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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
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Spells out rules for netiquette.  Good way to start out with students who are used to posting on social networks and ranting.  In the comments, the college stated that teachers can reprint this for their classrooms as long as they give credit to Touro College. 

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, March 26, 2015 8:22 AM

Nice reference.

 

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Bitmojis, Gifs, and Snaps in the Classroom? Oh My! | Faculty Focus

Bitmojis, Gifs, and Snaps in the Classroom? Oh My! | Faculty Focus | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Trying new things and staying connected to students is of utmost importance. Learn how Bitmojis, Gifs, and Snapchat can help provide positive reinforcement.
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A simple way to increase engagement while sending messages.  I have my own Bitmoji and the students love it.  Reading this article, I even found new ways to use it.  
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Active Learning is Better than Passive Learning

Active Learning is Better than Passive Learning | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Passive learning Occurs when students use their senses to take in information from a lecture, reading assignment, or audiovisual. This is the mode of learning most commonly present in classrooms. It is used to acquire ideas and information that is available for recall while Active learning involves the student through participation and investment of energy…
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A short, sweet, simple discussion of why we need to build in active learning.
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10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

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This website (Ditch that Textbook) is an amazing resource and something for every teacher to check out.  This article of tips will give you an idea of how useful and usable the content is for the average teacher.
 
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8 tips for launching your eLearning YouTube channel

8 tips for launching your eLearning YouTube channel | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it

If you're looking to grow your eLearning brand and teach tips and tricks to other professionals, launching a YouTube channel may be a worthy option for you to consider.

With users and watch time steadily increasing year over year, YouTube videos can be a powerful tool to tell your story and spread your message. Especially in the world of eLearning where many products and tools are heavily visual-based.

Just do a quick search and you'll find that tips, information, and advice about eLearning is a very underserved niche on YouTube. There are a few good channels out there. But with a vetted strategy and a bit of planning, there is a surplus of opportunity to grow your eLearning brand on YouTube.

But just like any venture, launching a YouTube channel is a challenging task that requires careful planning and continued attention.

Before you get started, check out these eight tips:


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Overview of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Docs editors Help

Overview of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - Docs editors Help | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
What are Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides?
Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides are productivity apps that let you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, a
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One of the best ways to get all students access to compatable technology is to use Google.  As long as there is Internet access, the students can get to Google.  The best part is that this access is free!

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From Texting to Plagiarism, How to Stop High-Tech Cheating -- THE Journal

From Texting to Plagiarism, How to Stop High-Tech Cheating -- THE Journal | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
With the proliferation of mobile devices and instant access to the internet, cheating has become easier than ever. What can educators do to stop it?
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High-tech cheating is something that teachers need to be aware of.  This article not only tells how to guard against it, but some of the newer methods that are being used.

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5 Timeless Nuggets for Using Story in Online Teaching - moderninstructor.com

5 Timeless Nuggets for Using Story in Online Teaching - moderninstructor.com | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Educators and trainers can refine and adapt story-based learning for online teaching. Here are five top takeaways.
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Ways to use story to increase engagement, practice writing and increase higher order thinking.  Reminder that story can be used online as well as in the traditional classroom.

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Give Voice with Technology: Collaborize Classroom

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“In-class participation has increased across the board. I’m not getting the blank stares I used to. My students are excited to voice their opinions.”

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This learning system is already set up to help your blended class run smoothly.  I have already set up my classroom site and it took no time at all.  Engagement is often hard to come by in middle school, but this will help every student participate. Another great feature is how well this platform works with the common core.  Definitely worth a look.

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How to Write Survey Questions: 7 Things NOT to Do

How to Write Survey Questions: 7 Things NOT to Do | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Learn how to craft your survey questions properly for the best, most accurate results.
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Help to write effective surveys that get you the information you need.  Warning:  after reading this you may be very unhappy with surveys you have written in the past.

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9 Tips To Enhance Active Listening Skills In eLearning - eLearning Industry

9 Tips To Enhance Active Listening Skills In eLearning - eLearning Industry | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
What Is Active Listening? Active Listening In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know! 9 Tips To Enhance Active Listening Skills In eLearning.
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Important skills that students need to be taught in order to be successful in online as well as live discussions.  Explains how to format lessons / directions for maximum effectiveness.

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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
Ellen Comito McKeowns insight:

Spells out rules for netiquette.  Good way to start out with students who are used to posting on social networks and ranting.  In the comments, the college stated that teachers can reprint this for their classrooms as long as they give credit to Touro College. 

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, March 26, 2015 8:22 AM

Nice reference.

 

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, March 29, 2015 8:04 AM

Thanks!!!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 17, 2017 5:53 PM
Another useful classroom resource
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30 Criticisms Of eLearning That Just Might Be Myths

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30 Criticisms Of eLearning That Just Might Be Myths: blended learning

 

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning?

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People who do not value eLearning usually don't have the facts they need to understand it.  This helps to explain.

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Time Management Strategies for Online Instructors

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Want to teach online and still have a life?  Here are the strategies that will help you achieve that.  Some may seem simple, while others will leave you wondering, "why didn't I think of that?"  
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Articulate E-Books - E-Learning Heroes

Download free e-books in Articulate's E-Learning Heroes community to learn how to build better, more engaging, more effective online and mobile courses.
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E-Learning Heroes is an amazing resource for teachers.  The home site Articulate.com has over 300 apps and services.  I chose to scoop the E-Books page because the wealth of information can be overwhelming and this is a relatively simple way to ease in. *Warning*  Once you get started on this site, you may never stop!
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Going Deeper with Google Classroom

Going Deeper with Google Classroom | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
I have used Google Classroom for several years with both my elementary and middle school classes. Each Google Classroom is setup to meet the individual needs of my students. I differentiate activities, lessons and resources. In my class we call Google Classroom my students’ personalized study guide. They login from home to view and utilize …
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Now that we have learned how to utilize the basics of Google Classroom, it is time to start going deeper.  One thing I love is the ability to differentiate materials and or activities for individual students without it being a big deal.  Quality teaching online is an important skill for educators now and in the future.
 
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12 Tips for Teaching Middle School Tech

12 Tips for Teaching Middle School Tech | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Middle Schoolers are a special breed. They definitely need to learn productivity software like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, but I've found it's better to give them big goals, gener...
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This article gives teachers practical advice on dealing with middle school students and technology.  This is one of my favorite resources.  Don't stop at this article, check out the lesson plans, websites, resorces and apps that are available here.  You can even ask questions of the "Tech Teacher".

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Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups

Brain Research: Adolescents Learn More in Cooperative Groups | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Judy Willis, a neurologist & middle grades teacher, says adolescent brains learn more through interactive, interdependent group work.
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After spending over 15 years focused on middle school (Grades 6-8), I have observed their changing ways of thinking.  Middle schoolers are deciding about themselves and what they think about learning.  This makes the students much happier working in a small group.  Their need to socialize is utilized in a positive manner by working on active learning with their peers.  I particularly appreciate the ways to help students “check in” for more successful group work using brain science.  Though this article does not focus on online learning, it has extremely useful information about middle school students!

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Give students time to reflect on their own classroom learning

Give students time to reflect on their own classroom learning | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
It seems like a no-brainer: We all reflect on our own experiences and apply that knowledge next time, don’t we?  We might do this in our day-to-day
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Clear and concise way to encourage useful reflection for students.  Thinking through the steps needed for action toward a goal and how to do it better next time.

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Student Curators: Powerful Learning | Tech Learning

Student Curators: Powerful Learning | Tech Learning | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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This is a perfect example of how middle school students can use technology to become engaged and passionate about their research and learning.  The step by step lesson plan will help teachers to create activities using their own content .

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5 Ways Online Learning Improves Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

5 Ways Online Learning Improves Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
The 5 Ways Online Learning Improves Education Infographic presents five ways on how online learning improves educational productivity.
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Having facts and figures are what educators need to explain the "why" of online learning to others.

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REFLECTIVE WRITING RLO

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Online resource that allows teachers and students to learn about Reflective Writing.  Takes about an hour (more if you are like me and tend to check out all of the resources) but, well worth the time.

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Infographic: Online Discussion Tips & Best Practices | Atomic Learning's Higher Education Blog

Infographic: Online Discussion Tips & Best Practices | Atomic Learning's Higher Education Blog | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
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Ways to get online discussions started and deepen the conversations with others.  Good tips to remember as a teacher.

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7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning

7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning | Help With Online Learning in Middle School | Scoop.it
Now that the number of students taking at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million it’s high time we dispel the myth and discover the truth about online learning. Via: www.myeducation.com
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A great, visual way to explain the value of online education.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, May 13, 2015 12:22 PM

Very nicely laid out infographic with great information!

ChristopherBell's curator insight, May 14, 2015 10:47 PM

Awesome stuff to share with parents and graduating seniors!

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7 mitos y realidades sobre la formación online.

 

Mito nro. 1, no se puede obtener un empleo acreditando un diploma logrado mediante aprobación de cursos en línea.  Reaalidad: 62% de los profesionales de RRHH creen que los diplomas obtenidos por cursos online son equivalentes o mejores que los logrados en universidades tradicionales.

 

Mito nro 2, sólo universidades de dudosa reputación ofrecen programas que se imparten totalmente en línea. Realidad: el porcentaje de instituciones que ofrecen programas completamente virtuales se ha duplicado en la última década hasta alcanzar 62.4%.

 

Mito nro. 3, los programas virtuales contribuyen con el aislamiento de sus estudiantes. Realidad: los cursos distribuídos en el formato presencial tradicional pueden también incentivar el aislamiento.

 

Mito nro. 4, obtener un diploma en línea es tomar el camino fácil. Realidad: si bien es cierto que el formato eLearning es más flexible, ello no significa que los cursos dictados en ésta modalidad sean menos rigurosos.

 

Mito nro. 5, "Tengo todo el tiempo del mundo para culminar mi curso online". Realidad: si intenta retrazar indefinidamente el cumplimiento de las tareas asignadas en un curso online, muy problamente, no superá ese curso. La procastinación no funciona el mundo real ni en el virtual.

 

Mito nro. 6, usted no aprenderá mucho tomando cursos vía eLearning. Realidad: investigaciones recientes indican que no hay diferencias significativas entre los resultados de aprendizaje por estudios virtuales y el método presencial tradicional.

 

Mito nro. 7, puedo hacer fraude en los programas de formación online. Realidad: muchas escuelas online han implementado sistemas de protección antifraude. Algunas otras exigen la realización de exámenes presenciales a sus alumnos. ¡ El gran hermano siempre está observando...!