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EdTech Resources July 20 2014

Quickly Master Speed Reading With The Readsy Web App

Let's face it: there's a lot of content on the web and you have to wonder, can there be a simple way to shrink your reading list and enhance the pace at which you read? There's one simple method and it's called speed reading.

Why Windows needs a Start menu - CNET

Microsoft plans to revive the Start menu in a future version of Windows, most likely Windows 9, aka Threshold. With the Start screen taking over as the landing page and launch pad in Windows 8, does the Start menu still serve a purpose? Yes, it does, at least in my humble opinion.

Lifehacker Pack for iPad: Our List of the Essential iPad Apps

It took a little while for the apps to come into their own, but we're at a place now where the iPad has nearly as good of a selection of apps as the iPhone. Now, it's harder than ever to find apps that are worthwhile.

Who won the space race? - Jeff Steers

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-was-the-point-of-the-space-race-jeff-steers On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik and, with it, an international space race. The United States and the Soviet Union rushed to declare dominance of space for 18 years, until the two countries agreed to a more collaborative model. The real winner?

The Best Apps for Everything

Lifehacker is in the process of releasing their choices for the best apps, extensions, etc. for pretty much any operating platform. Of course, no one is going to agree completely with these lists but they're a great place to start or find resources you might have missed.

Peggo Converts YouTube Videos to Audio for Offline Listening

Web: Peggo is a simple web service that takes your favorite YouTube videos, whether they're music, podcasts, or other programming, and saves them as audio files so you can listen to them later or offline. It even removes silence to keep filesizes small, and normalizes volume so you don't get surprised if you're listening through headphones.

Learning Windows Search: Stop Hunting and Start Finding!

Having all your stuff on your computer is great, until you can't find it. You've probably got a ton of photos, documents, music, and even videos lurking on your hard drive, so much so, you may not even know what you have.

Should We Stop Teaching Calculus In High School?

Math education needs a reboot. Kids today are growing up into a world awash in data, and they need new skills to make sense of it all. The list of high school math courses in the U.S. hasn't changed for decades. My daughters are taking the same courses I took long ago: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus.

5 Free Courses for Teachers Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 22, 2014 Today as I was browsing through Coursera looking for some new upcoming courses I came across a bunch of important courses for teachers. These courses are free and you can take them right from the comfort of your coach. You can also check out this link for the complete list of newly released courses.

The Best Services for Sending Large Files over the Internet

Learn about the best web services and software tools that will help you easily send large files online without relying on email attachments. Share files of any size.

How To Use Microsoft OneDrive

by TeachThought Staff Google dominates the cloud. This makes sense when you consider the genius of Google's strategy that started with brilliant search and web-based email (at one point, that was a big deal), then used that as an anchor to develop digital "stuff" for every area of your life, from calendar and productivity suites, maps, wallet, Google Glass, Google Fiber, self-driving cars, and more.

Free Technology for Teachers: The New Classtools Countdown Timer Offers Multiple Timers Set to Music

My friend Russel Tarr has developed a new classroom timer tool. The new Classtools Countdown Timer has two slick features. You can create and set multiple timers on the same page. This means that if you had students sharing in rapid succession you wouldn't have to reset the timer for each student, you simply move onto using the next timer on the page.

Lifehacker Pack for Chrome: Our List of Essential Chrome Extensions

Google's Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It's tough to sift through the store to find what's useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of the best Chrome extensions.

5 Best Paid Apps for Students' iPads

It's that time where schools are deciding what apps students should have on their devices. While many schools stick with just free apps, others know that paid apps have a lot to offer. Paid apps are usually 50% off when purchased through Apple's Volume Purchase Program for Education, so outfitting an entire class with a paid app might not break the bank.

22 Of The Newest Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom

22 Of The Best Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom by TeachThought Staff In education, perhaps one of the least utilized talents of iOS hardware...

A Block Graphic Calculator

Calculators have come a long way since the first ones that could add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Now, for a modest cost, it's possible to purchase a graphing calculator. Or, with your computer, you can put a free one in your browser. i.e. Desmos Graphing Calculator But there's another interesting option.

15 Tips & Tricks To Help You Master Prezi

If you need to create presentations for high-powered clients, or impress lecturers and professors in university, you may have heard of (or are already using) Prezi. Prezi is a cloud-based presentation tool and is known for its zooming user interface (ZUI) allowing you to easily break down or go into ...

Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

When Akihiko Takahashi was a junior in college in 1978, he was like most of the other students at his university in suburban Tokyo. He had a vague sense of wanting to accomplish something but no clue what that something should be.

8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid

Posted: Print Article People assume that iPhones, laptops and Netflix are evidence of progress. In some ways, that's true. A moderate amount of Googling, for instance, can be good for your brain, and there are apps that can boost brain function and activity. Yet tech advancements also come with some unintended consequences.

The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

July 25, 2014 Following the posting of " Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting.

20 Tips For VLC Player Users

VLC is probably the most versatile video player you can download due to its amazing ability to play almost any codec you throw at it. This alone makes this app a worthy addition to your software suite. While most people use VLC as a simple video player, it is so ...

An Educator's Conference Perspective

If there is one thing that could be said of what I do professionally it might be that I do get around to many education conferences. This past month I attended two International conferences ISTE14, BLC14 and one Indiana regional conference, the Greater Clark County Schools Conference in Indiana.

15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know

Microsoft has slowly but surely pushed the command line aside in the Windows interface. This is not without reason, as it's an antiquated and mostly unnecessary tool from an era of text-based input that has long passed. But there still are some commands that remain useful, and Windows 8 even added new features.

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It's All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

A group of Norwegian high school seniors sit in religious studies class, absorbed by a moral conundrum unfolding in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.

Free Technology for Teachers: FutureLearn Offers a Wide Range of Free Online Courses

FutureLearn, a subsidiary of The Open University, offers a wide range of free online courses. FutureLearn offers online courses on academic topics in history, science, literature, and political science. You will also find FutureLearn courses on topics like public speaking, developing a resume, and digital marketing.