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My students have digital textbooks for several of their classes, including my social studies class. These texts are basically pdf files of the book, with a much more confusing navigation. I’m not a big fan of textbooks, and we rarely use them in class. I prefer to have my students doing their own research, or creating a product, rather than reading a textbook.
Today I asked them what they think a digital text should include. These were some of their ideas:
Links to sources (My students want the author’s sources so they can check the reliability of the textbook, or do further investigation.)
Activities they can download
Intuitive navigation (like a web page)
Adjustable page size
Links to sites of experts on the topic
Question and answer section where they can post and respond
Live chat with other students and recognized experts
Rollover of terms to see the definition
Linked table of contents
Voice controls (They are 7th graders.)
These ideas would make the text more of an interactive web site than a text book. Note to publishers: That is a good thing.
I’m sure that many of you have already heard about Natalie Munroe, the Pennsylvania teacher who made some negative comments about here students on her personal blog. If not, I’ll give you some links so you can catch up on what has now become an international news story, and has Ms. Munroe preparing for a legal battle to be able to return to her job.
A few facts about the incident:
She says she was blogging for her friends & not a larger audience. (Seven people were following her blog.)
Her blog post that got her into trouble was posted over a year ago.
The posts in question did not name any students, and did not include her last name.
She has been suspended from her job.
There are a couple of points I’d like to make about what happened:
When you post something on the Internet it can be read by anyone with Internet access.
Even when content is removed from the Internet it is VERY likely that it has already been archived by Google and other search engines.
Regardless of what Munroe meant, people make their own interpretations.
What we can learn from this:
Regardless of whether or not this falls under free speech, Munroe’s is paying a high price for her comments.
Once you post something on the Internet you lose control of it.
What you post on the Internet probably won’t go away, even when you delete it.
Everything you do on the Internet contributes to your digital reputation.
You know how GMail lets you attach an image, but doesn’t allow you to have it in the body of your email? Well, I was asked by colleague today how to insert images in GMail. I have never needed to do this with my GMail account, because I use Apple Mail to download my mail on my computer. So I had to look it up. I thought it would be worthwhile to share. This was posted by Sarah in the GMail help forum:
“Here are the instructions to insert an image in Gmail.
1. Go to the top right of the gmail page and click on “Settings.” 2. Then click on “Labs.” 3. There is an option that is called “Inserting Images.” Click on the box to enable. 4. At the bottom of the page click on the button that allows you to save changes. (Very important!) 5.Open up a new page to compose a message and now you will have a new icon that looks like a small picture of mountains or hills. (On my computer it is the 9th icon) 6. Click on this icon and you will get a box that gives you the option to either browse your computer to get the file, or enter the URL of where the image resides on the internet if it is on a website instead of on your computer. 7. Once it loads, or finds it on your computer, click on “Add Image.”
It sounds like a long process, but once you have the icon installed, the directions get reduced to…Click on icon, select picture and “add image.”
I hope this is helpful.”
I use other Labs features but never tried this one. (When you’re looking through the Labs, check out Mail Googles.)
Do I have what it takes to join part of, “a select group of K-12 and Higher Education professionals possessing an identified expertise in educational technology leadership?” I hope so. I have wanted to be an ADE for years. Unfortunately, while I was living in Costa Rica there was no ADE program that covered Latin America. One of the reasons I was so excited to move to Korea was to get the opportunity to apply to be an ADE. I have finished my application and video and wanted to share it with you. Wish me luck, and I hope to see you at the ADE training in Bali.