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Top 4 Google Chrome Extensions

03.11.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Below is a list of my favorite 4 Google Chrome extensions that can benefit you in and out of the classroom. Check them out! Explain and Send Screenshots extension allows you to take a full or partial snapshot of any website that you’d like to share or send to someone. You can draw arrows, lines, […]
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Prezi and Adobe Partnership with ConnectEd Initiative

03.5.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
TechCrunch recently wrote a blog post about the Prezi and Adobe partnership with the ConnectEd Initiative.  Prezi presentation software is teaming with Adobe on President Obama’s ConnectEd Initiative to help the US education system gain more access to technology.  ConnectEd is investing more than $1 billion for Prezi and Adobe licenses for Prezi Edu Pro, Photoshop, […]
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Twitter in the Classroom

03.4.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
When I think back to my college years, there was always a point right as class was starting when all my professors would say, “Ok, time to put away all smart phones.” Oh, this dreaded statement! However, smart phones have opened up all new possibilities to keep your classroom and students interacted and even awake. […]
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Quizlet: Online Flashcards

02.27.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Quizlet  is a free online tool that students and educators can use for studying and course organization that simulates flashcards.  You can download the Quizlet app for iOS or Android.  Quizlet is an interactive, online tool that allows you to create and look at flashcards in sets, even allowing for you to digitally flip the cards to the front […]
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Smore: Digital Flyers

02.25.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Smore is an easy to use website where users can create unique digital flyers. These flyers are single-paged websites that can be used for multiple reasons, for example sharing information with students or students can share their research. Digital flyers can be shared via email or social media. Students need to register for a Smore […]
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Open Access Publishing

02.20.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
In the academic world, publishing scholarly work is crucial to prolonging your career.  But publishing an article with a journal can become complicated and expensive for academic institutions and faculty due to publishers owning the rights to articles.  Open Access publishing “means unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.”  Open access can mean free online research […]
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Blackboard: Supported Browsers

02.19.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Since Blackboard is a web based tool, it will only work properly in certain web browsers. There are some known issues with using a non-supported web browser.  Recently there has been issues using Blackboard in certain browsers. Please follow the steps and guides below to make sure you are using a supported browser when using […]
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Ken Burns iPad App: History Mixtapes

02.17.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in collaboration with the digital agency Big Spaceship, has released an app of “mixtapes” of all his documentaries titled Ken Burns. These mixtapes take all of his works (over 136 hours) and break them down into six themes in American history: innovation, race, politics, art, hard times, and war.   The user […]
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Ten Educational Tech Tools to Try This Year

02.11.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
A new semester has begun so why not check out some technology tools to use in your classroom this year? Below I have compiled a list of beneficial educational tools that you could integrate into the classroom. As you read considering trying new tools this year or implementing forgotten tools. Whatever the case, take time to check […]
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NMC Horizon Report on Technology and Higher Education

02.7.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
The New Media Consortium (NMC) annually teams up with EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to write the NMC Horizon Report.  This report is on emerging technologies that will most influence higher education.  You can download the full NMC Horizon Report for 2014.  According to the NMC website “this eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon […]
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