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The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers This afternoon at the ISTE 2016 conference I had a nice meeting with Melanie Broder from Padlet. She told me about some of the things that Padlet is working on developing during the rest of the year. One of things is a community for educators. That community should help teachers find creative uses of Padlet as well as sharing lesson activities in general. Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers Your students are probably Internet authorities. When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. As students progress through school, online research skills become more important — for good reason. For Students 2016 2b Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices. Positive behaviors Interactions that convey a portrait of the way you want to be perceived and healthy interactions with technology itself, for example, moderating the time online or gaming, ergonomic issues and balancing use of media with daily physical activity. Safe behaviors Interactions that keep you out of harm’s way, for example, knowing the identity of who you are interacting with; how much and what kind information you release online; protecting oneself from scams, phishing schemes and poor purchasing practices (e-commerce theft). Legal behaviors Interactions that are mindful of the law, for example, abiding by copyright and fair use, respecting network protections by not hacking them and not using another’s identity.

Searching the Deep Web - Bates InfoTips I recently developed a private workshop on how to find deep web resources on a specialized topic, and realized that the secret to finding information in the deep web is know that it’s a very different experience than searching the open web. While deep web content isn’t indexed by search engines, you can use search engines to find pointers, leads and links to deep web resources. Even more than with most “traditional” searches, looking for deep web content means thinking like a detective — looking for clues, using your peripheral vision to notice references or footnotes, and knowing when to step back and reassess. Following are some of the key approaches I recommend for finding deep web content on a particular topic.

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Visualizing Learning with Infographics: 23 Resources “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” – Stephen Few This year get your students to visualize difficult concepts or understand a process by teaching with infographics. Use infographics to introduce a chapter, unit, or lesson. The Game of Research Summary This original board game teaches students about the research process in a fun and collaborative way. Time Required This activity takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size. Learning Objectives Students will be able to describe four steps in the research process.

5 Great Apps to Create Beautiful Visuals for Your Class Integrating visuals in your instruction can help a lot with your students learning. Besides the cognitive fact that visually represented data is easily processed by the brain, there is also the fact that visually processed information can be easily recalled and memorized. With the prevalence of web tools and mobile apps anyone now can design beautiful visuals without having prior knowledge of graphic design. The process, in most cases, is simple and easy: select a pre-designed template of your own choice, customize it with your data, and generate a shareable version of your visual. And if you would rather use your iPad to create visuals, here are some of our favourite apps we recommend in this regard.

Google Launches Toontastic 3D, an App for Telling Animated Stories Could one of your students be the next Ava DuVernay or Steven Spielberg? A new, free app out today (Thursday, January 12) gives kids the tools to try their hands at directing. Toontastic 3D allows children to create their own animated movies. “We call it our movie studio in a box,” says Andy Russell, one of the product managers at Google who developed the app. “The goal is to empower kids with the types of tools that Hollywood directors have to tell any kind of story.”

Points of View and Omnifile Summary This activity introduces students to the concept of pre-research (establishing background information on a topic before getting into the databases) and to basic database navigation. Time Required Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation Tool discovery is often a challenge for teachers interested in finding ways to use technology that will change the way they and their students work. With so much going on in the classroom, many teachers don’t have the time to test out various apps and find the perfect tool to meet their needs. Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC) and edWeb webinars. These educators are paying attention to their own working habits, as well as those of students, to figure out which technology products and trends are here to stay. Michelle Luhtala, a school librarian in New Canaan, Connecticut, has noticed that much of her own work has transitioned from the computer to her smartphone. She sees the same trend in students, but also recognizes many schools have policies against phones because they can be distractions.

All These Articles Summary This activity engages students in a consideration of source types and how these types can be used to inform their research. Time Required

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