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Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault

Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. Teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them.
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What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning?

What’s Our Vision for the Future of Learning? | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Author David Price writes: "If schools are coming into direct competition with the learning opportunities available in the informal social space, it has to be said that this is a pressure, which barely registers within the political discourse. In the following pages, Price describes three cases across the globe — in London, Sydney, San Diego — that have mapped a vision that answers the questions above. Here’s what they have in common: - By insisting that their teachers and mentors share their learning, all three have de-privatized teaching and learning. - By opening up the commons, and by designing workspaces without walls, they have brought Edison’s ‘machine-shop culture’ into education. - By bringing into the commons, experts, parents and investors, they have given an authenticity to the work of their students that is impossible to simulate in an enclosed classroom. - By modelling collaborative working to their students they have fostered the peer learning which is at the heart of ‘open’. - By emphasizing adult and real-world connections, they ensure that students are preparing for the world beyond school by being in that world. - By making their expertise and intellectual property freely available, they have created high demand from their peers and ensured that knowledge travels fast. - By seeing technology not simply as an aide to learning but as the imperative for change, they ensure that their programs are relevant to societal needs and societal shifts. - By trusting in their staff and students, and by giving them freedom and responsibility in equal measure, they have fostered a culture of learning that rewards respectful challenge, shuns unnecessary deference, and therefore constantly stays in motion.
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WordBook: The Best Dictionary for the iPad | iPad.AppStorm

WordBook: The Best Dictionary for the iPad | iPad.AppStorm | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
WordBook is a dictionary app full of features for the iPad. It's fast, fluid, and is also useful offline, making it my go-to dictionary app.
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8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School - Teachers With Apps

8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School - Teachers With Apps | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"MISTAKE ONE – Underestimate the power of the iPad Students do not need to be taught how to use the iPad, but rather how to get the most out of it. They need to be taught how they can use it to create amazing things, to share their learning and connect it with the real word, and to broaden their thinking."
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How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education - We Are Teachers

How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education - We Are Teachers | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of these inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers."
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Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp

Are Your Students Digitally Literate? 10 Resources : Teacher Reboot Camp | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Our learners live in a connected world where technology impacts their lives daily. Our students often dedicate many hours to communicating, sharing, and learning online. It’s the main way they learn and they receive a surplus of information. Sadly, few reflect on the value or validity of that information. We need to teach our students to have a critical eye when navigating the web. Below are a few ideas and resources to help you teach your learners about digital literacy.
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A Collection Of Recommendation Lists From Around The Web For iPhone & iPad Apps | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

A Collection Of Recommendation Lists From Around The Web For iPhone & iPad Apps | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
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5 Awesome Temporarily Free iOS Apps You Should Download While You Can - OSXDaily

5 Awesome Temporarily Free iOS Apps You Should Download While You Can - OSXDaily | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Christmas has come early for iPad and iPhone users as the iOS App Store is getting bombarded with free and reduced price apps in anticipation for the holiday rush. Here’s a quick roundup of five temporarily free iOS apps that are all amazingly high quality, and well worth their full prices, making their temporary free tag an absolute steal.
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Cosmic Cubs Storymaker for Kids - iPad Apps for School

Cosmic Cubs Storymaker for Kids - iPad Apps for School | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Cosmic Cubs Storymaker is an iPad app that elementary school students can use to create short stories about space. Cosmic Storymaker provides a book layout to which students can add page backgrounds, clip art characters, and speech bubbles. Students drag pre-written words and sentences to each speech bubble on the pages they create. All of the pre-written text is related to space. Completed stories are saved in the app."
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Two great astronomy apps for your holiday stargazing - TUAW

Two great astronomy apps for your holiday stargazing - TUAW | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"As you've no doubt noticed, here in North America the skies are very crisp and transparent in the winter -- when the clouds have parted, of course. We also get the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, and some lovely constellations. I've got two really well-done astronomy apps for you that have just received significant updates. One is pro-oriented, while the other is more for casual sky watchers."
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Best Christmas apps for iPad & iPhone - iPad/iPhone - Macworld UK

Best Christmas apps for iPad & iPhone - iPad/iPhone - Macworld UK | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"The festive season is upon us, and for many that'll mean some time off work to relax and spend time with family. If you're in search of some entertainment during your time off, we've rounded up 10 Christmas apps for iPad and iPhone to keep you in the holiday spirit."
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6 Google apps that will replace your default iOS apps - Mobile Phone | ThinkDigit Features

6 Google apps that will replace your default iOS apps - Mobile Phone | ThinkDigit Features | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
If you are use Google’s services heavily, it doesn’t mean you have to use an Android phone. No sir, because your existing iPhone or iPad will do just fine. We tell you which Apple apps to replace, with their Google powered alternatives.
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Check this out--We find Gmail and Chrome intuitive, teacher and student friendly at school.--Lou


Excerpt:"...In a complete contrast to Apple’s aloof-ish attitude towards the Android platform in terms of apps, Google has been fairly attentive to the iOS platform, developing apps and sending out updates regularly. If you are one of those people who has an iPhone, you really don’t need to consider a switch to an Android smartphone, just to be able to fully utilize the Google ecosystem of apps and services. We tell you how to do the same, on your iPhone or iPad. At the risk of some rather venomous clobbering, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to say that the best “Android experience” is actually on an iOS device. Now, while I go and don some pudenda protection gear and hide behind a wall of riot police, you can read on and Google-fy your iOS device. And hopefully, you will get results that impress you....."

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Are the websites you're using tracking what you type?

Are the websites you're using tracking what you type? | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, Gmail or any webpage can track everything you do and could be keylogging your every pointer movement or keystroke. But it's how the internet has been since forever, though many, ...
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What is Performance Assessment? - Getting Smart | Project-based learning

What is Performance Assessment? - Getting Smart | Project-based learning | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Performance assessments are real-world scenarios that reflect the ambiguity of real-world challenges. They require higher-order thinking and problem solving. They are concluded with authentic performance. - Real-world scenario: students assume roles in real-world scenarios. - Authentic, complex process: scenarios reflect complex and ambiguity of real-world challenges. - Higher-order thinking: requires critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and problem solving. - Authentic performance: the ‘product’ reflects what a professional would produce. - Transparent evaluation criteria: the learning outcomes drive the creation of the task.
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Ten Good Apps for a Teacher's New iPad - iPad Apps for School

Ten Good Apps for a Teacher's New iPad - iPad Apps for School | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Did you receive the gift of a new iPad this year? If so, you may be spending this holiday vacation trying out all kinds of new apps. Here are ten that I recommend to try first."
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Photoristic HD Brings the iPad One Step Closer to a Perfect Image Editor | iPad.AppStorm

Photoristic HD Brings the iPad One Step Closer to a Perfect Image Editor | iPad.AppStorm | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"Photoristic is an iPad photo editor’s dreamland: it’s fast, powerful, and a lot of fun. Read on to find out what makes this a must-have image editor." *And it's on sale now too at 80% off!
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Forcing Mobile Learning On The World - TeachThought

Forcing Mobile Learning On The World - TeachThought | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"In education, we tend to think of mobile learning as learning in classrooms with tablets and smartphones. And that’s part of it. Students being able to untether themselves from desks is an extraordinary development that brings with it all kinds of possibility. The benefit of mobile learning thus far has been primarily personalization. Students that can move and access content on individual devices can have that content personalized for them in a just-in-time, just-for-me context. But we stifle the potential gains of technology and mobile learning when we simply shift the tether from the desk to the classroom walls."
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The Beginner's Guide to Your New iPad - Mashable

The Beginner's Guide to Your New iPad - Mashable | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Apple's iPad Air and Retina iPad mini have been a hit with consumers. This guide will help new users get the most out of the popular tablet.
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How to mind your digital manners in the New Year

How to mind your digital manners in the New Year | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Kim Komando has collected her top suggestions for better digital manners for the New Year.
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The Apps That Owned The iTunes Store This Year - FastCompany

The Apps That Owned The iTunes Store This Year - FastCompany | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"This year was the most successful year ever for Apple’s App Store. We look through the data to see which apps moved you this year--and ask what 2014 might hold."
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Celebrating The 7 Habits Of Successful Students

Celebrating The 7 Habits Of Successful Students | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"We’ve talked about habits of successful teachers. We’ve discussed the Habits of Mind. We’ve even discussed new currencies for 21st century learners. We haven’t, though, talked much about the kinds of habits that create successful students. Stephen Covey, of business organization and leadership fame, has turned his “habits” shtick into an empire–one that entered the classroom years ago with his 7 habits of success students, seen below."
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How to Give iBooks as Gifts from iBooks & iTunes in iOS - OSXDaily

How to Give iBooks as Gifts from iBooks & iTunes in iOS - OSXDaily | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
"iTunes and App Store users have long been able to gift apps, movies, and music, and thanks to a recent iBooks Store change, we can all give the gift of literature too, and complete the whole transaction right in our hand from iOS. Perhaps best of all, you can schedule the gift arrival to be on a specific date, and the gifted book arrives neatly in their email inbox right on time, which means that even total slacker holiday shoppers like me will be able to get something for everyone in time for Christmas."
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5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion - Mind/Shift

5 Online Games That Teach Kids the Art of Persuasion - Mind/Shift | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Sure, games can teach gravity or supply and demand, but can they show us how to build a good argument? The following five games do just that by modeling the work of argumentation.
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5 Powerful Assistive Technologies Being Used In Classrooms - Edudemic

5 Powerful Assistive Technologies Being Used In Classrooms - Edudemic | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
One of my relatives is an elementary educator in a public school. The town she teaches in is well-known locally for having heavily integrated classrooms and offering a lot of help to students with differing abilities.
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Pixiclip - Whiteboard for sketches and voice

Pixiclip - Whiteboard for sketches and voice | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Pixiclip's web-based whiteboard makes it easy to create and share sketches online
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