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Anne Bubnic

First-graders use Facebook as a learning tool - 5 views

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    Erin Schoening's first grade class at Gunn Elementary School [Iowa] is one of the first in the Council Bluffs Community School District, if not the nation, to use Facebook as a teaching tool, recapping lessons and "synthesizing concepts" while using the social media site to provide updates for their parents and others.
Anne Bubnic

FINAL REPORT | DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH - 1 views

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    "Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Anne Bubnic

November to educators: Let students use online social tools - 3 views

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    Blocking access to these tools in classrooms discourages student-centered learning, leading education technology consultant says
Anne Bubnic

A Teachers Guide Video Conferencing - 0 views

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    Video Conferencing is one tool that can be used to extend and enhance the impact on\n\n * Curriculum Content and delivery\n * The Professional Development of school staff\n * The quality of leadership within schools\n\nVideo Conferencing enables learners to do things that are hard or impossible to do by other means.\n\n * Collaborate easily and regularly\n * Be in more than one place at once\n * Link directly to places and resources\n
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Kids cheating with tech but are schools cheating kids? - 0 views

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    The results of a survey showing that 35 percent of middle school and high school students with cell phones have used them to cheat at school is indeed alarming. And perhaps more alarming is the finding that nearly a quarter of the students don't even think it's cheating. Cheating is cheating regardless of whether you use technology or old-fashioned paper notes. I'm appalled that kids may be using technology to cheat in school, but I'm just as appalled at how schools are cheating kids when it comes to technology.
Anne Bubnic

Gender Gap in Perception of Computer Science - 0 views

  • Most college-bound males, regardless of race/ethnicity, have a positive opinion of computing and computer science as a career or a possible major. College-bound females are significantly less interested than boys are in computing; girls associate computing with typing, math, and boredom. College-bound African American and Hispanic teens, regardless of gender, are more likely than their white peers to be interested in computing, although for girls the overall interest is extremely low. Teens interested in studying computer science associate computing with words like "video games," "design," "electronics," "solving problems," and "interesting." The strongest positive driver towards computer science or an openness to a career in computing is "having the power to create and discover new things.
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    "New Image for Computing" recently released a report in their first wave to understand the image of computing among youth. Funded by WGBH and ACM, this report examines both race/ethnicity and sex-based differences in perceptions of computing. What they found was that there is little race/ethnicity-based differences in how youth perceive CS but there are HUGE gender based differences in perception.
Anne Bubnic

Joe's Non-Netbook [Video] - 0 views

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    Book limitations - through the eyes of digital youth. Posted by Chris Lehman and the Science Leadership Academy.
Anne Bubnic

My Pop Studio - 0 views

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    My Pop Studio is a creative play experience that strengthens critical thinking skills about television, music, magazines and online media directed at girls. Users select from four behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn more about mass media: My Pop Studio strengthens media literacy skills, promotes positive youth development, and increases knowledge about health issues. Highly interactive creative play activities are used to create an online community that guides users through the process of deconstructing, analyzing and creating media. Video segments, flash animation, media deconstruction games and quizzes, and moderated blogs make the website lively, fun and educational. My Pop Studio was created by a team of researchers and media professionals at the Media Education Lab, located at Temple University's School of Communication.
Anne Bubnic

Your Brain on Google [Video] - 0 views

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    Neuroscientist, Gary Small, tells CBS News' Daniel Sieberg how technology may be making us smarter.
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Are Kids Different Because of Digital Media? - 0 views

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    We use this video frequently as an introduction at teacher trainings. The MacArthur Foundation is exploring how technology is changing kids and learning, committing $50 million to this initiative.
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    It will be most interesting to see whether the next generation of kids brought up by the Digital Generation will be any different.
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Tips and Tricks for Wikis in the Classroom - 0 views

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    Fourteen tips for teachers. Includes a downloadable parent letter and permission form
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Saywire : Social Learning Networks for Schools - 0 views

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    One of the challenges now facing educators is how to get today's technology-charged student reinvigorated in the learning process. Increasingly, teachers are introducing their students to the exciting possibilities of collaborating online. Increasingly, teachers are introducing their students to the exciting possibilities of collaborating online. Saywire is another commercial solution to the problem of providing a safe, protected environment in the schools.
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ConnectYard - Social Networking for 21st Century Learners - 0 views

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    A commericial solution to social networking in the classroom. ConnectYard enables schools to leverage popular social media for teaching students where they live and socialize, online. The platform offers K-12 schools their own private learning communities with controlled access that are integrated with popular social networks like Facebook, which serves to make course work more social and collaborative by keeping students involved and engaged both in and outside of the classroom. Only users approved by the school are permitted to join the community and interact with other users. This eliminates a primary concern of both parents and administrators.\n\nConnectYard also provides teachers with the ability to audit student groups, walls, etc. This serves to ensure that both the interactions and information being shared are appropriate, which helps to guard against cyber bullying or posting of copyrighted materials. Thus fostering safe and secure learning communities, or Yards, that improve the student educational experience and chances for success.
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Child-friendly social networking tools - 0 views

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    Privacy and security concerns are among the many barriers holding back the use of social networking tools in schools, new research suggests--but a number of child-friendly applications have emerged.
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    Anne - has anyone compiled a general list of CFSNT?
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    Anne - has anyone compiled a general list of CFSNT?
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Yes, social networking can be kid-friendly - 0 views

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    Many administrators, teachers, and parents simply associate MySpace and FaceBook with the term social networking, possibly adding Twitter to the mix and generally writing off the technology as an unsafe liability. However, we all need to expand our view of what social networking can be. Kid-friendly social media also doesn't need to mean Club Penguin and Webkins.
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ALA: Spend stimulus funds on school libraries - 0 views

  • Removing a school library media specialist, who is an expert [at helping students acquire 21st-century information skills], from a library becomes a disadvantage for the students in that school," she said.
  • he American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains funding for educators to implement innovative strategies in Title I schools that improve education for at-risk students and close the achievement gap. The funding is flexible and, for the most part, the control rests in the hands of local and state superintendents--and spending some of it on school libraries would be a wise investment, ALA asserts.
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    As school leaders prepare to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, the American Library Association (ALA) is lobbying to have some of those dollars used to keep school libraries up to date during hard economic times.
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ISTE - No Future Left Behind [Video] - 0 views

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    Excellent video from Peggy Sheehy of SECOND LIFE fame. \n\nWhen kids at the Suffern Middle School were asked to talk about education and their future, they gave Peggy Sheehy, the SMS media specialist, an earful. Listen and learn the bits of wisdom that can be gleaned from the students, if we only dare to ask them
Anne Bubnic

BrainCe!!s [Interactive Game] - 1 views

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    Produced in Canada, this new interactive program targets middle school students. Designed for school usage, it explores the social and ethical challenges of the cell phone era. In some locations, it is used as part of the DARE program. The story is set in the fictitious BRAINCELLS HIGH, which is in turmoil. After students begin carrying cell phones, a group of older boys start to steal phones from the younger students. Eddie is the leader of the gang and he forces a younger computer geek named Oliver to hack into the school computer and "adjust" his grades. The venture creates an uneasy bond between the two teenagers. Oliver uses his cell phone to commit the crime for Eddie and Eddie eases Oliver into the inner circle of teens at the high school. Finally, Oliver has to make a decision. Will he go to the police? The story is told through quizzes, animations, activities and games.
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World Book Tutorial: How To Do Research - 0 views

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    World Book Student's "How to Do Research" feature provides tutorials and exercises for students and educators on 21st century information literacy skills.
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Get Cell Phones into Schools - 0 views

  • Recently, the call for teaching 21st century skills and content in K-12 has gained considerable momentum and acceptance. Problem-solving, communication, and teamwork are examples of 21st century skills; a deep, integrated model of key science processes, for example, is 21st century content. To learn such 21st century content and skills, students must use 21st century information and communication technology.
  • Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops," schools were spending their budgets on computer maintenance and had little left over to purchase educationally specific software and training to help teachers integrate the laptops into their existing curriculum. Generally speaking, the computers devolved into glorified typewriters and interfaces to Google.
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    It's no surprise that Elliot Soloway would be behind this idea, given his passionate interest in Palm handhelds as educational devices for the past decade.
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