Last month my colleagues and I completed a pilot of what well may be the most interesting project of my life. It was the pilot of a new type of MOOC that pushes the MOOC design envelope by blending a globally transformative platform with an eco-system of deep personal, locally grounded learning communities.
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, …
Charles Newton's insight:
Nice teacher-centric summary...makes people think wider than just cybersafety.
It's too soon to throw out Skype, but Mozilla and Google are hard at work on a browser-based solution that offers the tantalizing possibility that one day soon you might not need Skype, Facebook or any other third-party server to chat with friends...
Charles Newton's insight:
This is very powerful - fantastic potential for PLN's and use in classrooms.
“And that's the grand dilemma of social networking: it's intended to allow participation, to let companies and individuals all engage and interact, but a...
As we have progressed, not only in our use of technology but also our understanding of effective leadership, we know that communication includes effective talking but, more importantly, listening. Being able to hear what is being said from those we serve is extremely important to how we develop our schools, and the conversation is extremely valuable. Yet, many schools and organizations use social media in the old fashion: sharing information but not having a conversation. In reality, just because you have ears doesn’t mean you are listening.
This is one of those developments that make you love technology and how it can truly benefit education. There's a free open font now available that may actually help dyslexic people read better. Whether it's true or not, this idea is incredible.
"Net Power & Light, based in San Francisco, is making its debut with technology it calls Spinthat turns online education into a group activity, even if the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.
"The company has released three free iPad apps that allow users to create virtual gatherings where they can all watch educational content together from sources such as Harvard, Stanford University, TED and the National Geographic Channel. Users can also fast-forward to the best parts, pause the program so the group can debate a particular point via videoconferencing, or jump to a different clip."
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
Jackie Mader of The Hechinger Report’s HechingerEd blog wrote of a panel at last month’s NBC Education Nation summit where many educators brought up some concerns about the emerging technology of video games in the classroom. One teacher faced a challenge with his students having trouble moving between games and more traditional learning:
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