Do the Two Step to Protect Your Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box Files Cloud storage of files is one of my favorite aspects of the modern Internet. Cloud storage services make it easy to access all of my important files from any computer and most mobile devices. And for students cloud storage eliminates the I forgot my flashdrive excuse for not having an assignment ready for class. The potential problem with cloud storage, and any other online service for that matter, is having your account compromised. One way to make it more difficult for your account to be compromised is to enable two-step authentication. Two-step authentication for a Google account requires entering a verification code that Google sends to your cell phone. If you're a Dropbox user you can activate two-step authentication for your account. Other than Google Drive, Box has become my favorite cloud storage service over the last few months.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them. This is definitely not the right thing to do particularly if you want to leverage the huge potential of technology into your classroom.There is, however, a simple roudabout to this problem. Look for educational technology blogs ( such as the one you are reading now ) and subscribe to their feeds to stay updated about the latest web tools to use in your instruction. 1- A List of The Best Video Editing Tools for Teachers 2- A List of The Best Digital Story Telling Tools for Teachers
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. 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 Second Grader Shows How She Uses Evernote For Fluency Added by Jeff Dunn 1 week ago 10.04K Views 3 Comments 0 Likes How Flipping The Classroom Is Working In Turkey Added by Katie Lepi 2 weeks ago 8.91K Views 0 Comments 0 Likes
Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms' Published Online: August 27, 2012 Published in Print: August 29, 2012, as Educators View 'Flipped' Model With a More Critical Eye Includes correction(s): September 4, 2012 Benefits and drawbacks seen in replacing lectures with on-demand video A growing number of educators are working to turn learning on its head by replacing traditional classroom lectures with video tutorials, an approach popularly called the "flipped classroom." The movement was inspired partly by the work of Salman Khan, who created a library of free online tutoring videos spanning a variety of academic subjects, known as the Khan Academy, which many view as a touchstone of the flipped-classroom technique. The term "flipping" comes from the idea of swapping homework for class work. However, as most educators who have begun to use the technique are quick to say, there are a multitude of ways to "flip" a classroom. —Illustration by Chris Whetzel "That's not how all of us learn," he said. Mr. Sharing Questions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Free Technology for Teachers Using Dropbox in the Classroom When I mention Dropbox to friends and colleagues, I usually get one of two responses – a knowing smile and nod, or a puzzled and quizzical look. Whether you know what the program is, you have likely heard the name. But really, what is Dropbox? Dropbox is many things — a multifaceted tool that’s so powerful, you’ll continue to discover new ways to use it. But the short and sweet of it is this: you can use it to store and sync documents and files across computers, tablets, and smart phones. How Dropbox works So, how can you use Dropbox as an educator? Additionally, many applications that you likely use (Evernote, Things, 1Password, Elements, to name a few) have a Dropbox sync option. Using Dropbox with students In addition to making your life a lot easier, Dropbox can be a great teaching/learning tool – and this is why I introduce it to my students. You can call this folder anything. Next, you will get the window shown below. Once you have invited students, this becomes a “Shared Folder.”
Creating Social Media Guidelines...The Handout Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. (You can read what we created here.) The goal of the document is to provide a means for anyone from a school or district to create an environment that allows for the use of social media for learning and communication. There are some simple, yet necessary steps that are important for the implementation of such guidelines. I have embedded the document below for download. What steps have you taken to create social media guidelines in your school or district?
Moving to the cloud: how wrong can you be? Three years ago, in my first term after moving to a new school, I was told by an administrator that cloud computing would fail. Another administrator mentioned at a parent meeting that he didn't believe in a 1:1 programme because there was no evidence that technology enhanced learning. Alarm bells started to ring. I knew I'd made a bad move and was in the wrong place. Two years ago, after becoming a Google Certified Teacher I wanted to introduce Google Apps for Education at the school. One year ago, in the first month of school, I announced on social media that I was looking for a new job. How wrong can some people, some schools be? Here's an interesting infographic about going to the cloud from Online Colleges. From: OnlineColleges.net Photo Credit: Bowl of Clouds by Kevin Dooley, 2008
My Resource Cloud For Dyslexic and Visually Impaired Students, a Free High-Tech Solution Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Thinkstock By Lillian Mongeau Elizabeth is a college freshman who has severe dyslexia that makes it impossible for her to decipher printed materials. But a few months before starting college, Elizabeth discovered an online library called Bookshare.org, run by a small non-profit called Benetech. “My life changed as I entered the world of accessible literature,” Elizabeth wrote on Bookshare’s blog. For Elizabeth and the millions of students who are “print disabled” — meaning they have trouble reading because of dyslexia or vision impairment — many textbooks are not available in an audio format or in any other format that’s easily accessible. “I would hear about a book and remember thinking, ‘I wish I could read that,’ knowing it might be available in a year and a half. It’s not that Benetech invented accessible literature. “We want books in a format everyone can use,” said Betsy Beaumon, vice president of Benetech. “Now is the opportune moment,” she said.
Scholen, richt een denktank sociale media op! - Onderwijs-Communicatie Sociale media inzetten doe je niet alleen. Om sociaal te kunnen zijn, heb je namelijk anderen nodig. Waarom zou je (als onderwijsinstelling) die anderen niet gebruiken bij de start van je socialemedia-activiteiten? Hoe? Door een denktank sociale media op te richten bijvoorbeeld. Communicatie is door de komst van sociale media een stuk opener geworden: iedereen kan van zich laten horen. Hoe kunnen die sociale media er nu voor zorgen dat je de dingen die je nu al doet nog beter kunt doen? Leerlingen hebben vaak de beste ideeën Jeff Kubina via Compfight Stap 1) Maak vooraf duidelijk wat de denktank doet Het grote doel van een denktank sociale media is volgens mij om te onderzoeken wat sociale media voor jouw school kunnen betekenen: in het klaslokaal, maar ook daarbuiten, als communicatiekanaal tussen school en betrokkenen. Stap 2) Verzamel enthousiaste docenten Elke school heeft wel een paar docenten die actief zijn met sociale media: de koplopers. Stap 3) Verzamel enthousiaste studenten
The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology How Online Education Has Changed In 10 Years 8.56K Views 0 Likes We all know that education, specifically online education, has come a long way in the last few years. We've already taken a look back - way back - at online education as we rarely think of it (in the 1960's and 70's), but it is also interesting to see just how much online education has evolved in just the more recent past. 5 Reasons We Use Social Media 9.95K Views 0 Likes There are many reasons we use social media.
Applying The 40/40/40 Rule In Your Classroom I first encountered the “40/40/40 rule” years ago while skimming one of those giant (and indispensable) 400 page Understanding by Design tomes. The question was simple enough. Of all of the academic standards you are tasked with “covering” (more on this in a minute), what’s important that students understand for the next 40 days, what’s important that they understand for the next 40 months, and what’s important that they understand for the next 40 years? As you can see, this is a powerful way to think about academic content. Of course, this leads to the discussion of both power standards and enduring understandings, curriculum mapping and instructional design tools teachers use every day. But it got me thinking. Not (Necessarily) Power Standards And it was an enlightening process. First, note that this process is a bit different than identifying power standards in your curriculum. Power Standards can be chosen by looking at this standards that can serve to “anchor and embed” other content.