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English-based phonetic spelling - truespel

Trials with high school ESL students shows that they can learn truespel phonetics in less than an hour. In a few days they were writing phonetic notes with it. This is a new capability. Phonetics becomes simple and easy.Now in USA there is a common core requirement for k-1 "phonetics". This is not specified. Truespel is the perfect method for native English initial learners and ESL learners as well. Phonetics is ...more »

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Individualized Math Instruction Using Video

If any of you are interested in a unique video platform that engages students using interactive navigation tools and allows them to "ask questions" as they view a tutorial, you're invited to sign up for a free educator account at www.virtualnerd.com. If your school wants to pilot our "School Edition" Platform, email me at doug@virtualnerd.com.

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Crowdsourced Online Learning on MentorMob

There are more than a few problems that keep students from engaging in effective self directed online learning, and MentorMob, like Khan Academy and Edmodo, are working to leverage technology in order to disrupt education. MentorMob is a learning platform that allows anyone to build sequential "Learning Playlists" on topics that interest them. The community can then rate, comment on, and add to Playlists that have already ...more »

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The first global & digital Spellathon

Spellathon provides a free resource for teachers and their students to practice English spelling in the class room and at home in a fun and engaging way. Spellathon is also the biggest, best and most exciting global sponsored spelling competition ever. All Schools, Colleges and University Unions will receive 25% of the income fundraised by their students! Stephen Fry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Fry) is involved ...more »

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Free Open Courseware Offers Learning to Anyone/Anywhere/Anytime

The non-profit Khan Academy offers free world-class online learning for K-12 Common Core subjects. I ran across this outstanding technology web-based resource today while researching open courseware and was astounded at what is being offered free to anyone. It is so compelling I just needed to share this website with other educators and students who may not be aware of its potential for advancing global learning to anyone, ...more »

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Using English-based phonetics for literacy integration

Phonetics needs to be rebased in English, the lingua franca of the world to be more useful. The present international phonetics (IPA) and US dictionary keys are not user friendly because of special symbols. Not writeable That's why they are not used in schools for reading instruction, and not used in media or government publications. There is an answer. There is only one phonetic system in US English designed as a ...more »

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Animated Curriculum -"Animate Me"

Bluffton Elementary School’s Animate Me program is the implementation of an additional avenue for students to demonstrate their understanding of their grade-level curriculum content through the use of visual arts in the area of animation. It serves as an ultimate in integrated technology across all content areas. The Animate Me program utilizes computer animation software and additional support products that have been ...more »

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Incubator for Everybody

While not a school, we're helping people to learn and grow by creating a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurship where the norm is to pursue your ideas and interests. By getting people hooked into the community and providing that community with resources and tools for self-education, we hope to inspire students and non-students alike to edify themselves with the purpose of achieving their goals.

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SlideSpeech Solar

Open source project to combine solar panel + tablet computer + speakers + SlideSpeech content to deliver off-line, off-grid interactive presentations at classroom-volume powered by sunlight. Kit costs under US$300. http://code.google.com/p/slidespeech-solar

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Using iBooks Author with a Middle School Math Classroom

My students are my district's pilot program for using iPads in the classroom. When Apple introduced iBooks author, I reinvented a project that I had assigned in the past and it turned out to be outstanding. Using iBooks Author, I was able to have students each create a chapter of a book that was compiled and shared with the class and their parents. This technology enabled students to really bring mathematics to ...more »

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Digital Content & Standards

Not all digital content is created equal. Engagement and motivation need to collide with standards, curriculum priorities, assessment, sound instruction and feedback.

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Mimio

I just helped write a grant through the MSET organization for money for a Mimio Teach Interactive System. It's an interactive whiteboard without the board. A magnetic bar is placed on any magnetic surface and comes with an interactive pen that works with your computer to make it function. I am excited to use it with my Geometry unit I'm about to begin. Through the software and learning community I've found plane and ...more »

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