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Ask anyone to name the most popular social media tools used by students, and it’s a safe bet everybody could name the top two: Facebook and Twitter.
But those are far from the only online applications making inroads. As administrators warm to engaging students through social media, the list of potential resources at their disposal grows longer by the day.
Facebook and Twitter are the obvious choices. But there are other options- Tumblr, YouTube and Google+, to name three.
Of course, if naming the latest social media tools seems tough, learning how to use them all is harder still. In an attempt to shorten the learning curve, Flowtown and Column Five published this Social Media Cheat Sheet for your reference...
Via Lauren Moss, Carola Brunnbauer
Nik's Learning Technology Blog:
How I use social media for my professional development
So here it is. This my own attempt to outline my digital media learning experience, or at least part of it.
I’ll split this into 3 sections which I’ll call
- Information processing - This is how I process, engage with and capture information
- Information out - This is how I share what I’ve learned or discovered
Via Gust MEES, Carola Brunnbauer
Administrators often ask how to best utilize their staff meeting time to promote best instructional practices and improve professional development.
It has been said that once teachers start teaching, we become the most uneducated of professionals about our own profession, failing to research and implement the cutting-edge best practices that make the difference in student engagement and learning. We can’t use 20th century practices with our 21st century students.
In order to encourage and even demand curiosity, creativity, learning, sharing and growing in our students, we must model those traits within our own profession; a staff meeting is the perfect time to cultivate these skills within and among our colleagues.
Via Gust MEES
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers.
Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education :
- It develops creativity and critical thinking Students who are shy or afraid to talk in class get a chance to speak out their minds
- It empowers students voice to deliver rich, deep message that is capable of conveying a powerful message.
- It helps students explore the meaning of their own experience, give value to it, and communicate that experience with others.
- It promotes the notions of life long learning and independent learning
- It develops students communicative skills It is a reflective process that helps students reflect upon their learning and find deep connections with the subject matter of a course or with an out-of-class experience.
- It fosters students sense of individuality It also gives students an opportunity to experiment with self-representation and establish their identityStudents creating digital stories develop proficiency with multimedia applications
Via Gust MEES, joyrosario
In order to be a successful teacher using technology for your 21st century learning encounters, you need to be able to model 21st century learning and innovation skills in your encounters with technology.
===> These skills are also known as the 4 C’s: <===
- Critical thinking and problem solving
Read more, very interesting...:
Via Gust MEES
Maybe “design” can help in understanding the importance of cultural diversity and interdisciplinarity.
Because, “to design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit; it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade and even perhaps to amuse.”-Paul Rand
Via Gust MEES, kathymcdonough
Are you looking for a rubric that would help evaluate educational apps? This article shares a number of rubrics looking at various aspects related to apps such as relevance, customization, thinking skills, engagement, sharing and more. Questions are posed that will make you consider what you want to do with the app, to see if it will meet the intended purpose and the needs of the student.
Via Beth Dichter, Charmaine Thaner