Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 11/05/2010

  • Avatars | Mr. Gonzalez's Classroom

    Lots of tools for making avatars! Great blog post! he used everything from Portrait Illustrator to Doppelme to the M&M website! Great post!

    tags: education avatar learning digital_safety

  • Foursquare Launches Location Layers – This is Big Annotated

    yes, this is HUGE. Location layers are very important for education. I wish there were alternatives for privacy protection that will allow us to better tap into this tool in the classroom. Until then, get familiar and let's start learning about and also creating layers. Learn, my friends. This is your future.

    “Looking at life through rose-colored glasses? How about walking through your town and seeing it as the Huffington Post or the Independent Film Channel sees it? IFC announced a new campaign this morning with leading location-based social network Foursquare that will allow you to do just that. The Huffington Post launched a Foursquare layer today as well.”

    tags: education learning augmentedreality

  • Foursquare Lays Down the Law on Fake Mayors Annotated

    Tucked in the crevices of the end of this article about Foursquare enforcing “rules” for mayorship is a note about the feature of Foursquare that educators are awaiting. While privacy concerns remain for classroom use. The idea of “layers of location annotation” would allow us to create educational layers of information to augment our world.

    This is HUGE. Tremendously huge. Educators, you should play foursquare, because whether you like it or not, augmented reality is going to be a big part of education in the future.

    “The ability to subscribe to layers of location annotation from trusted brands and receive push notifications when you check in near an annotated place (“you follow the History Channel and just checked in near a place of historical significance… “) is the feature of Foursquare that interests me the most.”

    tags: education learning foursquare augmentedreality

  • Free Anti-Virus for Mac Annotated

    Free antivirus for mac. This is a great recommendation with more people getting macs, new viruses and trojans (Boonana Koobface was a recent one that hit the mac.) time to install antivirus, my Mac Friends – success has a price.

    tags: education learning mac

  • Classroom cameras | Dangerously Irrelevant

    How do you feel about classroom cameras where the always on “elephant in the room” may be parents, administrators or anyone who wants to watch? As for me, I feel I should know when someone is watching just because.

    Also, we sometimes have discussions that are important but could be misconstrued as I allow everyone to talk and share opinions that may really just be a point in time not really an opinion as kids learn and grow to become who they will become.

    tags: education learning

  • CBC News – Technology & Science – Facebook app tackles cyber bullying Annotated

    Find Help is the name of the app.
    You'll be happy you got your kids to install it.

    New facebook app. Encourage kids to install this. It lets them report cyberbulling with one click from Facebook and links to the US National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Cyber Tip line, the national suicide prevention hotline and facebook's abuse reporting process.

    tags: education cyberbullying facebook

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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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