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Utilizing Student-Owned Devices

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Students are accustomed to having nearly constant access to digital devices outside of the classroom, so why not find ways to incorporate the use of student-owned devices inside the classroom? Here are three possibilities to assist teachers with integrating student-owned devices to enhance lessons, increase communication, and engage students:

iMovie '11 Basics

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iMovie '11 is a video editing software program available free for Macs. iMovie provides a basic movie editing software that is easy to use and easy to learn.

Interactive Websites for Learning

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Consider reinforcing skills taught in the classroom with interactive websites designed to address those skills. The following three websites serve as directories for free interactive sites for learning:

Interactive Sites for Education

Interactive games and simulations in the following categories: Math, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Brain Teasers, Art, Music, Typing, Holidays, Spanish & Teacher Tools.

Google Forms

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This blog post is an introduction to Google's Forms and provides a brief how-to process for making a form/survey. "Google Forms is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same name." - Wikipedia

Google Docs Suite

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Google Docs is Google's "software as a service" office suite. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats (ODF, HTML, PDF, RTF, Text, Office Open XML). Documents are automatically saved to Google's servers. ...


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Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than allowed via custom URLs. - Wikipedia

Google Sites

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Google Sites is a structured wiki- and web page-creation tool offered by Google as part of the Google Apps Productivity suite. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create a team-oriented site where multiple people can collaborate and share files. - Wikipedia
Instructor use - Create a course website where you can upload materials

Video Editing Applications

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Understanding the basics of video editing can be very useful in the classroom. Knowing how to edit videos and being confident in your ability to teach your students how to do so opens up a whole new world of possibilities for the types of projects your students can complete.

The first step to understanding how to edit videos is finding a reliable video editing software to use.

Google Drive

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Google Drive and the enclosed Docs suite have many uses in the classroom, especially for collaborative learning. This blog post introduces Drive, Docs, and Forms more in-depth and provides a few "how-to" exercises to allow one to become more familiar with using the apps.


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