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Recently, journalists and researchers have been blaming smartphones for bad parenting. They want us to put down our devices and focus on our children. But they’ve got it all wrong. It is no wonder that anxiety plagues the modern human. We seem hopelessly confused. We love our tools; we can’t stop [...]
This is Americanised, but the concept is right. You can search for public domain and Creative Commons images on Google now, and ensure you know where the material comes from. Links are much better than downloads when it comes to avoiding copyright issues.
A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much. Leveraging these popular social media tools in the classroom is a no-brainer: everything from Twitter and Facebook all the …
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Some interesting stats:
95% of teens (12-17) use the internet81% use social media (compared with 72% of internet users overall)50% log into social media more than once per day21% of kids under 13 use social media sites26% of kids under 13 have a YouTube accountIn a survey of girls aged 6-12 33% said they were saving their money to buy new technology20% said they were saving for a smartphone48% said that they have a cellphone51% of those said that they have a smartphone
A growing workplace health trend is moving to classrooms: More schools are adding standing desks as a tool to increase alertness and combat childhood obesity.
In 2012, more than one-third of children are overweight or obese - clearly we need to try something!
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The saying "sitting is the new smoking" is gaining traction in workplaces, so it is not surprising that this is now moving to schools. It might help some students concentrate more: I try and get students standing around lab benches when doing experiments to keep brains active, but I wonder how it would go if they stood all day? I think more studies might need to be done.
This is an American article, but it does pose an interesting question about pitting teachers and students against each other using a service like Turnitin. If students are taught how not to plagiarise, this becomes far less of an issue. I think Turnitin and other similar software is definitely needed, but should be used like a scalpel, not a hammer!
To Cheat or not to cheat- an age old question that has taken on new meaning with the inception of online college courses. The question we are facing today- are online courses really giving students the go ahead to cheat?
This is a fantastic little site that allows you to search for the right app recommendations for you - based on what activity you are doing in class, or what you want to achieve. Definitely worth checking out! Follow the questions through and it will them come up with a list!
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, …
BUT, as WE are using "Technology", let us ALSO learn about the basics of "Cyber Security", a MUST in a connected technology driven world:
When we ‘research’ things now, we generally aren’t referring to spending time in a library – or even referring to spending time online accessing specific library or school research databases. The word ‘research’ largely refers to the act of typing words into your internet search bar and seeing what the Wise Old Web tells you. …
===> Hopefully you know this already, but a reminder never hurts: Give credit where credit is due. <===
We all know that social media can be a great tool for teachers, both in the classroom and for professional development purposes. Here at Edudemic, we encourage you to do things like use Twitter to build your PLN, connect with other educators on Facebook, pin great ideas on Pinterest, and more. But just as we …
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I take a detox during the holidays for at least a week to turn my brain off - sometimes it feels like there are a million tabs open in my head. This is now gaining traction as we are finding social media creeping in to everything - yes, it did actually happen even is no one Instagrammed it.
is i"It’s a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our pK-12 Aurora Huskies students, but I think it sends a powerful message. I love utilizing props to try to get my point across to students and thought that creating a kit full of props would be a great way to reinforce a very important topic in our schools."
Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen. Knowing that you leave behind a little trail of digital breadcrumbs as you conduct your digital life is useful - and can even help you in some scenarios (like when you need to hunt down something you remember seeing online, but don’t remember exactly where…). But what happens when you need to delete your digital footprint (or more likely, a part of your digital footprint)?