Google Maps to the Rescue!

Google Maps LogoWe all know how invaluable Google Maps are in our daily lives, but what about in the classroom? Google Maps has far more potential then just providing directions. Using Google Maps, students can actually map out space-based information. Rather than memorizing facts about locational events and geographic dispersions, map them out! These maps can be collaborated on and shared via social media – maps are a quintessential part of Web 2.0.

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Learning Management Systems: A Look at Edmodo

Learning Management Systems (LMS) are key to setting up a web presence for your classroom. Basically, they consolidate all of your online course materials, assignments, and course outline/objectives into one place. It’s a bonus if students can interact with you and their peers on the LMS by adding content, commenting, and asking questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcasting: Radio for the 21st Century

Today, I have created a podcast about how you can use podcasts in your Web 2.0 Classroom. You can listen to it on my PodOMatic site.

As I promised in my podcast, here are some podcasting resources for your viewing and listening pleasure:

Coding the Classroom

HTML code over top of 0's and 1'sCurrently, a large part of the world is shifting towards a knowledge based economy, where technology and computer coding skills reign supreme.  Will your students be prepared to enter this new economy?  This shift is dynamic and the pace of change is unbelievably fast.  To succeed in the knowledge economy, your students need skills like coding and programming to be second nature.  So what do students do when these skills aren’t being taught in the classroom?

First of all, young people are taking learning into their own hands.  Using books and web-based resources, these kids are excelling in the production of websites, apps, and programs.  It comes easy to them, and this might scary for you, their teacher. For example, Thomas Suarez who is just reaching his early teens already has his own company and two iPhone apps for sale.

Teachers be assured, there is no need to be scared.

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Online Sharing: Say Goodbye to the Email Attachment

Online sharing reduces email trains by consolidating digital info in one place.

Sharing versus sending from .

Teachers, are you tired of sending and resending email attachments, forgetting files on your home computer, and constantly deleting large emails to make room for more? Then read on! The solution to your problems = online sharing. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright Revealed – for Teachers

Copyright definition

Copyright defined from Murphy & Company.

Copyright laws are something you, as a teacher, are probably familiar with. But, what about your students?  Students who are consumed by digital media and Internet sharing need to be aware of the laws surrounding the material they copy.  You can help your students understand copyright by talking about it anytime they might need to copy information, and by setting a good example yourself.  In this post I will help to bring you up to speed on recent changes to copyright laws so that you and your students can become one with copyright.

Development of copyright laws has historically depended on information of the analog world, where print was usually the only means for sharing knowledge.  Copying print materials can be difficult, time consuming and expensive.  Usually it results in decreased quality from the original work.  During these times it was difficult to copy others work.  Someone would probably notice you trying to photocopy an entire book.  So it made sense to buy the original copy.

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Digital Footprint: A Privacy Discussion

Social media icons inside the outline of a foot.

Your “digital footprint” from Career Rocketeer.

An important part of any educational curriculum in the digital age is the discussion of privacy, or lack thereof.  The concept of a digital footprint is critical to discuss with students, especially if you plan to incorporate social media into your lessons.

Whenever I think about privacy and the Internet, the statement used by police comes into my head: “Everything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”  For our purposes this phrase might be changed to something more like “everything you say can be used against you by anyone using the Internet.”

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Networking the Digital Classroom

Web 2.0 Learning Networks

Web 2.0 Learning Networks from Learning on the Job.

In the 21st century classroom students are linked together not only in the material world, but also in the digital world.  They are probably members of a number of social networking sites, connecting them to a large and varied social group.  Teachers are also developing online identities, with accounts on websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Since these online social networks are often used on a daily basis they can be a great platform for learning and sharing ideas.

Students are often discouraged from interacting with social media during class time.  However, if used smartly the networks formed with social media can facilitate learning, both in formal and informal education environments. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter Tips for Teachers

Twitter iconTwitter, the popular social networking site, is becoming an increasingly important tool for the school system and educators.  Why, you might ask?  Isn’t Twitter something only young tech savvy people use to communicate with their friends or to follow celebrities?  If you find yourself agreeing with this statement, let me show five ways Twitter can be used to help your school enter the world of Web 2.0.

First off, if you are completely new to the “Twitterverse,” 140 characters or less, hashtags, tweets and retweets, fear not!  Twitter is one of the most simple social media tools available.  This video from Common Craft will give you the gist of what Twitter is all about.  Then take the Twitter Tour, create a Twitter account and you’ll be hashtagging and tweeting in no time.

Now, if you’re already a novice or seasoned Twitter user here are five creative ways Twitter can be used for teaching:
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