Digital footprint One of the great things about being online is the ability to share videos and photos with your friends and seeing their response. Everything you post online combines to make your digital footprint. Remember that what you share with your friends may also be viewed by people you don’t know. And once it’s online, it could be there forever. So think before you post. You can manage your digital footprint by: Keeping your personal details private. Need to talk? Has something happened online that makes you feel uncomfortable, scared or sad? Talking to friends and family can help.
Technology for education vs. technology for learners The New York Times last week ran an irresistible profile of Sylvia Todd, a ten-year-old who produces and stars in a YouTube show that features herself doing all kinds of science and DIY projects. She’s received over 1.5 million views and collaborated with Make magazine, with companies that make science kits for kids, and to speak to teachers; she even presented at the White House Science Fair and met President Obama. Sylvia’s Maker Show is an example of what two education researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rich Halverson and Benjamin Shapiro, call “technologies for learners”–as opposed to “technologies for education.” “Technologies for education assume that the goals (or outcomes) of teaching and learning are stable, and that the challenge of technological innovation is to fashion efficient, viable, and successful means to reach these goals,” they write. “Technologies for learners, on the other hand, are designed to support the needs, goals, and styles of individuals.”
Nine Elements Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society. Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Respect, Educate and Protect (REPs) These elements have also been organized under the principles of respect, educate and protect. Respect Your Self/Respect Others - Etiquette - Access - Law Educate Your Self/Connect with Others - Literacy - Communication - Commerce Protect Your Self/Protect Others -Rights and Responsibility - Safety (Security) - Health and Welfare If this was to be taught beginning at the kindergarten level it would follow this pattern: Repetition 1 (kindergarten to second grade) Respect Your Self/Respect Others Digital Etiquette Educate Your Self/Connect with OthersDigital Literacy Protect Your Self/Protect Others Digital Rights and Responsibility
9 Web 2.0 Sites to Publish Student Work Written by Mark Brumley Publish and Share Student Work Publishing educational technology enhanced content online, in eye-catching formats, is easier than ever. And, students love to publish their projects online and share with their family and friends. Use these easy-to-use web 2.0 sites to publish, share and celebrate student work. Two Publishing Categories Online content publishing (leaving out the massive blogging category) falls into two broad categories. Yudu Yudu lets you upload all sorts of content including Word documents and PDF’s. Flipsnack Flipsnack is very similar to Yudu and is extremely easy to use. Issuu Issuu (pronounced “issue”) is another option to upload almost any document format and transform it into a virtual flipping book. Tikatok Tikatok is aimed at younger students and is a wonderful tool for story creation. Mixbook Mixbook is very similar to Tikatok but features some sophisticated editing tools perfect for middle or high school students.
THINK Poster 21 Ways to Use Edmodo in your Classroom Edmodo is a learning platform that is increasingly popular among teachers and educators. It is really amazing the popularity Edmodo gained within a very short time since its introduction. In my past articles here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I talked about the importance of Edmodo as a tool to flip your classroom, I also emphasized, in another post, on its use as a community building platform for your class where teachers and students get to share learning resources and interact with each others. Another good thing about Edmodo ,which I like so much, is its security. The data you upload there or the materials you share are safe and you can even customize your privacy settings to grant access to only certain people. Edmodo is also one of the best means of teacher-student communication. Here is an awesome slide that features 21 ways to use Edmodo in your classroom.
THINK Poster 5 Excellent Tools to Convert Photos to Cartoons 1- Cartoonize It allows you to make a cartoon of yourself. You can cartoonize your photo in one click. It is very easy and totally free! You need simply to select your photo from the button below, and in the second step you choose the cartoon effect. 2- Befunky This is another awesome web tool that allows users to not only cartoonize their pictures but also customize them the way they want by using different effects and colors. 3- Cartoon, Pho.To Cartoon.Pho.to Photo caricatures and photo to cartoon in one click! 4- Dumpr Create digital photo pencil sketch, just upload a picture and we will do the rest. 5- Portrait Iluustrator Maker Portrait Illustration Maker is a service which provides character icons completely free of charge!
Online Reputation Infographic You don't have to be running for president to care about your online reputation. Almost everything you do online is easy to track, especially when you're using social media sites. This infographic shows you how to manage your "e-reputation," perhaps saving you some embarrassment, or even your career. Gathered by digital marketing firm KBSD, it's a treasure trove of tips, techniques and information about what companies and individuals are looking for inside your personal profiles and social information, and what you can do to show off your best side to those who might want to find out unflattering things about you. So now that you've grown up (you have grown up, haven't you?) Infographic courtesy KBSD, photo courtesy iStockphoto/Yuri Arcurs
It’s That Time of the Year Again: What Apple SHOULD Include in iOS7 By: Hillel Fuld (@hilzfuld) It has become a custom of mine to talk about Apple’s mobile operating system before or right after it is released. I wrote about iOS5 features, my thoughts on iOS6, and now, with the release of iOS7 around the corner, it is time. I will split the features I would love to see in iOS7 into two categories. Of course, as usual, I turned to my Twitter followers when writing this post and got some good insights on features Apple should include. @hilzfuld Better maps.— Steve Furman (@stevefurman) May 7, 2013 @hilzfuld music service integration…— Brett Petersel (@Brett) May 7, 2013 @hilzfuld Smart App Icons— John-Paul Herrmann (@extraterrestric) May 7, 2013 Here are some of my thoughts on the topic: - Multitasking, Apple, it’s 2013, remember? Seriously, Apple, I get it, battery life and all, but you know what? As for the two categories, there is a good chance of this happening. -Now that we have multitasking… Good chance of this happening too. Static app icons, Apple?
Five-Minute Films "Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it's the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from "netiquette" to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. It's an overwhelming array of skills to be taught and topics to explore. But while there is much talk about the importance of teaching digital citizenship in this information society, not many are sure what that really looks like. Video Playlist: Teaching Digital Citizenship Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. What is Digital Citizenship? More Resources for Learning About Digital Citizenship
Google keeps fighting for the heart of the iPhone with new Gmail update A tiny tweak to Google’s Gmail app for iOS takes it another step closer to building a layer of Google services on top of Apple’s iPhone. With the latest update, users can choose to set Gmail default links to open in YouTube, Chrome or Google Maps, as appropriate. That’s instead of Apple’s default solution, which would be to link to YouTube on the web, Safari and Apple Maps, respectively. It should come as welcome news to heavy users of Google services or those who simply want to be able to pick what apps to connect to on their phone. The Gmail update comes a week after the introduction of Google Now for iOS as part of the Google Search app.