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The Google+ Guide For Educators

The Google+ Guide For Educators
Home » Education, Social Media Written by Grace2 August 2011 Unless you've been living under a rock the last month, undoubtedly you've heard of the new social networking site everyone has been raving about: Google+. All this buzz has generated some great articles (my to-read pile just keeps growing!) Here's my Google+ Guide for Educators: So what do you think about Google+? Share this post with your friends and colleagues: Related:  curating social learning

Peter Thiel: We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet. It’s Higher Education. Fair warning: This article will piss off a lot of you. I can say that with confidence because it’s about Peter Thiel. And Thiel – the PayPal co-founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist – not only has a special talent for making money, he has a special talent for making people furious. Some people are contrarian for the sake of getting headlines or outsmarting the markets. For Thiel, it’s simply how he views the world. Of course a side benefit for the natural contrarian is it frequently leads to things like headlines and money. Consider the 2000 Nasdaq crash. And after the crash, Thiel insisted there hadn’t really been a crash: He argued the equity bubble had simply shifted onto the housing market. So Friday, as I sat with Thiel in his San Francisco home that he finally owns, I was curious what he thinks of the current Web frenzy. Instead, for Thiel, the bubble that has taken the place of housing is the higher education bubble. Making matters worse was a 2005 President George W.

Students Becoming Curators of Information?  Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world. licesed under CC by will-lion Lincensed under CC by verbeeldingskr8 We are with no doubt in the age of information overload and IN DIRE NEED of knowing how to filter in order to get to the information we need. Think about Clay Shirky’s quote below. Clay Shirky Information Overload In comes the idea of becoming a Curator of Information. “Curating” is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as: Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). Digital Curation, Curated Learning & Collective Curation? I have started hearing and reading about the terms “Digital Curation”, “Curated Learning” and “Collective Curation” as well. Digital Curation is defined in Wikipedia as: the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. 15.

Good to Know – Google If you’re the tablet owner, touch Settings → Users → Add user or profile. Touch Restricted profile → New profile, then name the profile. Use the ON/OFF switches and settings to manage access to features, settings, and apps. Press the Power button to return to the lock screen, then touch the new profile icon. Once it's all set up, the Home screen is empty. Touch the All Apps icon to get started with the new profile. How to Migrate from Facebook to Google+ If you have a lot of time and information invested in Facebook, it’s not easy moving to a new social network. Here are a few tips on moving your information from your Facebook account to your shiny new Google+ account. Moving social networks isn’t the easiest thing to do, but luckily there are a few tools we can use to migrate pictures, videos, and friends. Wall posts and messages don’t make sense to migrate between networks so we are going to leave those out. Export Facebook Information Start by downloading all of your Facebook information. On the settings tab click “learn more” next to “download your information.” Enter your password and click continue; you will be sent an email once your download is ready. Once you receive the email, click the link to download a zip of all of your files. Extract the files and open the index.html file to verify all your information is there. Import Photos Google+ uses Picasa web albums to share pictures. Share Your Photos on Google+ Import Your Videos

19 Handy Google Tricks That You Weren’t Aware Of After covering everything that Google Search has to offer, you can easily forge that search only forms one small part of the Google behemoth. With so many different features and clients available, it’s very easy to use the basic features for each and leave it at that. However, if you delve a little deeper, there are many tricks hidden away that will help improve your experience. To help you out, here are a number of tips and tricks that you can use for four of Google’s more popular features: Gmail, Maps, Google Drive and Google News. Gmail Use Filtered Search Gmail’s search bar is very handy for finding that message you got months ago, but most people don’t realise how easy it is to access advanced search. Activate Starring Feature Sometimes you will come across important messages, but the only way you can mark them is with the yellow tab or star icon. Cut Down Text In Email Replies Keyboard Shortcuts Like all Google features, there are keyboard shortcuts that you can take advantage of.

A pedagogical framework for mobile learning: Categorizing educational applications of mobile technologies into four types | Park Yeonjeong Park Virginia Tech, USA Abstract Instructional designers and educators recognize the potential of mobile technologies as a learning tool for students and have incorporated them into the distance learning environment. However, little research has been done to categorize the numerous examples of mobile learning in the context of distance education, and few instructional design guidelines based on a solid theoretical framework for mobile learning exist. Keywords: m-learning; e-learning; u-learning; transactional distance theory; cultural-historical activity theory; distance education; mobile technology Introduction As mobile devices are becoming increasingly ubiquitous, many researchers and practitioners have incorporated the technology into their teaching and learning environments. The main purpose of this study is to provide a better understanding of the characteristics of mobile learning in the context of distance education, and this is achieved by reaching three smaller goals.

Are MOOCs the Future of Online Learning? Teaching Strategies Arienne McCracken In education, we often hear arguments in favor of smaller class sizes. These arguments contend that students learn better when there are fewer of them in a class, because each one gets more individualized attention from the instructor. So it may seem counter-intuitive to support classes that can swell to several thousand participants. The answers to these questions aren’t found in traditional classrooms — no surprise. MOOCs challenge many of the notions we have about formal learning: where and how and from whom learning happens, how we gauge success. The acronym MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs redefine academic courses in several ways. And that’s one of the key pieces with a MOOC. MOOCs challenge many of the notions we have about formal learning: where and how and from whom learning happens, how we gauge success. Interested in a MOOC? Related Explore: Massive Open Online Course, MOOC

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. 1 ) Get to know your class Use this form to gather some indication from your new class about their likes and dislikes, their favourite lessons or after school clubs they enjoy. It will help you to build your relationships with children as you quickly learn more about them. 2 ) Emotion graph An emotion graph is a simple line graph comparing a range of happiness to sadness against different points (time) in a story or film. Use a Google Form to gather the children’s responses to different parts of any type of linear narrative, written or visual. 3 ) Spelling test Steve Kirkpatrick had this brainwave a while back so check out his excellent post for more information about setting up the spreadsheet. 4 ) Comprehension questions

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