Month In Review - The Most Popular Posts on Free Technology for Teachers Good evening from hot and steamy Greenwood, Maine. Earlier this week I had the heat on in my house and this afternoon I was outside in shorts. I know that many of you are already out of school for the summer. I hope that your first days of summer have been great. This summer I'll be visiting a number of schools as well as running the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp (two seats are left). I am looking forward to meeting many of you this summer.
5 Dead-Simple Ways Your Students Can Use Hashtags For Learning 5 Dead-Simple Ways To Get Started With Hashtags In The Classroom by Kristin Marino Hashtags (those ubiquitous words and phrases that start with the # symbol) are used in social media such as Twitter and Instagram to label and sort tweets, photos and more. Hashtags are social media’s way of organizing photos, ideas, concepts, etc. Ni områder af Digital Citizenship Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. 20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship The definition of digital citizenship has to do with the quality of behaviors that impact the quality of digital content and communities. To help clarify what that “quality” can look like, knowthenet.org.uk put together the following infographic framed around Dos and Don’ts. While seemingly written for a more general audience than students and educators, the thinking is sound, including “Treat others they way you want to be treated,” “Don’t forget the human behind the screen,” “Listen first, talk later,” and “Use proper grammar.” (Yes, please do.)
digital scholarship Bloggers, or anyone who maintains an online profile, have an ambiguous relationship with visitor stats and data. On the one hand we like to dismiss them as meaningless, but then secretly feel chuffed when we can outscore someone. I've tried to promote them as one way of measuring impact, but with the caveat that context is important. For instance, if you're a blogger in a relatively obscure area, such as Barry Town football club, then your range is limited and unlikely to compare in absolute numbers with, say, a blog reviewing Apple products. I recently passed 300,000 views on this blog, over about 700 posts - that's not as exciting as it might sound as I've been going since about 2006. My friend Liam says he gets about 200K a year on his mobile tech blog.
Useful WebQuest Resources Site menu: Latest news: June 17, 2015: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the WebQuest model. Watch this space for announcements of some new resources coming later this summer! October 22, 2008:WebQuests and Web 2.0? 100 Report Card Comments It's report card time and you face the prospect of writing constructive, insightful, and original comments on a couple dozen report cards or more. A daunting task? Not with Ed World's help! Included: 100 positive report card comments for you to use and adapt. You've reached the end of another grading period, and what could be more daunting than the task of composing insightful, original, and unique comments about every child in your class? The following positive statements will help you tailor your comments to specific children and highlight their strengths.
Disruptions: Privacy Fades in Facebook Era David Paul Morris/Bloomberg NewsPrivacy is a rare commodity today with the high amount of information being posted on social networking sites such as Facebook. As much as it pains me to say this: privacy is on its deathbed. I came to this sad realization recently when a stranger began leaving comments on photos I had uploaded to Instagram, the iPhone photo-sharing app.
Teaching Screenagers:Character Education for the Digital Age Our current technological trajectory promises unfathomable, roller-coaster innovation with no braking system. While the ride is exciting, it moves so quickly that we typically don't have time to think about the possible unintended consequences that might accompany it. The result is that we find ourselves unable to effectively respond to hot-button issues like cyberbullying and sexting because they seem to come out of nowhere. Computer Literacy:The Fourth Core Skill Standard Seven: Evaluating Information Students apply critical thinking skills to evaluate the relevance, reliability, and quality of information. Perhaps one of the most challenging problems (and greatest attributes) of new technology is the ability for anyone, anywhere to contribute content. It is essential for students learn digital literacy skills to be able to evaluate the information that they find. Standard Eight: Creating Digital Content Students learn to use technology to create digital content in multiple formats.
12 Excellent New Web Tools for Teachers 1- EQuizShow EQuizShow is a great app for teachers who want a quick and easy way to engage students and have them ready for exams or assessments tests. It allows you to easily create a jeopardy quiz show for your students. 2- FatURL FatURL is a link sharing service provided to you free of charge by Name.ly platform .The service enables you to forward multiple long or short URLs with just one single URL. Malware, cyberbullying increasingly key concerns as students spend more time online Dive Brief: As students spend an increasing portion of their lives online, schools can help keep them safe by offering lessons in digital citizenship, providing appropriate filters on school-issued devices, and increasing their vigilance over cyberbullying.EdTech: Focus on K-12 reports Common Sense Education has developed a set of resources to help schools teach online security, and web filters can provide a safety net for even the best digital citizens — Chromebooks, for example, come with default phishing and malware alerts, and GoGuardian keeps students on academic sites.When it comes to cyberbullying, Bark software monitors kids’ social networks and alerts parents to potential cases of cyberbullying, and ReThink filters — created by a 13-year-old — give prospective online bullies a chance to reconsider the text they are about to post. Dive Insight: Encouraging digital citizenship is a critical step in all district security operations.
Activism or Slactivism? The Kony 2012 Campaign as a Teachable Moment Sam Hodgson for The New York TimesJacob Bubenheim, 20, and Alyssa Ramirez, 20, packed “action kits” on Thursday at Invisible Children’s San Diego headquarters.Go to related article » Note to Teacher | This lesson suggests showing photographs and videos of brutality wrought in Africa by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. The slide shows, videos and articles contain graphic material that may not be appropriate for all students. Overview | What is the real story behind the “Kony 2012″ video and the “Stop Kony” campaign?