Dana Sachs: 9 Rules of Email Etiquette Recently, I received an email from a young relative of mine that included an interesting query. He is a 2012 college graduate who has just moved to Washington, D.C., hoping to find a job in government. He wrote: "During this process, I have found some things that I need to improve and I think you might be able to help. First, in college I never learned the proper way to format an email. Emily Post said that "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the needs of others." 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Most of all, keep in mind Mrs.
C.R.A.P.:The Four Principles of Sound Design by Daniel Scocco This is a guest blog by Jacob Cass. Be sure to check out his $5000 prize giveaway. As a graphic designer, I could tell you if your website design is C.R.A.P. C.R.A.P stands for contrast, repeitition, alignment and proximity and these are the four principles of design that a blog design should adhere to. The Joshua Tree To get your head around the c.ra.p. principles let me tell you a true story aptly named The Joshua Tree from Robin Williams book, the Non Designers Type Book. Once upon a time, Robin received a tree identifying book where you could match a tree up with its name by looking at its picture. Now the Joshua tree is a really weird-looking tree and she looked at that picture and said to herself "Oh, we don’t have that kind of tree in Northern California. So she took the book and went outside. She took a walk around the block – at least 80 percent of the homes had Joshua trees in the front yards. The moral of the story? The four basic principles 1. 2. 3. 4.
Yet more blogs to check out I hadn’t checked the comments on the blogging challenge for a couple of days, but this morning there were 90 comments to check and approve. Many of the posts are included on this visit post, but a lot were from Mr Miller’s AVID students writing about their families and the forest – check them out in the sidebar of their class blog. When reading posts, I have noticed that the students from Tunisia are responding well to their mentor and are asking questions about how to do things on their blogs. They are also helping each other to solve those questions. Remember you can always check out the ‘Get Help’ section on my sidebar to find information from your blogging platform. If you are into anime especially Homestruck, Naruto or Ouran, then this blog is a must visit, another anime lover here, Interesting questions from grade 2 students, top jobs in grade 2, Earlier challenges: Jack, Ethan, Sophia, Carson, Parker, Blogs to visit as recommended by mentors: Nicky, Carley, Hope, Zoe needs coffee
Critical Thinking: Hoax Documentary :: Curriculum Assignment: In a team of 3 to 4, you will produce a 3 minute hoax documentary film in the style of an authentic educational film or training video. Avoid using interviews in your video. The narrator should be the sole voice of influence and knowledge. Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Challenge tips 1 Below are a few tips that will help the challenge to run more smoothly. 1. The main complaint I receive is about privacy settings and readers not being able to leave comments on posts. Edublogs or campus users – So that your visitors can leave comments easily, make sure your blog privacy is set to either: Allow search engines to index this site.Discourage search engines from indexing this site. Teachers you need to change your privacy as follows: Class blog – change privacy in Settings > Privacy (Edublogs Campus blog)Class blog- change privacy in Settings > Reading (Edublogs Pro blog)Student blogs attached to My Class – change privacy for student blogs using My Class > Settings. Students please discuss your blog privacy with your teacher if you are using a student blog. Blogger or blogspot users – Please make sure you have Name/URL as an option for visitors to use when leaving a comment. Kidblog users – Please make sure visitors can read and comment on posts without having to login. 2. 3. 4.
Week 2 Town and Country Photo Credit: Wistful ~ back to unreality via Compfight Last week you introduced yourselves to your new visitors. You asked questions for your visitors to answer. This week we are going to look at your local town and your country. Remember you can do one or more of the activities or all of them, that is up to you. Being creative in the presentation is also important, so check out some of the tools mentioned in the sidebar. Town Activity 1. Activity 2. Activity 3. Country Activity 4. Activity 5. Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Ukraine, Portugal, Ireland, Russia, Hong Kong, Tunisia, Argentina, India, Kenya, England, Scotland, Macau, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Spain and Kuwait Activity 6. Activity 7. Activity 8. Still got time left this week - then make sure you visit other student and class blogs. Have you been allocated a mentor yet? If tweeting about blog posts you or your class have written, remember to use the hashtag #13stubc so I can check out your posts as well.
Introducing our Flipboard Magazines Have you checked out our Flipboard magazines yet? It’s time you did! Each week we are adding the best and most interesting posts published to our Sept 2013 Flipboard magazine. Your post may be featured already in our magazine! All you need to do is remember to fill in the form at the bottom of the Challenge Blog weekly post. Then check the Sept 2013 Flipboard magazine towards the end of the week! To see if your post has been featured and to read posts from other challenge participants. Check out the March 2013 Student Challenge Magazine here! About Flipboard Flipboard was originally designed as a social network aggregation, magazine-format app for iPad in 2010. The Flipboard magazine feature is a powerful tool for educators: A Flipboard magazine lets you quickly curate and share articles you like directly to your own magazine from within Flipboard (or using the Flip It bookmarklet in your web browser) while also sharing the articles with your social networks at the same time!
Step 6: Images, copyright, and Creative Commons Welcome to the sixth step in our free professional learning series on personal blogging to help you set up your own personal or professional educator blog! The aim of this step is to: Discuss copyright, fair use and using images on blogs.Introduce you to Creative commons.Explain how to find and add creative commons images to posts.Discuss what are free and public domain images; and how to source them. Click on a link below to go to the section you want to work on: Back to Top You can’t just use any image you like in a blog post. Why? Dexter the cat hates those that steal his photos… I’m sure you’re probably thinking it is okay because as educators, we have a few more flexible rules, called “Fair Use”, to play by. The trouble is, most of the laws and rules that cover fair use and education were written well before the invention of the web. So what does this mean? You need to: Understanding digital copyright is an essential skill we need to understand and teach our students. Attribution CC BY 1.
Down the Rabbit Hole: In Search of the Best Digital Storytelling Web Tools Login or Create New Account Member Spotlights RIT Launches Nation’s First Minor in Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture NMC Blog Reflections on Community, Makerspaces, and the Future of Museums iTUNES U Ideas that Matter and More High Quality, Free EdTech Content Sparking innovation, learning and creativity. > NMC News > NMC Blogs > NMC Member Spotlights > NMC Member News > NMC Most Engaging Down the Rabbit Hole: In Search of the Best Digital Storytelling Web Tools Posted May 23, 2014 by nmc admin By Sandy Brown Jensen “In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” Where you might see another rabbit hole, I am like Alice in Wonderland, trying out all all the weird digital storytelling apps so you don’t have to, and like Alice, I’m easily dazzled by every Mad Hatter who can throw an app on the table. “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” So where to begin, you ask?
Toward a Postmodern Definition of Digital Storytelling Login or Create New Account Member Spotlights We Are Makers: A Film by Abilene Christian University NMC Blog Toward a Postmodern Definition of Digital Storytelling iTUNES U Ideas that Matter and More High Quality, Free EdTech Content Sparking innovation, learning and creativity. > NMC News > NMC Blogs > NMC Member Spotlights > NMC Member News > NMC Most Engaging Toward a Postmodern Definition of Digital Storytelling Posted March 10, 2014 by nmc admin By Sandy Brown Jensen The first time I heard the term digital storytelling was at iLane 2011, our Really Big Tech Conference at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Lamb told us about DS 106 Internet radio, and seconds later he had the entire room on Internet radio. Lamb’s keynote led me to discover the Two Pillars of Hercules in the Digital Storytelling world — the CDS and DS 106. The Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) Curiosity can be a powerful force. Center for Digital Storytelling - History from CDS Stories on Vimeo. Tags: News Events Members