Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created  a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.

Source: blog.edmodo.com

Here’s a back to school life saver from Edmodo & Common Sense Media.  The Getting Started “We the Digital Citizens Pledge” poster is a great visual reminder for your classroom wall (real or virtual). The Digital Citizenship Modules are available for Elementary – Middle – and High School. 

Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities

The Center on Online Learning’s fourth and final webinar for the 2013-14 school year was presented by our very own Dr. Jamie Basham. He presented on “Tech and Apps to Address STEM in Online Learning for Students with Disabilities.” He described how Universal Design for Learning applied to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), can help teachers (and students) become “learning engineers.” He described the UDL instruction planning process and provided some great potential tools to use including iTunesU, iBooks, MyScript Calculator, Videolicious, and many other resources. Jamie left the audience with lots of tools, ideas, and directions to explore to move their STEM instruction forward.

 Webinar #4 Video Transcript|PowerPoint|PDF

Source: centerononlinelearning.org

This is a webinar archive on a vital topic. You’ll find excellent resources more than just STEM and UDL.  Dig in, you’ll be glad you did. 

“She Didn’t Teach. We Had to Learn it Ourselves.”

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

So, the criticism is one of those backhanded compliments. The teacher is making students figure out things for themselves. They are doing the hard, messy work of learning. This is a style of teaching that promotes learning, but that’s not how students see it. Based on experiences in lots of other classrooms, they have come to believe that “good” teachers tell students what they need to know. If a teacher makes the students come up with examples when she has a perfectly good list she could be giving them, that teacher is not doing her job

Source: www.facultyfocus.com

Terrific article. Maryellen Weiner brings great perspective to a problem all online instructors must resolve.  How do we move our students from dependency on getting the ‘right’ answers from the teacher, to self-directed learners willing to put in the effort to think and learn. 

e-Job: Online Adjunct Professor: Corporate Finance

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D or DBA in Finance from a regionally accredited institution with expertise in cross-cultural or intercultural communication. Additional requirements driven by state licensing or accreditation considerations may apply.
  • Prior experience teaching online, preferably in a global setting
  • A demonstrated record of focusing on the students
  • Candidate will be required to submit a resume and/or curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and copies of unofficial transcripts (all degree levels) with their application
  • Candidate will be required to complete satisfactory background and reference checks

Source: www.higheredjobs.com

Meta Business School wants an online instructor for Corporate Finance in their online MBA program. 

Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

Luke Rodesiler
University of South Florida

Abstract

This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy? The author collected archived online artifacts (e.g., blog posts, microblog posts, and posts within social network sites) and employed an ethnographic content analysis. Findings revealed five notable contextual features that emerged across cases: multimodal affordances and a/synchronous flexibility, as seen from a surround view, and classroom teaching experiences, connections among teachers online, and a touch of levity, as seen from a weaving view. While providing directions for future research, these findings stand to support more nuanced understandings of the teacher-generated online environments to which many educators are turning in an effort to supplement their professional growth. 

Source: www.citejournal.org

Here’s an academic researcher’s view of the professional learning networks created by secondary English teachers. 

The Power of Connecting Students on Edmodo [Video]

Mrs. Price hopes you’ll share the video with your network and inspire other teachers to experience the power of Edmodo for themselves. Though she considered herself technologically-challenged when she first got started, Mrs. Price now knows that Edmodo is so much more than a tool that helps teachers understand the digital language of today’s students; it also allows students to speak up for themselves and to each other.

Source: blog.edmodo.com

Here’s the story from the  a fourth grade classroom. See how developing an online discussion community in your classroom can open minds (and eyes) to the lives of our students. 

Touching excerpts of a moving online conversation that illustrates the power of a safe online learning environment. 

Frightened by Facebook? Terrified by Twitter? Get a Grip on Social Media Instructional Strategies!

EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies 

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
Enroll today! Tuition and Registration
September 29 – October 24, 2014
Explore effective ways to use social media to connect communities of learners in virtual and physical spaces, to communicate with parents, and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.

Source: elearning-certificate.blogspot.com

1 Semester hour of graduate credit and a whole lot of fun.  Kay Lehmann’s timely class will demystify social media and help find your way in the 21st Century fast lane. 

Kay’s a terrific teacher. This is an intriguing class.  Jump in the information is fine.