8 Tools that Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic

Here are some great tools for creating citations – some you have already heard about it (Easybib, Bibme) and some you might not have heard of yet.

For instance, I tried one called CiteFast which according to the annotation in the article below is good for students who are new to citations. I cited the article:

Lepi, Kate. “8 Tools That Make Citations a Breeze | Edudemic.” Edudemic – Education Technology Tips For Students And Teachers. N.p., 5 Mar. 2015. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.

It was pretty easy – the only thing I had to add manually was the author and the revised date (this was an older article that had recently been revised).

Check it out!

The Internet offers an abundance of online citation tools, from the extremely easy to use, to ones that require more research on the part of the user.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Teen charged after using teacher’s admin password to access school computer

This is a cautionary tale:  a good reminder to be careful with our passwords and our computers. I think we forget that there is sensitive information on our computers – we leave our screens for a second with a confidential email open and anyone can see it.

He’s been charged with trespassing on his school’s computer system after snooping away an administrative password and swapping a teacher’s desktop wallpaper with an image of two men kissing.

Source: nakedsecurity.sophos.com

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The NFB’s Seven Digital deadly Sins

How come I never knew about this? The NFB did a series called The Seven Digital Deadly Sins. I was expecting the usual fare of young people talking about their experiences online (which is totally valid, mind you). What I got was Gary Shteyngart talking about how he is now 87% digital content and relegates his social media to his Dachsund, or Josie Long talking about how she has given up having boyfriend for Twitter.

It is a beautifully designed website with interactive quizzes, articles and hilarious, darkly funny (and wonderfully brief- all of them last for about 2:25 minutes) videos about our digital sinning. Check it out!

Source: sins.nfb.ca

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Email Etiquette Tips for Students – Some for Teachers Too

The article below contains a friendly and fun info video about email etiquette for students. Almost more interesting though is the presentation software they used, powtoon. A cursory look does not reveal any iOS platforms however, but perhaps it works online on the iPad? Yes! Stay tuned for a more in depth review of Powtoon!

Source: www.freetech4teachers.com

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In Honour of Career Day: Only Those Who Dare – Motivating Kids To Think Like Entrepreneurs

I love this idea. More and more I am interested in incorporating futurist (as in envisioning a better future) into the thinking of our students.  Even in our own adult thinking- we so often get bogged down with everything that is wrong with our world instead of trying to imagine/invent/design models/prototypes/systems to better them.From something as simple as the no-spill cup for Parkinson’s patients illustrated in the article, as designing a more inclusive, less misogynist society, thinking outside the proverbial box is as important as ever.

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.

Source: theasideblog.blogspot.ca

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How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace | Edudemic

This article comes right on the heels of a meeting I just had with a certain science teacher, who is very interested in incorporating Makerspace ideas into her classroom. She is also going to attend a conference in June with a huge Makerspace component.

I have also been trying to think of how I add some Make components to my library. The tools would all have to be things that weren’t too messy and easily put away, but I think that could  include many things, from knitting needles and yarn to a button maker to circuit bits and robotics materials.

We are also thinking of having an extra-curricular Makerspace series, where each month would be a different theme. We would like to include a very practical aspect to it as well – workshops on how to change a bike tire, or cook a meal – skills our students may not be learning in this fast-paced world.

Of course, many courses already include hands-on activities (I am thinking art class especially, but also science). I think where the Makerspace mission differs a little is the idea of having the tools on hand so that people can use them on their own time for their own, self-guided project (necessarily as their is only so much self-guidance that can happen in a school environment). Makerspace is above all about people. You need to have someone who knows how to use the power tool, how to change a bicycle tire tube, how to use a 3D printer. It is about people helping people learn and ultimately giving back to our community. Perfect for a school!

The article below gives some ideas of projects that could be used in the classroom. They range from low budget and low tech to lessons using a#D printers (higher end of the budget).

There is magic found in rolling up your sleeves & tackling a project, a sense of empowerment that results from solving problems and manifesting big ideas.

Source: www.edudemic.com

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Privacy Pitfalls as Education Apps Spread Haphazardly

Those apps that we download, get our students to sign up for and use – how much do we know about their security? About how they use the student data?The article below highlights an issue  we have not thought about before as we try to keep up with the massive potential as well as challenges that integrating technology in a mindful way poses.

When reading about the big school boards in the U.S. (who actually have someone called the Chief Technology Officer for the districts) and how they are trying to get a handle on teachers using un-vetted apps in the classroom (as the app companies are marketing directly to the teachers, often offering their product for free at the beginning), it occurs to me that the challenge will be how to foster an atmosphere of open, spontaneous exploration while still keeping student privacy and safety in the foreground. I can see how a top-heavy vetting process could get cumbersome and be a deterrent for teachers who are already reticent to use the technology.

Or perhaps we could demand the onus of privacy and safety be put squarely on the educational software companies- perhaps they cannot call themselves an educational app without meeting certain criteria in the realm of data security?

Any ideas? This will definitely go on the agenda of our next IT meeting.

Apps and other software can put powerful teaching tools at teachers’ fingertips, but concerns abound over data security, effectiveness and marketing.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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Teachers, Meet Lesson Flows

Hmm. This is worth more investigation… Has anyone used Lesson Flows? It might provide a nice framework for those who feel hesitant about integrating the iPad in their existing lesson plans… Let me know if you try it!

Lesson Flows provide a customizable framework that redefines the traditional lesson plan by integrating digital learning tools and content with pedagogical intent.

Source: www.graphite.org

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Tickle: Learn to Program Drones, Smart Toys, Robotics, and Smart Homes

I saw this app right after getting out of a meeting about a potential Maker Space in our school. I have been thinking about getting a Sphero for the library- now I have the app that will help program it!  You can also program a parrot minidrone, Philips Hue (which apparently is personal wireless lighting- who knew?) or make your own video game.

Source: tickleapp.com

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The Adjustable Standing desk is now in the Library!!!

Remember this?

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Well, fresh out of the Hydro Quebec Montreal Regional Science Fair where its inventor won the McGill mechanical Engineering Prize, is the amazing, the fabulous cranky Desk! (I know, I know. Proud parent much?)


Bonus: it gives me a ledge for my notepad and my iPad and my water bottle and my…


I think I’m going to love it!