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I tried to write a single piece on raising digital kids at home (3) -- but childhood is just too epic a journey for a single piece. Still, the overall strategy for technology in the home is the same from birth to high school graduation: match their developmental level, and make sure they understand whatever medium they are using from the inside out: who made this, how does it work, and what does it want from me? Winning the Bigger Game These sorts of questions become relevant once you've got a tween on your hands.
I've featured some resources from the Encyclopedia of Life in the past ( here and here ) and today I'd like to point out a couple of new things from EOL that I learned about through the Google Earth Blog . The Encyclopedia of Life has offered Google Earth files for a while. Two new (to me anyway) files that could be useful for science teachers are tours of Bluefin Tuna and Arctic Tern migration patterns . The video below is of the Bluefin Tuna tour.
Features 9/29/2011 By: What follows are T&L Advisor David Kapuler’s picks for the best social networks to help educators learn from their peers. Don’t see your favorite on the list?
The wisdom of Finn, his dad, and a 17th-century French philosopher get me closer to the key problem – and solution – of living in this networked world. By Anne Collier "The most imaginative" of Stephen and Fi's three kids "in trying to invent reasons to go online," Finn suddenly proposed a day a week of family "NST" (non-screen time) because, he thoughtfully proposed, "it would make us more imaginative as a family," Stephen writes in The Guardian . They considered this together, as a family, because they'd been consciously trying to find the right balance of tech and everything else for several weeks. [See the David Bowie quote Stephen relates as having sparked that discussion; it reminds me of Prof. David Finkelhor's explanation for parental fears about the Internet's impact on kids which he termed " juvenoia ."]
Lenny Gonzales By Aran Levasseur New technology is a lightning rod and polarizing force because it not only begins to influence what we see and how we see it, but, over time, who we are, writes Nicholas Carr in his book, “ The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains .” It makes sense then, that debate of digital technology’s role in society is naturally being played out in microcosmic form within schools. Education is designed to transmit a culture’s history, values and theories of knowledge while also preparing students for the world of tomorrow.
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Today's kids are born digital -- born into a media-rich, networked world of infinite possibilities.
Marshall McLuhan, excerpt from "Classroom Without Walls," Explorations in Communication (Boston: Beacon Press, 1960) I t's natural today to speak of "audio-visual aids" to teaching, for we still think of the book as norm, of other media as incidental. We also think of the new media (press, radio, TV) as mass media and think of the book as an individualistic form —individualistic because it isolated the reader in silence and helped create the Western "I." Yet it was the first product of mass production.
$2 Million Competition Seeks Ideas to Transform Learning As President Obama called for new efforts to reimagine and improve education in science and math, MacArthur is launching a $2 million open competition for ideas to transform learning using digital media. Read more. Competition website. President Obama Launches National Lab Day Partnership President Obama announced the launch of a new initiative, National Lab Day, to reinvigorate science and math education in the nation’s schools and learning centers.
Introducing new technology tools to your students or to your colleagues can become a frustrating exercise if you end up repeating the same step-by-step directions over and over again. Not only is it frustrating for you to repeat those directions, it can also be frustrating for the students who want to go ahead but can't because you're waiting until everyone is on the same page. One way to avoid that is to create annotated screen captures of the tools you're introducing. Another way to avoid repeating directions over and over again is to creating screencast videos in which you explain each step of the process. Here are seven tools that you can use to create annotated screen capture images and screencast videos. The tool that I use most often of creating annotated screen capture images is Jing .
Devices proffering video capture are nearing ubiquity. Hence, so too are lackluster, unedited video clips. Magisto to the rescue. The Israel-based startup is launching to the public Tuesday with an automated video editing platform. Magisto's promise: Give us your unedited footage, and we'll give you a short movie that you can proudly show off to friends and family.
List of Great Apps for Education : ELA: Poetry Magnets Kindle Tales2go Shakespeare Pro Greek Mythology Shel Silverstein Instant Poetry Jules Verne Collection Poetry Jam MaxJournal Mad Libs LitCharts Vocab Free iBooks Free Books Math : Science: Add 10 Brain Pop Addition Under the Sea Compass Alien Kids Math Frog Dissection Math Bingo Google Earth Financial Football Go Sky Watch Hot Potato Algebra Molecules Lobster Diver NASA My Student Budget Oceans and Seas Rocket Math Planets Tangram Video Science Quick Graph Particle Zoo Data Analysis 3D Sun Calculator HD 3D Brain Sudoku iOrtho ifactor Geared HD Convert Units Stat Viz Pageonce
These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them? It’s been nearly two and half years since the publication of the first “ 10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about ” article on this site and given the fast paced evolution of technology it’s time for an update.
The Guardian has developed a simple interactive collage of readers' memories of 9/11 ten years later . Clicking on any image in the collage will open up a dialogue box displaying that person's memory of their feelings when they learned the news of the attacks on the World Trade Center and on the Pentagon. Applications for Education If you're looking for an accessible resource for your students to explore on this last day of school before the tenth anniversary of 9/11, The Guardian's collage of readers' memories might be just what you need. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Flickr: Nina Hale By Amanda Stupi Competition. The word conjures images of people pushing and shoving, trash talking, the exulted winner standing above a field of downtrodden losers. Not exactly what most parents consider healthy or constructive for their kids’ development.