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8 Important Features of a Top Quality Plagiarism Checker

September 15, 2016

(Image Source) The Essence of Plagiarism Checkers: Similar or Different? Plagiarism detection may not be a fun, ‘sexy’ edtech topic, but it is a reality we have to live with these days. I invited the folks from to share their thoughts on the features that can make for a top quality plagiarism detection tool. […]

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Explore the World With Live EarthCams from Across the Globe

September 13, 2016

View Live Cameras All Across the Planet (for free) Last year I had the good fortune to take a vacation in Ireland and Italy with my family (that’s a picture of the Forum in Rome above … it was seriously mind blowing to look out over the of stunning view of history from the vantage point that […]

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3 Ways Assistive Technology is Helping Students with Dyslexia

September 8, 2016

Dyslexia is Less of a Challenge Than it Once was Thanks to These Technological Advances It’s a number that tends to jumps out at you: one in every five students has dyslexia. That means there’s bound to be at least one student with some sort of reading difficulty in pretty much every classroom. But teachers […]

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Want to Understand Blockchain Better? Watch Don Tapscott’s TED Talk.

August 29, 2016

(Image  Source) A Good Explanation of the “Digitized Trust” Technology Poised to Change our World (and yes, That Includes Education). Don Tapscott is a brilliant, highly respected author and speaker who has excelled at peering into the future and helping folks like you and I understand how technology is changing the world. He’s written or […]

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Addressing Foreign Language Learning Anxiety with Mobile Technology

August 24, 2016

App Enables Students to Practice Speaking in Private and Build Their Skills & Confidence We all have our preferred strategies and our little box of tricks to lower learning anxiety in the classroom. However, despite our best efforts to create a relatively stress-free environment, foreign language instructors may still fail to serve the needs of […]

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14+ Crowdfunding Resources for Education Funding (for Students or Teachers)

August 17, 2016

The Crowdfunding Possibilities Facilitated Across the Web can Work for Students and Teachers too “Crowdfunding” bought a whole new angle to charitable donations by turning the Web into a collections machine that can make lots of small donations add up to big bucks! Most people have probably heard of KickStarter and similar tools, but did you know […]

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Quick Easy Techniques to Remove the Formatting from Text

August 1, 2016

(Source article shown above) Simple Techniques Can Save Time and Aggravation When Copying Source Material Into another Document [Ed Note – I wrote this specifically about the Notepad technique, but if you scroll down to the Comments, you’ll see that some of our awesome readers have weighed in with related tricks for Macs, Google Docs, […]

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How IBM’s Watson and Cognitive Computing can Impact Education and Outcomes

July 28, 2016

Has IBM Returned to the Halcyon Days of Offering a Technology-Enhanced Tomorrow That Will Improve the Lives of Many? Watson says, “Yes”. When I was a kid, IBM represented the exciting, science-enabled, techno-future of a SciFi nerd’s dreams. Everyone I knew was aware of the company, and if there was a futuristic movie with a computer in it, […]

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Assessing Digital Literacy: Standards, Tools, & Techniques

July 27, 2016

(Image Source) Standards and Techniques for Assessing Digital Literacy are Emerging Digital literacy is like any other core curricular subject. It is no longer an option, just as reading and math are not. Students must be digitally competent if they are to be successful in school and in their professional and personal lives as adults. […]

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Can Digital Visual Learning be used to Teach Common Core ELA, History, & Science

July 21, 2016

Visual Digital Tools can Play a Meaningful Role in Teaching Common Core Subjects Yes, it can.  And, if used properly, visual learning offers teachers and students a simplified path to meeting the challenges associated with ELA Common Core, including quantity, rigor, and a lack of precise resources. In terms of quantity, teachers are asked to […]

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