My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Curated by Deb Gardner
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6 Considerations When Launching a Class Twitter Account

6 Considerations When Launching a Class Twitter Account | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many teachers are making the foray into using social media with their students. I am at the point of ‘dipping’ my toe in. There’s a number of things I’ve learned, and found out, as I have started tweeting to students and wanted to collect my thoughts on keys in beginning this path.

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Could This Chicago Teen's App Put an End to Cyberbullying?

Could This Chicago Teen's App Put an End to Cyberbullying? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Most of the research about bullying suggests adolescents who bully do so because of insecurity or uncontrolled emotions. As young brains develop, so do understandings of responsibility and social norms. Add hormones and the emotional variations common in adolescents, and the result is an environment in which many young individuals seek to leverage power in their social networks by any means available. Studying the adolescent brain holds the key to understanding the behavior behind bullying.

 

Prabhu had studied the inner workings of the brain previously for another science project, so her exploration into the neuroscience behind cyberbullying was an easy transition. She examined data showing that the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the portion responsible for decision-making and impulse control, is not fully developed in younger adults. This leaves adolescents vulnerable to making snap decisions, since they aren’t able to think about potential outcomes from poor decisions. Based on this information, she postulated that a trigger would allow teens the chance to think about their actions and improve their decision-making about negative online posts.

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8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring

8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren’t Boring | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Are you tired of delivering the same old lectures on the same subjects year after year? Are you using the same lesson materials over and over and wishing you could make learning in your classroom more interactive?

 

While lectures and lessons can be informative and even “edutaining” when delivered with passion and good materials by knowledgeable experts, sadly many traditional lectures and lessons are boring, and even worse often ineffective. The good news is that the Web is loaded with great free tools that can enable teachers to bring a sense of fun and engagement to their lessons.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Starting with standards... what digital apps/devices can teachers and students use to make learning more engaging, effective and sticky?

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What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As cyberbullying increases, our best options are recognizing patterns, keeping evidence, intervening when appropriate, reporting any incidents, and educating everyone -- bullies included.
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Why Your Teachers Should Use Twitter

Why Your Teachers Should Use Twitter | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There comes a point when we have to acknowledge that one-size-fits-all professional development isn’t cutting it. Just as students need to be treated as individual learners, so do the teachers in your schools. And while your district may offer workshops and webinars, there’s another PD resource right at your teachers’ fingertips. It’s open 24-7, connects educators from around the globe, and covers countless topics across grade levels and subject areas.

It’s Twitter.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Hint: It's a powerful PD tool!

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The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools

The Top 5 Blended And Flipped Classroom Tools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Blended and Flipped Classrooms can give students more control over their learning path. Added to that, the teachers get more insight into the learning of the class and can intervene as required. Technology plays an important role in blending the classrooms. User-friendly technology ensures that the student has more control over the time, place and pace of the curriculum. It also ensures that the teacher has the necessary visibility and tools to intervene effectively.

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This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online

This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The Internet can be a scary place. There are people on the web who are looking to take advantage of you for their own personal gain. There. I said it. These people are likely looking to confuse or convince you that they are someone you should be sharing important information with.

In an effort to improve your digital safety, Google has whipped up a handy chart that can be used by just about anyone looking to secure their online lives a bit more.

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New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier!

New Google Docs Feature: Editing Student Documents Just Got Easier! | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Today I took my classes to the computer lab to do synchronous editing on an essay they are writing. As they continued to work on their essays, I edited them. This way we can work simultaneously on their documents and use the instant chat window to discuss questions or problems.

 

While I was working, I saw a new feature in the upper right hand corner of their Google documents below the grey “Comments” button.

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Google Drive Blog: Sharing just got a little easier.

Google Drive Blog: Sharing just got a little easier. | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
One of the perks of using Docs, Sheets, and Slides—along with any other file types you’ve saved in Drive—is that you can invite others to view, edit, or comment on any file or folder you choose.


Today we’re introducing a new sharing experience that makes it easier and faster to invite others to access your files.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Too easy not to use! Google Apps... probably the most under appreciated and under used suite of apps ever. 

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25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

2015 is almost upon us, which means we’re somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 of the way through the 21st century.

 

Which is an odd quantitative analysis, but does underscore that we’re past the point where “21st century” is an adequate label. These are odd times we live–and teach–in, the following 25 signs as proof that you’re teaching in 2015.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Kind of like motherhood - energizing and exhausting! :)

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

There are a lot of ways the iPhone can (and probably does) make your life easier. For example, you can quickly whip out your phone and use it to discover new restaurants nearby using Yelp or perhaps find out where your son or daughter is using Find My Friends.

 

But there’s a lot going on underneath the shiny exterior of your phone that you may not realize. So, in honor of the new announcements coming out from Apple, we wanted to highlight a fun video that details nearly a dozen ways to use your phone that you might not (yet) know about.

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5 Keys to Making Algebra Work + Resources

5 Keys to Making Algebra Work + Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In our newly released Smart Bundle: Blending Middle School Math, we dive into just how important the middle grades are to future success in mathematics. Algebra can be a turning point for many in their math education. As a gatekeeper subject, it indicates future success and acts as a gateway into advanced math. We continue to see more and more resources developed to better teach and prepare for Algebra. 

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What If Every Teacher Tweeted?

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Like any tool, twitter is designed for a task. The results of that task depends on the knowledge and skill of its user. There is nothing other-wordly about twitter, if we’re being honest. It has its talents (a few of which we looked at in why twitter works in education), but it is, in shorty, some thing some one made.

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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Although Evernote already is a fairly well-known app, very few educators realize its potential building and sharing student portfolios. Having a well-organized e-portfolio is important: It can follow students from one grade to the next and prepare them to record their future accomplishments.

 

There are plenty of ways to create an e-portfolio, and we feel Evernote is the best. Not only is it a feature-rich platform, but its free price tag also makes it a cost-effective solution for even the most frugal classrooms

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You Can Be in Five Places at Once – Differentiation Made Easy

You Can Be in Five Places at Once – Differentiation Made Easy | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

My modified flipped classroom model benefits me, my student, and parents by creating a connection between school and home. My administration is completely on board and has encouraged me from my initial proposal throughout. There are many methods to create recording and deliver them to students, I have just kept it very simple. I am currently using a free App and my IPad which takes minimal time and keeps it easy for students to access and utilize through any computer, laptop, smartphone, or even gaming systems.

Deb Gardner's insight:

A modified flip... so many opportunities for teachers to innovate using technology to help students learn.

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The Definition of Literacy is Changing

The Definition of Literacy is Changing | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Technology is changing what it means to be literate. Literacy is quickly evolving to encompass skills that extend beyond reading and writing with pen and paper. Students today must be able to navigate the online space to successfully access information and opportunities.

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Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
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And research claims Science teachers are more forward thinking in ed tech adoption than other subject area teachers.

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Mobile Device Use in Schools Boosts Grades, Lowers Costs [#Infographic]

Mobile Device Use in Schools Boosts Grades, Lowers Costs [#Infographic] | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Research shows students exhibit more engagement with content when using mobile devices in the classroom.
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A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

 Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. How do you cite a tweet, or other social media post? Is that considered ‘reliable’? And when it comes to sharing that information – especially on the internet- things get even hairier.

 

Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web.

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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology

5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the things I hear most often from teachers who are reluctant to put technology into the hands of their students is that they have visions of students goofing off constantly behind their screen instead of focusing on their work.


Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects drawing your students’ attention away from whatever the task at hand happens to be, but just because students have access to technology doesn’t mean you have to transform into device police and forget about teaching. Even if your students would much rather be watching videos on YouTube than learning about the Roman Empire, you still have the upper hand: they want to be using the device. Period.

So how can you leverage that into students who are actually working on what they should be? Here are a few tips. Tell us what you do in your classroom to keep your students from goofing off while they have devices in hand! Share with the Edudemic community by by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, September 24, 2014 4:00 PM

Good advice - simple and straightforward!

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11 Simple Ways To Start Using Technology In Your Classroom

11 Simple Ways To Start Using Technology In Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re on the education technology fence, you probably can’t decide which device or app is the best one to really use. You aren’t sure if you want to jump into the edtech pool with Evernote, Moodle, an iPad, a Chromebook, or some other hot new product or service. That’s because there are an overwhelmingly large number of options out there.

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A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In continuation of Part I of “A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources,” please find below the accumulated list for Part II. As always, I have given you my best, but I am quite sure I have left off some technology tools that may flabberghast you. No problem. Simply help us all improve by adding comments at the bottom of this blog post. After reaching a word-count limit for this blog post, I quickly realized a Part III could be necessary. Anyway…enjoy, my talented colleagues.

 

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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Instagram is a hugely popular social network for photo sharing. Though the use of social media in the classroom may have skyrocketed, Twitter and Facebook definitely reign supreme as the key social media tools for schools and teachers. Somehow, despite the widespread popularity of Instagram, few teachers are employing it in the classroom.

We’ve heard from a few of you that your concerns lie in the privacy arena. Since sharing photos that may be of students in your classroom should obviously be a concern – make sure your classroom account is private. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing, eg: #edudemicclassproject14.
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The Skinny on #EdChat

The Skinny on #EdChat | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The team at USC Rossier School of Education, who run the Twitter handle @USCTeachers, recently pulled together a resource guide for one of the most popular hashtags in education, #EdChat. The Essential #EdChat Resource Guide is a quick and simple guide, that provides the ins-and-outs of how to use #EdChat and what it can do for teachers, students, and education. New to Twitter? This guide shows you how to access past #EdChat discussions.

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A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources

A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

As I am sure it is for any educator, my student teaching experience was definitely memorable for many reasons. Some good. Some bad. One particular moment, however, has stayed with me all these years. My department chair at the time, Mrs. Kelly, recognized my ceaseless and struggling search for anything that could augment my classroom practices.

 

Since it was 1996, valid internet resources were not that common, and my ability to locate such files was close to nil. Enter Mrs. Kelly with arms full of educational gold. That’s right. Educational gold disguised as manilla folders. This very generous veteran of teaching delivered a stack of transparencies, worksheets, handwritten notes, lesson plans, and project exemplars. Basically, her life’s work introduced itself to me with a loud and resounding thud on my desk. Her generosity can be likened to the opening of Fort Knox’s vaulted doors while someone yells, “Take aaaaaaall the gold you can use!” And that…well…that just about sums me up these past 18 years. But I’m not talking about the taking; I’m referring to the sharing.

 
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