If you need formal instruction, for example, then a structured online course would be your best bet. If you prefer a more fun set-up, on the other hand, then more game-type tools would suit you better.

Of course, having a clear goal in mind should also help you make this decision much more easily. For example, if you want to learn chords first, then you should get a tool that helps you do that. Want to learn songs more easily? Then get an app or software that allows you to make music play slower or faster.

Consistency is key

At the end of the day, however, whatever modern learning tools you choose to use, if they help keep you motivated to continue playing, then you’ve made the right decision. After all, skills like playing music rely heavily on consistent practice. Long story short, the more you play, the faster you get better at doing so.

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Improve The Vocabulary Of Your Next Essay

13 Feb

Need to improve the vocabulary and your overall writing skills for your next essay? IELTS Vocabulary means using a more academic style and word choice (Lexical Resource) when writing your essay. Using Topic Specific Vocabulary, collocations and words from the Academic Word List will help considerably. Topic Specific Vocabulary also contains lots of collocations, so you can expect a thorough explanation on what they are and how to use them.

This tutorial focuses on what to learn, the importance of context, and how to learn / memorize these new terms so you can improve your writing. The site gives you plenty of detailed explanations, tips, examples and resources for practice on this subject.

https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/lexical-resource/

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5 Classroom Apps for Teachers

8 Feb

Are you a teacher? Do you need some apps to keep your classroom organized? Here are some apps we saw on Education World that you might like to use in the classroom.

TeacherKit

  • Teachers can build classrooms with student and course data, take attendance with the tap of a touchscreen, as well as take quick behavior notes to monitor classroom performance and participation. The app provides a full gradebook (with weighting options), and report summaries for parents and guardians, all backed up to the Cloud.
  • Price: Subscription

ClassDojo

  • With ClassDojo you can build a classroom, take attendance, and store general student information. Although ClassDojo doesn’t include a formal gradebook or reports section, it does add some cool communication tools. With ClassDojo, you can privately message parents using their email or phone number through the app.
  • Price: Free

Remind

  • With Remind, you can add students and parents to a class by sharing an email link or by simply having them send a text to your Remind username using their devices. The beauty of using communicators like this is your ability to communicate through the app while maintaining your private phone number.
  • Price: Free

Google Classroom

  • Google Classroom is free for all schools signed up for Google’s Apps for Education (which is also…free). In short, if you are already using Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Sites, you need this app. Google Classroom streamlines the submission process for these features by allowing teachers to build classroom folders, give online grades and feedback, post conversations and announcements, ad share classroom calendars.
  • Price: Free

PowerTeacher

  • PowerTeacher is your all-in-one organizing system. Create classes, take and track attendance, monitor grades, keep detailed student and parent information, and print complete reports. Students and parents can download the PowerSchool app to access the gradebook, attendance reports, check the school’s calendar, read announcements, and contact educators and administrators. It’s a phenomenal gradebook system that seems to improve yearly.
  • Price: Suscription

http://www.educationworld.com/five-incredible-apps-classroom-organization

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