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For teachers interested in thoughtful integration of technology in teaching and learning.
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Americans officially living in post-PC world, spending more time using mobile apps & web

Americans officially living in post-PC world, spending more time using mobile apps & web | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
According to new data from Nielsen, Americans now spend more time using mobile web and apps on their smartphones than they do online on their PCs, reports Engadget. That shift toward mobile is affe...
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The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Partnership for 21st Century Skills (A1: I like to refer to http://t.co/D10QDMdC3h and their great visuals.
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Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program

Apple simplifies bulk book and app deployment with new 'managed distribution' program | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Apple has replaced the unwieldy process of distributing hundreds or thousands of individual redemption codes with a new, streamlined method that allows administrators to remotely "assign" apps and textbooks to students or teachers.
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This is wonderful news for anyone managing an iPad implementation program, but especially for those who need to manage the distribution of student texts. This will be another boon to the iPad as a learning platform.

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The real cost of connecting a school to Wi-Fi

The real cost of connecting a school to Wi-Fi | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it

As more schools move equip all students with a computer, one cost is often overlooked - getting those computers connected to the network grid.

The L.A. Unified school district is planning to spend over $500 million to upgrade servers, pull wire and connect antiquated schools to a data grid - a necessary part of its huge effort to supply 700,000 students and teachers with an iPad.

The price tag is high, says Joe Monaley, a network engineer at Caltech, because costs start far from the building, out on the street.

“A lot of the pipes going through the city or between cities, those have been built, those have been built,” Monaley says. “The problem is, how do you get from the middle of the street to house, and how do you do that for everybody in city and or everybody in the county?”

It’s not as simple as plugging in a modem and router for a home connection: it's a challenge just to get high-capacity classrooms wired, much less connect whole schools directly to the grid.

L.A. Unified will have to pay to lay cable at the street level or lease it from a utility such as AT&T or the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which like many utilities ended up with loads of extra cable after the dot-com bust.

Putting L.A. Unified online is like putting a whole city online. There are more students in the school district than there are people in Seattle or Boston.

The federal government is shelling out a $2.22 billion through its E-Rate program so schools can get more students online.

Often, the districts will pair the federal funds with local issued bond money to pay for the upgrades.

Rosemary Sea, a student at Diego Rivera Learning Complex in South L.A. said as long as the Internet remains spotty, teachers are reluctant to plan iPad lessons.

Last time, she was in the middle of crafting a slideshow for her chemistry teacher when the Wi-Fi dropped out.

“The images wouldn’t come up, but he gave me an extension until my Internet was working,” Sea says.

"The Wi-Fi seems to be shutting down from time to time,” says Robert Sandoval, a freshman at the school. “Since we are all signed into LAUSD [network], they all shut off.”

125,000 iPads are scheduled to arrive at schools as the district continues its push to supply all 680,000 students and teachers with a device.

So construction for wireless upgrades also needs to ramp-up. The district has 486 of its approximately 800 campuses scheduled for modernizations before the end of 2014 with an average sticker price of $736,000.

Featured in: Marketplace Tech for Monday, February 3, 2014Featured in: Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, February 3, 2014

 


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, February 8, 7:25 AM

A re- cap of the issues surrounding getting connected

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10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education

10 Tech Trends Students Say Are Changing Their Education | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Project Tomorrow's Speak Up Survey gives a good snapshot of how students across the country are using digital technology in and outside the classroom.
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Some obvious points, and some things that need to be shared with our non-edtech using colleagues.

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Stanford scientists put free text-analysis tool on the web

Stanford scientists put free text-analysis tool on the web | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Stanford scientists put free text-analysis tool on the web (can analyze captions) http://t.co/Nshh0dSmMY
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Apply to Attend #DENSI2014

Apply to Attend #DENSI2014 | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI) is a unique weeklong residential style professional development opportunity that brings together STAR Discovery Educators from across disciplines and geography with a common mission to...
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I know many DEN teachers and they are all rock stars! Great PD opportunity...

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A Handy Dropbox Cheat Sheet for Teachers

A Handy Dropbox Cheat Sheet for Teachers | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
January31, 2014
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud based platforms for hosting and sharing files. Like Google Drive, Dropbox offers a decent free storage space to start with and there is also...
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Why Good Teachers — Not Good Videos — Are Key To The 'Flipped' Classroom

Why Good Teachers — Not Good Videos — Are Key To The 'Flipped' Classroom | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
An Indiana teacher, who has emerged as a spokesperson for the "flipped classroom" model, says good videos can't replace good teachers.
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Indeed!

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Lucy Gray – Google+

Lucy Gray – Google+ | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Down With Textbooks http://t.co/levBwDfs2u http://t.co/L3QI5g4Dih
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New Splashtop Classroom App Streams Content to Student Devices -- THE Journal

New Splashtop Classroom App Streams Content to Student Devices -- THE Journal | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
At FETC today, Splashtop announced Splashtop Classroom, a new app that allows teachers to stream content and applications to students' computers, iPads and Chromebooks.
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Not platform specific? Heresy!

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The Countries With the Fastest Internet Are All in Asia

The Countries With the Fastest Internet Are All in Asia | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Asia is solidifying its place as the world's epicenter for top-speed Internet access, according to the latest research from Akamai Technologies expected to be published later to...
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The Necessity Of Something Other Than Apple In Education

The Necessity Of Something Other Than Apple In Education | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
The Necessity Of Something Other Than Apple In Education
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NOT an anti-Apple post, or a pro-anything commerically available post. Just a discussion of how and why a seamless well-thought out ed tech plan is essential for students' futures.

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Use Accessibility Technologies Before You Have To

Use Accessibility Technologies Before You Have To | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
All you touch typists out there, spending 10 hours a day at your keyboard — listen up. Repetitive stress injuries will catch up with you sooner or later, it’s just a question of when. You’re probably...
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What The Data Says About Students’ 21st Century Readiness

What The Data Says About Students’ 21st Century Readiness | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
What The Data Says About Students' 21st Century Readiness
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Mobile Learning for All

Mobile Learning for All | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
In this unique and engaging all-in-one resource, learn to use readily available iPad features to make your curriculum more accessible to learners with special need.

Via Gordon Shupe, Lucy Gray
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Lots of many great features inherent in the iOS to accommodate the needs of diverse learners.

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Gordon Shupe's curator insight, February 4, 3:45 PM

Just had a chance to visit with the author and review some of his book. This is an excellent resource for any educator concerned about reaching ALL students! 

 

I really believe that what this book addresses is a 'modern digital literacy'. Even those not who are not impaired should be familiar with this!

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S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction

S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
» S.A.S.S.Y. SAMR: Toolkit for Educators to Transform Instruction |

A New Way to look at SAMR (interactive infographic)


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ChristopherBell's curator insight, February 9, 7:43 PM

Very cool and full of resources if you are into SAMR!

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5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Josh Work, middle school teacher and Marine Corps reservist, talks about teachers who struggle with technology and offers five professional development tips that can bring staff up to speed for school-wide technology integration...
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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition | The New Media Consortium | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Released today: NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition http://t.co/4BWzeD7Gyk #edchat #highered
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The annual report is always a great resource for those interested in trends, research, and predictions...

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Students and Digital Learning: The Results Are In, and They're Not Exactly What You Think -- THE Journal

Students and Digital Learning: The Results Are In, and They're Not Exactly What You Think -- THE Journal | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
We live in a data-driven world. Data informs decisions about everything, from which laptop we use to how best to invest for the future.
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30 People Under The Age Of 30 Hoping To Improve Education

30 People Under The Age Of 30 Hoping To Improve Education | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Every year, Forbes puts out a number of lists called the ’30 Under 30′ in multiple categories.
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3 Reasons Why the School Principal Needs to Tweet

3 Reasons Why the School Principal Needs to Tweet | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
It's time now for school districts to take the power and become their own media channel using all the free media channels out there to promote the positive-learning center school leaders know their school to be.
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To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces

To Inspire Learning, Architects Reimagine Learning Spaces | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
As schools refocus on team-based, interdisciplinary learning, they're moving away from standardized, teach-to-test programs that assume a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching.
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The Hour of Code is here

The Hour of Code is here | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
Join millions of students to learn about the Hour of Code, the largest learning event in world history. (Another #oetc14 shared resource to check out for those into game design in the classroom.
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4 Key Considerations For Student Tablets

4 Key Considerations For Student Tablets | Ed Technovation | Scoop.it
It's common to see students bringing along their tablets when they go to school. These devices have become powerful that they are now preferred over the good ol' laptop and netbook.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, January 11, 3:12 AM

We should be aware of these considertions.

Laurie Nesrala's curator insight, April 25, 2:57 PM

technology, iPad, tablets