Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 12/12/2012

  • How to get the most out of the new Buffer iPhone app | The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and business.The Buffer blog: productivity, life hacks, writing, user experience, customer happiness and busines

    A refreshingly basic guide to the new buffer from the Bufferapp people.

    tags: buffer social media news

  • ‘Power of Introverts' Video Is a Surprise Viral Hit

    The new viral video doesn't show spunky, loud people showing out — no, it is a non-native English speaker dubbed over a hand-drawn video about the Power of Introverts. With over a million views, this video is being shared and reshared. It is vital to value those of us who tend to be more introverted. This has definitely resonated. As quoted from Mashable, “Still, less than two weeks after its release, “The Power of Introverts” has racked up an impressive 1 million views on YouTube. Based on the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain, the video is illustrated and narrated by Daniel Widfeldt Lomas, a Swedish-born former student at the New York Film Academy. It's the first in a series of videos that expounds on Cain's theories. (The second one just launched and can be found here.)”

    tags: news introverts video viral education

  • The Apple-Microsoft spat over App Store fees could shape the future of both Office and iPad – The Next Web

    In a huge turn of irony, at least if one considers how Bill Gates began his programming career, a spat over Office 365 coming to the ipad and Apple's desire to get 30% commissions for anyone signing up for the service if it originates on the ipad, may mean that office 365 won't come to the ipad at all. The evolution of the platform to tablet devices is critical to software companies and yet, many balk at the steep cut some like Apple take. It is interesting to watch, but there is a bigger issue here. Microsoft continues to have the best Office suite, but, as with Google Drive, many move because of a lack of ubiquity and collaborative ability driven by the walls erected by Microsoft in their traditional, but understandable proprietary system. I have to think that there are bigger issues at stake for Microsoft here. These are interesting times, to say the least, as I sit here watching Batman on my Apple TV streaming via the wifi and read this article on my ipad as I blog in the den using a bluetooth logitech keyboard.

    tags: education news microsoft apple

  • Help Students De-Stress for Success | Edutopia

    Often schools are very good at adding stress to the lives of students, but do we teach kids how to handle stress? This article from edutopia talks about how to help students de-stress.

    tags: news stress education health health_teacher

  • Hands On With Twitter's New Photo Filters

    Twitter has new photo filters powered by Aviary (an incredible tool that you can add for free, the last time I checked, to your school's Google apps for education account) it is easy to use. This article from mashable covers the changes but wonders if it is enough to pull people away from Instagram, who pulled the “twitter cards' feature earlier this week as more social media organizations try to claim “mine mine” over their users and don't want to share. Meanwhile, those who benefit, tend to be those who share the most.

    tags: news twitter photography social media

  • K-12 Packet | National Center for Women & Information Technology

    Computer science is the innovation engine today, while right now most schools just ask students to use computers. This K12 resource pack from NCWIT (National Computing & Women in Technology) is a great set for all guidance counselors and curriculum coordinators to review to understand career tracks and advice to give students who want to move into the very important STEM fields. Base your facts on education not on describing the only person you know who ended up in computers.

    tags: education news computer_science

  • Buffer Upgrades Web & iPhone App With New Look, Features

    If you're an educator and you want to manage a Twitter account and share with others, I highly recommend the Buffer app. This tool lets you schedule tweets when most people read (later in the day into the night) even if the only time you have to schedule tweets is early morning or late afternoon (like me). You can also tweak buffer with other apps.This article gives an outline to the updates that have just happened to the app.

    tags: news social media apps

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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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