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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. But it all has an educational twist, making it clear that we’re going to keep seeing more and more organizations vying for the valuable attention of teachers, administrators, and students. 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. The Learnist apps are going to make Learnist in general take off. The Facebook For Education But now that’s changed.

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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). The Habits That Make You Live Longer Although immortality isn’t an option, why not live your life to the fullest? The oldest person in the world, Jeanne Calment, lived to be 122 years old; scientists believe the maximum human lifespan is 126 years old. Genes constitute about one-third of the factors leading to long life.

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.

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. A Visual Look At The Life Of Martin Luther King Jr. After all the celebrations that come with the month of December, it’s easy to feel like the rest of winter is empty of special occasions or reasons to celebrate. One important day to commemorate, however, falls in the middle of January and is certainly a cause for thanks and remembrance: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. People honor and celebrate the life of Dr.

18 Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students 1- SpiderScribe This is a great mind mapping tool that allows users to easily visualize their ideas by connecting various pieces of information together and create free style maps. It also combines elements like text, images, files, calendar events and geographic locations. 2- EdistormEdistorm is a great web2.0 tool for educators. It allows you to work on your ideas during a structured brainstorming and organize them into sticky notes for others to see . It has two plans one is free and limited and the other is paid.

From Twitter to tablets: my best lessons using technology 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.

How Online Learning Is Being Used To Enhance Education The basic idea behind online learning is simple: enable more people to learn for less money. While the mission of empowering students of all ages is a noble one, it’s not always easy to make happen. Online learning is downright difficult for many and you have to really want to do it. Aside from that, it’s still a big time commitment and you’re going to want to know exactly what you’re going to get out of any online program before starting. Knowing that there are these challenges, what are some of the benefits? A new infographic from Online Degree Programs lays out some of the classic examples of what we should know about online learning.

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Top 3 #Edtech Inspired Learning Tips – Plus 5 App Suggestions Social media users may have heard of a ‘chat’ but students don’t necessarily understand the learning implications a ‘chat’ can have. The effectiveness of a twitter-chat is down to the setup and the expectations placed upon students. A tried and tested technique is to ask students to post an article for a relevant module and discuss each others submission. This leads to interesting debate and actually students want to prove they were right. These chats can be moderated, but once the students understand the concept they seem to run very smoothly. (Modelling good practice is a useful way to start.)

6 Steps To Becoming A Better Twitter User As I began to build my personal learning network (PLN) I didn’t know a hashtag from a MT. But I knew something exciting was happening for educators on Twitter. The road to a robust PLN begins with the signing up for Twitter – then the journey begins… 32 Tips For Using Google+ Hangouts In The Classroom Google Plus’s Hangout feature, launched in late 2011, has fast become an essential tool in a wide range of fields, from business to technology, and especially in education. Integrated scratchpads, screen sharing, instant uploads, chat services, and direct links to nearly all of Google’s other services make Hangouts the perfect tool for teachers who want to reach out to students outside of the classroom, making it simple to connect, share, and learn as a group. While much of the Hangout system is fairly intuitive, there are things that educators need to know before diving in to ensure that the experience is both fun and productive for all involved. The following can act as a great primer for Hangouts newbies, offering up tips that address everything from tech problems to proper Hangouts preparation. CHOOSE A TITLE THAT LETS STUDENTS KNOW WHAT THE HANGOUT WILL BE ABOUT.Students shouldn’t head to a Hangout with little idea of what will be discussed or addressed.

MuyBlog – The Empty Backpack It’s almost time for school to start again, and when the students walk in I know I’m going to see them lugging backpacks loaded with textbooks, notebooks, trappers, worksheets, pens, pencils, and numerous other things in their bags weighing 10, 20, 30 pounds or more. I, however, envision a much different school. A place with empty backpacks, where everything a student needs is on one device, their iPad.