Love this great post from the folks at Always Prepared entitled: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology‘ and the infographic it inspired from Mark Bates. Both highlight “The Habitudes” of educators who are effectively using technology to enhance and impact teaching and learning. Hat tip to Shawn McCusker for this awesome Twitter find!
Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:
Facebook cannot be ignored. So it’s surprising that we don’t talk about it more on Edudemic and other edtech sites, right? It has a sort of stigma that it’s not for educational purposes. All that’s about to change thanks to these 100 ways you can use Facebook in your classroom to actually learn!
Researching a topic can be a very daunting task for students. The educational search engine, InstaGrok, is a great research tool for students as it eliminates unnecessary information and focuses on the educational content.
I knew about the OCR in photos. I did not know about the OCR .pdf function. Awesome!
Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later? Does the idea of automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for all your scanned PDFs get you excited in a way only seriously organised people could ever understand? If so, Evernote is the tool you need right now – and we’ve got the perfect manual to get you started using it like a professional.
Downloads are free from MakeUseOf - just tweet about the product you want. -JL
"Mindmapping is the process of drawing up diagrams that show relations between various ideas, tasks or information. For many of us this shows to actually be a way of taking notes that can be more useful than just writing down keywords or sentences like we do on a to-do list."
The following Online Interactive Thinking Strategies and Tools are designed to provide a scaffold which enables students to think with more depth and structure. When using them, ask students to continually reflect on and justify which Habits of Mind best suit how they are thinking.
Robin Good: Here is a good and well written overview of some of the best news discovery tools out there.
These services, generally avaliable as mobile apps and/or desktop tools, aggregate a large number of relevant news sources in different categories of interest, and leverage in many cases your Facebook and Twitter network of contacts to suggest the type of stories you may be interested in the most.
Covered in the article:
Pulse Zite Google Currents Flipboard Taptu Prismatic News.me LinkedIN Today The Browser Longreads
Robin Good: PresentationTube is a downloadable software (for Windows and soon for Mac too) that focuses on helping you open an existing PowerPoint presentation to record over it your video and voice-over.
The final output can be saved in a vriety of standard file formats and can be published to PresentationTube or to any other video sharing site.
Key additional features include:
- Integrated zoomable browser
- Pause recording anytime
- Output to WMV, FLV, AVI
- Multiple output layout options
Free and paid versions avilable. (The free version is limited to: - Only 15 mins video recording time length. - Limited video recording options. - Personal and home use only license. Paid version is $50).
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.