Saturday, July 6, 2013

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good evening from Greenwood, Maine where the rain has finally stopped. I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. This week I re-ran some of the most popular posts of 2013 so far. Because I re-ran some posts I thought about not writing a week in review this week, but I'm publishing one because I know that many of you use it as a way to quickly catch up on the week's posts.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. MindMup - A Mind Mapping Tool That Saves to Google Drive
2. Fair Use, Copyright, and Educational Blogging
3. Digg Reader - Another New Google Reader Alternative
4. Create Video Quizzes With Blubbr
5. Instagram, Food, and Regional Differences
6. 76 Ways To Use Haiku Deck
7. Studies of iPad Use In Education

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A Virtual Tour of the Tour de France and an Animated Explanation

The eighth stage of the Tour de France is happening today. We may never ride in the race, but we can virtually tour this year's race route through Google Maps. Just as they did last year, Cycling the Alps has published a Google Maps tour of the race. You can zoom in on the course, see the elevation profiles of the stages, and navigate through the stages.

Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the world's most famous bicycle race.

H/T to The Adventure Blog and Google Maps Mania.

Free Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans for Middle School Students

The beginning of the school year is a great time to conduct lessons on digital citizenship and digital literacy. The knowledge and skills gained in those early lessons can serve students throughout the school year. Google has a good set of lesson plans on digital citizenship and digital literacy that middle school teachers should take a look at. The lesson plans are divided into three sections; becoming a digital sleuth, managing digital footprints, and identifying online tricks and scams. 

These digital citizenship lessons are part of Google's Good to Know site. Good to Know is an excellent site on which you can find good and clear explanations of web basics.

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The detailed lesson plans can be saved in your Google Drive account. Even if you don't use the entire lessons as they were written, they're still saving in Google Drive to refer to as you build your own digital citizenship lesson plans. For example, at the end of the lesson on becoming a digital sleuth there is a list of sites to use to teach students about recognizing bias. That list of sites could be useful in developing your own lesson plans on digital literacy.