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Transparent Not Invisible

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Technology integration needs to be transparent and certainly not invisible. With the influx of smart phones and other mobile devices in learners’ hands, communication and collaboration is ongoing and escalating via social media networks. Learners, teachers and students, are capturing information, images and data at all times of the day. Internet  2010 in Numbers, was recently shared by Royal Pingdom via charts and visual data. The numbers for Twitter and Facebook are mind boggling. Did you see 30 billion pieces of pieces of content (links, notes, photos, etc.) shared on Facebook per month?

The time to move away from making these devices invisible to making them transparent in the classroom is now. We all have a role in making this shift happen. Personal Learning Networks are sharing many ideas and strategies to make transparency of devices a reality. The question is not will you be a part of this shift, the question is when?

Four for Friday – From Invisible to Transparent

The Complete Facebook for Teachers from Jeffrey Thomas is an excellent resource. Thomas’ blog, Tech the Plunge, provides useful information for your toolkit..

The Ultimate Twitter Guide for Teachers is from Edudemic. Twitter is a great resource for gathering information on BYOT(Bring Your Own Technology).

The #edchat Daily is an online paper.li newsletter that highlights current trends and useful information from educators across the globe. Paper.li, is an application that lets you create and share Twitter and Facebook as a daily newspaper. It was shared in an earlier posting, Tasty Tweets, A Daily Newspaper.

A Day in the Life of an ipad Classroom recently shared project information on the usage of iPads versus textbooks. Read and find out what happens when an eighth grade classroom replaces textbooks with iPads.

Photo – A recent snapshot from north Georgia

 
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