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WeTakeYourClass.com, Others an Issue for Online Ed Credibility

WeTakeYourClass.com, Others an Issue for Online Ed Credibility | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

"Perhaps Richard A. DeMillo was too hasty when he said that the legitimacy of grading systems used in traditional college courses didn’t present much of an advantage for brick & mortar approaches to teaching compared to the online education paradigm. In his speech at IdeaFestival held in Louisville, Kentucky last week, he pointed out that traditional college transcripts have long been losing credibility, which is probably true. What is also true, however, is that if websites like the recently launched WeTakeYourClass.com become successful, graded online courses will have some substantial credibility problems of their own."


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Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources

Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Students today are hyper connected to information, but do they know how to research? Nope.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, July 8, 2013 1:16 PM

Love the online form to evaluate the credibility of digital resources

Jaime Parker's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:22 PM

I have a friend who teaches English courses at the college level and this is her biggest complaint. She says that the students simply do not know how to research. They don't know how to use databases or how to evaluate websites which seems so crazy to me. I'm not sure why these skills aren't being taught or integrated into every content area. Perhaps too much time is being spent preparing students for standardized testing.

 

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:07 PM

What to expect when librarians are being cut everywhere or stretched so thin to covel 4 schools in one week?

 

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Check the validity of a website before visiting it - Internet safety

Check the validity of a website before visiting it - Internet safety | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Want to know more about a website before entering your credit card details on it ? Then check how safe it is at http://www.scamadviser.com

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Dual Coding Theory, Visual Note Taking, and the Power of Retaining Information in the Classroom | The TpT Blog

Dual Coding Theory, Visual Note Taking, and the Power of Retaining Information in the Classroom | The TpT Blog | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
"When students are able to blend text/auditory input together with images, they boost the potential for retaining information!" says math educator Brigid.

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Visual Thinkery - Bryan Mathers

Visual Thinkery - Bryan Mathers | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
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Examining the Unexamined: Why Do Students Procrastinate?

Examining the Unexamined: Why Do Students Procrastinate? | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Here are the assignment features and details researchers thought might be related to procrastination (based in part on some previously published conceptual work): fear (worry that the student wasn’t going to do well on the assignment); norms (work on the assignment was started early/late by everyone else in the class); deadline pressure (lots of assignments due before this one); rewards (incentives for getting started early); interdependence (other work in the course couldn’t be done until the assignment or parts of it were finished); interest (assignment was something the student wanted to do); skill variety (assignment required a variety of skills); scope of the task (assignment was time consuming); difficulty (it was a hard assignment); clarity (did not understand assignment requirements); propensity to procrastinate (usually waiting until the last minute before starting assignments).

And did any of these discourage procrastination? Yes, not surprising, students procrastinated less when they thought the assignment was interesting. Think authentic assignments—ones that give students a chance to do work like that done in the discipline. Assignments that involved using a variety of skills also made students procrastinate less as did clearly understanding the assignment requirements. Incentives get students to start working as does having assignments connected to each other, or broken into units, so that the second part cannot be completed until the first part is done. And norms are influential. If everyone else is at work on the assignment, that engenders enough guilt to get others started.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 15, 2017 12:16 PM
An interesting article based on research which approaches procrastination from a different perspective.
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Social Media lessons for the classroom

Social Media lessons for the classroom | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Read a sample or download Social Media lessons for the classroom by Suzanne Lustenhouwer with iBooks.

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This is a critical need area for all, not just school.

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Daniel Lee Riley's curator insight, October 6, 2014 11:28 AM

After getting my feet wet in this class I somewhat have an understanding of how important social media is becoming in classrooms. It makes for a very easy familiar way of communicating with classmates as well as instructors.

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F.C.C. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet

F.C.C. Backs Plan to Update a Fund That Helps Connect Schools to the Internet | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission wants to fix E-Rate, a program to give schools telecommunications services, which has been criticized for not keeping up with modern technology.
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Five Card Flickr

Five Card Flickr | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
It's five Card nancy done with flickr

 

Five Card Flickr

 

As of Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:00:08 -0400 10344 Five Card stories have been created on this site from a pool of 13467 tagged photos.

This quasi experimental web site is designed to foster visual thinking. It is based completely, or more loosely... copied, from the Five Card Nancy game devised by comics guru Scott McCloud and the nifty web version at 741.5 Comics.

However, rather than drawing from a hand of randomly chosen panels of the old Nancy comic, my version draws upon collections of photos specified by a tag in flickr. You are dealt five random photos for each draw, and your task is to select one each time to add to a selection of images, that taken together as a final set of 5 images- tell a story in pictures.

When you are done, you the option to add a title and explanation, then you can save the story so you can put a link in your resume or send to your Mom (she pay print it out and tape it to the fridge, or she may criticize your creativity, your mileage and mom may vary). Plus we offer the ability to tweet your story or use an embed code to add it to your own web site.

Human vs. Giant squirel 2
a five card flickr story by i got, got by lil' Jimmy!!!

    

What do they look like? What a fantastic question you ask!

We have a growing collection of mixed bag stories, but for an example see a random one such as we have inserted here.

 

The code for this site is opensource and available at http://code.google.com/p/fivecardflickr/

So what are you waiting for? Take a fling at weaving a tale with pictures only!

And if you liked Five Card Flickr, try doing something similar with photos and audio- see John Johnston's flickrsounds.


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BKF's curator insight, July 24, 2013 12:56 PM

Fun writing idea!

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Six ways to teach smarter with Google Forms

Six ways to teach smarter with Google Forms | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
To the uninitiated Google Forms might seem like a poor
cousin to the spreadsheet, presentation and word processing apps on offer, as
it doesn’t fit the model of the traditional Office Suite.

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Investing in STEM Education Can Bridge the IT S...

Investing in STEM Education Can Bridge the IT S... | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
The author of a new book on the technology skills gap explains how educators can guide students toward a brighter employment future.
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Online Learning Myths & Truths | E-Learning, Fo...

Online Learning Myths & Truths | E-Learning, Fo... | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Keynote at the 2013 FITSI Conference (University of New Hampshire). Summary: We live in opportune times. We live at a time when education features prominently (Online Learning Myths & Truths.
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A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

Edmodo is one of the promising web technologies that is making a strong foothold in the field of education. It has been embraced by several school districts and  is being widely used to host online classes and connect students with their teachers. I personally see edmodo as a very robust alternative to the traditional Moodle.


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John Scott Lucas's curator insight, June 21, 2013 1:58 PM

I love this site and used it faithfully until my school district shoved their LMS down my throat.  If you have the option and the opportunity, I highly recommend.

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Tweeting is Believing? Analyzing Perceptions of Credibility on Twitter | iRevolution

Tweeting is Believing? Analyzing Perceptions of Credibility on Twitter | iRevolution | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

What factors influence whether or not a tweet is perceived as credible? According to this recent study, users have “difficulty discerning truthfulness based on con-tent alone, with message topic, user name, and user image all impacting judg-ments of tweets and authors to varying degrees regardless of the actual truth-fulness of the item.”

 

For example, “Features associated with low credibility perceptions were the use of non-standard grammar and punctuation, not replacing the default account image, or using a cartoon or avatar as an account image. Following a large number of users was also associated with lower author credibility, especially when unbalanced in comparison to follower count [...].” As for features enhan-cing a tweet’s credibility, these included “author influence (as measured by follower, retweet, and  mention counts), topical expertise (as established through a Twitter homepage bio, history of on-topic tweeting, pages outside of Twitter, or having a location relevant to the topic of the tweet), and reputation (whether an author is someone a user follows, has heard of, or who has an official Twitter account verification seal). Content related features viewed as credibility-enhancing were containing a URL leading to a high-quality site, and the existence of other tweets conveying similar information.”...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:58 PM

Eye-opening research. You can haz Twitter credibility. ;-)

Jenneil Peters's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:18 AM

Eye-opening research. You can haz Twitter credibility. ;-)

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Teaching strategies about source credibility

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"Here are some teaching strategies we can use to evaluate the credibility of a resource ..."


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Kris Atkinson's curator insight, May 14, 2017 9:48 PM
Well all have learnt about fake news in recent times so ensuring sources are creditable is important. Is Wikipedia reliable???
Jeannette Delamoir's curator insight, May 21, 2017 7:22 PM
No matter what discipline we teach, it is crucial to help students assess source credibility. It's a real-life skill that develops reasoning and analysis, and will protect them from scams and scammers as well as fake news! 
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A lesson in assessing web content validity — Emerging Education Technologies

A lesson in assessing web content validity — Emerging Education Technologies | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

"A Lesson Using Kathy Schrock’s “5 W’s” to Evaluating Web Site Content I teach an introductory level technology course at The College of Westchester, focused on emerging information technologies and how these are impacting the workplace, society, and world around ..."


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Text, tweet, email, call—what do parents want in school communications?

Text, tweet, email, call—what do parents want in school communications? | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
What does the research say about how parents and school communications? Is there an overall preference?

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Visual Thinkery

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 by Monica Burns - Edutopia

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 by Monica Burns - Edutopia | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

Edutopia is one of my favourite web sites. It has recently run a series written by Monica Burns aka @ClassTechTips featuring Resources for Using iPads across multiple grade levels. Though I've featured them each individually here on iPads in Education I thought it might be useful to post all of the series in one collection.


Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 http://bit.ly/Tag2sg

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5 http://bit.ly/1owxjbR

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 http://bit.ly/1qHU1j3

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 http://bit.ly/QPzKrp


Awesome! Thanks Edutopia!


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 4, 2014 11:12 PM

Thx John Evans

Thomas Brennan's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:27 PM

This is a broad and great resource for introducing ipads into the classroom! This Scooped resource gives resources for all grades and the website Edutopia is a great resource in itself! Good stuff!

Terri Bill Hartley's curator insight, August 9, 2014 7:54 PM

Trying something new.....technology helpers....

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Skill Smashing with Educational Apps

Skill Smashing with Educational Apps | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
If you're using apps in your classroom, you may have heard about something called "app smashing." The idea behind app smashing is that you use two or more apps, in conjunction, with your students, ...
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Love this idea. It incorporates a lot of higher level thinking skills with basic mastery.

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using voice to command a device is also partly to blame.

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Free Technology for Teachers: You Shouldn't Be an Instructional Technology Coordinator If You Don't Understand This...

Free Technology for Teachers: You Shouldn't Be an Instructional Technology Coordinator If You Don't Understand This... | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

I realize that this post comes from the pages of,I'm tired of writing about this and you are probably tired of it too, but I have to talk about copyright, creative commons, and plagiarism again. Today, I discovered yet another blog that is copying and pasting posts from my blogs and those of many other edubloggers without permission. Unfortunately, the person behind the blog that is carrying out the practice of copying and pasting the posts did not lift  the post I wrote last month about why you can't just copy and paste posts from another person's blog without their permission.


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The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future ...

The 7 Skills Students Must Have For The Future ... | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it
A powerful talk by Tony Wagner attempts to uncover the 7 skills students must have in order to prepared for the future.
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Speak Up 2012 report: “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner”

Speak Up 2012 report: “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner” | Tech Tools and Training for Teachers | Scoop.it

“The results being released today show that we are indeed in a new world. And we as adults need to learn from kids in this instance. We need to learn from students about how they learn, where they learn, and how they seek information. I believe we must harness this information to give all students a 21st century skill set to prepare them for high-growth, high-demand jobs in the global economy.”-U.S. Rep. George Miller, the senior Democrat on the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Project Tomorrow has released the Speak Up 2012 report: “From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Digital Learner”


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