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Check Twitter Settings

The use of Twitter by Donald Trump has prompted a hacker, WauchulaGhost, to point out security precautions to the President and also serve as an alert to any Twitter user. Many IB teachers use Twitter and post to IB-related hashtags # and follow @ postings relating to IB programmes. Hashtags, official and unofficial, include: #IBPYP #PYPinquiry #pypchat #PYPexhibition #mypnextchapter  #IBMYP #MYPchat #MYPSciences #mypphe #IBDP #ibtraining #ibgeog #IBGlobalPolitics #ibpsychology #IBprogrammes #IBcommunitystories #learnerprofile #InquiryBasedLearning #servicelearning #IBlearnerprofile #IBeducation #internationaleducation IB teachers also follow postings from accounts such as IBO, ...

Responsible and Ethical Use of Digital Resources

The beginning of a school year is the time when the responsible and ethical use of digital resources in IB schools is presented as policy. However, implementation of the policy tends to be only formally addressed through limited approaches: Integration of IT in specific grade levels or subject areas. Often specific references are made to the use of digital resources in subject guides, Teacher Support Material or teachers use social media to support teaching and learning. The new ATL micro-website ...

WeTransfer your images and video

Students most frequently use cell phones for capturing images and videos for inclusion in IB work. These can be huge not only from the file size of each image or length of each video, but also from the sheer number that a student may wish to transfer to the teacher, other students or even to their own computer from a remote location. One of the most effective ways of transferring files from a remote location is by using an online file ...

Free Webinars in 2016

edWeb.net features free webinars on a wide range of educational topics including using technology in the classroom. One example is 6 Terrific Tools to Transform Your 2016 that highlighted 6 tools to expand your 'digital toolkit'. Developing dynamic presentations - Sway Creating snazzy graphics and photo editing -  Canva Absorbing interactive daily news stories - Newsela Playing and making educational games - TinyTap Getting formative assessment feedback - Kahoot Building digital portfolios - Seesaw Unlike many online presentations that attempt to teaching the tools in a tight ...

Happy 25th Birthday – ITGS

ITGS will be 25 years old this month! At the end of October 1990, members of the Computing Studies Subject Committee (now called Computer Science) met to write the Proposal for a Pilot Program for Information Technology in a Global Society.  ITGS was "born". Over the years, I have stack away ITGS documentation: the Proposal, the ITGS Guide for the Pilot programme and the various versions of ITGS Guides. It is amazing to see how the topics and approach to teaching ...

Google – a new look!

Last month a new logo appeared on our screens in a new child-like typeface 'Product Sans'. In its simplicity, it is the most significant change in Google's logo history not only in design, but in the impact that it may have. This new design is intended to look good everywhere across all platforms and even the smallest of screen sizes. Change is not new to Google. Google has brought many new services over the years that have had significant impact our ...

Creating Silence-Spaces in Schools

I just recently purchased good noise-cancelling headphones to block the roar of motors and the general noise whenever traveling on planes. The headphones are simply brilliant because, not only do they block in-coming noise so that the sound from on-board systems can be clearly heard, but they also block other passenger from being distracted by what I am listening to. Without these headsets I found that I was forced to turn up the sound controls to full volume and was constantly ...

What comes first? Integration or Implementation?

By Thursday, August 6, 2015 No tags 0

Integrating technology in the classroom often has its challenges. Road-blocks are often encountered on the first time through. The best approach is to follow a sequence of steps to ensure that all goes well. Step 1: Learning outcomes What do you want the students to learn? This is the first step. What is the best method either with technology or without technology or combination of both that will achieve the learning outcome?  Learning activities rely on manipulation of information (text, images, audio, ...

Collaboration – India to Vienna

The task was clear - collaboratively create a series of webinars to investigate the role of technology in DP classrooms. Sounds easy enough if the two developers are in the same school, but the challenge was distance. One of the developers was in Vienna and the other in India. Without online technologies the task would have be impossible.  First the outline for each webinar was created during Skype sessions using Google docs. The 3.5 hour time difference was relatively easy to ...

How much data is created in a minute?

When considering on-going uploads 24/7 from the world, means Big Data that ticks over numbers at an incredible rate. The following infographic was created by Domo and is posted in the blog on their website. It shows the amount of content that is created on the web in a minute! We have to step back to see the overall cross-section of what kind of content is being created and where on the web. The quetion is what kind of data ...

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