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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information. An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information.

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of their responses suggested that: Middle school students are more concerned with content relevance than with credibility.They rarely attend to source features such as author, venue or publication type to evaluate reliability and author perspective.When they do refer to source features in their explanations, their judgments are often vague, superficial and lack reasoned justification.

Other studies highlight similar shortcomings of high school and college students in these areas. So, what can you do to more explicitly teach adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information? 1. Figure 1. 2. 3. Figure 2. 4. Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom. Digital citizenship is " the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.

Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom

"It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Just like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to ' participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.' I personally recommend that teachers and educators should, throughout the entire school year, devote special sessions to just teaching students about Digital Citizenship. Students need to learn how to act appropriately while using the net and there are several activities and resources to help you do that with them. Check out this section to access some of these resources. I am also sharing with you today a great graphic on the components of digital citizenship.Try out printing it and using it with your students in the classroom. Devices Need to Support Learning.

So yesterday as I was scanning the #NJED hash tag on TweetDeck I came across this intriguing image shared by Mike Marotta.

Devices Need to Support Learning

It really puts into perspective why we make many of the decisions that we do at New Milford High School as to why we decided to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and don't mandate the use of one specific tool to support learning. His tweet contained this message, "Don't let the device drive instruction. Let it support learning. " When it comes to educational technology I often get the feeling that the learning is often secondary. Using technology just for the sake of using it equates to a huge waste of instructional time that could be dedicated to deep, meaningful learning. The key is to determine what we want our students to know and let them have a choice as to how they will demonstrate and/or apply their learning. Image credit: Bill Ferriter. Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources. Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, December 27th 2013 Included in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. ~ Robert S McNamara Our learners live in a connected world where technology impacts their lives daily.

Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources

Our students often dedicate many hours to communicating, sharing, and learning online. It’s the main way they learn and they receive a surplus of information. Resources Challenge: Get your students to evaluate online material. EdTech Cheat Sheet. Understanding New Trends in Educational Technology Trying to keep up with all of the new buzzwords in the booming Educational Technology sector can leave you feeling like a kindergartner in a calculus class.

EdTech Cheat Sheet

Don't tell your teach, but we put together a little cheat sheet to keep you informed on what's happening inside and outside of today's most innovative schools. Think we're missing any major terms or trends? Let us know on Twitter. @GoBoundless Gamification? Virtual Classroom? Digital Storytelling? 1:1 Technology Providing every student with a laptop or tablet to make learning more individualized, increase independence and extend academics beyond the classroom. Also: much cooler than just giving out stickers. Adaptive Learning Software that adapts it's content and pacing to the current knowledge level of the user, so it's almost like having a personal tailor for your education. Asynchronous Learning Blended Learning A sure recipe for success: Course Management System (CMS) Differentiated Learning.

Inspired To Educate. There are many benefits to teaching young people to code.

Inspired To Educate

As a musician starts learning a piece of music, the process can be daunting. Musicians, however, naturally start breaking the song into parts. By slowly mastering small phrases, scales, chords, and patterns, the song slowly emerges from the student. The discipline of decomposition and persistence shows up in computer programming too. Chris Betcher during a talk during the K12 Online Conference did a AWESOME introduction to a number of tools that help students get started with coding. I also appreciate that Mr. I hope you enjoy Chris Betcher’s talk! Sequencing, Branching, and Looping using Blocks Advanced Block Programs Game, Apps, and Robots Traditional Coding We would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite tutorial for introducing code to new programmers?

Related Posts. Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom. School Plus. Cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by ksablan I was asked by someone today how to bridge a curriculum department with technology department, and my first response was, “ask them questions to understand where they are coming from.”

School Plus

Obviously this is the Covey “seek to understand” idea and I think many people spend too much time defending what they believe, as opposed to trying to understand the starting point of others. One of the questions I suggested should be asked was (since it was a one-to-one school), “What difference does technology have on learning in the classroom?” Her belief was that the response would be that it hasn’t changed anything. My follow up question would then be, “So why did you buy the technology?” I was quickly reminded of this Neil Postman quote: “When Gutenberg invented the printing press, we didn’t have Europe plus books.

If we are adding devices to our classroom environment, the opportunities should profoundly change. What do you think? 13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out. Education Twitter chats take place when a group of educators "meet" on Twitter at an agreed upon time, using an agreed upon hashtag, to discuss topics of interest in education.

13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out

Twitter chats range from small discussions with only a few participants to huge conversations with dozens or even hundreds of educators taking part! They provide a unique opportunity for educators to discuss specific topics of interest and connect with colleagues around the world. The word from educators in the trenches is that these chats are making a profound difference in how educators are improving their professional practice, providing ideas, resources and inspiration in ways never thought possible. Interested in giving Twitter chats a try? Here are a few tips to get you started: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. This list of popular chats is a great way to get started, but is just a small sampling of the many education chats available. #tlap: Looking for inspiration? #flipclass: Interested in flipping your classroom? Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup.

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Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

Back to Top Online Learning and Blended Classrooms Teaching with New Media Tools Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Kids to Code, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2014) For teachers interested in incorporating coding and computer programming into the curriculum, VideoAmy has collected a variety of inspiring videos and helpful resources in this Five-Minute Film Festival. Digital Games in the Classroom Gamification in Education, by Vicki Davis (2014) Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis and her high school students are exploring what makes games effective for classroom use. Working with Digital Learners. Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning. "Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event.

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning

" -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Designers, Inc. Web 2.0 tools are online software programs that allow users to do a number of different things. They can be used to teach curriculum content, store data, create or edit video, edit photos, collaborate and so much more. These programs are often free and are used by teachers, students and sometimes parents, both in and out of the classroom, on a pretty regular basis. The question then becomes: are educators prepared to use these tools? Are educators, especially new ones, ready to incorporate Web 2.0 tools into their classroom? Embracing the use of Web 2.0 tools in lesson planning may still be new to many educators. As we talk about Web 2.0 tools, here's one point I want to stress. 1.

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Technology integration by design SmartBlogs. Over the past year, most of my time has been spent helping fellow teachers and school leaders to “think backwards.” And while it’s tempting to imagine this merely involves reciting the alphabet from Z to A, it’s actually an instructional framework (developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe) where the goals precede action. Beginning with student-focused goals allows us to ensure that we strategically prioritize time and resources in our classrooms. Although this way of thinking was initially designed for instructional units, it is also the perfect methodology for planning a new technology initiative. In essence, this three-step process helps you to remain hyper-focused on student learning as you select devices, formats (carts, BYOD, 1:1, etc.) and applications. Step 1: Define the goals of your technology initiative using desired outcomes, not tools.

As you determine your goals, remember to be strategic. A Real Lesson in Digital Citizenship. My students and I had an “a-ha” moment the other day, in terms of digital citizenship and how we really need to think before we post images to the Internet. Or maybe even before we take the picture. We are working hard to discourage our students from taking “candids” of each other at school, and more important, from posting those pictures on their favorite social network. I know that may sound strange to many readers, but I teach some very transient, very high-risk kids, and we cannot guarantee the safety of some of our students if other kids are taking their pictures (and then posting them on Facebook to share with friends). It’s a difficult situation. Everybody with a hand-held device has the ability to take a picture (and many can take video). What we’re trying to cut down is the great shot of your “bestie” doing cartwheels on the yard that might also show the faces of three kids in the background who aren’t supposed to have their photos taken.

Teachable moments About the author. The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools. Culture Digital Tools Flickr:David Ortez Sometimes teachers and administrators need a kick in the pants to see what they perceive as problems re-framed in a different way. Adam S. Bellow, author of The Tech Commandments, and founder of eduTecher, spoke to a roomful of receptive teachers at the recent ISTE 2011 conference, and demonstrated some of the ironies and contradictions the education system is mired in. And he had some advice. 1) DON’T TRAP TECHNOLOGY IN A ROOM. “We’re doing kids a major disservice if we don’t teach them good digital citizenship.” 2) TECHNOLOGY IS WORTHLESS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 3) MOBILE TECHNOLOGY STRETCHES A LONG WAY. 4) THE NEW ‘F WORD’ IS FEAR. 5) TECH TOOLS ARE NOT JUST A PASSING FAD. 6) MONEY IS NOT THE PROBLEM. 7) INVITE EVERY STAKEHOLDER TO THE CONVERSATION.

MindShift readers are familiar with these concepts, but it’s great to have a tidy recap. Related. 10 steps technology directors can take to stay relevant SmartBlogs. The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete. Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning.

The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment. Do how can technology directors avoid becoming obsolete? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Students and staff need technology directors that have not made themselves obsolete. Tom Murray serves as the director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa.

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You’re a connected educator, now what? SmartBlogs. Starter-kit-final. Once you go flat you never go back SmartBlogs.