May 5th-May 9th

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  I hope you went easy though since Tuesday is a workday for most.  The week has already started with some stellar finds:

This site links Blooms Taxonomy with with iPad apps.

This awesome chart illustrates how student learning can be transformed with technology.  Remember that the transformative state is the one we aspire to when using technology in the classroom.

Ever wonder what people are doing on the internet?  I love this infographic that tells us what happens every single minute on the internet.

Creative Commons has undergone some license changes.  Read about them here.

Are you hashtag literate?  If not check this out!

This infographic does a great job explaining the impact of mobile learning.

My students are busy working on their Canadian Inquiry project using the Pecha Kucha format (20×20) mentioned in a previous blog.  I tried this last quarter and was pleased with the outcomes.  Last week they submitted their skits on “Canadianisms”.  Many of them used GoAnimate.  Be wary though, unpaid accounts are limited to 30 seconds.  I have mentioned similar sites in previous blogs that may be less restrictive.

I learned about Tunescoop this weekend from a colleague.  It is a great free website for hosting audio files.  We used it to embed a student podcast on a website that required an external audio server.  Many thanks Tamzen!

Here is another great example that pairs technological integration with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

This page demonstrates new features of Google Docs for image handling.

This blog offers some support in creating a BYOD classroom.  The suggestions are quite practical and easy to understand.

I had an interesting real-world indicator of the importance of continuing to support teachers in understanding the importance of digital literacies.  I was working at the Literacy for Life Conference banquet as the social media coordinator.  Despite the fact that we heavily promoted the use of social media, there was minimal traffic.  Some might argue it was because the speakers were so engaging (They were.  Sally Armstrong was phenomenal!), but I think it had more to do with the group demographic and their connection to social media.  This just strengthens my resolve to continue this work!

Google just announced its Classroom web app.  You can apply for a free preview.

I primarily follow Edutopia on Twitter but that do have a website with some useful tidbits.

I read this blog on the definition of digital literacy.  I thought it was share-worthy.

This was also a neat piece on the 5 TedTalks teachers should watch with students.

Again from the Twitterverse, this is 7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter.  I really liked this one because it offered some practical advice as well as more philosophical.  I am always trying to engage students to engage social media as an agent of change and this site gives them some simple tips to start with.  Even if you didn’t want to use it as a lesson, you could put the poster up and let students have a chance to see it.

If you find yourself adrift in the world of online and texting acronyms, this chart will help you out.  Also, this might be a launch point for teaching students how and when to abbreviate.  Perhaps you could even create class-specific acronyms!

Digital citizenship has been a hot topic this week.  This site offers a wealth of resources for teaching it.

For those who love their Google apps, Doctopus offers comprehensive student project management.

Well, that’s it for this week.  Thank you for being my technology tourists.  If I can help you or your students navigate the technology terrain, don’t hesitate to ask!


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