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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. This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias. In 2012, my colleagues and I assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, and the results definitely got our attention. Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the students’ 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 lacking in reasoned justification Other studies highlight similar shortcomings of high school and college students in these areas (see, for example, a 2016 study from Stanford).

So what can you do to more explicitly teach adolescents how to evaluate the quality of online information? Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom. Digital citizenship is " the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. "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.

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.

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. Sadly, few reflect on the value or validity of that information. We need to teach our students to have a critical eye when navigating the web. 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. 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. 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.” 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.

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. Use a tool like Tweetdeck, Tweetchat, or Twubs to follow that chat. 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. Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup. 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. " -- 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? 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.

With so many free tools available on the web today, how do we decide which will be the best fit for our use? 1. If you've not heard of Pinterest, what rock have you been hiding under? 2. 3. 4. 5. The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology. UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous DisplayName: TrialsLeft: 0 Trials: Tier Preview Log: Exception pages ( /tm/articles/2013/02/11/tln_barnwell_classroomtech.html ) = NO Internal request ( ) = NO Open House ( 2014-04-18 04:41:00 ) = NO Site Licence : ( ) = NO ACL Free A vs U ( 2100 vs 0 ) = NO Token Free (SZCFqxJEtl5I4hmhzp8cfRkmo5lfoTwBc56f) = NO Blog authoring preview = NO Search Robot ( Firefox ) = NO Purchased ( 0 ) = NO Monthly ( 14fd9c25-d525-4cf3-bbb6-cf6623775270 : 3 / 3 ) = NO 0: /tm/articles/2012/12/12/tln_keigan.html 1: /teachers/teaching_now/2010/12/video_break_waiting_for_superman_kids_meet_obama.html 2: /ew/articles/2011/06/15/36ets.h30.html Access denied ( -1 ) = NO Site Licence : ( ) = NO.

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. What types of learning do you want to enable via this initiative?

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. 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. Understand the need for anytime, anywhere learning for students and access for staff. Digital learning breaks the barrier of traditional seat time and set school days by making “anytime, anywhere learning” feasible. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Students and staff need technology directors that have not made themselves obsolete.

Changing the Culture, One Teacher at a Time. As technology rushes into schools at an ever-increasing pace, we are constantly bombarded by talk about whatever happens to be hot this week. Khan Academy! Ipads in classrooms! Skyping with your teacher! Attaining warp speed, Mr. Scott! Howeve r, once we clear through all of the hype and excitement, the fact remains that no technology is going to change anything in a classroom without teachers who not only understand how to use that technology, but – cialis in mexico far more importantly -understand how that piece of technology can have an impact on the way that learning takes place in their classrooms. The real challenge for school administrators is how to encourage teachers to adopt a mindset that sees technology as a powerful lever that can help them to alter their classrooms to produce more authentic and deeper learning.

The approach in my school is to narrow my view. How to Gain Parent Buy-In for Classroom Technology Integration. Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It’s not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: “Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social studies/English/biology?” Or “This is an AP history class — not computer science!” Your efforts to engage students and develop important 21st century skills can become the scapegoat explanation for problems that have nothing to do with tech.

So, how do we as educators get these parents into our corner? Here are some strategies I’ve used successfully to gain parent buy-in. Start Early The first time that parents hear about technology use in the classroom should not be when that child goes home with a tech-related assignment in hand. Emphasize Skills Instead of emphasizing the content side of technology and the Internet, focus on skill sets and career readiness!

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