Education, Technology & Blogging Tips

By Sue Waters | Helping others with technology & blogging in the classroom

Australia's chief scientist compares Trump to Stalin over climate censorship

Alan Finkel warns that forcing EPA data to undergo political review before publication will ‘cause long-term harm’<p>Australia’s chief scientist has slammed Donald Trump’s attempt to censor environmental data, saying the US president’s behaviour was comparable to the manipulation of science by the …

Climate Change

Chinese billionaire offers biggest education prize

<b>A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world's most valuable education prize.</b><p>The Yidan Prize will award nearly $8m (£6.64m) every year to two research projects that have the potential to "transform" global education.<p>Charles Chen Yidan, who co-founded China's internet company, Tencent, …

Education

Instagram Shuts Down Access From Other Apps

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing many third parties to access the images in its feeds. If you have …

The 'muesli queen' who built a $60m food business

<b>When an 18-year-old Carolyn Creswell was told she might lose her job, she decided to take a leap of faith.</b><p>While at university in Melbourne, Australia, she supported herself by working part-time for a little company that made muesli for a handful of cafes and shops.<p>This was in 1992, and the husband …

Australian Universities

My fear of dating as someone with dwarfism

<b>Athlete and law student Pani Mamuneas has never had a girlfriend and says he suspects the only women who approach him want to tick "dwarf" off their bucket list. The 19-year-old decided to do something about it and applied for a TV dating show.</b><p>You always hear girls say 'ooh what's your type? Oh …

Relationships

Golden Globes: The best gaffes, gags and water-cooler moments

<b>Awards ceremonies are always fertile ground for gossip, gaffes and gags - and this year's Golden Globes was no exception.</b><p>Here are six talking points from "Hollywood's biggest party", for anyone who traded tuning in for an early night:<p>1. The 'Hidden Fences' slip-up<p>A race row erupted over a …

Hollywood

The guide dog that spies on people who ignore its owner

<b>Unable to see the world around him, Amit Patel fitted his guide dog with a camera and set about recording evidence of the discrimination he faced but could not see.</b><p>"The city is a scary place. It's like someone put you in the middle of Trafalgar Square, turned you in a circle and said 'find your way …

Guide Dogs

Australia flood: Uluru national park closed after huge rainfall

<b>A record amount of rainfall has led to the closure of Australia's famous national park at Uluru.</b><p>Waterfalls appeared all over the landmark, also known as Ayers Rock, at the heart of the park in central Australia.<p>The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) described the massive Christmas storm as a …

Australia

Pokemon Go: Exercise impact 'short-lived'

<b>As cynics derided the popularity of Pokemon Go a few months ago, some tried to seek out the positives.</b><p>Sure, hundreds of millions of players were wandering around, eyes glued to smartphones, putting their energies into "catching" imaginary creatures in the augmented reality game.<p>And yes, okay, maybe …

Pokémon

Stunning geometric shapes appear in snow on frozen, isolated lakes

(CNN)If you frequent the pistes of the French Alps, you may see more than just skiers and snowmen scattered around the trails below. For the last 10 years, British artist Simon Beck has been decorating snow-covered lakes and mountainsides with massive geometric designs, often based on fractal …

Sending a postcard from somewhere you've never been

<b>How many handwritten letters and personal postcards did you send this year to friends and family? How many have you received?</b><p>We're in a world where billions will log on to social media and chat apps so they can communicate instantly with friends and family overseas. But perhaps we are at a point …

Postcards

Pitbull wins landslide in mayoral election in Kentucky

The battle for the American presidency might have been close, but in the small Kentucky town of Rabbit Hash, a pitbull called Brynneth Pawltro won the mayoralty by a landslide.<p>Brynneth beat off competition for the job from a cat, chicken and a donkey for the coveted post to provide political …

Elections

Facebook bug 'kills' users in 'terrible error'

<b>An unusual bug on Facebook briefly labelled many people as dead.</b><p>The error on Friday caused the social network to show a memorial banner on user profiles for people who were still alive.<p>Users posted status updates to reassure friends and family they were not dead, despite Facebook's message.<p>"This …

Facebook

Oh Baby, Please Don't Go!

It hurts when something you love dearly goes away. Remember, how I said you didn't have to MARRY New Technology - you can just date it and drop it if …

7 Halloween Lesson Activities for Elementary School Students

Halloween is less than one week away. Some communities, like mine, are having Halloween festivities this weekend. If you're in need of some …

10 Ideas for Using Comics In Your Classroom

Over the last couple of months I've shared a handful of tools that students can use to create comics. I even conducted a webinar on the topic last …

A Good Place to Find Free Sound Effects for Multimedia Projects

Whether it is for a podcast, a video, a slide presentation, or some other multimedia project, there will be times when your students need to download …

Our Students

Years ago, interviewing for a grade 2 position at my school, I asked the candidate, “How would they integrate technology with grade 2 students?” …

Education

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

<i>This is a first draft and I am trying to learn through reflection. Would love your thoughts on the ideas below.</i>People have come to loathe the term …

Pedagogy

11 Reasons Educators Should Empower Students

I had a conversation not too long ago with an educator who pushed back a little on the topic of student empowerment. The teacher asserted that he …

Professional Development

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 flames out: Experts react

<b>Not so long ago, the Galaxy Note 7 was being hailed as the world's finest smartphone.</b><p>But this Tuesday, Samsung Electronic's botched recall and re-release of the product cut about $17bn (£13.8bn) off its market value.<p>The company's shares are still above the level they plunged to when it first …

Samsung

How to Create Google Alerts

In one of yesterday's posts I mentioned using Google Alerts to track a topic on the web. A few hours after I published that post I was asked for …

Weekend Project - Identify a Goal for Your Blog

When it comes to blogging one of the patterns that I see every school year starts to emerge around this time of year. That pattern is, our blogs that …

My Favorite Tools for Creating Screencast Videos - Updated

Creating a screencast video can be a great way to show your students and or colleagues how to do things on their computers, phones, and or tablets. …

Stop the Homework Insanity and Let Kids Be Kids

I have so many fond memories of my childhood. Growing up in a relatively rural area of Northwestern New Jersey sure had its benefits. As we returned …

7 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes You Could Be Making Without Even Realizing It

They're the writing equivalent of having spinach in your teeth.<p>As Silicon Valley headhunter Nick Corcidolos says, "The way you use language reveals who you are, how you think, and how you work .... You can pretend otherwise, but you can also walk around buck-naked believing you're invisible because …

ESL

Unsplash for free

Copyright and Creative Commons are topics that have been addressed on this blog before. Picture yourself as a young learner. It’s difficult to know …

Creative Commons

4 Browser-based Tools for Creating Comic Strips

Lately, I've published quite a bit about Pixton and Storyboard That. Both of those services provide good platforms for creating comic strips. Those …

6 Things to Check When a Website or App Isn't Working

This is the time of year when you might find yourself trying to use an app or website for the first time after a few month layoff due to school …