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WriteReader and Sesame Street partner to help kids create multimedia stories

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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WriteReader, a fantastic multimedia writing platform, has just announced a partnership with Sesame Street. This partnership brings Sesame Street characters into WriteReader's bank of images for students to use in their own stories. Now when students create a story in WriteReader they can choose one or all of twenty Sesame Street characters to place into scenes in their stories.

In WriteReader students can craft entire stories featuring Sesame Street characters. For example, students can write a story that is a dialogue between Elmo and Oscar the Grouch. Or you might have a student write a story about Big Bird going on an adventure. 

Explore the world with your voice in virtual reality

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Speak to Go is a new Google WebVR experiment. Speak to Go lets you explore the world in virtual reality by just speaking the name of a place. Speak into Speak to Go and you'll be shown Street View imagery of that place. For example, I spoke the word "Maine" and I was quickly taken to Acadia National Park in Maine. Had I been more specific and said "Portland, Maine" I would have seen imagery of Portland.

Speak to Go is designed to be used with phones inside of virtual reality headsets. However, it can also be used in the Chrome web browser if you allow access to your microphone. The imagery isn't as immersive in the web version as in the VR version, but it is still good. 

Loopy makes it easy to create animated simulations

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Loopy is a free tool for creating your own animated simulations or illustrations of a concept. This free animation tool is designed to showing relationships between two or more parts of a system. It's perfect for showing cause and effect or for showing a workflow system.

To create an animation on Loopy you simply have to click on the blank canvas to place a circle that represents the start of a system. Then click on the canvas again to add another element to your system animation. To connect the two (or more) pieces you use a drawing tool to connect them. Once you've drawn the connections you can add cause and effect commands by selecting them from the Loopy editor.

Tinycards. Learn with fun, free flashcards.

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Tinycards is a free service from Duolingo that provides quick review activities in your web browser or on your iPad. Tinycards are essentially multimedia flashcards with a few quiz questions interspersed between them. The idea being that students will flip through a few digital flashcards then answer a question or two to test their recall of the topic at hand.

In the geography section there is a collection of cards about the continents. Students flip a couple of cards that show students the name and relative location of a continent. After a couple of cards are flipped students are then asked a multiple choice question about the location of the continents. Then a few more cards are flipped and students have to answer a fill-in-the-blank question. 

Design and Publish Your Own Apps

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Thunkable is a free platform for designing, testing, and publishing your own Android apps (support for iOS apps is coming soon). Through Thunkable you can create your apps even if you don't know how to write code. That is possible because Thunkable uses a drag-and-drop design framework. That framework, based on the MIT App Inventor, shows you jigsaw-like pieces that have commands labeled on them.

Your job is to put the pieces together to make your apps work. Thunkable offers detailed written tutorials and video tutorials. A playlist of tutorials for beginning app designers is embedded here.

A Planetarium for Your Browser

Written by Gianfranco D'Aversa.

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Planetarium by Neave Interactive is a website on which you can specify your current location and it will show you a map of the night sky based upon your location and the date. You can also use Planetarium without specifying your location and instead explore the night sky from any place on Earth. For Google Chrome users, Planetarium offers a Chrome Web App that you can add to your browser. Planetarium could be an excellent website and Chrome App to use in lessons about astronomy. Students can compare the constellations they see at home with those of people in other parts of the world at the same time.

Webinar del 14.02.2017

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Vi comunico che martedì 14 Febbraio 2017, alle ore 16:00, terrò un Webinar sulla progettazione e distribuzione di Risorse Educative Aperte (OER) indirizzato ai Docenti iscritti al Laboratorio Formativo 2 (Gruppi 3 e 4) presso l'Istituto Comprensivo Statale "da Feltre-Zingarelli" di Foggia e per i Docenti del Team per l'Innovazione Digitale iscritti allo Snodo Formativo Territoriale del Liceo "C. Poerio" di Foggia. Per partecipare al Webinar, accedere all'Aula Virtuale almeno 5 minuti prima dell'orario indicato come iniziale.

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My PodCast

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Ascoltare dei podcast regolarmente è un ottimo metodo per migliorare e potenziare le proprie conoscenze, anche perché si tratta di un’attività che possiamo svolgere ovunque, persino coniugandola con altri interessi (sport, hobby…). Ho qui selezionato quelli che secondo me sono i podcast più attinenti al percorso formativo intrapreso in questi mesi dai Docenti per la formazione sui contenuti del nuovo PNSD (Piano Nazionale per la Scuola Digitale). Vi ricordo, comunque, che è sempre disponibile il mio canale Youtube dedicato in cui sono presenti numerosi video-tutorial sulle lezioni tenute in questi mesi in aula.

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Il Registro Elettronico

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Si comunica che venerdì 9 dicembre 2016, dalle ore 16:30 alle ore 18:30, nell'Aula Magna dell'Istituto Comprensivo Statale "da Feltre-Zingarelli" di Foggia (Plesso Zingarelli, Via Fasani) si terrà un incontro sul nuovo Registro Elettronico aperto a tutti i Docenti dell'Istituto.

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