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Make your LMS a social learning platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. Education, thus, has its roots in the earliest social interactions. We inadvertently learn from our daily social interactions, with most of our informal learning happens through online sources of information. What makes your LMS a social learning platform? References.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


Claims on Social Media : Students consider the sources of a tweet and the information contained in it in order to describe what makes it both a useful and not useful source of information. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Social studies teachers will adore these!

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Mobile gives the edge

Learning with 'e's

Smart mobile phones continue to disrupt our society. For everyone of us who own them, mobile phones are changing our lives, influencing our decisions about how we interact with each other, how we access and consume information, how we work, entertain ourselves and purchase our goods. Most significantly for those who are immersed in schools, colleges and universities - mobile technology is disrupting education. Thirdly, mobile technology is powerfully social.

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A School Twitter Chat

TeachThought - Learn better.

If you are managing the chat or behind the scenes–you could use Tweet Binder to get data on the statistics of the chat. Here is a compilation resource —-how to use hastags, twitter quick start guide, and archived chats from the Webb City District that you can use as a reference if you are starting a district chat for the first time. Mobile Learning. A Lesson Using Twitter must Have a Social Component. Social Media Technology pd social media twitter

Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

For the past several years the Horizon Report has listed mobile learning, in one form or another, as an emerging educational technology (e.g. mobile computing, mobile apps, social media, BYOD, mobile learning). Mobile technologies have changed over the years: from the early PDAs, Blackberrys and feature phones with texting capability and cameras, to tablets and eReaders to the ubiquitous smartphones of today. References: Brooks, D.C.

Our mutual friends

Learning with 'e's

It fascinated social psychologist Stanley Milgram. So Milgram''s notion of six degrees is not so much a theory of learning, more a social contact theory, but it has significant implications for learning in the social media age. Milgram theorised that it could be established that no-one is separated from anyone else in the world by more than six social contacts. Who we know and who they know, he believed, define our social structure. References Jenkins, H.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Pokémon Go generated more than $160 million by the end of July, hitting $600 million in revenue within its first 90 days on the market – the fastest mobile game to do so. Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. To data about students’ sexual identity?

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The Process of Change

A Principal's Reflections

Through my work I have seen in person, and through social media, some amazing examples of what education can and should be. To simplify the process take a look at data, which can come in many forms. A data review will give you a clear focus that can later be used to articulate the why. Why Once you have some data to identify what needs to change the next step is to build broad support.

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Top 5 Apps for Educational Administrators to Use

Educational Technology Guy

Administrators can take notes, clip articles from the web for future use and reference, upload files to attach to notes and share notes with their staff. Social Media - Social Media is an excellent resource for administrators. This way, they can be mobile and still have access to their data, information, and resources and be able to communicate more effectively and efficiently with staff, students, and parents.

Sustainable Development Goals: Writing Journals

User Generated Education

Interpret differences in shape, center, and spread in the context of the data sets, accounting for possible effects of extreme data points (outliers). It also explores new data from scientists and researchers where standards for measuring SDG targets are still being developed. Data are critical for decision making and accountability. Social Media Alternative. References: Battelle for Kids, (n.d.). SDGs in Action [Mobile application software].

5 Reasons Why Google Vault is Not a True Archive

Gaggle Speaks

As school districts search for ways to archive new data sources such as social media and mobile, Google is building self-driving cars and doesn’t seem too worried about data governance for photos, Docs and other files stored in Drive. While searchable (more on that later), Google Vault only references what is presently in Drive for each user.

The future of education in 2016, from the sharing economy to BYOD: my Future Trends Forum recording and materials

Bryan Alexander

Technology topics included social media, video, 3d printing, VR, internet of things, automation, and privacy. In discussion we touched on cognitive computing, “quick” (live or easily published) video (Kat’s term), video growing on mobile devices. Also on mobile we mentioned reading on phones and the uneven deployment of cell phones in America. Last week I led a new Future Trends Forum with a twist.


6 Powerful Instructional Coaching Tools


Tool #1: Mobile Technology. The first, and arguably the most obvious, tool for instructional coaches is some sort of mobile technology. It is important for coaches to have technology that is mobile, because your role as an instructional coach is mobile. As an instructional coach, you will want to be able to take all of your notes and research with you wherever you go, a mobile device will allow you to do that. A word of caution about coaching mobility.

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Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Mobile : as humanity continues to migrate ever-increasing swathes of life into handhelds, educators slowly follow suit. Let’s see if higher ed figures out mobile-first design, as ELI recommends. One crucial impact of mobile technologies in education is the way they tear down our old boundary walls, the ones around in-session classes, or conferences, or meetings. ” I’ve been telling educators about the importance of mobile since 2000.

10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Just a disclaimer though, I am a high school math teacher, so a few of the tech-tools I reference in this post belong mostly in a secondary math classroom, but with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, there are ways to fit them into any K-12 math curriculum as well. Nearpod is described as a mobile app that allows teachers to create and share interactive multimedia presentations in 1-to-1 device classrooms. Math teachers: This is for you.

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50 Of The Best Google Chrome Extensions For Teachers

TeachThought - Learn better.

While the real story is more complicated, with Microsoft bundling IE with windows giving it a huge built-in user-base, the rise of Google Chromebooks, Apple’s elegant-but-iOS-only Safari, and overall a subtle shift in mobile away from browsers to apps muddling the picture even further, what’s truly “the best” or “most popular” browser isn’t cut-and-dry. Look up a reference. Buffer - A Smarter Way to Share on Social Media.

TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


The book is broken down into four general parts: Classroom Procedures, Classroom Rules and Expectations, Teaching Tips & Strategies, and Partnering with Parents - and it tends to lend itself as a reference. Partnering with Parents At the moment it’s safe to safe most parents today in 2016 haven’t grown up in a digital classroom environment, nor grew up with social media, and thus have a difficult time understanding the current classroom environment.

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How Culturally Relevant Teaching Can Build Relationships While Students Are Home


Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device. covid19pbl It puts SEL, social justice & culturally responsive teaching at the center. There were resources on understanding the virus and how to interpret pandemic data.

Are Digital Textbooks More Effective for K-12 Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

Earlier, publishers used to distribute extra learning resources which students can buy and refer in order to make notes. Students can refer to the content that they feel will help them understand the concept better and score well in their tests. This proves helpful as students don’t have to spend time on the search engine browsing for relevant data. Digital natives are no strangers to sharing posts and daily activities on social platforms.

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The Digital Transition: When Will Schools Be Transformed?

EdNews Daily

Or the teacher allows the students to log into outside services that are collecting huge amounts of student data. This means that they have started to enter the same frame of reference as all other industries have done. The analytics years start with a realization that there are dashboard qualities to much of the software, and that the tons of tests and data contain much more potential for learning. These big data analytics are rarely transparent even if they are public.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.). Our social media section also went over to FERPA, with some audience members arguing for the LMS as superior to the social web for privacy reasons, plus some discussion of personal versus professional social media use.

Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts for Youth Went Digital During the Pandemic, Aiding Record-Breaking Turnout


A deeper dive into the data shows that young voters took advantage of absentee and early voting in “huge numbers,” Kiesa says. The phrase sometimes refers to people ages 18 to 24—currently, members of Gen Z—and sometimes extends up to age 29.

Final Schedule for Tomorrow's "Digital Literacy & Fake News" Mini-Conference - Plus Bonus

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Then we will have 14 practitioner-led sessions that look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. What does “digital literacy” mean in an era shaped by the Internet, social media, and staggering quantities of information? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making?

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more! Examining Mobile Apps for Library Functions - Emily Krug, Emerging Technologies and Cataloging Librarian 10:00am KEYNOTE - NEIL PAKENHAM-WALSH: Healthcare Information For All ( ) 11:00am Become a library advocate with NPSIG!


Trends to watch in 2016: technologies

Bryan Alexander

Now there’s a bipartisan interest in cracking down on social media ( thank you Trump and Clinton ), plus a drive to weaken encryption so the NSA can have better eyes with which to see you. Mobile ecosystems We continue our migration into the mobile world, with ever-growing use of smartphones and changes in web design. Other mobile initiatives are working, from fitness trackers to smart watches to medical tools to digitally-enabled cloth.

Human 2.0

Learning with 'e's

He suggests that we already have expanded memories (search engines of the web) and remote ears and eyes (mobile phones and webcams). The data mining capabilities of the social networks alone can enslave us by owning our purchasing habits, internet search preferences and all other personal data he suggests. He sees Facebook and other social networks undermining and devaluing friendships. Top image by Elif Ayiter References Clark, A. Post human.

Learning Revolution Free Events - The Conference - Next Up #Reinvent14 - Appreciative Inquiry and AERO

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

See graphics for social media and follow the event to join the campaign! Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm Learning Revolution Keynotes , Don''t miss Carlo Ricci on "Learning and Love," Howard Rheingold on "Co-Learning, Social Media, Peeragogy, and Open/Connected Learning," Maria Droujkova on "From Adventurous Learning to Disruptive Innovations: Brave Design in Mathematics Education," and Mark Treadwell on "The Neuroscience of Learning - A Model for How the Brain Learns."

Resources from 25 Presentations at Miami Device 2015

Learning in Hand

The conference featured awesome speakers, social gatherings, and quirky fun. An infopic's message might be a summary, quote, definition, notes, data, weblink, or other informational tidbits. Photo and Video on Your Mobile Device by Leslie Fisher Leslie's class was designed to show some tips and tricks on how to take effective digital photographs and video with your app based phone or tablet no matter the time of day or conditions.

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13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

Modern learners must consume, evaluate, and integrate constantly changing data in highly-dynamic and visible contexts. In this approach, “grammar” doesn’t refer to parts of speech, but rather “discovering and ordering facts of reality comprises basic, systematic Knowledge–not only the rules developed and applied to the ordering of word/concepts for verbal expression and communication….This 13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years.

Notes from Some Summer Reading 2018 f/ @shawnachor @gretchenrubin @micheleborba @IAmMarkManson @askpang @DanielCoyle @DanielPink @simonsinek


It dramatically raises their stress levels while robbing them of social connection, sleep, attention, happiness, and health. Change it by creating a blog that is so insightful about your area of expertise that others refer to it. Selfies” are all the rage as people take endless photos of themselves and post them on social media for others to view, to “oooh” and “ahhh” their every “Me” and “My” accolade. The data revealed an M-shaped curve.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The department says it won’t start the 45-day clock on data challenges from colleges (initially slated to begin today) until ‘later in June.’” ” Via : “[Paterson]’s school district is investigating a rap video, filled with drug references and a stripper, that was filmed at one of its high schools, officials confirmed. Via The New York Times : “Dreams Stall as CUNY , New York City’s Engine of Mobility, Sputters.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).