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How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students

While many teachers embrace the chaos of digital research (it is the “real world,” after all), for others setting students loose on Google is a …

Google

Lego's New Robotics Set Made Me Fall in Love With Lego All Over Again

There’s nothing unique about loving Lego. Millions of people wax nostalgic when they see those colorful bricks. Millions more never stopped building. …

Lego

Two New Google Forms Features for Teachers

Last month Google released a handful of updates to Google Forms. Today, two more features were announced. Both features were designed with teachers …

How to Build Robots While Learning How to Code

Computer science just became fun.<p>Let's face it. Deep down, every adult still wants to build and play with robots every once in a while—allowing us to learn an important tech skill while satiating our inner 10-year-old. Although it seems like a childlike pastime, having a skill set that allows you …

Raspberry Pi

Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super-accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D …

Virtual Reality

How to Create a Video-based Poll

ClipChoose is a free polling tool that I featured in a blog post last month. On ClipChoose you can create a poll that is based on a comparison of two …

SeeSaw Now Offers a Simple & Safe Blogging Platform for Kids

SeeSaw is a great digital portfolio tool for students and teachers. It works on all devices including iPads and Android tablets. The service allows …

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on …

Makerspaces

What My Students and I Have Learned in Our Library Makerspace

The Aha Moment<p>Several years ago, I accidently jumped on the maker movement wagon. While introducing learning through the Genius Hour philosophy, I …

Teaching

Raspberry Pi Online Simulator and Azure IoT

Think you need a physical device to get started with Azure IoT development?Nope!Here is a cool tutorial on how you can use a web based Raspberry Pi …

Raspberry Pi

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 isn’t coming out until this fall, but Apple had the preview loaded up on its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today for members of the press to check out. I got to the play with the operating system for a few minutes while handling the tablet, and what stands out the most is just how complicated it’s …

iOS

Use Apple Pencil to mark up PDFs in Mail app

Today we’ll learn how to open and edit a PDF right in the iOS Mail app, and then send it on its way, all without opening any extra apps. Given that a lot of PDFs we receive are documents that need to be checked over, or signed, and then returned, this tip is a real time-saver.<p>Instead of waiting …

iOS

Minecraft Code Builder introduces programming to block-stacking students

Microsoft today announced Code Builder for <i>Minecraft: Education Edition</i>. This new extension will teach kids how to code with the help of an assistant within the building block video game.<p>Code Builder introduces the Agent, a tiny sidekick, who executes coding instructions given via programs like …

Programming

6 Steps For Designing An Interactive Pyramid With PowerPoint

Learn how to create an interactive pyramid with PowerPoint.This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

eLearning

Quick, Draw!

This is a game built with machine learning. You draw, and a neural network tries to guess what you’re drawing. Of course, it doesn’t always work. But …

Apple’s Clips app is social video editing that’s simple to a fault

It was hard to know what to make of Clips at launch. Sure, Apple launches its own standalone apps from time to time, but it’s never offered up anything quite like this. For Apple, Clips is another play at mobile video editing — a dead simple solution for those who don’t have the time, skill set or …

Videography

How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys

A huge number of toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, multiple studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands and looking away from …

Kids

Five Ways to Encourage More Inquiry with Staff

Teachers and staff from a number of private schools in the emirate took part in a morning workshop to find out how to improve well-being among …

Station Rotation Model: Student Designed & Led Stations

One of the benefits of the Station Rotation Model is how easy it is to design activities at different levels to meet the diverse needs of a group of …

Education

4 New Video Options in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day!

Pinterest<p>Video Just Got an Upgrade in Google Slides!<p>This is a super-sweet G Suite treat! Just a few days ago, Google released some new video options …

Creative Commons' New Search Engine Makes It Easy To Find Free-To-Use Images

Credit: “Busted” by Jason Scragz is licensed under CC BY 2.0<p>Busted! You copied an image on your blog that you saw on the internet. You didn’t think you were doing anything wrong but it turns out you were. The image was copyrighted and now the copyright holder is threatening to take you to court …

Creative Commons

Google Chrome gets its own QR code & barcode scanner

Here’s one more app you can delete from your iPhone: that QR code and barcode scanner you only occasionally use. With an update rolling out today, Google’s Chrome mobile browser can do the job instead. The app now includes built-in scanning functionality, which you can access either via 3D Touch on …

Google

A New PD Model for a New Era in Teaching

In 2017, it seems nonsensical that teachers would wait for the latest pedagogy to be made known to them by a board. Social media platforms and the …

Google Docs just got a whole lot more powerful on iOS and Android

With all of the products and services that exist under the Google umbrella, updates are a dime a dozen, but this week has been especially busy for …

Google

The best bluetooth keyboard

<i>By Kimber Streams</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After testing 25 …

Gear & Gadgets

Instructional Coaching: Driving Meaningful Tech Integration

Funding: How They Got Started<p>Hampton High School initially received funds from the state-funded “Classrooms for the Future,” Pennsylvania’s …

GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music production suite

Apple's GarageBand is a good place to get started with recording, but it's useful for more advanced skill levels as well. The company just revealed an update to the iOS version of the app that gives the software a few more tools for tracking on the go. First, the powerful Alchemy synthesizer from …

iOS

Visualize Your Document Changes with Draftback

Recently, I was introduced to this cool Chrome extension called Draftback. It works with your Google Docs to track the changes you (or your students …

Education