The Big Disconnect

This article was posted in the last NAIS newsletter we received and I thought it was worth re-sharing. It explores the contradictions between the values we strive to instil in our students at school and the norms that rule the online world. Steiner-Adair also mentions the stress that living in this dual world can cause our students as well as some solutions for moving forward:

As learning becomes more screen-based, and students connect and learn together outside of regular school hours, it’s essential to balance increased tech use with stronger programs in social-emotional learning and other steps to help students manage their dual lives in their bicultural online/offline school community. Schools can reboot advisory systems, core curriculum, faculty training, and parent education. Schools should regularly assess with all constituents how tech integration is going, looking particularly to see if technology is undermining school culture, and, if so, find ways to strengthen school spirit. There is nothing here that we, as educators, can’t do and can’t help with. The most dangerous thing is to be in denial.

I am in total agreement.

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.


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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

This is very intriguing! I don’t have enough time to review this today, but I will definitely find the time next week… In case you are interested in checking it out, it is available in the “iPhone only” section of the app store and the costs is $1.19.

Just to give you a taste:

“Study Habits distinguishes itself as the only student-planner app that integrates motivational and learning strategies to teach healthier study habits.”


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rAPPido review: Survey Monkey

I find myself in this new year with the need for a good survey tool. As part of our Technovation Challenge, our team needs to survey our intended users for our app. I am also thinking of surveying the Grades 7-9 to get a better idea of how they are using the iPad (this will be a lot heftier than our Technovation user survey).

I was pleased to see that Surveymonkey now has an app.

Price: free

Pro version: 25.99 USD per month

Yeah. I think I will stick with the free version…

You can log in to your Surveymonkey account with a new username or password, or you can sign in with your google account.  You can also create your surveys on the iPad or on your laptop. I looked at both interfaces and found that the main difference was that there were more explanations about what each button does on the desktop version. This would have been useful on the iPad version though as some of the labels were not clear.

For example, I thought the “Text” option was going to allow me to ask a question where the respondent can answer with text.

Nope. It meant exactly what it said: it was a box of text to describe your survey:


For the first few questions, I used the Matrix/Rating scale option:

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(the screenshot above is from the desktop version. The ones below are form my iPad).

It took me a while to get my head around how this works, but I finally figured out that I only needed one row:


And 3 columns:


However, I could have done a scale here and simply numbered the columns. This is how it looks:

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I also used the drop down menu option:

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Here are some of the options available:

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And sharing options:


Hmmm. This is good to know. As the pro version is out of my price range, this might not be the best option for a survey for the whole school.


Still, besides the lack of information describing what each question option does on the iPad version, and the limit of respondents, I was impressed by how easy it was to create a user-friendly, nicely designed survey. I am thinking of having the team go from person to person to collect responses, so the “Multiple responses per device” option is also very useful. Surveymonkey would be a good option for class activities.

Image Attribution Workshop

I have uploaded the powerpoint from today’s presentation about Image attribution for reference purposes.

However, I did just want to mention the lovely new feature (ok, new for me) from wikimedia commons (thanks Mel for showing this to us!)

From desktop:

I searched for Uffizi gallery wikimedia commons on google images:

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I clicked on the image and chose “visit page”:

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It took me to the wikipedia article. I clicked on the image:

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Here you get all the information you need for a nice image attribution: the title, author, source and license.

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However, you can also click on the download icon and it will give you a full attribution to copy and paste! (this is going to be large as it includes the full URL. You can probably hyperlink this in a presentation).

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Very cool. I also tried it on the iPad – though it still is handy, it does not give you the download option:


When you click on the “Details” icon, it takes you to the image on wikimedia commons with the full set of metadata. However, the above attribution (including the URL linking to wikimedia) is all you need!


And here is the powerpoint:

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Innovation Design In Education – ASIDE: The 5 Best Interactive Infographics For 2015

I was blown away by some of these info graphics, especially the “Kids aren’t alright” infographic that lets you click on a certain topic and see the statistics for the world. Use these info graphics in the classroom or better yet- use one of the following tools with your student and make your own!

Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher’s toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE’s goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.


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