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 »
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.”
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, 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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