Wikipedia and Britannica: The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man) FEATURE Wikipedia and Britannica The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man) by Paula Berinstein | Consultant, Berinstein Research Many Searcher readers, especially those of us who went to library school, remember the hushed reverence with which the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the last published in the U.K., was spoken. Here was a classic work of scholarship that was so definitive, so monumental, that it was still unmatched decades after its completion in 1911. So it is perhaps with mixed feelings that we regard the upstart Wikipedia [ The bottom-up, dynamic, nonprofit, Web-based encyclopedia continues to mushroom in popularity (about 2.5 billion page views per month) and size (more than 873,000 articles and 43,000 contributors associated with the English-language version, and more than 89,000 total volunteers working on over 2,550,000 articles in more than 200 languages).
Popular web tools that can be embedded into posts, pages or added to text widgets in sidebars -Edublogs Help and Support There’s a gazillion cool online tools nowadays and many provide code that you can use to embed what you’ve found or created into your blog posts, pages or added to text widgets in your blog sidebar. Refer to the following instructions to embed: Below’s a list of tools to get you started: Audio Hosting Websites Here’s some of the popular site used by educators who want to embed their audio within embedded players rather than uploading them directly to posts as links: Brainstorming Tools
RoxannNys / 21st Century Learners vs 20th Century Teachers Andrew is the Curriculum Manager Computer Studies & Senior School Learning Innovator at Kristin School, Albany Auckland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: Twitter: @achurches Five Characteristics of an Effective 21st Century Educator (By Meris Stansbury, Online Editor, eSchoolNews September 9th, 2011 "You might have heard that an effective 21st-century educator should be a “guide on the side,” not a “sage on the stage,” but according to readers, there’s much more to it than that. For instance, one of the most common responses from readers was that 21st-century educators must be lifelong learners … and should be willing to learn not only from their peers, but from their students as well. According to readers, an effective 21st-century educator…"
Study: Social networks may subvert 'digital divide' Social networks like Facebook and MySpace have reputations as time-sucking procrastination tools, but a new study from the University of Minnesota says au contraire. Social networks build beneficial technological, creative, and communication skills, the study says, leading the researchers to actually describe social networks with the adjective "educational." Who knew? "What we found was that students using social networking sites are actually practicing the kinds of 21st century skills we want them to develop to be successful today," Christine Greenhow, a learning technologies researcher from the school's College of Education and Human Development, said in a release Friday. Data from the study came from teenagers ages 16 to 18 in about a dozen urban high schools in the Midwest. "Students are developing a positive attitude towards using technology systems, editing and customizing content and thinking about online design and layout," Greenhow continued.
All - Rev2.org Amid belief that social media is a waste of time and leads to lower efficiency, a new subgroup of social media designed to enhance workplace productivity is now emerging. Companies that are developing social media suitable for the workplace include SAP, Oracle, IBM, Salesforce.com, and the recent startup Doximity. At present, these so-called social media outlets are still being tested by small and medium sized businesses, which are enterprises with five to 5,000 workers. These companies were chosen for testing because major corporations tend to be somewhat resistant to change.
English Story Time / FrontPage Get a Voki now! Younger Kid's Class Older Kid's Class Dear Parent, iPad App Guide #1: Evernote What it does Evernote for iPad is a cross-platform app for recalling / remembering information. You can use this app to save website screenshots, notes, pictures, and audio comments; which are instantly synchronised between your computer, mobile device, and web Evernote account. (It is also available for Android devices). For: Teachers, Administrators, Students ( Upper Primary / Secondary) Cost: Free – Download Here Learning About Web 2.0 – 23 Things for K-12 Educators Shelley Paul’s journey with wikis began two years ago, after reading a book about implementing different Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. She researched various open-source wiki platforms, but decided they presented too much of a learning curve for most of her teachers. Knowing that she had many more wikis in her future, she began looking for a suitable alternative. Shelley stumbled upon Wikispaces’ offer to give away free wikis to educators.
Play It Forward: New Xbox Games for Learning Readers of this blog know that students are learning all the time, whether or not they're in school. Indeed, the vast majority of learning happens outside of school -- in homes, playgrounds, workplaces and so on. Play has a fundamental role in this learning, as great minds in education from Plato to Dewey, Piaget and Vygotsky have recognized over the years. In play, children explore their world, learn to interact with others and use their imaginations to discover ways to understand and predict the connections between actions and their consequences in the world. For young children, these play interactions provide the training wheels of scientific reasoning and language acquisition, which most early childhood educators use in one form or another to encourage their healthy development. Developmental Experiences
Latest features roundup: Spreadsheets, voice chat, event-planning, calendars, & video upload 26 Jun PBwiki has become a full-fledged platform with amazing third-party widgets that you can drop into your wikis. Here’s a demo video of how it works: Just last week, we announced these new features. Polling tools event Introduction In this recorded session we took a look at if, and how, we use/have used e-polling or surveys. The idea for this session was triggered when I used a poll in the overview for last week’s Serendipity and wondered about the different polling and survey tools that people use. The Session We started with a look at whether we had used polling/surveys either as a respondent or as an information gatherer. Then moved on to the platforms on which we have used them, finding that most of us had used polling/surveys on one or more of: Twitter, Facebook, blogs, mobile devices and of course “Other” including Learning Management Systems, Elluminate/BlackboardCollaborate and email!
Wiki Walk-Through: The Basics Basics: What in the world is a wiki? Roll over the questions at left to unravel the wonderful world of wikis. I know the basics. Take me to some ideas for how to use a wiki in my teaching. What's a wiki? A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. What Does Teaching Creativity Look Like? - Education Do you see yourself as a creative person? Our current standardized approach to teaching and learning tends to slot students students into silos—art-school types on one side and analytical thinkers on the fast track to law school on the other—so our society has a pretty limited understanding of what being creative actually means and what it looks like across disciplines. Creativity expert Michael Michalko, author of Creative Thinkering: Putting Your Imagination to Work has developed a list of 12 things most people aren't taught in school—but should be—about creativity. Michalko writes on his blog at Psychology Today that the most important thing students should be taught is that everyone "is born a creative, spontaneous thinker." If students are told they're creative, they become creative, and start working to acquire the skills needed to express that creative identity. Perhaps the most important entry on Michalko's list is his last point, that "creativity is paradoxical."