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Twitter Is All in Good Fun, Until It Isn’t

Twitter Is All in Good Fun, Until It Isn’t | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Especially for companies that encourage its use, Twitter creates an ongoing tension between boss and employee as Roland Martin of CNN recently discovered.

 

When using social media in the classroom, there is the important caveat to remember: watch what you say and how you say it.  That's isn't always easy in less than 140 characters.  Understand the benfits of social media go hand-in-hand with understanding the dangers and potential pitfalls. 

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At least 20 tools that might help you curate something

At least 20 tools that might help you curate something | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

If you are looking for a deeper look into curating, it can be found. I want to build a curation tool, so I am working my way though my backlog of pinboard links about curation. Here I have a list of all the tools I can find that would be considered curation tools.

 

Consumer / Personal Tools

 

Stellar : http://stellar.io/

Storify : http://storify.com/

Bundlr : http://gobundlr.com/

Scoop It : http://www.scoop.it/

Curated By : http://www.curated.by/

Thoora : http://thoora.com/

Postpost : http://postpo.st/

Snipi : http://www.snipi.com/

trap!t : http://trap.it/

scrible : http://www.scrible.com/

faveous : http://www.faveous.com/

memonic : http://www.memonic.com/home

Bag The Web : http://bagtheweb.com/

 

And more at Rumproarious : http://goo.gl/TxQSn


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Seth Dixon's comment, February 8, 2012 12:56 PM
I was just telling my students to find digital resources to curate news for a semester long project...glad to find this.
Karen du Toit's comment, February 9, 2012 7:17 AM
Thanks!!
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@Seth Dixon, Ph.D.

Glad that it is helpful for You and your students. So students can also use different tools and later compare...
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Project Based Learning: Explained.

Common Craft a short animated video that explains in clear language - project-based learning.  http://www.bie.org/


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Laércio Bento's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:03 AM

PBL é um bom caminho para mudar o jeito de dar aulas. Envolver os alunos no 'fazer', complementando e orientando, possibilita maior assimilação dos conteúdos e conceitos. 

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Clear explanation of PBL and how it actually helps students in comparison to the traditional way of teaching.

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8 Reasons Why Students Should Blog

8 Reasons Why Students Should Blog | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"As I reached maturity it became clear that blogging was no longer for the weird recluse yearning for a better life; instead, it’s a practical application for furthering a career. Yet, despite my personal successes, I am still finding it difficult to convince fellow students to blog. Here are eight reasons why students should join the blogosphere."


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Social media changing recruiting

Social media changing recruiting | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
From coaches having to learn how to tweet, to recruits controlling the news on Twitter or boosting their stock on Facebook, social media is changing the way the recruiting game is played.

 

It's changing college athletics...is it changing the classrooms as well?  I know many professors that ban laptops and cell phones from being used in the classroom and understand the temptation to limit distraction.  However, are they also taking away their best untapped resources? 

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Dropbox

Dropbox | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Safely and seamlessly sync your files with Dropbox. It's the innovative way to share your files and access them anywhere.

 

This is an excellent resource for anyone who uses more than one computer but needs all their files to be portable. 

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Using Pinterest to Collect and Share Teaching Ideas

Using Pinterest to Collect and Share Teaching Ideas | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"What I want to talk about today is the people who are using Pinterest to share ideas about education, or more specifically – THE CLASSROOM!" 

 

Scoop.it is still my preferred way to share educational material, because of the magazine layout, but for sharing with a large community (especially sharing pictures) pinterest certainly does have some value for educators since it can socially archive all of your favorite resources and materials. 

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Free QR code generator, link shortener

Free QR code generator, link shortener | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Snap.vu is a free qr code generator, short url and tracking service. It's also a free vcard generator and can be used to host your contact details.  The special features are that 1) they will shorten your link as pictured above in my QR code for my 'Geography Education' site, and 2) they track the number of hits that follow your link (Yes, this JPG is on my syllabus).  

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Jumpscan - All-In-One QR Code

How to make a QR code into a business card.  It really is that easy and yes I've created one that I'll embed on my syllabus for this semester.  Visit: http://jumpscan.com

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3 Ways To Make Your Own Textbooks | Edudemic

3 Ways To Make Your Own Textbooks | Edudemic | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"Ahead of tomorrow’s announcement from Apple, other companies are throwing their hats in the DIY textbook ring. These companies are hoping to get you, the teacher, writing your own textbook or at least contributing up-to-the-minute facts so no textbook is ever out of date again."  Make your social media classroom more autonomous and tailor to your own needs. 

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Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing

Apple to announce tools, platform to "digitally destroy" textbook publishing | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
This coming Thursday, Apple will announce tools and platforms to expand digital publishing to the masses and help transform the textbook industry, according to our sources.

 

The digital textbook market has been the often-hyped 'next big thing' enough that many educators are taking an "I'll believe it when I see it" approach.  So many have been rather limiting, but I'm most intrigued to see if this next iteration of digital texts actually improves the education process for the students (not just cutting costs for publishers). 

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Let's use video to reinvent education

TED Talks Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects.

 

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Teachers Bring Text Messaging to the Classroom

Teachers Bring Text Messaging to the Classroom | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Social media and smartphone-based learning help typically shy students find their voice.

 

“While the kids are reading novels, watching movies or listening to podcasts, there’s this awesome discussion taking place without anyone saying a word,” Gianotti says. “Students who are typically quiet during traditional discussions really like Celly, because it levels the playing field for them. It’s totally transformed my classroom.”

 

Fellow Lowell High School English/language arts teacher Kevin Deal uses Twitter in a similar fashion. Deal writes hashtags on the board that address the themes of the day’s lesson; his students then use the hashtags to track their conversations on the microblog, both with other students and the larger Twitter universe.

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LucyLouiseCarruthers's curator insight, March 26, 2014 7:16 AM

This is the information used from class as to how to integrate technology in the classroom, answer the questions below to bring to the next class so we can discuss the use of technology in our classroom.

1. How would you use the technology to advance your learning? 

2. Think about what the former resources you would use without technology then what you use now. Compare the two and create a concept map showing the positives and negatives of the two ways.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education-Telling Social Stories with Storify

The Chronicle of Higher Education-Telling Social Stories with Storify | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"After my post about perceptions versus reality in the classroom a few weeks ago, several folks wrote to ask about Storify. I’ve been playing around with Storify for a few months now, since the very end of its private beta, and I like the way I can weave tweets, links, videos, and other media into one coherent storyline..."

 

For the skeptics in academia that think social media tools are irrelevant or a fad to simply dismiss, this in an article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education--not an easy source to dismiss.  Education at is core is about 'master learners' help other learners to make sense of the information they have and how to find the information they need...isn't that what digital media curation is all about?  


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Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education

Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

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Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations

Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Digital tools have faciliated an easier way to visually represent complex data and information in ways at are logical and intuitive.  This blog post outlines tools that students can use (read: free!) along with basic tutorials to demonstrate their functionalities. 

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Great one, thanks. Re-shared.
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QR Codes: bad idea or terrible idea?

QR Codes: bad idea or terrible idea? | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

Have we reached a 'critical mass' of web-enabled smart phones with digital cameras to make QR codes be effective for a wide audience?  Is it still only a small group that would benefit from this, potentially isolating the majority?  I don't argee with everything in this post, but it brings up important counterpoints. 

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How You're Doing More with Less

How You're Doing More with Less | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

In this edition, you'll find:

-Going to the Cloud

-Useing less expensive technology

-Going paperless

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You Don't Have to Be A Technology Whiz But You Do Need to Be Fearless

You Don't Have to Be A Technology Whiz But You Do Need to Be Fearless | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

This is an insightful blog post about the importance of 'tinkering' with educational technologies to have any success.  That might mean a few failures, but that's why we need to be 'fearless.'  Educators talk about the importance of being life-long learners, and that should include pedagogical and technological professional development. 

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iPads And Digital Textbooks Do Not Belong In Classrooms Yet

iPads And Digital Textbooks Do Not Belong In Classrooms Yet | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
I do not want my children learning math proofs on iPads. I simply do not see the value in it. iPads will not help with identifying sentence clauses or writing an essay. There's a place for interactive learning and there's not.

 

That got your attention!  I'm not agreeing with this perspective, but as an educator and a technophile, it is important to also know that there will be some push-back.  Who is resistant to technology in the classroom?  Can we start to understand where they are coming from?  Is our technology merely 'flash' that covers up poor pedagogy?  Can we philosophical justify our use of technology in the classroom?  Because if we can't, we need to think about it more seriously.     

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How to animate a table in PowerPoint

How to animate a table in PowerPoint | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
First of all we need to create a table at PowerPoint, fill it with the content you want to show. Make sure the format you give to the table is the want you are willing (it gets complicated trying to modify it later on).

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Let's Communicate Better

Using technology in the classroom does not mean that you've successfully delivered a message in a meaningful and engaging way.  

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American Internet--SOPA infographic

American Internet--SOPA infographic | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it
A bill that is very likely to pass will let government and corporations censor the internet, take down sites at the behest of corporations.

 

The idea that the United States is following the lead of China, Russia, Iran and Syria in regards to online freedom is enough to make me say, "let's not be to hasty."

 

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The end of Publishing? Must see the end!

Watch this amazing video, prepared by the UK branch of Dorling Kindersley Books and produced by Khaki Films (http://www.thekhakigroup.com/).

 

Publishing is not dead. It is alive as never before. You just need to do one thing : open your eyes to the values of your customers and publish content meaningful to them.

 

Like curation, Publishing is about caring.

 


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Grading the New York Times Article on Education Technology

Grading the New York Times Article on Education Technology | Social Media Classroom | Scoop.it

"This morning, the New York Times had the latest in its occasional series, 'Wouldn’t It Be Nicer If There Were No Technology in Schools' –wait, sorry, I read it wrong, the correct title is 'Grading the Digital School.' The piece, titled 'Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools,' reveals that a new law in Idaho 'requires all high school students to take some online classes to graduate, and that the students and their teachers be given laptops or tablets.' The effort, aimed at making Idaho a high-tech leader, may come at the cost of 'tens of millions of dollars [in] salaries for teachers and administrators,' the Times alleges."


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