140 Characters in the IB Classroom

"Twitter" flickr photo by Uncalno https://flickr.com/photos/uncalno/8537569665 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license The word "Twitter" (as in a certain social media platform) has been turning up more and more in the news recently.  Twitter itself isn't new (if you're interested, you can read the history of Twitter in this post on lifewire), and it isn't new in education.  But as it is being talked about right now, I thought it might be a good time to take a closer ...

Instagram – Time to Follow Some Great Designers for Inspiration.

Social media is not just great for following your friends, your favourite media stars or simply your favourite cat videos? It can also be great for following designers - and yes as Design Technology IB students following some interesting and innovative designers should be of interest to you. So for a great start to 20 innovative and interesting product designers sharing their thoughts and ideas on Instagram go to this post and follow as many of them as you like! ...

Differentiation with Social Media Tools

This week I was notified of a change on a shared Google Spreadsheet I "follow" which is collecting "Differentiation with Social Media Tools". As I write, there are  109 online social media tools listed, with the type, URL, a short assessment or review, and suggestions for content, process and product differentiation. The page was built and is maintained by John McCarthy, an Education Blogger  at Edutopia - George Lucas Educational Foundation. You can learn more about him on his web page. Linked to ...

Lesson: How BIG is Facebook?

A recent blog post for DP students highlights key ideas from the YouTube video, How Big is Facebook? Not only is the content highly relevant to ITGS, but it is an opportunity for students to interact with each other as they watch the 14 minute clip. This blog will not repeat the ideas stated in that student blog: How BIG is Facebook?, but will focus on how can we interact with the information presented in the video and setup a ...

Two heads are better than one

In a recent post my colleague Barbara Stefanics highlighted collaborative learning in a studying-for-exams situation.  About the same time, I read Stephen Down's presentation on Cooperation and Collaboration, which lead me to explore the similarities and differences of cooperation and collaboration in a classroom setting, and how technology might support the two. The  terms cooperation and collaboration are often used rather loosely in the classroom to describe some sort of group work.  Downes summarises the terms this way his presentation: When collaborating, people ...

Referencing Posters and a Google+ Profile

On a recent  ECIS  Moodle Librarians forum (Resources -> Referencing and researching tools) uber- Librarian -- Katie Day (at UWCSEA East, Singapore)  wrote: "Nadine Bailey and I have been creating three sets (MLA, APA, Chicago) of 6 referencing posters (Book, Website, Video, Journal Article, Newspaper, Image) to display in the library and in classrooms. ..Here are the MLA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6120087177992120897 Here are the APA ones: https://plus.google.com/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6122679974404608401 (Update: Chicago posters are here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117025025134791483932/albums/6124093680931163329) There is a Creative Commons label on them, so feel free to use and modify... It is important to note these ...

Innovation in the new BM programme

There are many favourable aspects of the new BM programme, due for first teaching in September; not least the introduction of a concept based learning. However, it is slightly disappointing that the programme, with a shelf life of 7 years, makes limited references to some potentially transformational changes in the external environment. In particular: The social media Nanotechnology 3D printing The ‘internet of things’ Big data Given the rate of technological change, it is understandable that a syllabus cannot include every ...

We live in media…using Twitter

Yesterday morning I read a handful of  interesting posts about Twitter, and found the poster shown at the left,  by Tom Woodward. As it all followed on a long Skype conversation with a colleague about Twitter, I felt that all the signs were pointing to  today's blog post focusing on Twitter. Quick catch up, or background info: "Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read short 140-character text messages, called "tweets". Registered users can ...

Facebook – ten years old, but showing its age?

Facebook is the world’s most popular social networking site and today it is celebrating its tenth birthday. Created by Mark Zuckerberg in his bedroom when he was a student at Harvard, it has become one of the greatest internet success stories of all time. Now, over 750 million users login every day and after ten years of poking, liking posting and sharing – it now has more than a billion registered users worldwide. So how does Facebook makes its profits? Well, ...

Beyond Bookmarks with Flipboard

In my last post, we explored social bookmarking with Diigo as a way to collect and share Internet resources.  In this post, we're going to take  a step further, and look at "curating" with Flipboard. Curation Let's start with the idea of  curation. “The term curation in the past commonly referred to museum and library professionals. It has since been applied to interaction with social media including compiling digital images, web links and movie files.” (link)  When you curate content, you offer ...