"Nature Valley Canada recently sat down three generations of families and asked them one simple question, “What did you like to do for fun as a kid?” Take a moment to see how they responded, then grab your kids and go rediscover the joy of nature."
"Last week I presented three webinars on behalf of Simple K12 (the recordings will be available later this week). The third of those webinars was all about Google Drive Add-ons and Chrome extensions for teachers. If you couldn't attend the live webinar, you can still grab the handout here or view it as embedded below."
"The purpose of this site is to introduce the concept of Personal Learning Networks (PLN) and its key principles. The site is divided into several sections that are represented in the navigation menu. The first section–What is a PLN?–provides background information about PLN and a definition of this concept. Tools to construct a PLN is a section that describes the main categories–namely format, function, and application–in the PLN Tool Browser. In the Build your PLN section, we address the topics of privacy and licensing, including Creative Commons. How to optimize a PLN by adding a social dimension is the focus of the Making It Social section. The PLN Examples contain student testimonials that illustrate the uses of a PLN. Finally, if you want to explore tools that can be used to construct your own personal learning network, please check our PLN Tool Browser."
"Do you use Mystery Skype in your classroom? If so, you are probably familiar with how it works, but if you are looking for some extra tips, or want to get some other teachers involved, you should check out the new Mystery Skype Curriculum that Microsoft has put together for teachers who are connecting their classrooms all around the world. The curriculum is free for anyone who wants to use it, but you do need a Microsoft account in order to sign in and view the latest version. Microsoft accounts are free, and you may already have one if you have a Hotmail or Outlook.com email address. "
"There are dozens of reasons why students should blog. There’s increased engagement by sharing with an authentic audience. Blogging encourages reflection, collaboration, and communication. Publishing on the web is even required in Common Core and other state and national standards! And best of all, using Edublogs, blogging with students is as simple as following these 5 basic steps…"
Narrative Clip is a wearable clip-on camera that automatically takes images at 30 second intervals
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) underpin Australia’s potential to innovate and compete on the global stage - so are we ready to build the future we want?
"Business Council of Australia president Catherine Livingstone raised the cudgels yet again to try to beat this message into political leaders, telling the National Press Club that an estimated 75 per cent of the fastest-growing occupations, including those in the creative industries and humanities, will require STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related skills and knowledge."
"Bring Imagination Playground into the classroom! Build with the principles of construction and engineering in the quick builder mode. Observe the effects of physics by turning on gravity mode and watch the Blocks take on their real life physical properties. Use the Blocks to understand proportion, geometry, and basic math principles—or just relax, create, and have fun. Our Imagination Playground 3D Builder app is FREE and available on Apple and Android devices — download today!"
"Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone. Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. "
"The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner leads online safety education for the Australian Government and protects Australian children when they experience cyberbullying by administering a complaints scheme.
The Office also deals with complaints about prohibited online content."
"The year is 2065. In schools - if they even exist at all - interactive "smartboards" replace the conventional whiteboard, and mobile devices take the place of textbooks. Robots substitute for teachers, and deliver lectures and supervise students' work in the classrooms. The conventional and enduring sage-on-the-stage model of education - where students face the front of the class and passively receive instruction from teachers - no longer persists. Instead, the students are seated in clusters and plugged into their mobile devices, while their teachers become guides on the side, facilitating discussions rather than telling them what to do.
These developments may become commonplace in future schools. "
"Old technology for education. In our office, we collect vintage educational technology or ed tech. Enjoy our collection of previous "revolutions" in technology used in education. Better yet, come visit or send us your retired film strips or whatever. Did you use these technologies, were they revolutionary? Comment or tweet to me: @spellingcitymay "
"I WAS DRIVING 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat climate control system. Next the radio switched to the local hip hop station and began blaring Skee-lo at full volume. I spun the control knob left and hit the power button, to no avail. Then the windshield wipers turned on, and wiper fluid blurred the glass. As I tried to cope with all this, a picture of the two hackers performing these stunts appeared on the car’s digital display: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, wearing their trademark track suits. A nice touch, I thought."
"Google Hangouts is Google's free video-conferencing tool that is available for teachers to use as part of Google Apps for Education. Up to 10 participants can join a Google Hangout at a time. It's a great way to connect your classroom with other classrooms anywhere in the world. This site will provide teachers and administrators with step-by-step directions how to get started on Hangouts, joining a Hangout, collaboration tools available inside a Hangout, and ideas for ways to use Hangouts in your classroom."
"Earlier this year, an article "written by an actual teen" made the rounds on social media. The article promised "A Teenager's View of Social Media,"
Internet researcher danah boyd responded to the article with "An Old Fogey's Analysis of a Teenager's View on Social Media," cautioning that "What [the author is] sharing is not indicative of all teens. More significantly, what he's sharing reinforces existing biases in the tech industry and journalism that worry me tremendously." As boyd pointed out, the author is a 19-year-old white male, attending the University of Texas, Austin. "Let me put this bluntly," she wrote, "teens' use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background."
Not surprisingly, boyd's arguments are echoed in the latest Pew Research Center report on teens and social media, which highlights (among other things) "a distinct pattern in social media use by socio-economic status.""
"MaKey MaKey provides students the opportunity to be engineers without needing to be experts in electrical engineering. By participating in a creative design process as MaKey MaKey engineers, students reimagine how they might interact with computers they use daily. In this case, we found that students were highly engaged in the design process of creating a video game controller and, through that process, were able to begin to grasp the concept of circuits."
"This tutorial’s purpose is to help get you up and running with the MaKey MaKey – everything from what the board is, to installing it, to using it. Sections are split into pages, covering the following topics:
What is the MaKey MaKey? – What’s what on the MaKey MaKey board?
Installing the MaKey MaKey – How to connect the board, and install it. Extra focus on Windows, which requires a driver be installed.
Making Your First Key – How to use banana cables to create your first MaKey MaKey button.
Resources and Going Further – Links to inspire and educate."
"TouchDevelop is a handy tool I have been exploring for about a year or so. What I loved about it initially was that it is browser based and HTML5 meaning it works on all tablets and devices – yes, ALL devices…even you Mr. iOS. Did I mention is it web based? No bugging your IT people for app installations!"