Group projects for our students often require work outside of the classroom.  Our students however are very busy and it makes it difficult for groups to coordinate outside of the school day.  Wiggio is an online group organization tool.  It provides students with tools to create calendars, to-do lists, meet online and share their computer screens during those meetings so they are all collaborating together.

Take a look at this video to learn more about the features and how this tool can help your students be better managers of their work and learning.

It is tough to know just exactly how we are able to use different resources from online.  I encourage you to check out this earlier post to help clear the murky waters, but just in case it is still as clear as mud Google has a feature to help.

On the Google Image Search page, you can select Advanced setting to search for only images that are available for reuse.  You are also able to set it to Safe Search, so that students can avoid seeing images that might make us uncomfortable.

 

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Twitter has long been claimed as a valued resource for education, but until recently I had struggled to see the important applications.  Until I discovered the power of the hash tag.

When someone Tweets, they send a message out into the world of Twitter where some may connect with it and some may not.  By adding a hash tag followed by a specific word or phrase, you can direct your Tweet to a certain interested group of people.  Say, I am interested in educational technology.  There is a hash tag #edTech.  This means that if I want to see the latest news in educational technology, that I can search #edTech and read all of the Tweets that are being shared about educational technology.  To add to this information, if I come across a great edTech resource, then I compose my tweet and include #edTech.  This ensures that others will see the resource I am sharing.

USE IT FOR CURRENT EVENTS:
Not only is it great for keeping up on the latest and greatest for education, Twitter can bring your students and classroom around a common topic.  Maybe you have students gathering current events about the world and you would like them to share these with their classmates.  You can develop a hash tag and have students tweet their resources with a short blurb to the hash tag you create.

USE IT FOR HOMEWORK QUESTIONS:
Want students to be able to ask their questions about their homework, while they are still at home?  Give them a hash tag to tweet to and you will find students start helping students find the answer to their questions.

How else would you use hash tags in the classroom?

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Augmented Reality is when the physical world around us is enhanced via computer generated resources.  This video is an example of how augmented reality can make the world come to life around us!