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Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom 

Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom 
Twitter, without a doubt, has become the social network for educators to take their professional development into their own hands. Twitter allows teachers to connect with other educators from around the world, join discussions related to their interests and have a steady stream of resources (to help them teach and learn) available to them whenever, whereever and however. Creating a network on Twitter has catapulted educators to be part of a connected world where learning happens anytime, help is only a tweet away, collaboration partners meet and communicate, conversations that directly or indirectly impact their physical lives take place 24/7. Twitter is helping educators gain many 21st century skills and literacies which could easily transfer to their classrooms. So the next question is… How do you bring Twitter into your K-8 Classroom? If your students are under the age of 13, they cannot create their own Twitter account (Minimum Age Restriction). Related 21. In "Collaboration" 3. 14. Related:  Web2tools

All About Computer Cookies - Session Cookies, Persistent Cookies,How to Enable/Disable/Manage Cookies Collection of Tools/Sites to Create Tag Cloud | Technacular A compilation of tools, sites and code snippets to create tag cloud: ZoomClouds : create a tag cloud using any RSS feed. Using a small snippet code embed the cloud on any web page (e.g. TechCrunch tag cloud ). It has its API using which you can have better control over the cloud you create and also build powerful mashups. Tagline Generator : a simple PHP codebase that lets you generate chronological tag clouds from simple text data sources (e.g: US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud ) TagCrowd : web-based tag cloud generator. IBM Many Eyes : The Many Eyes tag cloud can show one of two kinds of data: free text, or a two-column table of tags and numbers. ToCloud : It has a page to cloud tool which takes a URL and creates a tag cloud from it. ZoomTags : you can put small (or large) tag clouds on your web page and earn revenue from your web site Cloud Control for ASP.NET Tag Cloud Builder : cut and paste the text to be clouded and create the cloud. Ultimate Tag Warrior 3 : for Wordpress Related Posts

Education Tech News » Blog Archive Teacher claims 'expectation of privacy' with cell phone Should teachers expect privacy regarding their cell phones? Not in this case, a New Jersey appeals court ruled in a claim involving a sex crime. An ex-student went to police to report middle-school teacher Patrick DeFranco had committed sex acts with him when DeFranco was his teacher. To back up his claim, the former student agreed to phone DeFranco and let police listen in on the call. But the phone number DeFranco had given the student was not in service. DeFranco still taught at the school, so police got his new number — a cell phone number — from the SRO. The phone number was listed in the staff handbook/directory and school emergency plan – and wasn’t marked “private,” though others were. During the call, the former student and DeFranco discussed details regarding their sexual relationship. Based on the call, police charged DeFranco with sex crimes. Teacher wants evidence suppressed The judge disagreed, partly because DeFranco often shared his number, indicating it wasn’t private.

Paradigm Shift: Thoughts of A Young Twitter PLN User - Teaching With Tech In Mind Twitter isn't new to me. In fact, out of the 1.5 billion twitter accounts I am number 14,440,832. I joined Twitter in April of 2008. How I came to use twitter to create my PLN:My district annually holds their technology conference the week before ISTE.

A Must Have Poster about 21st Century Learning Skills I have just finished working on a graphic that I have made specifically for readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ( of course anyone else is allowed to use it ). I am not the kind of guy to ask for favors in return for freebies I publish here. I honestly hate it and I have seen this practice in different blogs and websites. They tell you you can for instance download a certain PDF or eBook for free provided you register with them using your email or to like them on Facebook..etc. I would understand it from bloggers outside the educational arena but I can not swallow it when I see someone claiming to be an educator committed to the cause of education and yet providing such kind of services. I have recently been working on certain eBooks and other things ( let it be surprise ) that I will give you as a gift for the new year. Here is the poster If you want to publish it on your classroom blog or website use the code below .

online graphical dictionary and thesaurus Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. It's a dictionary! Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. The Visuwords™ Interface To use the applet you only need to type a word into the search query at the top of the page and press 'Enter'. You can zoom the model in and out by rolling the wheel on your mouse. Understanding the links between Synsets "is a kind of" — hyponym/hypernym pair With regards to "wheat" and "grain", we see a cyan link from "wheat" pointing towards "grain" we can understand this to mean that wheat "is a kind of" grain.

Media: Social Networking Guidelines iMOM » Tweens » Parenting » Safety » Media: Social Networking Guidelines Here are 10 tips for monitoring and protecting your kids on social networking websites: 1. Parents will know the password and have access to child's page. 2. Parents can customize their child's settings to make profile safer (privacy, visibility, etc). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. © 2011 iMOM. Using Twitter in a Primary Classroom It's funny, I've been using twitter a fair bit with my students this past year but as I went to find a post about it to share with a colleague on twitter I discovered I've never actually blogged about it. It's time to fix that. My class and I have used twitter as an incredible connecting, sharing, and learning tool. To begin with I've created a class twitter account at @MsLsClass. But what do we tweet? Other times we use twitter for specific purposes. This term we also tweeted out math story problems to the hashtag #mathstory which we created as a class. We also used twitter this year to connect with people. We also used twitter when we were learning about voice. Just like the adults in a professional development conference my students have also used twitter to back channel. Sometimes we don't start out with the intention of using twitter but our conversations end up there as well. I do have some tips on using twitter in the classroom too.

When online speech causes in-school problems... Online speech that causes in-school problems leaves school officials feeling as if their hands are tied. While schools have to take action to prevent bullying, they must also tread carefully to avoid violating students’ speech rights. Finding themselves in the midst of a Catch-22, many school officials now incorporate Internet safety programs, such as cyberbullying, sexting and sextortion lessons, into the curriculum. Are these strategies working? At the International Bullying Prevention Conference held in Seattle, author Richard Guerry presented attendees with an alternate solution that was recently recognized by the School Safety Advocacy Council and awarded its 2010 Exemplary School Safety Program Award. Guerry’s book Public and Permanent: The Golden Rule of the 21st Century explains that students don’t need to learn separate sexting and cyberbullying lessons. What is the biggest hurdle to teaching students how to use technology responsibly?

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