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How To Turn Your Twitter Feed Into An Infographic - Edudemic

How To Turn Your Twitter Feed Into An Infographic - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
A quick guide to turning your Twitter feed into an infographic using the tweetsheet tool. It's fast, simple, and adorable.
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How To Become A Better Online Researcher - Edudemic

How To Become A Better Online Researcher - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
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. …
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Excellent advice on better searching strategies from Katie Lepi.

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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.

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Sony SmartBand review - specs, comparison and best price (Wired UK)

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Wired.co.uk reviews the Sony SmartBand
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Great Resources to Help Teachers Craft Beautiful Slide Presentations ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? - Edudemic

What Is The Ideal Length Of A Tweet (And Other Communications)? - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

"There are so many ways that teachers are using social media –  both in the classroom and for their own professional development. From Instagram   and Facebook in the classroom to Twitter lists and hashtags for their PLN, there are so many social networks and so much content to choose from when you’re looking. You know that whether you’re browsing through your Twitter feed or searching on Pinterest, there are certain things that catch your eye and other things that blend into the background. You pick and choose what looks interesting to you.

 

When you’re the creator of the content, however – either for professional use with other teachers or for student’s consumption – you need to be concerned with getting your message out there in a way that ensures it isn’t the content that is blending into the background. The handy infographic below takes a look at the ideal length for all of your social media postings.  Keep reading to learn more!"


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, June 23, 8:41 AM

Teachers, lawyers, Doctors, Sports professionals, broadcasters, retired folk, businessmen, people who like to play with their mobile phones..  Everyone needs to know how to tweet well.  Explain that to your 90 year old grandmother!

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, June 24, 5:49 AM

Of course some types of tweets are best left unposted whatever size they are

Chris Eller's curator insight, June 24, 1:44 PM

This is a topic I, personally, have been wrestling with recently. If you look at many of the forms of communication listed in the infographic, the common denominator is how short our attention span is when consuming online information.


For example, 


  • Video - 3 to 3.5 minutes
  • Presentation (sermon?) - 18 minutes
  • Podcast - 22 minutes
  • Headline - 60 characters


Based on my own informal research at First Family Church, I would have to agree with the the overall consensus of these findings. A common complaint I receive in our Small Group Curriculum Evaluations is that we provide too much information. Consequently, I am looking for ways to break our teaching into even smaller chunks and develop teaching helps (e.g. handouts) that are available by clicking a link rather than including in the formal lesson.


From a church perspective, would it be too frightening to try and evaluate how engaged people are during a 40 to 50 minute sermon? A very informal indication could be how many people are using their phones or mobile devices during a sermon. Yes, they have their Bible on their device, and it is likely they are referring to the digital Bible occasionally, but if someone is staring intently at their phone or tablet for an extended period of time during the sermon, odds are good they have transitioned to something else and are focused on the content on their device rather than actively listening to the sermon.


If you have the courage, try and see how many in your church this Sunday are staring at their mobile devices rather than actively listening to your sermon.


What are your thoughts? Will the church need to adjust its centuries-old method of teaching as the attention span of church attenders shrinks?

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the world’s educational systems (which we’ll talk about in a different post). What I find even more interesting is the focus on what skills current students need to meet …
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Good Tools to Collect Anonymous Feedback from Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

"We’re not all that far along in understanding how learning, teaching, and technology interact in the classroom. Institutions should certainly enable faculty to experiment with new technology, but should also approach all potential classroom intruders with a healthy dose of skepticism, and resist the impulse to always implement the new, trendy thing out of our fear of being left behind."


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Them's fighting words! Actually, a balanced view.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 6, 9:59 PM

The other voice. Ban computers so that our boring lectures cannot be as easily or as obviously ignored. Force kids to once again daydream rather than do something as shockingly dull as pay attention to our prattling on about things of which the kids are not interested. And they will daydream, doodle, or drool. Why? Because we cannot capture their imaginations nor challenge their intellects with droning lectures. BTW, ban laptops and surreptitious smart phones will find their way into young hands.

Let's not challenge ourselves to use the power of the tools available. That would be too burdensome. Rather, let us continue to do what we have always done. It gives us a feeling of satisfaction, and it is easier to repeat ourselves than to demonstrate the skill of lifelong learning. I suppose that task should be left for others to do. Sheeeesh!

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 13, 1:29 AM

The key to the use of any technology, laptop or pen and paper to name two, is a focus on the nature, quality and quantity of the learning. That focus should make clear what is to be learned and then judge how well it has been learned. Any uses of technologies should support the learning goals.

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Four ways to find free images to use legally with Google Apps

Four ways to find free images to use legally with Google Apps | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

Andy Wolber lists four ways to find images that are free and legal to use in your business with Google Apps.


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Advanced Power Searching

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Google challenges for the initiated.

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What Happens in One Minute Online? New Infographic

What Happens in One Minute Online? New Infographic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

"Sixty seconds seems like an insignificant amount of time, but when you look at it in terms of how much data is created, there’s a whole lot going on. Almost two years ago, we created an infographic to highlight just how much digital data was generated every minute. The numbers were staggering. Recently, we decided …"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 4, 7:00 PM

Check out this new infographic (published April 23, 2014) and learn what happens in one minute online. You can also see an infographic from a year ago (link in the post) and consider having students compare and contrast the two to find out what has changed.

Glenda Morris's curator insight, June 1, 8:36 AM

What happens on the internet every minute of the day - great infographic 

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.
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I like the last one - slow down! Be selective.

Don't try to do everything at once.

Start by building a PLN. Get onto Twitter!

Fit technology into your learning life in meaningful ways.

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Tada! Annotate and Create Interactive Videos

Tada! Annotate and Create Interactive Videos | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
July 23, 2014
ThingLink is one of my favourite web tools for creating interactive images.If you have never used ThingLink before then here is a step by step guide I posted earlier to outlining the...

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Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology

Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

"There is no significant linear connection between the use of digital technologies and enhanced student attainment. It is time to appreciate the traditional, simplistic way of looking at  the impact of digital technology on student learning has to fundamentally change and for all associated with schools to understand that the impact of digital technology on student learning can be profound if a suitable school ecology is created." Mal Lee


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Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, July 17, 6:31 PM

There is much written about the positive effects of a good school culture and how it is difficult to attain. The reverse also holds true and a negative school culture is deleterious to a child's development and a good culture can be easily lost. Mal lee has made the key connection between between school culture and expectation and the embedding of good digital thinking and practice in a school environment. Bravo Mal!

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, July 22, 4:49 AM

Technology is about enhancing learning, and relationships. There are things never before possible, but central to the use of digital technologies is an attitude, a mindset of collaboration, not of the individual learning in the traditional competitive classroom. Many educators aren't quite there with that one yet.

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▶ The SAMR Model Explained By Students - YouTube

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Students create simple explanation of the SAMR model, created by Dr Ruben Puentadura. How assignments and learning are transformed.

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Karlo Jara's curator insight, June 27, 1:04 AM

Yes, the model is only about education, but if you have the power of "Sight Beyond Sight" (yes, Lion-Oism), you could extrapolate some applications to business activities

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.
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Sketchbook Express for iPad Drawing - Class Tech Tips

Sketchbook Express for iPad Drawing - Class Tech Tips | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
Sketchbook Pro is a powerful iPad creation tool but if you are looking for a free alternative with simpler options try out Sketchbook Express.  With lots of standard drawing features like the abili...

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Bye-Bye Textbooks! How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic

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The How Digital Devices Are Reshaping Education Infographic reveals information about how digital devices have changed the traditional education landscape.

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W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, June 20, 11:22 PM

In 2013/14, I only used novels in English class and even then only to provide time away from a screen.  Every other class and activity used digital resources and engaged technology to find, sort, contextualize, and share information.   This is a very interesting infographic. 

Dyana Mason's curator insight, June 23, 11:06 PM

Digital devices are re-shaping the classroom. I've seen some new tools in action.  As educators, we should learn how students are using these new tools and adjust our teaching appropriately.

Dian J Harrison, MSW's curator insight, July 8, 8:09 PM

This definitely speaks to the support that older students will need to be successful in online programs!  For some of these students, the technology learning curve will be steep but doable....... especially if they are used to reading a book in print!

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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Those of us who have spent much time taking notes by hand may have, in fact, the upper hand! Perhaps the skills gained in writing have assisted note-taking generally. It is more of a challenge for younger learners.

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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers - Edudemic

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers - Edudemic | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before …
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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then...

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This... Then... | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it
It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No...
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Thank you Silvia. Well said. It's not just students who think anything on the net is there for the taking. I use my own media as much as possible, or Creative Commons images, but even with my knowledge it's a steep learning curve. Awareness is the first step.

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Could The School Of The Future Be Modular?

Could The School Of The Future Be Modular? | Technology tools and shiny stuff | Scoop.it

There’s a new teaching trend just about every day. Teachers are constantly encouraged to flip, twist, and mix up their classrooms every day.


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Power Searching with Google

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KIDS REACT TO OLD COMPUTERS - YouTube

Thanks to our friends at "Halt and Catch Fire"! Check it out! http://www.amctv.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire Premieres June 1st, Sundays 10/9c on AMC Old Com...
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