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For teachers interested in thoughtful integration of technology in teaching and learning.
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Competency-Based Schools Embrace Digital Learning

Competency-Based Schools Embrace Digital Learning | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Educators using competency-based education, coupled with a heavy emphasis on the use of educational technology, will have a head start in preparing for common core assessments, experts say.
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The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
This post discusses three PDF annotation and management user profiles and presents an overview of 13 apps to annotate PDF files.

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The Innovative Educator: Free Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

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New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Learn how cellphones, e-book readers, and tablets are getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future.
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In BYOT It's the Y and O That Matters

In BYOT It's the Y and O That Matters | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear...It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to." Marilyn Ferguson

 

A few years ago, I stood in front of all of our fourth and fifth grade students in the school cafeteria and told them that I was allowing them to bring handheld games to school for inside recess when the weather does not allow us to go outside (Handheld Games in School). Although we typically get kids outside, sometimes the weather is bad and they need to have an inside recess.

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The Flipped Classroom as a Vehicle to the Future

We describe how the Flipped Classroom has become the vehicle to change in our teaching practice.
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Patrick Larkin and Eric Conti of Burlington High School on 1:1

Patrick Larkin and Eric Conti of Burlington High School on 1:1... great leadership in this discussion of what apps made this initiative successful and why a BYOT model was passed over in favor of iPads for all students.

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Infotech with Mr. Losik: Unexpected Talent Discovery: Young Fives Student Plays Chopsticks

Infotech with Mr. Losik: Unexpected Talent Discovery: Young Fives Student Plays Chopsticks | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

It's pretty amazing what kids will show you they can do if you give them a chance to. Here a student in Young Fives class shows us some amazing piano skills when handed an iPad and the JamPad app.

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50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

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iTunes U - College & University Resources

http://portableprof.com The Universities and Colleges section of iTunes U has hundreds of resources for teaching, learning and professional development. Instructors in higher education as well as teachers at other levels can find audio, video, PDF and other resources to support education in and out of the classroom.

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6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat

6 Powerful Google Docs Features to Support the Collaborative Writing Process via @soxnevad @Getting_Smart  #DigLN #EdTech, #IOLchat | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a great tool for helping teachers thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.
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iPhone photography: The ultimate guide | iMore.com

iPhone photography: The ultimate guide | iMore.com | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
While the original iPhone camera was nothing to write home about, the current iPhone camera is something to never leave home without.
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Are Schools Prepared to Let Students BYOD?

Are Schools Prepared to Let Students BYOD? | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

As our students get older, they become more responsible...we hope. A laptop or tablet has replaced the notebook and pen over the past few years since our present technological explosion. Many students can't wait until the age that their teachers allow them to bring in their own devices. Unfortunately, no matter the level, not all students are encouraged to bring technology into the classroom. And those that are encouraged to do so, may not be doing it for the right reasons.

 

Being the first school in the area to allow students to bring their own devices (BYOD) may help a school sound progressive and current. However, if they do not have the proper infrastructure and are not prepared for the change of culture that this can have, the schools only look good on paper. BYOD can create positive changes to a teacher's instructional practices.

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40 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

40 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Cell Phones in the Classroom | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

So many ruminations on what smartphone technologies offer the wired classroom begin with some permutation of how, at first, cell phones are often the bane of teachers’ existence because they cause disruptions. This isn’t one of those ruminations. Let’s just go straight to the suggestions, shall we?


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Free Technology for Teachers: Nearpod Introduces New Options for Delivering Lessons on iPads

Free Technology for Teachers: Nearpod Introduces New Options for Delivering Lessons on iPads | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

"Nearpod is a service for delivering lessons, quizzes, and polls to students through iPads. I reviewed Nearpod when it launched to the public in May. This week Nearpod introduced some convenient updates to their offerings. One of the the new features that I like is Web Share which lets teachers share websites with students in a safe browser environment. Another option that I like is a PIN system that allows students to access content that teachers share with them before a class meeting."


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Downers Grove elementary schools adopt Apple technology

Downers Grove elementary schools adopt Apple technology | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Inside El Sierra Elementary School on a recent afternoon, Kelly Wyatt led her fourth-grade class in an exercise on adverbs.

 

But the students weren't studying from individual workbooks or coming up to a whiteboard. Instead, Wyatt walked about the room with an iPad, which beamed interactive images onto a screen at the head of the class. Wyatt passed the iPad to a student, who circled the adverb in the sentence on the image.

 

Such is the dynamic this year throughout all Downers Grove Grade School District 58 classrooms, where each is outfitted with an iPad and an Apple TV. Educators say it helps make lessons more student-centered, convenient and varied.

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Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years -- THE Journal

Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years -- THE Journal | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
"If the shift to digital instructional materials is not made immediately, major funding will continue to be directed to traditional materials that will tie the hands of students and educators to static, inflexible content for years to come,"...

 

A new report from the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) points to the importance of shifting K-12 schools in the United States from printed textbooks to digital educational resources. The report released today, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age, delves into the benefits of digital and open educational resources, profiles several states that have already started making the shift, outlines the factors required for successful deployment of digital resources, and provides recommendations for meeting students' needs.

 

According to the report, digital content is more flexible and cost-effective than print materials such as textbooks. Digital resources can be updated easily without the cost of reprinting. They are available anytime, anywhere for students and teachers to access in the classroom or at home. They can be personalized to meet the individual needs of students. And they allow for richer content, including high-definition graphics, videos, simulations, interactive lessons, virtual labs, and online assessments.

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Guest column: Step away from that textbook

Guest column: Step away from that textbook | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

My name is Kerry Matthews. I'm a teacher and I want to make a confession.

 

I threw out the textbook.

 

I spent 19 years in the classroom, teaching elementary school science. Today I teach teachers how to teach. My first piece of advice to those teachers is: Do it. Throw. Out. The. Textbook.

 

 

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Susan Friedman Stack's comment, November 1, 2012 12:45 PM
I have shared this belief for many years especially when working with students reading well below grade level. It would be like forcing me to pay attention and try to understand calculus!
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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Edmodo – Safe Social Networking for Schools

Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Edmodo – Safe Social Networking for Schools | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.

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Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX, Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time.

 

"Google’s new Course Builder software comes on the heels of a massively popular online Google class ‘Power Searching With Google‘ hosted by Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.


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Interview: Karen Bosch, ADE: Creating a Culture of Innovation with WordPress | Wired Educator

Interview: Karen Bosch, ADE: Creating a Culture of Innovation with WordPress | Wired Educator | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

I interviewed Karen Bosch, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Class of 2007, for an upcoming iTunes University Project with some amazing ADEs around the globe. To see the entire interview you will have to wait until our project is published on iTunes. Our theme is “Creating a Culture of Innovation” and I believe one of the first steps toward that, is creating a website for your classroom, and WordPress is a great solution.

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Nerdy Teacher Talk: Lesson Plans, Google Docs, and the Common Core

Nerdy Teacher Talk: Lesson Plans, Google Docs, and the Common Core | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

One of the reasons the blog is called “Running on Fumes” is because I feel like I am, always, running on fumes. In order to balance family, working full time, running, and Facebook (haha), I need to be organized. I have “plans” for loads of things: meals (you’ve seen those), laundry, Evan’s homework time, letting out the dog, etc. Maybe “schedule” is a better word. For example, I check my e-mail, blogs, and/or Facebook in the morning while I eat breakfast. Until 6:55. At 6:55, I head to the bathroom to do my hair and make-up. If I’m not finished eating by that time (usually I am), then I take my cereal and coffee in there with me.

It should come as no surprise, then, that at work, I have plans, too. All teachers have lesson plans, of course, so that’s nothing remarkable. Lesson planning can be very time consuming, though. Back when I first started teaching eleven years ago, I learned that typing out lesson plans was the way to go. There are two main reasons I prefer typing them vs. using the typical lesson plan books: 1) I can type WAY faster than I can write, and 2) It’s much easier to make changes/move things around. By hand, you’d have to erase and re-write, but on the computer, I can just copy and paste. I’ve been typing lesson plans on a very simple spreadsheet since my first year of teaching. I use them right off the computer now, but I used to have a principal that wanted them on our desk at all times, so I’d print them off and put them in a three-ring binder.


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Back-to-School Technology Checklist

Back-to-School Technology Checklist | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

As the school year begins and teachers inventory their supplies, set up and decorate their classrooms, it's important to think not only about how they will use technology in their classroom, but about how they will ready their classrooms and their procedures for using technology. The following checklist will vary depending on the kinds of technology in use, the access teachers have to technological devices and the nature of services (like wifi) available at the school.

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The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of Instagram - British Journal of Photography

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of Instagram - British Journal of Photography | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Instagram has enjoyed unprecedented success, with more than 80 million users who now include some of the world's most renowned photojournalists. Olivier Laurent speaks with them about how Instagram is shaping the photographic industry.

 

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Web class on a snow day? Only for some

Snow days will be free days for most Ohio students this school year, despite a state law that could turn some of them into days of online class.
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