This issue focuses on social media in K-12, and this previously published article from the folks at Schoolwires so closely fit what we editors were looking for that we sought, and received, permission to republish it and expand its distribution.
Victor offers up some excellent views on the current state and trajectory of social media in K-12 education. And he then connects you with a half dozen currently hot spaces, places, and tools you can use to leverage the concept.
Net Texts is a series of textbooks and a management and development system intended to supplement or replace textbooks, thereby saving money and taking advantage of student fascination with and involvement in current technology.
Skype is an internet-based communications technology that can be used to connect classrooms the world over for projects using voice, video, or text.
Storybird is a web-based site providing a tool for students to create art-inspired stories and poems.
VoiceThread is a cloud application that enables the user to create, upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Five options (microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload) provide a commenting capacity on VoiceThread slides.
According to Stephen, we know that the world of work we're preparing our learners for is emerging as a quite different paradigm than the one we prepared for. What can we do now to prepare our lessons and school environments to build on a vision of a positive future?
Mary Alice considers the state of media centers and the mindset of media specialists as the calendar year closes … where they've been, where they are, and, hopefully, where they are headed.
David Jonassen's book Computers in the Classroom: Mindtools for Critical Thinking espoused a philosophy of educational;technology that has had a major effect on Mary Ann's thinking and also on the direction of the M.L.S. program at her university.
As more mobile devices enter our schools, libraries have to be responsive, in the tools we use and also in the design and functionality of our physical spaces. We need to examine how our policies support what students need, rather than act as obstacles.