"This guide has been produced by the International Centre for Guidance Studies, and aims to provide the information needed to make an informed decision about using social media and select from the vast range of tools that are available."
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary?
You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.
WRITING DEVELOPMENT Not surprisingly, these two basic approaches to conceptualizing writing have led to different views of writing development. For example, Graham (2006) argued that four catalysts spur writing development. These involve changes in writer's strategic or self-regulatory behaviors (e.g., becoming more sophisticated in planning), motivation (e.g., heightened sense of efficacy about one's writing capabilities), knowledge (e.g., increased knowledge about the attributes and structures of different types of writing), and skills (e.g., automatization of handwriting and spelling and proficiency in sentence construction). These catalysts all reside within the individual, and this approach to development is consistent with cognitive/ motivational theories of writing.
In contrast, Schultz and Fecho (2000) offer a different view of writing development—one that is consistent with sociocultural theories of writing. They argue that writing development reflects and contributes to the social, historical, political, and institutional contexts in which it occurs; varies across the school, home, and work contexts in which it is situated; is shaped by the curriculum and pedagogical decisions made by teachers and schools; tied to the social identity of the writer(s), and is greatly influenced by the social interactions surrounding writing.
These two approaches (and the theories underlying them) clearly privilege different aspects of writing and writing development. However, neither is complete, as cognitive/motivational views pay relatively little attention to context, and sociocultural views do not adequately address how individual factors shape writing development. ...
When working on large writing projects, Scrivener is my tool of choice. Here, one user gets into his use of Scrivener for infotention workflow. -- Howard
"I should note that the way I use Scrivener probably isn’t the traditional way of using the app. If you want a more traditional review of it as a writing tool, take a look at Literature and Latte’s Twitter feed, as they have links to a lot of users reviews. For those who don’t know what Scrivener is, it is one the best all-in-one place writing tools. I compare it to a programming IDE (Integrated development environment), but I’m a bit geeky.
I found Scrivener just after they updated to 2.0. I was looking for a solution to manage not only my writing, but also all the random bits of information that help me write."
Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.
I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.
Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.
There are boatloads of tools out there that can give you a private social network. From Edmodo to the upcoming Facebook Groups For Schools, there’s plenty of options. Most are free, but some are better than others.
"Recently I’ve been exploring the options for slide-casting and screen-casting...
"I’d like to begin to archive and more broadly share professional development. I’d like to offer teachers easy ways to present and archive instruction. To offer students new strategies for presentation and for archiving their work. To help me rehearse and archive my own formal presentations. And I am planning to do a little online adjuncting in the fall.
"And, as more schools and more individual teachers adopt the Flipped Classroom model, we will be looking for options to present content, lecture, and video as homework, so we can devote class time to more interactive and engaging collaborative learning strategies."
Nature.com (blog)'The Single Biggest Change in Education Since the Printing Press'The AtlanticWe don't know how best to translate classroom education to the online realm, but the tools are there, and, sooner or later, someone is going to figure it...
Robin Good: Cisco Jabber is a multi-platform and multi-device collaboration and communication platform which provides text chat/instant messaging, video-conferencing, telephony and voicemail and which can escalate to full-blown web-conferencing and collaboration sessions.
Cisco Jabber utilizes the XMPP protocol allowing interoperability with other instant messaging systems.
Ciso Jabber is available for Windows, Mac, Web, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Nokia devices.
You’re going to want to print out this infographic and, at the very least, share it with your fellow teachers and even students. It’s all about the history of education technology and could be used to educate just about anyone on how far we’ve come in a short period of time. We did a more in-depth look at the history of education technology about a year ago but this infographic is a lot more… fun.
Anyway, the below infographic from CTU can be viewed below or downloaded as a PDF here (so you can fire up that color printer). Enjoy the walk down memory lane!
"The modern human animal spends upwards of 11 hours out of every 24 in a state of constant consumption. Not eating, but gorging on information ceaselessly spewed from the screens and speakers we hold dear. Just as we have grown morbidly obese on sugar, fat, and flour—so, too, have we become gluttons for texts, instant messages, emails, RSS feeds, downloads, videos, status updates, and tweets.
We're all battling a storm of distractions, buffeted with notifications and tempted by tasty tidbits of information. And just as too much junk food can lead to obesity, too much junk information can lead to cluelessness. The Information Diet shows you how to thrive in this information glut—what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential for everyone who strives to be smart, productive, and sane."