"In short, my most important reading is social. If I had been reading on my tablet, I would have highlighted the passage and shared it and the link to the story on either my Facebook or Twitter accounts, or both. But, as it was, I kept reading, and I didn't share the story. This meant I did not have a record of the link or the interesting passage, nor did I have any enlightening discussions with my friends and followers about the story. No record, no notes, no conversation: it was pleasure reading at its most basic, simply killing time until we hit 10,000 feet and I could get back to work.
Of course, most of us first experience reading as a social activity. Whether having stories read to us as children or the collective reading that characterizes early reading instruction, reading begins as a social experience. It is only as we grow older that reading becomes a private, individual activity, one often divorced from contact with others. There are certainly many avenues of social reading that exist prior to digital networking—book clubs come immediately to mind—but the pervasive nature of digital technologies has the potential to transform all of our reading into a social experience."
A Google-Maps/Amazon mash-up for finding books that take place where you're traveling. Search the map and make your next destination come alive!
This site has the potential to merge geography and social studies education with English and literature studies. This site, Novels on Location let's you search for book titles using Google Maps to scroll through the collection. However, there are very few geo-coded titles at the moment, but with some help, this could be a fantastic resource.
"What I want to talk about today is the people who are using Pinterest to share ideas about education, or more specifically – THE CLASSROOM!"
Scoop.it is still my preferred way to share educational material, because of the magazine layout, but for sharing with a large community (especially sharing pictures) pinterest certainly does have some value for educators since it can socially archive all of your favorite resources and materials.
Your textbook is another tool in your teacher's instructional kit. The problem is that for many of us it becomes a crutch when we begin lesson planning. (Practical post by @ShellTerrell 20 Ways to Bring Your Textbook to Life!
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Virtual Community and Social Media, Virtual Community/Social Media Course raises issues of Collective Action, Virtual Community/Social Media Course raises issues of Social ...
This piece comes to us courtesy of Education Nation's The Learning Curve blog. Social Media Explorer CEO Jason Falls writes. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Family Literacy
Avoiding -- or worse, banning -- social media platforms for students prohibits them from being successful professionals in fields like accounting, chemistry, the arts and more.
Why so declarative? Because social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs) have become the fabric of how the world communicates. Yes, traditional methods of connecting and collaborating still exist -- you can still pick up the phone or write a letter -- but you can also route messages or share ideas with clients, colleagues, vendors and others using collaboration platforms, social networks, wikis and more.
In today's business environment, someone lacking not just an understanding but a working knowledge of social media and social networking tools is at a competitive disadvantage. Not preparing our young people - whether in elementary, secondary or post-secondary education environments - to not only have but also excel with these skills means we are failing in our mission as educators.
Sounds like a paradox, but this project is planning to tweet WWII 'updates' on this day and time as though it were 1940. This could really make historical events more real and foster historical empathy.
See all the ideas at http://visionsofstudents.org (an HTML5 interactive video collage). Final remix from the Visions of Students Today video project. Thank y...
A video 'mash-up' of college students ideas about social media, digital literary and conventional educational styles. While I can't agree with all the perspectives simultaneously, the questions raised are worth considering deeply.
Social media and smartphone-based learning help typically shy students find their voice.
“While the kids are reading novels, watching movies or listening to podcasts, there’s this awesome discussion taking place without anyone saying a word,” Gianotti says. “Students who are typically quiet during traditional discussions really like Celly, because it levels the playing field for them. It’s totally transformed my classroom.”
Fellow Lowell High School English/language arts teacher Kevin Deal uses Twitter in a similar fashion. Deal writes hashtags on the board that address the themes of the day’s lesson; his students then use the hashtags to track their conversations on the microblog, both with other students and the larger Twitter universe.
"Ahead of tomorrow’s announcement from Apple, other companies are throwing their hats in the DIY textbook ring. These companies are hoping to get you, the teacher, writing your own textbook or at least contributing up-to-the-minute facts so no textbook is ever out of date again." Make your social media classroom more autonomous and tailor to your own needs.
ePals is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million classrooms in 200 countries and territories have joined the ePals Global Community to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas.