"Introducing Screencastly A game changing screencasting solution designed exclusively for schools, teachers, students and the flipped classroom. The best part about Screencastly is that its software free meaning that you don’t need to install any plugins or complicated applications. Simply open Google Chrome and get recording. You’re always up to date and ready for action!"
"A rigorous and engaging classroom….what does that look like? Recently I tweeted a link to an article by David Price that challenged the current perception of what student engagement looks like. The article was a summation and analysis of a 20 year longitudinal study of Australian students. Using the study, David’s article addressed the following myths.
1. I can see when my students are engaged
2. They must be engaged, look at their test scores
3. They must be engaged – they’re having fun
The article (found here) was an incredibly interesting read but the Twitter conversation after my post was for me the most interesting part. "
"Earlier this week, Twitter has announced that the last walls on direct messages are coming down: you can now opt to send and receive messages from any Twitter user, regardless of your following status. Latest updates to Twitter DMs also allow users to reply to any message they receive, even if the sender doesn’t follow them. New direct-messaging capabilities, along with a new button indicating whether or not you can DM the user on Twitter’s mobile app, will be rolled out to all users over the next few weeks.
These changes complement another modification to Twitter DMs earlier this year: launch of Group DMs, which give Twitter users the ability to privately converse with several other users simultaneously. According to Twitter’s official blog, there are many more updates in the works—all motivated by the goal of making “the private side of Twitter is just as fulfilling as the public side.”"
"The Internet Archive: Wayback Machine is a good tool to use when you want to see how a webpage used to look. This is helpful when you want to verify the citation of a webpage in an academic work. Using the Wayback Machine is also a good way to verify that a website was working at a previous point in time. In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of how the Wayback Machine works."
"How to set up blogging in the classroom will depend on your platform, and is pretty easy to figure out with all of the “how-to” videos and help center collections. What teachers most often ask me is why they would set up a blog for their class. What value is there in a class blog?
Here are some great ideas and applications for class and/or individual student blogs that you can explore in your classroom."
"The Meld Knob is an automated knob for your existing cooktop, and it wirelessly communicates with a precision temperature sensor that attaches to your cookware. The Meld Clip monitors the temperature of what you’re cooking, and along with our iPhone and Android app, makes automatic adjustments to your gas or electric cooktop to ensure a perfect dish, every time."
"No more dead plants. Planty is an Internet-connected planter that allows you to monitor and water plants on-the-go via the mobile app."
This is a description of the 2015 US Rube Goldberg Machine Contest which includes reflections and commentary not only on the contest but also the work of Goldberg and how it translates to another age. The article contains many original drawings and insights into the works of Goldberg.
"It’s almost that time of year again. Wash off the car. Take the cover off the grill. And figure out who has access to your social accounts. Whether you realize it or not, dozens — if not hundreds — of apps and services have access to your social accounts and can see everything you’re doing online. Tweets, Likes, your location, are all there for the taking. What’s worse, there’s a pretty good chance you unwittingly gave them permission. It was time to do a little cleanup."
"Minecraft is now a platform which hosts thousands of competing mini-game servers, which lack just about every characterstic of the game routinely espoused as part and parcel of the game. These kids are having fun, playing online … but so are those kids playing Sky Pirates, Candy Crush or Clash of Clans. In that regard, kids who play Minecraft are not choosing a more creative game which requires the juicy 21st Century skills which get technology salivating teachers going … it’s little more than Habbo Hotel for a new generation, full of the same potential issues. But then most people didn’t play Habbo either."
"What you're about to lose is your privacy, and the cause is the internet of things (IoT). Actually, you are not just going to lose your privacy, the very concept of privacy may be rewritten under your nose. That's because while the IoT is going to add a lot to our lives, it's probably going to take our privacy in payment, whether you want it to or not."
After World War 1, Sgt. Graham transcribed his diary by hand, due to damage to his original diary. This was then copied and typed out in the 1980s and again in the 2000s by some of Graham's grand-daughters - Sue Williamson, Michele Streight and Libby Monk - and copies distributed to various family members - both immediate and extended.
This website was established in 2014 and is operated by one of Graham's grand-daughters' cousins (Peter), for the sake of family and historical interest.
"The first paper on the Fear of Missing Out—FOMO, the ailment of our cultural moment—was written back in the year 2000 by a marketing strategist named Dan Herman, but the concept took many years to gestate. Now, after a long incubation period, FOMO is suddenly ubiquitous. Studies estimate that around 70 percent of all adults in developed countries suffer from the creepy, sometimes all-consuming feeling that something’s happening and they’re not a part of it."
"The reality is, that in a popular chat like #whatisschool, you probably won’t be able to keep up. With hundreds of educators connecting and answering questions at the same time it is about picking and choosing (and the skill of skim reading comes in VERY handy). Here are 5 tips to help you “keep up” and manage a fast paced EdChat:"
"YouTube is loaded with tools and settings that teachers and students often overlook. The YouTube audio slideshow tool is one of those overlooked tools built into YouTube. I often demonstrate it in my workshops on video creation. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s audio slideshow creation tool."
"Published on 20 Apr 2015
This presentation describes the themes of imagination, play, results, how we can learn from the creative industries and that the only barrier to fundamentally restructuring our notion of 'curriculum' and 'school’ is the self-imposed limits we place on ourselves.
Adrian Camm is an educator and speaker who explores the intersection of culture, learning and design. "
"Overall the diagram offers a nice framework for the concept not of 21st century learning, but 21st century pedagogy by focusing on several core components of modern learning: metacognition (reflection), critical thinking, technology, and problem and project-based learning."
"Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Loewy half-jokingly compares the state of digital learning in America’s schools to that of sex ed, which, as one NYU education professor describes it, entails "a smattering of information about their reproductive organs and a set of stern warnings about putting them to use.""
"Published on 10 Apr 2015
Harvard University's Jonathan Zittrain explores the amazing success of Wikipedia, a concept that "works really well in practice, just not in theory." Not only is it a remarkable and unique model of a self-regulating entity, its governors and stakeholders are both members of the public at large. Zittrain examines whether Wikipedia is something that can be sustained long term, whether it will need to adapt or grow in the future, and whether such adaptations and growth could potentially scuttle the entire operation. Finally, Zittrain offers up a suggestion for how to apply Wikipedia in an academic setting: Why not turn Wikipedia articles into long-term research projects?"
Encourage students to think more deeply about how their social media activity may affect their safety with this video lesson using a satirical news report from The Onion.