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Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. It also provides a wide variety of features and services for teachers including the ability to create classroom groups where teachers and students get to share learning materials.
Some call it the new Pinterest for educators, Educlipper is really a great and promising website where teachers get to curate and organize digital content. Educlipper has been designed specifically for educators and by an educator ( Adam Bellow: founder ). The process of setting up your Educlipper account is pretty easy and can be done in a few clicks and once logged in you can instantly start adding content .
+Explore top quality education resources for K-12Watch the video below to learn more about eduClipper App.
+ Create clips from the web, Drive, Dropbox
+ Use your camera to capture awesome work that you create
+ Create differentiated groups and share content with them
+ Collaborate with other users on eduClipboards for class projects or personal interests
TED Books is an iPad app that provides TED fans with short electronic books produced once a month by TED conferences. The books are less than 20.000 words long "long enough to unleash a powerful narrative, but short enough to be read in a single sitting." Here is what the folks in TED said about this app :
The TED Books app allows us to embed audio, video, and social features into each book, broadening the depth and detail of each work. These additional multimedia features suit the wide-ranging creative palette of our contributors, many of who use photography, audio, and video in addition to the printed word to fully express their ideas.
Thinking about using Twitter with your students ? The visual below is one of the best guide I have come across online. The graphic is created by Langwitches and provides a cognitive incentive for those reluctant teachers out there to start using social media with their students and particularly Twitter.
Langwitches started her graphic by outlining some of the reasons why as a teacher you should be engaged in a tweeting experience with your students. Tweeting, as is shown here, helps you cultivate a wide range of important literacies including : digital literacy, information literacy, network literacy and also promotes some other skills such as critical thinking and reading and writing skills.
In the second part of the graphic Langwitches introduced the Twitter routine and talked about some of the things students need to keep in mind while using Twitter and then at the third part she placed some Twitter practices along a continuum of thinking skills with lower order thinking skills in one end and higher order thinking skills at the other.
Langwiches has also recently created a wonderful visual on visible thinking routines. I recommend that you check it.
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Google has recently released several updates to some of its major services including its search functionality. Being the top search engine on the web, Google is trying hard to sophisticate the way it filters and respond to users search queries through including some important features like customization, personalization, and localization. Google has also been investing in the power of social media particularly its tool Google Plus to recommend search results to searchers. Whether this is the beginning of a social revolution in web searching is too early to answer.
However, much of the power of Google search engine resides in its advanced features and unfortunately these are the tweaks most ignored by our students when using Google. The purpose of this post is to provide you with 10 wonderful search tips to share with your students to help them conduct effective search queries on Google. These tips are provided by Google Search Help Team.
1- Search for an exact word or phrase
Use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. This option is handy when searching for song lyrics or a line from literature.
"imagine all the people"
Tip: Only use this if you're looking for a very precise word or phrase, because otherwise you could be excluding helpful results by mistake.
Add a dash (-) before a word or site to exclude all results that include that word. This is especially useful for synonyms like Jaguar the car brand and jaguar the animal.
jaguar speed -car or pandas -site:wikipedia.org
Tip: You can also exclude results based on other operators, like excluding all results from a specific site.
If you are looking for more results from a certain website, include site: in your query. For example, you can find all mentions of "olympics" on the New York Times website like this: olympics site:nytimes.com
Tip: Also search within a specific top-level domain like .org or .edu or country top-level domain like .de or .jp.
Using the link: operator, you can find pages that link to a certain page. For example, you can find all the pages that link to google.com. link:google.com
Tip: You can also search for links to specific pages, like google.com/images.
To find sites that are similar to a URL you already know, use the related: operator. For example, when you search for related sites to the New York Times, you'll find other news publication sites you may be interested in. related:nytimes.com
Use an asterisk (*) within a query as a placeholder for any unknown or wildcard terms. Use with quotation marks to find variations of that exact phrase or to remember words in the middle of a phrase. "a * saved is a * earned"
If you want to search for pages that may have just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms.
world cup location 2014 OR 2018
Tip: Enclose phrases in quotes to search for either one of several phrases.
"world cup location 2014" OR "world cup location 2018"
Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements.camera $50..$100
Tip: Use only one number with the two periods to indicate an upper maximum or a lower minimum.
daytona 500 winners ..2000
Below is a wonderful rubric to help you select mobile apps to use with your students. I am adding this resource to the section I have created here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning under the label " Teacher App Rubrics ". I come across this rubric from Cybraryman app page but the rubric was created by elearning skills.
The rubric outlines 10 evaluative criteria to base your selection. These are :
MOOCs (Massive Ope Online Courses) are definitely a game changer in today's education. The emergence and popularization of MOOCs is due primarily to the widespread of internet connection and to the advance of web 2.0 technologies. MOOCs now are being offered by some prestigious colleges and institutions including MIT, Berkerly, and Harvard. So what are MOOCs all about ?
MOOCs are online courses aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet. They are similar to university courses, but do not tend to offer academic credit. MOOCs offer college based education to empower interested students who lack access to elite universities with the sophisticated skills necessary for good paying jobs and without having to spend a dime on tuition.
Detroit Chapter has compiled this list featuring the top 10 sites for information about MOOCS :
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"When information is abundant filtering becomes a necessity" a quip which speaks to the core problem underlying much of our digital literacy practices today. This tsunami of digital content overflowing from all sorts of digital media and social networking websites has brought about so much junk raising thus a serious concern about the quality of what we consume online.
In the face of this dire situation, content curation emerges as one the important skills necessary for the 21st century learners. It is, in my view, as crucial as the other highly praised skills of problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication . Students (and teachers as well) need to be empowered with the appropriate tools to harness this over abundance of user generated content created by the"social, participatory web".
What is digital curation ?
Digital curation or content curation " is the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets "(Wikipedia). The purpose of the digital curator is to compile and provide a high quality resource around a given topic by filtering what he'/ she perceives as worthy of curation. The curators act on the basis of their discretion and personal insights. They embrace the role of a judge.
Tools for digital curation
For the selection, preservation, and maintenance of high quality digital content , digital curators require access and use of a wide variety of tools. Below are some examples:
Have you ever tried Google search by image functionality ?This is a service that allows users to identify potential sources of images on the web. This is a good way for students to pool resources and additional information on images they want to use in their multimedia projects. In content areas like History, Biology, geography...etc search by image is a great way to learn new insights and find out the contexts surrounding the images. For more accurate results, it is recommended that you add some text to the image you are searching for to make it easy for Google search boots to turn in relevant search results.
The process of using search by image functionality in Google is pretty simple. Just head over Google Image homepage and click on the camera icon displayed in the search box