"Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, “Well, what do you think?” Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your student offers some questionable sources, ask, “Why did you choose that one?” Try to get the student to think about the who, what, why, and when of the article and website. Let the student use critical thinking to come to a valid conclusion. They might just have a good reason for using the source."
Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:
* Who wrote it?
* What is it for?
* Why was it written?
* When was it written?
With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.
This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.
This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.
In a study by Google in August of 2012, researchers found that not only will users judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th – 1/20th of a second, but also that “visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts.
Moreover, “highly prototypical” sites – those with layouts commonly associated with sites of it’s category – with simple visual design were rated as the most beautiful across the board.
In other words, the study found the simpler the design, the better.
Adding annotations to YouTube videos is a good way to add little bubbles of information to a video or to create a series of choose your own adventure videos. A great example of using annotations in student-produced videos can be found here. In the video embedded below I provide directions for adding annotations to your YouTube videos. You can also find screenshots of the process in this post.
The Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier (2/12) reports that Indiana education officials conducted a stress test of the state’s online ISTEP assessments, which “was meant to ensure the system will work smoothly when the online portion of the ISTEP is administered to 470,000 Indiana students in April.” However, according to West Lafayette Community School Corp. Superintendent Rocky Killion, “It was a complete disaster. Kids did not get through it. Computers were freezing up. Everything was shutting down.”
The AP (2/13) reports that the “embattled” test “encountered more difficulties Thursday as computers froze during a stress test of the online portion of the exam.” Vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill “reported that ‘a number of schools’ reported freezing issues during the test, which was designed to ensure that the system worked smoothly when the online portion of the standardized test is given to 470,000 Indiana students in the coming weeks.”
The ARCS Motivation Model (Keller, 1984) will let us delve into intrinsic motivation with more specificity and shed some light on the question, “Does technology make less motivated students?” The model parses motivation into four detailed aspects. Just reading over this list, I can see many ways technology can serve as both a supporting and detracting factor.
Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Digital Storytelling Tools Share your comments or join us in our Facebook Group. We’d love to …
"Education has evolved from a pen, paper and textbook affair to using iPads, online resources and even mobile apps in the classroom. If you are aiming for a career in education, being able to utilize technology effectively is a crucial skill that you will have to be able to demonstrate."
It’s not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram and Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions. Some study aid sites even offer a ‘study break’ where students can take five minutes to check out the latest celebrity news. But it’s never really five minutes, is it? So why not use technology to fight technology? There are some fabulous study aid apps out there designed especially to help students stay on track and stay focused.
We’re hard at work improving Daily Genius and our newest product DashEDU. In case you’re new to the community, Daily Genius is a place where professionals can learn something new every day. DashEDU just launched and is a ‘dashboard for education’ where you can easily submit links to interesting stories, products, events, jobs, etc. It’s all updated in real-time and runs like an app (because it’s built on an app framework actually!).
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