Updated Padagogy Wheel Tackles The Problem Of Motivation In Education One of the biggest problems at the core of education is motivation. That’s according to the newest iteration of the popular Padagogy Wheel (pad for iPad instead of ‘ped’agogy) we showcased a couple weeks ago. Allan Carrington spent what must be counless hours thinking, revising, and refining the wheel you see below which is now at version 3.0. Be sure to click here to view version 2.0 of the wheel and click here to view version 1.0. What’s New In The Padagogy Wheel Version 3.0 The new version tackles a major question that is lurking in the back of everyone’s mind. So why yet another version only one week later? How It Works Start at the center. But it’s not how it has to be. Do you ever wonder how schools, universities, colleges, and large groups in general should use social media?
14 Tools to Create Engaging Infographics and Images for Social Media Posts | Belle Beth Cooper It's no secret that images are increasingly important for social media success. It wasn't long ago that Twitter added inline image previews to its official apps, and it's including even more image focus in the latest redesign. At Buffer, we've done tests on our own Twitter account previously that showed images make a huge difference to engagement: In a recent research study we conducted, we found that images can increase retweet rate by up to 150%: Images aren't just useful for Twitter, either. To make the visual side of your social media strategy a bit easier, here are some tools to help you create awesome pictures. 1. PicMonkey is a really easy-to-use photo editing tool that runs in your browser. I love how easy-to-use PicMonkey is, and that you can jump in straight away and give it a go without creating an account or even uploading your own photos. It even has some handy built-in collage designs for Pinterest, Etsy and Facebook: 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Easel.ly Infogr.am Visual.ly Piktochart 7. Recite
M5 DP1 5 Free Twitter Curation Tools To Enhance Your PLN Your personal or professional learning network (PLN) is alive and seemingly awake 24-7 when it comes to Twitter. You’ve probably faced a few scenarios where your real-world obligations got in the way of a hashtag chat, your vacation meant you weren’t able to connect as often, etc. What you need is some free Twitter curation tools to help stop the madness. The following short list of tools should help you enhance your experience with your PLN by making it more manageable and easier to surface high quality tweets and resources. I realize I sound like a used car salesman but it’s really just because I’m a fan of twitter tools that help you get the most out of your experience on the social network. They’re perfect for anyone of any skill level as they’re designed to make your tweeting experience easier and more productive. Storify Storify is a popular tool among teachers and students as it lets you create stories using social media and works exceptionally well with Twitter. Paper.li
10 Free Reading Programs for Kids on Mobile Devices Reading books is the best gift a parent can give to their kids. Where do you find books for kids? With our busy schedule it is sometime hard to find time to visit the book stores and libraries. Each program offers different features. Farfaria : a travelling book library for kids with hundreds of books for kids age 2 to 10. Bookboard : a free book app allowing you to access all the books with a free membership. National Geographic Young Explorer : a free online magazine designed for kids from National Geographic Kids. Timbuktu : a children’s magazine on the iPad. Poetry from the Poetry Foundation : the app offers free access to thousands poems from the Poetry Foundation. Learn with Homer : a comprehensive reading program on iPad designed for kids age 2 to 7. Oxford Owl : not an app, but a website that fully functional on iPad and iPhone. Memetales : a book reader app designed for kids 10 and younger. Starfall : it is not an app, but a website.
M5 DP2 Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable This may sound like a lofty title, but it’s not wrong. There’s an impressive presentation making the rounds dubbed “Mobile is eating the World” by Benedict Evans. In the presentation, Evans shows some staggering charts, interesting factoids, and all the other statistics you’d expect with a title so grand. It makes me think about mobile learning, mobile browsing, and mobile everything. But the real story here is about education. Mobile learning is not only on the rise, it’s inevitable. As you can see in the presentation below (there’s just 24 slides, pretty easy to scroll through and worth it!) So not many people will care about the Macbook announcement(s) but they will care about the internet radio service which some are calling iRadio. Same goes for education. Source: Mobile is eating the World
M5 DP3 10 Resources To Learn About Memorial Day This weekend is Memorial Day. It’s a time for family and picnics–a solid day off on Monday. I struggle with this. Too many Memorial Day sale fliers are mailed to the house and stuffed into newspapers, “Memorial Day Sale–Half Off!” Women in the Military Women have served in the military in many capacities. their role is expanding, however. Military Careers Are you a student interested in a military career? Discovery Channel: The Military Channel: Backyard to Battlefield This Discovery Channel show follows weapons makers as they develop military weapons in small shops, bringing them truly “from backyard to battlefield.” The Month of the Military Child It’s very difficult to be a military child. The USO The United Service Organization , given a face by Bob Hope, is a non-profit Congressionally chartered organization that supports service members and their families during times of conflict and deployment. Discovery Channel: The Military Channel–Wounded Warrior Homeless Veterans