1- Bad News. An online game meant to "vaccinate" students against #fakenews. Originally launched in Dutch in November 2017, the game puts players in the position of being the creators of fake news in an effort to help them better understand how disinformation spreads.
2- Written for AASL's Knowledge Quest blog, librarian Ashley Cooksey's #ConnectedEducator series offers a primer for becoming, well, a connected educator. Beyond the basics, she delves into hashtags as well as your social media profile and branding. (Full disclosure: I contributed to the profile/branding piece.)
3- Several years ago, I read an article in The Washington Post written by a teacher who shadowed students for two days and learned some hard truths about education (kids spend a lot of time sitting, passively receiving instruction, and feeling like nuisances). With this in mind, Shadow a Student Challenge encourages teachers and administrators to get into classrooms and walk in their students' shoes. The site offers a toolkit with support for prep, shadowing, reflection, and action to make this approach easy to roll out school-wide.
4- I recently had to give a short speech to a large group of people. I am comfortable teaching kids and leading professional development sessions for adults, but the whole idea of a "speech" had me panicked. If you're anything like me, this Harvard Business Review post offers 5 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Public Speaking that will help.
5- Librarian Shannon McClintock recently set up a Padlet for educators to share Google Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without. For example, did you know about CleanPrint, which eliminates all the extra junk when printing from the web? Or the Opposing Viewpoints extension which notifies you of related results in Gale's Opposing Viewpoints in Context database after a Google search?
What's been sparking your interest of late?
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