Digital Citizenship Flashcards Another academic year is here and with it comes new clothes, lessons, and of course, new technologies. But are your child's digital citizenship skills back-to-school ready? If not, don't worry. To help them make the grade, download these flashcards to help them boost their online know-how. You can reference just one, or download, print, and put together an entire flashcard deck to work through...check below for a DIY version! Want to start a conversation about all of the above?
Ten social media commandments for kids & parents Remember when we were kids and our parents sat us down to discuss the birds and the bees? (Yea, neither do I but we will talk about that later….) As parents we are told we should talk with our kids about difficult topics like alcohol, drugs, sex and pornography. Today’s generation has a new topic to add to the list. Social Media. Since the launch of MySpace in 2003 – and subsequently Facebook in 2004 – social media has exploded and many parents are finding it hard to keep up. Talk to your kids about Social Media. These are main points to keep in mind. The original post, “10 Social Media Commandments for Kids & Parents” by Stephanie Bice was originally published on stephaniebice.com Original Article Image by James Tissot [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
10 Ways To Use Avatars In Education As overcrowded classrooms, crunched school district budgets, and online, open learning become more prominent in lower and higher education — for better or worse — teachers and students are feeling stretched in many directions. While the hoped for result in democratic learning is that we’ll all be more connected, the truth is that we’re also losing valuable face time and struggling to find new ways to bring the world back to students. Avatars are being used to help these challenges, by helping younger students contextualize history lessons, giving teachers more direct training before they even meet students, and more. Here are 10 amazing ways avatars are being used in education. 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. This New York Times article reports on high school students acting as mayors, business professionals and engineers trying to clean up the oil spill, all by controlling their avatars. 10.
Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Google? Think about 2008 for a minute. Wikipedia was only two years old, and Facebook had only existed for four. I was supporting a research project with a group of sixth graders studying ancient history. The stock response: "On Google." "Google's not a source," I repeated. They stared at me. Relating these tales to my mother, she said, "I don't know what's up with all of this Googling. As adults, we remember when being told to "look it up" implied hauling out an encyclopedia or dictionary, sifting through a card catalog, or even using a book's index. Who? Fast forward to this past winter. If we believe the ad campaigns from Apple and Google, we should simply ask our device for the answer. Maurice Draggon (@draggon) tweeted: @brholland Siri searches partnerships Apple has formed or you can specify the search engine. It turns out that Siri searches whatever you want: Google, Bing, Yahoo or Wolfram Alpha. What? While on my Google tirade, I happened into a kindergarten class.
- Step B- Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students: Promoting Digital Citizens 0 Comments July 8, 2013 By: Michael Gorman Jul 7 Written by: 7/7/2013 5:15 PM ShareThis Welcome to a this second in a summer series that is must read for any educator wanting to facilitate web page evaluation by students. Quick Note I have been getting a lot of requests asking if I will make a visit to your school, organization, or conference. The Seven Steps to Web Site Evaluation – Step B Welcome to the web site evaluation page evaluation series of posts. Step A… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizens The Seven Steps to Web Site Evaluation – Step B… Bias B Is For Bias One of the most important findings in determining the usefulness of a web page is discovering if a web site has any Bias. 1. 2. 3. Download Poster Here: b1_poster_info cross-posted at 21centuryedtech.wordpress.com Michael Gorman oversees one-to-one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Animation Tools - Movie Making in the Classroom For a different twist on movie making in the classroom try animation. Like movie making, animation can be a fun way to incorporate technology, multi-literacy, and 21st Century skills into your classroom. It's a lot of fun too! Who knows, you might just inspire the next Disney! There are many free and easy to use tools online. Text to Speech Animation Xtranormal - Create cute and fun animations using text to speechGo! 2D Animation Tools Flipbook - Create your own animated flipbooksLoogix - Create animated GIFs like to one aboveDoInk - Easy vector based animation toolSAM Animation – Stop animation tool - Download only. 3D Animation Tools Blender - Free 3D creation tools. Education Blogger Mark Brumley talks about animation tools. Frames is an animation program from Tech4Learning. Claymation and Stop Motion Resources
Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters ” credit=”flickingerbrad/Flickr It’s becoming less and less effective to block students from websites. When Los Angeles Unified rolled out its one-to-one iPad program, administrators expected to be able to control how students used them both in school and at home. But, not surprisingly, kids are resourceful and students quickly found ways around the security, prompting the district to require students to turn over the devices. Students live in an information-saturated world. “If we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty.” A key to making sure good practices stick is to teach research skills when kids need them. [RELATED READING: Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know] “If we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty,” Luhtala said. Related
Step D… Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students… Promoting Digital Citizenship…Domain Anatomy Welcome to a this fourth in a series that is must read for any educator wanting to facilitate web page evaluation by students. It includes a new step in web evaluation information along with a poster for that step you can use in the classroom Best of all, it supports students becoming scholarly digital citizens. First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Quick Note I have been getting a lot of requests asking if I will make a visit to your school, organization, or conference. The Seven Steps to Web Site Evaluation – Step D Welcome to the web site evaluation page evaluation series of posts. D Is Domain Anatomy Much can be determined by looking at the address of a website. 3. Enjoying the series?
Creative Commons for Educators: A Free Online Course to Help Teach Digital Skills File this under, “a great opportunity for teachers.” Our friends at Creative Commons teamed up with P2PU to launch the newly minted School of Open, a free service that offers “courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond.” If you’re interested in learning how to find and adapt free, useful resources & activities focused on teaching digital world skills to students, their facilitated course, Creative Commons for K-12 Educators, was created with you in mind. Also, if you haven’t taken a course online, it’s a good chance to get your feet wet. In addition to the Creative Commons offering, additional ones include courses on Copyright 4 and authoring articles for Wikipedia. Sign up remains open through March 17 with the sessions beginning the week of March 18. The clock’s ticking so don’t miss out.
Do Your Students Know How To Search? The Connected Student Series: There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not. The New Digital Divide: In an age of information abundance learning to effectively search is one of the most important skills most teachers are NOT teaching. Teachers – especially in the elementary grades -need to develop a shared vocabulary around the skill of searching. Here are some of the searching skills and vocabulary we should be teaching students : Quotation Marks: Students should always use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. Example: “The Great Chicago Fire” Dashes (or minus sign): Use this symbol directly before a word to help exclude unwanted information from your search Example: Great Chicago Fire -soccer Two Periods: Use this to help you find information between those two numbers. Site Search: