Technology literacy: social media, Twitter, blogs, photo sharing and more…

Keeping on top of technology trends can be tough between lesson plans, grading, and taking care of your students, family and self. Thanks to Common Craft, educating yourself about topics such as social media, Twitter, blogs, etc. is as easy as watching a 3 minute video clip! As the site’s founders (Sachi and Lee) explain, “Our videos are short, simple and focused on making complex ideas easy to understand.”

So, sit back, relax and enjoy the follow Common Craft Show titled, “Social Media in Plain English” …


P.S. If you have a bit more time and feel like being inspired to incorporate more technology tools into your classroom lesson and center time, take 20 minutes to watch this video of Sugata Mitra as he explains his research on children and technology.

In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use it and how to go online, and then teaching each other.

In the following years they replicated the experiment in other parts of India, urban and rural, with similar results, challenging some of the key assumptions of formal education. The “Hole in the Wall” project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who’s now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it “minimally invasive education.”

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5 Responses to “Technology literacy: social media, Twitter, blogs, photo sharing and more…”

  1. 1 sarah September 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Do you have to purchase these videos or can you pick it up for free?

  2. 2 readinggal September 30, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    All of the videos I’ve posted about are free!

  3. 3 Joshua Gunn December 9, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Hi, readinggal. I do a lot of work in the CommonCraft vein, and my recent video might be of interest to you and your followers. It’s a brief reading of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”. You’ll find it at:

    I hope to do more educational videos like this one in the future. Let me know what you think.


    Joshua Gunn
    NutIntuit Studio

  4. 4 readinggal December 12, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Move over CliffsNotes, sounds like you have a great study guide tool in your hands! Thanks for sharing this. Perhaps in future episodes you can leave room for students to interpret and discuss certain sections. Is there a question or study guide that goes with your video?

    Please keep us in touch with future videos from!


  5. 5 Joshua Gunn December 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Hi, Anna. I’m not a trained educator, so these points are very helpful. Thanks so much for having a look at the video.

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