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Exploiting a Video Viral

Nik Peachey

For a long time now I've been fascinated with viral marketing campaigns and the way advertisers use these to promote their products. What's really interesting about them is the advertisers ability to come up with really novel and original ideas to capture our attention and make us want to share with others. My Fame Star is a great example of this and one that we can use to create lesson materials. Use it as a prompt for students to write a newspaper story.

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Creating a Wiki

Nik Peachey

In this feature I'd like to show you how to create your own free wiki using 'Wetpaint' and look at some of the reasons for using wikis to achieve educational goals. A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content [.]. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites." Hopefully you can see just how easy it is to setup your own wiki.

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Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. Link to show: We were just talking about how we’re pretty sure we met just about ten years ago to the day that we are recording this, in Princeton way back in 2008. So today we’re going to talk about, “What should we be teaching kids about digital citizenship?”. And finally, how to truly put your best self out if you’re doing that on the internet.

5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. Go to and use the code COOL20 at checkout for 20% off any course. Listen to this blog post. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. First of all, I think one of the most important things that we can do is to rest up. Did you know that lack of sleep can reduce your pain tolerance and causes to perceive events as more stressful than we would otherwise?

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5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

Here are five things to consider as you plan your summer. Check out Jennifer Gonzalez’s 2019 Teacher’s Guide to Technology. It is a great teacher PD tool which includes videos and resources to help you learn new techniques and technologies for your classroom. Listen to this blog post Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Now, there are not a lot of studies on how often teachers sleep because I’ve looked.

It’s Time To Unlearn & Relearn Learning

EdNews Daily

This article was originally written and published by Rich Carr of Carr Knowledge. Our innate capacity to learn, to think, to create, and adapt endowed us with the evolutionary advantages necessary to become one of the most successful organisms on the planet. In spite of mankind’s amazing potential, it is an ironic truism of modernity that our US educational system is losing massive numbers of young learners each year to boredom, stress, and disengagement (1, 2).

?Academics Knock’s Premium Account and Paywalled Search Features


When social media site hit the scene in 2008, it was hailed by some scholars as an alternative to pricey academic publishing and peer-review models. Professors and researchers could use the social platform to share their work, findings and ideas—most importantly, at no cost. link] now asking $ for ability to search within full-text. The feature allows paying users to find exact keyword matches within the full-text of papers on Academia.

Is disruptive innovation driving K-12 privatization?

The Christensen Institute

Meanwhile, people on the other sides of these debates worry that “disruption” is a flawed yet rhetorically powerful narrative used to rationalize K–12 privatization. Somewhere in the middle are skeptics who give consideration to the idea, but wonder if disruption is an oversold term that is likely to underdeliver on its proponents’ promises. So how do we make sense of the tumult of opinions? In K–12 education, schools are analogous to those other organizations.

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10 Terrible Traits of Lousy Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

There is a short, three letter hop from leading to misleading. It is hard to be a leader. The truth is, as flawed humans, most of us who lead in anything have a very short step to being a misleader. ” Purpose gives meaning to your work. ” (Steger, Oishi & Kashdan 2008) quoted in The 5 Skills that Will Increase Your Happiness. . Sometimes popular initiatives run counter to the purpose of why we teach. They love you and want you to do well.

Viral Messaging: Putting Digital Citizenship to the Test

Tech Helpful

When the MOMO Challenge reared its ugly head last week, I reached out on Twitter to other technologists to find out what they were hearing and what their thoughts were. Turning A Viral Hoax Into A Lesson on Internet Safety Over the last week, you have probably seen some reference to the “Momo Challenge,” hidden messages in Youtube videos, and calls for technology companies to police their systems to protect kids. Do I really need to share?

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn?


Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity? Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google. “What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ “That was a real eye-opener to me.” More Space To Think Or Less Time To Think?

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?


It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. A settlement that would have created a Book Rights Registry and made it possible to access the Google Books corpus through public-library terminals ultimately died, rejected by a federal judge in 2011. Earlier this year, an article in the Atlantic lamented the dismantling of what it called “the greatest humanistic project of our time.”

Through a child's eyes

Learning with 'e's

We are constantly developing our understanding about how children learn. In an article entitled 'Learning from Learners', Rachel Wu (Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, New York) discusses some recent findings on how infants learn. She reveals that by the age of 8 months, infants learn better when they are in the company of people than they do through solo exploration. 2008) The importance of stupidity in scientific research.

How Passion Projects and Community Partners Create Relevant Learning for Teens in School


When a huge flood devastated Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008 the community was faced with a host of problems more commonly seen in big cities, like homelessness. But in the midst of this tragedy the residents began to see an opportunity to rethink how they would rebuild the core institutions of the town. “We’re wanted to be part of rebuilding the community. Over 100 adults strapped on backpacks and went back to school — walking in the shoes of students.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 5, 2017 Global Evolution of EdTech | Navitas Ventures → A look at over 20 years of edtech company evolution through $16b of investment around the world. The article puts a positive spin on it, but this is not ok.

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Help Save PicLits - Wednesday, May 2nd

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, May 2nd, for a unique community brainstorming session on , the "creative writing site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. The object is to put the right words in the right place and the right order to capture the essence, story, and meaning of the picture." Being reluctant to take ''no'' for an answer., We actually launched the site in July of 2008.

How one Mississippi community copes with influx of Hispanic students

The Hechinger Report

Luis Antonio Hernandez reads a story about Cinco de Mayo to students in Christy Crotwell’s first grade class at Morton Elementary School. He spends most days racing from class to class, helping out as needed. Like many schools across Mississippi, Morton is scrambling to adjust to an influx of Spanish-speaking students for which it was completely unprepared. The federal money is restricted to districts with at least 76 ELL students.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration. Trump is illegitimate because he refuses to divest from his business interests and as such will be in violation of the Constitution the minute he takes the oath of office. So I can’t watch or listen to the news tomorrow, as it’s a dark day for democracy – one of the darkest in my lifetime and perhaps even in this nation’s history.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.

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Hack Education

closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Trump Move on Job Training Brings ‘ Skills Gap ’ Debate to the Fore.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” Tech CEOs visited the White House to talk about “modernizing” a.k.a.