A Visual Guide To Teaching Students Digital Citizenship Skills – Edudemic

I love the internet. I have been working on this mythical Digital Citizenship toolkit that I hope will essentially give you the tools to do what the following info graphic outlines- how to make a 1:1 correspondence between the curriculum and digital citizenship skills. I love that creator also included Health and wellness (posture when typing, etc.):



Here is a couple of screenshots of my beta site, just to whet your whistle:

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This will be my last post for a while, but hopefully you will see this involve when I get back in August. Have a great summer everybody!


While looking for a better way to start teaching students digital citizenship skills, one teacher decided to make a visual guide herself – and share it!

Source: www.edudemic.com

A Powerful Way To Use Music (And iPads) In The Classroom – Edudemic

Wow- what a cool project. Just a little inspiration for your penultimate day of work!

A few years back (Wow! We can’t believe Edudemic has even been around that long!) we wrote about an awesome video that was recorded by a classroom of students and their iPads. The song was such a huge success that it went up for sale on iTunes! Considering that when I was a kid, music …

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Considering Minecraft for Your Classroom? 12 Outstanding Resources to help you make your decision

Minecraft has been on my radar for a while now as an intriguing tool. My understanding is that the students (or gamers- it is a very popular game in itself) must build their own worlds, which leads to a lot of educational possibilities, especially for history. There are a bunch of examples of students building Coliseums and other wonders of the world as part of their history class. One could beef up those interminable lectures on New France by getting them to construct old Quebec, or the first settlement in Montreal. Or they could get more specific and design what an old fur trader’s cabin would have looked like. I think the possibilities would be endless.

If you are interested, mauilibrarian2 in Olinda  has a good article with a lot of resrouces related to Minecraft.


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Blogging as a Curation Platform

Though I do sometimes add my original content, collecting articles I think would be interesting to our community is a big part of how I use my blog. I always try to add a comment or an opinion, perhaps another way to use what is being discussed in the article. Sometimes, I will even go further and check out the apps mentioned for myself and make my own review.

I think this kind of curation would be an excellent project for an ERC or history class- a student is given (or chooses) a current issue , then finds articles discussing this issue. The student has to read the article, make her own comments and give her own opinions. It would be a great way to introduce students to reading something other than their friends’ Facebook or instagram feeds!

As always, Langwitches gives a comprehensive guide on the Dos and Don’ts of using your blog as a curation tool.

I have written about curation before using Twitter as a Curation Tool and about the importance of helping our Students Becoming Curators of Information.  Sue Waters also just published a very compr…

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9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning

The closing ceremonies were yesterday and there is only one week left of work before we head off on our summer adventures. Why notkill two birds with one stone and blend your travels with learning some new iPad tricks?

Check out the great ideas on how you can take your vacation photos and make some interesting multimedia presentations!

Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on …

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Adobe’s iPad Stylus and Ruler Bring Digital Design to the Physical World | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Hmmmm. This is interesting, especially for the math teachers. But at $200 bucks a pop, I think we are going to have to wait for a cheaper model…

Longtime a maker of creative software, Adobe has finally ventured into the realm of the physical with a new stylus and straightedge ruler.

Source: www.wired.com

Considerations For Teaching Students About Browsers And The Web – Edudemic

This article makes a very good point. In our family, we always joke about the magical inter web- (“Go check on the Google!”) but how many of us actually understand the way it works?  I wonder if our students have an idea or if they think the internet is powered by an army of little elves who have been kicked out of the cobbler industry and had to be retrained for the new knowledge economy- I know that’s the explanation I am leaning toward…

Teaching students about the internet can be bit confusing.  Teachers often shy away from teaching core technology concepts because of this perceived complexity.  Without a game plan and the proper visuals it can be very tricky to explain an abstract system like a computer network. The word “internet” should paint a picture in your head …

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5 Important Things To Teach Students About The Brain – Edudemic

Numbers #1, 4, and 5 are especially relevant for our students during exam time!

We’re all used to the term ‘21st century’ popping up in education articles, social media, and even in school staff rooms. It’s become normal to refer to yourself as a 21st century teacher, teaching in a 21st century classroom, using 21st century teaching methods that are centered on your 21st century students. While this popular …

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iOS8: Some Interesting New Features

Hmmm. There looks like there will be some interesting features in the new iOS8 which will be released later this year…I am especially interested in the ability to annotate your photo directly from the mail app. Also wifi calling to any device (not just an apple one).

Check out the article below- and I also recommend you click on the related articles. Some interesting stuff coming up!

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Apple filled in the gaps with its newly announced iOS 8, generously borrowing from other apps and leaving their continued success a question.

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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then…

This is an excellent resource that gives you a clear and concise guide to how to approach using content found on the web. As always Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano from the Langwitches blog serves up a thoughtful, well-designed resource – I am definitely adding this to the copyright section of my Digital Citizenship Toolkit!

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It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No…

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