Online Sharing: Say Goodbye to the Email Attachment

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

Sharing versus sending from storify.com .

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 »

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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 »