Sunday, July 7, 2013

Maker Camp Starts Tomorrow - A Virtual Camp for Making Things

MAKE magazine is hosting a virtual Maker Camp starting tomorrow (July 8th) and running through August 16th. The virtual camp features new DIY projects that students can do at home or school as individuals or in groups. A new project is posted each day. Daily Google+ Hangouts will offer tips for completing each project. Students can share their projects in the Maker Camp Google+ Community.
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Maker Camp looks like it is going to provide lots of great, hands-on, educational activities for students to try all summer long. Whether you're looking for something for your own children to do or you're looking for some fun activities to try in your classroom, Maker Camp is definitely worth following for the next six weeks. The first week's schedule of projects can be found here.

11 Resume & Interview Tips for New Graduates

Even for adults who have been in the workforce for a while the prospect of searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs can be challenging. For recent college and high school graduates the process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Everyone wants to standout to prospective employers for the right reasons. Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You is a Slideshare presentation from Mark O'Toole. In the presentation he outlines not only why some candidates aren't hired, but also what they can do to get noticed. The presentation is embedded below.

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As someone who did a bit of hiring of new employees for entry-level positions when I worked at FedEx, there are two items in the presentation above that I would emphasize to students. First, sometimes you didn't do or say anything wrong in the interview, we just had a better applicant. That's a hard lesson for young people to learn. My advice is to reflect on the interview and if you really think you did your best then just chalk-up the experience as practice for your next interview. Second, dress for success.

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.