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ISTE | Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age

ISTE | Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.
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"The elements of digital citizenship, it turns out, are not so different from the basic tenets of traditional citizenship: Be kind, respectful and responsible, and participate in activities that make the world a better place." (from webpage) - an excellent infographic to share as a discussion starter with middle / senior students.
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How Important Is Writing by Hand in This Digital Age?

How Important Is Writing by Hand in This Digital Age? | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Spread the loveGiven the opportunity to take notes by hand or on the computer, most students choose the latter. After all, modern technology offers plenty of benefits for writers. The digital writing workspace is convenient for several reasons. A single laptop or tablet can hold all the books and materials a student needs. It can also contain tools for research, entertainment activities, and curated music. The tech devices make learning more accessible. With the push of a button or a tap on a screen, students can activate engaging learning experiences, or they can record lectures. Convenience, however, doesn’t trump old-fashioned …
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Is handwriting a dying art...like knitting?  This article looks at how handwriting benefits the individual - developing fine motor skills, and enabling the brain to more effectively process information when note taking....it even helps with our tech skills!
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The 3 Best Internet Safety Tips for Parents of the Digital Age

The 3 Best Internet Safety Tips for Parents of the Digital Age | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Download and share this resource with Internet safety tips for digital parents everywhere, from our best-selling book Growing Global Digital Citizens.
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Striking and informative poster to download and share from the Global Digital Citizan site as well as links to other resources.  A good resource to share with parents.
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A Handy Cheatsheet to Help Teachers Evaluate Educational Apps

A Handy Cheatsheet to Help Teachers Evaluate Educational Apps | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
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An infographic with a coffee cup was bound to grab my attention...but beautifully clear evaluation guidelines for teachers when selecting apps to use with their students.
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Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom

Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?



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Good collection of links offering advice on both the technical and creative processes of film making.
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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 5, 2016 11:51 AM

Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin?

 

The process of planning and making videos can offer tremendous learning opportunities for students of almost any age. Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin? I've shared some resources below to help you and your students get started on making blockbusters of your own.

 

 

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, August 12, 2016 4:19 AM
Recursos para produção cinematográfica em sala de aula.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 22, 2016 2:03 PM
Excellent resources. 
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How and Why to Start Blogging in the Classroom

How and Why to Start Blogging in the Classroom | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
You want some reasons to begin blogging in the classroom? No problem, we've got a ton in this article.
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The advantages of classroom blogs are explored in this article - with further links to downloadable support material.

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Meet Edison - Cheap Programmable Lego Robot Kits

Meet Edison - Cheap Programmable Lego Robot Kits | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Check out our super affordable LEGO compatible robot for learning and inventing. Edison is easy to program and even has built-in programs.
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Developed in South Australia - these programmable robots are engaging and straight forward for students to use.  There are a number of excellent free worksheets to get you started - and the actual 'robot cars' are relatively inexpensive.  

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Scope & Sequence | Common Sense Media

Scope & Sequence | Common Sense Media | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

"Use our Scope & Sequence tool to find the lessons that are just right for your classroom. These cross-curriculular units spiral to address digital literacy and citizenship topics in an age-appropriate way. Browse by grade band or click a category to highlight the lessons that address that topic. You can download a PDF of the Scope and Sequence (en español)."

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Worth spending a little time exploring this selection of sample lessons and lesson plans to teach digital literacy.  Selection of resources provided for full range of students; reception to year 12.

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Made with Code_Google

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Things you love are Made with Code. Code your first creative project and meet music producers, fashion designers, humanitarians, and animators who are coding the world they want to see.
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While aimed at encouraging girls to explore the world of coding - all students should enjoy this fantastic site.  Make a Yeti dance, create an avatar, animate a GIF, mix music, design and LED dress and so many more projects to explore.  As someone with very little experience in coding, I found the site both engaging and its projects achievable.

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Twittertastic Teacher's Guide

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The Twittertastic Teacher's Guide is the ultimate companion for bringing Twitter into your classroom, with 30 twitter-rific class activities, tips for expanding your PLN, and more!
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Will be very useful for those teachers looking to introduce social networking into their teacher toolkit.  

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Solution Fluency-Style Blog Writing: The Basics

Solution Fluency-Style Blog Writing: The Basics | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Here is a step-by-step pathway for using Solution Fluency to write a blog post, courtesy of the GDCF writing team!
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Would you like to have a go at Blogging with a class? 'Global Digital Citizen' shares the planning and processes they use to publish their own excellent Blog.  They even provide a very useful template that you could use. (Define / Discover / Dream / Design / Deliver / Debrief).

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Digital Compass | Common Sense Media

Digital Compass | Common Sense Media | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
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Digital Compass - aimed at a middle school level, allows students to make a series of 'online' choices through this role playing 'choose your own story' adventure.  It could be a useful and fun tool and a good starting point for getting kids to think about their rights, responsibilities and safety online.

Free to use and compatible with multiple devices. 

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Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World: outreach with Maggie Philbin | Information Literacy

Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World: outreach with Maggie Philbin | Information Literacy | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

The CILIP Information Literacy Group and InformAll submitted a joint response to the July 2014 UK Digital Skills Task Force’s interim report, Digital Skills for Tomorrow’s World, which was authored by Maggie Philbin.

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This summarizes and provides the link to the report 'Digital Skills for Tomorrow's World' (Link also below):

http://policy.bcs.org/sites/policy.bcs.org/files/Interim%20report.pdf

While focusing on the UK, it is well worth reviewing, as it outlines the learning needs of students who are going to have to live, survive and work in our consistently developing digital world.

(I particularly like way the report divided the population into four distinct tech savvy groups: Digital Muggles - those for whom technology is as alien as magic, then the Digital Citizens, Digital Workers and Digital Makers).

There is also discussion as to how we can measure learning when 'information literacy is the process not the outcome'.

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Digital Citizenship

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When you teach digital citizenship to your students, you help create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible technology use. Our K–12 digital citizenship program is a comprehensive learning curriculum including lesson plans, videos, games, assessments, teacher training,...

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A wealth of lesson plans and support material to help teachers deliver a sound program on Digital Citizenship.
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Edit, Convert PDF Files Online for Free

Edit, Convert PDF Files Online for Free | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
This tool allows converting PDF files with high efficiency, integrated with support for Microsoft Office formats, Image formats (JPG, PNG), and many more. Therefore, you can make use of this online utility to convert PDF documents to various commonly used files or easily create a PDF from a wide range of document formats. The result file preserves good format and layout making it the best suitable option to convert PDF online.

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Free!  And appears to work well - almost seems too good to be true - but certainly worth investigating.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 22, 8:35 AM

A really useful free tool that can handle a range of PDF conversion and editing functions.

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126 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning

126 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Digital Learning | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

"Put simply, learning taxonomies help us think about how learning happens."


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Randy D. Nichols's curator insight, November 1, 2017 12:04 PM
Vocabulary to articulate learning in the 21st century.
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BBC offers free 360 Video from around the world - via Class Tech Tips

BBC offers free 360 Video from around the world - via Class Tech Tips | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Looking for a clip to send home to students or want to connect a video link for a QR code scavenger hunt? Educational 360 videos are worth exploring!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Includes a link to free starter guide, for those wishing to explore how they might use this attention grabbing format with students.
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Bronwyn Burke's curator insight, January 28, 2017 4:44 AM
Great way to engage at the start, or build inquiry questions.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 31, 2017 3:37 PM
Bonne idée !
António Maneira's curator insight, February 5, 2017 10:31 AM
New Media New ways of telling stories! New Learning approach!
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WonderBox, a new must-have educational app for kids

WonderBox, a new must-have educational app for kids | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
The new WonderBox app is a game changer in educational apps, with a combo of fascinating videos and really fun creative challenges your kids will love.

Via Karen Bonanno
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Very engaging app that is seemed to be aimed at younger students at first - but when you start to explore there are just so many videos on so many topics - the scope is vast.  All searchable by keyword.  (So under environment top hits included 'Design a green car', 'Surfers save the ocean', 'life of a plastic bag' as well as the younger looking 'should we eat bugs?'

 

The app is free to download and has no in app purchases.  Students are 'rewarded' with coins when they watch videos or create something.  They can also share their 'creations' with friends / family through a 'wonderbox' email. 

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Intel® Education: Free Teaching Resources, Tools

Intel® Education: Free Teaching Resources, Tools | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Intel® Education: Free Teaching Resources, Tools, and Lesson Plans

 

Free tools and resources to help students develop 21st century skills

Online tools create active learning environments where students can engage in discussions, analyse information, pursue investigations, and solve problems. You’ll also find teaching resources, including lesson plans, assessment strategies, and technology-enriched project ideas for all K–12 subjects.

 

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5 Tips To Create Strong Learning Environments With iPads

5 Tips To Create Strong Learning Environments With iPads | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Tom Daccord of EdTech Teacher shows you how to use iPads to create strong learning environments in this eSchool News article.
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Loved the emphasis of this - using iPads 'in the service' of learning: "Putting iPads in the service of learning, in our view, means putting technology in the service of preparing students to solve unstructured problems and communicate persuasively and with deep understanding. That’s our vision of what great schools do."

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The Educator’s Guide to Pinterest

The Educator’s Guide to Pinterest | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
If you’re wondering whether you should join Pinterest, we’ll show you how to get your account set up, how other educators are using Pinterest.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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As a library we have collaborative library boards for sharing our ideas. Very inspirational when looking for new ideas and expanding our vision.  We also 'pin' our own displays as a record that can be shared easily with and beyond our community.

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 16, 2015 11:19 AM

There are a surprising number of great resources on Pinterest. It's not all crafts and cooking! 

Karen Dunlap's curator insight, June 16, 2015 11:35 AM

What a great way to continually get and give new ideas!

Kim Spencer's curator insight, June 18, 2015 5:36 PM

integrate this into library programme,.

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Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions

Backchannel Chat - Safe Secure Classroom Discussions | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it
Safely and securely backchannel your classroom discussions. We provide educators full control of chat activities and provide students with a tool that makes learning engaging.

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This looks like an extremely useful classroom tool.  (I'm hoping some of our class teachers will trial it).  There is a free usable version, but at only $15 per year for up to 50 students - the paid version is really very affordable.

The attractive thing about this tool is the high level of security it offers.  Access is restricted to the group, profanities are filtered out, and teachers are able to moderate comments.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, July 31, 2015 8:54 AM

Thx Nik Peachey 

Check out this formative assessment system for BYOD. Compare it to Socrative and Kahoot

Carmen Chavez, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:37 AM

Nice backchannel tool designed specifically for education.

Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:09 PM

Nice backchannel tool designed specifically for education.

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Teacher's Guide to Using Padlet in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide to Using Padlet in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Padlet is a great platform for bookmarking and sharing digital content. Since in its launch a few years ago, Padlet (formerly Wallwisher)  has undergone several great updates that make it an ideal tool to use with students in class. Before we see some of the ways to use this platform with students, let us have a look at some of its features .

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I'm a big fan of Padlet - and use it like a library scrapbook to promote and provide evidence of displays and activities.  Also a fantastic collaborative tool to use in a classroom - brainstorming / feedback etc.  The free version has been more than adequate for my needs, and the privacy settings seem quite good - but they do also offer premium services - including one called Padlet Backpack - aimed specifically at the school market.

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Cybersmart - Internet and mobile safety advice and activities: Cybersmart

Cybersmart - Internet and mobile safety advice and activities: Cybersmart | Tech Alert! | Scoop.it

Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of theAustralian Government's commitment to cybersafety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.

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With information, videos and games aimed at all year levels, it is really worth taking the time to explore this site with your students.  Highly recommended.  My only wish for improvement is that they create a compatible App for Apple / Android users.  

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Email Etiquette for Students - YouTube

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A simple introduction / reminder to writing emails appropriately - useful at all levels, but particularly aimed at middle school students.

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