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As we progress toward a deeply digital world of connectivity the issue of broadband deployment and projects is very important
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All Resources Teachers Need from Google in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

All Resources Teachers Need from Google in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

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Free Technology for Teachers: Six Web Adventures In Science

Free Technology for Teachers: Six Web Adventures In Science | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

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America’s Mood Map

America’s Mood Map | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
West Virginia is the most neurotic state, Utah is the most agreeable and the folks of Wisconsin are the country's most extroverted, a new study says.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:26 PM

Even before looking at the map or the questions I thought, "it's going to say I belong in Utah."  I did live there for about 8 years and what did I get as my answer:  Utah.  Which state are you?  Agree or disagree? 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Curriki Presents Six PBL Geometry Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: Curriki Presents Six PBL Geometry Projects | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Curriki's new geometry course features six PBL projects. Each of the projects is aligned to Common Core Standards. The course is not a self-directed course for students. The course is designed to be taught by mathematics teachers who want to incorporate PBL. The projects in the course can be used in sequence or used as stand-alone units. All materials needed for leading the projects are included available on the Curriki site. You will have to create an account and sign-in in order to access the materials. Curriki accounts are free."


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The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn

The Mind of a Middle Schooler: How Brains Learn | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
In my last post, I began a celebration of brains and made the argument as to why teachers need to brush up on their knowledge of brains in order to reach that all-too-allusive 'tween noggin.


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WellerRoom31's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:12 AM

Excellent post on the "technology" of a teen brain.   Best we know how the machine works before we can design learning.

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Implementing the Common Core: The Politics & Promise of Higher Learning Standards #longvideo

What is the Common Core? Does it represent a federal overreach? What challenges and opportunities does it present for students, teachers, administrators and ...

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
A digital library containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics
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Excellent digital math library.

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Learning Registry | sharing what we know

Learning Registry | sharing what we know | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:19 PM

Today large collections of learning resources sit online, waiting to be accessed. The burden of locating these resources, assessing their quality, connecting them to related resources, and sharing them with others often falls on individual educators.

The Learning Registry makes all of these activities easier by acting as an aggregator of metadata—data about the learning resources available online—including the publisher, location, content area, standards alignment, ratings, reviews, and more.

With the help of publishers and developers who make data about online educational content available to the Learning Registry and use the Learning Registry’s open source platform to create the tools educators need, digital learning resources can now be consumed in a smart, efficient and social way. 

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The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post

The real 21st-century problem in public education: Poverty ~ Washington Post | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

by Elaine Weiss

 

"The October 2013 Southern Education Foundation study indicates clearly that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is more important than ever. It is our true 21st century problem. Fifty years ago, we educated mostly working-class kids and up, and we did not expect those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder to graduate. Now we educate all students, including the very poorest and otherwise disadvantaged. And we expect them all to graduate. Compounding this shift, a large and growing proportion of U.S. students students live in poverty and even concentrated poverty, have a disability, and/or are learning English as a second language. THAT is the paradigm shift, and we need a totally new set of policies to address that 21st century reality.

 

"In 2000, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals made up at least half of the student body in four states. Just eleven years later, over half of public school students are poor in 17 states, including every Southern state but Virginia and Maryland, and most Western states. Student poverty is the dominant reality in schools in three of the biggest states – California, Texas, and Florida—and nearly the majority in New York, Michigan, and Illinois. The 21st century has sharply increased the proportion of parents who are unemployed, whose jobs do not pay enough to provide basic food, shelter, clothing, and health care for their children, and/or whose immigrant status limit their capacity to navigate the education system and restrict them to a shadow economy."


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RitaZ's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:26 AM

Worth reading and so very true in so many regions of the planet!

Sim Kee Yew's curator insight, January 21, 8:01 AM

After reading this article,I understand that poverty is a big obstacle to educational achievement.I was taken by surprise when I heard that student poverty is dominant in three of the major states which is California,Texas and Florida.I also feel that the number of students that are poor is surprising.I feel that more aid should go to poor students in the areas of healthcare and financial aid.Right here in Singapore,my homeland,I am glad that my country's government is providing this scheme called the "financial assistance scheme" which aims to help those students who have a low household income.The government actually funds the school fees of those in the scheme and the money saved by the student and his family can be used to fill their stomachs.In terms of healthcare,the governments, no matter which country,even Singapore should provide more funded health checks for poor students in poverty.The reason is that the health checks will keep them healthy and bad health will not affect their studies.Thus,they would have a higher chance to shine.

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Esri Map Book Gallery

Esri Map Book Gallery | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

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A valuale resource.

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geoinformacao's curator insight, October 30, 2013 5:51 PM

Published annually since 1984, the Esri Map Book acknowledges the important and innovative accomplishments of GIS users around the world. Each volume showcases some of the work presented at the Map Gallery exhibit at the Esri International User Conference.

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5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids

5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
There are many tools out there that provide a great introduction to computer science for K-12 students, but here are a few of our favorites.

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UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts

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National Center on Universal Design for Learning


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, October 28, 2013 11:30 AM

"UDL Implementation: A Tale of Four Districts is the story of four school districts taking the journey into the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) implementation process. Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana, Cecil County Public Schools in Maryland and Chelmsford Public Schools in Massachusetts participated in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project to explore and pilot processes and tools developed to support UDL Implementation within their own unique districts. The story is told primarily through the voices of the dedicated educator leaders from these districts and the UDL facilitators who supported them. During the one-year grant, the districts worked with CAST, Inc. to develop and implement an effective and sustainable district plan to support the integration of Universal Design for Learning."

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The Value of Openness for a Sustainable Internet | Internet Society

The Value of Openness for a Sustainable Internet | Internet Society | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
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Important to understand!!

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Coggle

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A great, simple, collaborative mindmapping site. Invite other users to share ideas together in real time. It uses html which means that you can use it with most web enabled devices. Sign in using a Google account.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools


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The amazing history of the Nobel Prize, told in maps and charts

The amazing history of the Nobel Prize, told in maps and charts | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
The U.S. has 4 percent of the world's population and 34 percent of its Nobel laureates

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:51 PM

This really is a stunning visual display of the uneven distribution of so many things.

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Finding the Beauty in Math

Finding the Beauty in Math | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
How does a person fall in love with math? For too many, math class conjures up anxious worksheets filled with rows of unanswered problems.
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What is the flipped classroom?

What is the flipped classroom? | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

"Just what it sounds like: a learning model in which the classic structure does a somersault and lands upside down.  Your first thought: that seems painful.  Actually no – it provides a welcome new perspective.

 

"In more concrete terms:  Students use digital tools to listen to lectures and review resources on their own time.  In class, they work together on activities and concepts – with the help of the teacher – putting what they’ve learned into practice, and oftentimes learning from each other.  Getting started with the flipped classroom can be harder than it looks. In this guide, you’ll learn how and why schools are encouraging teachers to give it a try."

 

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Let the Games Begin: Students and Teachers Dive Into SimCityEDU

Let the Games Begin: Students and Teachers Dive Into SimCityEDU | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Non-profit video game developer GlassLab is working with teachers and students to improve its new educational game, SimCityEDU.
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:00 AM

Sim City...try it out in your classroom.

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, November 3, 2013 8:43 AM

The title alone is encouraging.  GlassLab is working with teachers and STUDENTS. Any questions on where we are headed?  Are we preparing our learners to live there successfully?

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The Future of K-12 Assessment

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The Future of K-12 Assessment - The Huffington Post
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I think the future of assessment ...embedded.. a la Chris Dede, Hans Leibergot.

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Four surprising facts about mobile usage

Four surprising facts about mobile usage | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
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Is everyone going to tablets. What do you think? Be surprised.

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Why games make people happy ~ stuff.co.nz

Why games make people happy ~ stuff.co.nz | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

by Daniel Johnson

 

"Our research has shown a range of benefits associated with playing video games, whatever their content.

 

"We have shown improvements in mood, reductions in stress, and feelings of competence and autonomy resulting from playing video games.

 

"Our studies of play with others have revealed benefits for young people in terms of social wellbeing and feelings of relatedness.

But importantly, we have also found co-operative video game play to be associated with increased brain activity for younger people.

 

"More broadly, using a well validated measure of mental health and wellbeing, we have found evidence that for adult players, a positive impact on wellbeing resulted from playing video games with other people.

 

"In a randomised controlled trial with a clinically depressed sample of adults, the positive influences of video games have been shown to include a reduction in tension, anger, depression and fatigue and increase in vigour."


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Oh yes.. but educators are slow to adopt 

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Darryl Barnaby's curator insight, October 30, 2013 7:35 AM

Benefits of gaming seem similar to the mental health benefits of reading as well as gaining feelings of well being they also gain a sense of competence and autonomy. See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBpcTw7pzJs for this TEDx talk from Erik Martin on the benfits of gamification.

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Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement | edX

Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement | edX | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
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I think this supports a conclusion that many of us, using video clips in learning contexts may have been aware of, or suspected. I first recognised this when I was working on theTeaching and Learning with Digital Video Assets project (2004) with the University of Hull, and later on the EU Edutube Plus project (20011). I think where more analysis is needed is whether subjec content or the aesthetic/ filmic style affects the optimum length. The avaialability of tools

to create more interactive video content may also add a new variable to the mix. If you are using video clips in school I would welcome your comments below.


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theo kuechel's comment, November 11, 2013 7:23 AM
A point often overlooked; is that the purpose of educational video is; that it is expected to result in a positive learning action, investigation or recorded reflection that can be assessed. Educational video is usually only one part of a learning activity, something quite different from watching a film or TV, which is usually an end in itself. Whilst there are some excellent ‘educational’ TV programmes, for example those produced by the BBC or National Geographic their scope often is too wide for clear focus on a given learning activity. Educational video can now take advantage of a number different formats available e.g. six second cinemagraphs (e.g Vine, animated gifs), animated video-graphics, screencasts which are all suited to short clips. One of the affordances of digital (online) video is that it can be paused, and replayed and reviewed or annotated as part of a learning activity, and delivery is also changing through MOOCS, flipped classrooms and mobile technology.
theo kuechel's comment, November 11, 2013 7:34 AM
agree with some of the commentators that the craft of filmmaking is still very important especially scripting, storyboarding, representation and the grammar of film. These qualities can be present in short and long and multiformat pieces - and students (and teachers) can learn a great deal by being familiar with them. As @rebecca says this has to be seen in relation to a teachers other responsibilities.<br>
Peter Sampson's curator insight, April 13, 9:59 PM

6 minutes optimum.

 

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The Global Religious Landscape

The Global Religious Landscape | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
A country-by-country analysis of data from more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers finds that 84% of adults and children around the globe are religiously affiliated.

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Sometimes religion divides us all. In some ways it unites elements of culture.

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Apple iPad Air Raises the Tablet Bar [REVIEW]

Apple iPad Air Raises the Tablet Bar [REVIEW] | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Apple made tablets cool and still leads the pack when it comes to design, performance and overall desirability. You’ll want and love the iPad Air.
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5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 1

5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 1 | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
  If you are a user of Google Chrome here are some extensions you may want to check out: Save to Google Drive  This Google Chrome extension saves images or whole screen screenshots to your Goo...

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