Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 09/21/2012

  • Editing Wikipedia « Kizuna

    Editing Wikipedia is something we encourage teachers to do in our book Flattening Classrooms, Engagaging Minds and in our Certified Teacher Course. All of us should at least have a user page. Tasha Cowdy, one of our certified teachers shared her experience editing an orphaned article on Wikipedia. This is something all of us can do to learn about the community of practice built around a sustainable site like wikipedia.

    tags: education news collaborativewriting

  • Wiki Inventor Sticks a Fork in His Baby via wired

    There is a new type of wiki called the “federated wiki” that is the new brainchild of wiki inventor, Ward Cunningham. INfluenced by GitHub, this invention lets you “fork” a wiki page and make your own version with the original author having the choice to integrate your changes or keep it separate. This may be a great type of collaborative writing tool for researchers and academicians who often are concerned about adding to a common repository in that the page could evolve to no longer represent their views but their name is still affixed to the page. On the other hand, those who may not understand it, might incorrectly attribute something that has been forked and edited but not approved by the original author. I like the potential, however. For those of you who do collaborative work, this is an excellent read.

    tags: education nextpractices wiki_book collaborativewriting news tumblr edu_trends edu_news web2

  • Twitter HOTS & Establishing a Twitter Routine in the Classroom | Langwitches Blog

    An excellent, useful post from Silvia Tolisano with practice information and graphics about using Twitter in the classroom. This is a must read in edtech classes and in professional development for teachers. Pass it around and learn. In it, she quotes Terry Heick of Edudemic who divided tweets into 3 sections relating to higher order thinking skills: watch, talk, produce. Excellent, useful points about using Twitter in the classroom.

    tags: education Twitter tumblr teaching news hots

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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