For many of us, in class presentations have given way to recorded videos. Here’s some free software available to your students.
How to stop procrastination – BBC Science Focus Magazine
Sorry. I meant to post this last week.
You’re procrastinating right now, aren’t you? Don’t worry, we’re not judging. But we are here to tell you that you’re not alone: an estimated 20 per cent of adults (and above 50 per cent of students) regularly procrastinate.
In fact, procrastination – defined as voluntarily and unnecessarily delaying a task – is so widespread that scientists have even found evidence of the behaviour in pigeons.
So, why do so many people procrastinate? What causes it? And, most importantly, how can you stop procrastinating?
Source: How to stop procrastination, explained by a psychologist – BBC Science Focus Magazine
Writers’ block? 8 Creators share tips and inspiration
Writing is hard. This article shares some tips to unblock the muse and get writing.
Building an audience for your brand takes time, commitment and a lot of content. Most successful web creators have been publishing consistently for years. That can seem daunting to new creators and it’s easy to panic when the well runs empty, but there is no reason to worry. We recently spoke with eight creators about the habits, tools and inspirations that help them spark fresh content ideas.
Source: Writers’ block? 8 Creators share tips and inspiration
Microsoft Certified Educator
It’s always nice to get new qualifications. Almost makes Monday mornings bearable.
Top 20 PowerPoint tips and tricks for 2021 – #MIEexpert
A step-by-step tutorial on my Mike Tholfsen’s 20 Microsoft PowerPoint tips and tricks for 2021.
The PPT Tips and tricks are the latest and greatest features, and include Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint integration, PowerPoint Presenter coach, Narrate Slide Show, PowerPoint Designer, Dictation, and a bunch of other core features and new improvements for PowerPoint.
This is the modern and AI-infused PowerPoint, so check it out and learn the latest and greatest for Microsoft PowerPoint.
Adobe Believes Every Student is Creative
Adobe for Education have a YouTube channel with helpful teaching videos both for Adobe products but also for creativity generally.
A good idea deserves to be shared with the world, in whichever media will make the most impact. Whether it’s a video, a website, posters, flyers, t-shirts, an app, or a social media campaign. We believe that when students learn to express themselves in any medium, they’ll find their voice. They’ll find new ways to make an impact, in school and beyond. The students of today are the ones with the new ideas, for whatever challenges come next. So let’s give students the chance to create a better word. Subsc
New resources on the gender gap in computer science
A continuing disappointment in Computing is the large and accelerating gender disparity in its recruitment. Due in part, I think, to some muddled thinking that occasionally equates computing with the often sexist pastime of computer gaming attracting female students to Computer Science is hard and getting harder.
This resource helps to address the problem.
When it comes to computer science, we still have a lot of work to do to address gaps in education. That’s evident in our latest report with Gallup, Current Perspectives and Continuing Challenges in Computer Science Education in US K-12 Schools. This report is our most recent in a multiple-year series of Diversity in K12 CS education reports with Gallup in an effort to share new research with advocates, administrators, nonprofit partners and the tech industry to continue addressing gaps in computer science education.
10 things academics say students get wrong in exams | #mieexpert
Why yes, it is that time of year again. Why do you ask?
Not many students would admit to enjoying taking exams or writing essays, but if you want to get a degree, they’re an ordeal you have to survive.
So we’ve worked out how to make the whole thing a little less stressful. We’ve persuaded four academics from a range of subject areas to tell us the top 10 things students get wrong in exams and coursework. This is what they’ve told us:
via 10 things academics say students get wrong in exams | Education | guardian.co.uk.
How to Protect Students From Fake News | Edudemic
For those raised in the information age, life without the internet is no life at all. It is often a primary focus of a teen’s day (75% of teens are online several times per day) and an important means by which they communicate with the world and take in new information. While information can be found in various sources across the internet, an overwhelming majority of teens and pre-teens tend to gather their information from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
A 2015 report by the Media Insights Project found that the majority of surveyed Millennials (aged 18-34) cited Facebook as their sole or primary source of key news and other information.
Unfortunately, Facebook is not known as a credible source for news. The recent outbreak of “fake news” has hit social media sites particularly hard, as these types of platforms are set up to propagate information at record speed regardless of source or content. In addition, teens are particularly bad at discriminating between real and fake news. According to a recent study out of Stanford, 82% of surveyed middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between ads and real news on a website, highlighting the need to teach students media literacy and proper research skills.
Source: How to Protect Students From Fake News | Edudemic
Free Technology for Teachers: eduClipper Is What Teachers Want Pinterest To Be
My friend and fellow ed tech blogger Adam Bellow has relaunched his start-up company eduClipper. Some of you may remember that Adam launched a private beta of the service last year. Well after a big investment from some venture capital firms and ten months of testing and revising features eduClipper is better than ever. In fact, I think it’s what teachers wish Pinterest could be. Last week Adam and I spent an hour talking about the new eduClipper in it’s current state and where it is going in the future. Let’s take a look at what will make eduClipper a very popular service amongst educators.
The thing that is obvious when you visit eduClipper is that it is a visual bookmarking tool. You can use the eduClipper bookmarklet to add “clips” (bookmarks) to your eduClipper boards. But eduClipper is much more than a visual bookmarking service. You can add PowerPoint, PDF, and image files to your boards. You can also add links to videos to your boards. You can play the videos without leaving your eduClipper board. And those of us who have Google Drive embedded into our professional lives will be happy to know that we can add Google Drive files to our eduClipper boards.
via Free Technology for Teachers: eduClipper Is What Teachers Want Pinterest To Be.