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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Current Site and App of the Week - October 22, 2014

Current Site of the Week

All-day virtual professional development event set for Oct. 25.

On October 25, Discovery Education will be hosting the eighth annual Discovery Education Streamathon, a live, day-long virtual professional learning event.
This is one of Discovery Education’s annual community events with an average attendance of 3,500 educators from all around the world. Since 2006, the Streamathon has provided attendees with effective ways to integrate digital media into instructional practice.
Hosted by Discovery Education’s Hall Davidson, this free, idea-sharing marathon will offer participating educators proven strategies for integrating digital media into classroom instruction to improve student engagement and achievement. Discovery Education experts will host informative sessions exploring a variety of topics, including:

• New instructional strategies for differentiating instruction
• How to create a book trailer using iMovie and Discovery content
• Developing interactive formative assessments
• Engaging students with videos, images and audio.
Featured speakers include:
• Discovery Education’s VP of Learning Communities and Instructional Implementation Lance Rougeux
• Discovery Education’s VP of Education Partnerships Matt Monjan
• Community manager for Discovery Education Canada, Dean Shareski
• Sandi Dennis, Library Media and Instructional Technology Specialist at City Schools of Decatur (GA)
• Tray Carpenter, Instructional Technology Coordinator at Archdiocese of Baltimore (MD)
• Education pioneer Dr. Lodge McCammon

Attendees will also hear from students who are using Discovery Education to learn and explore.
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Apps of the Week

Tons of kid-friendly activities  

App name: KidQuest

What is it? Doing fun activities with your kid shouldn’t be hard. KidQuest makes it easy with dozens of free things to make and build, with step by step illustrated guides.
Best for: Students, parents, and teachers
Price: Free
Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

Features: KidQuest makes it easy to find and do the perfect activity. Digital scrapbooks of your creation are automatically created and ready to share with friends and family.
  • Engineer the best fort ever with nothing but newspaper and tape
  • Create a table-top soccer game that will be the hit of the party
  • Build an awesome bird feeder with stuff found in your kitchen and backyard
  • Make your own mind-blowing lava lamp
  • Create delicious and healthy frozen kiwi treats
  • Find the perfect activity by filtering for age, type, and time-required.
  • Audio instructions available for every step of every activity.
  • Shareable online galleries with pictures and videos of all your creations.
  • Earn badges with each quest you complete
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Source: eSchool News