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Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents

Back to School: 42 Digital Resources for Students & Parents
It's getting to be that time of year. Your chances of seeing school supply commercials have increased exponentially. Kids are breaking out last year's Elmer's in anticipation of glorious glue feasts. Teens are cramming their entire summer reading into the last week of August. One thing that makes back to school a tad less stressful? Take a gander below at these tech tools, apps, social media and parenting tips that will ease you or your kid into another school year. Tech & Mobile Education Tools 6 Reasons Tablets Are Ready for the ClassroomIf tablets have penetrated mainstream consumer markets, what's preventing them from widespread use in schools? Education via Social Media 4 Ways Colleges Can Take Their Social Media Presence to the Next LevelMost schools have a online social presence, but what strategies can they use to take it from good to great? Education Tips & Stats How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]Online education is a $34 billion business.

Playlist: Male call | TED News Starting the Year on a Positive Note Back in May, I asked readers to think of five things they'd done well over the last school year. I followed it up with a post on my personal blog reflecting on what I thought I did well. Now it's time for the school year to rev up again, and I'm hoping to not only keep doing what I did well, but also set some goals for the coming year. As this blog is a tech integration blog, I want you to think about something you want to do better or something new you want to try this year. As I have stated in many previous posts, the worst thing you can do when trying to bring new technology into your classroom, whether it be a simple web-based tool or a piece of hardware, is try to do too much. With the proliferation of Web 2.0 tool lists, blogs about successes teachers have had with particular endeavors, webinars, wikis, online communities and more, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Don't Try to Be a Superhero Some Ideas for Implementation see more see less

8 Great TED Talks About The Future Of Education And Teaching These talks offer insights, concerns, and inspiration while discussing today’s educational practices and shortcomings, from a variety of perspectives. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”, bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. If you’re not already a fan of TED, maybe these will open your eyes to this wonderful resource. Education is only one of the vast array of topics covered in TED talks, so if you enjoy any of the videos below, you might want to click through the the site and check out some more of them. Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms This delightfully illustrated video entertains while educating. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education This video discusses “The Hole In The Wall” experiment that Mitra started in New Delhi in 1999. Conrad Wolfram: Teaching kids real math with computers Math as it’s taught in classrooms rarely echoes math as it used in the real word. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post

Every Teacher’s Must-Have Guide To Facebook You can’t swing a stick in social media without hitting something on Facebook . Same goes for education . You can’t talk about how technology is revolutionizing education without mentioning Facebook. It’s a simple service to figure out but what about once you become a regular user? If you’re a teacher, you would be well served by spending 3 minutes to read through this must-have guide. (We timed it out and it’s a bit under 3 minutes. Don’t start scrolling down just yet! Here’s how it works: there is a plethora of information on the Internet that can be useful for teachers but why search around when you can rely on EduDemic to do the digging for you. How To Set Up & Use Facebook We are big fans of Scribd and were excited to see that Bernadette Rego created this fantastic Facebook setup guide with a teacher-centric focus. A 10-Year-Old Explains How To Properly Use Facebook How Teachers SHOULD & SHOULDN’T Use Facebook Download this infographic in PDF form The Types of People To Avoid On Facebook

About Terra Nova Terra Nova is an interdisciplinary weblog about the intersection of society, simulation, and play. We have been posting since September of 2003. A uthors include scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines. Contacting us: Please contact one of the four founders below if you have any questions about Terra Nova. Guest authors: We are interested in recruiting new authors. History: You can find our full archives here , and our first month of posts here . Edward Castronova Professor of Telecommunications, Indiana University Julian Dibbell Author of My Tiny Life and Play Money Dan Hunter Professor of Law, New York Law School Greg Lastowka Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law-Camden

Prepping for a PLN Presentation | The History Channel This Is Not… This Tuesday morning I’ll be presenting to my colleagues during a day of professional development. I was given total freedom and flexibility to present on whatever topic I wanted, and I ultimately chose to talk about strategies and tools that foster professional development beyond conferences or specific professional development days — essentially, developing a “Personal Learning Network.” While I’m not wholly enamored of the phrase “Personal Learning Network,” or its attendant acronym, PLN, that terminology seems to have become dominant and so I’ll go with it until something else gains precedence in the lexicon. A cursory Google search for “PLN” or “PLN presentation” yields oodles of hits on these topics, and I’ve seen a number of similar presentation titles at ISTE over the past two years, all of which indicates that this is well-trod ground, so I’m not anticipating making any earth-shattering contributions. So, here’s where the request for feedback and input comes in: PLN Videos:

Education Resources Information Center Showing 1 to 15 of 1,851 results Su,Chung-Ho; Cheng, Ching-Hsue – Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology - TOJET, 2013 The advancement of game-based learning has encouraged many related studies, such that students could better learn curriculum by 3-dimension virtual reality. To enhance software engineering learning, this paper develops a 3D game-based learning system to assist teaching and assess the students' motivation, satisfaction and learning… Descriptors: Educational Games, Computer Software, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology Jong, Bin-Shyan; Lai, Chien-Hung; Hsia, Yen-Teh; Lin, Tsong-Wuu; Lu, Cheng-Yu – IEEE Transactions on Education, 2013 Many researchers have studied the use of game-based learning. Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Learning Motivation, Computer Games, Educational Technology Samur, Yavuz – Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 2011 Descriptors: Instructional Design, Learning Activities, Evaluation Methods, Cooperative Learning

21st Century Literacy Using Google Docs in the Class Video Tutorials on how to use Google tools in the classroom. Google Docs PowerPoint PresentationClick here to download Ways to use Google Docs in the ClassroomA lesson plan for introducing iGoogle in the classroom Tips for using Google Docs in the Classroom Crib Sheet for Google Docs 22 Great Ideas for Google Docs Extensive List of Free Tools A long list of free tools that can help you with technology implementation in the classroom. 21st Century Literacy YouTube Channel Our official YouTube channel. Teen Tribune Each day TeenTribune posts the most compelling, relevant and interesting news for teens and tweens. School Newspapers Online can help schools create simple, inexpensive digital publications. DOGO News The goal of DOGO News is to provide a fun, safe and interactive environment for children to read and learn about real world news. Interactive Web Literacy Tutorial Open Educational Resources Lessons from Newseum Detecting Bull

Serious Games Initiative Collaborize Classroom - Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students Topic: Serious Games Shipping on time by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14] "How do we, as obsessive, design happy, feature happy, develop happy engineers actually ship something?" This blog post explains -- in detail. Programming, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet Blog: The Unity Asset Store and the hidden cost of doing it yourself by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14] "One of the things that we often forget when developing a game, especially when you are an indie, is that everything has a cost. EVERYTHING." Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet Persuasive Games: Shell Games by Ian Bogost [03.03.10] Just what will the achievementization of the world mean? 2K — Novato, California, United States [04.16.14] Web Producer Linden Lab — San Francisco, California, United States [04.16.14] Sr. Linden Lab — San Francisco, California, United States [04.16.14] Sr.

Free Flash Jeopardy Review Game The Instant Jeopardy Review Game has been designed and dramatically improved to make it the perfect review game for a wide variety of classroom uses. This tool is a fun and interactive way to review content in your classroom, meeting, conference, or other group setting. The new and improved version of the Jeopardy Review Game includes the following features: Simple insertion of pictures on Question and/or Answer slides Full support for symbols, such as exponents and wingdings style fonts Better support for foreign language Question and/or Answer slides Simpler visual editing process Embed anything in your question slides, even Youtube videos, flash objects, etc. Simple scorekeeping system Works on portable devices such as smartphones, iPad, and iPod Touch!