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Grading the New York Times Article on Education Technology

Grading the New York Times Article on Education Technology | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"This morning, the New York Times had the latest in its occasional series, 'Wouldn’t It Be Nicer If There Were No Technology in Schools' –wait, sorry, I read it wrong, the correct title is 'Grading the Digital School.' The piece, titled 'Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools,' reveals that a new law in Idaho 'requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and their teachers be given laptops or tablets.' The effort, aimed at making Idaho a high-tech leader, may come at the cost of 'tens of millions of dollars [in] salaries for teachers and administrators,' the Times alleges."


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Teachers Bring Text Messaging to the Classroom

Teachers Bring Text Messaging to the Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Social media and smartphone-based learning help typically shy students find their voice.

 

“While the kids are reading novels, watching movies or listening to podcasts, there’s this awesome discussion taking place without anyone saying a word,” Gianotti says. “Students who are typically quiet during traditional discussions really like Celly, because it levels the playing field for them. It’s totally transformed my classroom.”

 

Fellow Lowell High School English/language arts teacher Kevin Deal uses Twitter in a similar fashion. Deal writes hashtags on the board that address the themes of the day’s lesson; his students then use the hashtags to track their conversations on the microblog, both with other students and the larger Twitter universe.

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This is the information used from class as to how to integrate technology in the classroom, answer the questions below to bring to the next class so we can discuss the use of technology in our classroom.

1. How would you use the technology to advance your learning? 

2. Think about what the former resources you would use without technology then what you use now. Compare the two and create a concept map showing the positives and negatives of the two ways.

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60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool. 

 

Which of the 60 listed ways do you use twitter?  Other ways no mentioned? 

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Idaho Teachers Fight a Reliance on Computers

Idaho Teachers Fight a Reliance on Computers | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Teachers in Idaho and elsewhere have been in revolt over policy makers thrusting technology into classrooms and shifting money to unproven teaching methods.

 

This is an interesting twist on the social media classroom: should it be mandatory?  In the year 2012 it is simply unprofessional to not have and actively use an email account or other form of digital communication.  Are we at that point with technology in the classroom?  This sentence summaries the article: "Some teachers, even though they may embrace classroom technology, feel policy makers are thrusting computers into classrooms without their input or proper training."

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Can Social Media find a place in the Classroom?

Can Social Media find a place in the Classroom? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"While Facebook and Twitter are both hugely popular Internet tools, I still find myself a little surprised by the popularity of these posts, considering the academic perspective of we - TheSocialPeople. Upon a general research online amongst the Academic community, I learnt that many teachers, even those at online universities, are hesitant to use such popular tools, given their inherent risk of exposing students to inappropriate content."


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How Luther went viral

How Luther went viral | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

IT IS a familiar-sounding tale: after decades of simmering discontent a new form of media gives opponents of an authoritarian regime a way to express their views, register their solidarity and co-ordinate their actions.

 

How new and unique is social media in the 21st century?  While the power, impact and ubiquity of online media has fundamentally changed human interactions, it amplified patterns that previously existed.  This article looks at similarities between the Arab Spring and the Protestant Reformation, specifically in how grass-roots communications of discontent spread. 

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Best Free Content Curation Tools 2012

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Blog post at iBlogzone - Online Business Resources : Content Curation has been on the upside lately, and while there are some who don’t think that it is an ethical form of “content creation[..] (Best Free #Content #Curation Tools

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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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8 Social Media Strategies for Your Classroom

8 Social Media Strategies for Your Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Are you ready to bring social networking to your classroom? If you’re looking to make your classroom more relevant, connected, and meaningful to your students, it’s the best place to start. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of networking.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy – A Parent’s Guide

Bloom’s Taxonomy – A Parent’s Guide | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Learning with Bloom's Taxonomy...

 

I like this because it is a neat and easy introduction to a very important and influential educational approach.  Also, it got me thinking...how does social media and technology in the classroom fit in with Bloom's taxonomy? 

 

At it's core, the goal is to move students for the simple domains of learning (remember, understand) to higher domains of learning (apply, analyze, evaluate and create).  Social media can invert the 'sage-on-the-stage' paradigm where the teacher becomes the 'guide-on-the-side.'   This means that students become producers of knowledge...definitely a positive in terms of Bloom's taxonomy.  

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Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides

Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
There are two types of people in the world. Those that use Diigo, and those that are really missing out.

 

If you need more convincing that Diigo can help you share your web experience better, take a look at the linked slideshow. 

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How to share your web experience with your class? Diigo!

Awesome cloud-based information management tool that enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices.

 

In addition to the features shown in the video, Diigo offers a group features for educators so you can literally share your web experience with your class. 

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Presenter View: PowerPoint’s Secret Weapon for Speakers

Presenter View: PowerPoint’s Secret Weapon for Speakers | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Article explaining how to use PowerPoint's Presenter View to improve presentations.

 

How is it even possible that I've never figured out how to use this until now? 


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The Innovative Educator: Facebook Timeline: The 21st Century Resume

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Twitter Experiment- "The Social Media Classroom"

Dr. Rankin, professor of History at UT Dallas, wanted to know how to reach more students and involve more people in class discussions both in and out of the ...

 

Cell phones and social media are sometimes viewed as the anti-thesis of paying attention and staying engaged in class.  I'm doing this for the first time this semester, what I am calling "the Social Media Classroom" and so far, it's been fruitful.  

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Grammie's comment, September 16, 2011 11:19 PM
the classes are ready for this.
Seth Dixon's comment, September 17, 2011 4:06 PM
I think that classes are ready for this...but not all professors are. It is a paradigm shift, but a worthwhile endeavor to at least give it an honest effort.
Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 21, 5:35 PM

This video was all about getting students to voice their opinions and communicate in the classroom. Sometimes, raising your hand to ask questions and particpate can be hard for some personalities. Using Twitter for the classroom discussion gets everyone's input. Shy students really benefit from using this platform for classroom discussions. Texting can continue throughout the semester-- even when school isn't in session using social media to drive the conversation.

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Rules to Limit How Teachers and Students Interact Online

Rules to Limit How Teachers and Students Interact Online | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
School districts across the country are imposing strict new guidelines that ban private conversations between teachers and their students on cellphones and online platforms.

 

What are your school plans and policies?  Even if your school or district doesn't have explicit rules, it would be wise to have your own. 

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Facebook in Schools: Tool or Taboo?

Facebook in Schools: Tool or Taboo? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Should Facebook be allowed in the classroom or should it be banned? Can it be used to contribute to classroom discussion, or is it a distraction that takes up precious time?

 

When it comes to opinions on the use of Facebook in education, there’s a pretty clear dividing line: one side believes that when used in the right way, Facebook can be a tool, while the other thinks it is a distraction that should be kept away from schools.  Where do you stand on this? 

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Teachers: To Tweet Or Not To Tweet?

"A lot of people use Twitter, obviously, but how is micro-blogging interesting for a teacher or education personnel in general? I think it's an amazing tool for professional development and so do quite a few very interesting pedagogues from all over the world."


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Wiffiti

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I've always struggled to find a way to engage students in 10 minutes before a college class begins.  I don't want to give any content, but still want to engage them more than them just staring at the wall.  Next semester, my plan is to post tweets on 'wiffiti' or 'visible tweets' relevant to the class discussion to plant the seeds of a discussion before class begins.  

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A New Role for teachers?

A New Role for teachers? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

I, like others, believe that digital curation might just be the next new activity that academics in higher education will need to adopt.   In my classrooms, it has changed the paradigm for how I deliver content to students, interact and collaborate with them.   At the same time, it is fundamentally changing how I perceive and approach publishing and research (which at it's core is about disseminating information to a large audience).

 

Some question brought up by the author of this article:  

- What skills will academics need to be effective digital curators?
- How ready are they to adopt this activity?
- How ready are the systems in our institutions (learning management systems, hardware, software availability, etc but also institutional career progression and research systems) to support the academics in this?
- How does this fit into the concept of digital scholarship?


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Seth Dixon's comment, December 13, 2011 10:59 PM
I've been exploring the idea of 'the social media classroom' and how I view teachers with an emerging role as curators, but also teaching student the skills of curation so they can get the right resources in an age of ubiquitous information. I'll have to keep in touch.
Tom George's comment, December 14, 2011 9:07 AM
Nice one thanks for this. I have been following your Scoops. You can also set up and share your scoops on Internet Billboards, it's very easy to set up and do and there is no extra effort just a couple clicks. Like this http://t.co/63g5ViEq Also do you have a blog? Just curious.
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Monitter : real time, live twitter search

Monitter : real time, live twitter search | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Wondering how you are going to keep up with a large twitter conversation?  Try this Twitterwall called Monitter.  Many tweets fit on one page, pictures and names are large so you can identify the contributors.  The multiple columns like Tweetdeck is smooth, making this quite functional to follow several 'backchannel' conversations.   Displayed is http://www.visibletweets.com which prettier, but less functional for a high volume conversation (good for a guided discussion, with one tweet at a time). 

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9 Tools For Using Wikipedia in the Classroom

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Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations

Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

How can you scroll through tweets in the classroom where student are all working of different projects?  Want to provide a class with simulating information in the 10 minutes before class starts (but still can't officially start since you are waiting for all to arrive)?  This might provide an elegant solution: @visibletweets! 

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YouTube for Schools

YouTube for Schools lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400...

 

Too many firewall problems?  Too many inappropriate comments or commented videos.  Many teachers have downloaded the video using http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/  Now there is a new option. 

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