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How do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?
Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?
[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]
The founders of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google all started their journeys with just one line of code. This week, 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms across 167 countries will be trying out code as part of Computer Science Education Week. Is your school participating? Learn more at code.org and by following the hashtag #hourofcode.
At code.org, you’ll learn/ find:
• Tutorials for beginners
• Tutorial apps for any device
• Programming languages
• Make your own apps
• Make web pages
• Program with robots
A new report from market research company re:fuel indicates the number of college students taking at least one online course nearly doubled over the last five years. The 2013 College Explorer report was based on responses from 1,528 current college students taking at least one course on a physical campus.
Students also are bringing more devices onto campus, according to the survey, at an average of 6.9 each; laptops are the most commonly owned device (85 percent) among students who responded, with smartphones in second place at 69 percent. Other findings of the report include:
- Ownership of tablets and electronic readers is increasing, however, printed textbooks still dominate, making up 59 percent of the textbooks responding students bought
- Forty-seven percent said they use a laptop regularly for taking notes in class, though pen and paper is still more popular for that task, with 79 percent saying they use those tools more typically
- Students who responded to the survey reported spending an average of 14.4 hours multitasking across their various devices, with much of that time spent looking for or consuming entertainment
To read the full article on the report, visit campustechnology.com. Other statistics shared include use of social media sites; Google+ was the only social network included in the survey to show a decline in use, while Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter increased.
Would you like to have a second or third teacher help support your students? Are you ready to teach in the cloud? This workshop is for those interested in connecting with their students through online, collaborative environments. We’ll explain how to use an online community to expand your teaching and support your students learning.
We also will discuss various tools that can help you make the most of peer coaching, connecting to experts, and teaching outside the four walls of the classroom. We will explore online learning communities such an Edmodo and Moodle, and then take it one step further and explore social networks such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Other online resources discussed include social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Symbaloo and Diigo.
Are you ready explore how to connect with students in their world and teach beyond the traditional classroom day? Sign up for July 12th’s workshop, Getting Social in the Classroom. CSD members pay $110; 1 graduate credit is available at an addition fee. Register through this link by Monday, July 9.