My ninth graders have completed a module documenting how to do various tasks in OpenSim, the virtual world we use that is hosted by Reactiongrid. This wiki has the links, instructions, and other pages with tutorials on how to do various items. I was assessing this today and thought I'd pass it along as there is some great information to show you how to do things. (If you are a beginning second lifer you may also learn some things.)
If you wanted to examine the dead sea scrolls in the past, it would have been a challenge. These scrolls are being shared online now and allow scholars around the world to have access only afforded to exclusive scholars on a limited basis in the past.
There is a new site I'm seeing called Buffer. It lets you find things and put them into your "buffer" - another autotweeting type service. You can use with facebook but beware that often Facebook makes things not typed "live" into facebook have a lower priority and not put them on homestreams.
"The three considerations that most impact value are location, location, and location." In the world of social media, they are purpose, purpose, and purpose."
This Harvard Business review article is very much on the money. Who are you and why are you sharing. What is your purpose. If you don't know you'll send mixed signals. IF you do, you and the people who follow you will be more content with the experience.
Great post about the power of Twitter. It is almost so commonplace as to be trite. But it isn't trite. It is a very real part of a good teacher's PLN. Better than a search engine, the people engine of a giving, helpful group of twitters. But remember that in order to Tweet and receive, you also have to share and receive. You get back far more than you give but you should give not just ask. In short, be there for your tweeps and your tweeps will be there for you.
Great presentation from project red. See slide for the "which technology practices improve learning the most."
#1 Technology is integrated into EVERY intervention class.
Interesting service that pulls together all of your networks and posts to them. Just remember that Facebook and some other services make posts from third party services to lower priority and they don't go on as many streams.Interesting service.
Steve Jobs' obituary on wired news. He died too young but lived while he lived. May innovation at Apple not die with him. I think this makes us all sad because so much of innovation in the last years have been tied up with his leadership and vision that it is hard to imagine a world without him. I think it is harder to imagine imagination without him. Do we have the creativity in us to come up with things no one has thought of and improve millions of lives?
77 Free web resources to try out this summer. Actually, I usually just pick 2 or 3 as that is all I can handle. From Richard Byrne at Free Tech for Teachers
Google video. Delicious. Now yahoo Buzz - their "digg" site. what else?
Excellent infographic on the evolution of web design! If you study this, it would be marvelous to use in class. Excellent graphic organizer on the topic.
It is great when teachers travel for them to have their students link up vicariously like Carrie Jacobs did when she went to Beijing, China.
"Walnut Creek Campus
Students and staff talked to teacher Carrie Jacobs through Skype during her visit to the Flat Classroom Conference in Beijing, China. Students learned about Chinese culture and saw pictures of her travels, including the Ming tombs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Jacobs, along with other members of her UNI graduate cohort, traveled to Beijing to participate in and present at the Flat Classroom Conference, an international conference promoting the use of Web 2.0 tools by schools to "flatten" the walls of their classroom and introduce their students to the world."
Students and staff talked to teacher Carrie Jacobs through Skype during her visit to the Flat Classroom Conference in Beijing, China. Students learned about Chinese culture and saw pictures of her travels, including the Ming tombs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Jacobs, along with other members of her UNI graduate cohort, traveled to Beijing to participate in and present at the Flat Classroom Conference, an international conference promoting the use of Web 2.0 tools by schools to "flatten" the walls of their classroom and introduce their students to the world.
Schools and nonprofits need to understand their place on the web and the importance of building followers on Facebook as part of their marketing/ pr strategy.
As part of its Open Government Initiative, the White House has just launched the ExpertNet wiki. With this wiki, the American public can help discover new and better ways to open up communication between the government and the people.
You can read more about the ExpertNet wiki and the Open Government Initiative on the White House blog.
Hosted by wikispaces.
This is how movements now happen! Redefining Beautiful: One Girl at a Time has girls not wearing makeup on Tuesdays. T-shirts and, of course, social media, characterize what these girls are doing (and the guys who support them.)
For pundits who think social media is a negative, this is an example of how this generation redefines the world using social networking to spread statements of a generation more quickly than books can be printed.
Their message was heard loud and clear. The school-sanctioned club — Redefining Beautiful: One Girl at a Time — quickly grew to 200 members. Boys at the school even formed a support group to encourage the girls.
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