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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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Web resources and blogging tips for educators

Last weekend I presented at two conferences, Midwest Tech Forum and PodcampNYC. Both events were excellent! I met with educators and bloggers from across the US to discuss FreeReading, as well as a wealth of other free resources on the web for educators. Over the next few weeks I will post links to the new sites I learned about as I have time to explore them! Don’t you love coming back from conferences both energized and filled with new ideas?!

As promised at the conferences, below are links to my Podcamp PPT and two resources sheets that contain links to education and literacy sites on the Internet, as well as tips for starting your own blogs and wikis.



PS If you are interested in learning more about how to integrate technology into your curricula, I strongly suggest you take a look at the speaker presentation handouts from Midwest Tech Forum. They are a GREAT resource.

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A mini technology and social bookmarking lesson

Monday I figured out how to add social bookmarking links to the bottom of Literacy is Priceless posts thanks to discovering a how-to guide on the subject on the blog Running through the Rain. After discussing my mini accomplishment with a few of my teacher friends, it occurred to me that not everyone is familiar with the term social bookmarking nor the colorful little buttons below. So, here is a mini lesson on the topic so that you can start bookmarking your favorite websites and Literacy is Priceless posts : ).

Wikipedia defines social bookmarking as follows:

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine… For more information, click here.

The following colorful buttons allow you to save and share links to this blog post on social bookmarking and networking sites like, Digg, StumbleUpon, reddit, and Facebook.

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1) The checkered button allows you to save blog posts to of the most popular social bookmarking sites and a personal favorite! I use the site to bookmark education resources that I come across and want to save for later viewing. The great think about is that regardless of what computer I am on, I can always find my favorites by going to my free online account.

2) The second mini button above allows you to bookmark this post on Digg-another popular site, especially among tech-savvy crowds. Everything on Digg – from news to videos to images to Podcasts – is submitted by our community (that would be you). Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best.

3) The middle button above with the SU on it is for StumbleUpon-a site that allows you to bookmark and review content, as well as stumble upon new content related to your interests. My Dad is a huge fan of this site!

4) The second button from the right with the little creature on it allows you to bookmark this post on reddit-a site where you can vote on and share your favorite web content.

5) Finally, the button on the far right with an f on it is for Facebookan online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges-By clicking this button on any of our blog posts, you can share Literacy is Priceless with your friends and colleagues on Facebook.

I hope this is helpful! Moving forward, feel free to bookmark our posts on your computer or the social bookmarking sites above! Also, feel free to share your own favorite literacy websites with us here in the comment sections of each post!

Happy Social Bookmarking,


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