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The Problem Site: Problem Solving and Educational Games

The Problem Site: Problem Solving and Educational Games | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
Problem Solving and Educational Games - solve problems, brainteasers and puzzles, and play educational games at The Problem Site
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Why have I never seen this site before?

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21st Century Education - YouTube

21st Century Education (21st Century Education http://t.co/VKAP6qCcnh)
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I really like their thinking. How long before the rest of the world follows suit? 

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Learn How to Use iPad Effectively in Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Learn How to Use iPad Effectively in Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
"Have you ever thought of using iPads in your classroom? iPads as we all know, is among the best tools that can be used to teach students effectively. Here's a list of a lot of apps for the effective use of iPad in the classroom."
Via John Evans
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If you have an ipad, you really should be using it as a teaching tool as well. I've heard so many teachers say "what would I use an ipad for?" Having a tablet in your hands unlocks so many great teaching resources. It enriches the class so much, especially when combined with a projector. Read this article, it highlights many useful things teachers can do with an ipad in the classroom.
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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
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We all have something to say about Project Based Learning, don't we? "Parents do all the work" "The kids just copy paste info and learn nothing"

 

If done right however, project can really help kids to engage with the content they're learning. All it takes is a little "out of the box" thinking.

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Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Chess, a solution for education?

Susan Polgar Chess Daily News and Information: Chess, a solution for education? | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
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If chess were made part of the early school curriculum, I think we'd see kids forming healthy thinking patterns. I'm all for it. If only there were more teachers out there who realise the benefits of chess.

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Education app vendors beware: Google wants to be teachers' pet | PCWorld

Education app vendors beware: Google wants to be teachers' pet | PCWorld | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
The company is prepping classroom aide software for its Apps for Education suite
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Google's developing tools to help manage classrooms!

 

I've always said that Google are trying to take over the world, and I'd happily let them. This is one step closer.

 

I think that this is a natural step, given what Google has achieved with their Apps for Education, I'd be interested to follow this development.

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Future engineers and inventors take charge in Forest Park Elementary's technology class (photos)

Future engineers and inventors take charge in Forest Park Elementary's technology class (photos) | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
In Grant Poujade's class, students don't just learn about PowerPoint and Word. They delve into writing code and putting "inventor kits" to use.
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Focusing on technology at elementary level. It's rare, but this school is doing it.

 

Slowly but surely, innovative technologies like the Makerbot 3D Printer are becoming accessible to the average human being. For schools, this means being able to invest in technologies that significantly enhance the learning experience.

 

It's great to see schools like this teaching children to be creators and problem solvers rather than simply being consumers.

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Rigamajig - YouTube

Rigamajig is a new large-scale building kit for children conceived for hands-on, free play and learning. This collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, n...
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Anything that gets children creating with their hands gets a thumbs up from me. What I like about this is the scale and possible durability of the creations.

 

I immediately want to compare this to something like Lego but I realise that they're not really on the same level.

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? Throughout my nine years in ...

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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
“ While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to open a book when they get home? Martin Williams explores interesting initiatives developed by teachers”
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For me it was finding the right story. I didn't as a child, unless it was required for school. That changed after I was introduced to Harry Potter. I was so enthralled with the story that I couldn't put it down. That got me into reading in general, after realising how entirely immersed I could become in a story. Were you always a reader? What got you into it?
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Hackschooling Makes Me Happy

Great TED talk by inspiring 13 year old Logan Laplante. Laplante shares some great insights on our out dated education system and suggests some alternatives to help support creativity in the next generation.
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This could be the face of modern education done right. I'd love to hear your thoughts, teachers.
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Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning

Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
In the classroom, fiero -- excitement that gamers experience when they overcome challenges -- makes students see that they're empowered players in their own education. They're released into the exciting adventure that learning can be. Without the intrinsic motivating power of fiero, however, gamification becomes nothing more than semantic spin: a language game in which a letter-based grade system is replaced by a points-based reward system. In these cases, gamification does little to address the shortcomings of a system that relies on high-stakes testing.
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Such a good read. I'll highlight one point for you: Video games are great teachers. Have you noticed how your average video game teaches you step by step how to play the game? Kids will sit for hours until they've mastered it. Imagine if games were teaching more than just how to play. The potential is limitless.

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101 Teaching Tips, Secrets, And Ideas For 2013

101 Teaching Tips, Secrets, And Ideas For 2013 | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
101 Teaching Tips, Secrets, And Ideas For 2013
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Attention teachers! These ideas are definitely not just for 2013. Which of these are your favourites? Which of them are you already practicing, and which are you going to try for the first time?

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34 Diverse Blended Learning Apps For iPad - te@chthought

34 Diverse Blended Learning Apps For iPad - te@chthought | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
"Blended learning is a potentially powerful way of mixing the power of asynchronous access with face-to-face facilitation and instruction. It’s this mixing of old and new that makes it tempting for many schools and districts wanting to dip their toes in the water of eLearning and far-reaching technology access while still depending on the expertise and training of human teachers."
Via John Evans
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Ooo, there are some juicy apps in this lot that I will most certainly be making use of.
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3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning

3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning | Children, education and technology | Scoop.it
Coding isn't just for computer science any more. Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement. These examples illustrate how co
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These are the types of activities we should be doing in computer class.

 

I recently asked a private student of mine what they do during computer class at school (an expensive, private school no less). Do you know what he told me? Touch typing. Ok, that's nice, what else? Oh, we also used paint a couple of times.

 

Wow, parents pay money for that?

 

We seriously need to start pushing for activities that will help our kids master the computer as the limitless creative/productive tool that it is. You can become a billionaire "overnight" using nothing but a computer.

 

Parents, start questioning your schools about what they do with their computer labs, if all you hear is typing, paint, games and a bit of maths then you need to raise the red flag and protest! A lot of schools are not using their labs to their full potential.

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