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The Common Core’s Digital-Literacy Gap

The Common Core’s Digital-Literacy Gap | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Just the other day, I perused my district’s proposed curriculum map for sophomore English. Nothing too surprising, with plenty of mentions of textual analysis, thesis writing, and literary elements.

 

If it were 1990, it’d look okay.

 

Unfortunately, the Common Core State Standards and the related ACT Quality Core standards—on which our curriculum is based—come up way short with regards to digital literacy. This leaves many educators without enough direction, and too many district curriculum maps failing to embrace essential components of literacy today. Combine these new standards with schools’ continued emphasis—for the time being, at least—on traditional pen-and-paper end-of-course assessments, and teachers are hardly in a great collective position to promote, create, and implement lesson ideas that are appropriate for 2012.

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5 Tech Tools Making Classrooms Better

5 Tech Tools Making Classrooms Better | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter aren't just a place for random musings -- they're also great platforms for enhancing classroom discussions.
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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lapi

 

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."


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Ed-Tech Notebook: Twitter Bullying Scanner Debuts

Ed-Tech Notebook: Twitter Bullying Scanner Debuts | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Researchers who focus on educational applications for the ability of computers to interact with human language—known as natural language processing—hope that, in an ideal world, computers would be able to supplement the work of educators by performing jobs too labor intensive for humans to do thoroughly.

 

To that end, computer scientists at the University of Wisconsin last week announced the creation of a program designed to scour the entire world of Twitter for signs of cyberbullying, according to a story on Good Education magazine's website.

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Reading, Writing, and Good Digital Citizenship: A Future Tense Event Highlights the Promise of Tech in Elementary Education | Slate

Reading, Writing, and Good Digital Citizenship: A Future Tense Event Highlights the Promise of Tech in Elementary Education | Slate | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

By Torie Bosch

 

"It’s easy to think of educational technology as just another route to the status quo: drilling facts into kids. However, the experts at “Getting Schooled by a Third Grader” said that when it’s done right, educational technology is a different beast altogether. By the end of elementary school, according to Guernsey, many kids are “deadened” by education and have lost their intrinsic love of learning. Engaging technology may help inoculate kids against this troubling outcome. None of our speakers believe that computers alone can—let alone should—impart knowledge. Teachers must be there as guides. But they are all excited by its potential."


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Classroom Cheating in the Digital Age

Classroom Cheating in the Digital Age | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Education Week Teacher's take on the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders.
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Reality Hits | Digital Learning Environments

Reality Hits | Digital Learning Environments | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Working in a large district last week, I was moved by the level of frustration school leaders are experiencing. They have a ‘charge’ for transforming their schools, being innovative, engaging technologies and ensuring students’ success on end of year high stakes tests. At the same time, the superintendent who led the innovation direction has left, there is sporadic infrastructure advancement without a vision or known plan, there are the haves and have nots district-wide, there are not known funds allocated for education technology, and there is anxiety around consequences when students don’t achieve well on end of year tests. How could I possibly help?

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Journey in Technology: Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook

Journey in Technology: Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

One of the latest buzz words in social media is curation. Some media analysts ponder whether the content curator might be the next big social media job of the future.

 

In a review of Steven Rosenbaum’s Curation Nation, Frank Paynter wrote that:

'The job of curator has spread across the digital media world and may already have replaced “editor” and “publisher” in the minds of marketers and social media mavens’.

 

• What are the implications of curation in education?

• How will content curation impact the textbook market?

• Will it make textbooks irrelevant?


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iPads for Literacy & Learning resource for teachers

iPads for Literacy & Learning resource for teachers | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Nicole Sprainger has created an iBook "iPads for Literacy & Learning" which has been developed to assist K-10 teachers in utilising the iPad in their classroom literacy learning programs. It recognises that our students live in an increasingly sophisticated and media-rich society, in which digital texts are ubiquitous. Our students need therefore to become multiliterate - to be critical consumers of digital media texts. They also need to develop the ability to construct new knowledge, communicating their own ideas and information by composing using digital tools and processes.

 

Nicole says the iBook itself is intended simply to be a stimulus - a spark to encourage teachers to consider some ways to provide explicit learning opportunities for their students to access, use, understand and create multimodal texts while utilising the iPad.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 6 Characteristics of A Successful Educator

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 6 Characteristics of A Successful Educator | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Jessica Hagy, a contributor in Forbes, has made an excellent account of the 6 main characteristics of people you should be around. While checking her article I instantly remembered the article I wrote a year ago called the 21st century teacher skills. There is a huge similarity between the two but what really attracted me in Hagy's post and which pushes me to share it with you here is the awesome illustration she employed. She used some catchy sketches that are alone enough to give you the gist of it all.

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Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

August is Connected Educator Month and a whole slew of activities have been planned across many organizations. This initiative is the result of a group that's been working to connect teachers to data, resources, and to each other. One of the upcoming events includes every single past and present Director of the Office of Education Technology for the US Department of Education and that should be a really interesting online discussion!

 

Clearly, there are still so many educators who do not benefit from some sort of online community of practice.By the way, this is a US-led initiative, but global participation is encouraged. Thanks to Lucy Gray for this post!

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More Stem to Steam: Artful Engineering Wiki

More Stem to Steam: Artful Engineering Wiki | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Our work in this unit could be called
artful science
or artful technology
or artful engineering
or artful math
or even artful thinking...

as we explore the connections between art, science, technology, engineering, and math through make-to-learn activities using hand fabrication, digital fabrication, and hopefully, even 3-d fabrication.

 

One question we will begin with is this:

 

Is math an art form?

 

As you work on this wiki, moving through the lessons just as they are listed, please keep that question in mind. We will finish the first day's work with a Gallery Walk, looking at the pop ups you have made. That's when we'll explore and discuss the question: Is math an art form? Why or why not?

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new:

 

"Write your ideas that you want to discuss on the top of the poster board. Each of you can look at all of the ideas and put check marks beside the ones that interest you, and then that will drive the topics that we discuss today."

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No Shock as Peru's One-to-One Laptops Miss Mark - Forbes

No Shock as Peru's One-to-One Laptops Miss Mark - Forbes | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Five years ago Peru’s government equipped 800,000 of its public school students with low-cost laptops through the One Laptop Per Child initiative. The purpose was to use digital technology to fight poverty by boosting student learning.

 

According to reports, such as this one in eSchool News, the effort in Peru has largely been a flop. The initiative cost the government more than $200 million. One person quoted in the story even wonders if it may have even widened the gaps between rich and poor students in the country.

 

Ouch.

 

Yet this was entirely predictable ahead of time.

 

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AD HelpDesk Lite

AD Help Desk allows secure password reset and account modification of user accounts stored in Microsoft's Active Directory. This application will work “Out of the box”, requiring absolutely no modifications to your Active Directory infrastructure.

 

AD Help Desk is 100% secure. All traffic between the domain controller and the iOS device is encrypted.


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Ed Tech Task Force Recommendations - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—Rather than seeing smart phones and other electronic devices as barriers to learning, educators should be using them as central tools in preparing students for the careers of the 21st century economy, according to a new report that teachers and other education experts prepared for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

 

Torlakson created the Education Technology Task Force under his No Child Left Offline initiative earlier this year to begin setting the stage for a modern California Education Technology Blueprint. A plan for education technology in California's public schools has not been thoroughly updated in more than a decade.

 

The 48-member Task Force includes teachers, superintendents, chief technology officers for school districts, and representatives of the business community, among others. This week, members submitted a memo to Torlakson that contains an initial look at the challenge and opportunities facing schools as they move toward modern education technology.

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Gooru: A Search Engine for Learning

Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos,
games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community.

 

Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the
human right to education.

 

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The Teacher Report: 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the C... - WeAreTeachers

The Teacher Report: 8 Helpful Tech Tools for the C... - WeAreTeachers | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

While the implementation of the Common Core State Standards means a lot of work and transition ahead, the good thing about shared benchmarks across 45 states is that you can now share resources, ideas and lessons with a colleague across the hall—or across the country. With that in mind, we asked our Facebook fans for their favorite online tools that are making the transition a little easier.

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Can Technology Replace Teachers?

Can Technology Replace Teachers? | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
As districts and states look for more efficient ways to operate, they are turning to technological approaches that some see as a threat to teacher jobs.
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Still MORE on Flipping the Faculty Meeting - The Tempered Radical

Back in early July, I wrote two posts (see here and here) suggesting that if school principals REALLY wanted to see teachers flipping their classrooms, that they should consider flipping their faculty meetings.

 

My reasoning was simple: Teachers won't be convinced that flipping the classroom carries benefits FOR learners until they experience those benefits first-hand AS learners.

 

Heck - who are we kidding: Teachers won't be convinced that flipping the classroom is even DOABLE until they experience flipping first-hand -- and what better way to expose teachers to a flipped learning environment than to model those environments in our regularly scheduled faculty meetings.

 

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Tallmadgeexpress.com - THS will welcome students' electronics

Tallmadgeexpress.com - THS will welcome students' electronics | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

In the past, a student might have had their smartphone taken away from them if it was out during class.This year, however, teachers will actually welcome those devices in the classroom.

 

Tallmadge High School is embarking on a pilot study this year -- dubbed the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program -- to evaluate the effectiveness of supplementing traditional classroom teaching with the use of kids' own portable electronic devices.

 

The program is made possible, in part, by some upgrades to the high school's Internet network over the summer.

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Magnifi - Home

Magnifi - Home | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Magnifi is the world’s first iPhone photoadapter case. Magnifi connects the camera on your iPhone 4 / 4S to your favorite optical instrument, allowing you to take pictures and video through the eyepiece. This includes, binoculars, microscopes, telescopes and almost anything else with an eyepiece.

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New nationwide online community opens for educators | eSchool News

New nationwide online community opens for educators | eSchool News | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
“Improvement requires connection” with peers, colleagues, and new ideas, said Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Education Department (ED), at a recent ed-tech conference—and that’s the idea behind the first-ever Connected Educator Month, which kicks off Aug. 1.

 

To celebrate the occasion, which encourages educators to join online “communities of practice” to improve their craft, ED and its partners in the project are hosting a series of online forums and events.
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Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos | Google Gooru

Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos | Google Gooru | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

Did you know that in 2011, Google Apps released 100+ new updates? With so many new updates how to keep does one keep up with all the new releases and updates? Try Ask Google Guru where you can find Google Apps Training Videos by topic, by level (beginner, intermediate, Gooru), and Migration Guides.


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STEM to STEAM

STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. The tools and methods of a studio-based education offer new models for creative problem solving, flexible thinking and risk-taking that are needed in today’s complex and dynamic world.

 

The STEM to STEAM Briefing was presented in cooperation with Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-2), the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island College, and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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