Category Archives: social media

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
Dortmund, Germany
@StefanMalter

Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer his knowledge to those who might appreciate his experience.

“When I got the chance to become a media trainer and give workshops as a second job, it felt like two worlds merging: my professional creative and productive urge on the one hand – and my purpose to teach and educate future journalists and interested citizens on the other,” Malter shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

“My students have always seen the problems in the world, but now we are concentrating on looking beyond the problem to the solution.” – Valerie Anglemyer, USA 

Valerie Anglemyer
Instructional Coach and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher
NorthWood Middle School, Wa-Nee Community Schools
Wakarusa, Indiana, USA
@valanglemyer70

 When it comes to leading school transformations, empowerment is one of the key ingredients to success. For Valerie Anglemyer, a 2014 Indiana Excellence in Education award winner and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (for the third year), empowering her students has sparked not only an appreciation for the world beyond their four walls, but also an entirely new way to learn.

Last year, Anglemyer and her co-teacher, Steve Bowser, created an inquiry-based pilot class titled Humanities — a combination of Social Studies and Language Arts — with a concentration on connecting the two subject areas.Visit the author's original post

4 Steps to make your profile pic look really professional

When I first added logos to my profile picture, I just simply did it in Preview on a mac. It was effortless. Once people saw my profile sporting my nifty badges to show off my accomplishments, everyone wanted to know how to do this and I wanted to help. Here how it’s done through Paint. Yes, lowly little Paint.
Step 1:  Open your photo in the program.

Step 2: Open your logo in another window and “Select All” and then choose “Copy.”

Step 3: Go back to your photo and “Paste” the logo.
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E-STEP: Supporting Teachers’ and Parents’ Partnerships through Social Networking Technologies

The International E-STEP conference took place in Athens on November 7th. It was hosted by the 8th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning 2015, “Innovation and Research in Open & Distance Learning and in Information Communications Technology.” 

Over the last couple of years, the E-STEP project set about helping teachers and school leaders acquire and reinforce attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to effectively enhance parental involvement in schooling and interact with parents through social networking technologies. This culminated in the development of a specialised Training Framework and supportive materials for teachers around Europe that enable them to:

  • support, engage and motivate parents to utilize social networking systems in order to collaborate with teachers.
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Uniting to Make a Difference in African Education – MIE Fellows Worldwide

Guest Post by Koen Timmers (MIE Fellow, Belgium)

During the E2 conference in Redmond (April 15), all MIE fellows were scheduled for a “Kakuma” session. The fellows were intrigued– was this a new secret tool? Or maybe a team building activity? A tour of the campus? No, it was Kirsten Panton who initiated a session which touched many of us. We had a skype call with Moses, an outreach assistant at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. This camp has been housing 179.000 refugees for over 20 years.… Visit the author's original post

How educators can get more from Twitter with Windows 10

Education is one area to have hugely benefited from the technological advances in communication seen in the last decade or so, with the rise of social media and blogging providing teachers from all around the world with a means of quickly and easily documenting their activities and ideas, and a variety of outlets and channels through which they can share their thoughts with likeminded individuals.

Twitter is a particularly popular medium, with teachers from all over the world constantly engaging in global and local discussions around education (#ukedchat being a prominent thread here in the UK), sharing examples of their work, and generally contributing to a vibrant community, with the sharing of knowledge and best practices at its heart.… Visit the author's original post

Teachers – Shaping Tomorrow(land)

This weekend we went to see Tomorrowland. As a family of Disney fans, we've been looking forward to seeing it for a while.

Image credit - disney.wikia.com
I walked away from the theater with tears in my eyes.  As far as plot, character development, special effects, etc. - the movie was good, but nothing special.  But it still took me a few minutes after the movie ended to be able to talk without getting choked up because of the message at the end of the movie.… Visit the author's original post

The Ways to Help Girls to Love Science

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In Germany the so-called “Girls’ Day” takes place once a year. The aim is to motivate especially girls and women to choose a technical or scientific career. The girls are invited for one day to go to companies where they get the opportunity to learn about jobs in engineering, science, crafts and information technology. This should help to increase the proportion of female employees in so-called “men’s jobs” and to reduce a shortages of skilled workers in the industry.

In my opinion one day per year is not nearly enough for the girls.… Visit the author's original post

The Ways to Help Girls to Love Science

Zwischenablage06

In Germany the so-called “Girls’ Day” takes place once a year. The aim is to motivate especially girls and women to choose a technical or scientific career. The girls are invited for one day to go to companies where they get the opportunity to learn about jobs in engineering, science, crafts and information technology. This should help to increase the proportion of female employees in so-called “men’s jobs” and to reduce a shortages of skilled workers in the industry.

In my opinion one day per year is not nearly enough for the girls.… Visit the author's original post

Social Media in Education

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom


                                   

  A lot of us are used into using social media just for socializing but are in the lost about how these tools can be integrated into the classroom. we know most of our students are media literate but how can their knowledge of social media be used to help their learning. Vicki Davis answers some of this in her blog post.… Visit the author's original post

Geocaching als Einstieg in eine Unterrichtssequenz – Einsatz im Chemieunterricht

Idee: Unterrichtseinstiege sollen bei Schülern Interesse und Aufmerksamkeit für das Thema und deren Neugier wecken. Häufig verknüpft der Einstieg zusätzlich das, was schon bekannt ist, mit dem, was neu erarbeitet werden soll. Der Einstieg leistet dann eine Vernetzung von Ergebnissicherung und Neuanfang. Geocaching ist eine geeignete und für Schüler attraktive Methode, um Informationen zu Orten spielerisch zu vermitteln, die Schüler zu aktivieren und motivieren.Geocachingrunde

Ziele: Der Chemieunterricht wird von vielen Schülern als trockener Unterricht mit wenig Bezug zu ihrer Lebenswelt empfunden.… Visit the author's original post

Geocaching als Einstieg in eine Unterrichtssequenz – Einsatz im Chemieunterricht

Idee: Unterrichtseinstiege sollen bei Schülern Interesse und Aufmerksamkeit für das Thema und deren Neugier wecken. Häufig verknüpft der Einstieg zusätzlich das, was schon bekannt ist, mit dem, was neu erarbeitet werden soll. Der Einstieg leistet dann eine Vernetzung von Ergebnissicherung und Neuanfang. Geocaching ist eine geeignete und für Schüler attraktive Methode, um Informationen zu Orten spielerisch zu vermitteln, die Schüler zu aktivieren und motivieren.Geocachingrunde

Ziele: Der Chemieunterricht wird von vielen Schülern als trockener Unterricht mit wenig Bezug zu ihrer Lebenswelt empfunden.… Visit the author's original post

Tasha Candela: Five Website Recommendations

by Tasha Candela
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

As part of my role as an Instructional Technology Coordinator, I share cool technology tools with staff members. With a short description and video tutorial for each tool, I help others feel empowered by the many free ways to engage our students and learn ourselves. Please consider or continue using them within your own classroom.

remindRemind / http://vimeo.com/105682045.

If you were to ask me what my favorite app is, I would answer with Remind.… Visit the author's original post

BYOD from the NYCDOE

The NYC Board of Education is lifting it's cell phone ban for all students, which is great news if it happened ten years ago. Students have had their phones with them everyday, unless there's a metal detector at the door. In that case there's a van parked across the street from the school that stores the students phones for them everyday for a fee.
My children have carried their cell phones with them. After some natural and unnatural disasters that affected my family (9/11 cut off access to my home that day, flight 587 crashed a mile away from us, and Hurricane Sandy left us homeless for a while) I believed it was important to be able to get in touch with my children in an emergency, so I ignored the rule.… Visit the author's original post