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by Christina Inge
"There are many ways that educators today are using Twitter. One underrated aspect of Twitter for all users that has many benefits in the classroom is the ability to create lists. Lists can be incredibly useful for teachers, especially in secondary and higher education, for helping develop professionally as a well as building students’ skills in everything from language arts to STEM. Here are just a few ways to incorporate Twitter lists in your teaching practice:"
by Aleh Barysevich
"This is the third and final part of my Google Analytics series here at SteamFeed.
"In part 1, we learnedhow to set your Google Analytics account and part 2 was all about Goals.
"Yet Goals described in the previous article are just the tip of the iceberg in understanding if your visitors interact with your site properly, if they get the value they’re looking for and if there are opportunities you’re missing to make their user experience better and encourage them to convert more."
by Danny Stieben
"Many people enjoy GIMP as one of their favorite open source tools, and with good reason: it’s among some of the most developed ones out there. We’ve covered all sorts of things about GIMP here at MakeUseOf, but we never really gave a rundown of what it can do. Is it just an over-hyped version of Paint, or can you do some serious image manipulation with it?"
by Bakari Chavanu
"I’ve been paperless for nearly three years now, thanks to my Mac, iPad, and iPhone, as well as numerous powerful third-party apps. I don’t have the stats to prove it, but I think the money I save by going paperless practically pays for my Apple devices."
by Alan Schwartz
"After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating.
"Severely hyperactive and impulsive children, once shunned as bad seeds, are now recognized as having a real neurological problem. Doctors and parents have largely accepted drugs like Adderall and Concerta to temper the traits of classic A.D.H.D., helping youngsters succeed in school and beyond.
"But Dr. Conners did not feel triumphant this fall as he addressed a group of fellow A.D.H.D. specialists in Washington. He noted that recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the diagnosis had been made in 15 percent of high school-age children, and that the number of children on medication for the disorder had soared to 3.5 million from 600,000 in 1990. He questioned the rising rates of diagnosis and called them “a national disaster of dangerous proportions.”
“The numbers make it look like an epidemic. Well, it’s not. It’s preposterous,” Dr. Conners, a psychologist and professor emeritus at Duke University, said in a subsequent interview. “This is a concoction to justify the giving out of medication at unprecedented and unjustifiable levels.”
by Thom Markham
"An unfortunate legacy of the cognitive model that dominates education is the belief that everything important in life takes place from the neck up. This belief is the primary reason that many teachers struggle with project-based learning (PBL). At its best, PBL taps into intangibles that make learning effortless and engaging: Drive, passion, purpose, and peak performance. But peak performance doesn't start with a standardized curriculum.
"Outside of education, the success of PBL is no mystery. Over three decades, the field of human performance -- blending findings from organizational psychology, positive psychology, and emotional intelligence -- has identified the core factors that maximize individual effort and the desire to achieve. Most important for educators, these same findings hold true for research in youth development, adolescent mental health, developmental psychology, and social-emotional learning (SEL)."
What happens when you or your students forget your online password? You should start using some of these web tools for teaching without student logins.
Love the no log in required - saves the nightmare of forgotten passwords with a class.
35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students
Google wants to bring Chromecast to a number of other countries in 2014, and make casting a standard that works on multiple devices with thousands of apps.
description by Edudemic
"Designed with the educator in mind this website looks at the array of digital tools and cross references them to the new Bloom action verbs. The tools were selected based on several criteria. First, they had to be free or at least offer a free version as a minimum package. Second, they had to work within our district’s filtering system. Third, they had to be educationally sound and not littered with inappropriate ads.
"Easily navigated, this website provides the experiences associated with each Bloom’s level. Once an educator selects a tool he or she is directed to subsequent page which offers the user a more detailed description of the tool along with additional tools that match the same criteria. In some cases, pdf documents are included that provide directions, additional ideas, student/teacher examples, and additional navigational links. A toolbar on the left allows the user to select a tag such as blogging, podcasting, cartoons, etc. This tag instantly takes the user to the Bloom’s category under which the link is housed."
Jim Lerman's insight:
An outstanding piece of work, curating a tremendous amount of resources and information is a most effect manner. Kudos to creators Kathy Beck and Karen Van Vliet.
Just a reminder that we often forget Bloom said their are 3 domains for learning. What's illustrated and described here, and most often referenced by educators, is the Cognitive Domain. The other two, Affective and Psychomotor, are too often forgetten or overlooked.
Bloom said there needs to be a balance among the three. My observation does not minimize the excellence of Beck and Van Vliet's work.
"Presenting information in a highly engaging and visual format is a great way to make people understand something that can be typically quite complex and difficult to grasp. Ever tried to explain the history of the internet? You could read a book about it, research it online, and basically come up with lots of data points. Instead, you could have a visual interpretation about all the key things that happened that formed the Internet as we know it. I’m working on a project that is doing just that (more on that later). You could show the entire history of the web as a visual guide through infographics and other engaging visuals.
"There’s no limit to what you can explain and display with visuals and infographics. These are dozens of web tools and apps that let you make your own infographics with relative ease. You don’t need to be an expert graphic designer to do something incredible! Try out a few and see which one you like best. It’s fun and a new way to think about things in a new way. Enjoy!"
by Richard Byrne
"From Drive to Maps to Chrome Google released a bunch of updates to their product offerings this week. These updates could be helpful to you and your students. In case you missed them, here's a short list of updates to Google products released this week.1. Now You Can Sort Files on Google Drive for iPad2. Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features3. Is Street View Not In Your Area? Create Your Own Street View Spheres4. Chrome Desktop Apps Now Available for Mac Users5. Need Google Product Use Tips? Visit Google Tips"
published Dec. 14, 2013
"Just type the word “Timer:” and the time you want and BAM it is timing for you. Note that you need to type the minutes and seconds: “timer: 5 minutes 20 seconds” will work but if you type “timer: 5:20″ then it will count down how many seconds you have until 5:20.If you need to time anything, use the timer feature built into the Google search box to set a countdown timer. Handy tip for the classroom."
"Trip Hawkins, the founder of Electronic Arts and EA Sports, is turning his attention to social emotional learning with a new game to help 6- to 12-year-olds develop social skills that can help prevent bullying and help build better relationships and decision making."
by Larry Magid
"When Trip Hawkins left Apple to start Electronic Arts in 1982, he wanted to make the type of games that he and other young adult males liked to play. Thirty-one years and four children later, Hawkins interests have changed. He still wants to build games, but he's aiming them at young children in the hopes of helping them develop social and emotional skills.
"In an interview (scroll down to listen), Hawkins said he learned about social emotional learning (SEL) from his own children. "I learned about it because almost two decades ago my oldest child stared attending on one of the first schools (Nueva School) that had this kind of curriculum and I stared learning about it." He admitted "that was a chance for me to realize -- frankly as much children began to give me examples of how my behavior needed to improve and used SEL teaching as their evidence, I realized that they were right." He's now "excited about bringing curriculum like social emotional learning into game technology and helping kids to have a chance to learn" about it."
by Aaron Couch
"[T]he truth is, there will likely always be some form of paper, but the problem doesn’t lie in using paper itself, but instead havingawareness for the amount used and methods of which it is being used for.
"All in all, despite the paperless tips that are presented to you in this article, ultimately it is up to you to make it happen. So as you read, think to yourself how you might be able to carry this out in your life. If there is something which you feel is likely not for you, instead of shutting the door completely, try pondering what it might take to make it happen. Often, the initial thought is that it won’t work, but usually after some serious thought and deeper research, you might discover some neat ways to make it happen."
by Jimmy Casas
"A couple of weeks ago I was working late one night clearing up a pile of paperwork on my desk that had sneaked up on me over a period of just three days. As often happens to me when I am organizing my desk, I got sidetracked. I came across a stack of paperwork for early graduate students that needed to be signed and as I began to examine each student record closely, my mind wandered off a bit. Instead of rejoicing in the fact that these students had met the criteria for early graduation, my mind wandered to those students who over the course of the last couple of years and had given up and quit school. I quickly began to pull up their pictures on our student information system so I could look at their faces again. In doing so, it became personal to me. As their principal, I couldn't help but feel I had not done enough. After an hour or so of doing this, I sent out the following tweets."
The onset of winter weather and the holidays often brings a dampening of the spirit, a slowdown, or simply a dip in energy. It's good to be reminded that we all are responsible for making the spaces we inhabit and work in more positive and enriching. We make the immediate environment we live in.
by Susan Oxnevad
It starts with an image. Define the image through multimedia. Present ideas. Pack it full of content. Create links to amazing sites. Explore, share and create with ThingLink in the classroom!"
"mQlicker is an audience response system that that allows users to turn a PowerPoint into an interactive slideshow to engage audiences and collect useful feedback. mQlicker is free, flexible and definitely worth checking out for use in a variety of educational settings. This cool tool has a lot of potential for collecting feedback and fine-tuning instruction."
Definite digital tool to play with - so many variations to use with students and teachers.
"It's no secret that ThingLink EDU is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools. I love ThingLink because it provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive graphic. Add video, images, audio, and links to any content on the web with the click of a button. Pack a lot of content into a small space and embed it into a variety of online learning platforms for easy access, 24/7. ThingLink is a user friendly and flexible tool that's just gotten better for educators!"
Google Drive and Google Docs are gaining more features all the time - here are our best tips for making the most of them.
by Eunice Lee
"Forget about flying cars. How about an automobile that reads your mind?
"A group of students at Essex County College want to introduce you to the automobile of the future — or at least a prototype.
"The college’s Computer Science Club yesterday publicly debuted what club president Jean Loizin describes as a car controlled by brain waves.
"In just eight weeks, the club turned the sci-fi concept of telekinesis into a project that’s garnered the low-profile 17-member group some celebrity on campus.
“This is something that’s part of the future. I don’t think it’s impossible,” Karina Velastegui, 18, of Newark, said.
"In recent years both scientists and companies have been applying similar technology across the globe. In 2011, German researchers devised a car simulator program that showed how a car reacting to brain waves saved precious milliseconds compared to a driver pressing the brakes. Toyota and Japanese researchers in 2009 unveiled an electric wheelchair prototype that moved according to the driver’s thoughts."
Education technology is in most classrooms. Here are a couple hundred ways to use it to help special education teachers and students.
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