“Spam — it’s annoying, it’s potentially dangerous and it’s everywhere. Lately, there’s been a surge of it on Twitter, clogging up direct message inboxes and feeds. Receiving spam is bad enough, but when you’re the one doling it out, it feels even worse. It can cause you to lose followers, infect your friends’ accounts or computers and put your own account in danger.”
- Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Summer Learning Series-Doing More And Learning More With Diigo
“Recently, I was asked why do I use Diigo for my social bookmarking tool. The more I thought about it the more I needed to write about all the great features Diigo is not just for regular ol’ users but has some great features for educators too. “
- Flipping In Kindergarten: Connecting Home and School | mattBgomez
“One question I get asked often is about flipping my Kindergarten class. If you have never heard about a flipped class read more about it here. The quick answer is I don’t flip my class for my students. I simply haven’t seen a need for this for my young kids. What I have been doing the last few years is flipping my class for the parents by using a classroom blog. This might not be flipping in the true sense of the word but it is as close as I have come. My goal is to use blog posts and videos to help parents understand the learning that is happening in our classroom. With that knowledge my hope is parents can support or even expand on that learning at home. I believe that informing parents about our learning is important at all levels, but especially for young kids.”
- Film School In Your Pocket – by Filmmaking Stuff
“If I were to teach a formal course in filmmaking, I would call it “Never Has So Much Been Done With So Little, By So Few.” In my film school, you wouldn’t have to buy course materials. On the first day of film school, I would give each student a legal pad, some pencils and a small sharpener. Those would serve as your writing tools. And instead of books, a smartphone and the iMovie app would be all you need. Although if you wanted to download it, a copy of Final Draft may make things easier. Your smartphone would serve as your camera and sound system. And for your initial filmmaking assignment, I would make it so you could only use available lighting, like lamps or street lights, or the sun.”
- Start of Year Survey | the spicy learning blog ~ education, technology, parenting, teaching, learning
“’I’ve made a new start of year survey for my middle schoolers this year. Click the image below to see the live form with all the options.”
- Fourth-Grade Lessons
A university professor relates how teaching fourth-grade helped prepare her for her role in higher education.
- What’s the Difference Between “Using Technology” and “Technology Integration”? | TeachBytes
While initially aimed at K-12 education, this table absolutely applies to higher education as well.
- Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come | The Getty Iris
“Today the Getty becomes an even more engaged digital citizen, one that shares its collections, research, and knowledge more openly than ever before. We’ve launched the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.”
“Employers are using all the tools available to them to [ensure that] they make the correct hiring decision, and the use of social media continues to grow,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “For job seekers, it is essential to be aware of what information they’re making available to employers, and to manage their online image.”
- Integrate iPads Into Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy With This ‘Padagogy Wheel’ | Edudemic
“The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom’s. On Allan’s blog (check it out, it’s great!) he explains that not every app is perfect and that there’s always room to improve. So I’d recommend you check out his blog and offer up your comments, questions, etc. as he ha spent a pantload of time on this thing and I just know you’d enjoy learning about this if you haven’t already.”
- 5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners | Edudemic
“Whether you’re new to technology, just getting started with a social network, or looking for some useful tips then these courses are for you. They’re part of a new idea that I’ve been working on with a few friends. We’re calling it Modern Lessons and it’s essentially a ‘Khan Academy for real-world skills’ where a small handful of people build free online courses designed to help you learn some important things. But it’s more than just a few useful videos about Twitter. There are customized certificates, quizzes, prerequisites, and more. But that’s not important. The important part is what YOU can expect to learn. Since many Edudemic readers are teachers, there’s a whole area devoted to teachers, don’t worry. Adam Webster, an Oxford-educated teacher just outside London, has lovingly crafted a series of useful (and free!) courses designed to help you integrate technology into your classroom. More on that later. “
- Google Drive for Teachers with ‘How-to’ video links | syded
“Google has tripled free storage space, across Gmail, Google+ and Drive, bringing the total to 15GB. This is a serious move by Google as it places the company at the forefront of cloud based solutions with institutions working to tight financial constraints. Having turned to Google Drive as my main storage facility, I thought I would highlight some advantages of using the platform. (Please click on the links for further explanation.)”
- Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum K-12 | Abbotsford School District – STaRT Education Department
This is a great looking site from BC with many resources for teaching digital literacy and citizenship. You have to sign up for what appears to be a free account to download the materials.
- Bloom’s Taxonomy and Twittter
Cool little chart about activities that can be done on Twitter at the different levels of Bloom’s.
- 10 years later, ‘Star Wars Kid’ speaks out – – Maclean’s On Campus
“Almost a billion viewers across the planet know him as the Star Wars Kid, but they’ve never heard him speak, until now. Ghyslain Raza was a normal high-school student in small-town Quebec back in 2002, a shy 14-year-old who liked to make videos. In 2003, classmates posted one of those videos on the Internet without his knowledge–in it, Raza wields a makeshift light saber, clumsily imitating a Star Wars Jedi knight. The video went viral, and the Trois-Rivières teen became one of the earliest and highest-profile victims of a massive cyberbullying attack, one that played out among classmates and strangers online.”
- 3 Ways Feedly Outdoes the Vanishing Google Reader – NYTimes.com
Provides a bit of background on RSS and why you should use it and lots on using Feedly as your RSS reader. Note, at this time, Feedly doesn’t work with Internet Explorer, but is compatible with Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
- New ‘MOOC’ Model for Online PD Offers Diverse Course Lineup – Digital Education – Education Week
“We reported last week on the news that Coursera, a big name in the world of “massively open online courses,” is moving into K-12 by partnering with teacher colleges and other institutions to offer ongoing professional development to educators.”
- inkle » inklewriter
“At inkle, we believe it takes great writers to tell great stories. That’s why we’ve created inklewriter, to help writers tell interactive tales with the minimum of fuss. inklewriter keeps your branching story organised, so you can concentrate on what’s important – the writing.”
- TeachersFirst: Webquest 101
“So what makes a webquest a success? First and foremost, a well-designed webquest puts content in context. It lets students learn about a topic as part of a larger framework. In some cases, a webquest can also let students explore a topic as part of an interdisciplinary unit. For an example, take a look at “All Men are Created…. Equal?” – an interdisciplinary webquest for middle school language arts and social studies. The webquest concludes with a short paper or poem portraying chosen historical figures. If you want to see additional webquests at various grade levels, check out the Examples from Questgarden. Here you can search by grade and/or subject. “
- How to Create a Webquest with WordPress
Tips on creating a WebQuest using WordPress
- How to Embed Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Presentations | UofS Blog Server FAQ
“WordPress supports some embed codes automatically for some sites like YouTube, and Scribd. Embedding Google Docs required adding a plugin to allow them to work correctly. We have enabled a new plugin to allow the embedding of Google Docs, Sheets, Presentations, and Forms. Here are the instructions on how to use this feature:”