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A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of our main goals at Powerful Learning Practice is to turn educators into 21st Century educators. That is, teach them how to use social media and other powerful Web 2.0 tools to transform their classrooms into learning environments that are ready for today’s iGenerationstudents. One of the most common questions we get is, “But where do we find the time to use all this new technology?” To answer that question, we developed this infographic – A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator to show that using social media in your classroom and in your life can be integrated, easy, and fun.

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Looks pretty good, except for Google Reader (RIP Reader).  Hello Feedly!

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Deb's Public Diigo Library

Deb's Public Diigo Library | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Diigo - what I use in conjunction with ScoopIt! Over 2,600 bookmarked ed tech resources organized in over 200 categories.

 

It's my behind the scenes space where I save, tag and annotate digital resources relating to ed tech and K-12 education.

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Presentation Tips: Slides vs. Prezi

Presentation Tips: Slides vs. Prezi | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how your old slides might look as a prezi? How would a change in format affect the impact you make on an audience? Let's take a look at a side-by-side example that we like: the same information presented in slides and in a prezi. First, let’s look at the slides.

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Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering?

Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Nuff said.  Bill Ferriter makes his point.

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10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried

10 Word Cloud Generators You Have Probably Never Tried | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you do a quick search for word cloud, you’ll see so many different types. Look at which ones draw your eye the most. My recommendation would be to pick some test text to use, and paste it into each one of the text boxes for the tools below to see what will garner the result you’re looking for visually, and go from there.

 
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Social media or sociology: Does internet use in class affect test scores?

Social media or sociology: Does internet use in class affect test scores? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

"Students of all intellectual abilities should be responsible for not letting themselves be distracted by use of the Internet," lead researcher and MSU psychology professor Susan Ravizza said.

 

The study also found that students were not aware of how much effect laptops, tablets and smartphones had on their learning by being distracting.

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This is a keeper and a must share with students this fall.  #truth

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The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom

The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google offers a ton of solutions for students, teachers, andclassrooms. Some products are intentionally designed for classrooms, others just happen to work well for that setting as well as many others. The Google Apps For Education andGoogle Play for Education are two tools built for teachers and students that encompass a ton of different solutions for different types of work. The handy infographic below takes a look at some usage statistics on Google tools in the classroom along with a few tidbits about Apps for Education if you’re not familiar with them. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Who'da thought... Microsoft Office could be replaced. That's innovation and free enterprise.  #awesome

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My Favorite Mobile Apps #3 - Evernote

My Favorite Mobile Apps #3 - Evernote | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Are these a common sight in your classroom? How many of your students successfully organize their binders? How easy is it for them to access their notes, work, and resources? If your students are anything like mine, they carry around enormous binders full of paper. Some of my students are more
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So many applications for Evernote and definitely an edtech skill worth teaching and mastering for students.

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45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom - Edudemic

45 Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways. From simply polling your class to get information and opinions to taking quizzes and having your students poll for group work or projects, there are a lot of possibilities out there for these types of tools. Check out this awesome List.ly – its filled chock full of 45 tools to create quizzes or polls in your classroom. Do you have any favorites that aren’t included in the list? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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20 Apps For Writing On The iPad

20 Apps For Writing On The iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
From Notability and Apple's Pages, to Microsoft Word and Google Drive, 20 apps for writing on the iPad.
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Before the Digital Gap Splits Further, Now is the Time for Computer Literacy

Before the Digital Gap Splits Further, Now is the Time for Computer Literacy | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Computer literacy is fast becoming an essential skill for jobs in the future, making it imperative that public schools learn to teach all kids to code, or risk putting some at a disadvantage later in life.

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More students are ready to learn coding that we think. Look for opportunities; recruit and encourage students. 

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Blog, Wiki, or Website - Key Points to Consider

Blog, Wiki, or Website - Key Points to Consider | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am asked on a fairly frequent basis is, "should I create a blog, a wiki, or a website for my classroom?" Each platform serves a slightly different purpose. Years ago I created a small set of slides to outline the features of each platform. Yesterday, I rediscovered those slides and found that they are still useful. I have embedded them below.

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That's the question.... what online platform will you use to connect with students, parents and/or community. 

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.

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Educational iPad Apps from the Library of Congress

Educational iPad Apps from the Library of Congress | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The U.S. Library of Congress offers a wealth of fantastic online resources for teachers and students. A quick jump into the teachers resource page will lead you to things like these primary source analysis guides that I have used with students in the past. The LOC also offers a couple of good iOS apps that are worth noting.

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New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech

New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Editionwas released this past week, examining emerging technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort, this report highlights “six trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will affect current practice” over the next five years. Aside from being great content for your next Twitter chat, this year’s iteration of the NMC Horizon Report is a must-read for 21st century educators and education policy makers alike. Following is a summary of major points.

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Well we can't do it all but we can snatch low hanging fruit and prioritize.

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FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING.

FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING. | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite parts about attending a conference like #ISTE2014 is having the chance to think deeply with brilliant peers.  Every conversation that I had -- whether it took place in a diner, outside the Expo hall, in the backchannel of a session, or on a walk back to the condo that I shared with Philip Cummings and John Spencer -- was a chance to wrestle with teaching and learning in today's world.

 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Love this conference - always worth the trip.  Good tweets here to re-energize thinking about ed tech.

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7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher

7 Characteristics of A Digitally Competent Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Just like in real life, being well-rounded is important when you’re addressing technology use. Having the ability to say, use an laptop isn’t really enough. The handy infographic below explores what it means to be a digitally competent teacher. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

I can agree to most of this.

 

And ummm ya, I might have just transferred all my recipes to Google docs to access, share and edit from any internet connected device. (or offline if needed). And that's just for starters. You should see what we do in class.

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PREPS: 5 steps for electronic note-taking success

PREPS: 5 steps for electronic note-taking success | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Students everywhere are taking pictures of the board. It is almost like a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to taking notes. Can they find them later? Do they ever look at them again? Do they review them for the test? Obviously, we need new note-taking systems to help students learn, recall and capture in this modern age.

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I love Evernote!

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Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs

Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your students contributing to the same blog it can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts. One strategy that I've used in the past is to have students enter their names and links to their most recent posts into a Google Form. All of their submissions will appear in a tidy spreadsheet. In that spreadsheet I can see a timestamp, name, and the link to go directly to a student's most recent post. I can also add a column in the spreadsheet for noting whether or not I have given them feedback.

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Great idea!

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How Higher Ed Is Using Cloud Computing - Edudemic

How Higher Ed Is Using Cloud Computing - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I set up my mom’s new iPhone recently, while she sat alongside me and watched. At some point in the setup process, it asks if you want to enable Cloud backup. She looked totally confused and asked ‘what’s a cloud’? While I’m willing to bet that most of Edudemic’s readers are way ahead of my mom in understanding what the cloud is, I’m also willing to guess that most readers can’t talk about what the cloud is being used for aside from a general description of ‘data storage’. That is, in fact, correct. The handy infographic below takes it a step further – investigating today’s top cloud innovations in post-secondary education. Keep reading to learn more!

Deb Gardner's insight:

Yup - it's here to stay and I love it.

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)?

What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There are so many ways that teachers are using social media –  both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking. You know that whether you’re browsing through your Twitter feed or searching on Pinterest, there are certain things that catch your eye and other things that blend into the background. You pick and choose what looks interesting to you.

 
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The Tools & Apps for Inspiring Creativity within the Common Core

The Tools & Apps for Inspiring Creativity within the Common Core | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
A collection of education technology by Annette Kratcoski
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15 innovative Twitter accounts you should follow

15 innovative Twitter accounts you should follow | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Twitter is perhaps one of the most connected social networks available to educators. Weekly Twitter chats help keep educators aware of educational technology developments, practices, and policies, and conversations often take on a life of their own, and the results are motivational and actionable.

 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most engaging and innovative Twitter accounts that you might not follow. This is just a small sampling of the vast number of people who inspire us on Twitter. What are some of your favorite Twitter accounts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Bonus guy tweets, "You either like bacon or you're wrong." #loveit  Who doesn't need a good laugh?

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Considerations For Teaching Students About Browsers And The Web

Considerations For Teaching Students About Browsers And The Web | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Teaching students about the internet can be bit confusing.  Teachers often shy away from teaching core technology concepts because of this perceived complexity.  Without a game plan and the proper visuals it can be very tricky to explain an abstract system like a computer network. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

This actually wouldn't be a bad read for middle school students.  I LOVE using the internet and use it several times a day. It's like having a library at my disposal 24/7/365.

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4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter

4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The internet brings so much information to our fingertips. It makes doing research a much smoother, faster process, and it enables us to not have to lug around tons of heavy books. We can connect more easily with old friends and new acquaintances. It streamlines our work in the classroom and our students’ work too. …
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Some actionable data  here and other good-to-know. Dispels a lot of myths surrounding technology use.

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Texting improves children's spelling and grammar - Telegraph

Texting improves children's spelling and grammar - Telegraph | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Texting may improve children’s spelling and grammar because using abbreviations such as ‘gr8’ makes them think about language phonetically, a study found.

 

Scientists claim the research dispells myths that text messaging damages children’s grasp of the English language and found that when younger children use shortened words and abbreviations in messages it could actually improve their spelling.

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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before that it was mostly sports, celebs, and leisure activities. I am not an expert, and I make mistakes. I have messed up hashtags and @ signs and have learned they are not the same or used for the same reason. I follow more than follow me. I have also learned more in the last month then ever before and have been exposed to so many fresh ideas. These ideas I bring right into the classroom, which means the students are being exposed to some of the newest and brightest ideas out there.

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