50 Powerful Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom Added by Katie Lepi on 2012-11-15 Collaborate! Meet with other classrooms : One of the most common projects educators utilize Skype for is setting up exchanges with classrooms around the world, usually for cultural exchange purposes or working together on a common assignment. The program’s official site provides some great opportunities to meet up with like-minded teachers and students sharing the same goals. A School's Guide to Social Media Etiquette The Admissions Director's School’s Guide to Social Media Etiquette With everyone entering the social media market and it being the status quo to host links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts on your website and in emails, it’s important to remember that there is an unwritten code of conduct. It’s actually been written a number of times in a number of ways however, a lot of what you’ll read about in searching for social media etiquette is aimed at the casual user (and abuser) of Twitter and Facebook as well as some businesses. But what about schools? Here are some best practices for how you as a school should conduct your social media business that will help boost your online presence.Keep Posting
The 20 most-watched TEDx talks so far News X marks the spot: This week’s TEDxTalks Each week, TEDx chooses four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. iPad As.... iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. «Free digital tools in Blooms This list is distinctive as the resources are a) free and b) almost exclusively browser based. The list is also sorted by Blooms, meaning you are able to more easily consider your student outcomes FIRST. There are a few exceptions. A number of resources listed offer ‘pro’ services, but are still particularly useful using the free services they offer. There are a couple of software downloads included. Notably, Jing and Audacity, which are free and powerful products in the classroom and I felt compelled to include them.
6 Things To Teach Students About Social Media 10 Ways To Become A Better Online Learner 9.10K Views 0 Likes There are some quick and easy ways to become a better online learner. Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation Who are your kids friending on Facebook? What are they really texting to their classmates? How much online time is too much? Too often, parents who are misinformed about the social web (willfully or otherwise) will shut their kids out of it completely, only to find they are logging in anyway. If you're not taking an active role in your child's online life, you may be missing important opportunities to ensure they are on the path toward "digital citizenship," and protected from inappropriate content and people.
The Adverb Is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style “Employ a simple and straightforward style,” Mark Twain instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Or so argues Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft (public library), one of 9 essential books to help you write better. While he may have used a handful of well-placed adverbs in his excellent recent case for gun control, King embarks upon a forceful crusade against this malignant part of speech: The adverb is not your friend.Adverbs … are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.
Teaching and Learning through Design Thinking - EdTech Researcher Last week was a big week for design thinking in education, both in the field and for me personally. In the wider world, Edutopia is hosting a free course on Design Thinking for Educators which launched last week and continues this week. For me, I facilitated a "Design Charrette" learning group at Project Zero's Future of Learning Institute. The Future of Learning Institute is a professional program run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. It's a combination of plenary lectures, break-out group workshops, and then learning groups designed which are designed to foster discussion and reflection to synthesize learning. My concern with these kinds of professional development models, with lectures and break out groups, is that the don't always provide a space for educators to experience innovative learning environments.