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#edtechbc. Want to save time? Want free resources? Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Do you know how to find them? Use them? License them? Make your own? Today’s guest, Sue Jones, has created a helpful guide to OERs and is using them in her highered classroom. Important Takeaways How OER resources can save teachers lots of time.Finding videos, PowerPoints, and more that you can actually use.A fast tip for figuring out which free videos are accurate.A cool network where educators share tons of free resources.How to share while preventing “stealing.”

Educator Resources Interview Links @geonz Sponsor Lesley University has an impressive line-up of online programs specifically designed for busy teachers. Check Out Lesley University’s Online Programs. #edtechbc. In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.

Deeper Learning: The expert panel identified several long-term trends that will greatly influence the adoption of technology in classrooms over the next five years and beyond. They see worldwide educators focusing on “deeper learning” outcomes that try to connect what happens in the classroom to experts and experiences beyond school as an important trend. Teachers at the cutting edge of this work are asking students to use technology to access and synthesize information in the service of finding solutions to multifaceted, complex problems they might encounter in the real world. StumbleUpon. StumbleUpon. Selfie-stick etiquette: 6 tips for taking great shots (without being a nuisance)

Everyone with a job is looking for that perfect work-life balance, but some industries tip the scales better than others. Data scientists, search engine optimization managers, talent-acquisition specialists and social media managers have the most work-life balance, in that order, according to a report released Tuesday on the careers website Glassdoor. Shutterstock Work, life, balance The company analyzed recent user feedback that rated this kind of job flexibility on a 5-point satisfaction scale — with 5 signifying "very satisfied" — and revealed those four fields were not only tops, but also the only ones to have an average score of 4 or higher.

RELATED: 100-year-old woman works 6 days a week: 'I don't believe in retirement' That's some half-full news for social media and SEO managers, who may not be in it for the money; Glassdoor found their annual average salaries — based on anonymous salary reports shared by U.S. employees over the past year — to be $40,000 and $45,720, respectively. 1. How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators? #edtechbc. We are now better than fifteen years into the 21st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education.

The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in order to survive and thrive. Digital Literacy is a 21st Century skill, but therein lies the rub. Most of our educators have been educated with a twentieth Century mindset using 20th Century methodology and pedagogy at best. I dare say there might be some 19th Century holdovers as well. Digital literacy is recognized by the developers of common core to be important enough to be included as a component of the curriculum. These educators are not bad people. There certainly is enough blame to go around for what places the education system in this predicament and much of that lies in education programs from our institutions of higher learning. Confessions of a Digital Leader: Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day.

Everyday when I walk into my building, I feel as if the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Correction…I feel this whether I am in my building or not. My mind races a million directions…constantly refreshing ideas faster than I can blink sometimes. Every step or conversation stimulates internal thoughts about how we can be better…small, subtle changes here and there. Confession: It’s hard for me to focus when every ounce of my being is internally screaming…”Nooooooooo”…at the celebration of things that we should be doing differently. I cringe at the phrase, “this is how we’ve always done things”. This is the worst phrase known to humankind as people tend to allow the brick wall of sameness to halt progress. “This is how we’ve always done things” is the ultimate destroyer of ideas, growth and future innovations. My job in our district is ultimately to help our school communities move forward.

Our Realities Like most school districts, digital initiatives have taken a backseat to testing. The myth that “students are comfortable with technology” is prevalent and problematic « Uncategorized. September 9, 2015 Among the common misconceptions in education is that students are comfortable with technology, and therefore implementing blended learning doesn’t require helping students make the transition. For example, a 90 second Google search returned this quote about students and technology: “Many students have grown up around technology and feel comfortable with it. Don’t be embarrassed that they may know more about technology than you do. Welcome opportunities to learn from them.” In reality, students often have to become comfortable learning in new ways—as much as teachers have to become comfortable with new methods of instruction. This point is made by Diane Tavenner, the founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools, in an interview with The Hechinger Report. “Kids are literally making decisions about how they are going to learn and when they are going to learn.

Students may generally be more comfortable with laptops, tablets, and smartphones than some adults. StumbleUpon. Noun Project Provides Over 100.000 Clip Art Icons to Use in Your Posters #edtechbc. August, 2015 Noun Project is an excellent platform that provides tons of visual symbols and icons to use in your posters and infographics. The process is very easy, you simply type in your search query and sift through the results till you find the icons you want to use then drag and drop them into whatever you are working on. We have been tinkering with Noun Project app for Mac and found it really worth the shout-out here. Noun Project provides over 100,000 icons and symbols uploaded by users from all around the world. These clip art icons are particularly ideal to use with the visuals you create for your class. And if you are using the Mac app, you will no longer download icons from the website , the app allows you to easily drag and drop raster and vector icons into your favorite apps (e.g Mail, Messages, PowerPoint, Sketch, Adobe CC Apps and many more).

Watch the video below to learn more about Noun Project. Hosting A Winning Webinar: The Ultimate Guide. Hosting your first webinar can be a nerve-racking experience. After all, even veteran actors can stumble when they have to pull off a live performance. In this article, I’ll give you some guidelines on how to host a winning webinar from start to finish. Webinars offer a time-saving, cost-efficient, and highly effective way to keep learners in-the-know. To provide your audience with a valuable eLearning experience that gives them the key takeaways they need in the real world, eLearning professionals must take on the role of "host with the most". Getting Ready For The Main Event Get familiar with webinar tools and technology.

You don’t want to spend hours researching the subject matter, developing the eLearning content, and sending out invites only to realize that you don’t know how to use the webinar tools and technology. While You’re On-Air Mention the webinar hashtag and social media links. After The Webinar Offer learners a parting gift. Get 2 Free eBooks. The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching a Podcast in iTunes #edtechbc. Ever since the launch of Serial, This American Life’s runaway hit, the marketing world has rekindled its love affair with podcasts.

Suddenly, marketers are talking about the benefits of podcasting, which include: Catering to different people’s learning stylesSpeaking directly to your listeners with no interruptionsBuilding brand awarenessFinding new ways to invite your prospects to take action But even with all this buzz, no one is teaching how to actually podcast effectively – in a way that engages prospects and actually gets them to convert. When Unbounce launched the Call to Action podcast this past January, we were still learning the ropes. How’d we do it? Now, I’m going to let you in on how we did it. Brainstorming and ideationConducting and recording your first interviewEditing your sound filePublishing your podcastGetting ranked in iTunesMarketing your podcast to the masses Sound good?

1. Find your niche The next step is identifying who your audience will be. 2. Intro Music 3. 4. 5. Forbes Welcome. Teenagers Leading Happy, Connected Lives Online | The New York Times #edtechbc. A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A School Twitter Chat #edtechbc. A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A Twitter Chat In Your School by Nellie Mitchell A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development and gives educators the option to participate in their PJs, from the comfort of their own home! It is essentially a chat room, with everyone sharing and talking and hanging out virtually—discussing learning strategies, classroom management techniques, and technology.

A good chat stimulates great conversation, but also has the power to motivate an entire district. It is a way to build and develop a growth mindset that is neither forced nor overwhelming. The motivated, technology-enthusiasts will jump at the chance to learn about the next big thing from their peers—-and will genuinely pursue new ideas. Twitter is always a great resource for PD, but some teachers either don’t have time to use it or don’t know how. Webb City School District in Missouri has been hosting monthly chats for over a year. What Works What To Do Before The Chat. StumbleUpon.

Top 22 Completely FREE apps for Educators! ** Only the app's developer can control when an app is free. The prices of apps in our post are verified to be correct at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise. Please note: there may be ads and social network links in some of these apps. 1. iTunes U iPad/iPhone iTunes U is the best way to create and experience courses on iPad. 2. Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free.Our iOS app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 4,200 videos and articles. 3. It’s time to get in touch with your education. 4.

Get the award-winning app that extends Schoology’s powerful learning management solution to your iOS device. iPad/iPhone The official TED app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. 6. CLASSROOM IS AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WITH A GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION ACCOUNT. 7. 8. iPad only 9. 10. iPad only. 7 Essential Apps for Academics and Research Students #edtechbc. July 13, 2015 Below is a selection of some of the best iPad apps we have reviewed in the last couple of years. These apps are particularly curated for student researchers and academics. They provide a wide variety of features geared towards helping you with your research papers and enhancing your academic productivity.

Check them out below and share with your colleagues. 1- EasyBib Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Writing a bibliography can be hard. 3- My MLA My MLA is the ultimate guide and companion for students, researchers and scholars who need to utilize the style (6th Ed.).

Mendeley is your personal research library. EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide. MyBib is a mobile BibTeX bibliography manager for iOS. 11 tips for owning Twitter #edtechbc. Introduction For a social network with over 230 million users, Twitter can be surprisingly tough to get right. It's a minefield of what should I tweet?

When should I tweet? How often should I tweet? Whether you're just getting started or you're an old pro, we're here for you with some top tips to help you own the tweets. 1. Nothing screams "I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING" louder than leaving your avatar as an egg, so change that as soon as you set your profile up. Your bio should tell potential new followers enough to help them decide if you are their cup of tea, but don't try to fit your life story in there. 2. There's nothing wrong with following more people than follow you, particularly when you're getting started. 3. Because Twitter runs (to a certain extent) on a DIY moderation policy, if you spot any spam or abusive tweets you will be doing the world a solid by reporting them. 4. This is relatively easily done: just ask Ed Balls. 5. 6. 7.

YOU CANNOT EDIT TWEETS. 8. 9. 10. 11. 8 Characteristics of a Successful K-12 Technology Department #edtechbc. The Great Canadian Word, Unique Phrases and Words of Canada. I was watching the CBC this morning and a great segment was featured about The Great Canadian Word. It got me thinking about people that come to Canada to travel. They must be pretty confused when we tell them that a “Coffee Crisp costs about a Loonie, pretty good deal eh?” We have some very unique words in Canada and if you really want enjoy yourself to the fullest while traveling this vast land, I recommend diving in and learning how to use a few of our more popular phrases.

Here are a few of the staple words used daily in Canada. 1. Eh: This is our most popular phrase that we receive the most flack about from the rest of the world. 2. 3. 4. 5. For more fun Canadian Facts check out 6. 2-4. 7. 8. 9. 10. A: Smarties are Canada’s answer to M&M’s only better! B: A Coffee Crisp is a chocolate bar is layered chocolate and wafers with a coffee cream centre.

C: Poutine. D: Dill Pickle, All Dressed and Ketchup Chips. So there you have it. Research: The State of Technology Integration for K-12 Schools #edtechbc. 19 Font Effects | Font Blog. Instagram is now the go-to social network for US teens #edtechbc. Via @mashable: Tech-savvy cheats beware: Universities are banning smartwatches #edtechbc. Drone program launching at Brandon High School.

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