4 Educational Social Networks You're Not Yet Using We’ve heard about Learnist, Lore, Edmodo, and the many other educational social networks. But what else is out there? If you’re an early adopter or simply like being the ‘cool’ teacher in the lounge … then make sure you know about these relatively new offerings. There’s a pantload of other social networks out there and we do our best to showcase them when the time is right. I can tell you that we get at least 1,000 e-mails a week (no exaggeration) requesting we mention a product, service, or other offering that the education world should know about. eduClipper A take-off on Pinterest, eduClipper is one of the newest entries to the ‘educational social network’ foray and seems like a worthwhile place to pull in some hard-to-find information. TeachAde Similar to parts of Edutopia and the WordPress Buddypress plugin, TeachAde hosts a number of useful discussion groups and offers plenty of free education resources. Diipo Twiducate
Annotation and Notetaking Tools Definition: There are available downloads, applications, and plug-ins that allow you to take notes, share them with other researchers, attach them to digital resources, and more. Tools: A.nnotate.com: an "online annotation, collaboration, and indexing system for documents and images, supporting PDF and MS Office formats...lets you easily give, collect and store detailed notes on documents and web pages" (Free, web-based)Annotator's Workbench: "a software tool that enables depositors to create a collection from a set of existing video files, segment that collection at several levels, create annotations for those segments, assign controlled vocabulary terms to segments, and control access to parts of the collection." Resources: NoteTaking Tips? See Also:
The PLP model: Research-based professional learning A vast body of literature underlies the connected learning communities model — our three-pronged approach at Powerful Learning Practice. Here we cite the studies and literature most relevant to connected learning in the digital age and offer supporting points to help readers understand the rationale behind the PLP learning model here. We’ve grouped the findings under three headings — the three components of connected learning communities: professional learning communities (PLCs), personal learning networks (PLNs), and communities of practice (CoPs). After a brief description of each component’s characteristics, we delve into underlying theories, experience and knowledge, effectiveness for teacher professional development, anticipated growth or decline, challenges and dilemmas, and use of technology. Professional Learning Communities Theories Experience and Knowledge Effectiveness for Teacher Professional Development Anticipated Growth or Decline Challenges and Dilemmas Use of Technology
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100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School – Eternal Code [via onlinecolleges.net] With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. Google Specifically for Education From Google Scholar that returns only results from scholarly literature to learning more about computer science, these Google items will help you at school. Google Scholar. Google Docs Google Docs is a great replacement for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so learn how to use this product even more efficiently. Use premade templates. Gmail Use the Tasks as a to-do list.
Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community inShare00inShare This report is part of the Online Communities bundle. Downloads Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community (827 KB PDF) About this report Online Communities Part Three: Growing the Community is the third report in a series of four that focus on digital community building. The first report in this series, Starting a Community, focused on establishing communities. The third report introduces the use of email marketing to grow and enhance your community. Dispels the myth that email marketing is deadDiscusses how email marketing is the digital glue of social mediaExplores ways in which email marketing and social media go together like Batman and Robin to help grow online communities The author, DJ Waldow, is a marketer, social community manager and frequent blog author who writes from his experience building communities for clients in a variety of industries including retail, travel & tourism, and not-for profit. Table of contents
Which Collaboration Tool Should You Use? Wiggio vs YahooGroups vs GroupSpaces Which Collaboration Tool Should You Use? Wiggio vs YahooGroups vs GroupSpaces By Malica Fleming Does your organization need a password-protected, online area to manage documents, collaborate on projects, communicate through email and create group calendars? One of the best (and most affordable) online collaboration tools we’ve come across is Wiggio. Create a custom list serve address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to for sending emails or text message notifications to the entire groupSchedule and host virtual meetings and conference callsCreate to-do lists and assign tasks with automated text and email remindersUpload and store an unlimited number of documentsCreate unlimited online polls to get feedback on ideasCreate, view and search member profilesCreate a group events calendar with automated text and email reminders for eventsUse the Wiggio IPhone app to access all of the above features, giving group members the flexibility to collaborate and access needed materials on the go
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7 Must-Have Tools For The Flipped Classroom 7 Must-Have Tools For The Flipped Classroom by first appeared on gettingsmart.com The flipped classroom uses technology to allow students more time to apply knowledge and teachers more time for hands-on education. It’s a continually changing strategy that evolves with technology. Innovative educators are usually on the lookout for the latest technology breakthroughs that will help them better organize and conduct flipped classrooms. The following tools are listed from most basic to most sophisticated and can be used alone or in tandem to make flipped classrooms more engaging. Google Drive Google Drive (Docs) has many advantages over traditional word processing programs, including real-time automatic updates visible to all users, a feature that enables robust discussion and sharing. YouTube Ideal for first-time flippers, YouTube offers a user-friendly, universally understood platform for taped lectures and other educational videos. Teachem The Flipped Learning Network Camtasia Studio