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NAIS - Trend Lines: The Future of Social Media Education

NAIS - Trend Lines: The Future of Social Media Education | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Students are spending an average nine hours each day on their screens, according to Common Sense Media, and social media has become one of the greatest influences on our children’s happiness, health, safety, and future success, according to other reports. Many of the parents and school leaders I’ve talked with initially just wanted social media to go away, but now that it’s here to stay, some adults and students are beginning to see it as a powerful and positive tool.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, July 24, 9:53 PM

Students are spending an average nine hours each day on their screens, according to Common Sense Media, and social media has become one of the greatest influences on our children’s happiness, health, safety, and future success, according to other reports. Many of the parents and school leaders I’ve talked with initially just wanted social media to go away, but now that it’s here to stay, some adults and students are beginning to see it as a powerful and positive tool.

Paula Lauria's curator insight, July 25, 10:09 AM
Excellent article! It's time to integrate social media for a meaningful end. 
Cristian David Montoya Castañeda's curator insight, August 29, 3:04 AM
The article mainly talks about figures and relevant data about the impact of social networks at present, mainly in students .80% of students use cell phones to navigate in social networks. Due to the impact, the tendency to class classroom can be taken. First, integrating the use of social networks to the school curriculum, doing work and group discussions are some functionalities of social networks in the teaching area.
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Starting PBL: 15 Strategies To Help You With A New project based learning idea by MICHAEL GORMAN

Starting PBL: 15 Strategies To Help You With A New project based learning idea by MICHAEL GORMAN | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
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How to develop soft skills in the digital age

How to develop soft skills in the digital age | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
With the rise of automation, organizations worldwide have made soft skills like communication, collaboration, and critical thinking a top priority. To work successfully alongside machines, recent grads and the current workforce must rely on what makes them uniquely human.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 17, 7:58 AM

Interesting article on a very important issue.

Paula Lauria's curator insight, July 21, 8:49 AM
Excellent article on issues that are difficult to work with. 
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5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students

5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
The technology giants of the world have found ways so that the average person can create their own AR and VR worlds with very little training or gear.
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What Is SD Card Reader & How To Use It

What Is SD Card Reader & How To Use It | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
The following content will tell you what exactly SD card/SD card reader is and how to scan SD card data with the help of card reader.

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New in Google Slides: linking in Docs, guides and rulers, and improved commenting

New in Google Slides: linking in Docs, guides and rulers, and improved commenting | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Today we’re introducing several features in Google Slides on the web that will make it easier to create, collaborate on, and shar

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LiveSlides - Embed any website in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation

LiveSlides - Embed any website in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
LiveSlides is a PowerPoint add-in that embeds any web content like YouTube, Vimeo & Twitter Feeds in your presentation. Download our Add-in to embed your content today.

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Mark Arthur's curator insight, February 21, 8:16 AM
(Another) Presentation tool with Kahoot-style interactive functions.This space is getting competitive what with Slidio, Hypersay and now this.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 21, 1:17 PM
I wanted to try this, but it wants me to uninstall PollEverywhere. Since I have no admin privileges on my work computer, I'm hesitant to ask IT to uninstall something and then if this doesn't work well, I will have to go back and get PollEverywhere reinstalled. Anyone have this issue? 
 
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Get Free Kids' Coloring Pages Using Google Images

Get Free Kids' Coloring Pages Using Google Images | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Psssst. Want to make your kid think you’re a sorcerer? I’ve got a trick.

First, you will need a magical machine called a printer. Then when the child is near your computer, ask, “Hey, what would you like to color right now? It can be anything. Your favorite character? Spain during the Cold War? A hot dog?” Your kid might respond with skepticism, but tell him to trust you. Then do a Google image search of his selection, and under Tools, click “Type,” and select “Line drawing.” Choose a high-resolution image, print it out, and hand it to your child with some crayons.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, February 19, 1:14 PM

This is interesting! But it's good to add the usage rights -- Non-commercial with reuse or modifications and then try it. And also, maybe be ready for maybe inappropriate stuff to show up - or make sure SAFE SEARCH FILTER is on -- because you know! A search for hotdog could possibly bring up stuff + fandom drawings can be racy.

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Top 100 Free Education Sites

Top 100 Free Education Sites | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Since 2013, Help Teaching has brought you our Top 100 Free Education Sites. We're continually updating our list to provide you with the best resources.

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A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom

A Project-Based Learning Activity That Can Work in Any Classroom | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
In our last post, we dove into a three-step system to get students to do the talking. Getting them to open up and do the majority of talking (and learning) is not as easy as
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The Elements Of A Digital Classroom

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The Elements Of A Digital Classroom by TeachThought Staff What makes up a classroom? Is it the space? A room, for example? Is it the purpose? Can a regular meeting space in a garden be a ‘horticulture classroom’? Is it the people?

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 6, 2017 11:11 PM
I love the poster that opens this article and it will look very familiar to those of you who know the Future Ready Librarian framework. These 8 elements also fits nicely with the updated AASL Standards so it's perfect for your library classroom. I think this would be a good starting point for a conversation with your principal or school administration if the topic of a library renovation or update comes up. How you design the space for a digital classroom vs. an analog classroom will be a very different process. What aspects of your library should remain brick-and-mortar and which ones can become purely digital? Read on.
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A great new technology integration matrix for teachers ~ Educational Technology …

A great new technology integration matrix for teachers ~ Educational Technology … | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it

"A Great New Technology Integration Matrix for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Source by  ..."


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, August 22, 2017 2:41 AM
A very good and descriptive matrix... worth a thorough look!!
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7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms via Edutopia

7 Outstanding K–8 Flexible Classrooms via Edutopia | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
K–8 educators from across the country give you a peek at their classrooms—and explain how they managed the transformations.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 17, 2017 9:06 AM

GREAT ideas for the #BrainBased #ClassroomCribs Environment for kiddos! -- LOVE this!

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How do we assess (and possibly, grade) Project Based Learning?

How do we assess (and possibly, grade) Project Based Learning? | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it

Project based learning experiences should call for a great deal of student critical thinking and creativity. And, research tells us that “carroting and sticking” these types of skills isn’t just ineffective, but detrimental.

Pause for a second and watch this Daniel Pink TED Talk, The Puzzle of Motivation, which is based on his book, Drive. Or, if you are in a rush, just watch from 1 minute 30 seconds to about the 7-minute mark. And, if you really don’t want to watch the video, here is the take-home point for this segment:

If-then rewards work really well for those sorts of tasks, where there is a simple set of rules and a clear destination to go to. Rewards, by their very nature, narrow our focus, concentrate the mind; that's why they work in so many cases…But for the real candle problem [a problem that requires creative problem solving], you don't want to be looking like this [tunnel vision]. The solution is on the periphery. You want to be looking around. That reward actually narrows our focus and restricts our possibility.


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Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it

"With each click of the mouse or flip of the channel, our society is inundated with headlines focused on natural disasters, sexual harassment allegations, countries on the brink of war, and teen suicides. While none of this is anything new, the bombardment of these stories is unique to this generation of student. Social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and questionable media sources (or questionable reporting techniques) have become their own newsworthy headlines. As a result, life can appear dark, far darker than in pre–social media days.

As adults, we bring our prior knowledge of history and our optimism about humanity to help us process and filter this inundation. Our students, however, do not have hindsight to combat their feelings of helplessness. They are surrounded by unfiltered current events—a rapid fire of negativity that can leave them vulnerable and overly anxious. It’s no wonder that teen stress is on the rise.

Nevertheless, our students have to know about the world around them, and part of our job as educators is to prepare them for the realities of the world outside the classroom walls. It’s difficult, however, to walk this precarious high wire of responsibility knowing that we need to expose students to current events and yet still nurture them developmentally."


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April Samantha Reyes's curator insight, October 29, 2:07 PM
Being able to teach students about what is going on in the world by social media.
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A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects – Teacher Reboot Camp

A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects – Teacher Reboot Camp | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Follow these 6-steps to make it easier for you to integrate technology in classes
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Teaching Digital Resilience by Lydia Snider

Teaching Digital Resilience by Lydia Snider | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
by Lydia Snider

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Yi Tang's curator insight, May 28, 9:42 PM
Digital skill is necessary for kids
 
Brennan Dempsey's curator insight, May 28, 11:47 PM
Everything is changing. As ICT increases so are the risks of teaching them. This is a great article for ALL teachers to read. Understanding the implications of various stakeholders with online use being a target point for predators and bullying is increasing. 
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9 Good Brainstorming Apps for Teachers via Educators' technology

9 Good Brainstorming Apps for Teachers via Educators' technology | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Marina Bonomo's curator insight, April 24, 7:34 PM
Excellent tools for the tech tool kit!
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Juan Pablo Lopez Sanz's curator insight, April 27, 12:58 AM
in this article, you will find more educational tools that serve in the making of brainstorm ideas. by integrating tools like these into your learning environment you will find a lot of advantages.
 
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A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Video on Your Phone - The New York Times

A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Video on Your Phone - The New York Times | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Not long ago, a filmmaker wouldn’t dream of shooting a movie on a phone because the quality was so inferior to what you could capture on pricier devices. But that’s changing. Consider this: The most recent project from the renowned American film director Steven Soderbergh, “Unsane,” was shot entirely on an iPhone.

Today, there are lots of reasons everyone from pro photographers to amateur shutterbugs are using phones to shoot video projects.

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Sidney's curator insight, April 20, 9:07 AM
No video equipment? No problem! How to leverage the technology students have in their back pockets to create amazing videos in the classroom.
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I need this!

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6 Tips To Apply #Connectivism In Online Training 

6 Tips To Apply #Connectivism In Online Training  | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Wondering how to apply Connectivism in online training? Check how to apply Connectivism in online training to improve the learning experience.

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How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom

How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it

In today’s technological world, there is no escaping the smartphone phenomenon. The average person uses their smartphone anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day. Most people are even checking their phones every 15 to 20 minutes while they’re awake. The ways in which smartphones have become such an essential part of modern life is staggering, and something to be aware of when teaching in a classroom.

Smartphones can be both a great educational tool and a great distraction in the classroom. It should come as no surprise that almost every child in the US owns or has access to a smartphone. Statistics show that 56 percent of children age 8 to 12 have a smartphone. That number jumps up to 88 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a smartphone. And a whopping 91 percent of middle and high school aged students primarily access the internet via their smartphones.

This change in the way we interact with technology and integrate it into our lives has come dramatically and fast. It’s sometimes hard for teachers, many of whom grew up in an era with no mobile phones or even the internet, to adapt to this fast-paced technological generation. While smartphones can easily be the downfall of your students’ attention spans and performance, they don’t have to be. More and more educators these days are incorporating modern technology and students’ own smartphones into their classroom to engage and excite students about learning. Below you will find useful tips on how to manage cell phone use in your classroom, and use it for your teaching benefit.


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, February 15, 2:18 PM
Canada, too!
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 16, 2:24 AM
This article will shed some light on the use of mobile devices in our classrooms when we are still thinking if it is a good option. It is not an option, it is a need, but some things must be seriously analysed.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 17, 3:57 AM
How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom
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World Geography Games - Let's play and learn Geography!

World Geography Games - Let's play and learn Geography! | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
Brain-engaging geography games to test your knowledge about Continents, Countries, Capitals, Flags, US States, Cities, Islands, Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Mountains and more.
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The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
I remember the first time I heard the phrase "student-centered classroom" and I almost chuckled. I had always believed my classroom was about the students, they were the reason we taught and my focus was always
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Media Militia - Awesome free resources, tutorials, and inspiration!

Media Militia - Awesome free resources, tutorials, and inspiration! | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it

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This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film

This is exactly how society kills our creativity – in a breathtaking short film | Tech Help for Teachers | Scoop.it
There’s an aching difference between an adult and the child the adult once was. When I was a small child I wanted to be a…

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 20, 2017 2:23 PM

Well, yes. But this suggests that somehow "society" is a nameless, faceless thing. Every human being is a part of society so how we encourage creativity, how we choose to be who we are, how we support those who are not the same as us and who add beauty to our lives makes a difference in how "society" influence what others think and do.

Mark Cottee's curator insight, August 20, 2017 7:14 PM
Been around for awhile but I seemed to have missed it. 
hayley peluchette's curator insight, August 21, 2017 10:45 AM

Everyone should take 2 minutes to watch this beautiful, brilliant short to remind us why we do the jobs we do!