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Projectorfy for iPad

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"Presentations, Live Polling, and Tweet Walls On The Fly! Change the way you present at meetings, conferences, trivia nights, or anywhere."  For those looking for new technological resources for your classroom, this looks to be a great possibility.  


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TED Offers Free Video Lessons for High School and College Students

TED Offers Free Video Lessons for High School and College Students | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Ted-ED, the educational wing of the TED Talks has launched a new series of videos, designed specifically to teach high school and college students.  I've found these incredibly helpful and a marvelous resource.  To see TED-ED's youtube channel visit: http://www.youtube.com/tededucation

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Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide

Twitter In Schools-A Getting Started Guide | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

It's tough getting started with a new pedagogical paradigm shift and it can be a bumpy transition.  This is a good practical guide to starting an online presence in the classroom (and good refresher for best pratices for those already involved). 

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New Study Pegs Pinterest As The Number 3 Social Website

New Study Pegs Pinterest As The Number 3 Social Website | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
According to a recent study, Pinterest has risen to the 3rd most trafficked social media website.

 

This announcement is a good time to evaluate this simple question: How can I use Pinterest within the classroom and for pedagogical purposes?  Here's my Geography Education pinterests boards http://pinterest.com/geogeducation/ to show what I currently am trying to do, but there are so many other possibilities.  And for those obsessed with knowing the ranking of social media sites, here they are:

 

1. Facebook

2. Twitter

3. Pinterest

4. LinkedIn

5. Tagged

6. Google+

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Video: Why mobile learning?

"Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom."


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Barbara Gardner's comment, March 27, 2012 5:09 AM
very moving video - who wolud have thought that the iPad would be this powerful when it was launched?
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Top Five Lessons for the Digital Age

Top Five Lessons for the Digital Age | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 national level education organizations representing 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning every day.

 

--1) Want a future for our kids? Build a bridge.

--2) Concerned about educational value? Advocate for it.

--3) Want a world class education system? Collaborate internationally.

--4) Concerned about competitiveness? Invest in great teachers and school leaders.

--5) Want transformation? Go with the flow.

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Pocket-Based Learning: My Cellphone Classroom

Pocket-Based Learning: My Cellphone Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"On my commute one morning recently, one of the local radio stations was discussing a ban on Ugg boots by a Philadelphia school district because students were hiding their cell phones in the calf-high versions and using them in class. The radio announcers were discussing how cell phones in the classroom are a distraction and that “real learning” doesn’t take place with a mobile device in hand. After listening to the announcers and various other callers lament the student use of cell phones in the classroom, I decided to call in and offer a different perspective."

 

The cell phone doesn't HAVE to be the enemy of learning.  It is the enemy of total control and so many teachers are hesitant to cede some of the control over to the students.  I've found that students need more ways to engage which classroom content that mirrors the way they engage with their life.  I'm not a proponent of throughing out the whole curriculum to allow students to discover what they  for themselves (well, not without structure and guidance), but I see that if we can find ways to incorporate ways to use technology that enhances teaching, we need to find those practices.  

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Re-envisioning Modern Pedagogy: Educators as Curators

Seth Dixon: How different are the roles of educators and curators?  Increasingly I find myself see these two roles are merging in this era of digital resources.  When students see themselves as co-curators with the professors, this allows students to explore topics more fully and collaborate in setting the course materials.  The level of engagement can become significantly heightened in this social media classroom.  This PDF of the presentation is an invaluable resources for educators seeking to bring social media and educational technologies into the classroom.  


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Facebook Tips: How To Use The Social Network Like A Pro

Facebook Tips: How To Use The Social Network Like A Pro | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
When it comes to social networking, Facebook boasts some of the most impressive usage numbers. According to a study recently released by comScore, the site reaches 3 out of every 4 U.S.

 

Social Media isn't just a cute side-interest, but a major professional focus that many companies are targeting.  Social Media skills (not of the farmville sort) are marketable assets in the job market these days.  Consider this a way to seek out professional development. 

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Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing

Imported Air Pollution from Outsourcing | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Homegrown air pollution is bad enough, but for years scientists have tracked pollution rising out of Asia, crossing the Pacific Ocean, and descending over the western United States. A research team found that the Asian contribution over the southwestern United States could amount to 15 parts per billion of ozone (orange-red on three consecutive days in panels, left to right).  That could become even more troublesome, the authors note, if Asian imports increase as expected in the coming decades."

 

So in essence, sending manufacturing to China to avoid the Clean Air Act costs doesn't always lower our monetary costs nor does lower our environmental costs (not if our air is still polluted).  Geography is all about understanding the whole system, and the atmosphere does not recognize any international borders.  The Earth is our system. 

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The Kingdom Keepers's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:50 AM

You know pollution is getting bad when it starts to affect countries oceans away. Society depicts that there is a pollution problem, but they do not take action-they merely address it. If humans are to find a solution to this problem, however, we need to actually take action.  

-Brooke

shamlabeth's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:09 AM

I believe that Asia should think about what they are doing to the world. They are effecting the climate and the other countries with their burning of fossil fuels. It's not just them though because China is at the point where they have to wear mask out. we need to come together and make the world greener.-Amanda

Max Minard's curator insight, May 26, 2015 10:06 PM

This article talks about air pollution hazards in America that are resulting from the pollution incoming from across the Pacific Ocean. Over the past few years, Asian imports have also increased the rate of incoming pollution that originated in Asia and is being distributed across the United States. As the article states, Asia's contribution could amount to "15 parts per billion of ozone." My insight would be to control this increase in pollution by perhaps limiting Asian and American interaction. Although, at the same time this interaction is probably necessary to the overall economies of both sides involved. This issue has both pros and cons linked with it, but either way the increase in pollution still needs to be solved. 

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Social Media, Participative Pedagogy, and Digital Literacies

This is the keynote address of CollabTech 2010 conference by Howard Rheingold, an early online innovator and scholar of virtual communities. I personally take for granted the social media tools available at my disposal in 2012, and have much to be thankful for to pioneers (Rheingold developed the software for http://socialmediaclassroom.com which I discovered after naming this curated site). 

 

For details on his latest book "Net Smart," see: http://rheingold.com/netsmart/ 

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Social Media is NOT anonymous!

Part of using social media in the classroom, is teaching students how to use social media responsibly.  This story of 2 teens who were removed from their school because of racist videos posted on YouTube serve as a cautionary tale: if you can't say it in class, to your parents or at work, you should not be saying online through social media networks.

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A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice

A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Michael Wesch has been on the lecture circuit for years touting new models of active teaching with technology. The associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University has given TED talks. Wired magazine gave him a Rave Award. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching once named him a national professor of the year. But now Mr. Wesch finds himself rethinking the fundamentals of teaching—and questioning his own advice."

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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Ultimately, success with a flipped class is a combination of understanding the pedagogical goals and using the technology and method to support them.


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Meetings.io

Meetings.io | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Simple online meetings...

 

Hang out with co-workers and teams.  Run as many meetings as you want.  No software or signups needed.  Best of all, it's free.  This looks like a perfect fit for the social media classroom. 

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The Plaid Avenger

JohnBoyer:Recorded on 3/14/12 recorded on USTREAM.

 

If you've never heard of the Plaid Avenger, he teaches a classroom of 3000 students.  As you can image, social media tools a key component to his pedagogical strategy.  If you are looking for more ideas and trying to understand the emerging landscape of higher education in the 21st century, this interview is a great place to start.  For more on John Boyer's teaching see: http://plaidavenger.com/

 

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The 21st Century Classroom - Digital Geography

Amber Hill EDU10713 Curriculum, Assessment & New Media Emerging Pedagogies...

 

This student-produced video (from Southern Cross University in Australia) has many good insights...especially the tagline "we need to prepare our students for the future, not the past." While all new technologies do not improve on tried and true practices, some are worth putting into our classes as the resources become available to us. Also this video outlines numerous resources and how they can be used in the classroom. Who says we can't learn from students?

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What is Curation?

This is the first in a series of videos explaining the shifts we're seeing in the world of content creation. Curation has exploded with the growth of Twitter, Tumblr and now Pinterest.

 

Seth Dixon: Curation is about finding the most relevant, important and compelling for a particular audience...isn't that what teachers are essentially doing for their students?  The idea of digital curation as a new educational paradigm is mounting, especially considering that our students needs the skills to find, evaluate and snythesize online materials. 


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Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"We’ve heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income students who are forbidden to use it in public schools."

 

Students won't be able to properly and safely use and evaluate online materials for academic purposes if they aren't allowed to use technology in an educational setting.  Some of the best technology (like the best of books historically speaking) have been banned.  How will history judge the tech bans of the early 21st century?  Reactionary technophobic control freaks?  Overly cautious?  Wise filters and beacons of respectability? 

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 29, 2016 2:54 AM

Students that just want take being back door screwed by the government , government style Stands up and make demands of their own. What are the results?

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Wanna be a Super Hero? Be a curator ! Steve Rosenbaum's favorite trend at SxSWi 2012

gdecugis: "If you've followed curation as a trend, you've heard of Steve Rosenbaum. His book Curation Nation was instrumental last year in making curation and curators emerge as a trend and as an important group.

 

As Steve puts it, curators are the Web's super heroes.

 

But as Steve says, it's just starting and this is just the beginning. And from what we can see in Austin this year, he's damn right!"

 

Seth Dixon: This sums up my academic and educational interest in curation.  If we are preparing our students with skills for the current landscape, we are essentially 15-20 years behind.  We must focus on the emerging technologies that will be reshaping digital landscape to prepare our students for THEIR future paradigm.  If our teaching is going to be current, there should be some interface between the classroom and digital materials.  I've heard some academics completely dismiss online sources as unreliable and unvetted.  To them I say, "Welcome to the 21st century!"  There is no escaping online materials without burying your head in the sand.  Your job is to teach students the skills to assess the quality of the source, how to find the best sources, join in a global conversation about content and to start producing new original content.  In a nutshell, teachers in the 21st century will need to embrace the social media classroom, curation and Web 2.0 technologies or become obsolete. 


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Eric Moran's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:28 PM

Steves point about curating the noise out there and streamiling content is the wave of the future. Steve does a great job explaining the importance of content curation. Great piece and great examples. Have a look.

Eric Moran's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:31 PM

Steves point about curating the noise out there and streamiling content is the wave of the future. Steve does a great job explaining the importance of content curation. Great piece and great examples. Have a look.

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Explore

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A discovery engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity.
Edited by Maria Popova for Coursekit .

 

More and more, students have vast resources available to them.  Find soures, evaluating material and knowing how to distribute resources will be the new educational paradigm.  Curation is but a part of that larger goal to teach student how to learn, not just a set of facts within a disciplinary tradition. 

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What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | Connected Learning Research Network

What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | Connected Learning Research Network | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"The debates about schools and social media are a subject of great public and policy interests. In reality, the debate has been shaped by one key fact: the almost universal decision by school administrators to block social media. Because social media is such a big part of many students social lives, cultural identities, and informal learning networks schools actually find themselves grappling with social media everyday but often from a defensive posture—reacting to student disputes that play out over social media or policing rather than engaging student’s social media behaviors."

 

This article challenges many of the assumptions about technology in the secondary education setting that leads most administrators to block social media websites from their campuses. 

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Best Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Best Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

 

Want to learn on your own time?  Does education HAVE to take place in a formal setting before your 25th birthday?  Online education isn't just for-profit and for-credit ventures.  Many schools are democratizing their information and freely making it accessible to the public (Personally I was glad to see my alma mater BYU on the list of schools that are a part of this new move in education that is facilitated by online technologies).  So take a class on something interesting that you want to learn more about...just because it's free doesn't mean it can't be an invaluable resource.   

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Learning By Exploring, Organizing and Curating a Body of Information

Seth Dixon: This promotional video speaks to me because regardless of platform, I think that educational technologies should be used to foster the exact same type of learning environment that is described in this video.  The Social Media Classroom isn't about "wowing" student with cool technologies.  That flashiness is the educational equivalent of a twinkie.  Fluffy, empty calorie that don't nourish.  The ideological essence of content curation IS what good educators have always sought to do: only now there are new platforms for this process.  

 

Robin Good: Curatr, an elearning platform built upon the idea of discovery through the curation and sense-making of existing information.  Curatr is about the construction of the scaffolding that allows people to learn and to find the resources that should help them best learn what they are interested into. 


Find out more:  http://www.curatr.co.uk/ 


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janlgordon's comment, February 29, 2012 11:11 AM
Another gem, thank you so much Robin!
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Interactive View of Yahoo! Daily Data

Interactive View of Yahoo! Daily Data | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"The Yahoo!'s Content Optimization and Relevance Engine (C.O.R.E.) creates 13 million story combinations a day on Yahoo!'s home page. Check out this data visualization: http://visualize.yahoo.com and explore what readers in different age and demographics groups, or with different interests or locations are reading on Yahoo.

 

A great interactive visualization example that show how curating existing data and presenting it in an accessible and interactive way can create extra value.

 

Check it out: http://beta.visualize.yahoo.com/core/ "

 

What fascinates me about this is demographic breakdown of the media: who is consuming what types of media?  It is clear that the media is being produced to fit particular demographics, but this is letting us 'peek behind the curtain' and see how social the media is becoming.  How can educators 'customize' the information to fit their particular classroom demographic most effectively?   


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