Why the student learning aspect matters in the Wikipedia Education Program Editor’s note: The following is an op-ed, meaning the views expressed herein are the personal views of the author. Jami Mathewson I’ve been working with the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada for almost two years. In the program, university professors assign their students to edit Wikipedia as a part of the coursework. Typically, professors do away with a traditional research paper and instead train students to complete the same research and summarize it into a Wikipedia article. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of using Wikipedia in the classroom, your first thought may be that this is a great way to “legitimize” Wikipedia and bring “good writers and researchers” into the project as editors. But in our world of information—where so much is accessible at the click of a button, in the palm of our hand, in an instant—these research skills are more important than ever. This is what the Wikipedia Education Program offers its participants every term.
Frequently Asked Questions Free images Are the images really free of charge? How many images can I download for free? Can I use free images in the app I am developing? Purchasing images If I buy an image do you remove it from sale? Using the images Which size do I need? Miscellaneous Do I need to register to use the site? Are the images really free of charge? Yes! How many images can I download for free? As many as you need. Can I use free images in the app I am developing? Images can be used in apps provided they are used in an incidental way, for example as backgrounds, icons, for illustration or decoration. How do I publish a credit? You simply need to include some text adjacent to the image which refers to the artist who created it and to FreeDigitalPhotos.net. I don't want to publish a credit, can I still use the image? We understand that it's not always possible, or convenient, to publish a credit. No. Can I put the credit in the image alt text or have it appear when you hover over an image? Purchasing images No.
The 10 Most Popular Teacher Tools Being Used This Year This image shows absolutely no teacher tools. Aside from that pencil maybe. But seriously, that says a lot about how far we’ve come! The school year is upon us. It’s quite literally the time for teachers, students, parents, school administrators, and everyone else to begin spending the vast majority of their day at a school. ‘Battle-tested’ might be a more appropriate term. In any case, these teacher tools are useful for a variety of reasons. 1.Google Apps Okay, this one is more than a single tool. 2. The king of PLNing (is that a word?) 3. I’ve been using Skype in education for years now and it’s proven to be an effective way to collaborate and communicate with others around the world. 4. What can’t you find on YouTube ? 5. Evernote is valued to be worth more than the New York Times. 6. Like Evernote, Dropbox lets you keep your digital life in sync. 7. Edmodo is the go-to way for teachers to have an online classroom worth using. 8. 9. 10.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Google Now Makes It Easier to Search for Licensed Images January 14, 2014 With this new update to Google Image Search, users now can search for images by licensing rights under the " search tools " which is in the front page. Before this update and in order for users to sort their search results, they had to access it through "Advanced search "which was not convenient enough as many people don't even bother with it. This tidbit was shared by a tweet by Matt Cutts , Google spam engineer, and I learned about it from the Next Web. Here is a snapshot of the location of "usage rights" in Google Image Gratis Fotos zur freien Verwendung Gratis Fotos zur freien Verwendung "Ich suche Gratis-Fotos, die ich lizenzfrei in meinem Blog benutzen kann!" - Das Internet ist voll von Bilder-Anbietern, die Fotos zum Lizensieren anbieten. Dabei muss üblicherweise eine - vergleichsweise geringe - Lizenzgebühr für die Benutzung gezahlt werden. Viele scheuen sich vor der Anmeldeprozedur oder wollen einfach das Geld sparen. Gratis-Fotos online Die Angaben der folgenden Liste sind ohne Gewähr, da sich die Bedingungen geändert haben könnten. Getty Foundation Eigentlich ist die Getty-Foundation einer der großen Bilderanbieter, bei denen man teures Geld für den Erwerb einer Nutzungslizenz bezahlen muss. NASA Images eXchange Das Bildarchiv der NASA ist gemeinfrei. TotallyFreeImages.com Bei TotallyFreeImages findet man hauptsächlich historische Bilder. Wikimedia Wikimedia ist die "Medienabteilung" von Wikipedia. PDphoto Die "free public domain photo database" ist eine sehr große Bilddatenbank, die kostenlose Bilder anbietet. Quarknet L. Minibild
It Will Take a Village to Keep Wikipedia From Failing - Kevin Evers by Kevin Evers | 3:00 AM November 4, 2013 Wikipedia is in the mature phase of its development, but there may be some trouble ahead. Its contributor base is shrinking, and the recruitment of new editors has proven difficult at best. These aren’t reasons to sound the alarm bells as of yet — in fact, a moderate amount of turnover in an online community can be good thing — but the managers of the crowd-sourced encyclopedia should make a few changes. A good place to start is with more openness to outsiders. Wikipedia, like any mature community, has developed a sophisticated set of norms and best practices that can be daunting to navigate for new members. SOURCE: What to Do When an Online Community Starts to Fail by Walter Frick
Pixabay - Gratis bilder ThreeRing - “I feel like a fly on the wall in my child’s classroom.” Three Ring is a powerful tool that allows teachers to create, and share digital portfolios of the students in their classroom. This application has transformed the way we interact and communicate with the parents of our students. Sustainability is one of our school initiatives and Three Ring has helped us share student assessments, newsletters, and announcements with parents without making a single copy. Three Ring gives us the ability to capture video clips, audio recordings, pictures already on our devices, and capture photos at any moment. This great tool brings the parents into the classroom without physically being there. As one parent has told me, “I feel like a fly on the wall in my child’s classroom.” One of the best things about Three Ring is that the parents can only view their child’s content. Three Ring has been created a sustainable and organized approach to student portfolios and parent interaction.
5 Smart Ways To Use Digital Images In The Classroom 5 Smart Ways To Use Digital Images In The Classroom by Mike Acedo It is well known, that the 21st century student is constantly bombarded with digital imagery. Whether it is from television, social media, advertisers, or smart phones, the relentless visual stimulation that students face has some declaring it as detrimental to student development. It is argued that with so much visual stimulation, it had become harder for students to keep their focus, hampering concentration, and hindering their ability to process information. It is important for students to be able to use images as a tool to advance their own knowledge and achievement. 5 Smart Ways To Use Digital Images In The Classroom Visual Biographies In many aspects of education, a student’s true potential shines through when the subject is personal to them. Teachers can tap into this in a variety of ways; such as having students create visual biographies that represent their lives. Photo Essays Visual Storytelling Photojournalism
5 Good Places for Students to Find Public Domain Images On a fairly regular basis I'm asked for suggestions on places to find public domain images. I have a handful of go-to sites that I usually recommend. Pixabay is currently my first recommendation for a place to find and download quality public domain images. You can search on Pixabay by using keywords or you can simply browse through the library of images. When you find an image you can download it in the size that suits your needs. Registered users do not have to enter a captcha code to download images. Every Stock Photo is a search engine for public domain and Creative Commons licensed pictures. The Morgue File photo collection contains thousands of images that anyone can use for free in academic or commercial presentations. Each time that I visit it the Flickr Commons collection seems to have grown. Bing has an option for finding public domain images.
Manual of Style/Words to watch There are no forbidden words or expressions on Wikipedia, but certain expressions should be used with care, because they may introduce bias. Strive to eliminate expressions that are flattering, disparaging, vague, or clichéd, or that endorse a particular point of view. The advice in this guideline is not limited to the examples provided and should not be applied rigidly. What matters is that articles should be well-written and consistent with the core content policies—Neutral point of view, No original research, and Verifiability. The guideline does not apply to quotations, which should be faithfully reproduced from the original sources; see the section on quotations in the main Manual of Style. Words that may introduce bias Puffery Words such as these are often used without attribution to promote the subject of an article, while neither imparting nor plainly summarizing verifiable information. Peacock example: Just the facts: Contentious labels Unsupported attributions Expressions of doubt
Free Photos - Free Images - Free Stock Photos - FreeDigitalPhotos.net 10 Digital Resources For New Teachers I love watching a new teacher walk through the door. I remember when I was a new teacher. I was a second-career person with list of ideas and qualifications, but I’d soon find out that teaching was nothing like I thought it should be remembering my own classroom experience and watching The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Stand and Deliver. A veteran teacher in my department brought me to my room–the room he was passing down to me. He left me to my new room, the one with the old stickers on the teacher desk and the scorch mark from when the heater caught fire. Everyone has their first memory of seeing their class, decorating the boards, and welcoming students, hoping everyone will love their class. How can we support new teachers? As teammates or veteran teachers, we can help guide the new teachers, but we can also take some of that enthusiasm and outside-the-box teaching that they bring to the table and energize our own teaching. What Every New Teacher Should Know