Learn.Great Tech-spectations for students 2014

In an effort to best utilize our 3:1 tech ratio, I have put together this short list of best practices and great “tech-spectations” for this school term at THINK Global School.

(Yeah, tech-spectations is my new word, Copyright Martino 2014)

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How to use each piece of your tech for my class/classes:

iPhone – You will always have this device on you. It is so much more than a phone, and I expect you to use it to its capabilities. Global Studies & Anthropology uses include, but are not limited to:

  • capScreen Shot 2014-09-05 at 4.25.53 PMturing and sharing live places/events
  • note-taking in the field
  • recording audio in the field
  • mapping tools
  • quick reference
  • Recommended iPhone Apps: TED, Audible, Line, Google, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Skype, GoogleMaps, Socrative (student)

iPad – You are expected to have this in class each day. This is your new shiny digital notebook; you may also have your TGS Moleskin or another small notebook. Global Studies & Anthropology uses include, but are not limited to:

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  • quote recording and reflection
  • THINK Spot access (daily)
  • reading assignments
  • internet research (daily)
  • daily creative bursts
  • Recommended Apps: THINK Spot, Mindmeister, Kindle, NatGeo World Atlas, YouTube, Prezi, Prezi Viewer, Paper 53, Socrative (student), WordPress

MacBook – Should stay at home. Your MacBook is like your entire desk at home all in one little shiny silver piece of magic. The MacBook gives you access to a multitude of databases for in-depth research; it replaces your entire bookshelf. It is also your endless stack of all thing beginning with the letter P (paper, pens, pencils, paint, photographs, etc.) Global Studies & Anthropology uses include, but are not limited to:

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  • Document writing and creation
  • Heavy web research
  • Large creative projects in the Adobe Suite
  • Organization and communication through Google Suite

Research and Assignments using THINK Spot and the TGS Digital Library:

TGS Digital Library on THINK Spot – Created by our own digital gurus here at TGS, the Digital Library give you access to various paid and unpaid resources on the web. Since we often travel and cannot take a library with us, this is our school library. Use it!

Wikipedia – As most people have realized by now, Wikipedia is a great initial resource to get very basic overviews and understandings of events, ideas and people. Wikipedia’s best feature is that if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you can use the source list as a springboard to great resources for your project.

Global Issues in Context – Is one of the paid databases that you will often use in my class.

Questia – Is another top-notch resource database that has great features like creating projects, highlighting text and providing citation help.

GoogleScholar – Easy and great tool to find scholarly articles. Easily accessible under from GoogleDocs by clicking Tools –> Research –> change search bar to Scholar –> search away!

Overdrive – Is another great resource available to you here at TGS where you can check selected resources out for your classes. This library was carefully chosen by the staff, and we keep updating our Overdrive library with current academic and non-academic reads.

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Writing, Collaborating and Submitting Work using Google Docs

In Global Studies & Anthropology all written assignments should be created and submitted using Google Docs. Google Docs allows me to collaborate with you on your rough drafts and “suggest edits” before your final submission. It also will stay with you regardless of where we are in the world. I recommend that you set up a folder for Global Studies/Global Issues/IB Social and Cultural Anthropology on your Google Drive. Here is what it should look like:

  •   Folder Title – Global Studies
    •   Sub-Folder Title – Lens 1: Environment
      • Documents (from there on you got it, notes, writings, readings, assessed work)

Other extremely useful applications:

Diigo – A great tool for bookmarking web pages and research that you come across. I have created some groups and invited you fine folks to contribute any and all materials that you think fit the topic.

For written skill-building and advanced writers, I highly recommend:

Grammarly –  When I was in University, I frequented the Writing Lab to get free help on all of my written work. Now that I am a grown up I don’t always get that second set of eyes on all of my works. But, shazam, with Grammarly, I do. It proofreads all of my writings and offers suggestions and lessons so that I learn what I am doing wrong. (P.S. this post has been edited through Grammarly!)

Hemingway App – is advertised to make your writing clear and bold, and that is just what it does. I am a beginner with this one, but it has proven very helpful with my verbosity.

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