This week’s information concentrates on healthy use of tech, hacking, games, alerts, democracy and being creative in the learning environment.
Tech News from MediaSmarts
- Me eat vegetable: Cookie Monster wants kids to snack healthier – The nonprofit behind Sesame Street and a produce marketing group want to use marketing tactics invented by the junk food industry to get children to make healthy eating choices.
- How hackers are breaking through the Great Firewall of China – The large scale protests in Hong Kong have triggered a massive online censorship crackdown, according to activists who monitor Chinese state control of the Internet.
- Media’s future: New dimension for movies, games, TV, social – In the past we sat on the couch to watch TV, drove to a theater to see a movie, picked up a controller to play a video game and opened up a specific website or app to connect with friends online. Now, the lines between these activities are blurring—we can do all those things just on our smartphones. But 25 years from now, the distinctions between, say, watching a movie and playing a game will blur.
- After controversy, Facebook promises stricter scrutiny over research – Facebook is planning stricter scrutiny when conducting research. Facebook came under fire for a 2012 study that manipulated users’ newsfeeds without their knowledge.
- 5 Reasons We Love Taking Selfies – Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality, and a Wall Street Journal columnist, breaks down the highlights of why we take selfies— those ubiquitous self-portraits snapped on our smartphones.
Tech Tips and Tools
- Easily create an intro and/or review activity with Jeopardy Rocks (K-12+). It’s a free website that automatically creates a link to your game.
- Field Trip iPhone and Android free apps allow users to be alerted when they pass by interesting places, points of interest, etc.
- TinEye is a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. Use it as a Chrome extension or from a website.
As educators, your role is more crucial than ever in showing the relevance of our parliamentary and democratic institutions to students – the voters of tomorrow. Elections Canada offers elementary, secondary and ESL teachers free educational resources, tools, activities, information and links, all designed to make your work a little easier.
National Democracy Challenge
Students (aged 14-17) have an opportunity to win an iPhone, a Go Pro Headcam or a trip to Ottawa to participate in the Encounters with Canada or Forum for Young Canadians simply by submitting a video, image or piece of writing answering the following theme: Show us why Canada should vote! For full contest details and entry, click here. Contest closes November 30, 2014
Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge (Grades 4-8)
Ripple Digital Publishing is inviting aspiring authors to participate in this unique youth publishing opportunity. The Kids Write 4 Kids creative challenge provides an opportunity for youth to share their creativity and passion through stories. A panel of judges will select stories to be published as ebooks available at iBookstore, Amazon Kindle and Kobo. Visit the website for complete details! Deadline for entry is March 31, 2015.
Ken Spencer Award for Innovation
How are you embedding real-world learning inside and outside your classroom? Now’s the time to gain some valuable recognition for the changes you have provoked in your classroom, among a group of classes, a department or your whole school. Apply for the Canadian Education Association’s Ken Spencer Award for Innovation and inspire CEA with the way you’re designing teaching and learning environments for a post-Google generation of learning. Seven cash awards totaling $15,000 are available to be won for your school!