A New Kind of Social Anxiety in the Classroom Giuseppe Milo/Flickr Stress about a meeting that is still a week away, handwringing before talking to the cashier in the grocery line, worrying about seeing an acquaintance on the street—for people with social anxiety disorder, even the simplest task can prove challenging. The symptoms of social anxiety often set in around adolescence, when people place a new emphasis on social interactions and their place in their peer groups. “If we are glued to technology 24/7, it’s going to have an effect on social skills—it’s just natural,” said Tamyra Pierce, a journalism professor at California State University, Fresno. An estimated 15 million Americans have social anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and symptoms usually start around age 13. Social anxiety differs between individuals, so it makes sense that the relationship between technology and social anxiety is murky and is often varies case to case.
9 Science Centered YouTube Channels for teachers and students This YouTube channels currently has nearly 60 videos that focus on science in the "real world." Some of the topics they explore include yawning, snowboarding, and sleeping. Steve Spangler YouTube collection For science teachers, there may not be a better resource than Steve Spangler's YouTube channels. He not only performs fun and engaging experiments but he takes the time to explain the science behind what you see. Sick Science Here you can find nearly 500 interesting experiments that can be done at home. Here you will find hundreds of science experiments and some that have been performed on television shows such as Ellen and Minute to Win it. The Spangler Effect Finally you can enjoy another 100+ science videos produced by Steve Spangler including some recorded live and behind the scenes as well. Tara and Anthony are relative new comers to the world of YouTube science videos but they are fun to watch. Whiz Kid Here you can find over 25 easy science projects that can be done from home.
The Journey from Library to Learning Commons The library, at one time, was the center of the school building. It's where knowledge was held, books were shared, and ideas were generated. It was quiet, to the point that mini-lessens were taught about the edict required while in the confines of this environment. A library in 1980 could look very similar to one today - Why is this? Nothing else has stayed the same...our students are different, technology has changed the way we gain information, and brain research has restructured our approach to the way students gain and understand information. Before I begin it is important to note that everything we have done, all that was created, was due to Christie’s amazing teachers and supportive parents. One of the things I love most about education is our willingness, and even love, of sharing information. A colleague of mine, @matthew_arend, recently wrote a great blog post about his creation of a makerspace. As a new principal I was ready to move forward with our LC. Fundraising.
MakeSpace - Institute of Making The MakeSpace is the workshop of the Institute of Making, offering an exciting range of tools and machinery for members to use. Membership is open to all students and staff of UCL. The space is available to non-members through our public programme, hosting masterclasses, workshops with guest experts, maker residencies and curated opportunities to make, break and repair everything from jewellery to robots. The facility brings together equipment, expertise and perspectives of making from a wide range of disciplines, encouraging users to engage in the craft, design, technology, history, philosophy, art and engineering of making. This is your chance to tinker, boil, bake, turn, mill, mend, spin, print, cut, cast, drill, sand, scrape and sculpt. Materials and research bursaries will be available for special projects, for more information, see our Research page.
A Student’s Brand Now Begins at Birth | Gaggle Speaks Blog | Andrea Keith No one would argue the importance of teaching digital citizenship as a part of any school technology initiative. Schools should teach students how to live, act, play and interact in a digital society. Students must continue to be reminded that what they post online or send to each other can come back to haunt them. Encourage students to be careful when posting online, that comments and photos don’t go away, and that nothing is private. During the first semester of the 2014-15 school year, Gaggle Safety Management discovered and blocked 283,368 references of sex and 188,563 mentions of drugs in student email, text messages, discussion boards, email attachments and computer files. Imagine, instead, if a college admission’s office or future employer found them. While teaching digital citizenship can go a long way to protect a student’s future, it’s also important that adults practice these same good habits. Security concerns should also be discussed.
How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective by Maria Popova “A man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.” “The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,” wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, “becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.” But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? Bridging ample anecdotes from the adventures of Conan Doyle’s beloved detective with psychology studies both classic and cutting-edge, Konnikova builds a compelling case at the intersection of science and secular spiritualism, stressing the power of rigorous observation alongside a Buddhist-like, Cageian emphasis on mindfulness. The idea of mindfulness itself is by no means a new one. It is most difficult to apply Holmes’s logic in those moments that matter the most. Our intuition is shaped by context, and that context is deeply informed by the world we live in.
Awesome Flowchart to Help You Select A Blogging Platform for Your Class January 18, 2015 In an earlier post I shared here today I talked about some useful resources to help teachers set up and run a classroom blog. As a follow up, I am sharing with you this awesome flowchart created by GCF Learn Free which maps out and the popular blogging platforms you can select to host your classroom blog. This flowchart comes within a series of posts entitled “Blog Basics” that cover everything teachers need to know before embarking on an educational blogging experience. The series include : introduction to blogs, how to subscribe to blogs, developing your blog, choosing a blog service, writing and promoting your blog, and copyright and fair use. The flowchart below will help you understand the affordances and technicalities of the different blogging platforms out there. You can check the original full size flowchart from this link.
A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom Is Social Media Relevant? Take the Quiz Before we talk social media, let's talk about the relevance of social media by taking a quiz. Which of the following is most likely to be true? ☐ Should we teach letter-writing in the classroom? Kids need to write letters and mail them. The Social Media Answer ☑ There's one form of writing that can arguably get someone fired, hired or forced to retire faster than any other form of writing. One form of writing is that powerful. If you guessed social media, you're right. The Social Media Myth The myth about social media in the classroom is that if you use it, kids will be Tweeting, Facebooking and Snapchatting while you're trying to teach. You don't even have to bring the most popular social media sites into your classroom. 12 Ways Teachers are Using Social Media in the Classroom Right Now Tweet or post status updates as a class. It's in the Standards Social media is here.
@coolcatteacher Blog - Teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose. Lucidchart Diagrams - Google Docs add-on 5 Blogging Tips to Maximize Pageviews Per Visit Darren Rowse is at it again this month with 31 Days to Building a Better Blog. I have decided to participate with a post on a few tips to maximize your total pageviews per visit. Install the Related Posts Plugin. This plugin will allow you to display a list of related posts below each individual posts. These tips can be used with any blog regardless of your content.
Tech Tips For All: Embed Part of Youtube Video from Specific Start Time to End Time In this small tutorial, you will see how to embed part of Youtube video in your blog or website or PPT or just share in mail or IM with your friends the specific part that you loved the most. Get the Part of Youtube Video Link First you need the Youtube video url. To get this, go to the address bar of your video and just copy the entire link. Copy the entire url or link. Go to the simple form above. Paste your video url in "What is the Youtube video url?" Select one of the three options in "Where do you want to embed part of Youtube video?" Website or Blog - You will get an embed code to embed in Website or BlogPowerPoint - You can use this option to get the code for adding only part of Youtube video in PowerPoint from specific start time to end timeJust the Link - You will get the link to just share on IM or emailIn "At what playback time you want your video to start?" In "At what playback time you want your video to stop?" In "Do you want the video to start playing automatically?"
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