By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it’s in computer labs, tablets, or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget.
But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech in a traditional setting — teacher-centered classrooms — is proving to be a challenge. What educational software should be used? What criteria should the software be judged against? And what happens to the role of the teacher and classroom activities when students are using software for practice exercises? Mindshift
Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability.
Many bloggers now have Pinterest boards and this post provides links to 20 boards that look at education technology. All boards are curated by teachers, admins and others whom have an interest in education. Some may lead you to blogs you may not have seen before. The post provides a link to the board as well as a short description of of items being curated.
A slideshow of the "30 Best Web 2.0 Tools" that contains many popular tools. Most are free (although a few have costs involved) and chances are there may be one or two that are new to you. "Each slide...contains the name, description, link and screenshot of what each tool looks like and does."
Have fun exploring and bringing a new tool into your classroom.
"In an increasingly knowledge-based economy, where the daily tasks required in a large number of jobs require not repetitive button-pushing but independent and complex thinking, we are often exhorted to "be creative" or "use some creativity." Which would be fine, if creativity were a little dance one could do on command like a well-trained circus seal. But, for better or worse, the act of creation contains a certain morsel of irreducible mystery. It's intuitive and holistic, rather than analytical and linear (which is the gear we're usually in when we're struggling to get work done).'
This post provides a list of eleven factors that impact creativity, each with an explanation. Some of the factors are: shame, ego, politics, collaborators and deadlines. For more informaiton click through to the post.
Digital TrendsPC ports explained: Get to know the back of your computerDigital TrendsSATA was built for use in computers, so the cables only had to work short distances. This means the maximum length of cable is six feet, six inches.
Bill McClellan: Computers don't make good friendsSTLtoday.comI cannot recall the plot. I remember monkeys throwing stones, cool music and Hal. I remember him very well. Hal was the computer on the spaceship.
Wall Street JournalBad news for Windows 8: Pre-launch adoption numbers are dismalComputerworld (blog)Keizer says that according to Net Applications, in September only 0.33% of computers running Windows were running Windows 8.
Where are we when you look at open source textbooks? This infographic explores the situation and the solution, as well as sharing locations where you may find open source materials. (You might also do a search on OER in this Scoop.it for locations).
Given finances of schools I think that open education resouces (that's the OER referred to above) will become more common...but that is my personal opinion.
For many reasons people may not be able to use the iPad gestures, physically access the small buttons or see and touch the screen. This video explores in built accessibility settings as well as apps that can provide people with different ways to access the iPad..."
There are many places where one may go and download free audtio books. This posts lists 10 locations, providing a brief explanation for each. The sites vary with some geared to to children and others to adults. Audio books are great for students whom may struggle with reading, as well as for long drives and walks. And all these sites are legal. They host books in the public domain.
How to make your own computer from electronic componentsTechRadar UK... we'll show you how you can put all this knowledge into practice and create your very own, crude, computing (well, adding) device.
Soon, gadgets can recognise owners by measuring heartbeatsBusiness StandardResearchers are developing a new technology that will allow gadgets to identify their owners just with a touch by measuring their heartbeats through their fingertips,...