Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Like Pinterest, but looking for something with more of an educational twist? Well then Learnist might be right up your alley!
Learnist is set up in a similar way to Pinterest. However, it is much more "education focused" in its structure
Across the top of Learnist you will find the categories of: Art & Design, Science, Technology, Music, Health & Fitness, Business, Sports, Education, Travel, Politics, and more.
Give it a try to see what you think!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Let's face it, when students get home they are potentially exposed to an inordinate amount of inappropriate content. This comes through many vehicles - social interactions, social media, Internet, television, video game, cell phones, an so forth.
When children are at school we are very much purposefully structuring their technological interactions/learning experiences in such a way that they will be safe and free from inappropriate content. Part of that process involves applying filters. However, filters are not fail-proof. Just a word to the wise for you and your staff - always preview before you view with your class. It sounds simple enough. A good example might be where one would get a lesson from a reliable source, including a video; yet not preview the video. The cost of not previewing that 2-3 minute video could prove weighty in the long run. Always preview (speaking from experince).
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
You may very well wonder what this is and why you would possibly be interested in it.
In this particular post, number cloaking refers to using your own phone without revealing your personal phone number, in such a way that there can be two-way phone calls and text messages.
Let's just say that you work for a smaller school district that doesn't issue cell phones. You have your own personal phone to use after hours, but you prefer not to reveal your personal phone number. There are a myriad of understandable reasons for such a preference. With number cloaking you can have a temporary or long-term number that rings and texts to and from your cell phone, without ever revealing your personal phone number. You set the time frame for which you wish this cloaking to last.
Here is an example of when you might want to use such a feature. You have a concerning situation occur at the end of the school day, just prior to a long break. Even though you have met with the family at length after school, you sense that they may have a few additional questions that could easily be answered by phone; thus putting their concerns at ease without them having to worry and wait 1-2 weeks before getting an answer.
You can simply use a cloaking app, such as Call Safely, select the phone number you want to use and the duration. Then you provide the phone number to the family, stating that this will be the best number to reach you at over the next two weeks.
If your district provides a cell phone for you, you will not need this. If they do not, this is a great alternative to sharing your private phone number. Yes, there is a small fee. Many would say it's very worth it though. Call Safely is specific to Android devices.