A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC

A Teacher’s Guide to Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC Installing MinecraftEdu on a PC is relatively simple. You can purchase a license and get the installer from MinecraftEdu.com. Minecraft runs on Java, so you will need to download and install the latest version before running the Minecraft installer. Step 1: Installing Java Got to Java.com and get the installer. I prefer using the Java Developer Kit as it seems to work better when using add…

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World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today

World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is Free Today in App Store The World FactBook Digital Edition for iOS is free today. Normally a $3.99, this app is based on the World FactBook data prepared by the US Central Intelligence Agency. This data has been a staple for online research on countries for HS and MS students for years. What makes this app so amazing is the rich and visually appealing way it displays the…

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Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Worksheets to Editable Google Docs

Easily Convert Old Tests and Documents to Editable Google Docs Teachers are really good at storing old documents and files. As quickly as things fluctuate in education, you may find yourself teaching one way this year, a different way next year, and then going back to the original way the next. Anyone who teaches K-2 can attest to this with phonics v. whole language methods. What if you want to edit or change those old…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, we looked at physically Projecting your MacBook via a projector or display device. Part 2 looks at using the AirPlay technology to project and Part 3 looks at three different devices or receivers that you can use with your projector or HDTV. Macs and iOS devices have the capability to project their screen onto another device in the same network using AirPlay. AirPlay relies…

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Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Tuesday’s Tech Tips 9/22/2015

Click HERE to open in new tab.   Excerpts from the Tech Tips Want to Use Technology & Don’t Know Where to Start? No Worries!!! Veteran teachers all across the state have done the heavy lifting for us by creating TASA’s awesome collection of resources in iTunes U. Courses are collections of resources using instructional technology aligned to TEKS standards. The resources are best viewed on an iPad or iPhone, but many can be used on…

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PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015

PDF Reader Premium | Free App Today | 9/23/2015 PDF Reader Premium is free today. PDF apps are important to current #EdTech work flows because they still follow a paper based paradigm in some ways. Apps like this one help students take digital worksheets or other handouts and annotate them, add images and mark ups, and more. This one is good because it is reliable, supports a variety of features, and is intuitively easy to…

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Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox

Create Fun #EdTech Review Games and Quizzes & Publicly Host in Dropbox This is a fun way to create simple review materials for your students to play in class or for homework. We will be using the Quiz Game Master site and then hosting our “quiz” in a public folder in Dropbox for students to access. It works well, is simple, and costs nothing!!! http://cybertrain.info/quizman/qmcreate.html Quiz Game Master is one of many sites on the…

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Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad

Projecting Your MacBook or iPad Part 1   Teachers have a variety of options for connecting their MacBook to a projector depending on the type of projector and network environment. The simplest and most reliable method is to connect directly to the projector via an adapter or “dongle” that plugs into your MacBook. Current MacBooks support adapters that connect to the mini display port or thunderbolt port (pictured below). Depending on your projector, you would…

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3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for EdTech Teaching

3 Flavors of Minecraft for #EdTech Venturing into the world of using Minecraft in your classroom can be a little murky if you are new to the game. Using Minecraft can help you leverage game based learning to increase cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, and much, much more. There are 3 basic versions or “flavors” of  the game that most people use in teaching; Minecraft, Minecraft PE, and Minecraft Edu. Knowing some basics about these…

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Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

Project Based Learning is More Than Just #EdTech

I was touring our campuses today during summer camp and stumbled across a group of middle school students working on their catapult projects. Speaking with these students reminded me that Project Based Learning has been around for quite a while and it involves much more than just #EdTech. These students were actively involved the prototype model of PBL, improving their designs to make their catapults shoot further. This was your typical “dad made” type of…

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