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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

Summarized by Saad Khan

In classroom settings, the young students are taught to be wary of strangers. But with the advances in the social media landscape arises the need to educate the younger generation how to avoid getting themselves into danger with strangers on the internet. This case is especially important since it is hard to classify someone as a stranger on the internet.

We can start explaining the situation to young students by specifying “what is a stranger?”. What kind of questions are acceptable to answers and what kind of issues are dangerous to answer. In that regard, this article gives a step by step teaching plan in order to impart awareness to young students.

References:

Hertz, M. B. (2012, June 04). How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students. Retrieved October 15, 2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/internet-safety-younger-elementary-mary-beth-hertz

Oracy in the Classroom

Summarized by Shahrukh Khan

Group study, peer relations, brainstorming, and communication are the modern form of pedagogy. In constructivist instructional methods, students tend to gain brainstorming and teamwork strategies but along with that, there are also able to enhance their communication skills. The article emphasis on the importance of communication among the students. Discussion based learning can help in achieving learning objectives in the classroom. The modern strategy has been used by teachers in London’s public schools. Oracy in classroom triggers effective communication. It guides students to always respect each other’s ideas and be prepared to change your mind. It also assists students to clarify, challenge, summarize, and build on each other’s ideas. Oracy enhances teamwork as it Invites someone to contribute by asking a question (Edutopia, 2016).

 

References:

Edutopia. (2016, September 15). Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk. Retrieved from Edutopia: https://www.edutopia.org/practice/oracy-classroom-strategies-effective-talk

Weaving STEAM curriculum together with storytelling

Summarized by Sangyoon Park

The introduction of the STEM field into the curriculum is a requirement for teachers. Linking to the STEM is essential in a variety of educational areas to provide students with a variety of learning experiences. It is also required by the Common Core State Standards. As the film and broadcasting instructor at The STEM Academy in Georgia, Fox has created a STEAM curriculum based on PBL(project-based learning) with her co-authors. She emphasizes the importance of storytelling. She says there are four essentials when creating a STEAM curriculum. The first is a plot. Plots can link topics. So we can complete the linked curriculum. The second is a problem that will keep students interested. The third is the enthusiasm to motivate students. The last element is a product. The finished product shows the results of what students have done visually. Through these factors, students will have the ability to solve problems.

Fox emphasizes the importance of storytelling. She says there are four essentials when creating a STEAM curriculum. The first is a plot. Plots can link topics. So we can complete the linked curriculum. The second is a problem that will keep students interested. The third is the enthusiasm to motivate students. The last element is a product. The finished product shows the results of what students have done visually. Through these factors, students will have the ability to solve problems.

References:

Krueger, N. (2017, July 11). Weaving STEAM curriculum together with storytelling. Retrieved October 11, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=1023&category=Computer-Science&article=Weaving%2BSTEAM%2Bcurriculum%2Btogether%2Bwith%2Bstorytelling

Sillicon Valley in the Classroom

Summarized by Mary McCann
As college enrollment rates continue to decrease nationally, it becomes ever more necessary for universities to find a solution. Mike Silagadze, CEO of tech start up Top Hat, believes that colleges should take a look at Silicon Valley for the answer. Businesses in Silicon Valley take a “customer first mindset”, and colleges could take a student first mindset by evaluating the needs of incoming and present students.
Small changes like providing digital textbooks and coursework, or streamlining due dates of assignments on digital platforms (much like SCSU’s D2L Brightspace), could help meet the needs of students. A switch to digital content would not only be more relatable for students, it would also be easier on their wallets, allowing more students to enroll.
References:
 
Silagadze, M. (2017). Silicon valley in the classroom: What universities could learn from the googles of the world. Forbes. Retreived from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/10/02/silicon-valley-in-the-classroom-what-universities-could-learn-from-the-googles-of-the-world/#7dc0bded48b6

Learning through Youtube

Summarized by Sangyoon Park

The author explains that there is a vast amount of information available to students on Youtube. Of the many Youtube sources, students should be able to judge critical thinking about what content is beneficial to them.
Rather than explaining concepts to students, they can develop their ability to think through discussions.
The authors give examples of classes that apply YouTube to five different subjects. In English classes, we show criticism related to texts and discuss them accordingly. In social studies, the teachers show images of current events in various ways. Through this method, students can understand that an event will change in meaning depending on the interpretation. In mathematics and science, teachers could find videos that illustrate concepts to broaden students’ understanding.

References
Smith, A. (2017, July 25). 4 ways to teach students to find the gems in YouTube’s perilous terrain. Retrieved October 02, 2017, from https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=1028&category=Digital-and-media-literacy&article=4%2Bways%2Bto%2Bteach%2Bstudents%2Bto%2Bfind%2Bthe%2Bgems%2Bin%2BYouTube%27s%2Bperilous%2Bterrain

What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions

Summarized by Saad Khan

In 2002, Google embarked on the most ambitious project in the history of educational technology. Google aimed to scan and digitalize bulk of the world’s books.

In 2008, Google books went into partnership with HathiTrust Digital Library. It is an online database which provides large-scale access to scholarly books without infringing copyrights. It contains more than 15.7 million books in its database, mostly from Google’s scanning. Scholars can also tap into the database and conduct a computational analysis without breaching copyrights.

The public access to this behemoth database was hampered by the case action lawsuit by Authors Guild in 2011. However, in 2012 the court ruled against Authors Guild, but the dream of easy and total access was not quite achieved.

References:

Howard, J. (2017, August 15). What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? – EdSurge News. Retrieved September 26, 2017, from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-08-10-what-happened-to-google-s-effort-to-scan-millions-of-university-library-books

 

Developing the 21st-century social studies skills through technology integration

Summarized by Mary McCann

According to Farsi (2016), technology integration is essential to the future of social studies. This article outlines the history of technology in the social studies classroom – how it has evolved and changed as the decades have passed, and how it is needed more than ever today. Drawing on his own experiences, Farsi predicts what effect technology is likely to have on social studies, and why (and how) educators can take advantage of it. Also included in the article are guidelines and ideas to help educators integrate technology into the classroom.

References:

Farisi, M. I. (2016). Developing the 21st-century social studies skills through technology integration. Turkish Online Journal Of Distance Education, 17(1), 16-30. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1092803.pdf

Education through peer teaching

Summarized by Shahrukh Khan

Tech Buddies is a contemporary teaching strategy which can enhance pedagogy across the school districts. The method of pairing higher grade students with lower grade students is a perfect example of utilizing existing resources to elevate learning among peers. Tech buddies not only assist in creating a healthy learning environment but also increases teamwork. The constructivist teaching strategy takes control of the classroom from the teacher and transfers it to students. The collaborative learning triggers maximum learning in a short span of time. Tech buddies are getting famous around various school districts and its evident that schools who adopted this strategy have improved their instructional design and test scores.

Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Learning Technologies for Students

Summarized by Sangyoon Park

The author discusses the effectiveness of e-learning while comparing classical education with e-learning. E-learning does not require classroom space and can continuously be used as a recording of teachers lecture without time constraints. It is possible to establish a school that goes beyond space. You can easily connect to the world and experience cultural diversity.

Depending on the computer specifications, the range accessible by the user is different. Also, some students prefer face-to-face rather than digital space. The professor’s feedback may be more appropriate in the real-life classroom than in a digital environment.

The author argues that the combination of traditional education and e-learning is necessary to develop both types equally.

References:

Hetsevich, I. (2017, July 31). Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Learning Technologies for Students. Joomlalms. Retrieved September 25, 2017, from https://www.joomlalms.com/blog/guest-posts/elearning-advantages-disadvantages.html

Revolutionizing education

Summarized by Mary McCann

With a breakthrough idea to provide learning experiences for the “250 million children who do not have access to primary or secondary education”, Elon Musk has donated $15 million to Global Learning XPRISE. Global Learning XPRISE has used this money to offer $1 million each to the five finalist teams who have developed learning systems that children can use to teach themselves basic math, reading, and writing.
The finalist’s projects will be field tested in Tanzania for 15 months before the winner, measured by which group of children have made the biggest gains, will receive $10 million. This project might revolutionize the way we think about education – and solve the teacher shortage problem in both abroad and America
 
References:
High, P. (2017, Sep 18). Possibly Elon Musk’s biggest idea yet- revolutionizing education. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterhigh/2017/09/18/possibly-elon-musks-biggest-idea-yet-revolutionizing-education/#35ad3c4a4888
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