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The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using

The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using
The world of edtech is abuzz this week thanks to a smattering of exciting news. First, we had Stanford creating an entirely new position and office for online learning . Now something that signals a seismic shift in the edtech world. Companies and startups alike are jumping feet-first into the edtech world , hoping to connect educators like never before. They’re doing this by creating their very own social networks with functionality that rivals Facebook and Twitter. There are two new educational social networks that have basically launched this week. If you’re an early adopter, you’re going to want to pay attention. The Pinterest For Education First, we have the new apps from Learnist. I saw a learning-board about Neil Armstrong pop up the same hour I heard about his passing (top right of the image below). The Learnist apps are going to make Learnist in general take off. The Facebook For Education Second, there’s a new development with another educational social network. Stay tuned. Related:  Classrooms and pedagogy

100 Ways To Use iPads In Your Classroom 10 Ways To Become A Better Online Learner 7.61K Views 0 Likes There are some quick and easy ways to become a better online learner. Whether you're taking a class or just researching, here are the DOs and DON'Ts. Grr! The ‘Flipping’ iPad (Top 3 Workflow Solutions?) It’s not a problem as such. It’s not even a real concern. But every time I think I’ve got a consistent workflow solution for my students, a slightly better one comes along. Choice is always fantastic but . . . The ‘flipped’ class exam results were very good, in fact, among the best we’ve ever had. Consequently the impact the iPad and ‘flipping’ had in the classroom couldn’t be ignored (alongside the influence of twitter and screen-casting). Students in the class referred to the iPad when asked about the reasons for their success. So I began the summer break confident the workflow solutions we had would suit the next cohort. Holiday work then centred around the creation of ‘flipped’ class videos and a rejigging of schemes of work. I had been using Evernote personally as a filing system but hadn’t thought to use it as a workflow solution. So I tried it with the students’ holiday work that was due in mid-August and it worked fine. Until now. Like this: Like Loading...

Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media In the Classroom Educators interested in using social media to enrich learning will enjoy these ideas for using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype in the classroom from Online Universities. The post includes real examples of educators using social media in their classrooms. Here are some ideas for K-12 classrooms. Make literature real.

Web 2.0 Resources for BYOT Programs | A Teacher's Coda As my school district prepares to implement BYOT in the 2012-2013 school, I have collected Web 2.0 tools that students and faculty (grades 7-12) could use. Because of the sheer number of apps for mobile devices, I have not included any apps. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Leave a comment with your recommendations! Agriculture: “10 Best Mobile Agriculture Apps For 2012″ Art: Audio: Audacity (Audio editor and recorder)Cepstral Text to SpeechVocaroo (Online voice recording) Blogging: Business: Cloud Storage: Collaboration Tools: Collections of Resources: Communications: (Many uses communications, polling…) NEWCreateDebateGoSaopBoxGroupMe (Send one text message to a group)Make Beliefs Comic (Create a comic strip)Remind 101 (Send mass text messages to students)SkypeTodaysMeet (Create a temporary site to promote discussion)Voki (Create speaking Avatars) Flash Cards: Foreign Language: General Information on Education and Educational Technology: TED-Ed Lessons Google, Google Apps & Docs:

15 Popular EdTech Tools Being Used Around The World During the past month, Katie and I have been working our tails off to make the upcoming September issue of the Edudemic Magazine for iPad (comes out tomorrow!) as helpful as possible to all teachers around the world. To do so, we spoke with teachers from, well, around the world. During those conversations, we discussed an array of topics, trends, tools, and whatever else popped up. One of the many things that struck me was that most of these admittedly ‘connected teachers’ use the same web tools and apps. So without further ado, these following 15 tools (in no particular order) are apparently some of the most popular tools being used by the teachers I spoke with from around the world. Schoology : Through this social site, teachers can manage lessons, engage students, share content, and connect with other educators.

Touch and go Since the introduction of the iPad and the subsequent parade of similar touch screen tablets, there has been much speculation about exactly what impact the devices might have on learning and teaching. A lot has been written about the potential of the devices, and much has been purely anecdotal. Clearly tablets are easy to use and have potential to revolutionise the way people access information. But what about formal education? I have contributed to the dialogue on this blog and there is much to discuss in relation to pedagogy, teacher roles, assessment and curriculum issues. Until very recently, little empirical evidence had emerged to demonstrate clear learning benefits from tablets. Image by Fotopedia Touch and go by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Twitter for 1st Graders? - Teaching Now UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous DisplayName: TrialsLeft: 0 Trials: Tier Preview Log: Exception pages ( /teachers/teaching_now/2012/02/twitter_for_1st_graders.html ) = NO Internal request ( ) = NO Open House ( 2014-04-11 19:07:59 ) = NO Site Licence : ( ) = NO ACL Free A vs U ( 2100 vs 0 ) = NO Token Free (NO TOKEN FOUND) = NO Blog authoring preview = NO Search Robot ( Firefox ) = NO Purchased ( 0 ) = NO Monthly ( 2e8a3643-6e12-c0e4-ab42-5cc10b559d26 : 3 / 3 ) = NO 0: /teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2013/03/response_many_ways_to_help_students_develop_academic_vocabulary.html 1: /ew/articles/2012/12/12/14arts.h32.html 2: /ew/articles/2013/01/03/15cyber.h32.html

10 Apps for Documenting Learning One of the things that really excites me about the iPad is the ability of the students to show their learning. I am not talking about the end product here, I am talking about the act of learning that can be shown by students recording their processes. It is often about the student putting the information they have learnt into a context. This is where we really see the mechanics of a student's learning and how this can be individual for each student and in the case of a tool like the iPad, individualised for each student. Here are a couple of apps that give students the opportunity to showcase, share and then reflect on their learning. ShowMe: FREETurn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard! ExplainEverythng: $2.99 AUExplain Everything is an easy-to-use tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. Educreations: FREEEducreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.

The 3 Characteristics Of A Great Teacher I still believe it boils down to GREAT teachers that instill the 3 R’s – RELEVANCE, RIGOR, and RELATIONSHIPS in everyday practice. What does this mean? To me it means: Relevance = why do I need to learn/understand this? Give the learning relevance. Allow them to choose how they create or design- video, prezi, podcast, etc. Rigor = Addressing the needs of ALL students and pushing them beyond their current level. Rigor in the classroom is NOT worksheets. Rigor is allowing the students to learn by creating, producing, and researching multiple sources. Relationships = The quote by President Roosevelt “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” still applies today with children and adults. When’s the last time you asked a colleague or student “how are you doing?” Do you have enough trust in one another to visit each others classrooms to observe each other? Do you know ALL of your students? Make connections. . . even with the _________’s of the classroom.

From Twitter to tablets: my best lessons using technology | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional David Rogers explains how students' own devices and school tablets can enhance data collection alongside traditional paper based techniques on field trips. Photograph: As curriculum leader of Priory Geography department, I am privileged to be able to see my colleagues deliver many high quality lessons that utilise technology every day. Of course, I could have included an example from our Bring Your Own Device policy, tablets, mobile learning and other 'wizz bang' stuff, but, from experience, many looking to expand their use of technology in the classroom can find such tales intimidating as well as inspirational. We often find ourselves wanting to make a visual impact when introducing a new topic. This approach has led into creative writing pieces and does engage pupils' senses. Next, in geography, it's always important to build up some background information about a place so we'd get students racing to find some.

Why Banning Social Media Often Backfires Humans have a natural proclivity to want what they cannot have. Our insatiable appetite for sharing information, combined with the nearly limitless ways to access the web have thus far frustrated the most sophisticated attempts to block access to social media services. From the Great Firewall of China to the public schools of Britain, IT security experts are finding that restricting Internet access can have the unintended consequences of civic backlash, poor worker productivity, and students unprepared for cyber threats. Here are a few examples that illustrate the ban and backfire. In Schools My own university bans the Internet in some large lecture halls. Meanwhile, some schools in Britain have chosen to "lock down" their systems, allowing access to only verified websites. Additionally, children were less likely to understand proper Internet safety when outside of school. In the Workplace I once worked the night shift at a business that attempted to ban Internet access. By Government

Google Docs Support for the Collaborative Writing Process Email Share September 3, 2012 - by Susan Oxnevad 0 Email Share Sharon J. “Today’s young people are using a range of digital tools to compose and create in new and exciting ways. Google Docs is an online suite of digital tools that provides teachers with some powerful features to help students develop 21st century writing skills. Writing Workshop at a Glance Teachers start by defining cooperative grouping jobs for peer editing that are appropriate for the the level and needs of the learners in the class. Design jobs to meet the needs of the learners in your class Sharing and Commenting for Collaboration and Immediate Feedback Document sharing and comments provide students with opportunities to receive immediate feedback in the 24/7 classroom. To insert a comment, highlight the text, then choose Insert a Comment under the Insert Menu. Research Tool Perhaps the most impressive Google Docs writing support to date is an integrated research tool that’s available right on the page. Templates

The 60-Second Guide To How Everyone Uses Facebook Facebook’s IPO has been a bit of a mess. The price has been halved but that’s not what matters. What matters is that there are now roughly a billion (with a b) registered users on the social network. It’s come quite a long way in a very short period of time. Whether or not you think the stock price matters, there’s no denying the presence of Facebook . That’s what struck me as Katie came across this fabulous infographic from