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  • MonkeyLearn – Word Cloud MonkeyLearn is a new tool for creating word clouds from text that you supply and it allows you customize the display of your word clouds before you download them as PNG files. MonkeyLearn can also be used to extract a keyword from a document. You can also use it to analyze the sentiment of a document.

  • Wheel of Names | Random name picker Wheel of Names is a free random name picker website. There are many random name pickers available on the web but this one offer a bit more then most because it not only lets you enter names, it lets you upload images to be chosen at random. Wheel of Names also lets you create a free account that you can use to save a series of wheels. That option could be helpful if you have multiple classes and don’t want to enter names whenever you need to pick a name at random.
  • Keep Calm and Posters Generator, Maker For Free – KeepCalmAndPosters.com Easy tool to use to create your own posters

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  • 5 Takeaways from News Literacy EdCamp – EasyBib Blog  “The best way to help combat fake news is to teach our students what it is, what it looks like, how to spot it, and how to prevent it. These were identifies as the five biggest takeaways from a day of workshops and discussion from The News Literacy Project & TIME Inc.’s News Literacy EdCamp. Keep these in mind when teaching your students about fake news.”
  • Seven Advanced Excel Features You Should Be Using [Infographic] | Lifehacker Australia “Microsoft Excel is packed with useful data management features that don’t see a lot of use, like pivot tables, index and match, and conditional formatting. If you’re just using excel to sum and chart columns, this graphic can show you some other tools to help you become the spreadsheet guru you always wanted to be.

 

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  • Goodreads | Tristan Bancks’s Blog – Vision Boarding for Writers – June 08, 2017 05:57

  • Python – teachwithict  A collection of free Python lessons Lessons include: Shakespearean Insult Generator, Magic 8 ball, Sorting hat, Mad Libs, Chat bot and Coding Golf

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Getting Critical About Critical Thinking | Edutopia “Critical thinking is when the brain is active, making connections to the material and applying original thought to the concept. It’s the difference between struggling to remember (“ugh!”) and struggling to solve (“yeah!”).” Whilst all kids think, not all activities trigger critical thinking. There are some ideas here that use targeted approaches and strategies to cause those young brains to work.

Writing 25 Word Stories [Handout] | THE TEMPERED RADICAL “A 25 word story is exactly what it sounds like:  A 25 word story.  It’s a writing style that I first discovered by following Kevin Hogdson — a really remarkable sixth grade language arts teacher — in Twitter. ”

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Edutopia Updated post from @coolcatteacher (Vicky Davis.) ” Formative Assessment done as students are learning makes better teachers.” Some great ideas/tools discussed here.

Become an OneNote Expert in 50 minutes – Microsoft IT Showcase – YouTube Video how-to for the optimum usage of Microsoft OneNote, published on YouTube on 17 Feb 2017.
“Brian Moring, productivity trainer with Microsoft IT Showcase, demonstrates how to use OneNote for collaboration and increased productivity. Find out how to create a OneNote notebook, manage your task list and action items, and share notes in meetings. Shows how OneNote integrates with other Office apps, and learn how to access OneNote from Windows, iOS, or Android device. Brian answers questions about best practices for using OneNote.”

10 Reasons to Create Makerspaces in Your School – The Edvocate 10 things to consider when thinking about creating a makerspace in your classroom.. These should assist you to understand why you would consider it and encouragement to do it.

How to Self-Edit Infographic | Now Novel Learning how to self-edit your writing empowers you to polish your prose. Ernest Hemingway famously quipped that you should ‘write drunk and edit sober’. This might not be good advice for teetotallers (or in general). But there is a grain of truth in Hemingway’s words: you need a state of mental clarity that allows you to be methodical when editing. A professional editor who has polished many novels can turn your promising manuscript into a sleek novel. Yet if you can’t afford professional editing services at present, or want to tidy up your work before showing it to an editor, you can learn how to self-edit well. Useful infographic that lists the for top tips on editing your story

Write. Create. Publish: 4 Student-Centered Writing Projects to do Before Summer Break | Shaelynn Farnsworth Ideas to encourage students to start writing and sharing their voice with the classroom and globe. This will foster engagement, relevance, and practice with essential skills all students need.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves Test your comma IQ  – online quiz

School Librarians of Rhode Island Raising the Profile of Their Profession | School Library Journal  The School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) found that the image students, and parents in particular, held of Rhode Island public school libraries was behind the times. It was clear that perception needed to evolve along with reality.What they decided to do is explained.

How to Use Google Forms’ New Quizzes Feature – Using Technology Better

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How To Create Templates in Google Slides – YouTube Video that shows you how to create templates in Google Slides. Google Slides is a presentation tool that allows you to create and share presentations for free online.

“If you don’t want to create your own template from scratch, there are tools out there that can help you out. Slides Carnival offers free basic templates for Google Slides and Powerpoint. They have different template categories to browse through like Simple, Creative, Inspirational, and Formal.”
Resources | Project Based Learning | BIE Online resources, recommended for educators, that can support Project Based Learning. The site includes background reading, research, recorded webinars, planning documents, online tools
Random Name / Random Item / Person selector / Generator fruit machine This is simple to use and could be a useful classroom tool.
Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation – The Tech Edvocate This is an interesting article about how we can foster creativity, communication and thinking skills. Libraries can play an important role libraries in creating these areas.

The little black book of scams | ACCC  The best way to protect yourself is through awareness and education. The Little Black Book of Scams is recognised internationally as an important tool for consumers and small businesses to learn about scams including: the most common scams to watch out for; the different ways scammers can contact you; the tools scammers use to trick you
the warning signs; how to protect yourself, and  where you can find help.

Cassini: The Grand Finale The latest news, images and videos from the Cassini mission, exploring Saturn and its moons since 2004.
25 Years On, Melina Marchetta Talks ‘Looking For Alibrandi’ This year Marchetta is appearing as an ambassador at the Emerging Writers’ Festival She says “I felt very nurtured in the early days by writers such as John Marsden and Isobelle Carmody and I’ve always found it important to follow their example”. This interview takes her back to the original novel and focuses on celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Looking For Alibrandi.”
Teaching CyberSecurity to Empower Students and Schools to Be Safe @coolcatteacher David Raymond @dnomyard is part of equipping Virginia high school students to defend themselves from cyber attacks. With knowledge in digital forensics and current technology, the Virginia Cyber Range is working to lead the world in educating its students on cyber security. Learn how in this wide-ranging conversation about modern security.
4 Digital Tools That Help Students Practice Integrity | MindShift | KQED News There are 4 tools discussed here, that offer students a platform to demonstrate their honesty, courage, and integrity in the classroom.
Digital Storytelling Wheel for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning A digital storytelling wheel that features quite a few interesting resources that your students could use in class to create and share digital stories.  They have been organized into 3 types: iPad apps , Android apps, and Web tools for digital storytelling.
Quizalize – Pinpoint classroom progress in real-time You can pinpoint classroom progress in real-time with this formative assessment tool which allows teachers to turn classroom quizzes into exciting multi-player games. Students can participate in activities during class or they can be used for interactive homework assignments. Educators can create customized quizzes or select from 20,000+ premade options.

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