Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 8 Best Pinterest Boards about Educational Technology Happy New Year everybody. I hope 2013 will be a better year for you , one that is full of achievements, joy, and happiness. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is thanking you warmly for your loyalty and promising you another year full of great posts and outstanding educational resources. As you might have noticed during this week, I have been publishing round-up posts of the best content published here during this year. I am really glad to see the huge interaction with these posts and this encourages me to work even harder. 1- Free Mobile Technology for Educators This is our official Pinterest page where we post everything that has to do with educational technology. 2- Vicki Davis Who does not know The Cool Cat Teacher? 3- Jennie Hoffmann Jennie is another pinner you should consider following if you are interested in staying updated about educational web tools. 4- Kathy Schrock I love Kathy's work both in her blog and in her Pinterest boards. 5- Eric Sheninger 6- Shelly Terrell
3 Excellent Tools for Backchanneling in The Classroom To help you implement this concept of backchanneling in your classroom, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has handpicked some great tools for this purpose. Check them out below and share with us your suggestions or additions. 1- TodaysMeet TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs. 2- Chatzy Chatzy is another great tool that enables you to create a free virtual chat room. · Custom welcome message · Access control by password or email · Options for long messages, read-only mode, etc. · Permissions: Who can invite, see who is online, etc. 3- GoSoapBox GoSoapBox is used by educators around the world to break down participation barriers, keep students engaged, and gain insight into student comprehension.
4 Reasons To Join Twitter Hashtag Chats One of the benefits of Twitter for educators has to be the professional development opportunities. By following individuals I have expanded my techniques and teaching tools. There is a further Twitter option – that of the “chat”. As a language teacher I have benefited immensely from the weekly opportunities found in the Thursday #langchat with MFL (modern foreign language) teachers. We discuss what is current and relevant in our classrooms now. It reaffirms that I am on the right track: Teaching can often be a ‘solitary’ pursuit. I find approaches/ideas on a specific topic: Chats are really focused with a weekly theme voted on by participants. I get a look into the future: Many of my #langchat colleagues are in districts or positions that are ‘leaders’ in their field. It broadens my ‘colleagues’ circle: Although we may work as part of a school department, we may or may not have colleagues that have a similar teaching philosophy or approach.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education I think it's fair to say that Twitter can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad. Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in. While some people certainly do tweet about what they're having for breakfast, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations use Twitter in a whole different way -- making smart use of those 140 characters to share resources, wisdom, and inspiration. With the wealth of information out there, you have to cut through the noise a little to figure out how it will work best for you.
5 Favorite Technology Integration Projects by Kelli Erwin Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, April 30th 2010 Part of the Cool Sites series The end of the school year is upon us and students (not to mention teachers) are ready for a break. Do you need to bring a little technology into the way students study novels? Ok, so I said only 5. This blog post is a part of the I Heart EdTech Blog Swap brought to you by SimpleK12.com. Technology for the Classroom | Social Networking Inspires Collaboration in the Elementary Classroom | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt By Denise Phillips Fostering strong communication skills. Creating confident speakers and writers. Encouraging collaboration and respect among peers. With the help of social networking? Great teachers and innovative educators are constantly looking for ways to make classrooms more positive and foster camaraderie among students. For many parents, encouraging early exposure to social media and networking sounds scary—and it is! One key issue to keep in mind is that every successful school experience starts with a positive learning environment. There are many resources out there for educators. Any classroom networking site needs to have certain built-in safety guards. Two popular sites among educators are Edmodo and Diipo. Parents also appreciate these sites, because a parent code is automatically generated for every student who receives an account. For student learning, it’s as much about learning how to network and share safely as it is building collaboration skills.
The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags In Education What is a hashtag? A word or phrase preceded by a “#.” How do hashtags work? Twitter can be a busy place with lots of tweets–and thus lots of “noise.” A #hashtag is a way to aggregate tweets that are appended with a hashtag. Picture it like a magnet that attracts all messages categorized by that topical word or phrase. Who can use hashtags? Anyone. What else do I need to know? Don’t hashtag spam–if your tweet doesn’t add to that hashtag’s topic, discussion, or user base, don’t add the hashtag.Use more than one hashtag if it applies to more than one topic, but choose wisely. Meeting Times Many of the hashtags have “meeting times” where educators agree to “meet and tweet”–that is, send out messages on a topic at a certain time on a certain day. If you do participate at the agreed upon time, you’ll see the tweets stream in live and participate in said conversation (via twitter) in what is nearly real-time. Updated: Added #edcamp, #ukedchat Popular Hashtags Trends General Content Areas Literacy iPad
10 Ways Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development This is our third consecutive post on Twitter. Now that you have a roadmap on how to use Twitter in your classroom and after you have identified with the different educational hashtags you need to follow as a teacher, let us share with you some ideas on how to leverage the power of this social platform for professional development purposes. Talking about using social networking to grow professionally brings to mind LinkedIn. 1- Create a strong profile page The first thing to do is to let people know about you and your interests. 2- Keep your profile professional One of the mistakes some teachers do is that they create one account and share everything in it. 3- Proper use of etiquette As an educator , etiquette should not be an issue at all. 4- Know who to follow Don't be obsessed with having a 5 digit number of followers. 5- Use Hashtags Hashtags are a great way for engaging in professional conversations.
Using Technology | Electronic Portfolios in the K-12 Classroom The use of personal portfolios for assessment and presentation long has been a component of higher education. In fact, personal portfolios are a graduation requirement at many colleges and universities. Now, electronic portfolios have begun to enter the world of K-12 education as well. Learn what electronic portfolios are and discover how they can help you and benefit your students. Included: Guidelines for developing personal portfolios. "A portfolio is a purposeful collection of student work demonstrating the student's achievement or growth as characterized by a strong vision of content," according to Todd Bergman , an independent consultant and a teacher at Mt. Helen Barrett, an assistant professor and educational technology coordinator for the School of Education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, provides another definition, one developed by the Northwest Evaluation Association: "Portfolios can serve multiple purposes," Barrett told Education World.
12 Twitter Tools Every Educators Must Know about Social networking is a topic that I have been posting about for sometime now. I have published a set of series on this issue and will soon be adding more to it. You can check out Educational Social Networking from part one to part 4 to learn more. Twitter is one of my top social networking tool that I use for both professional development and educational purposes. 1- TweetDeck This is a great Twitter app that allows users to arrange their feeds with customizable columns, use filters, schedule tweets and stay up to date. 2- Tweet Back Up As its name suggests, this is a tool to help you back up your tweets and your followers too. 3- Splitweet This tool allows you to access multiple Twitter accounts and also be able to separate your educational and personal accounts from each other. 4- Followize This is an awesome tool that lets you instantly read all your tweets in a very user friendly interface. 5- Qwitter 6- HootSuite This is one of the most popular platforms online. 7- Twups 8- TweetGrid
The Best 15 Twitter Hashtags for Teachers Twitter speaks volumes of itself and does not really require any introduction. I am pretty sure everyone of you has an account there.That`s great ! but have you ever considered using Twitter for educational and professional development purposes ? Twitter has a huge potential in education and there are many amazed at creative ways teachers can leverage this social media in the classroom as you will learn in the Teacher Twitter guide I am working on and that will be published here very soon. As was the case with the three Twitter tools every teacher should be using, I have again chopped another part from this guide and this time it is about the power of hashtags as learning mediums. `` For instance, if you wanted to make a comment about Sarah Palin, you could include her name in the tweet, or you could make the comment and follow it with her name marked by hashtag. Some uses of Hashtags : Now that you have an idea about what hashtags are and what they serve. Here is the list :
How Twitter has made me a New Teacher « Dukelyer TwitterThe other day I managed to pass a couple of Twitter milestones, 500 followers and 3000 tweets, and I made me really stop and think about how this thing that many of us use named Twitter has affected my life and my passion for teaching . I teach at a steadily growing, but really still small, country school in the lower middle of the South Island of New Zealand. Then I grabbed an opportunity to travel to an EXPO in Dunedin where I met up with a teacher who I had met the past year and he was Tweeting. It lay dormant for a few months and it took me many tries to even remember the password and username, but after seeing two passionate, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers mention Twitter and a PLN as part of their success I new that I had to give it a go and have not looked back since. For the first time in my 10 years of teaching I am really connected and my passion for teaching and more importantly learning has been rekindled. Thank you Twitter Like this: Like Loading...