Infographic Labs has put together a compelling infographic as to why Google+ is worth your time.
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"The report, Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning, examines the support that educators and schools will require to implement genuine teaching practices that are personalized for each student. Digital learning, the report argues, can be a major strategy for enabling teachers to meet varied students’ needs while also supporting necessary cultural shifts in teaching.
According to the report, learner-centered instruction is personalized, rigorous, and based on college- and career-ready expectations. It is also collaborative, relevant, and flexible, with learning taking place anytime or anywhere. A true shift to a learner-centered environment powered by effective technology requires a strong school culture that embodies, encourages, and focuses on the needs of each student, the report argues. Specifically, Culture Shift maintains that the integration of technology and digital learning, school leadership, and changes in the teaching profession are critical to the transition to this new culture."
Download the complete report on this site!
Via Kathleen McClaskey
Δημιουργήστε ένα διαδικτυακό περιοδικό στην τάξη σας! Δώστε την ευκαιρία στους μαθητές σας να γίνουν τα μέλη σε μία δημιουργική δημοσιογραφική ομάδα!
Η εφαρμογή των περιοδικών Geld verdienen im Internet eTwinning δίνει τη δυνατότητα σε εκπαιδευτικούς που έχουν λογαριασμό στο Πανελλήνιο Σχολικό Δίκτυο και που έχουν ξεκινήσει συνεργασίες με άλλες eTwinning ομάδες του εξωτερικού, να δημιουργήσουν περιοδικά και να προβάλλουν τις συνεργασίες τους.
Learning a foreign language has long been a high school graduation requirement, but technology has taken language learning to new levels with the availability of interactive websites, apps for handheld devices, and software that can target students’ weak spots.
Technology changes quickly, and recently, a new way of teaching and learning foreign languages has emerged: using virtual worlds, such as Second Life, to increase student engagement and confidence as they build new language skills.
Insights drawn from neuroscience not only provide educators with a scientific basis for understanding some of the best practices in teaching, but also offer a new lens through which to look at the problems teachers grapple with every day.
Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Dr. Richard NeSmith, Dennis T OConnor
Giuseppe Mauriello: I "scooped" this service called Clipboard when it was in private beta, October 15, 2011:
Today Clipboard, that allows users to save parts of Web pages, is no longer in private beta.
From review on The Next Web:
"Clipboard was founded by Gary Flake, who previously founded Microsoft’s Live Labs, Yahoo Research.
Flake sees Clipboard as a service closer to Dropbox, then he does Pinterest. While Pinterest is more for vanity sharing, his company is all about capturing the important parts of the web for your own purposes, whether you want to keep your clips private or share them with others.
Along with coming out of beta, the site has launched its own feature called “boards”, which Flake tells me was the original concept for the site. Users can now put together all of the things that they clip into a Pinterest-style board and share them publicly or just with specific people.
By using Clipboard, you can not only share links, you can share the actual context of what interested you in the first place, with the code from the page completely intact. So if you wanted to clip an IMDB page, all of the links to the actor pages would remain. This beats the current Pinterest experience of simply grabbing an image..."
Read full article here:
Try out it: https://clipboard.com
Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Jaana Nyström
By ‘extending your screen’ (in Windows) and then using Microsoft PowerPoint’s inbuilt ‘Presenter’ mode, your current PowerPoint slide is displayed on the laptop screen as well as your notes section, a timer, upcoming slides and access to other programs and files.
Via Baiba Svenca
Bitly is the URL shortener that I have been using for years. It's simple to use, especially if you use the bookmarklet, allows you to customize URLs, and offers good statistics about use of your links. I like Bitly so much that I consider it one of the three browser tools all teachers should try. Yesterday, Bitly introduced a slew of new options
Excerpted from the article by Nicholas Herold on Darwin Ecosystem Blog:
"There are a lot of great pieces on the techniques and tools of content curation, and almost all of them include some version of do’s and don’ts.
This is the way I think about content curation: If you were a museum curator, you would be thinking about 1. Your audience; 2. Your theme; 3. Find pieces that would work in that context; 4. Acquire the pieces; 5. Plan the space for the exhibit; 6. Advertise, and 7. Install.
Obviously there are major differences between curation in a museum and on the Internet.
The most important difference is the time scale: events on the Internet are new every picosecond.
In almost every other important respect, the role of the museum curator is the same as that of a content curator on the Internet. The 7 steps above are all the same, except the context is a bit different: you still need to plan how you’re going to exhibit what you’ve acquired.
Curation is a tool to get people who are interested in your field to come to you and regard you as a trusted source.
First, the Do’s:
1. Do pay attention to your subject: Keep on top of your topic.
2. Do give credit to others where you get stuff from: in a world where SEO credit comes from others, it makes sense to scratch their backs, and give them a reason to scratch yours.
3. Do find interesting content to share.
4. Do share the content in context: It’s not enough to post the relevant content, you have to say why you think this is important.
Now for the Don’ts:
1. Don’t appropriate—curate. This means that you should not take someone else’s work. It’s okay to quote small portions of text or visuals, but grabbing the content and resposting it as you own is appropriating, in other words, stealing.
2. Don’t forget your audience. A while back I tweeted something that was a bit controversial and unrelated to my topic and lost about a third of my followers.
3. Don’t pitch your product by pretending it’s the content you’re curating. If someone feels you are only interested in selling, you will lose followers.
4. Don’t give up!
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Via Giuseppe Mauriello