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How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th July 2014

How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/how-teachers-can-use-video-games-in-the-humanities-classroom

What if teachers used video games as texts? Let’s think about how we might teach kids to think critically about the underlying messages in commercial games and how we might leverage video games for their ability to engage students and provoke conversation.

At the moment, there’s far too little critical examination of video games happening in school. We take it for granted that we should teach our students how to read books interpretively, how to analyze movies, and how to read the newspaper critically. But all too often we overlook video games as a meaningless triviality.

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2014 Best Educational Web Sites

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th July 2014

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014

http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-websites/2014

Media sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage and organize

Social Networking and Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration

 

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Our future students: Augmented Reality in the Classroom (+ info about wearable tech)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th July 2014

Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom

The wink of an eye, the simple one-finger tactile swipe down — these are the sights, sounds, and kinesthetic gestures that are changing the context of modern learning.

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/putting-the-world-in-their-hands-augmented-reality-in-the-classroom

Wearable technology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wearable_technology

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/wearable-technology-ces-2014/10/

http://www.wired.com/2013/12/wearable-computers/http://www.forbes.com/sites/connieguglielmo/2014/02/12/the-case-against-wearables/ (Google Glass)

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23 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th June 2014

23 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

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Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th June 2014

Millennials Are Old News — Here’s Everything You Should Know About Generation Z

http://www.businessinsider.com/generation-z-spending-habits-2014-6#ixzz35n9ubTYy

GenZ

GenZ

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Social Media: excellent mashup for video + Web form

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th June 2014

A new start up just released a “free” option to add drawings, multiple-choice and open questions to videos published on YouTube, Vimeo etc. It is an excellent opportunity to add interactivity and combine in one your video material with feedback from your end users. It is specifically targeting the educational world.

Here is an example of having an YouTube video created by MassComm student Collette Jackson for the Library about the use of social media with added interactivity by Zaption:

http://zapt.io/tudfv84t

The company is targeting mobile devices for creation of their product.

Please let us know, if you need more information and/or support: ims@stcloudstate.edu

 

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BYOD toolchest: 51 teaching and learning tools for mobile devices

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 22nd June 2014

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-epic-byod-toolchest-vicki-davis

Formative Assessment

Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class

Content-Sharing Platforms

  • Sophia: Nudged along by my friend Todd Nesloney, I use Sophia for my computer applications instruction and am very pleased with the results.
  • Haiku Learning: This is the full content management system that I’m trying to get our school to adopt. It’s multiplatform and robust, which makes it a great fit for our BYOD environment.

There are many other apps like MoodleCanvas, and Coursesites. The point is that you should have one in a BYOD environment.

Assessment Aids

All three of these apps – Quick KeyGrade Ninja, and WISE – are available on iTunes and Google Play, but there are more.

Electronic Note Taking

Expression

Students need multiple ways to share and express themselves, particularly verbally and with pictures. This is part of transliteracy.

Cloud Syncing

Graphic Design and Infographics

Color Selection

Presentations

Blogging

Written Expression

Link Sharing

More  (from the blog section)

If you’re working with multiple apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, Evernote and need to search across them in one shot, take a look at Xendo (http://xen.do) - gives you a personal, private Google-like search across all your apps.

8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-interactive-video-tools-resources

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best storage devices… locally and in the “cloud”

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st June 2014

The advent of the CLOUD and the industry and our personal orientation to save pictures, videos and other data “out” in the “cloud” makes us think less of hard drives and other storage devices. However…

Best storage devices

Updated June 6, 2014 1:51 PM PDT

http://www.cnet.com/topics/storage/best-hard-drives-and-storage/

If you still think storage devices are passe and are looking firmly for “cloud” solution, here are the ten best, according to PC Magazine:

The Best Cloud Storage Solutions

By Jill DuffyApril 2, 2014

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413556,00.asp

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Copyright Flowshart

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th June 2014

Copyright Flowshart:

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/a-wonderful-copyright-flowchart-for.html
Smiley face

http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/06/10/copyright-flowchart-can-i-use-it-yes-no-if-this-then/

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Open Source: why are we not allowed to use it?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th June 2014

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/why-arent-more-schools-using-free-open-education-resources/

Teachers were complaining that they wanted a simple way to share files and links within the classroom, like a private Twitter app. Rather than having IT professionals respond to the request, Reisinger’s students programmed a solution that they call Paper Plane. ”Those kids have code up on GitHub [a site for open-source code] right now that they’re sharing out,” Reisinger said. Students also designed the help ticketing software that their peers use to request IT support.

oh, my, what a blasphemy; what do we do about SECURITY?…

A lot of people are scared away from open-source software or operating systems like Linux because of the belief that they are harder for teachers and students to use, and are more challenging to support.

a bigger reason people don’t go open-source is that the devices and software aren’t as shiny and exciting as iPads or Chromebooks.

recent concerns regarding third party providers and privacy are less of an issue

 

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