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For teachers interested in thoughtful integration of technology in teaching and learning.
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Augmented reality mobile app brings inanimate objects to life

Augmented reality mobile app brings inanimate objects to life | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Augmented reality app maker Aurasma demonstrated how its software can bring magazines, posters and any enabled object to life by simply pointing a smartphone's web camera at it.
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Played around with this app last night. Install it and then scan the back of a $20. Prepare to be blown away!

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition | What Do We Know Now? | Volume 1 | HASTAC | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

A few months back, we rolled out the Badges Competition Project Roadmap during our first grantee townhall webinar, a virtual opportunity for all 30 projects to share knowledge about designing and building their badge systems.

 

Why a project roadmap for grantee badge system design? No one-size-fits-all approach exists for building badge systems, but a roadmap offers useful guideposts to help thread knowledge and provide jumping-off points to spark ideas. Collaboration by difference -- especially the innovative type -- needs a blueprint that can then be adapted, tweaked, revisited, transformed, and yes -- even ignored!

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Just started learning about this from gamification expert @trendingtech (Jon Jarc). Fascinating!

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | How Can I Webstream an Event?

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | How Can I Webstream an Event? | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

This evening, in response to a Twitter question from Justin Staub, I created a 12 part MentorMob article series (technically it includes 11 articles and 1 audio podcast) addressing the question, “How Can I Webstream an Event?” There are multiple answers to this question, of course, which are appropriate for different situations depending on available equipment, money, bandwidth, etc. I titled this MentorMob series, “Lessons Learned Webcasting with Ustream.” I started using Ustream back in 2008 and it’s still my favorite webcasting platform.

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Teaching 2.0: Is Tech In The Classroom Worth The Cost? : NPR

Teaching 2.0: Is Tech In The Classroom Worth The Cost? : NPR | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The growth of tech and Internet use in schools has brought one unexpected benefit: Kids can get lectures from high-level scholars via Skype, and interact with them over the Internet.
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Fellow ADE Howard Pitler was featured in this segment on NPR discussing the challeneges of determining engagement in the tech integrated classroom.

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Outdated technology holding back 88pc of European education sector - index

Outdated technology holding back 88pc of European education sector - index | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Educational institutions across Europe are struggling to keep up with advances in technology that would simplify and improve the delivery of education services, the recent Ricoh Document Governance Index has found.
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Frankly, surprised...

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Unlocking Literacy with iPad

Unlocking Literacy with iPad | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

As a veteran English teacher in the Euclid City Schools, and someone who sees great value in integrating technology, I wanted to contribute to the ongoing dialog regarding tablet/mobile computing, specifically the iPad, and its impact on student literacy and students’ self perception of their own literacy. You can find an article detailing my teacher research below as well a short video I produced for this project. Check out the Resources section if you’d like to learn more about this device and how it can differentiate instruction for your students.

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I just updated this site to include a list of apps used in my classroom and how they are used.

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Tech Learning : FLIPPING YOUR FACULTY MEETINGS

Tech Learning : FLIPPING YOUR FACULTY MEETINGS | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
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Why I Hate School But Love Education||Spoken Word

As the cyclical and seemingly never ending debate about education rages on, the topic - somewhat ironically, often poses more questions than it provides answ...
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A student shared this with me and it is hard to deny!

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Susan Friedman Stack's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:27 AM

This is exactly what I explore at: www.facebook.com/sstandardsmatter in not referring to common Core, I'm referring to COMMON SENSE

 

We need to teach our students about the common sense of success!

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Disrupting Autism with Courage and Technology | Collective ...

Disrupting Autism with Courage and Technology | Collective ... | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The barrier for autistic people is not about intelligence but the ability to communicate. Technology has opened that door today and helped reframe our perception.

Via Kyle Colbert
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One of my BW students started his own scoop.it site on autism and technology and I find this post highly relevant, especially when it takes courage to get others to see things that are obvious to you.

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Kyle Colbert's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:02 PM

What a great way to show how technology can change the life of someone with autism. An amazing read, also check out the video!

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Social Media: OMG! Do Parents Get It? : NPR

Social Media: OMG! Do Parents Get It? : NPR | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
From tablets and iPhones to Twitter and Instagram, technology is changing the way children interact with the world. Host Michel Martin talks with a roundtable of parents about encouraging digital exploration, while keeping kids safe.
Jonathan Jarc's insight:

Heard this today and am reminded that I am a lucky dad, as I know more about technology than my kids. As the father of a sixteen year old and and ten year old, I know it may be a matter of time before that changes, but as a tech-savvy teacher, I am comfortable providing guidance to my children in the realm of social media and productive online interactions.

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7 Excellent iPad Games to Develop Kids Critical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Latest Social Media News

7 Excellent iPad Games to Develop Kids Critical Thinking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Latest Social Media News | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
"There is an app for everything these days. From health apps to travel apps, iTunes market is teeming with all kinds of apps.
Jonathan Jarc's insight:

Critical thinking can be overlooked in these days of standards and teaching to the test, so I'm all for it!

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Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the Dog -- THE Journal

Common Core Technological Standards: They Are the Tail, Not the Dog -- THE Journal | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Up to now, test makers have been the dog--and education has been the tail. But the test makers are increasingly out of touch with students who use mobile devices for everything including learning.
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Great piece from the SIGML (ISTE) Chair Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris. The ridiculousness of the requirements is apparent.

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- From the Principal's Office: Is The iPad King? It Is For Us And That's All That Matters (For Now)

- From the Principal's Office: Is The iPad King? It Is For Us And That's All That Matters (For Now) | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
Jonathan Jarc's insight:

As we consider the move to a 1:1 in Euclid, I think these are valid points. While my preference is the iPad, I wonder about the dependence on apps by some teachers and/or adminsitrators who don't understand the importance of balance in digital and analog learning activities. We should be responsible enough to find and keep this very balance.

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, January 10, 2013 12:55 PM

As we consider the move to a 1:1 in Euclid, I think these are valid points. While my preference is the iPad, I wonder about the dependence on apps by some teachers and/or adminsitrators who don't understand the importance of balance in digital and analog learning activities. We should be responsible enough to find and keep this very balance.

Dico Krommenhoek's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:52 AM

People change education, not devices. So very true.

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8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education

8 Studies Show iPads in the Classroom Improve Education | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Check out just how much of an influence studies show iPads in the classroom are having on education.
Jonathan Jarc's insight:

Always keep in mind that teacher impact cannot be understated. While iPads make a difference, teachers who are willing to take chances and experiment are key.

 

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A Guide to Facebook's Privacy Options

A Guide to Facebook's Privacy Options | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The choices can get pretty confusing, if you don't know what you're looking for.
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Hmmm... there's something odd about having a WSJ interactive infographic just to navigate the security settings of Facebook. Unlike banks, social networking sites are not too big to fail!

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- Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

- Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Kids FINALLY have a case for why they really need mobile devices to learn. The survey is the first of its kind and examines how middle school students are using mobile devices, revealing that these tools are actually helping kids learn math and science better, and increasing their confidence and motivation, despite the fact that most schools (88%) strictly forbid their use for learning.

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Empahasis on why BYOT is not going away.

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#Plugged_into_the_future: School system pushes social media strategy - The Frederick News-Post Online

#Plugged_into_the_future: School system pushes social media strategy - The Frederick News-Post Online | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Frederick News-Post is a Frederick, MD based newspaper that has been delivering local news, sports, classifieds, food, obituaries, entertainment, and community events to Frederick, MD for more than 100 years.
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School systems of the past face the challenge of self-marketing themselves in the future. Social media is a tremendously effective and inexpensive tool to accomplish just that.

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See The Scientific Accident That May Change The World (Or At Least Your Battery Life)

See The Scientific Accident That May Change The World (Or At Least Your Battery Life) | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Why aren't we powering everything with tiny, fast, biodegradable "batteries"?

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Implications beyond educational technology... world changing.

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Obama Announces Plan To Make Education More Focused On Tech Skills | TechCrunch

Obama Announces Plan To Make Education More Focused On Tech Skills | TechCrunch | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
During the State of the Union, President Obama has announced a plan to make the American education system more focused on tech skills. While there weren't many details in the short declaration, Obama cited New York's P-Tech high-school as a model.
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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift

Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

A collection of sites and resources from MindShift on how teachers view educational technology.

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As more school districts investigate the impact of educational technology and 1:1 initiatives, more demand is being placed on proponents of educational technology to justify the expense of said integration with data showing the impact.

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Film Makers Turn to iPad for Interactive Storytelling

Film Makers Turn to iPad for Interactive Storytelling | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Louisiana-based animation studio Moonbot Studios published its first iPad app this week that turns an animated short film into an interactive storytelling experience.

Via Seth Gitner
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As the iPad becomes known as both content consumption AND creation tool, this find illustrates how the narrative frame is upgraded through technology.

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online4ed's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:47 AM

A reason why this tool is so important to Digital Storytelling! 

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Finding Learning Tools In Digital Footprints : NPR

Finding Learning Tools In Digital Footprints : NPR | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The hours children spend on the internet could have a valuable use — helping educators tailor lesson plans in school?
Jonathan Jarc's insight:

The guest, Rey Junco, felt we'd hear more about the concept of learning analytics, especially in education. It's an interesting theory and one that lends creedence to educational technology. Unless you are the most experienced and veteran of teachers, gleening data from students' work is difficult, to say the least. Apps are among the tools available to teachers and their students that might assist in this process. I think specifically of my new favorite app, Subtext.

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Should Schools Be Required to Teach Digital Citizenship?

Should Schools Be Required to Teach Digital Citizenship? | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Yes.

Not only should teaching digital citizenship be required, it should become the primary lens through which our children view the world. Our prosperity, humanity, and even survival may depend on it.

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Point and counterpoint for the above issue.

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John Bowen's comment, January 23, 2013 6:35 PM
Not sure what you mean by digital citizenship, but if you mean what I think you mean, "yes." Citizenship and knowing its rights and obligations, is essential in a digital age.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Doctopus for Managing Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Doctopus for Managing Google Documents | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Doctopus is a Google Spreadsheet script developed by Andrew Stillman that can help teachers manage the flow of shared work in in their Google Drive accounts. The basic concept behind the script is to enable teachers to quickly share documents with all of the students on a roster, monitor usage of shared documents, and give students feedback within that roster spreadsheet. I was thinking about creating annotated screenshots of the process of using the script, but then I found a couple of nice screencast videos on YouTube that walk teachers through the process of using the Doctopus script.

Jonathan Jarc's insight:

Holy smokes! This is such a great idea for teachers who use Google Docs regularly...

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Educational Leadership:Teaching Screenagers:Transforming Education with Technology

Educational Leadership:Teaching Screenagers:Transforming Education with Technology | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Although Karen Cator is no longer with the US Department of Education, I find this to be insightful about what we hope to see in a 21st century classroom.

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