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Great News at Edmodo

This year, I finally put in motion using Edmodo as part of my teaching process. I warned my students since the beginning of the school year and from 97 students, 90 have registered.

Anyway, this week I found out with the surprise that you can use Office Online as part of the free apps like in the picture bellow.

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What are the advantages of this? in other words: SO?

  • You can create, modify and delete documents, spreedsheets and presentations from your Library (Backpack for students) without downloading and uploading.
  • No need of opening the Office Software.
  • No need of carrying USB flash drive and the ever possibility of catching a virus.
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Finally, Kindle in my hometown

As a bookwork-bookeater since Harry Potter 4 back in 1999, I had found myself without room for more books. Thereby, I had to take a different approach to keep my reading addiction.

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In 2010, I was lucky enough to go to Tucson and bought a Kindle in $125 dollars and for a while I was really really happy. I easily read like 20 books before the keyboard got stock. Luckly, my father conviced me to buy an insurance and I got my money back no questions asked. I used the money to buy a tablet and for a while everything was right in the world.

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It wasn’t until 2013 when the itch started to ache again and I wanted an e-reader again. So I went to Tucson on the Black Friday and I bought Nook Simple Touch… well, not only one but 2. The other one was for another bookeater: my niece. Well, it was in $ 40 dollars each. (Sadly no longer in existence)

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Last year (2014), I returned to the Black Friday with the whole intention of buying lots of clothes and also the newest Kindle for $50 dlls (wifi with special offers… great deal!) I am extremely pleased with my Kindle and I love the dictionary features. A student bought one too and we got our covers together.

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Last week, I went to my local Sam’s Club and I just ran into this. A Kindle stand, right here in Mexico. (HURRAY!!!)

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It’s the Paperwhite version that glows in the dark and it costs $ 120 dollars or $2,399 pesos in Amazon.mx and Sam’s Club.

Since it’s Sam’s Club, you can buy in interest-less monthly payment using your credit cart. It might sound a little pricy but I had squeezed each cent.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Misc

 

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10 tips for getting started with Edmodo in a primary school

To get started

Ramblings of a Teacher

EdmodoA few years ago I was an enthusiastic proponent of Moodle. This was partly because our local authority provided it for free, and partly because I was teaching in Year 7 and so anything to support kids with actually getting homework done was a good thing. However, I understood why colleagues were reluctant to master its foibles, didn’t like it’s clunky appearance, and weren’t really prepared to spend the time monitoring discussions or chat. And so in many year teams it lay unused.

It was with some trepidation, then, that I started to use Edmodo with just one of my classes a couple of years ago. It went with mixed success because those students had become used to the greater freedom on Moodle, and so were not overly impressed. But that was exactly what made it appeal to me when I considered my colleagues. So first, let me make clear some…

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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in 3rd cycle, 4th cycle, Misc

 

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Dyslexie Font

Doing so scrolling on Facebook, I encountered an article on Anne Rice Facebook profile about this webpage. The article is This Man Invented a Font to Help People with Dyslexia Read. Basically, this man Christian made a font with really almost unnoticed differences in each letter but they help others to read better.

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If you want to get it for free, you need to fill a simple form and you will receive it by email. It actually looks really good.

So check it out at: http://www.dyslexiefont.com/

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, 4th cycle

 

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YotaPhone 2

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Last year, exactly on January 16 (4 days earlier) I posted about my dream cell phone in the post titled Cellphone + Tablet + e-ink = OMG!

I waited the whole last year like a good girl for being released in Mexico and nothing. It was actually good because 1sts versions are not always good. The second generation or version, that’s the one. AND IT’S HERE!

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YotaPhone 2 by the Russian company Yota released this amazing I-totally-want cell phone. The design is nicer looking than the first one. This is more round and slick. The e-ink screen is totally functional and amazing. I think I would use that screen all the time.

Some news around the WWW claims that it will arrive to Mexico after May. I cross my fingers. It will be pricy. That’s for sure.

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Misc

 

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Don’t copy and paste that image yet!

I read this… Now, I feel kind of bad.

Technology in the Classroom

Most teachers I know (this includes me) often break the law. No we aren’t knocking over banks, stealing cars or performing identity theft. No, we are strictly small time crooks. What we do, is steal images that have been copyrighted. Yep, we are a truly nefarious bunch but it is nonetheless the law we are breaking and we are supposed to be a good model for our students.

The problem is most teachers have no idea what they’re doing is wrong. They search for images on Google, find one, copy and paste it into their document and have no idea if they are allowed to use it or not. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean it’s there for you.

So how do you know? You want that cute kitten in your newsletter, homework assignment, rubric or class blog but now you’re worried the FBI will swoop down and lock you…

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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in 1st cycle, 2nd cycle, 3rd cycle, 4th cycle, Misc

 

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In E-readers, Nook vs Kindle

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If you haven’t noticed, I’m an avid reader, completely obsessed with Percy Jackson lately, but that’s for later.

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Anyway, when it comes to Nook vs Kindle. I believe in the power of Barnes and Noble, though they are losing the battle against Amazon. This year, the current models are the Nook Glowlight by Barnes and Noble ($119) while in Amazon we have the Kindle Basic ($79 or $99), Kindle Paperwhite ($119, $139, $189 or $209) and Kindle Voyage ($199, $219, $269 or $289).kindle

You are probably thinking that I’m completely biased, well, not. I had a Kindle back in 2011, so I know what I am talking about.

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Both products are really good to read. I don’t deny their hardware, firmware and software. Both are amazing to buy, to read and enjoy… and they just don’t disappoint you at all.

HOWEVER… Why do I like Nook better? Mostly, only because one single fact because it’s easiest to find EPUB books files around the web.

I don’t deny the price of the cheapest Kindle model of $79 is super really appealing but I am still sticking up to B&N. However, if you want to buy me one, I won’t say NO.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Misc

 

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