Free Technology for Teachers Who's Using Pinterest Anyway? [INFOGRAPHIC] Have you ever wanted to know exactly who is using Pinterest? Here's a quick snapshot: Pinterest users are three times more likely than average Internet users to have visited Disney World in the past year. Their favorite magazine is Good Housekeeping. More than half of them have drank alcohol in the past month. They text and email from mobile phones and use mobile apps more often than average Internet users. Digital media agency Modea put together this infographic with findings from a February comScore report. SEE ALSO: 13 ‘Pinteresting’ Facts About Pinterest Users [INFOGRAPHIC] Take a look at Modea's findings and let us know how do you compare to other Pinterest users.
Digital Boards Trending On Learnist For September 1. Education Apps There are more than 1.5 million iPads currently in use in educational institutions and schools and thousands of educational apps to choose from. Here are our thoughts on best educational applications for students and teachers 2. Not all words have an English equivalent. 3. 4. Modern, well-designed, easy-to-use tools that will influence workplace learning (schoolplace & at home too) in years ahead. 5. Who needs a school when there’s the internet + informed users + learnist? Langwitches I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops. The Visible Thinking Routines website explains that: Routines exist in all classrooms; they are the patterns by which we operate and go about the job of learning and working together in a classroom environment. As I am trying to make 21st century, modern, contemporary or “now” learning visible, it seemed a natural step to point out “Modern” or “Now” Learning Routines. Here are my 5 routines that promote modern learning: 1. Read as much as you can on your subject. Write about what you read, write about connections you are making between the content you have read, write about things you wonder about and write your reflection of your thoughts. Comment or annotate on the things you read. 2. Share your learning and your reflection with others. 3. 4. Teach it to others. 5. 22.
Social Media: What Schools Can Learn From Businesses A recent study found that 100% of American universities engage in social media, but it is hard to find a college on a list of the best social media campaigns. Rather, you see those “best of” lists filled with businesses. Simply Business recently created this interactive visualization that takes businesses step-by-step through the social media campaign road map. Click to launch larger version However, these steps apply to most social media campaigns – it’s not regulated to businesses. Schools can use these stages for the business industry and apply it to their own campaigns. Learning about social media Businesses start by learning about social media from the ground up. Choosing platforms Different social media platforms bring different kinds of users and activities. Setting targets Once the objectives are set out, targets should be placed. Developing a social media policy A social media policy outlines what content should be produced, why, when, and by whom. Monitoring and analytics
The 20 Top #hashtags In Education As a teacher, continuing education is so important that most school districts require that teachers enroll in some form of coursework on a regular basis to keep their knowledge and skills fresh. And while those courses are essential, staying on top of the cutting edge of educational development is important as well. Through Twitter discussions, teachers can follow the latest in education, whether it’s educational technology or new ways to teach math. These 20 hashtags offer teachers a convenient way to become part of chats and discussions that share the absolute latest in education news, resources, and ideas. 1. #edchat Created by educators Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and Shelly Terrell, #edchat offers a great platform for discussion among teachers and other professionals related to education. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
Technology Front and Center -- THE Journal Innovative Instruction | Feature Technology Front and Center A new high school in Texas will combine technology with project-based learning. By Bridget McCrea03/23/11 Armed with a $3 million Texas Title I Priority Schools grant, Belton Independent School District in Texas will open the doors to an innovative high school concept this fall. Currently in the development phase, Belton New Tech High School at Waskow will combine technology and project-based learning to create a learning environment that Principal Stan Whittle hopes will entice students to "take ownership of their educations and their futures." The new school is part of the New Tech Network, which was founded in Napa, CA., in 1996 after local businesses became disenchanted with the supposedly "skilled" graduates in the area. Whittle said the district has been researching the idea of project-based learning for several years. The new school will start with 125 ninth graders and "small class sizes," according to Whittle.
The 10 Most Followed Users On Pinterest It’s not entirely clear what makes pinterest users tick. Images are curated into often gorgeous collections, with users spending hours on end to meticulously maintain their collections. For users, does it function as a kind of visual social bookmarking, an engaging way to daydream, or something in between? And what role does pinterest–or the thinking behin it–have in education? The following list should give you a head-start in pursuit of these sorts of questions. So maybe not like Learnist at all. Nonetheless, one interesting bit about pinterest is that the top follows are refreshingly devoid of celebrities, unlike twitter, facebook, or even instagram. Another takeaway after skimming these “power users” is to see the very diverse ways using categorize their images. Have a look. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
MindShift | How we will learn MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. We examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. We look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.We also revisit old ideas that have come full circle in the era of the over scheduled child, such as unschooling, tinkering, playing in the woods, mindfulness, inquiry-based learning and student motivation. We report on shifts in how educators practice their craft as they apply innovative ideas to help students learn, while meeting the rigorous demands of their standards and curriculum. MindShift has a unique audience of educators, tinkerers, policy makers and life-long learners who engage in meaningful dialogue with one another on our sites. Contact the us by email.
The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices. This list was built in part by you, our readers. Without further ado, here is the 2013 Honor Roll: Purely Paperless We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly digital, and Montana elementary school teacher Kate Peila is a paperless girl. Read the blog: purelypaperless.blogspot.com The Daring Librarian EdReach Mr.
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