Educators and parents often worry about the content of teen social media accounts, spurring many conversations around digital citizenship, digital footprints and online behaviour. I caught wind of the SimpleWash site on a chat show this week. Essentially, it scrapes through a person’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, tagging content compared with a list of objectionable vocabulary. I’m suggesting it as a next-step for students, especially our upcoming graduating classes, as they begin post-secondary studies, new jobs and entering adulthood. It offers a chance for users to see their online presence from another point of view – and an opportunity to tidy things up.
The URL: http://www.simplewa.sh
My pal, Karen Gwozd-Cornish, told me about this interesting site from the University of Colorado Boulder. PhET is a collection of simulations geared towards students of all ages who can conduct studies, demonstrations and experiments with virtual equipment and machinery. From the site: “As users interact with these tools, they get immediate feedback about the effect of the changes they made. This allows them to investigate cause-and-effect relationships and answer scientific questions through exploration of the simulation.” It would be worth your time to view the video clips offered that explain the program and its foundations.
The URL: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new
The Family Online Safety Institute offers this pdf set of flashcards. From the site: “Help kids get an A+ in digital citizenship this year. These flashcards cover the basics and have conversation starters to get you and your child thinking and talking.”
The URL: https://www.fosi.org/good-digital-parenting/digital-citizenship-flashcards-digital-citizenship/
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Designer and developer, Kyle Stetz, created this instrument for creating ascii beats. They might be useful for creating hiphop tracks – based on what you type into the input box. Use student names, school names, teams, projects and other text to create interesting beats.
The URL: http://typedrummer.com
This Telegraph article features 10 easy tips for students to take photographs with their smartphones. Keep flipping through past the first 10 images in this presentation to find other examples of the tips being used.
The URL: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/photography/11114230/10-tips-for-smartphone-photography-from-EyeEm-founder-Flo-Meissner.html?frame=3047000