28 Simple Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom
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By Steve Wheeler
"This week, Woz and I were both invited speakers at the 3rd International Conference on eLearning and Distance Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was already sitting in the speaker's lounge, ready to present his opening keynote, when I wandered in, unaware that he was there. There was no-one else in the room. I walked over. We shook hands. We sat down. Then we talked.
By Jim Taylor
"In a previous post, I asked the question: “Is technology making your children mindless instead of mindful?” I think it’s safe to say that it is incredibly difficult for children to be mindful, present, and calm in our culture that is now dominated by the constant flow of information.
"Yet, if you want your children to be truly happy, you must give them opportunities to experience mindfulness. In this crazy new world of technology, what a wonderful lifelong gift you give your children when you help them to, paraphrasing a well-known adage from the 1960s counterculture movement, to “turn off and tune in.” You do this by creating regular opportunities for your children to disconnect from technology.
"You can start by looking at your children’s lives and seeing all the times when they’re “mindless,” meaning they’re being overwhelmed by information, distracted, and drawn outside of themselves. You will likely find that this state of mind dominates their daily lives."
From the website
"Educators will serve as Product Designers. They will apply and submit project ideas as a team of 2-3. Hackathon organizers will review all the ideas and select a few to be revised into a finalized project proposal ten days before the event. Our organizing committee will offer feedback to design teams to help ensure their ideas are technically feasible and appropriate in scope. The committee includes experts with Google Apps Script and members of the Google Apps Script developer relations team. See our page for teachers for more information.
"Programmers will apply together in Engineering Teams of 2-3. Prior to the event, engineering teams will be asked to indicate their top three choices of projects, and they will have the opportunity to join a Google Hangout with the Apps Script Developer Relations team for a one hour overview and Q+A on Apps Script. See our page for coders for more information.
"On the day of the event, engineering coders and product design teams will be paired together into a larger “Development Team” based on a match of interests and skills. The Development Team will work together on the day of the hackathon using their respective expertise to develop the proposed product."
Jim Lerman's insight:
The event is free and should be a great adventure.
By David Gelertner
"People ask what the next web will be like, but there won’t be a next web.
"The space-based web we currently have will gradually be replaced by a time-based worldstream. It’s already happening, and it all began with the lifestream, a phenomenon that I (with Eric Freeman) predicted in the 1990s and shared in the pages of Wired almost exactly 16 years ago.
"This lifestream — a heterogeneous, content-searchable, real-time messaging stream — arrived in the form of blog posts and RSS feeds, Twitter and other chatstreams, and Facebook walls and timelines. Its structure represented a shift beyond the “flatland known as the desktop” (where our interfaces ignored the temporal dimension) towards streams, which flow and can therefore serve as a concrete representation of time.
"It’s a bit like moving from a desktop to a magic diary: Picture a diary whose pages turn automatically, tracking your life moment to moment … Until you touch it, and then, the page-turning stops. The diary becomes a sort of reference book: a complete and searchable guide to your life. Put it down, and the pages start turning again.
"Today, this diary-like structure is supplanting the spatial one as the dominant paradigm of the cybersphere: All the information on the internet will soon be a time-based structure. In the world of bits, space-based structures are static. Time-based structures are dynamic, always flowing — like time itself.
"The web will be history."
Description from EdSurge
"Long-time education advocate and investor, Tom VanderArk's team at the GettingSmart blog have been working hard with Digital Learning Now! to release one white paper a month on the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This month's package: a version 1.0 of their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check it out; they're eager for your feedback and updates! (An updated version of this report will be out in a few months). Best of all, of course: the (free) infographic!"
By Karen Herzog
"The University of Wisconsin System is in the national spotlight for being the first public university system to roll out a flexible option for working adults that awards degrees based on competency - not time in a classroom.
"Other public institutions around the country are watching and waiting for a model to increase college access and affordability for working adults who never finished a degree, or who are trying to reinvent themselves because of shifting workforce demands.
"The pressure is on the UW System to not only deliver, but to succeed."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Surprizingly detailed and lengthty newspaper article describing what could be quite a significant initiative.
By Steve Kolowich
"In what could be a major step toward bridging the gap between massive open online courses and the credentialing system that they are supposed to "disrupt," the American Council on Education on Thursday endorsed five MOOCs for credit.
"Two of the approved courses, "Introduction to Genetics and Evolution" and "Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach," come from Duke University. Two others, "Pre-Calculus" and "Algebra," come from the University of California at Irvine. The last, "Calculus: Single-Variable," comes from the University of Pennsylvania. All five are offered through Coursera.
"The council, an association that advises college presidents, operates a credit-recommendation service that evaluates individual courses. If a course passes muster, ACE advises its 1,800 member colleges that they can be comfortable conferring credit on students who have passed that course.
"Whether colleges take the council's advice, however, is an open question. "Ultimately, the degree-granting institution decides what credits to accept," said Cathy A. Sandeen, the council's vice president for education attainment and innovation.
"In other words, the council's endorsement alone does not mean students can expect to save money by redeeming their Coursera certificates—evidence that they have passed its courses—for credit toward a traditional degree."
By Abby Rapaport
"Over the past year, there’s been a steady and ongoing revolt in Texas. Not about secession or guns or the many other fringe topics that the state is usually associated with. This battle has been waged primarily by parents and teachers, and the demand is relatively simple—cut back on testing our kids. There’s been similar sentiments simmering in states across the country, but in Texas a new set of tests, put in place last year, sparked the outcry. Now, the push that began in school board and PTA meetings has finally reached the halls of power."
From the website
"Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, the 2008 financial crisis and the end of the Cold War. But these forecasts are meant as conversation starters, not absolute predictions about the future. We hope that this report--covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology--inspires you to tackle the challenges, and seize the opportunities, of the coming decade.
"With no further ado, THE FUTURIST Magazine releases its top ten forecasts for 2013 and beyond."
by Betsey Corcoran
"When Disney rolls something out, there's a fanfare of trumpets, a red carpet and sometimes even a glittering burst of fireworks.
"By contrast, the launch of the Disney Connected Learning program has been as subtle as, oh, say a green screen.
"Six years ago, Disney began exploring how use its considerable design, entertainment and financial muscle in the "learning" arena. It decided to try to create games that children would find genuinely entertaining that were nonetheless built on legitimate learning "goals."
"Over the past two years, it has quietly been refining eight games based on learning objectives in its wildly popular online site for kids, Club Penguin. Several of the games have been hits. "Pufflescape," for instance, is the second most popular game in Club Penguin. More than 30 million children have played it over the past two years.
"No child should have to choose between a 'learning' game and 'fun' game," says Starr Long, who is executive producer of Disney Connected Learning."
From the website
"More than 500 schools around the country are currently implementing deeper learning. They are proof points—examples that show deeper learning can improve student outcomes. They are getting results by creating dynamic learning environments that enable students to develop a deep understanding of core content and can use that knowledge to solve problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and be self-reflective about their learning.
"These schools are part of ten school networks, each of which has its own set of principles about organizing schools. For that reason, the schools are not the same—there is no one approach to deeper learning. What they share is a commitment to a broader set of outcomes for young people than conventional approaches to schooling provide."
By Tom Vander Ark
"In December, NGLC released profiles of the 20 breakthrough models; 18 are secondary schools and 14 are charter management organizations. They are all interesting models of blended learning and important directional signals for what is to come. This is the first of three posts on NGLC breakthrough models. The three posts will address reform types, learning models, and system design elements reflected by the 20 grantees.
"The 20 models reflect three important reform models, turnarounds, higher education partnerships, and the converting high performing charter networks to more scalable blended networks."