Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gratitude for Those Working in Education





Make no mistake about it. Education is at a crossroads in the United States.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.ingeniosus.net/archives/gratitude-for-those-working-in-education



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Learn the secrets of Google Now voice commands (infographic)





At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions. Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57613787-285/learn-the-secrets-of-google-now-voice-commands-infographic/



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A Fifth-Grade Teacher Wanted To Show Her Students What Happens When You Put Your Photo Online





1. In the last 24 hours, this photo has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook. It’s been traveling around the internet since last week. i.imgur.com 2.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-fifth-grade-teacher-wanted-to-show-her-students-what-happe



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How to create an awesome Facebook page in just 12 steps





Whether it’s for your classroom or your entire school district, creating a Facebook page is a key way to bridge the gap between parents, students, friends, teachers, and administrators. Follow these 12 steps to get on the road to creating a popular and useful Facebook page.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://learnegg.com/how-to-create-an-awesome-facebook-page-in-just-12-steps/



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Schools Aren't Teaching Kids To Code; Here's Who Is Filling The Gap – ReadWrite





Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://readwrite.com/2013/10/18/kids-learn-code-programming#awesm=~on6ymlwNbw53H6



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The 30th Anniversary Voltron is the Defender Of Childhood Nostalgia





Second only to the Transformers and G.I. Joe as the greatest cartoon/toy lines of the 1980s, Voltron broke new ground in marketing, demanding kids beg for not one but five different toys in order to assemble one giant robot.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://gizmodo.com/the-30th-anniversary-voltron-is-the-defender-of-childho-1471907938



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A SERVICE OF THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION





Sometimes that failure is the tech’s fault—internet access in a building drops away during a web-based presentation, for example. Other times it’s user error, as with my class blogs. Many observers, however, won’t distinguish between machine- and user-generated failures.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/when-technology-fails-redux/53783



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The License That Rules the Web Just Got a Major Update





The new version of Creative Commons is big news for writers, photographers, and anyone who uses the Internet. A new version of the Creative Commons license came out today.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/the-license-that-rules-the-web-just-got-a-major-update/281866/



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Your Role in the Common Core: Advocating for ELLs





I have been very fortunate this fall to work with dedicated teachers and administrators in a few different states who are involved with the education of English language learners (ELLs).



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blog.colorincolorado.org/2013/11/26/your-role-in-the-common-core-advocating-for-ells/



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Blogging Beyond One Classroom





Part of my work, at my school, is to create a framework for our Middle School that will take (already) blogging students from Elementary School and prepare a smooth transition for them, as they move on to High School.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://langwitches.org/blog/2013/11/26/blogging-beyond-one-classroom/



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Young people prefer printed books to e-books, survey finds





Here’s something to consider when you’re Christmas shopping for that teen or young adult in your family. Yes, young people spend a lot of time reading and writing short messages on their smartphones, or listening to music and playing games on those and other electronic devices.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-young-people-prefer-printed-books-survey-20131126,0,7125735.story



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The 5 Questions Teachers should Ask Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning





A couple of months ago I posted here a good visual outlining the different steps of the inquiry process and today I come across this wonderful graphic in a tweet from Mark Kolkman about the the 5 questions we need to ask our students.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/11/the-5-questions-teachers-should-ask.html



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75 web tools to make your own infographics and visuals





Presenting information in a highly engaging and visual format is a great way to make people understand something that can be typically quite complex and difficult to grasp.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://learnegg.com/make-your-own-infographics-and-visuals/



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Gospodin libar: Mister bookseller





This entry was posted on April 3, 2010 by . It was filed under Gospodim Libar and was tagged with book power.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://librarycartoons.wordpress.com/2010/04/03/gospodin-libar-mister-bookseller/



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10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom





Many of us can recall instances in our lives where we found ourselves idly sitting in a classroom, eyes glazed over, half listening to our teacher as they lectured in front of the room.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.teachthought.com/trends/10-pros-cons-flipped-classroom/



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American Libraries Magazine





In the November 19 Atlantic, Megan Garber explored a nascent meme that has been gaining traction on the web. Previously just a simple conjunction, “because” is evolving into a preposition as a way of concisely declaring reasoning that should be overwhelmingly obvious.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blog/because-libraries



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The Greatest Shows on Earth: The Case for Arts Education and Support





Last spring, I saw one of the happiest and the saddest sights of my life. Let's start with the happy. A social worker friend invited me to go with her to a youth performance at the Wang Theater, one of the aged performance venues in Boston's tiny theater district.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/greatest-shows-arts-education-support-aine-greaney



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why Every Profession Needs a Librarian or Information Professional





This last week, as I was trying to change over my license and tags back to Kansas from Florida, I had what I imagine is a very common experience. You wait in line, next to several people in the same predicament as you.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://inalj.com/?p=48534



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16 secrets of Google Drive





Google Drive--formerly Google Docs--has come quite a way in nearly a decade of existence.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.macworld.co.uk/apple-business/news/?newsid=3490852



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Why we are having a social media overload









Click here to read the rest of the article: http://learnegg.com/why-we-are-having-a-social-media-overload/



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7 proven strategies that WILL help you engage your students...





1. Don't just care...really care! It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own little worlds, but we have got to remember that whatever is going on in our world, is 100 times simpler and less complicated than that of our students.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.justintarte.com/2013/11/7-proven-strategies-that-will-help-you.html



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Mobile Technology: The Next Wave of Online Learning





Today, many colleges and universities want to educate students in modern and relevant ways. Mobile technology can do this in several ways:



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.brighthub.com/education/online-learning/articles/128268.aspx



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10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic





10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic By 2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. In 2012, 65% of workers declared their mobile devices to be their “most critical work device.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://elearninginfographics.com/10-mind-blowing-mobile-learning-statistics-infographic/



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#Ylibrary : Making the Case for the Library as Space for Infinite Learning by Michael Stephens





“The time was when a library was very like a museum and the librarian was a mouser in musty books. The time is when the library is a school and the librarian is in the highest sense a teacher…” Melvil Dewey, 1876 When you look at recent media about librarians you see a typical pattern.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blogs.slq.qld.gov.au/slq-today/2013/11/26/ylibrary-making-the-case-for-the-library-as-space-for-infinite-learning-by-michael-stephens/



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Is The STEM Education Crisis A Myth?





Education experts have been sounding the alarm for more students to go into STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. But some researchers suggest the STEM crisis is just a myth.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=247166532



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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future





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Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/learning-through-networks-is-the-future/



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Surreal Painted Faces Make Us Question What We Are Seeing





Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov explores the visually transformative power of paint and makeup in his 2D or not 2D and Angry Beards projects.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alexander-khokhlov-angry-beards-2d-or-not-2d



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Popular New App Launches For Photographers





Tired of shooting photos of your latest meal for Instagram? Need some new ideas, some challenges, something new and fresh to do with your iPhone camera. Well… ok do this. Yep you heard that right. Check out OkDoThis.com!



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://fstoppers.com/popular-new-app-launches-for-photographers



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Google Maps now lets you preview international travel with images of airports, rail/subway stations





Google Street is well-known for whisking people across the world to any location from the comfort of their computer screens — you can visit Venice, the Galapagos Islands and beyond — but it’s added a new practical use: helping you preview international travel.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/11/26/google-maps-now-lets-you-preview-international-travel-with-images-of-airports-railsubway-stations/



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Monday, November 25, 2013

How Do We Inspire Young Inventors?





In New Haven, Connecticut, where I live with my husband and two sons, we are lucky to have nearby the Eli Whitney Museum. This place is the opposite of a please don’t touch repository of fine art.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/how-do-we-inspire-young-inventors/



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Arm yourself: The API wars are coming





There is a war coming soon. The arms merchants of the cloud and a new wave of developers armed with APIs are going to cause massive technology disruption. And APIs are the ammunition fueling this change.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://gigaom.com/2013/11/24/arm-yourself-the-api-wars-are-coming/



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Library reno at Galt Collegiate Institute features technology upgrades





CAMBRIDGE – It wasn’t long ago that high school students were ordered to power down digital devices during school hours or risk having them confiscated. Not so much anymore. Not only are high schools tolerating use of cellphones and pocket technology, they’re now embracing it.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4233409-library-reno-at-galt-collegiate-institute-features-technology-upgrades/



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Top 10 FREE Google Chrome Extensions for Teachers





Recently I received an email from a friend concerning Google Chrome extensions that can be used for educational purposes. For the teachers that are not familiar with, Google Chrome Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-google-chrome-extensions-for-teachers



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Innovative Grammar Mind Map Is Perfect For Teaching English





I tend to be an extremely linear thinker, so I don’t always love mind maps. Even though each branch can be fairly linear, something about the whole branching visualization of it doesn’t usually speak to me. I ran across this one today, and despite its many branches, I really like it.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.edudemic.com/grammar-mind-map/



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Preparing for the new Computing curriculum: what if #1





I believe a lot of people are worried by the forthcoming Computing Programme of Study, judging by the number of people I’ve spoken to who say they have not yet begun to think about it. And that is quite understandable.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.ictineducation.org/home-page/2013/11/24/preparing-for-the-new-computing-curriculum-what-if-1.html



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Interesting Chart Outlining the Differences between Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Heutagogy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning





Preparing our kids and students for a global knowledge economy necessitates a new teaching approach; one that will equip them with the skills and competencies needed to thrive in such an economy.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/11/interesting-chart-outlining-differences.html



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3 virtual environment platforms that inspire learning – Hypergrid Business





Much has been said about using virtual environments for teaching and training.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2013/11/3-virtual-environment-platforms-that-inspire-learning/



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Discover a world of learning with our favourite education blogs





The more you delve into the fascinating world of education, the more exciting it becomes – educators across the UK are dreaming up new, creative ways to awaken students to the joys of learning through strategies like student-negotiated learning, critical questioning and original activities.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blog.tutorhub.com/2013/11/25/discover-a-world-of-learning-with-our-favourite-education-blogs/



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How To Help Your Students Embrace Failure Through Game-Based Learning





By Justin W. Marquis, Ph.D. Whether our students fear the dark, monsters, heights, some other imagined horror, or something more real such as family troubles or bullying, everyone is afraid of something.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/help-students-embrace-failure-game-based-learning/



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Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.cultofmac.com/255688/apples-first-foray-into-wearable-computing-to-be-ihearing-aid/



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Friday, November 22, 2013

3 Presentation Tools Teachers Are Now Using





Presentations are more than just Powerpoint or Keynote.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.edudemic.com/presentation-tools-teachers/



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Four Revealing Facts on How Learners Read On Screen [Infographic]





You've probably heard about this before. Readers prefer shorter texts because they cannot sustain attention for more than a minute. A study, in fact, revealed that the average attention span online is about 8 seconds.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://info.shiftelearning.com/blog/bid/325939/Four-Revealing-Facts-on-How-Learners-Read-On-Screen-Infographic



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Social Media Safety Tips For Parents





Allowing your child to have access to the Internet and keeping them safe digitally can be tricky. Here are nine tips to help you weed through it all. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three? Figure out what social media platforms your child uses, and then learn how to use it yourself.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2013/11/21/social-media-safety-tips-for-parents/



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Stop the Madness of Blindly Dumping Technology into Classrooms





Please, let’s get passed the useless debate about whether or not we should have technology in school. It must become the norm. No question. Kids are extremely plugged-in and engaged outside the classroom while increasingly, they’re tuning out in the classroom.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.cea-ace.ca/blog/ron-canuel/2013/11/4/stop-madness-blindly-dumping-technology-classrooms



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Science, Engineering Degrees Grew Twice as Fast as Others, Report Says





Efforts to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees may be starting to sink into students' minds, according to new data released by the National Student Clearinghouse.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/21/science-engineering-degrees-grew-twice-as-fast-as-others-report-says?src=usn_tw



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In an Office Far, Far Away …





Share this infographic on your site! A Look at the Workplace of the Future If asked to envision an office of the future, some people might channel space-age options like “The Jetsons,” including robots and moving walkways.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/futureoffice/



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6 Ways Tech Will Change Education Forever BY Issie Lapowsky





Tensions were high Wednesday at New York University's Stern School of Business, as a group of academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs faced off during a panel discussion on the future of higher education.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.inc.com/issie-lapowsky/7-ways-tech-changes-education.html



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Ontario education director eyes multi-age classrooms Add to ...





You could call it the return of the one-room schoolhouse: Students of different ages and grade levels sitting in a classroom together, led by a teacher or even two instructors.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-education-director-eyes-multi-age-classrooms/article15556227/



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Academic Teaching Doesn’t Prepare Students for Life





Academics. Most of our current school system revolves around it, and yet, I think it falls miserably short of what our kids need. To be honest, I think our academic system of education is highly overrated, at best. At worst, it destroys a number of our kids. Hear me out.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://plpnetwork.com/2013/11/07/obsession-academic-teaching-preparing-kids-life/



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The Teacher Bill Of Rights





Leave it to the aptly named and solidarity-sporting weareteachers.org to develop the Teacher Bill of Rights. Public school teachers. Public menaces! They watch as children are injured. http://t.co/3R6e7ZqRNY #education #publicschool



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/teacher-bill-of-rights/



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What teachers know and how that compares with college graduates around the world





by General One of the most frequent claims I have heard from people trying to explain poor learning outcomes in their country is that their teachers come from the bottom third of their college graduates, while high-performing countries recruit their teachers from the top third.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-teachers-know-and-how-that.html



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The Edmodo Cheat Sheet For Teachers Infographic





Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://elearninginfographics.com/the-edmodo-cheat-sheet-for-teachers-infographic/



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This Year's Nerdy Gift Suggestions









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Thursday, November 21, 2013

BYOD and the Paperless Classroom





At New Milford High School teachers are adapting their professional practice as we continue to evolve into a Bring Your Own Device school where student-owned technology integrated effectively.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2013/11/byod-and-paperless-classroom.html



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Google Scholar Adds Option to Save Citations





The following post reports on something new from Google Scholar but it’s far from a major update or earth shattering new feature. In fact, some might ask (correctly), what took so long to offer it?



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.infodocket.com/2013/11/20/google-scholar-adds-save-feature/



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Encouraging Girls to Hack and Make





I first got interested in engineering and technology 30 years ago when I was in 5th grade. My class had four Apple IIe computers, and my teacher taught us to program in Logo and BASIC. This was my first time using technology to create something and I loved it.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://makezine.com/2013/11/20/encouraging-girls-to-hack-and-make/



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Google Takes You Through Middle-Earth, Providing Both An Eagle- And A Hobbit’s-Eye View





Google has launched an ambitious Chrome experiment today, in partnership with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/20/google-takes-you-through-middle-earth-providing-both-an-eagle-and-a-hobbits-eye-view/



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Ditching Dewey: Hot Topic in Hartford | AASL 2013





At the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference, held in Hartford, CT, November 14–17, common themes and hot topics of discussion emerged.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.slj.com/2013/11/collection-development/ditching-dewey-hot-topic-in-hartford-aasl-2013/



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This Sign Language Ring Translates Hand Movements Into Spoken Words





The wearable device can also translate voice to text, transcribing spoken language picked up by a microphone into text that's displayed on the bracelet's screen.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.fastcompany.com/3022017/fast-feed/this-sign-language-ring-translates-hand-movements-into-spoken-words



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Public vs. Private – Should Student Work Be Public On the Web?





10+ years ago, filters and blocking tools were banning access to most blogs and web publishing services in schools around the world.



Click here to read the rest of the article: http://theedublogger.com/2013/11/20/public-vs-private-student-work/



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