Category Archives: Students

How College Students Use Their Cellphones

College students summarize educational technology in the single act of using cellphones, not all of them of course but the majority do. Everywhere you turn to you see students deeply engaged in using their phones, some are hooking up a … Continue reading

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Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner

Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG’d vocabularies. According the Pew Research Center, the combination of widespread access to … Continue reading

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Are they Students or are they Innovators?

I’ve always been interested in inquiry based learning and the opportunities that providing different spaces or different tools can do for expanding outside of normative ways of classroom production. What are the connections between social affordances and identity and learning? … Continue reading

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Designing for learning: Online social networks as a classroom environment

This paper deploys notions of emergence, connections, and designs for learning to conceptualize high school students’ interactions when using online social media as a learning environment. It makes links to chaos and complexity theories and to fractal patterns as it … Continue reading

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14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging

So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Target Email, Texts Between Teachers and Students

Read Missouri lawmakers are proposing a law that would prohibit teachers and students from having “exclusive contact” through email and on social networking sites such as Facebook. State Sen. Jane Cunningham, a Republican from St. Louis, sponsored the law and … Continue reading

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Top 12 Ways to Motivate Students

Read If there is one thing we know about kids, it’s that they have short attention spans and prefer now to later. This is especially true at the end of the year.  Teachers, more than any district or schoolwide programs, … Continue reading

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The Courage To Blog With Students

Read When I asked my students recently how blogging in class makes a difference to them, they had lots to say. Blogging has allowed them to meet students from all over the world and discover new interests. It’s also helped … Continue reading

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School approaches to developing students’ digital literacy

Read In order to flourish in ever more digital cultures, young people need to be able to participate in a wide range of critical and creative practices involving technology and media. These practices of ‘digital literacy’ are likely to be … Continue reading

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