10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

October 19, 2017
Below is a handy visual we created based on Marcus post. It features  10 practical strategies you can use to foster a growth-mindset culture in your class. These include: avoid praising intelligence and sheer effort, use diverse teaching strategies, teach the values of challenges, introduce simple gamification elements, encourage students to expand their answers, explain the purposes of abstract skills and concepts, use success folders and many more. We invite you to check it out and share with us your feedback. Click here for a free downloadable PDF version of this visual.
  10 Practical Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

New Google Calendar Has Been Released

October 18, 2017
Google has recently released a new revamped version of Google Calendar on the web. The new Calendar comes with a bunch of interesting features that will help you manage your time and tasks more efficiently. Some of these features are also geared towards enhancing teams schedule and collaborative work. Here is a brief overview of the 3 main updates that stand out to us:

1- Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites
‘Link to relevant spreadsheets, documents or presentations in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view. This can help you create more detailed agendas and ensure all materials are in one place before your meeting starts.’

2- Manage multiple calendars side by side in “Day” view
‘Now you can view and manage calendars in separate columns. This makes it easier for employees who manage multiple calendars, like administrative assistants, to schedule meetings on behalf of their teams. Click “Day” view and select the calendars you want to compare.’

3- Access contact information of meeting participants
‘Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite. There’s also a new way to view and restore deleted items in one place in case you accidentally delete a meeting invite. Additionally, "Day,” "Week,” and "Month" views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers.’

Check out this page to learn more about the new Google Calendar.

New Google Maps Feature to Explore Outer Space

October 18, 2017
Google Maps has made it possible for you to explore the moons and several other planets right from the comfort of your couch. You can now discover and explore the secrets of each of the featured planets and moons , 12 in total and include  Pluto, Venus, Titan, Mimas, Mars, Moon, Lapetus and many more. For extra fun, ‘ try zooming out from the Earth until you're in space!’

This project has been made possible through the millions of pictures recorded and sent back to Earth from the spacecraft Cassini that was launched into the space some twenty years ago. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer.'

Check out Google Maps Space to start your journey into the distant worlds of space.

7 Good New EdTech Tools to Try Out

October 17, 2017
Below is a collection of some good EdTech we are featuring for the first here in EdTech and mLearning. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: accelerate your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define, easily manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks, control opened tabs in your browser, access tons of resources and articles covering a wide variety of global issues and many more.

‘SelfCad announces free licenses for all students and teachers for 3 years! SelfCAD is an online 3d printing software application which allows users to design and print in 3D. Teachers who have successfully been using TinkerCad for the past few years and have been searching for a more advanced 3D software without purchasing new expensive new licenses for their school, can now turn to SelfCAD to supply their students with advanced 3D models, sculpting, drawing, a built in slicer, and a 25,000 3D object library.’

‘Empatico, an initiative of The KIND Foundation, is in the early stages of creating a free tool for teachers to connect their students to classrooms around the world using seamless video conferencing technology. Activities are standards-based and designed to promote meaningful interactions and positive perceptions. As students learn together, they explore their similarities and differences with curiosity and kindness and develop practical communication and leadership skills.’

3- aText

‘aText accelerates your typing by replacing abbreviations with frequently used phrases you define. E.g. make an abbreviation “myname” to insert your name “First Middle Last” in any application. With aText you can easily avoid typing the same thing over and over.’

‘Wrapper is an awesome tab manager that lets you control your tabs in the browser.
1. View/close open tabs.
2. Group tabs into wrappers and save them, view them and open them anytime you want.
3. Share wrappers with friends and colleagues.’

5- Klib

‘Klib is a new way to manage highlights and notes for Kindle and iBooks. Some of its features include: Import from Kindle, iBooks or Amazon.
- Read highlights in an elegant way.
- Review highlights in Kindle for macOS.
- Copy highlights in Markdown format.
- Export highlights to Evernote.
- Share highlights with friends.’

'YaleGlobal Online is a free and independent online publication that explores globalization and the connections of our world in the global economy, politics, the environment, security and more. The articles are reprinted in up to 40 newspapers around the globe.'

7- WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources

'WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a cost-free academic Internet directory that is part of the volunteer-run WWW Virtual Library System, with over 2000 carefully selected, annotated links in 34 international affairs categories. It is frequently maintained, receives worldwide use daily, and is designed for teachers, scholars, students, researchers, diplomats, and the interested public, among others.'

Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts for Teachers

October 16, 2017
Google Drive is one of a Swiss Army knife comprising some of the best productivity tools to use in your instruction. Besides being a cloud based storage system where you can save and access all of your digital content, it also embeds handy applications enabling you to write documents, design presentations, create spreadsheets, and make beautiful drawings. It offers several collaborative features to enhance team work and facilitate collaboration on joint projects. Our Google Drive section here in EdTech and mLearning provides you with the necessary resources to help you tap into the educational potential of Google Drive, check it out learn more.

The purpose of our post today is to share with you this updated chart featuring some interesting keyboard shortcuts for Google Drive on the web.  You can access the full list from this page or you can display it in your Google Drive by pressing on Ctrl + / (Chrome OS, Windows) or ⌘ + / (Mac).

Click on the image below to access to the full list.

9 Good Apps Free Today

October 15, 2017
Below are 9 good apps that are free today and only for a limited period of time. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: edit your computer's Textedit documents on iPad, effectively manage your mail, access a wide variety of inspirational quotes to use with students,  easily manage and organize your tasks,  boost your vocabulary using word puzzle games and many more.  Links to the apps are under the visual.

9 Good Apps Free Today

1- TextEdit
‘At last! TextEdit for iPad, iPhone and macOS! Edit and sync your computer's Textedit documents directly on your iPad or iPhone via iCloud Drive and Files.’

2- Sago Mini Monsters
‘Create your own colorful monster! Make your monster happy with paint, food, and decorations. When you’re finished, snap a photo to share with mom and dad. Make as many monsters as you like. Each monster is unique.’

3- Flow
‘Flow presents your mail as a continuous feed, allowing you to review and act on your mail without ever losing context, and marking each mail as read when it is scrolled above mid screen.’

4- Notable Quotes
‘Our hand-selected quotes provide insightful and provocative food for thought. With each swipe, you will find inspirational, humorous, and comforting wisdom. A widget on your Today screen gives you a different quote every day to inspire you and make you think. Use Notable Quotes to read quotes, share them with friends, or write your own!’

5- Word War Word Search Battle
‘The word search has gone to war with Word War! Play single player games or challenge opponents to word battles. Word battles can be timed battles where each player has a copy of the puzzle and fastest time wins or live battles where you both search for words simultaneously on the same puzzle in real time. Launch smoke bombs against opponents to slow them down and help you win the battle.’

6- Time Manager
‘Time Manager is an easy way to keep track of your daily activities. With one touch you can access all your common tasks and edit them at any time. All your tasks will be totaled and broken down into reports and graphs for you to see how well you're spending your time. You can even email these reports so that your records are never lost.’

7- Farm Story Maker Activity Game for Kids and Toddlers Premium
‘Lily's farm is full of crazy ANIMATED critters from chickens to cows to airplanes and pizza! Pick from 9 locations like the PIG PEN or FRESH VEGGIES garden and build any scene you can imagine with 100 funny, cuddly and wild stickers!’

8- Chrodology
‘Chordology is a multi-instrument chord and scale dictionary allowing you to have access to 1000's of chords everywhere you go.’

9- Spark Camera
‘Spark Camera makes it easier than ever to capture a weekend, a vacation, or anything that makes your life light up.’

Source: Apps Gone Free