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Which social networking sites should parents be worried about? #edchat #ptchat

If you had to warn parents about nefarious sites, which would you include? I know this is an evolving list as sites rise and fall in popularity monthly, if not daily. I also realize every social networking tool can be used for positive and negative communications. Here’s what I’d share with parents today:

After School https://afterschoolapp.com
Ask.fm ttps://ask.fm
Backstabbr http://www.backstabbr.com
Houseparty https://joinhouse.party
Instagram http://instagram.com
Kik https://www.kik.com
Musical.ly https://musical.ly
Omegle https://www.omegle.com
Reddit https://www.reddit.com
Snapchat https://www.snapchat.com
Whisper https://whisper.sh
Yik Yak https://www.yikyak.com
YouTube http://youtube.com

I located this (1-year old) article from Common Sense Media which is great:

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Notes from today’s photography, social media, and better health session I led with @BangkokGlutton. Thanks, @MORUBKK!

I’m on a personal leave from The School at Columbia University this semester. My best friend, Chawadee Nualkhair (aka @BangkokGlutton), invited me to stay with her in Thailand and collaborate on creative projects including a TV pilot, a web series, and/or another book. Since relocating to Bangkok in 1995, Chow has become an expert on Thai street food and acts as an ambassador to the world of delicious, fast, inexpensive, culturally significant, varied, and omnipresent curbside dining through her photos, tweets, interviews, blog posts, television appearances, and books.

Today, Chow and I were led a half-day workshop on using smartphones to take pictures of food, and/or people in food settings, and sharing these photos via social media. Here are some topics we discussed:

  1. Who shares? What do you share? How do you share?
  2. Everything you put online is public, permanent, and traceable so make wise choices.
  3. Stake your claim (reserve user name on various social sites).
  4. There are great free apps out there for taking photos including:
    • Skitch for marking up photos with text and shapes
    • Squareready for making your rectangular photos fit within a square border
    • Touch Color to make part of a picture color and the rest of it black and white
    • Pic Stitch which creates quick and easy collages using a variety of free templates
  5. Photo tips: rule of thirds, depth of field, lighting, angles, no flash, ask permission if you include others in the photo,
  6. Photo ideas: focus on food and crop out most of the person’s face, include half-eaten food or food with a bite removed, don’t try to include everything in the photo, focus on an ingredient, show before-and-after plates, show empty plates.
  7. This project is using Facebook. Consider also sharing with other communities (ex. Instagram, Tumblr, Flickr, etc.)
  8. What is a hashtag and why? Sample hashtags to consider: #eeeeeats #foodporn #foodgasm #healthyfood #healthyeating #diet #getfit #superfood #fitspiration #cookinglight and many others
  9. The best way to get better at photography is to take a lot of pictures yourself and look at other peoples’ photos. Suggested people to follow who take good pictures: @Infatuation @bkkfatty @bangkokfoodies @bangkokglutton @karenblumberg @jessvsworld @christao408 @nat_catandnat @migrationology @huffpostfood @bkmagazine

The organizer of today’s event, Phaik Yeong Cheah (aka PY), works at MORU, the Mahidol Oxford Research Unit, a tropical medicine research collaboration between Mahidol University in Bangkok and the University of Oxford in the UK. PY organized this photography seminar to kick off the FACEBOOK FOOD PHOTO CHALLENGE. As it was described to me, “This project aims to understand a bit more about sharing food photos on social media and to explore its potential uses in health and health research. This is part of wider Wellcome Trust funded Food and Drink Initiative on global food issues including food production, transport, packaging, storage, shopping, cooking, eating and wastage.” More info can be found here: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Public-engagement/Funded-projects/Major-initiatives/Food-and-drink/index.htm

Some of the questions that arose during today’s workshop were:
1. Can sharing food photos on social media help those who are on some kind of diet?
2. Can sharing help promote healthy eating and cooking, and reduce food wastage?
3. Can social media offer an advantage by utilizing a peer support group when users upload photos and have their peers comment or ask questions?
Chow and I joined the Facebook group and committed to take photos of every meal for at least 14 days and post them to the group. You too can be a part of it! Please consider reading the guidelines, joining the The Facebook Food Photo Challenge group, and posting images with us!

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Checking out @vwindman’s recommended manipulative math apps for iPad via @techlearning

A while ago, I subscribed to receive free Tech & Learning newsletters via my email. You too could get these updates by clicking here. As per their website:

30th Ann logo roundFor 30 years, Tech & Learning has served the K-12 education community with practical resources and expert strategies for transforming education through integration of digital technologies. Our audience includes all job roles within the district community, with district-level technology coordinators the primary recipients. Beyond that, our magazine is often used as a professional development tool to help educators across the board get up to speed with the newest technologies and products in order to best prepare students for the global digital workforce.

A recent newsletter included the following article by Vicki Windman (@vwindman) which I immediatey forwarded to the math faculty at The School at Columbia University

Manipulative Math Apps for the iPad to meet the Common Core Standards

The iPad offers many math apps to help students who need visual tools and manipulatives to help understand basic functional concepts to more advanced math. 

Hands on Math Hundreds Chart $1.99 – Teachers, have “green” friendly interactive 100’s chart on your iPad. It also has sound for students to hear the numbers- fantastic for ELL and special needs students. An extensive Instructor’s Guide for this app is available at the support website. Download the document and install it in iBooks to access ideas about how to use the Interactive Hundreds Chart for teaching elementary mathematics.

Common Core Standards:
Kindergarten: Know number names and the count sequence.

BaseTenBlocks $1.99Stop losing your unifix cubes teach place value- including Whole Numbers, reading and writing numbers, decimals addition and subtraction and regrouping. Unifix cubes cost $99.92 for 1000 at a discount. This app is $1.99 and gives you all of the unifix cubes and interactive activities built in- no more worksheets or workbooks. A comprehensive instructor’s guide is available at Base ten guide.

Common Core Standards:
Grade one and two- understand place value, use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

Mathboard $4.99 Here is an app to help students with four basic operations. It also includes square cubes, square roots and integers. Random problem generation (up to 250 questions per quiz). – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Squares, Cubes and Square Roots – Includes One Step Equation style problems. e.g (6+x=12; x-8=2; 5x=25;) – Number ranges are configurable from -9999 to 9999, including the ability to require certain numbers to be in each problem.

Common Core Standards:
Grades 1-3 Operations and Algebraic Thinking

First Grade- Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
Second Grade- Add and subtract within 20.
Third Grade- Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

VM- Virtual Manipulative Free- Set the app for Percents, fractions or decimals- App provides you with a slide bar. Drag pieces such as 1/5 press and hold and your are provided with the equivalent. App includes an area for student work and a folder to save work.

Common Core Standards: Number and Operation
Grade 3- Develop understanding of fractions as numbers
Grade 4-Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
Grade 5- Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.

Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.


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