If you’re like me, you act differently on different social networks. You share certain things on Facebook that you wouldn’t share on Twitter. You post stuff on Pinterest that you wouldn’t post on Path or share on instant message. Because of this, it’s important for students (and teachers and everyone else!) to remember the proper social media etiquette that you should follow while sharing online.
In a previous post, I wrote about five newer features of Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) which many educators may not be aware of. One of those points was that third-party applications and services can be added to your Google Drive account so that in addition to applications like Docs, Slides, and Sheets, you can access a large variety of other online services which can all save their files directly to your Google Drive account for safekeeping.
Here are ten Google Drive apps which teachers in particular will find useful.
Somebody has recently asked me for a review of an app that can allow students to easily create posters on iPad. Pic Collage is the best option I recommend. With Pic collage you can take a bunch of picture and make one picture of it.
Today while I was working on a list of the best TED Talks that teachers can watch in this summer, I realized that the list is going to be very long and still would not include all the videos i want you to watch. One solution to this is to share playlists of TED talks created by renowned educators and thinkers like Ken Robinson, Malcolm London...etc
At the Google Teacher Academy Lisa Thumann awed me with her lively presentation on Google Search. I must do an average of 15 searches a day on a wide range of topics. I search for articles, images, power points presentations, key words, etc. but I had no idea what Google search could do for me and my students.
Vine, a mobile app created by Twitter, allows users to create and share short video clips. Like Twitter, brevity is valued and video clips can’t exceed six seconds in length, so users have to be quick about getting their point across. Vine is a pretty new addition to the social media canon. The service was founded in June of 2012, but just launched to the public in January of 2013 as a free app on the iPhone and iPod Touch. While only Apple users can currently enjoy Vine, development for other platforms is in progress and is likely to launch sometime later this year.
There are, no doubt, many technophobes (among educators and in general) out there. Technophobia is defined by The Free Dictionary as: Fear of or aversion to technology, especially computers and hi...
Deb Gardner's insight:
Silvia's would be a helpful blog to subscribe to this summer. And since Google Reader is going away, this would be a good opportunity to try new RSS subscription services to keep current on your fave blogs, etc. (I'm using Feedly).
Silvia offers reasources, strategies and a lot of wisdom, particularly for the younger learners. View her awesomeness on Flickr as well!
Here’s an interesting perspective to take on technology in the classroom. A new mobile learning report titled ‘Living and Learning With Mobile Devices‘ talks about a detailed study where parents were asked questions about technology’s role in the classroom, the technology being used at home, and how it’s migrating into education. In other words, the parents are the ones buying a lot of the BYOD we’re seeing in schools right now and it’s important to get their feedback
Today I am sharing with you an awesome newspaper template available for download free of charge from Google Docs gallery. I have been playing around with its features and did some customization to them and found it really worth sharing with you here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
Deb Gardner's insight:
Well I wouldn't call the templates "beautiful" and they sure aren't MS Publisher quality but they are online, collaborative, editable and free. It's a starting place for teachers or students to publish e-newsletters for classrooms or PBL.
“To address the most important issue first: there is no such thing as digital storytelling. There’s only storytelling in the digital age. . .Digital is not the difficult part in digital storytelling. Storytelling is.”
Last year Donna Baumbach created a Google Slides presentation titled 26+ Ways to Use ThingLink In the Classroom. Yesterday, I received an email from Donna in which she shared the updated version of that presentation. The presentation now contains more than 65 tips and ideas for using ThingLink in the classroom. The presentation is open to contributions from others. If you have ideas to add to the presentation, you can do so here. Big thanks to Donna for creating and sharing this excellent resource about one of my favorite web tools. By the way, ThingLink is now available as an iPad app too.
If you are still trying to figure out what educational hashtags teachers are using then you do not need to go anywhere else, I got it covered here thanks to Chiew Pang document. Pang created an open document using Google Docs and named it " The Unofficial Index to Twitter Hashtags ". I have gone thorough the entire page and found it really helpful so I thought you might want to have a look as well.
Deb Gardner's insight:
No wonder we are on "information overload." Seriously, 15 pages of Twitter hashtags?