05 Nov 2017
It’s amazing the insight you can get from candid conversations with students.   This past week, I sat down to help a student who was having some issues tracking down a document in their Google Drive. We went into his Gmail and to my shock and horror, the student had 1,300 unread messages. Glancing over the messages, I saw a number of emails from teachers intermingled with Canvas notifications and other inbox clutter. When I asked the student about it, he basically just said, “I can’t keep up. So I only go to my emails when directed by a teacher…
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15 May 2017
At #EdCampTC on May 6th, the DLCs learned about a new (Minnesota created!) tool called Edji. We are really excited to share this tool with all of you as it has a lot of potential uses.   Edji is a unique, collaborative annotation tool. Students and teachers can highlight portions of text and leave either emoji comments or text comments. They can also place a hotspot on a picture and leave a comment as well. Teachers have the ability to control whether “Heat Vision” is on, which allows you to either turn on or hide student comments and hotspots. When…
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03 May 2017
  Digital Citizenship Technology is infused into our society: smartphones, tablets, computers, and interactive gaming consoles.  Children and adults use various devices for education, socialization, and entertainment.  Parents reported 38% of toddlers used mobile devices and 75% of children ages 0-8 have access to mobile devices.  Statistics like these increase the immediacy of teaching children about digital citizenship, online safety, and responsible usage.     Where do conversations about digital citizenship fit in our schools?       Teachers across our district strive to teach the whole child: content knowledge and transferable skills as well as lessons on responsibility, respect,…
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20 Mar 2017
Multimedia projects are a great way for students to demonstrate learning in a creative way. Creating multimedia projects like videos also provides opportunities for students to build collaboration and communication skills. With 1:1 devices, making multimedia projects has never been easier. But having such easy access to images, videos, and songs also adds copyright complications that consumers need to be aware of. We all need to know how to find, use, and cite appropriate resources. We teach about plagiarism in many different subject areas. We know that it’s not okay to use others’ ideas or written works and claim them…
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