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Developing student’s visual literacy through scaffolded image inquiry « literacy beat. A post from Bridget We live in a visual world. The screen of the computer, eReader, smart phone, and game consul is dominated by visuals that we must interpret in relation to their design, communication purpose, and interactive capabilities. What is changing, however, is the degree to which the visual is entering the academic domain. While visual literacy has always held a place in the literacy curriculum, it is increasingly recognized as an essential literacy skill for the 21st century. According to the Common Core standards and the IRA/NCTE reading/language arts standards, students must learn how to be savvy consumers AND creative, adept producers of visual messages.

In this post, I feature one of my favorite visual literacy resources, Image Detective, and share an example from Isabel Bauerlein demonstrating how the Image Detective scaffolded inquiry process can be extended in the classroom. Click image to enlarge What about the research base for this type of digital tool? Like this: Why the Internet is Like the Mall. Breakkie with a Teckkie. This Counselor's Journey. Understanding Inquiry. I think that today I really learned what "inquiry" means. I know that this seems strange to say, as I'm a believer in giving students control over their learning, but usually I still have quite a few parameters in place.

Today I tried something new. For a special literacy/science activity, my Grade 1 and 2 students each went to three different centres. At one of the centres, they wrote and created words based on pictures of seasons (for Grade 1) and liquids and solids (for Grade 2). While the Grade 1's have already learned some information about the seasons, this was my introductory lesson on liquids and solids for Grade 2.

I was so pleased with the results. The interesting part is that when I asked them what centre they enjoyed the most and why, almost all of them said the, "tweeting centre. " Today I started teaching a new unit, but today, I didn't "teach" anything at all. How would you define inquiry? Aviva. Sharism: A Mind Revolution. With the People of the World Wide Web communicating more fully and freely in Social Media while rallying a Web 2.0 content boom, the inner dynamics of such a creative explosion must be studied more closely. What motivates those who join this movement and what future will they create?

A key fact is that a superabundance of community respect and social capital are being accumulated by those who share. The key motivator of Social Media and the core spirit of Web 2.0 is a mind switch called Sharism. Sharism suggests a re-orientation of personal values. We see it in User Generated Content. Sharism is encoded in the Human Genome. Thus, our brain supports sharing in its very system-nature. However, daily decisions for most adults are quite low in creative productivity, if only because they've switched off their sharing paths. These mind-switches are too subtle to be felt. Non-sharing culture misleads us with its absolute separation of Private and Public space. RT, MT, HT, via: Giving credit on Twitter | Social Media Certificate. Author’s note: Be sure to read my follow-up post to this topic from August 2011. Moreso than other social media, Twitter embraces an ethic of sharing credit.

In fact, the more you recognize the work of others, the more you are engaging with the Twitterverse. It began with the simple RT, or retweet. If you liked what someone wrote or posted, you’d copy the tweet in its entirety, add RT along with his or her @name at the beginning, and post to your followers. The retweet became so popular that Twitter eventually incorporated a built-in automatic retweet function.

The problem with the manual method is it truncates the original tweet if the message is already 140 characters long. That editing outrages some users, especially when the trimming changes the meaning of the original tweet. If it’s edited for length, MT (modified tweet) is used by some users (thanks to @mathewi, @ljthornton and @JeremyLittau for confirming my interpretation). The issue with MT: It has multiple meanings online. Stop the Yelling! | blog. One of the most frustrating things for me as a group leader of young children is their voice volume…how it goes up, and up, and UP!

This is most problematic when I or someone else is talking and others want to be heard. Not only do kids invade body space as they get closer and closer trying to vie for my attention, but they invade air space as well. I’ve tried many strategies: reminding kids to lower their voices; telling them to stop interrupting; trying to elicit empathy explaining that others’ ideas are important too; reasoning that I can’t hear anyone when everyone is talking; speaking quietly, hoping they will mimic my voice volume; ignoring, hoping they will simply stop; using behavior charts; facilitating peer feedback, and more…all to no avail.

Believing that kids want to do the right thing (and understand on some level what they need to do) led my colleagues and I to recognize an important truth. Kids have a primal social need. By Jill Perry, MS, MHA, OTR/L. Pocket Change Leadership: How Do You Use Change? We all have it: pocket change. It is the leftover amount that goes into our pocket or pocketbook. Where it goes from there, who knows. Pocket change is never core to a major purchase yet, as it is collected and stored, we are always amazed about how much we have “saved.” As leaders, we talk about change a lot. We talk about how others need to change, and we may talk about how we need to change. Sometimes, it ends there, stored in our words and thoughts, but never immediately put into action.

The danger is we become passive pocket change leaders, saving our proposed actions for someone else or banking them for some later “right” time. On the flip side is an opportunity that we become leaders who embrace our pocket change, using it to do something more with our time and efforts. In thinking about this question, it is valuable to break it into three key areas. 1.) One the other side of the coin is “baby step” change. 2.) 3.) Here, again, is the choice: Do you value change or not? Time-shifting instruction: flipped classroom and teaching.

Announcing the 2011 Winners – Congrats to All! Dundas teacher engages students through technology. Hamilton Spectator In Heidi Siwak’s Grade 6 classroom, there are no rows of desks and it’s not quiet. Students are scattered throughout the room and talking among each other. Something different is happening here. Some of these Dundas Central elementary school students are using social media for a project to learn about what life would be like for someone their age in another country.

“This is the world these kids are living in and growing up into; they need to learn how to use these tools,” said Siwak, who teaches language and social studies. Siwak, a teacher for 22 years, is getting noticed for her innovative methods and for integrating technology into her classes. If everyone now has access to all of this information, she reasons, it only makes sense to use it.

Siwak says her Grade 6ers were the first students in the world to host a Global Twitter Chat on the Holocaust on Nov. 10. “We actually got to talk to George Brady, Hana Brady’s brother. The Year in Google Searches. iLearn Technology. Examples of Student Innovation - home. Search Results You Should Read. Cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Plug Us In I have been off and on writing this “weekly” post but I think that it is important to recognize some of the great content that I am reading out there that may have been missed in tweets and I like trying to culminate […] cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by gcouros I have been on the road a considerable amount in the last month so I have decided to blog on stuff that has inspired me and write in a spontaneous manner so the “you should read…” post that I have tried to write […] cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by gcouros I missed sharing this post last week as I decided to take a Sunday off from everything and just watch some football There is a ton of great stuff and the article this week really pushed my own thinking about what can be […] cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by ianguest This was our first week back to school in Parkland School Division and teachers are eager this year to try new things.

Auto DM to Twitter Followers? The hottest thing in Twitter seems to be sending automated DMs to new Twitter followers. A DM is a direct message sent via Twitter which can only be seen by the receiver and sender, not by the entire Twitterverse. How do they do this? By using a service like TweetLater to automatically follow anyone who follows them. They then create a message that TweetLater sends to all new followers. When people first started doing this, it was kind of cool. But after a while it began to lose its cool factor. And yet, there was one guy I started following who did this really well. I attended a Twitter workshop at Podcamp Toronto last weekend when this topic came up. That particular comment struck home.

And I’ve been guilty of it too. And not only is it annoying, several people in the session stated they unfollow anyone who sends them one of these automated DMs. As soon as the session was over I logged into TweetLater and cancelled the automatic DM. Andrea J. Exploring Ed Tech @ the Bi-Co. “You Don’t Need to Be Brilliant To Be Wise”

Cc licensed flickr photo by photo.lady2000: I have never been a big believer in having a ton of school rules. Often when we are confined to follow a ton of rules in school, they often are put in situations which lead to the wrong decisions. I know that there is a large contingent of educators that use the following rule with their classroom: respect. Everything that is right will ultimately fall under the category. For example, I remember one school that I was a part of. Now take Internet guidelines in schools. Yes there are a few instances where educators make the wrong choices purposely, but on the whole, it does not happen.

Speaking specifically about closed Internet systems in education (I obviously not talking about the obvious x-rated sites that have no place in education), here is the great paradox of the situation. I was inspired to write this after watching a Ted Talk done by Barry Schwartz. 5 Myths about mobile learning. [and how to overcome them] Photo by stefg74 Here are some common mLearning myths I regularly come across in English language teacher training – and some myth-busting lesson plans. Myth 1: Mobile learning means learning via texting with mobile phones Mobile phones (or cell phones) are just one of the myriad devices that can be used for learning. ‘Learning with handheld devices’ is probably a less ambiguous and therefore more helpful term than ‘mobile learning’. Netbooks, ereaders (like the Kindle or Sony ereader), gaming consoles (like the Nintendo or Sony DS), tablet computers (like the iPad or Galaxy tablet), digital cameras (like the Flip), MP3 and MP4 players (like the iPod or iPod Touch)…. all can be used as learning tools.

Myth 2: Mobile learning means ‘learning on the move’ This is one of the most common definitions of mobile learning I hear. Myth 3: Mobile learning means learning with apps Another common misconception. This relates to Myth 3 above. What about you? Related posts: Reform Driven by Passionate Educators. Ask yourself why you or someone you know chose a profession in education for a living. Is it because of the paycheck? Do you like the hours? Do the working conditions suit you? Is it because you couldn’t decide on a major until halfway through your Bachelor’s Degree and figured that teaching would be your best option? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are definitely in the wrong line of work.

If you answered no and are committed to working tirelessly to ensure that all children learn and are successful at it then why do you not have a place at the education reform table? Being an educator means that you are a part of the noblest profession. The educator that I just described is driven by passion. Reform in education begins with passion. Finally...You Tube Education. If you haven't heard You Tube Education officially launched today. It's actually been around for a few weeks but today was the unavailing of the site and the announcement of major content partners. First, a video: So basically as as district or school you can (if your filtering allows) unblock just the subdomain of You Tube Education, have access to the content there while keeping the rest of You Tube blocked for end-users. (Now I am not technical when it comes to specific filters so you will have to direct those questions to your IT folks.

I had the pleasure of talking with James Sanders, the project manager today about the vision for this and some things coming down in the future. You can search by Category (K-12, Higher Ed, or my favorite, Life-Long Learning). Now, remember, this is a beginning. So head over to You Tube Education and check out the great stuff there and if your district blocks You Tube perhaps you can suggest they check it out too. Damming the River. Home — Whole Child Education. Sixth Grader Builds iPhone Apps and Sparks Learning in School « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education.

You Should Read… (November 13, 2011) After a busy couple of weeks, I am glad that I can continue to share some of the great stuff that I am seeing shared on Twitter and social networks. I really hope that you can share your thoughts through comments on this post, or else share these links with your colleagues if they might not be applicable to you directly. 1. Wright Stuff Music – I found this fantastic blog when I connected with Samuel Wright this past week.

Not only does he share what he is learning in this blog, but he has a ton of resources on how he is doing some really innovative teaching and learning while creating some amazing music. Music is often a very specialized class in many schools, but I am hoping that people can share this resource with others as I think it is pretty unique. I am also hoping that if there are any other music specific blogs out there, that people could also share them. 3. Check it out below: Have a great week! Cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Ken Whytock. Educreations: DIY Whiteboard Video Tutorials on the iPad. The new app from Educreations is available in the Apple App Store today (iTunes link). The app is designed to make it easy to create, narrate, and record whiteboard video tutorials on the iPad and to share them with others. A Web version of the startup's whiteboard app has been available for some time now, but it's the native app for an iPad that makes this sort of tool make sense -- it's so much easier to write on a whiteboard with the finger than it is with a mouse, if nothing else.

Educreations is hardly the only app like this available for the iPad (I covered the very similar app ShowMe over on MindShift this summer, for example). But while Educreations' iPad app might be late to the whiteboard app market, its entry is a solid one. Educreations hosts the video creations themselves on (helpful for schools that block YouTube), and teachers using the site can opt to share videos privately with a set group of students or share them publicly so anyone can see them.

EDUC 578: University of San Diego. The Spicy Learning Blog. District Administration Magazine | "Carts of laptops haven’t raised student achievement—and neither will carts of iPads" Strength In EVERY Child. How I use twitter in my classroom UPDATE 2 « levdavidovic. Hi, I'm a Textbook and I'm a Tablet.