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iPad App of the Week: blueskyme – Beautifully GTD inspired

Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.<p>Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon …

Apps

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Two Good News Sources Created Specifically for Students

August 4, 2015<br>We received a few requests from teachers asking about news sources for students. Below are the two platforms that come to mind when …

Epson EcoTank printer changes everything, ditches ink cartridges

Whether you buy an expensive printer or a cheap printer, those ink cartridges are going to run out sooner than you’d like and replacing them will — …

Here Is A Collection of Some New Educational Web Tools and Apps for Teachers

August 4, 2015<br>An important part of an effective integration of technology in your instruction besides knowing the ‘pedagogical whys’ behind the tech …

The 10 Commandments of Organizing

Want an organized home? Follow these rules.<p>1. Keep like with like.<p>"When putting your belongings away, store them with like or similar items to keep things sensical and logical," says professional organizer and blogger Tidy Tova. So stop with the catch-alls — they might work for a short time, but …

Why You Only Need 37 Items in Your Closet

It might just be that we've been bit by the cleaning bug, but with the rise of Marie Kondo’s tidying technique and the whole minimalist trend, it …

A Handy Tool for Turning PowerPoint Presentations into Interactive Lessons

August 3, 2015<br>Office Mix is an excellent PowerPoint add-in that allows teachers to create engaging and interactive presentations using multimedia …

Coaching & Cueing (Part 4 – Internal Verbal Cues)

Unfortunately, the rise in popularity of external cueing has led to a bad stigma of internal cueing. After reading the last article in this series …

3 Awesome Chrome Extensions to Enhance Students Reading Experience

August 2, 2015<br>Below are some excellent Chrome apps to enhance students reading experience. The apps provide, among other things, a clutter free and …

Education Technology

Save 39% On This DIY Repair Kit from iFixit

Electronic repairs are not always your average toolbox fix. The Pro Tech Screwdriver Set ($59.95)includes all the parts necessary to tackle any …

DIY

8 science-backed mind tricks to beat procrastination and do that thing you've been putting off right now

But the thing about getting things done? It's hard — especially when whatever you're supposed to be doing is daunting, unpleasant, or particularly high stakes.<p>And as we've written before, there are powerful reasons you might be having trouble getting started. But the bills must be paid, the work …

Basic PDF Tips Every Teacher Using Mac Should Know about

<b>1 Add signature to PDFs</b><p>You can easily sign PDFs using the sign feature in the mark-up toolbar. There are two options for signing PDFs: sign your name …

Education Technology

Science says parents of successful kids have these 9 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster

• <b>Author:</b> Deborah Hopkinson<p>Award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson pieces together the harrowing, tragic story of the TITANIC in this Sibert Honor volume.<p>In this award-winning book, critically acclaimed author Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and …

17 mind-blowing psychology findings that explain the baffling choices you make every day

Decades of psychological research suggest that people behave in ways that are mysterious and perplexing — even to themselves.<p>We sifted through the Quora thread, "What are some mind-blowing facts about social psychology?" and pulled out the most fascinating findings. (Some fall outside the realms of …

Psychology

Revolutionising the classroom…the SMART way | The Educator Australia

At a time of unprecedented digital disruption, technology is pervading just about every aspect of learning by transforming classrooms into …

Meaningful Learning with Digital Portfolios: Tools & Examples

<i>“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard</i><p>The technology we use changes rapidly and our students will work …

Education Technology

Web Tools for Studying Vocabulary Words

A robust vocabulary readies students for a college education and a career. Knowledge of vocabulary words enable them to analyze topics and …

5 Tips To Create Strong Learning Environments With iPads

EdTechTeacher’s first iPad Summit was held in Boston in November 2012, and one of the first magazine articles that came out about our the event was: …

How to Make a Nautical Madewell Key Chain in Under 15 Minutes

Sometimes we walk around a store or peruse our favorite shops online and we see something and think, “we could totally make that!” Today we’re going to show you how to hack the paracord key chains from Madewell. They’re a perfect DIY Copycat. And guess what — it’ll only take you 15 minutes to make! …