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Digital Learning Enrollment Triples: U.S. Department of Education

Digital Learning Enrollment Triples: U.S. Department of Education | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
The digital revolution has officially hit America's classrooms.
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The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive

The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Last summer we told you that the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content Program by taking 4600 high-resolution images from the Getty collections, putting them into the public domain, and making them freely available in digital format. We also made it clear -- there would be more to come.
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Want More Women in Tech, Grab A Bunch of High School Girls

Want More Women in Tech, Grab A Bunch of High School Girls | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
I'm working diligently on a book about the missing voices of edtech, which is a look at diversity from multiple lenses. Every time I think that I might just be finished, a new layer shows itself. A...
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10 lessons “Frozen” can teach us about tech, teaching | Ditch That Textbook

10 lessons “Frozen” can teach us about tech, teaching | Ditch That Textbook | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
"Frozen" has caught the attention of movie-goers for its against-all-odds story line. It has great messages for educators, too.
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How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving

How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Last month, Scientific American declared "...“not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” A nod from a top scien...
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Life of an Educator: 8 things I'd like to change in schools

Life of an Educator: 8 things I'd like to change in schools | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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Women, Power, and Educational Technology

Women, Power, and Educational Technology | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
This the first post I have ever written about females in technology.  A few recent incidents got me thinking about this issue.  First, I attended/presented at an educational technology conference t...
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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future
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Jo-Anne Botha's curator insight, April 23, 1:50 AM

Are South African students ready for learning through social networks?  What are the competencies a student will need in order to learn connectedly?

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Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning

Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Students at The College Preparatory School often collaborate in groups, as in this math class where students work together to solve a set of geometry problems in the classroom (above), and then wor
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Jo-Anne Botha's curator insight, April 23, 1:53 AM

Would adult learners need the same kind of environment to encourage collaborative learning?  In South African schools collaborative learning is emphasised but do the learners acquire the necessary competencies?

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Why InVITE? — #InVITEchat #edtech | Change Agency

Why InVITE? — #InVITEchat #edtech | Change Agency | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

There are many reasons why InVITE was founded, and one of the motivating factors was the persistent gender imbalance evident in the lists of featured speakers and keynotes at local, state, and national ed tech conferences...

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10 Courses With a Twist

10 Courses With a Twist | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Professors are capitalizing on what computers can’t do — like take walks, serve pizza, chase tornadoes and teach through experience.
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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
A new generation of embeddable tech implants could soon change the way we live
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This is fascinating... we have finally accepted the use of mobile devices in learning (at least most educators have... ) while we explore/debate the use of wearable tech in learning... but how many educators are even aware of what is coming next?

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Teresa Roebuck's curator insight, April 14, 10:56 AM

I've already said that I am ready to embed/implant a smart phone in my hand! What are we waiting for?

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10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

10 things wrong with what kids learn in school | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
The curriculum is the problem.
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A Twitter Guide Inspired By Dr. Seuss

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How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides)

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. That's great for students but what about teachers? Where's the pe
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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 22, 8:16 PM

Teachers are in the profession of learning. It would seem important that they have a say in how PD is developed, the way they take part and what it involves yet many present PD activities, even those well intended by schools and divisions misses the mark - it does not allow the teacher to personalize the learning, embed it in their practice, reflect upon their learning or share and collaborate with others to grow. 

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The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech

The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
A new school in San Francisco is combining the Silicon Valley startup model with progressive education tactics, creating classrooms as individual entities, using sensoring technologies to track kids' progress, and building tech tools based on teacher requests.
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The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Now here's a really serious college readiness exam.
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Statements in this article that caught my attention:

"...students are primarily assessed by multiple teacher-made tests that vary from one school to another...

...At the national level sample-based student assessments similar to the National Assessment of Educational Progress that have no stakes for students, teachers, or schools are the main means to inform policy-makers and the public on how Finland’s school system is performing...

 

...This customized school system that attempts to meet local and individual needs is a poor host for external inspections and standardized tests. The only external standardized test in Finland is the national Matriculation Examination, a high-stakes exam that determines college readiness and which all students are required to pass in order to graduate high school exit and  enter university...


...Most Finns, including students and teachers, are happy with one examination given at the end of high school rather than more frequent tests and the side-effects that often come with them during the course of schooling...

 

What is the structure of this exam and what does it measure?  First, students must take at least four individual tests in order to be awarded the Matriculation Examination certificate. An exam assessing students’ competencies of mother tongue (Finnish, Swedish or Saami) is compulsory for everybody. Second, each student chooses three further tests from the following pool: second domestic language (e.g. Swedish), foreign language (most often English), mathematics, and one test from the humanities and sciences category. Additionally, students may add optional exams in the following subjects: various foreign languages, history, civics, biology, geography, physics, chemistry, health education, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and religious studies...

 

...The mathematics exam consists of 15 problems of which student can choose no more than ten..."

Just some interesting things to ponder and to compare against the system of testing that has been adopted here in the United States. 

 

 

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10 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Chromebook Owner Should Know - OMG! Chrome!

10 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Chromebook Owner Should Know - OMG! Chrome! | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
So you own a Chromebook. But do you know how to use it like a ninja? Here are 10 keyboard shortcuts for Chrome that are well worth knowing.
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Meet the Tech Girl Superheroes IRL! New website is now live

Meet the Tech Girl Superheroes IRL! New website is now live | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
www.techgirlsaresuperheroes.org - I'm so excited to introduce to the Tech
Girl Superheroes in real life!  These mavens are diverse and are truly
talented in so many different ways. From classically trained musicians to
kung fu masters, these woman are fascinating, hard working, and inspiring.

If you don't yet have a copy of the book - they are free for school girls -
so order now!
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Every Educator Has a Story . . . Just Tell It.

Every Educator Has a Story . . . Just Tell It. | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
This is one of my favorite cartoons ever. The "punch" line is that every person on the planet has a story to tell.  I also know that every teacher story to tell. Educators are doing amazing things ...
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10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation
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Membership Workspace for Artists/Creatives to Open in Houston

Membership Workspace for Artists/Creatives to Open in Houston | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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"A scenario such as this is why some clever folks in Houston have developed an art-gear mecca called Houston Makerspace, which opens this Saturday, April 12, with much fanfare, after which time “Houstonians will have access to an unparalleled arena of workspace offerings including a wood shop, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab (read: laser cutters and 3D printers!), screen printing studio, letterpress shop, jewelry studio, and sewing and textiles lab.” They’ve also got the fittings for ceramics, glassblowing, and blacksmithing, and are beginning to build-out a 10,000 square foot community garden. Also, classrooms and studio space will be available, because seriously, you may just want to be there always, chatting at the coffeemaker with all the other types like you who need coffee a lot, pretending you’re in school again."

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InVITE – Inclusive Voices for Innovation & Technology in Education | Change Agency

InVITE – Inclusive Voices for Innovation & Technology in Education | Change Agency | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

One Twitter conversation after another… one “in-the-hallway-at-a-conference chat” after another… For too long the same topics have been discussed again and again as a problem in the ed tech community...

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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, [...]
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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as
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Jo-Anne Botha's curator insight, April 23, 2:00 AM

Read this before you do online searches.....