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John Evans

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | Pew Research Center's Internet & Ameri... - 1 views

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    "24% of teens go online "almost constantly," facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.

    Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily - including 24% who say they go online "almost constantly," according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens - defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 - go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often."
John Evans

Books that Grow for Leveled Online Classroom Libraries | Class Tech Tips - 1 views

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    "If you're familiar with multi-level books, you'll want to check out Books That Grow. Books That Grow is a free digital reading platform with a library of books that range from myths and folktales, to primary source documents and informational texts. Whether you want to teach the Greek myth "Arachne" or Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Books That Grow has you covered."
John Evans

Online Safety: A Teacher's Guide to Dealing with Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Student Pr... - 5 views

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    "Social media and text messages have blurred the lines between students' school lives and private lives. While most schools take clear steps to protect students at school, more schools are beginning to consider the need to set policies that apply to students' activities outside of school.

    When it comes to questionable online activities like cyberbullying and sexting, kids sometimes feel pressured to follow the crowd. Teachers can play a crucial role in setting high expectations for online behavior. Schools can open conversations about online safety so that students learn to set personal boundaries and feel more comfortable reporting incidents like bullying and harassment."
John Evans

'Online bullying of teachers has doubled,' survey says - Telegraph - 2 views

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    "Online abuse directed at teachers by parents has doubled in the last year due to an increase in the use of social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram.
    In the last year, 40 per cent of teachers said they had been the victims of cyber bullying by parents, compared to 21 per cent a year earlier, a new survey has found.
    Threats made by parents also rose by 8 per cent from 2014.
    The increase coincides with the growing popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, with abuse on both rising 5 per cent from a year earlier.
    Most remarks are either abusive, sexist, racist or homophobic and are made in relation to a teacher's looks, competence or sexual orientation."
John Evans

Storybird: The Ultimate Online Storytelling Tool - 2 views

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    "A great story teller can transport you to another world. They immerse you in the detail where you can see, smell and hear the narrative they are weaving. Great digital storytelling should be just as engaging and immersive, and tools like Storybird can really help students make this happen. A simple and intuitive writing interface partnered with gorgeously free illustrations, Storybird is one of the most popular tools for digital storytelling in schools around the globe."
John Evans

Educational Technology Guy: Permission Click - making permission slips online and easie... - 3 views

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    "Permission Click is a new, free, online resource that allows teachers to create and send digital permission slips directly to a parent's email instead of using paper permission slips for trips and events. Parents give approval through the cloud-based app, and can even send payment if needed"
John Evans

5 Essential Tools for Protecting Student Privacy Online - 4 views

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    "Protecting student privacy and making sure online environments are safe and secure is a very big deal. We have digital landscapes that are constantly evolving and students who are more and more confident exploring online without instruction or supervision. The below five tools are not just a starting point to help your students manage and maintain their online privacy, they should be the beginning of an ongoing discussion detailing the importance, consequences and risks associated with online privacy and security."
John Evans

Guide to Student-to-Student Teaching With Online Video | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "You may already be using video to support your lessons, but have you considered encouraging your students to create them? Student-to-student videos enhance student understanding of a subject as well as student creativity and critical thinking skills. In a recent KQED MindShift article, Katrina Schwartz lauds peer-created videos for their ability to reach struggling students in ways that you as a teacher cannot. No longer are videos a distraction or a tool used only by teachers; videos can create a richer learning experience."
John Evans

Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) | mattBgomez - 0 views

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    "Here is another 50 readers from Unite For Literacy (find the first 50 here)

    They work on the iPad, read to the kids, and are available in various languages."
John Evans

BBC News - Free online textbooks from top private school - 2 views

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    "A leading private school, with some of the best results in England, is publishing digital textbooks which are available to download free online.

    The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge is publishing 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology.

    They are being made available on Apple's iBooks online store to use on iPad tablet computers."
John Evans

Make Colaborative Class Discussion Meaningful with TodaysMeet - 2 views

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    "Collaborative discussion is an extremely valuable exercise for students to share, challenge and debate their opinions and ideas with their peers. As a facilitator to this discussion the teacher's role is often to guide, focus and document the class conversation to ensure the discussion is shared evenly among students and that the whole class is gaining from the experience. TodaysMeet is a valuable free tool that can be used to add a meaningful backchannel to this conversation, providing opportunities to share thoughts in a live forum and gain immediate class feedback."
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