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What is the internet?

This is one of a series of videos from netsafeutah.com that have been produced in an effort to educate students, parents, teachers and others on a variety of Internet safety topics. This video introduces young children to Molly to help them understand what the Internet is and that, just like in the real world, it has some places that are safe for kids and some that are not.

Available in a variety of other languages too: Arabic | Bosnian | Burmese | Chinese | Korean | Navajo | Somali | Spanish | Tongan | Vietnamese

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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Video from Common Sense Media: Most educators are familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy, a model that classifies different levels of human cognition in thinking, learning, and understanding. But in a digital age, educators are thinking about it as Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This updated version aims to expand upon the skills associated with each level as technology becomes a more engrained – and essential - part of learning.

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ICT Evangelist

Education Evangelist

Education Evangelist - by Mark Anderson

Mark is an award winning education technology expert, keynote speaker and independent consultant, a passionate advocate for the purposeful use of technology. He led the teaching and learning and delivery on one of the world’s biggest 1:1 rollouts at Clevedon School which has led to him working with schools all over the world. Mark is the author of the best selling ‘Perfect ICT Every Lesson’. With two decades of classroom experience, he knows the power and importance of student voice in developing sound practice having co-founded the Digital Leader Network in the UK. Mark is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and expert in mobile learning.

A fascinating site that I will revisit soon. These posts in particular caught my attention and are recommended reading.

  • SAMR flow chart based upon Ruben Puentedura’s work as a tool for helping with decision making related to planning lessons using technology.
  • TPACK - Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge
  • Digital Parenting with link to guidelines for different ages from Vodafone
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    How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

    How to let students safely look for photos on the internet

    This could be mighty useful. I am in the habit of turning off the projector or turning my laptop away from students when I am looking for an image, but one day I might forget. Photos For Class is an attempt to save Teachers from all that stress plus allows students to safely look for images themselves.

    It was created by the people behind StoryBoard That, an online storyboard creator, which I definitely need to look at another time. The images are sourced from flickr, with high safety settings. Photos For Class then apply their own filters, and even check the most popular images.

    It will search for properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school. When you download the image (rather than dragging it from browser to folder as I tend to do), it will automatically add to the image the following, and see pink cat photo as an example.

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    Teaching ICT resources from Teach-ICT

    The Teaching-ICT website is offers a variety of content, most accessible by annual subscription. Access to over 8,000 resources to help with ICT and Computing lessons is 199 pounds.

    • One off lessons
    • Video clips
    • ICT Glossary
    • Video tutorials
    • ICT Case studies
    • GCSE ICT quizzes
    • Functional skills
    • GCSE Computing
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    Tech Tips for Teachers: An eBook

    Tech Tips for Teachers

    I am both a buyer and seller at the wonderful Teachers Pay Teachers Website. This fantastic digital resource is from Laurah J in Teachers Pay Teachers.

    Laura's descrition: This awesome Ebook is packed with tips and freebies for integrating and managing technology in your classroom. More teachers than ever are getting new technology for their classrooms and many students now have their own devices. Just as importantly, many new teacher evaluation systems also include a technology component.
    Where do you turn to make technology a meaningful part of your classroom? Teachers pay teachers! You know you can rely on TpT teacher authors to bring you the latest and most creative ideas for using technology effectively in your classroom. Please consider this awesome book, from 47 TpT Teacher-Authors, our gift to you!
    Regardless of the grade level you teach, all of these tips can help you manage the devices in your classroom or find new ways to use technology to enhance student learning!
    Laurah J
    My thoughts: Technology advice written in plain English by teachers for teachers, with grade and ability specific recommendations.
    If you are a TpT member head to Laura's page here. To become a member please join up here.
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    Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.

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