Thinking about using Twitter with your students ? The visual below is one of the best guide I have come across online. The graphic is created by Langwitches and provides a cognitive incentive for those reluctant teachers out there to start using social media with their students and particularly Twitter.
Langwitches started her graphic by outlining some of the reasons why as a teacher you should be engaged in a tweeting experience with your students. Tweeting, as is shown here, helps you cultivate a wide range of important literacies including : digital literacy, information literacy, network literacy and also promotes some other skills such as critical thinking and reading and writing skills.
In the second part of the graphic Langwitches introduced the Twitter routine and talked about some of the things students need to keep in mind while using Twitter and then at the third part she placed some Twitter practices along a continuum of thinking skills with lower order thinking skills in one end and higher order thinking skills at the other.
Langwiches has also recently created a wonderful visual on visible thinking routines. I recommend that you check it.
Reading. Writing. Math. Those are the big ones, right? Up until recently, a lot of people would have probably said that was correct. But since it is 2013 and so much of our lives happen online, digital literacy is being added to the list.
Following iPad and Surface tablet launches, Apple and Microsoft trade new barbs in quest for tablet supremacy. (Fierce competition between the titans (Microsoft and Apple) produces great products for the rest of us!
Excerpted from article on Copyblogger: "While keeping diligent focus on your content production, you must also review your past choices, looking for ways to allow more readers to engage with your writing. In other words you may need to think more like an editor.
Here are 30 editing tips that will help you become a more effective editor-in-chief of the content you create.
***Fall in love with your website: 1. Forget “like.” 2. Sit down; stay awhile. 3. Turn the spotlight outward. 4. Highlight a reason to subscribe. 5. Have discerning taste. 6. Break the rules for a good cause. 7. Don’t call it Google Minus. 8. Check your WordPress before you wreck your WordPress. 9. Tell them what you want. 10. Say no to “yes men.”
***Vamp up your editorial strategy: 11. Water the plant. 12. Prepare; don’t plan. 13. Take yourself out of the equation. 14. Research what’s hot. 15. Seduce your audience. 16. Diversify your topics. 17. Look in nooks and crannies. 18. Tighten up. 19. Walk the line. 20. Log out and mute.
***Make your words irresistible: 21. Try the Fat Ass Fudge diet. 22. Divide and conquer. 23. Use concise language. 24. Outline major points. 25. Write one compelling line. 26. Learn language rules. 27. Avoid word choice mistakes. 28. Examine each letter. 29. Leave time. 30. Regard everything as practice.
Drafts aren’t only rough versions of documents and manuscripts. Most creations are ongoing works in progress..."
I make my living as a corporate training, at least until I become a best-selling novelist and have people pay me breath-taking sums to option my stories for TV (An example of using eLearning software to deliver an enhanced story on the web.
“Why do I have to keep practicing? I know it already!” Cognitive science has a persuasive retort: We don’t just need to learn a task in order to perform it well; we need to overlearn it. “The message from this study is that in order to perform with less effort, keep on practicing, even after it seems the task has been learned,” says Ahmed. “We have shown there is an advantage to continued practice beyond any visible changes in performance.” In other words: You’re getting better and better, even when you can’t tell you’re improving—a thought to keep you going through those long hours of practice.