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How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool Think Twitter is just a waste of time? Think again. Its organizational structure makes it an effective tool for connecting with students and others online By Alan November and Brian Mull Read more by Contributor July 13th, 2012 Learning how to filter through tweets will bring clarity and meaning to Twitter and will get you past the mosh pit of random thoughts and lackluster chitchat. (Editor’s note: This is part three in a series of articles about how to build students’ web literacy and research skills. On Feb. 10, 2011, the world was transfixed on the protests raging in Egypt. What Mubarak might not have known is that while he was trying to maintain his iron grip on power, thousands of Egyptians were tweeting about their frustration with the dictator. If you are a middle or high school social studies teacher, and you wanted to provide your students with a close-up view of the events unfolding in Egypt, you could turn to a traditional news service.

20 Must-See Teaching Tools Coming To Your Classroom Very Soon It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t been radically changed by technology, and education is no exception. Few classrooms these days operate without digital tools, gadgets, or applications that have made it easier for teachers to track student progress and tailor lessons to student needs and interests. While the tools of today are great, there are even more great technological teaching tools and practices on the horizon, many of which are just starting to be adopted in the classroom or are just making it out of the developmental stages. These tools offer new and often very promising ways to connect with students and improve the quality of education offered in schools. (Click the title of each tool to visit their respective website) ClassConnect ClassConnect is a startup founded by teen entrepreneur Eric Simons (who spent months living on AOL’s campus while he worked on the project). 19Pencils Augmented Reality Glasses Online Learning Exchange Prentice Hall Writing Coach Three Ring Class Dojo

Scholr.ly Search Engine Takes An Innovative Approach To Research The web is cluttered. There’s a pantload of information out there and it’s hard to sift through. Google does a fabulous job at being your virtual Swiss Army Knife for finding what you’re looking for. But even the likes of Google Scholar and Google Books are not perfect. Quickly finding and skimming abstracts, learning about authors, and surfacing new publications is tricky. That’s where Scholar.ly comes in. Personally, I love the dual column approach. One interesting side-note is that, when faced between results that are either behind a paywall or free, Scholr.ly ranks free papers and books above those behind a paywall. The beta is expected to launch later this summer and we’ll be sure to bring you more as it’s opened. Use Twitter in PowerPoint Your audience is tweeting How do you draw them into your presentation? By asking for their opinion, and displaying their tweets directly in your slides. With Poll Everywhere, you can invite people to tweet a short comment directly to your slide in real-time, while still blocking inappropriate or off-topic tweets. You can also ask multiple choice questions and watch a graph evolve as people vote. Try it now: chart How does it work? If people tweet and include "@poll", we'll pick it up as fast as Twitter allows. If you defined a confirmation message, @poll replies back to them.

Learning and Growing: Keynote, Socrative, Simple Circuit App, BrainPop Back from a nice long weekend, I know that I have to reactivate my students memories from our Lego circuit lab from last week. So, how to do this? My objective is to review the necessary parts of electrical circuits, illustrate the difference between series and parallel circuits, and review how electrical energy can be transformed into other energy forms. Start off class by showing the lab video (from above). Enter, Keynote... Here are a few slides... Sorting circuit parts Comparing various circuits Traditional circuit question The students will also have them available through Dropbox. Enter, Socrative app... Information on the Socrative app can be found at Our lesson will really ramp up with the use of the Simple Circuit app that some student explored in our lab last week. As a cooling down activity, students will log on to the BrainPop app for a quick review of circuits by watching the Electric Circuits video.

50 Best Sources of Free STEM Education Online Colleges, online universities, and other educational forums in your community can be excellent places to learn more about a variety of STEM topics, but there is also a wealth of educational material available on the web for those who prefer to learn at their own pace or take a more individual approach. Even better, these resources, whether classes, lectures, or tutorials, are all free of charge, meaning you can improve your knowledge without emptying your wallet. Check out our list (organized by topic, not ranking) for some great STEM resources that can help you build your knowledge about everything from calculus to fire science. Universities These universities, many of which are renowned for their STEM programs, offer resources like course materials, videos, and lecture series. MIT Open Courseware: MIT offers one of the largest collections of OpenCourseWare on the web, with the vast majority covering STEM topics. Lectures Tutorials Educational Media Free Courses Reading Material

EdTech Cheat Sheet Infographic - Boundless Gamification, digital storytelling, virtual classrooms…it’s not easy to keep track of all of the new buzzwords in the booming edtech sector. At Boundless, we’re confronted with these terms and technologies every day, and we do our best to keep all of the lingo straight. We put together a little cheat sheet to help you master some of the most important words to know in edtech. Brush up on your terms to make sure you’re not scratching your head at the next conference, meetup or debate about the future of education! Don’t worry–we won’t tell your teacher if you take a peek. 10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship 10 Interactive Lessons By Google On Digital Citizenship Added by Jeff Dunn on 2012-07-22 YouTube has a firm place in the current classroom. From Khan Academy’s videos to YouTube EDU and beyond, there’s a reason all these videos are finding a home in schools. In an effort to help keep the ball rolling, Google just launched a set of 10 interactive lessons designed to support teachers in educating students on digital citizenship. A topic obviously quite close to Google’s heart. Google (which owns YouTube) built the lessons to educate students about YouTube’s policies, how to flag content, how to be a safer online citizen, and protect their identities. Below is a list of lessons, and the recommended flow for delivery. Or you can download the Full Teacher’s Guide or the Full Set of Slides in PDF . The killer feature for this curriculum is the extra features that come with each video. Category: Videos Tags: digital citizenship , guide , How To , presentations , Videos You may also like 4 Comments

You Need to Use Technology the Wrong Way I don't think I've ever known anyone else who uses a spreadsheet as a calendar. For me, it works, though. I have the date, the day, the task or event, the type of task and the location. I'm not suggesting everyone should use a spreadsheet for a calendar. Too often, students learn a rigid definition of how a particular technology tool should be used. I want students to be hackers. The following are some examples of using tools in ways they weren't originally intended to be used:Vocabulary Tumblrs: Tumblrs allow students to create and to curate. Those are just a few examples and many people would say, "Well, why don't you just use ______ instead?" Here are a few thoughts on how teachers can encourage students to get into the hacking mindset: Permission: Teachers can create options for students as they work on projects and assignments. photo credit: scottwills via photo pin cc

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