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Infographic of the Week: A Digital Citizenship Guide for Teachers & Students

Infographic of the Week: A Digital Citizenship Guide for Teachers & Students | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Information literacy, appropriate use, etiquette, responsibility, privacy, respect… What do these items have in common?

 

Well, did you know that they are all components of digital citizenship? It’s true! These concepts– and many more—are part of the online code of ethics students need to be made aware of in order to develop and maintain a positive digital footprint.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 31, 2014 12:53 AM

Hopefully, it becomes more than a checklist in classrooms. Otherwise, it is good.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:29 AM

Nice Infographiof digital citizenship

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#Hashtag Thinglink: Quickly Discover & Categorize Interactive Images

#Hashtag Thinglink: Quickly Discover & Categorize Interactive Images | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Media-rich tags consisting of video, audio, links, images—and now introducing another #spec-tech-ular feature from Thinglink, one of my all-time favorite web tools… Yep, you guessed it—hashtags!

 

For those of you who might be new to this concept, hashtags are keywords preceded by the hash symbol (#) and used to search, locate and/or categorize content on various social media sites.

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How to Use Google Drive to Teach Coding in the Classroom

How to Use Google Drive to Teach Coding in the Classroom | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Coding in the classroom is becoming an increasingly popular thing to do. The Hour of Code helped raise awareness for that, and has brought to light a whole slew of new coding opportunities for teachers and students.


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Synthesize with the Cube Creator

Synthesize with the Cube Creator | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Need an engaging prewriting or postreading activity for your students?  Then be sure to check out the Cube Creatorfrom ReadWriteThink, an interactive that provides students with a visual organizer to summarize information in one of the following categories: Bio Cube, Mystery Cube, Story Cube and Create-Your-Own-Cube.

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QR Codes and Math Stations

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Providing feedback to students is important.   I find that the more specific the feedback is, the better.  Teachers use many ways to give feedback, whether that's verbally or through written form. ...

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Hello Ruby

Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.

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Codecademy: Hour of Code Packs In More Lessons, Plus iPad Optimization

Codecademy: Hour of Code Packs In More Lessons, Plus iPad Optimization | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

One month after its launch in the App Store, Codeacademy: Hour of Code has gone universal — being optimized for iPad and iPad mini, as well as iPhone and iPod touch.


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Kirsty Watts's curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:29 PM

This is a great App to start learning to code.

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Stay on Track with the Teachit Timer

Stay on Track with the Teachit Timer | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

So, you want to get the most out of instructional time? Then think about adding an online timer to your teacher techbox. Although there are many from which to choose, check out Teachit Timer, a free and simple countdown tool that includes two nifty features: In addition to displaying time elapsed, it also shows the time remaining. And users can even choose to sound an alarm when time is up as well.

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Lustworthy Fonts Made of Win | The Daring Librarian

Lustworthy Fonts Made of Win | The Daring Librarian | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

I've made no secret that I have a great love for graphic design, fonts, and the FREE site PicMonky; which makes even the novice dabbler feel like their creations are Made of WIN! As Joyce Valenza said in a recent blog post "my love for PicMonkey, in general, is so great that a premium subscription is critical!" But you don't have to have a Royale subscription (but it's worth it!)  to get lustworthy fonts, see!? Here are 10 FREE fonts that are super cool!


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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 20, 2014 9:18 PM

I can't stay away from my Font Addiction - Join me for Lustworthy sexy fonts & a few blogging tips!

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Totally Techucation Tuesday

Totally Techucation Tuesday | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Clearly TechChef has an affinity for alliteration… This Tuesday in particular, we are happy to release the first in a monthly series of “TechChef Tecuation Gazettes”. These e-newsletters will be mailed once a month and offer exclusive learning app-ortunities, showcase the latest in professional development toolkits, and highlight terrific thought leaders, tools, and tips for techucation.

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Tech the Plunge with the Character Scrapbook

Tech the Plunge with the Character Scrapbook | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Want to reinforce a variety of standards-based literacy skills in a fun and interactive way?  If so, then Scholastic’s Character Scrapbookis the answer!  This web resource is a user-friendly reader’s response activity students can use to analyze a character in their favorite book or story.  The template not only allows them to include details and reflections about a character through text, but it also provides the students with the opportunity to create a visual representation of that character as well.

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Kobe Davis's curator insight, May 15, 2015 9:05 PM

This resource allows students to gain a deeper understanding about a books character. Students are able to create an online image of a character by choosing their different features. Teachers can also print a blank copy and students can freehand draw their character. Students can also use this program to create a list of character traits. It is an engaging tool to get students thinking more deeply about a character. This resource could be used for any stage of learners but is more suited to stage 1 or 2.

 

In the classroom I would choose two or three characters from the book and allocate them to the students. They would then create their image of the character as well as 10 character traits. I would then select one of each character to come and present their work. These character profiles would also be excellent to hang on the walls for students to refer to through their writing activities.

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Scale Your Images Online in Three Easy Steps

Scale Your Images Online in Three Easy Steps | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Whenever you need a quick and easy way to resize an image without having to use a full-size image editing tool like Gimp or Photoshop, then be sure to check out Scale Your Image. This utility allows users to upload an image, specify the desired dimensions and then download the resized image. Scale Your Image also provides users with rotation and zooming tools as well as the option to save in one of three file formats: jpg, png and gif.

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Get Busy with ClassTools

Get Busy with ClassTools | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Looking for some neat classroom resources to use with your students? Then be sure to check out ClassTools.net – a free flash based website that allows users to create their own quizzes, diagrams, activities and educational games that can be hosted on your own blog, website/wiki or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!

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Build with LEGO Bricks Using Google Chrome

Build with LEGO Bricks Using Google Chrome | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.


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John Dalziel's curator insight, January 28, 2014 2:19 PM

Build with Chrome, is a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group which has brought colourful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now Google has opening it up to everybody. So now users can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.
There are a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations.
- Users can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created.
- A new categorization system for completed Builds will help users sort and filter for specific types of structures.
- To hone skills users can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials.

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Top 9 Apps and Tools for Learning Grammar

Top 9 Apps and Tools for Learning Grammar | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

If you ask students what their favorite subject is, it’s a rare kid who will say grammar. If you ask teachers the same question, it’s also a rare teacher who will say that s/he enjoys teaching grammar more than any other subject.


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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, January 27, 2014 5:06 PM

Not sure how I feel yet about strict grammar apps, but I do know most of my students struggle with conventions and I'm willing to spend some instructional time finding out if there is an imapct.

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Snap Collage for the iPad

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Snap Collage is an app that will create attractive collages.  It also has significant Photo Editing capability.

 

When you open Snap Collage, you are presented with a scrolling list of layouts at the top of the screen and a view of the albums on the iPad.  As you select photos, the  layouts at the top will change to accommodate the number of photos selected.  Touch the desired layout to begin creating the collage.  Photos can be rearranged and resized in the collage.


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Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading

Infographics as Assessments for Nonfiction Reading | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

This past weekend, my step-daughter Emily, who works in the field of non-profit fundraising, asked me out of the blue, "Do you you ever teach your students about infographics?" I beamed with pride as I showed off my students' hard work.


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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, January 26, 2014 7:36 PM

Great outline of steps to integrate nonfiction reading, research process that includes evaluation and data collection to the completed creative product: the Infographic!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher"

Free Technology for Teachers: 21 Reasons to Stop Saying "21st Century Teacher" | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

For the love of students can we stop using "21st Century" like means anything other than identifying current century?


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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, January 27, 2014 8:55 AM

Thank you for saying this out loud.

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A Helpful Chart for Creating and Implementing BYOD Policy in Your School

A Helpful Chart for Creating and Implementing BYOD Policy in Your School | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

As the concept of BYOD gains more and more in popularity, several school districts are embracing it as an integrative technology framework to solve  issues related to technology access and availability in schools. I have already created a page here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning packed full of resources and materials to help you better understand the philosophy underlying  BYOD concept. however, today, I am sharing with you this wonderful chart created by Laurens Derks and featured in BYODSandpit.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 26, 2014 5:31 PM

SWEET! Gotta share this with my principal!

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What’s Hiding Behind Your Screen?

What’s Hiding Behind Your Screen? | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

OK, before you think I’ve completely lost my mind for posting an image like this on my blog, read on…

 

Maybe it’s my twisted sense of humor, but when a colleague of mine sent me this picture—one that was used during a recent cyber safety in-service program at her school, I initially cracked up laughing. But being the digital citizenship crusader that I am, I also immediately thought—this is a must-have resource to utilize with students. Talk about a powerful image to emphasize the dangers associated with engaging in online chats with total strangers! I mean, if this doesn’t illustrate the fact that one can never quite be sure what is creeping on the other end of that Facebook, Twitter or SnapChat conversation, then I don’t know what does.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 2014 7:32 PM

It is a challenge despite the fact I know some "tech ed gurus" who deny it.

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Send Them on Learning Missions

Send Them on Learning Missions | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

I want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges.

I want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpufI want to be the kind of teacher who inspires my students to actively learn beyond my class, because they are curious. I began to integrate some of the characteristics of game based learning that invites them to learn through missions and challenges. Technology and blended learning helped me encourage my learners to explore beyond our class. I stopped giving mandatory homework and began to give them a choice of missions and challenges. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=7023#sthash.onIysjOj.dpuf
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:20 AM

Long before we had the Internet, computers, and blended learning John Dewey said that children are by their very nature curious. Alfred North Whitehead said that the key school subject was Life and all its manifestations.

 

Do we need to send them on learning missions or honour the learning they do?

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Another Reason to HEART Digital Storytelling!

Another Reason to HEART Digital Storytelling! | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Well, my sixth grade Tech Club kids have been at it again! This time to promote the middle school Student Assistance Program known as the HEART (Helping Educate At-Risk Teens) Team. That’s right! When some teachers approached us to create a video promoting our student assistance program, of course, these digital wizards once again rose to the challenge.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Students buzzed about the latest uproar on Instagram. Anonymous sources had posted a “questionable”–and NSFW–list for multiple public schools in our city on Instagram, leading to distraught girls, viral Twitter reactions, and an investigation. This type of cyberbullying and reckless use of digital communication is rampant among teens, but this recent episode was only unusually due to it’s elevated publicity.


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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, January 27, 2014 7:24 PM

Thsi article makes a lot of sense. All educators need to be aware of emerging digital citizenship issues and challenges.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:16 PM

Excellent article as always from TeachThought. 

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Our friend, Martin & More! Resources for Teaching & Learning about MLK, Jr.

Our friend, Martin & More! Resources for Teaching & Learning about MLK, Jr. | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

 

This quote epitomizes why I have always admired Martin Luther King, Jr. As a pastor, activist, humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, he not only advocated for the equal treatment of our fellow man, but he also supported the fair and humane treatment of animals

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