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The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom

The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom
This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? The term “wiki” is derived from the word wikiwiki, which is the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Wikipedia is rapidly developing, and its editors strive, over time, to increase its reliability as a source of information. Yes. Related:  Educational BlogsTeaching Practice

The Top 20 Education Blogs | Intercepts Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.” I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. The rankings are updated once a day, but here are the top 20 education blogs as of May 16, with their Technorati authority figures (1000 is the highest possible score): 1) Joanne Jacobs – 610 2) The Quick and the Ed – 601 3) Gotham Schools – 584 4) Education Experts (National Journal) – 576 5) Flypaper – 572 6) Curriculum Matters (Education Week) – 562 7) Eduwonk – 556 8) Cool Cat Teacher Blog – 553 9) Get Schooled (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) – 550 10) Jay P. (tie) Intercepts – 527 12) This Week in Education – 526 13) The School Law Blog (Education Week) – 518

70 Tools And 4 Reasons To Make Your Own Infographics Infographics are everywhere. Some love them. Some hate them. But however you feel, it’s fun to learn a little bit in a short period of time. Most are made so you can quickly grasp the key concepts behind them. That’s a key thing to keep in mind if you want to make your own infographics . Why Should Classrooms Use Infographics Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about WHY you might want to make an infographic: 1) you run a blog or website that you want to display visually-engaging information and grab the attention of your readers. 2) you want to grab the attention of students by boiling down theories and content into key concepts that can inspire more in-depth learning. 3) you’re a student who wants to show off your understanding of concepts by analyzing, digesting, and then remixing it all into an elegant infographic. 4) you’re a teacher who wants to get students engaged and doing new projects. What Makes A Good Infographic? Tools To Make Your Own Infographics

Edu Tech Stories Teaching Creativity – The Case for Mind Mapping If thinking is about making connections between pieces of information, then creative thinking is making the connections that no one else has seen. However, when we tell students to find relationships between seemingly disparate ideas, we often get blank stares—why? According to thinkers like Ken Robinson, it’s because our education system kills creativity. From the moment they lift a pen, students are taught to think linearly. They read books from start to finish, left to right and top to bottom. It is no wonder that students can’t make connections between ideas when they reach college. We have strong evidence that Da Vinci, Descartes, Darwin and virtually every other iconic thinker traversed disciplines and distant plains of inquiry to reach powerful insights. Teaching Mind Mapping? I believe they can, particularly if they get access to helpful technology. And students value this too. Image from ConceptDraw Mind Map Web Page Can the tools we use to teach lead to creative thinking?

Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: A good 12-minute video walking you through the basics of Twitter: Some just read other people’s posts and click on links. Each of these is a hashtag (with # in front … a way to tag and find content). Some Twitter accounts worth following: @INeLearn — Indiana’s elearning (digital learning) office. HASHTAGS — Go to these hashtags to find other great people to follow: #INeLearn — Indiana elearning#engchat — English teachers#sschat — Social studies teachers#mathchat — Math teachers#scichat — Science teachers#edchat — General education#edtech — Educational technology#tlap — Teach Like a PIRATEAnd, of course … #DitchBook — Ditch That Textbook!

What Sir Ken Got Wrong “We are educating people out of their creativity” Sir Ken Robinson Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable. If you’re interested in education, at some point someone will have sent you a link to a video by Sir Ken Robinson, knighted for services to education in England in 2003. What explains such iconic influence? Sir Ken’s ideas are incredibly seductive, but they are wrong, spectacularly and gloriously wrong. In a few sentences, this is his argument about education: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. All that glistens is not gold Here are some select quotations from his talks and books that illustrate his ideas: 1. ‘All kids have talents, and we squander them ruthlessly.’ ‘We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.’ ‘Education dislocates people from their natural talents, buried deep; you have to create circumstances where they show themselves.’ 2. ‘What is education for? 3. ‘Academic ability is seen as intelligence; others are not valued, or stigmatised.’

BYOT Network | Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content Into the great unknown | Brisbane Girls Grammar School Mr Trent Driver, Dean of Academic Development Over the past few weeks, I think I have felt a bit like my GP might feel, sitting in his office with a full list of people awaiting his attention. It has been Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan interview time, where Year 10 students sit and discuss their plans for their subject selections across Years 11 and 12 and how those fit into their longer-term aspirations. They sit in the waiting area outside my office ahead of their appointed time and, one by one, talk with me about where they are now and what they would like their futures to hold. All my conversations start the same way, every single one of them. What are you looking forward to as you head into your Senior years at the School? It is rewarding to talk with girls who have clear goals that they have thought through, and a clear path that they would like to walk over the next few years. This is not without challenges. References ATC21S. (2013). Care, E. (2013).

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