Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Article: Use a Piggy Bank as a Password Escrow Account for Sharing Your Children's Passwords

This is an idea that I think would be worth sharing with parents of older students. I want students to develop a sense of the importance of password security, but I think that parents should have access to those accounts as well. 

Use a Piggy Bank as a Password Escrow Account for Sharing Your Children's Passwords

Monday, January 23, 2012

Video Tutorial: Setting up Categories to Organize Bookmarks in Diigo

I find that Diigo is a powerful tool for me to keep track of resources I find, and also to use resources that other teachers find (click on the popular link after searching your own tags). Although this video is designed for teachers using Diigo with their students, it could also be used among a group of teachers who want to organize bookmarks with common tags.


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This quick tutorial will help you through the steps of organizing bookmarks in Diigo. Watch below or on Youtube . PD Tips courtesy of Atomic Learning


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Good Instruction Activates Prior Knowledge and Uses Authentic Assessment

This is another test share from Google Reader.


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Blogger Elena Aguilar explains the importance of activating students' prior knowledge and using authentic assessment.


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74 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

Just in time for my data management unit!


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The Interesting Ways series of resources continue to grow as the community add ideas from the classroom. Below is one of the most popular with over 70 ideas shared by teachers for using Google Forms in a range of different ways.

Make sure that you explore nearly 40 other crowdsourced resource like the one above – you can see the full series of resources on the Interesting Ways page


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Article: One Minute Physics: Challenge Your Kids to Ask Big Questions

One Minute Physics: Challenge Your Kids to Ask Big Questions

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Essential Tech Tools for NEW and Experienced Educators

What am I introducing to New Teachers as Essentials? While I focus heavily on the TPACK framework during teaching, here are a few of the TECHNOLOGY TOOLS/KNOWLEDGE that my course (s)  includes: In my current role as a Pre-Service Instructor at Brock University, I have small window of opportunity to introduce (and model) to new [...]
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An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment

An Introduction to Comprehensive Assessment: [VIDEO] Performance-based evaluation is a real-world improvement on the artificial measures of paper-and-pencil testing.

Google Digital Literacy Tour

Just testing how this works out.


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What it is:  No matter what subject(s) you teach, digital literacy is something we all need to take the responsibility to expose our students to.  iKeep Safe (one of my favorites for Internet safety with Faux Paw the Techno cat!) teamed up with Google to create a curriculum for educators to teach what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.  The outcome is wonderful, it is designed to be interactive, discussion oriented, and hands-on.  Each separate piece of curriculum (workshop) includes a pdf resource booklet for both educators and students, videos to accompany lessons, and presentations.  The three workshops available are:
  1. Detecting Lies and staying true
  2. Playing and staying safe online
  3. Steering clear of cyber tricks
How to integrate Google Digital Literacy Tour into the classroom:  Google never disappoints, and the Google Digital Literacy Tour is no exception!  These are a great discussion starters for every classroom.  I like this Digital Literacy Tour because it doesn't give a lot of drill and kill type exercises to find out if the student can tell you the "correct" answer.  Instead, it invites conversations and deeper thinking…exactly what is needed for true digital literacy!
The videos and presentations can be used throughout the year (and multiple times throughout the year) to open discussions about online behavior.  Too often educators assume that because students are adept at using technology, that means they know how to properly use that technology.  Students can understand the freedom and benefits that technology brings without knowing how to properly manage that freedom, that is what digital literacy is all about!  It is up to us to help students understand what their digital relationships represent in real life, and how their actions online can affect what they do in real life.
Use the Google Digital Literacy Tour as a conversation starter for the whole class or ask students to break into smaller groups to discuss before they share with the larger group.  If you have some added time for reflection, ask students to write about their own experiences, or reflection, on why digital literacy is important.  Every year I have taught Internet safety, I am amazed by what students tell me they have encountered online!  I am telling you now, no matter what grade you teach, your students have encountered something online that they didn't know what to do with.  Help them navigate that!

Tips: Share these resources with parents.  They often hear reports that emphasize the negative aspects of online behavior and, instead of teaching students how to properly manage their freedom, restrict it all together.  This is okay for the short term but does nothing that is beneficial for students long term!

Please leave a comment and share how you are using Google Digital Literacy Tour in  your classroom!


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