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Growing Up as a Teacher in the 'Web 2.0' Era

Growing Up as a Teacher in the 'Web 2.0' Era | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teacher Stephanie Pinkin says the evolution of web-based technologies has changed teaching more than educators often realize.
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The Schoenblog: Do We Need to Teach Students to Use Technology?

The Schoenblog: Do We Need to Teach Students to Use Technology? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
do we still need to teach students to use technology? Back then, the question was more about whether or not we really needed technology. Now, it’s shifted to a focus on how and when to implement it meaningfully and effectively.
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The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It

The Web’s Creator Looks to Reinvent It | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Tim Berners-Lee and other computer scientists are pondering newer technologies to create a web with more privacy and less government control.
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What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction

What Educators Need to Know About Technology Addiction | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Common Sense examines the latest scientific research about problematic media use in our new report.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Things You Can Learn at the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Things You Can Learn at the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Professional Development Opportunity in Portland this summer, July 11 and 12. If you are an ACTEM member you may be able to get some help paying for this!
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The Digital Disparities Facing Lower-Income Teenagers

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With less access to computers and Internet connections at home, lower-income teenagers face “digital inequality,” a new study on children’s media use reports.
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‘Never send a human to do a machine’s job:’ Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them - The Washington Post

‘Never send a human to do a machine’s job:’ Five big mistakes in education technology and how to fix them - The Washington Post | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Technology has not done much to improve education on a large scale.... The achievement gap has persisted. But the funny thing is that enthusiasm for technology never seems to have been affected by the 'failures.'" Why? We keep repeating the same mistakes.
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Digital vs Digitized Learning

Digital vs Digitized Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The SAMR Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura provides a guideline for explaining the digital transformation. The four levels within this model are Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. At the Substitution level, teachers merely replace the traditional methods of instruction with digital tools, so instead of reading a printed textbook, the students are printing out their own pages from an online textbook.
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Why Technology Alone Won't Fix Schools

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Technology’s primary effect is to amplify human forces, so in education, technologies amplify whatever pedagogical capacity is already there.
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Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction?

Does Technology Belong in Classroom Instruction? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lisa Nielsen of the New York City Department of Education says teachers can use technology in the classroom to expand students’ horizons. José Antonio Bowen of Goucher Colleges says it often interferes with teaching children how to think.
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How Has Technology Changed the Way We Sleep?

How Has Technology Changed the Way We Sleep? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Are you a tech junkie? There’s nothing wrong with loving your favorite gadgets, but have you ever considered how your favorite technology might be negatively impacting other aspects of your life? Have you ever considered how the digital age might hurt your ability to sleep?
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Six questions for the U.S. Department of Education’s ed tech chief

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“We talk about technology as a tool for innovation which it is, but it’s a powerful tool for equity.”
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Tips for Transforming Educational Technology through Professional Development and Training

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Educators put a lot of stock in, well, education. According to an infographic from Samsung Electronics America and market research giant GfK, 91 percent of teachers believe their success in the classroom depends heavily on having access to technology training. Unfortunately, 60 percent of teachers don’t feel adequately prepared to integrate technology into their lessons.
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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

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The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.
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A day in the digital life of teenagers

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"Digital devices and the uses they put them to have become teenagers’ way of asserting their agency – a shield from bossy parents or annoying younger siblings or seemingly critical teachers, a means to connect with sympathetic friends or catching up with ongoing peer “drama”. In fact the overriding importance of agency to teenagers is shown in the way they avoid the growing digital embrace of their schools – teachers' use of digital media in class or email or the internet to contact them at home is met with whispers and even slower walks home, so as to extract the maximum time spent with friends and unobserved by adults."

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Teacher finds a way to keep kids on track amid classroom tech distractions

Teacher finds a way to keep kids on track amid classroom tech distractions | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teachers have always faced the challenge of grabbing and maintaining students' attention, but that task arguably reached a high point with the introduction of electronic equipment in class. Beginning in October 2014, the Laguna Beach Unified School District rolled out a staggere
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What research says about classroom technology @ReadByExample

What research says about classroom technology @ReadByExample | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Technology is tempting to embed in the classroom en masse. It piques kids’ interests and it is fun to explore. But does it lead to achievement and help students grow as learners? We need to ask ourselves these types of questions if we want to realize the impact that connected education can have on students. I offer three declarations supported by research to help assess the necessity of technology in classrooms.
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Facing The Technological Monsters That Threaten Our Children: Tap, Click, Read

"When it comes to kids and parenting, the conversation around digital media and screen time has become boring and predictable. Folks worry about the impact of video games, apps, tablets, and smartphones."

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In this essay, Jordan Shapiro briefly reviews the new book "Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens" by Lisa Guernsey and Michael H. Levine.

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Lower test scores for students who use computers often in school, 31-country study finds - The Hechinger Report

"For those of us who worry that Google might be making us stupid, and that, perhaps, technology and education don’t mix well, here’s a new study to confirm that anxiety."

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The Daily Dish: ‘Teachers Know Best’ Report Finds Teachers Want More From Digital Tools and Data

The Daily Dish: ‘Teachers Know Best’ Report Finds Teachers Want More From Digital Tools and Data | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As schools and school districts across the country continue the progression into a digital age of learning, the importance of having useful and adequate digital tools for the classroom grows. When it comes to making sure these technologies support students in the classroom – ‘Teachers Know Best.’
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A Teenager’s View on Education Technology

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Some classroom technology is great, but hold on, because the truth may hurt.
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Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish

Don’t Let Class Tech Be Just a Garnish | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"It’s been said before, but it bears repeating, that technology, whether in the form of a device or an application, is but a tool in our teaching toolbox. It needs to be an integral and vital part of the lesson, and must truly improve the instruction."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 19, 2015 9:36 PM

We need to use digital tools in meaningful ways. Technology is about a conversation with and about our tools. Whitehead used the word genius to describe the way teachers care for the place, people, and tools they are in relationship with. Heidegger likened using tools to good and thoughtful craftsmanship.

 

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Jess Johnson's curator insight, May 20, 2015 3:00 AM

Good for the other side of the argument in the electronic educational debate. Informative.

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Beyond the Shine : Finding the Technology In The Standard, Part 1 | Tech Learning

Visions are acquired and missions are written describing how this amazing new device will change the classroom. There is always a great deal of focus on the programs and applications that will change learning. An image is created of students learning and engaging with this new technology throughout the school day. The excitement grows and the shine becomes brighter until it is soon discovered that this amazing new tool is really only… a device. What comes next? Perhaps the most exciting stage, exploring the real possibilities that technology can bring to learning. Let’s call it the pedagogy, or process that allows classrooms to go beyond the shine.
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