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A Parents’ Guide to Twitter and Education

A Parents’ Guide to Twitter and Education
As an educator, there are tons of great hashtags available to find the resources I'm looking for. Hashtags are usually found at the end of a 140 character tweet. I think of them like television channels, only there are many more to choose from and you can even create your own for your organization or team. Today, the most widely used educational hashtag on Twitter is called #edchat. On Tuesdays at 12pm (Eastern) and 7pm (Eastern), you can join hundreds of educators around the world discussing a topic chosen by a public poll during the days leading up to the chat. For more information on #edchat check out a recent piece by educational technology guru Steven Anderson (@web20classroom). For parents on Twitter, there are hashtags that offer support in raising children and supporting the work of schools. Like other educational chats, #PTchat has a weekly time where educators come together to discuss a certain topic - Wednesday nights at 9pm (Eastern). Last 5 #PTchats Archived

Happly For iPad Helps Curious Kids Discover The Web…Safely iPad guilt? There needs to be a technical term for that feeling in the pit of a parent’s stomach that arises from handing over the iPad to their kids, only to watch them play brain rotting Outfit7 games or level after level of Angry Birds. Fortunately, some startups are focusing on developing more educational content for the iPad to help parents assuage some of their guilt over their kids’ ever-increasing screen time. One such company is Daily Interactive, which is now launching Happly for iPad, a collection of original and curated content for kids, including online videos, games, and stories. And while the content may be deemed educational, the kids might not realize it, given the app’s focus on topics kids love to explore, like dinosaurs, space, sports, animals, how to’s and more. The company was created by Brian Monnin and Greg Harris, who met back in the 90′s launching and developing interactive products for And so, Happly was conceived. The app itself is rather clever.

Parenting By iPad: What Are The Rules Time was when there were different rules for the many different bits of equipment that might educate or distract a child. Way back then, the telephone was kept in a central location, so Mom and Dad could know how much time you spent gabbing with your friends. If you were lucky, it had a really long cord so you could pull it around a corner or behind a closed door. The television was also a communal thing. A typewriter, though, was allowed anytime. Today, a single seductive machine serves all these purposes. If you haven't needed to answer that question already, you will any minute now. And what are these not-yet-12-year-olds using their tablets for? So in the not-quite-two-years since the iPad was introduced, then, we have gone from zero (percentage of parents I'd bet let their preteens play with the gadgets at first) to 70 (percentage that do now).

Social Media Guidelines Editor's Note: Check out the series of "How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School" articles that Steven Anderson wrote for Edutopia in May 2012, or download the full version as a PDF. Look what happens on the Internet in one minute. More and more, social media is becoming a part of our daily lives. Just today, Mashable is out with a report that says Pinterest (which is less than a year old) is the #3 social network in the U.S. This report mentions that the amount of monthly traffic Facebook receives is seven billion page views, and Twitter receives 182. But it isn't just adults who are moving more of their lives to online spaces. And it isn't just teens. This data is staggering. The Age of Personalization Being involved in social media allows adults, teens and kids connect with each other, learn with each other and grow together. We live in an age of personalization. Yet when many of our students reach the schoolhouse door, it's like the Internet and social media don't exist.

25 Ways To Use iPads In The Classroom In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re putting out a special mini-issue early next week. It’ll be available in the Edudemic Magazine iPad app and, best of all, FREE to subscribers! If you’re not (yet) a subscriber, it’ll be just $0.99. The following is an excerpt from just one of the articles in the mini-issue. So you’ve got one or a few iPads that you want to use in the classroom. The 5 Best Fact-Checking Websites Fact checking has its origin in the early 20th century, when magazines began to verify statements made in non-fictional texts prior to publication. This practice increases credibility and trustworthiness of articles and documents. Today, fact checking is often associated with political journalism, but can of course be used in any field, including your homework. Using the following fact checking websites, you can verify factual assertions made in your own writings. Google & Other Search Engines Google can find the truth. If you need something to use for school, also have a look at this article – Where To Research Material For Your Homework Snopes Snopes is the best place to make sure you didn’t fall for an urban legend, folklore, myth, rumor, or other misinformation spread online. It is worth noting that Snopes lists its sources at the end of every article. We have previously profiled Snopes for the MakeUseOf Directory. Similar websites can be found in these articles: WhoWhatWhen

6 Rules for Younger Kids and the Internet By TheOnlineMom Children as young as five or six are now as familiar with the computer and the Internet as they are with their toy cars and dolls. With popular social networking sites like Webkinz and Club Penguin drawing in ever younger kids, parents are often left scratching their heads as to how to regulate an entertainment medium that just didn’t exist when they were young. Although you may be confident that you have installed parental controls and that your kids can’t stumble across anything too objectionable, you may still be looking for a “code of conduct” when it comes to how much time is spent in front of the computer. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The above article is reproduced from, a website dedicated to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation of the positive role technology can play in family life.

Parenting Tips for the Digital Age Parents had enough to worry about before their children could bully each other online, meet dangerous strangers without leaving the house, and switch between tasks at a rapid-fire pace. Some parents have even questioned whether their children will ever be able to concentrate. In a world where, according to one survey, 81% of toddlers have an online presence by the time they are two, most parents are still confused about how to best manage their children's relationship with technology. Author Scott Steinberg attempts to answer their questions in a new series of high-tech parenting books called The Modern Parent's Guide. The first volume, Kids and Video Games, went online as a free download this week. Internet, Web and Online Safety; Facebook and Social Networks; Smartphones and Apps; and Digital Music, Movies and Entertainment will follow within the next year. How has technology changed parenting? A wide range of products monitor children on their mobile phones and the Internet.

Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media Tools In 1763, a royal decree was issued from Great Britain to the North American colonists: Do not?do not!?expand west of the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists resented the proclamation, inferring that the British were trying to contain them along the Atlantic Seaboard where control and taxation could be more easily imposed. In 2011, social media is the new frontier. By forbidding the use of social media sites in 52% of our nation's classrooms, schools are suppressing a learning revolution that is characterized by several truths: 1) facility with social media tools is critical to learning and working in the 21st century; 2) 75% of online adolescents are already social networking outside of school; 3) many students hack through Internet filters during class; and 4) exploration of social media sites is part of the adolescent identity. What is Social Media? Social media refers to the online tools that promote easy transmission of ideas and conversations. Comparing Old Media and New Media 1.

107 Favorite iPad Apps for K-8 Great iPad apps for K-8 Tablet computing and mobile devices promise to have a dramatic impact on education. A growing number of schools across the world are jumping on the digital bus and embracing iPads (less often, other tablet products) as the latest tool to teach literature in multimedia, history through games and simulations, and math with step-by-step animation of problems. Not surprisingly, student scores improve when they use iPads and their interest in school soars. In my school, we have been rotating one set of Pads this year through K-8. Drawing AirSketch Free–Turn your iPad into a wireless whiteboard! Geography Atlas–Barefoot World Atlas is an interactive 3D globe for iPad that invites children to explore the regions and countries of the world, discovering hundreds of fascinating features and immersing themselves in the rich wonders of our planet.Stack the Countries Lite Terra–Stack the Countries Lite makes learning about the world fun! Health History Maps Math Algebra Intro–Free.

Bounce – A fun and easy way to share ideas on a webpage 5 Top Sites To Download Free Kids Music That You’ll Love If you’ve got kids, you’ve no doubt thought about how you might be able to increase the size of their music collection for free. I mean, who wants to listen to the same CD of nursery rhymes over and over again, right? So in order to keep your sanity while your kids listen to their favourite songs, the best trick is to have more of them – and the higher quality you can manage to find the better. Thankfully, the Internet is full of free music and fun things for kids. Remember: DownThemAll When checking out these sites and other sites of free music, don’t forget that there are tools like DownThemAll and Wget which make it really easy to download all of the MP3s in one hit. Jamendo Kids Music Check out the Jamendo Child/Kids/Children tags (and perhaps the Jamendo Enfants tag) to browse hundreds of free albums for kids. Free Kids Music The Free Kids Music site asks for user submissions of free music and writes a short spiel on each artist it promotes. Nancy Stewart Music Dream English

What Every Parent Should Know About Computers and the Internet How do parents protect kids from the internet Technology, the internet, computers, are words that confuse–even frighten–many parents. In my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher, I post lots of tips, tricks,, a list of hundreds of kid-friendly websites, self-help articles on how to address this in your homeschooled child’s education. Every week, I get lots of questions from parents about the right way to address access to technology. Most want suggestions on how to make computer use a positive experience for their little ones. After fifteen years of teaching technology in a classroom and online, I can tell you without a doubt that educating your child can be done more efficiently and with better results in the world of computers. Research–whether your child’s in second grade or seventh– from a computer is more productive. So how do you make sure your child‘s internet experience is positive? When they‘re young (say, kindergarten through second grade), have them go on the internet only around you.

Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens 21st Century Literacy | In Print Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a "good citizen" changed over the ages? By John K. In today's world of near-ubiquitous connectivity, in which ordinary people have almost instantaneous access to unlimited stores of information and the ability to interact with anyone, anywhere, anytime, what does it mean to be an effective citizen? Ask a K-12 educator these questions and chances are the answers will have something to do with teaching proper behavior and setting appropriate prohibitions. But some educators, particularly those who think about this issue in higher education, will say that digital citizenship has less to do with safety and civility than participation in the worldwide online conversation--participation that requires a set of relatively sophisticated skills.