Tumblr is one of the newer social media apps that allow free sharing of digital media over the web. It is a social channel that has not been left isolated by the educators, as more and more teachers turn to utilizing methods of using this app in their classrooms.
If you are a teacher and want to take advantage of this app, here are a few ways in which you can use Tumblr to bring a whole new life to your classroom:
This great article shows how we can use Tumblr in our classrooms. I love the suggestion of a quick and easy website or hosting an online debate. They also point out that we need to protect kids online, but they need experience to learn how to do this - Tumblr could be a good way to do this :0)
Do you use Tumblr?
I have an account but don't check it much...maybe I should be?
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming. Electronic sports (or esports) are now mainstream, drawing more than a million viewers in large tournaments and…
This is fascinating! "We’re creating online spaces that make people feel more comfortable, and potentially even helping them to navigate social environments they previously feared." Online gaming is helping shy individuals find OFFline friends and sometimes even improving cognitive abilities!
Do you game? I'm not into it much personally but dabble so I know what's going on in the world :0) Can you tell me what I should be playing or doing to catch this bug? (or what to avoid!)
Reading is not dead! Long live the library! This article compares the reading and library use habits of 16 - 29 year olds with 30+ year olds. Great to the reading and self-directed learning that students undertake these days acknowledged in data!
As education changes, it depends primarily on internal catalysts for that change. That is, the “things” that change it are on the “inside” of that system itself, most notably data, assessment, PLCs, and running a distant fourth, technology. It’s interesting that technology is among the least impacting “agents of change” in the classroom.
Share on FacebookTweet ThisGoogle+Pin ItLinkedIn Whether you’re a new Twitter user or a seasoned pro, there are probably some things you should know. From the key terms to the hashtags to how long your tweets should be. In an effort to help share some of the best bits of wisdom we’ve learned over the years, …
Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's insight:
Are you new to Twitter ? Maybe you're a seasoned pro who often has to explain the twitterverse to those around you.
Struggle no more! This brief article and EXCELLENT one pager will get those newbies going in no time! Print it off, download and save to iPad, make it your computer screensaver or pop it on the iWB in the staffroom...share the Twitter love!
With my Doctorate Student hat on - this article is great. Nice and reasuring! I try and stick to office hours as much as possible. And make up the time I miss when the temptation to have coffee with a friend is too much!! #phdchat #edchat #DEDstudent #gradschool
"Stories have captivated us as a species since the dawn of man. Through stories, we have passed on traditions, remembered the past, and carried information across the millennia.
And it's not just our ancestors who harnessed the power of stories, either. Stories still work to reach people, which is why we see businesses turning to the power of storytelling in branding efforts, marketing campaigns, corporate strategies, and even eLearning courses and business presentations."
Do you work with older students? Then you will enjoy this article about storytelling in learning. Great for introducing studnets to the need to structure online presentations as well as traditional, writing tasks.
Reading a good online presentation (from TED maybe) and then asking students to map the presentation to the story outline in this article will reinforce this learning for them.
Let me know if you give this a go - I've done similar activities with videos and story structures in primary schools and the students loved investigating the hidden structure!
“ The invention of fire and the wheel – nice. But from the first cave paintings to the beginnings of logographs, and then of course the alphabet, human achievement has been tied closely with how we put our thoughts across. Come to think of it, we are still learning how to communicate. Twitter and Facebook are…”
Via David W. Deeds
Great list and quick read on why you should be considering blogging with your students. Not sure about the leadership comments at the bottom but the classroom and pedagogy ideas are great. What would you add to this list?
"With an ever growing list of daily interactions occurring digitally, the result of small online decisions can have a huge and lasting impact. As educators, it is critical that we convey this impact to students and consider all elements of Digital Citizenship when working with them in the digital world."
This article is great for teachers wondering how to manage alll those devices in their classrooms. Written by a visitor to 300 classrooms in 2 days, this article pulls out the important points that we should all consider when using technology for learning.
Do you agree with the article? What's your perspective?
This interesting - using stories to get your message or information across. This could be great for primary and secondary schools using online platforms like Google Apps for Edu or Edmodo - frame your unit of study around a story to engage and clarify your purpose.
Great tips on how to get started in this article.
Do you enjoy storytelling? I love it - particularly in maths! Makes fractions so much more fun if theres' a 'real' event/story they have to fix or solve!
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it.
Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's insight:
These games bring coding into the classroom nice and easily! It's not hard to see how these would engage children and the coding concepts behind them are a good start to the analytic and logical thinking required for more in-depth computing. The new Australian curriculum will likely have a focus on these thinking and coding skills - these resources (and this article) is a good place to start!
Love this infographic - walks students (Grade 5 +) through the use of Google search strategies. I've put this up in the classroom so that I can refer to it. With primary school kids, its not really a 'work alone' resource but it is great for using as a reference point to direct their research and search skills.
Is your school looking at a BYOD program? Maybe you're concerned about managing a range of devices and platforms in your classroom. This article gives a good graphic overview of the challenges and benefits of a multi-platform set up.
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