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11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom

11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
“ Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digitally based classroom?”
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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 16 Mobile Apps for Teacher-Librarians | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
here are so many great apps out there and so little time to see them all. Some are available for just the iPad, and some are available for iPhone and Android.
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murrayhill - Research_Databases

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:47 AM

Social Media Citation Guide on my Research Database wikipage -- scroll to the bottom-ish of the page

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:24 AM

This could be very helpful.

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Five Thought-Provoking TED Talks About Digital Literacy

Five Thought-Provoking TED Talks About Digital Literacy | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
My Personal Favorite - TED Talk - Eli Pariser: Beware Online

 

 

Digital Literacy in the Classroom? There is a TED Talk for that!


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How To Raise The Next Zuckerberg: 6 Coding Apps For Kids | readwrite

How To Raise The Next Zuckerberg: 6 Coding Apps For Kids | readwrite | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

By Lauren Orsini

 

"If you want to give your kid every opportunity to succeed, it’s hard to argue with teaching them to code. Some of the wealthiest and most influential people of our time began programming young, and who wouldn’t want that kind of future for our kids?

 

"Yesterday, we reviewed Hopscotch, an iPad app that teaches children the basics of any modern programming language. However, that’s just one of the many options out there. Here are six free tools to get kids excited about code. Whether she’s 5 or 15, and whether she wants to learn Ruby or Java, there’s something here just for her:"


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Super Comic Book Apps for Your iPad

Super Comic Book Apps for Your iPad | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
Can't make it to your local comic book store for Free Comic Book Day? Sit back, relax, and power up that iPad with one of these apps.

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Tamara Cox's curator insight, May 1, 2013 9:36 AM

There are several excellent apps for creating your own comics.

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52 Gmail Shortcuts You Should Know About - Edudemic

52 Gmail Shortcuts You Should Know About - Edudemic | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
There are dozens of Gmail shortcuts that you should check out in your never-ending quest to reach the elusive 'inbox zero' goal.

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Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, May 7, 2013 11:39 AM

Long list of Gmail shortcuts. 

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Digital Literacy: Find Free (and Legal) Images for Your Classroom

Digital Literacy: Find Free (and Legal) Images for Your Classroom | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

"The Internet has made a myriad of material readily available to a vast audience. Along with these seemingly infinite resources  has come a lot of confusion about how images and other content published online should be legally recognized, protected or used. As educators, we often struggle in navigating that road."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:55 PM

Our students often go to Google or Bing to find images for their work...but they do not always know how to find images that are open source. This post provides many resources that you might use with students, as well as a story about what may happen if a student uses an image that is under copyright. 

Bijal Damani's curator insight, April 30, 2013 11:26 PM

A great resource. Explore !!!

Karen Williams's curator insight, July 25, 2013 11:12 PM

Great classroom resource to help find cc images

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
We know that most educators who use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from just about anything else.
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What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need?

What do you feel are the key digital literacy skills that 21st century learners need? | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

Digital literacy has become one of the major issues facing educators in this early part of the 21st century. The need to develop students and teachers digital literacies has become increasingly accepted as fact and yet most teachers' and students' understanding of what exactly constitutes a digital literacy still seems to remain quite vague. Even more vague seems to be teachers' understanding of how precisely we go about developing those literacies.


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 9, 2013 1:04 PM
That's my impression too. Thanks.
David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 2014 10:35 PM

The exposure to this 'social quizzing' app was alone worth the read.  You won't be surprised to find out what is the #1 response, and the final response is unintentionally funny to me - it received 0 votes.  

Aurora María's curator insight, April 26, 2015 4:33 PM

añada su visión ...

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The Incredible Shrinking Vocabularies of Today's Students | ParamusPost.com

The Incredible Shrinking Vocabularies of Today's Students | ParamusPost.com | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

How bad is the state of vocabulary in today’s generation? Recently a fellow teacher told me about a high school senior who wrote in a college application essay that she did not “want to be taken for granite,” meaning, of course, she did not “want to be taken for granted.” The author of this embarrassing blunder carried a 4.0 GPA, was enrolled in honors English, and attended a highly rated northeast school. How could this happen?


It happened because she never saw these words in print because she does not read; she hears. And even then, she does not listen. She acquired the incorrect phrase the way she learned the majority of her language – from broadcast media. The result is that this student, like most of her peers, does not have a traditional print vocabulary, but an electronic one.

 

Electronic vocabularies are built by television, radio, and the internet sending out waves of words that crash over the auditory systems of modern teens. Most words dissipate within seconds while only a few, like errant splashes of water, drip into the memories of America’s students. But the words arrive damaged or warped. The endings are truncated, syllables are lost, letters are changed, and meanings are mutated. The process of assimilating vocabulary this way is tantamount to listening to a cellphone call that has lost tower strength and keeps cutting in and out. Only bits and pieces of the message get through and understanding is compromised. This is the current educational process of vocabulary acquisition.

 

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The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift

The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 28, 2013 12:21 PM

A great lesson to share with students--just because someone says it's not permanent, don't believe it.  Think what you post may live forever online, and then decide if it's worth posting.

Tania Gammage's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:43 PM

Useful for Year 7 IL and safety issues

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Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents

Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined.
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Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This.

Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This. | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's most common sources of information are news outlets, books, and academic archives. So if your teacher has banned Wikipedia, just follow Wikipedia's trail of sources to get to the good stuff. Oh, and don't tell them we sent you.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:12 AM

Hmmm... Worth knowing about. Still can't cite it, but a good place to start for background info.

Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:06 AM

A great starting point - track it back to see where it might have come from.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:43 AM

Teach students and teachers how Wikipedia can be a starting point in the research process, not the final destination. 

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Five Essential Google Drive Skills For Teachers

Five Essential Google Drive Skills For Teachers | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

Here are five essential Google Drive skills that teachers and students need.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:17 PM

As schools move to the cloud, these digital skills will be important.

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:03 AM
As we move to the virtual world, it's important to move into a virtual collaborative world.
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Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Digital Citizenship Graphic for your Classroom | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Digital Smarts | Scoop.it

Digital citizenship is " the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use."

 

It is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age. Just like literacy and numeracy initiatives which provide people with the skills to ' participate in the work force, digital literacy has become an essential skill to be a confident, connected, and actively involved life long learner.'

 

I personally recommend that teachers and educators should, throughout the entire school year, devote special sessions to just teaching students about Digital Citizenship. Students need to learn how to act appropriately while using the net and there are several activities and resources to help you do that with them. Check out this section  to access some of these resources. I am also sharing with you today a great graphic on the components of digital citizenship.Try out printing it and using it with your students in the classroom. It is really wonderful. Click headline to view graphic full screen-- 


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Os Ishmael's curator insight, May 2, 2013 6:14 PM

Extremely valuable! I little mentoined topic of digital citizenship that needs more airtime!

Tony Gough's curator insight, May 3, 2013 10:19 AM

Use the Internet by respecting the work of those who help you learn!

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, May 10, 2013 1:40 PM
Very interesting,good indeed.