Since our students are using technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, they should be learning how to use that technology responsibly. Full integration of digital citizenship (or DigCit) curriculum into every class and every content area—at every grade level—should be t
The use of digital content is on the rise in American schools. Eight in 10 K-12 schools and districts are using some form of it, primarily as classroom curriculum but also to round out e-book collections in a library or media center.
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.
Although Stephen Fry has left Twitter, the popular British actor and writer hasn't given up on social media altogether. Numerous sources have reported that Fry is involved in an education start-up being pitched as a "Pinterest for education." Pindex allows teachers, students and anybody else to create online pinboards for collecting "the best educational material."
It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must t
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Branding your classroom with social media. I like that!
Simply enter in the URL of the picture page (as seen in your browser) you are interested in and ImageCodr.org will generate the ready to use HTML code. It will also display a brief and easy license summary, so you don't get in legal trouble because you missed something.
Students mostly couldn’t tell ‘Jill Watson’ wasn’t human; ‘Yep!’
Since January, “Jill,” as she was known to the artificial-intelligence class, had been helping graduate students design programs that allow computers to solve certain problems, like choosing an image to complete a logical sequence.
School administrators and educators are currently zealous about the idea that every student should learn computer science. “Think about the world we live in now,” says New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, “Hundreds of thousands of good jobs will be accessible to those with coding and other essential skills.” I agree that everyone should learn to program, but I disagree with Mayor de Blasio’s motivations. You shouldn’t learn to program in order to get a good job. Learning to think computationally can give you a new way to understand and describe your world. Learning to program can make you a more expressive person.
Are you ready to deal with "denial of sleep" attacks? Those are attacks using malicious code, propagated through the Internet of Things, aimed at draining the batteries of your devices by keeping them awake. And it's one of the top 10 technology trends affecting IoT in the near future cited in a new report.
“The best camera, is the one you have with you.” Chase Jarvis It’s a classic photographic mantra, a call to action for image-makers everywhere. And these days, the camera you are most likely to have with you is the one embedded in your smart phone.
But do you know how to use it? What about your students?
There are many great features built into our mobile devices for photography, and a myriad of apps to produce exciting visual imagery. While some teachers and students are experienced users creating highly original work using complex workflows and inventive techniques, in my workshops I am constantly amazed that it’s some of the most basic tips and tricks that get the most cheers, the practical solutions that are big wins for our classroom context.
So, here are six foundational tools built into the iPhone and iPad camera that all teachers and students should know.
Curriculum and IT leaders need to work together toward a common goal.
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When IT Directors, Managers and SysAdmins are introduced as "the school techies" by school leaders because they don't give a hoot to remember a person's role in the school is a major faux pas, and immediately lets everyone know they are not in tune with the times. While embarrassing for me, it's worse for the school. After 10 years you'd think ...
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