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Dean Mantz

Virginia using iPads to teach social studies | Business News | eSchoolNews.com - 10 views

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    K-12 education's early steps in movement to an all digital curriculum. Students in 4th, 7th, and 9th grade social studies will be on an iPad.
Dean Mantz

changED: TEDTalks for Social Studies Educators - 12 views

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    Collection of TED talks for social studies teachers.
Jennifer Dorman

New Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development - MacArthur Foundation - 0 views

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    Key points: -There is a generation gap in how youth and adults view the value of online activity. -Youth are navigating complex social and technical worlds by participating online. -Young people are motivated to learn from their peers online. (this is a key finding in the study and very relevant to educators) -Most youth are not taking full advantage of the learning opportunities of the Internet. (another finding that could impact the way teachers engage students in online learning) "The research demonstrates that, although many young people are developing a broad range of sophisticated new literacy and technical skills, they are also facing new challenges in how to manage their visibility and social relationships online."
RJ Stangherlin

What can a map tell us? | U Tech Tips - 1 views

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    Over the past two weeks I've been working with our 3rd grade teachers on a social studies project to introduce the students to some mapping skills.
Billy Campione

TestDesigner.com - 0 views

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    Free social studies worksheets and activities with images - economics, European and US history, geography, government, and more. All grade levels
Billy Campione

Ten Social Studies Web Resources - 0 views

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    Great sites to enahnce your lesson
Tom McHale

Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks | Edutopia - 1 views

  • "With Web 2.0, there's a strong impetus to make connections," says University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow, who studies how people learn and teach with social networking. "It's not just creating content. It's creating content to share."
  • And once they share their creations, kids can access one of the richest parts of this learning cycle: the exchange that follows. "While the ability to publish and to share is powerful in and of itself, most of the learning occurs in the connections and conversation that occur after we publish," argues education blogger Will Richardson (a member of The George Lucas Educational Foundation's National Advisory Council).
  • In this online exchange, students can learn from their peers and simultaneously practice important soft skills -- namely, how to accept feedback and to usefully critique others" work.
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  • "I learn how to take in constructive criticism," says thirteen-year-old Tiranne
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  • Using tools such as the social-network-creation site Ning, teachers can easily develop their own networks, Mosea says. "It is better to create your own," he argues. "If a teacher creates his or her own network, students will post as if their teacher is watching them, and they'll tend to be more safe. "You can build social networks around the curriculum," Mosea adds, "so you can use them as a teaching resource or another tool." An online social network is another tool -- but it's a tool with an advantage: It wasn't just imposed by teachers; the students have chosen it.
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    "Self-Directed Learning When students are motivated to create work that they share online, it ignites an independent learning cycle driven by their ideas and energized by responses from peers."
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    Self-Directed Learning "When students are motivated to create work that they share online, it ignites an independent learning cycle driven by their ideas and energized by responses from peers."
Cleve Couch

Educational Leadership:Literacy 2.0:Teaching Media Literacy - 0 views

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      Only 76% of my current students have internet access at home via laptop or PC
  • U.S. students may learn something about evaluating sources in research paper assignments and learn to recognize propaganda in social studies, but that's often the extent of their media literacy instruction.
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      We have more than 1400 students at my middle school; we share two carts of laptops with 30 laptops each among more than 400 sixth graders--very limited amount of access time.
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  • spurred by students' access to unlimited information on the Internet.
  • Can students learn to recognize bias, track down sources, and cross-check information?
  • One of the most basic strands of media literacy emphasizes the skills and knowledge students need to locate and critically assess online content.
  • digital media literacy skills are vastly underrepresented in the curriculum for all but the most advanced students (as, indeed, are offline critical-thinking and reading-comprehension skills).
  • Choosing appropriate search engines, following relevant links, and judging the validity of information are difficult challenges, not only for students of all ages, but also for most adults, including many teachers.
  • Although based on offline rather than online media literacy, the study found that explicit media literacy instruction increased both traditional literacy skills, such as reading comprehension and writing, and more specific media-related skills, including identification of techniques various media use to influence audiences.
  • From video games to social networks, incorporating what students are doing online into the school curriculum holds great, and perhaps the only, promise for keeping students engaged in learning
John Evans

New Study Uncovers What Teens Actually Share On Social Media | Edudemic - 25 views

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Clif Mims

iHistory Podcast Project - 15 views

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    "A secondary school project using podcasts and mp3 players to study australian history"
Dean Mantz

DocsTeach - 17 views

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    Very interesting site for social studies and primary sources.
Fred Delventhal

Majority of Kids Are Computer Savvy - 0 views

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    An overwhelming majority (89%) of all kids age 6-11 in the US spend at least some time doing online activities and - though many of their basic social activities haven't changed much over the years - they have vastly different communication styles and preferences than older age groups, according to a study from Experian Consumer Research.
Kathy Fiedler

How to Gain Parent Buy-In for Classroom Technology « Indiana Jen - 0 views

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    Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It's not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: "Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social studies/English/biology?" or "This is an AP history class  - not computer science!" Your efforts to engage students and develop important 21st century skills can become the scapegoat explanation for problems that have nothing to do with tech. So, how do we as educators get these parents into our corner? Here are some strategies I've used successfully to gain parent buy-in.
Tom McHale

Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Mr. Regier sees things evolving fairly rapidly, accelerated by the increasing use of social networking technolo
  • The real promise of online education, experts say, is providing learning experiences that are more tailored to individual students than is possible in classrooms. That enables more “learning by doing,” which many students find more engaging and useful.
Fred Delventhal

Smart.fm - The World's Sharpest Learning Tool. - 18 views

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    Smart.fm takes the burden out of learning by automatically creating a learning schedule that adapts to the individual's performance and needs. The system combines proven learning science with the latest in adaptive, semantic and social Web technologies. Powered by personalized learning algorithms, Smart.fm measures memory strength on a granular item by item basis. The algorithms are based on decades of research on optimum learning patterns in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience.
Jennifer Dorman

Earth Day Footprint Calculators - 32 views

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    This is a ShareTabs that compiles great carbon, energy, and resource footprint calculators.  Perfect for Earth Day. 
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