South By Southwest’s Education Conference and Festival welcomes education professionals, and some of the brightest minds in edtech, to Austin, Texas. SXSWedu is a massive conference that pushes participants to connect, collaborate and create change in education. Participants range from teachers, administrators and professors to policy makers, foundations, startups, presidents of large publishing companies and [...]
It’s widely acknowledged that today’s tech-savvy students learn differently than students in the past. Teachers know it’s necessary to reach their students in the most effective way and that’s where EdTech takes center stage. EdTech, the acronym for Education Technology, is a growing topic and full of an expanding set of terminology. If you don’t have a new year’s resolution yet, [...]
I use Twitter and think it’s a great way to keep informed and learn about topics of interest, but a friend of mine recently told me they just don’t understand how Twitter is worth anyone’s time. Twitter is like a newspaper that is being written in real time by people I find interesting. During the conversation my friend pointed out that tons of people are raving about how Twitter is great for Professional Development, but she just finds it confusing, limited, and a waste of time. This conversation got me thinking. Is Twitter really a valuable tool for educators? I seem to think so, but she is a tech savvy teacher and doesn’t find a use for it. So, what’s going on here?
Ever wondered how those quick search results are generated when you “google” for the answers to life’s questions? The geniuses over at Google put together this awesome infographic to illustrate how a search journeys from your fingertips, around the world and back to your results page in seconds.
Close your eyes and imagine that you have just created the best PowerPoint presentation of your life. You think to yourself, this presentation is really awesome, but it would be amazing if I could make this interactive by adding a survey, or quiz. Then, because you like to dream big you realize you want to add this presentation to your school’s website and share it with the rest of the world.
Whether or not we want to admit it, we have all been tempted to watch the cute video of the cat playing the piano, or the bull dog skateboarding on YouTube. That video actually inspired me to try and teach my bulldog to skateboard (with no luck). The fact is that YouTube videos have inspired and educated tons of people. Educators have long been aware of the educational possibilities that YouTube has to offer, but it was nearly impossible to prevent student’s from accessing all of those cat videos, and the rest of the YouTube library. With that in mind, many schools and districts block YouTube.
Now YouTube offers a solution to this problem with the new YouTube EDU and YouTube for Schools.
I remember being surprised when I received my first text message from my 10-year-old niece. Although, I shouldn’t have been that surprised because she really isn’t that different from most students her age.
Today most students own a cell phone or smart phone. Mobile phones help students access the school’s website on the go, and educators are beginning to realize the many possibilities that mobile phones offer the classroom and beyond.
There is something very fascinating about encoded messages and hidden content. Our minds immediately begin to try to solve the mystery and figure out what information is being protected by the scrambled imagery. I imagine this is one of the reasons QR codes (short for Quick Response Codes) are so popular. So what exactly are they and why should I care about them?
These day kids don’t simply go online; they are online.
Today’s “plugged-in” children are busy texting, playing video games, streaming video and connecting with their friends on social networking sites. While digital media and the Internet seem to be second nature for school aged kids, understanding how to interact responsibly in the Web 2.0 world isn’t.
These days everyone online is talking about Google+, the newest social networking site released by the Internet giant, Google. I must admit, I have been starry eyed ever since I received my Google+ invite. Google+, aka: G+ or Google Plus, has a handful of features entirely new to the social networking scene. However, it didn’t take long before I started to wonder, how will Google+ affect education? Will it be the knight in shining armor, that finally allows schools and educators to take full advantage of social networking?