Fair Use for the Visual Arts

With all our recent talk about best practices in attributing images in our visual presentations, this publication from the College Art Association is especially prescient, especially this section on teaching art.

The Center for Social Media showcases and analyzes media for public knowledge and action—media made by, for, and with publics to address the problems that they share. We pay particular attention to the evolution of documentary film and video in a digital era. With research, public events, and convenings, we explore the fast-changing environment for public media.

Source: cmsimpact.org

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rAPPido Review: DKFindout.com

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.17.37 AMAt the conference I attended, I dropped by The DK (Dorling Kindersley) booth to check out what’s new (Ok, Ok. They were giving away free bags. So sue me.)

I was checking out this flyer for their website, which looked chock full of information. When I enquired as to the subscription price, they told me it was free!!!

It is a regular website, but gives you that particular DK sense of design as well as a world of information. Though it is geared towards the younger crowd, there are still a lot of crossovers into our curriculum:

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I quickly checked out the Science tab and searched for “Cell” which I know the Grade 7s study:

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If you click on the image, it will take you to the site, where you will see that the black dots give you more info when you click on them:

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As a teacher, you can also sign in with your Google account and create lesson plans within the site:

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.27.00 AMIt works great on the iPad, the design is simple and elegant, and is especially relevant to the Grade 7 and 8 curriculum. Check it out!

The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic

I am always on my children to get up and move around while they are studying.I have also been known to use an app that reminds me to take a break by shutting down my computer for five minutes.

Here are 5 apps your students might find helpful. The only two apps ]that you get on the app store are Sworkit: There is a lite version, but the Pro version is only $2.29. It provides you wilt a variety of work out from yoga, to cardio when you  don’t have time to go to the gym. And Vocabology: Also $2.29. Helps build vocabulary (it actually looks like a lot of fun…)

Study Buddy and StudyRoom are web-based, but work on the iPad. The former is a free tutoring service fro math and science. The latter is a place where study groups can get organized.

The only one that doesn’t work on the iPad is the open source, SelfControl, which you can program to block certain sites or mail serves for a certain period of time while you try to concentrate!

Check out the article though- it gives a way better summary than I just did.

It’s not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram & Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Digital Bytes | Common Sense Media

Hmmm. This is worth a closer look. I know that Commen Sense media has some amazing lesson plans for within the class. It looks like these offerings are more student-led (air at least students can access and do them on their own) and shorter. It might be another tool to keep the Digital Citizenship conversation on line.

Also, I learned a new word: slacktivist. I think you can guess what that means (online petition signing, anyone?)

Here is a quick video tutorial:

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Source: www.commonsensemedia.org

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‘We want to talk about sex’: Grade 8 girls push for Ontario sex-ed reforms to include the concept of consent

This caught my eye last week as I have been thinking about how to balance the need to keep our daughters safe online with the need for them to be able to have a voice online. This shouldn’t be a problem, right? The internet has the potential for being a democratic, inclusive space. And yet…As the events of the last year have shown  (Gamergate, the Dalhousie debacle, and the list goes on…) there is an increasing need to educate our youth about consent. The fact that this push is coming from two teenagers is akin to being bashed on the head with a mallet. here is just a small excerpt of the journalist’s interview with the two teens:

Kathleen Wynne used the words “interpersonal ability and intelligence.” What does that mean?

Valente: It’s learning how to read people, which is important. People think it’s common sense but you can’t necessarily tell if someone is completely comfortable. They should talk about it in schools: facial expressions and what they mean connected to emotions. And body language: What it means when someone’s shoulders are stiff when you’re hugging them. It’s about developing good relationships.

I have shivers. Oh, and a renewed hope for the fate of humanity…

As Ontario plans an update of its outdated sexual-education curriculum, a pair of 13-year-olds want to make sure their lessons will include the concept of consent

Source: www.theglobeandmail.com

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iPad Challenge: Text to Speech follow-up

IN honour of our amazing students who came to show our Staff how they use various text to speech apps on their iPads, here is the revised post on how to turn on the built-in text to speech option on the iPad. Although I wrote this tutorial last year, it has changed slightly with iOS8.


Sec. I student teaching the teachers on how she uses WordQ and Prizmo.

Go to settings –> Accessibility

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Tap on Speech:

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Turn on Speak selection. This means that when you are in most apps as well as online you will be able to select text and have it read to you. One of the students in our presentation listened to a whole book in iBooks using this device.

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Highlight text: Another student highlighted the Highlight feature (see what I did there?). She finds this especially useful when reading texts for science or History.

The Speak screen function is new. It allows you to have a whole page read instantly:

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We discovered during this morning’s session that the text to speech also works on texts uploaded to the portal. However, it didn’t work on a PDF in explain Everything.

The Most Effective Way to Take Notes in Class | Edudemic

I am not sure how many teachers talk about note-taking strategies in their class – I know I talk about different methods when giving sessions on plagiarism and how to avoid it.

This article provides some great pointers to share with your students on how to take notes in class. Personally, I  am a total “dynamic Outline” kind of gal!

Also, we have talked about the pros and cons of typing rather than writing notes. For some, effective note-taking takes place on paper, for others they prefer to type. Either way, it doesn’t make our technology less useful or the paper and pencil people luddites. There’s room for all kinds!

Check it out!

Source: www.edudemic.com

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