FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — March 25, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of FCCPS_EdTech group favorite links are here.

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Social Bookmarking — March 23, 2012

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Social Bookmarking

The March 22  virtual conversation focused on Social Bookmarking. Diigo (one option of social networking)  has been instrumental in organizing my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Check out the videos, links and a recording of the virtual session.

Links

Diigo.com

Delicious.com

Recorded Webcast

Blackboard Collaborate Recording of March 22nd >>>

Mobile power of the cell phone in classroom — March 18, 2012

Mobile power of the cell phone in classroom

http://bit.ly/yhuIMI

I have recently had several conversations about mobile devices in my school. Particularly, cell/smart phones. I am extremely lucky to work in a high school that has an open cell/smart phone usage policy. Students at the high school are allowed to use their phones between classes, and in open periods. They can also use them in the classroom, with the teachers permission.

This is the second year of the open policy and we started on the right foot in the beginning of the year. Teachers were given a poster that presented six levels of phone usage in the classroom. These levels go from “Secure and away” to “Open Use”. When rolling these new guidelines, we got a lot of comments from teachers that they would never change the usage level from “secure and away’. Even these teachers are now letting kids use their phones to take notes, take snapshots of powerpoint slides and/or whiteboard notes, adding events in their calendar, and recording audio notes. In some of the World Language courses, kids are asked to use their phones to call in to a Google Voice number to respond to a voice mail message. This recorded voice mail message is then used to assess the students language usage.

Great things are happening because teachers are becoming more open to using these devices.

A senior student of mine and an active member of my Personal Learning Network, @afinein shared with me an awesome site he learned about at the CSPA Conference that all the Journalism students recently attended.

Poll Everywhere

What is Poll Everywhere?

The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices

Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. It can help you to raise money by letting people pledge via text messaging. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.

@afinien stated –

I think it’s cool how you get to see the real time results without having to close the polling as we currently do with TurningPoint. It would engage learning in the classroom by giving anonymous feedback to the teacher about things such as how well they are doing. It would also help by giving students a chance to answer questions (warm-ups) at their own pace instead of having to move at the slow classroom speed.

 The only downfall I see in this at school,  is how bad the Verizon signal is. Students would have to use school laptops to  reply to the polls [in many cases].

Classroom Applications:

Replacement to expensive student response systems. Entrance/Exit ticket surveys.  Checks for understanding in and outside class. Using the devices that most students have. Would work with all types of phones (with text plans and cell signal).

http://cel.ly/

Celly

What is Celly?

Celly creates mini social networks called cells that connect you with people and topics that matter most to you. A cell can contain anybody with a cellphone, people from your existing social networks, or any web feed. We let you define filters based on hashtags, location, time, and user identity so you can eliminate noise and get alerted only when relevant messages occur. – @cellyme

The Celly created networks have a lot of possibilities. Extremely easy to setup and is not just a tool or in class, but users can also use this service to send themselves notes. Celly provides examples of how to use Celly @ School. One of the best feature of this service is to curate the conversation…will help some that are worried about inappropriate/silly texts. Celly also has a great web console to view and manage Cells. Which would allow students with laptops to participate the same way cell phone users do.

Classroom Applications:

Teachers can create their own closed (although open for everyone is an option) Social Network/Cells for their students to submit questions before or after class. Post homework questions. Use as a backchannel during class. Send out class announcements.

Google Voice

What is Google Voice?

Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location. Use Google Voice to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers’ experience, and more.

Classroom Applications:

Students call Google Voice number to receive a custom voice mail message. These messages can be assignment directions/information, assessment questions, World Language dialogue assignments. These voice mail recordings can be saved as audio files and attached to e-mails with teacher feedback. Teachers can access the voice mail messages anywhere.

I am sure there are many more services out their that take advantage of the device that schools and teachers can no longer ignore. So more to come!

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) —

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of FCCPS_EdTech group favorite links are here.

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Twitter — March 16, 2012

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Twitter

The March 15  virtual conversation focused on my favorite social learning tool, Twitter. Twitter has been instrumental in creating my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Check out the videos, links and a recording of the virtual session.

Twitter in D123 from OLHD123 on Vimeo.

via @bengrey

 

Shared Links

I you were on Twitterby Scott Mcleod

Listorious

wefollow

 

To learn more about the online tools that you can use to create your own PLN, join our upcoming virtual conversations on Thursdays @7PM;

Personal v. Professional Social Networking – Social Balance — March 15, 2012

Personal v. Professional Social Networking – Social Balance

This month I am working to promote creating Personal Learning Networks (PLN). As I encourage my colleagues to began to use social networking tools in their classrooms, I also reminded them that it important to separate personal from professional accounts.

The recent post from Scott Weidig (@vanishingpoint) on the EdReach site, presented a recommendation for school districts to develop and adopt Social Networking / Media policies to address the “social media overlap”.

http://edreach.us/2012/03/14/10343/4412472230_eb5f4b6dc2_o-jpg/

 

Weidig goes on to present guidelines for developing  policy based on social media best practices. These guidelines would support the discussion to protect teachers while they integrate social media tools.

 

Inspiration to post came from my PLN>Google Reader>Reeder iPad App>EdReach

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks (PLN) — March 12, 2012

Introduction to Personal Learning Networks (PLN)

On March 8 @7PM, I hosted a virtual conversation about creating your own Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Check out the videos used to introduce PLNs, my slideshow and a recording of the virtual session.

Why Do We Connect? via @ShellTerrell

Why Do We Connect? from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.

Starting a PLN


To learn more about the online tools that you can use to create your own PLN, join our upcoming virtual conversations on Thursdays @7PM;

[Cross-posted from Digital Learning Series Blog]

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly) — March 4, 2012

FCCPS EDTECH Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of FCCPS_EdTech group favorite links are here.

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