How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

A great guide to fighting cyber-bullying in schools. It’s a social issue that is prevalent in many schools but may not be spotted right away.

Source: How do you deal with cyber-bullying in schools? 

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Great way of otherwise practically defining edutech tools

Bryan Alexander

devil_gags9999In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven.

App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web.

Blended learning, n.  The practice of combining digital and analog teaching.  Also referred to as “teaching”, “learning”, and “the real world”.

Blogging, v.  The practice of writing to and interacting with an audience through an easy to use, automatically archiving tool.  A curiosity, which might be significant if every anyone used it.  Can be neatly buried by the LMS.

Competency-based education (CBE), n.  A tentative recognition that learning might occur outside of academia.  Obviously dangerous, and preferably reserved for the lower classes.

Digital native, n.  Student worker.

Engagement, n. That which everyone talks about but really does not know what it means. (thanks…

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You need to learn to laugh at yourself!

As an educator and learner, it’s very important to “know” how to laugh at yourself.

Now what do I mean by that?

Simply, as human beings, there are many things that we just don’t understand/know. Nobody knows everything. But, true, there are people who know quite a lot of things. But that did not come out of thin air; they were not born this way. They all went through the tedious burden of “learning” how things work. In the process, there were moments when they felt helpless and did not think they would learn what they wanted to learn, but after a while, they realized that what they were frustrated with was a simple part that they needed a little help with, or they just missed a simple thing along the way! and that’s when they “laugh” at themselves!

To conclude, as educators, we need to constantly improve ourselves and , in the process, learn how to laugh at ourselves. Students, also, are in need of such an attitude in and outside of the class. So, come on everybody;, start learning and “laughing at yourselves”! 🙂

Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier

Recently I had the pleasure to present a workshop on “Mobile Phones: Are They Making our Lives Easier” at Modern College of Business and Science in Muscat on August 5th, 2012.

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To Mr. Worthless, Lousy Teacher

Date: D+/D-/FF
Address: School Haters street, XX
To: Mr. Lousy, Lousy Teacher

Subject: 7 deadly techniques to make students hate schools and learning

Dear Lousy Teacher,
A lot of parents, as well as schools, really complain about their children, or students, increasingly lacking interest in attending schools and classes for that matter. Surprising enough, if you’re also on the go to achieve similar mischievous goals, such as making the students’ life really “unbearable” at schools and classes. Then these steps will suit you best!
Here is what you can do (and believe me, they work) to make that dream come true.

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URL shorteners and their usage in education

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A few years back, website shorteners were almost non-existant in the web, now they are becoming a current trend every where you go in the web. These shorteners do the simple job of making those long addresses shorter by redirecting the link through their own domains. There are many ways these shorteners are usefu in. The most common place is twitter! (T.co) This has enabled the luxury of sending content in less characters and much more content, thus made sharing websites even easier to follow and faster to find. There are also some benefits to these shortening engines for use in the educational field as well; and these might possibly be:

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