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E-Safety – the role for educators

The Network Information Security in Education, 2012 report by the European Network and Information Security Agency outlines the role educators can play in teaching positive and responsible online behaviour to students.

 

The report stresses the importance of not making assumptions about children’s knowledge on e-Safety issues due to the many misconceptions which exist about appropriate use of the Internet. Issues which educators are likely to be aware of, such as keeping passwords secure and not downloading copyright material, may be viewed quite differently by students. Many teenagers share passwords with each other as a sign of true friendship and many see internet content as public property and download music, videos and images without a thought of the legal issues of copyright.

 

The report sets out ways educators can help children use technology wisely and safely:

 


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Gianfranco D'Aversa's comment, September 26, 2012 6:37 AM
Ok Gust! I'm sorry for the mistake.
Gianfranco D'Aversa's comment, September 26, 2012 6:38 AM
Ok Gust. I'm sorry for the mistake :(
Gust MEES's comment, September 26, 2012 9:18 AM
Hi Gianfranco, no problem. It happens also sometimes to me, don't worry ;) When I make a typo error I am always happy when somebody else reports it to me... Have a great day :)
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7 Best Timeline Creators For Creating Awesome Timelines

7 Best Timeline Creators For Creating Awesome Timelines | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
When creating a timeline for a project or important event, it is best to use helpful tools or templates so that the timeline can be created accurately without any kind of miscalculations or flaws...

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Susan's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:57 PM

Timelines are a fantastic way to get language students to express themselves without the need to write long and laborious sentences or paragraphs.  Short, simple and precise!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 18, 2013 4:31 PM

Here is practical technology for the classroom.

Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, June 19, 2013 12:55 PM

Need to develop timelines for your technology-infused lessons?  Here are a few resources you might want to try out.

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

 

Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests
“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”

 

Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:

 

1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Tries to be well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions
5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence
6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position
7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well
9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution
11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do

 

What are the principles of critical thinking?

 

- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.


- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.


- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.


- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.


- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.


- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/critical-thinking-2/

 


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David Luigi FUSCHI's comment, April 9, 2013 12:21 AM
Are we sure that Critical Thinking is really appreciated as it should? In my personal experience critical thinker are often opposed if not hunted. Deciding to be a critical thinker may have a high price especially in certain context like industry or management. Definitely it brings better results and can easily foster innovation, but it is hated by man of power and yes-men. I pride myself of constantly trying to be a critical thinker and most of all to be critical of myself and my actions, but I have to say that this has taken me quite a toll in my life, yet I do not regret it. Sorry for stepping in, I do hope this two-penny thought could help in sparkle some discussion on how to foster critical thinking.
Ajo Monzó's comment, April 9, 2013 12:32 AM
Hello David, I agree with you, to be a critical thinker sometimes can be even dangerous, buttheyare the people who move the world...thanks a lot for your comment!
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#criticalthinking 

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Teacher shares “secrets to success” in breaking the ban cell phones

Teacher shares “secrets to success” in breaking the ban cell phones | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Editor's note: For innovative educators back to school means establishing classroom policies & procedures. Find out how this can include the use of mobile devices from 11th grade social studies teacher Melissa Seideman broke the ban at several schools and made technology a part of that work. For additional ideas, policies, lesson plans, permission forms and more, check out Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning.

Guest post by Melissa Seideman

Mobile devices have become one the fastest and most popular forms of communication. They can be an important classroom tool, however many many schools regard them as disruptive, distracting, and have implemented zero tolerance policies that prohibit them. The reality is that students still use cell phones in school even if they are banned. According to Time Magazine, "even though the vast majority of students own cell phones--something like 80% by eighth grade--more than half of schools prohibit the use of any mobile device." I am amazed that teachers of the 21st century are not embracing the power of technology in their classrooms.

Surrounded by Mobile Devices

As a member of the millennial generation, I grew up surrounded by mobile devices. I find it difficult to go to meetings with paper and pen, or store papers in a file cabinet, or even use a book for my lesson plans. My life is digital and I think it is time for educators to teach our students to become members of the 21st century. Our students need to be taught to use technology to adapt and THRIVE in this ever-changing world.

Breaking the Ban in Four Schools

Since my very first year teaching, five years ago, I have encouraged other teachers and strongly persuaded my administrators to approve mobile devices in the classroom. Due to my husband’s job relocations, I have taught in five schools in both New York and Pennsylvania. Every school, except one in Westchester County, embraced this new form of technology. I have used mobile devices in my classroom for parent communication, polling, instant response, peer to peer contact, first day of school sharing, QR code web searches, and so much more. "
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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools via @shellterrell

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Welcome Back to School with Ice-Breaker WebTools via @shellterrell | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
“Summer holiday is already over and it’s school time for many of us again. If you are thinking of integrating technology into your lessons this year,  here are some ideas to start the new year with some techie icebreaker and warmer tools.

Ask children to create their biographies on Animoto which is a video maker with music, text, pictures and transitions. 

Symface is a cute tool to express your emotions changing the face expression of an animated emoticon and writing why you feel like that.  Let the children create their own symfaces and talk about their feelings on coming back to school.

Create a Vyou video and let children ask you questions about you or the lesson. Encourage children to create their own videos, brainstorm about the questions that children can ask each other in the classroom. Listen to the questions and the answers in the classroom when they are ready. 

TodaysMeet is a backchannel room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions and many more. Create a room in TodaysMeet. While each child is introducing themselves, the rest asks questions on the backchannel.”
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50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic

50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

A pretty nice app list from Edudemic.


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Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades

Digital Teaching Promises to Improve Grades | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Technology in the classroom is not about putting a computer on everybody’s desk anymore. It’s about getting the right software so students can absorb the information universities and schools are teaching."

"At its most basic, lecture capture does exactly that: captures audio or video recordings of classroom lectures. 'When I was in graduate school, students used to put recorders in front of lecturers to capture everything they said,' Russell says. 'That’s a basic function of this, but it can also be used in very innovative ways.'

For instance, the tool can organize a lecture into chapters, index accompanying images, videos, and whiteboard demonstrations, and highlight the most important points for scholars to zero in on at exam time. The content is compiled into a synchronized package that students can either replay in full or skip to and revisit exact points as often as they need to.
Professors, meanwhile, can use the software to animate their markup of students’ papers, recording verbal comments and tracking the cursor as they annotate and assign a grade."
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Create Narrated Slideshows and Screencasts

The ability to create narrated slideshows and screencasts and share them online should be a basic skill for digitally literate learners today...


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CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET

CEM Blog Series: Racing to the Top to Personalize Learning, Th-Aug 30th @ 1PM ET | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Join us Thursday, August 30th @ 1 PM ET to discuss the RTT-D competition and what the Absolute Priority of creating personalized learning enviroments would mean for you as a teacher, an administrator, a school, or a district.

 

The RTT-D competition is for LEAs that have the leadership and vision to move beyond the one-size-fits all models, are concerned about inequity for their diverse student population, and are looking at student-focused approaches. Technology levels the playing field for learners, yet just putting technology in the hands of teachers and learners isn’t enough. To be college- and career-ready and to raise the achievement gap across all groups of learners, learners need to know how they learn best and teachers need to understand how their roles will change.

 


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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

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Oceans of innovation: Global Leadership and the Future of Education

Oceans of innovation: Global Leadership and the Future of Education | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
'The economic and educational achievements of the Pacific region in the past 50 years are spectacular – unprecedented in fact.

 

"This long essay by Sir Michael Barber, Katelyn Donnelly and Saad Rizvi assumes the near certainty that the Pacific region will take primary leadership of the global economy in the near future and explores the implications for their education systems, calling for a 'whole-system revolution' in the structure and priorities of teaching and learning in the region.

 

'What is clear, though, is that education – deeper, broader and more universal – has a significant part to play in enabling humanity to succeed in the next half century. We need to ensure that students everywhere leave school ready to continue to learn and adapt, ready to take responsibility for their own future learning and careers, ready to innovate with and for others, and to live in turbulent, diverse cities. We need perhaps the first truly global generation; a generation of individuals rooted in their own cultures but open to the world and confident of their ability to shape it.

'The growing pace of change and increasing complexity mean that global leadership will no longer be merely about summits behind closed doors. In an era of transparency, leaders will find themselves constantly in dialogue with those they purport to lead. Meanwhile, innovations which transform societies can and will happen anywhere. Leadership, in short, will be widely dispersed and will require increasing sophistication.'"


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Eliminate Failure with “Flow” | Connected Principals

Eliminate Failure with “Flow” | Connected Principals | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
As we are getting ramped up for the start of another school year in British Columbia, I have now shelved my John Grisham novels and Sports Illustrated ...

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Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry

Beyond Googling: Building Conditions for Structured Inquiry Chris LehmannScience Leadership Academy @chrislehmann...


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Reading Assessments - Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

Reading Assessments - Teachers College Reading & Writing Project | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Fiction Reading Level Assessments


The TCRWP offers a set of informal reading inventories for narrative texts which correlates to the Fountas and Pinnell system for leveling books. These assessments help teachers identify which level of texts students can read independently and will therefore be able to practice all the reading strategies they are learning during the Reading Workshop. The assessments provide an analysis of comprehension, miscues, and, fluency (fluency is only assessed for Levels J-Z).


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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students

Video creation projects are some of my favorite things to do with students. I like video projects for a number of reasons not the least of which is that students generally enjoy them too. I like video projects because when they're organized properly students have to write, research, produce, and revise just as they would if they were writing a story or research paper. Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students:


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Big Changes In Higher Ed

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"Universities are scrambling to get out front of the Internet and revolutionary change in higher education."

"The old saw goes that things that can’t last don’t last. Traditional American colleges and universities may be in that category right now. They cost too much. Young Americans are graduating with punishing debt. And the Internet is offering a big alternative.

The superhot phrase of the academic season is MOOC: Massive Open Online Course. Top schools are racing to offer them. Sign up, dive in, learn – from anywhere. Goodbye campus and quad. Maybe. How will this really work?

This hour, On Point: a college system at the breaking point meets the Internet revolution."
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6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat

6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart  #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said:

'Today’s young people are using a range of digital tools to compose and create in new and exciting ways. It is a game-changing moment for teachers of writing. The very notion of what it means to write is shifting, and educators are faced with adapting their teaching practices to integrate new technologies while redefining writing and learning for the 21st century.'

Google Docs is an online suite of digital tools that provides teachers with some powerful features to help students develop 21st century writing skills. Since Docs are collaborative and available 24/7, the tool is well-suited for facilitating digital writing workshops that combine peer editing with cooperative grouping and small group fine-tuned writing instruction.

Writing Workshop at a Glance

Teachers start by defining cooperative grouping jobs for peer editing that are appropriate for the the level and needs of the learners in the class. While students are writing drafts, teachers take advantage of opportunities to work with small instructional groups to focus on specific job-related writing tasks to prepare students to put their new skills to work and contribute to the peer editing process. Here is an overview of some of the integrated writing supports available in Google Docs to include in small group instruction to that will empower students and help redefine the writing process."
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25 Online Games for English Language Learners

25 Online Games for English Language Learners | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
by Angelita Williams, OnlineCollegeCourses.com GameZone: Dozens of simple, straightforward games about grammar, spelling, and vocabulary reach out to English language learners at all levels. Keep i...
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Cheynee Scott's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:36 PM

1. In what way/s can online games help develop your english learning levels?

2. What genre of games could best identify with english criteria?

Mae Guerra's curator insight, July 5, 2013 9:08 AM

ELLs should be taught to bookmark suggested sites on there ipad and practice at home.

Cathy James's comment, August 21, 2013 9:56 PM
Well this is a good idea to learn English.
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Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools

Hispanic Student Population Swells at Texas Schools | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school students will be Hispanic and probably poor. But in the Laredo Independent School District, for one, that is already the case."

"But geography aside, Texas public schools may increasingly find more in common with the South Texas district. In 2011, the state reached two landmarks. For the first time, Hispanics became the majority of public school students. And to cope with a historic budget deficit, the Legislature did not finance enrollment growth in the state’s schools — something that had not happened since the modernization of the Texas public school system in 1949. Though the first turning point passed quietly and the second with much political strife, they both underscore the challenges ahead as a dramatic demographic shift occurs in public school classrooms statewide.

By 2050, the number of Texas public school students is expected to swell to nine million from roughly five million now, and nearly two-thirds will be Hispanic, according to Steve Murdock, a demographer and director of Rice University’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas. The overall percentage of white students will drop by half to about 15 percent. Without an accompanying change in Hispanics’ current socioeconomic status, that also means Texas students will continue to grow poorer — and their education more expensive — in the next four decades, Dr. Murdock added. (Rice University is a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune.)

State population figures over the last decade show the shift is well under way in the public school system. Economically disadvantaged children in Texas classrooms make up 60 percent of all public school students, up from less than half in 2000. Students with limited English skills now make up 16 percent of them. Of about 979,000 children added to the state’s under-18 population from 2000 to 2010, 931,000 were Hispanic.

'When you look at children, there is no doubt. The future of Texas — the future of the United States — is tied to the minority population,' said Dr. Murdock, a former state demographer and director of the United States Census Bureau. 'It’s just mathematically true.'l
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What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction?

What Can Angry Birds Teach Us About Universal Design for Instruction? | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Prof. Hacker shares a unique perspective on how Angry Birds can teach us about Universal Design for Instruction and Universal Design for Learning.

 

"I think that Angry Birds is so fun to play because it helps develop our meta-cognitive skills. Throughout playing Angry Birds, one must pay attention to the strategies being employed, adjust one’s play as needed to achieve certain goals and objectives, and transfer what you have learned about a bird’s capabilities several levels ago to the current level.

 

In short, Angry Birds is a powerful metaphor for learning. As I was recently playing the game, I could not help but think: what if my classroom was more like this? Would students have a better learning experience?"

 

Consider the following:

> Angry Birds involves practice without penalty.

> Angry Birds offers the opportunity for constant feedback.

> Angry Birds inherently teachers that different tools have different purposes.

> Angry Birds rewards perseverance.

> Angry Birds gives no time limit.

 

"No wonder we are all addicted to this game! Now if only we could ensure that our classrooms are always safe spaces to practice new strategies, offer students a range of possibilities for how to succeed in their learning, give our students constant feedback, and support knowledge transfer within and among our courses."


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Using PPT to create a Pecha-Kucha presentation

This tutorial describes how to create timed slides for a pecha-kucha presentation.

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Use These 10 Sites to Detect Plagiarism

Use These 10 Sites to Detect Plagiarism | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
Plagiarism is a serious offense. These 10 online services help you check students' text, or avoid getting into academic hot water yourself.

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50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"At its core, Google+ Hangouts is simply a souped-up version of video chat. But when it comes to education, it’s so much more than that. It becomes a vehicle for learning, sharing, collaboration, and ideas. Whether you’re an educator discussing learning practices, or a first-grade classroom speaking with an astronaut, Hangouts have seemingly endless possibilities. These are our 50 favorite ways for schools to use Google Plus Hangouts. How do you plan to use this cool tool?"


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Affording the Classroom of the Future

Affording the Classroom of the Future | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

By Bridget McCrea

 

"New technology equipment and tools, state of the art building materials and methods, and experimental teaching practices are all impacting today's K-12 classroom. Districts nationwide are struggling to patch together learning environments that they think represent the future of learning at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. As they adopt campus-wide IT infrastructures, invest in classroom technology, and test out alternatives to traditional learning spaces, the final results of all this innovation remains to be seen.

 

"To help decipher that code and give principals, administrators, IT directors, and teachers an insider look into what might be coming a few years down the road, THE Journal asked a half a dozen educational experts for their take on three different key concerns: what the classrooms will look like, who will pay for them, and whether we'll ever see them during our lifetimes."

 

This article at least scratches the surface of a discussion about the future of educational facilities and hardware. I'm thinking that a lot of the information here tends to conceive of future settings using today's ideas...and doesn't account for the fact that the landscape will be very different even just 3 or 4 years from now. It would take that much time, at a minimum, to implement these changes, but by then, they will already be out of date. The answer is most elusive. -JL


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eTools for Language Teachers: Twitter

Great blog: eTools for Language Teachers


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