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Miss West @ Wirreanda. Choose a Fake Twitter Template. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love Twitter!

Choose a Fake Twitter Template

Not only is it great for my professional development as a teacher but it’s entertaining as well. It’s popularity is increasing in Australia and our students are increasingly taking to it to follow and engage with their favourite sports stars, musicians and celebrities. I’ve always liked the idea of having students create fake Twitter or Facebook profiles of historical figures, fictional figures or even parody accounts, to delve deeper into the understanding of history, a character in a novel or society. Just this week I saw a fantastic account by the name of @TitanicRealTime that tweeted as though it was reporting from the Titanic more than 100 years ago. What a great way for kids to learn about the Titanic voyage in an engaging way – tweet from the ship! Edmodo for ePortfolios.

**NOTE: This post was written before Edmodo recently released its latest version.

Edmodo for ePortfolios

In the latest version, there are no longer links to folders, and students can no longer create or organize folders. Just an FYI if you're considering upgrading to the latest version. One of the features I have always liked about Edmodo that provides students with a way to organize their cornucopia of uploaded digital goodness (i.e. files and links attached to assignments and posts) is the Edmodo library. If you're already an Edmodo user, you know how fabulous the library is, with its ability to upload all types of files to it, shareable folders (for teachers), Google Docs integration, and sorting by anything attached to posts. I admit that last year I did not take full advantage of this fabulousness, as I was more concerned with my students learning how to use the basics of Edmodo.

Look, a link to a folder! Students could develop ePortfolios using folders in the Library. Omnipotent Particle Theory: habits of Mind. I have reasonable content skills.

Omnipotent Particle Theory: habits of Mind

I teach four subjects and I can safely say I'm not an expert in all of them (which doesn't surprise people and yet we expect our kids to get there - before they turn 14, if they wouldn't mind! Slackers!). I'd like to think I know a lot of stuff but I'm pretty sure a whole bunch of it is mindless irrelevance that I keep stored for trivia contests. Hey, I once won a t-shirt (size small - which I am not) and a voucher for a manicure. Oh yeah.Anyway, what I think saves me in the classroom is my management structure. Some students have already 'self-diagnosed' and have begun using strategies to help address their concerns. Some of them are quite obvious. So that's it. Tldr; We use short term rewards to reach long term goals in a visual way. The Classroom Carousel: About This Blog. Coffee and brunch at Cream. Cream Cafe & Bar Bunda St Canberra 2601 02 6162 It had been a while since I had been to the quiet capital.

Coffee and brunch at Cream

Arriving early in the morning, it all seemed familiar, but not familiar enough for me to know my way around. The cafe on the corner that I am sure I had been to in the past, the city circle where I remember having an overly sweet hot white chocolate with macadamia, the arcade where we once went clubbing (an experience in Canberra).

Arriving at the hotel, which looked scummy for the high price I had paid with Floriade and the long weekend that had blessed everywhere except Victoria, I asked the lady at the desk for a good cafe recommendation. She suggested Cream in the city centre. I followed her directions but found myself having to ask Google (only to find I was just across the road from the cafe, with its sign hidden behind its plastic awning). The coffee was better than expected and much needed after an early morning flight. Why iTDi, and why now? Online teacher development has arrived, and the sooner you take advantage of what it has to offer, the sooner you’ll begin to see great things: your teaching satisfaction will grow, your student’s motivation will increase, and your whole teaching world will open up to unlimited opportunities for further growth.

Why iTDi, and why now?

As teachers, we all work in the learning business. We often tell our students that the best way to learn is to study hard, practice a lot, and make necessary adjustments along the way. This is very good advice for teachers as well. And, just like our students, there are two basic approaches we can take in own professional development: learning by ourselves or learning with others.

Learning by yourself The first way is to take charge of your own learning and hope you have enough skills to teach yourself all that you need to know. On the other hand, if you are not so diligent, it may take several years to improve. Teachers in 65 countries at an iTDi webinar (Dec 2012) The highlighter role. Class blogging adventure « E-WOT.

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Class blogging adventure « E-WOT

Teaching My Calling: Social Media in the Classroom. Artprintmedia.