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Dean Mantz's insight:
Common Sense Media has always been a teachers go to spot for materials on Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying along with many other resources. As of 2/27/14, they have announed free iBooks as textbooks containing their Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum. The series goes 8 iBooks deep. Teachers will be able to find a version for them along with student workbook editions.
I am a strong believer in students creating and maintaining an ePortfolio. ePortfolios can be designed with either the focus of showing best work or growth for prospective employers or even grant applications.
"You know the content, you understand pedagogy, and you can navigate the minefield of diplomacy when dealing with parents, students, administrators, literacy coaches, and the local news station when they want to see the iPads glow on the students faces.
You know how to manage and coddle, inspire and organize, assess and deliver content.
But the technology is different. That part you do okay with, but, truth be told, the students are geniuses with technology. Born hackers. And of course they are, you tell yourself.
"In thinking recently of all of the different strands of digital citizenship–human, legal, media-based, technological, and so on–it occurred to me that citizenship online was really not much different than citizenship in person.
The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
"Don’t get me wrong – given my Twitter ID it’s a given that I believe very strongly in using technology to support and enhance learning. The OED states that an evangelist is “a person who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, especially by public preaching”, so ok… I might not be doing the Christian faith bit, but as an ‘ICT Evangelist’ I do believe that technology has the power to change our world and certainly the learning that takes place in our classrooms and beyond.
There’s a problem though. There is a dichotomy of experiences, skills, beliefs and abilities when it comes to using technology in our classrooms. It’s written in to the United States Declaration of Independence that, “all men are born equal”, but it’s certainly not true when it comes to the experiences that our students receive in their lessons at the hands of some of our teachers and that’s before you even think about entering technology into the equation."
The Search Results: Among other useful materials, I stumbled across a pretty neat interactive image on the Cyberbee site that answers some common student questions about copyright, including the one that sent me over the edge!
Have you ever tried to add a clickable link to your YouTube videos, only to find that you can't? There are in fact three ways to do this, methods that have remained hidden - until now! YouTube Now Lets You Create Clickable Links! YouTube is great (our free YouTube guide explains this assertion in greater…
Dean Mantz's insight:
This is another nice tutorial that students may use in creating interactive stories using videos on YouTube.
1. You get what you put into this. If your goal is an A, you’ll completely miss the point.
2. If your goal is to be creative and really push yourself, you’ll probably have an awesome project that will obviously get an A.
3. If you don’t mess up, fail, or get frustrated at least 5 times, you’re not trying hard enough. Keep going.
4. If you try to find a “safe” project, it won’t be that great. If you attempt a “risky” project, it could potentially be great. Take the risk.
5. The second you begin to think of grand ideas and then start saying, “Yeah, but…”– keep going. You’re heading in the right direction.
6. This could be the coolest thing you’ve ever done or you could look for the easy way out. It’s your call. That’s how life works. If you want to be average and always wonder “What if” then go the easy way. If you want to be extraordinary, you could do that as well. Average people look for the easy way; awesome people try to make everything the coolest thing they’ve ever done. That’s life.
7. Many of your classmates will hold back and not take the extra step. Their projects will be OK, but they’ll be lacking something– you’ll know it and (more importantly) they’ll know it, too. Don’t be like them. Stand out. Take a risk.
8. If most of your friends think your project sounds great, it probably isn’t. If most of your friends think your project sounds too crazy or too difficult or too far out there, it’s probably an awesome idea! Do the latter.
9. Have fun.
10. Don’t focus on the grade. Focus on being awesome. The grade will be a bi-product.
"In this quick post I want to share with you this beautiful interactive image on the SAMR model. I learned about this resource from a tweet shared by our colleague David Fife. As you can see from the image below, iPadders provided examples of how to use each classroom task according to the different SAMR categories. And in each category, a set of apps and tools are provided to help you carry out the task under study. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"
This SAMR framework model illustration is one of the better examples I have seen. I appreciate the list of various "Class Tasks" to go along with the examples shared for each level of SAMR. The image used has been integrated with thinglink.com allowing for interaction with specific resources that coincide with each example.
There's no question that Dennis O'Connor has found much success on Scoop.it. It wasn't all coincidental, though. Dennis shared with us two of his best curation secrets and tricks:
1. Develop multiple sources for your topics It's important to carefully think through the keywords that you set for your topic so that Scoop.it can crawl the web and provide you with interesting and relevant content and inspiration. In addition to taking full advantage of this, Dennis also uses other tools like Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Prismatic to find content to share on Scoop.it. Once he finds the content he wants to share with his audience, he uses Scoop.it as his social media hub to add value to that content and share it everywhere.
2. Tag your posts Dennis takes a lot of time to tag each of his posts. This allows him, he explained, to assemble publications based upon his tagged topics. When he's using his information on Scoop.it for his E-learning classes, it's easy for him to filter his Scoop.it pages based upon different subjects and easily compile a list of posts and articles on appropriate topics to provide to his students. Something interesting that Dennis does with his tagged articles is to pull them by subject and create "special editions" of his topics on his blog for special classes and events that he is teaching.
You can always count on Educator's Technology for sharing very insightful and resourceful information. This post applying Pinterest to Blooms Taxonomy is no different. I truly believe the use of verbs at each level deepens the diagram.
"A new version of the eduClipper iPad app was released this week. My favorite feature of the latest version of the app is the option to give your students audio and video feedback. Written feedback is still an option too.
The new version of the eduClipper iPad app brings more of the features of the eduClipper website to your iPad. Your students can now use the iPad app to create presentation portfolios. Just as you can distribute assignments to students through the eduClipper website you can now do the same with the iPad app."
If you are interested in finding out how to create your own digital e-book and discovering some of the problems I come across and some of the resources I find to overcome these problems, then you can follow my digital magazine on Flipboard, where I’ll be sharing some of the ups and downs and insights into the project.
Blogger's note: This post focuses on the importance of integrating collaboration into classroom practice. In my next post, I'll talk about strategies for successful facilitation of collaborative work
Dean Mantz's insight:
This is a nice article written by Joshua Block on the matter of student collaboration. I truly appreciate how Joshua makes the point of combining students with different skill sets together and establishing individual responsibilities.
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These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser.
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Dean Mantz's insight:
Thanks to @Holly Clark for sharing her posting of this digital portfolio guide on Twitter.
In this post from Holly, she addresses the three types of portfolios I discuss with my pre-service students: Process, Showcase, and a hybrid of the two styles. Holly also provides information addressing the process, collection, and publishing of portfolios.