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Thursday, May 26, 2011

An Interesting Case Study in Plagiarism

This would be a great blog post to have students read and break apart as we talk about plagiarism, copyright, and the ease with which information can be copied and posted. Richard Byrne, whose blog freetech4teachers I frequently share with colleagues, writes about what he goes through when he discovers that people (or automated feed readers) publish his work with no credit or link back to him.  Underneath all the tools, humans are the ones making the choices. THAT is what we need to convey to our students.

The post itself is great, but so are many of the comments.

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/05/stop-blaming-technology.html

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Great Lesson in Digital Citizenship

From a PNAIS colleague in Seattle. This is a great example of using current events to engage students in meaningful conversations about their digital identity.


http://www.billingsmiddleschool.org/beta/2011/05/10/digital-identity-close-to-home/

Create Quizzes that Grade Themselves! - Google Docs and Flubaroo

http://www.flubaroo.com/try-flubaroo-now
Visit Flubaroo for some great advice on creating self-grading quizzes using Google Forms. Flubaroo uses an embedded script in your spreadsheet to calculate scores on multiple choice quizzes you might assign your students. I'm about to try this with Judy Williams as she prepares a final review-type quiz for her Middle School Spanish students. We'll keep you posted!

Other reference pages for information about using Google Docs to create self-grading quizzes:

http://planetoftheweb.com/components/promos.php?id=534

http://classroomnext.blogspot.com/2011/04/creating-self-grading-quizzes-using.html

Monday, May 2, 2011

Protecting Your Privacy Online

http://www.mguhlin.org/2011/04/protecting-your-privacy-online.html

Great article here, from one of my favorite bloggers, Miguel Guhlin. If you are looking for more ed-tech resources for your RSS reader, I'd highly recommend him. He lives and works in Texas, a state which is facing devastating budget cuts in public education, particularly in educational technology. He is struggling to maintain programs he helped create in many large districts, and his posts are fascinating.