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181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated] - Online Colleges

181 Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School [Updated] - Online Colleges | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Explore our collection of Google tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more.

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The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom | Edudemic

The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Teachers of the 21st century are no longer just intercepting notes as they circulate the classroom. What used to manifest as a simple distraction on a slip of paper has evolved into a tiny symphony of beeps, ring tones and vibrating phones.

As technological penetration increases, cell phones are not the only things becoming smaller; cell phone users are younger, and teachers throughout the country are feeling the effects.

According to TIME magazine, “77 percent of teenagers (12-17) have [cell phones], and 75 percent of all teens text.” As cell phone use becomes more common amongst children and teens, the debate as to whether or not mobile phones should be permitted in schools has grown not only amongst teachers, but also amidst parents, administrators, policy-makers and commentators.

Those who oppose student cell phone use argue that the cons outweigh the pros and that cell phones are problematic in the classroom, distracting students from lessons, increasing the risk of cheating and sometimes even resulting in theft.

Although cell phones have the potential to pose a number of problems in the classroom, technologies offered by cell phones can be harnessed to improve student learning.

For example: text messaging serves not only as an engaging and motivating learning tool, but also as a differentiated learning device. By utilizing the lines of communication offered through text, cell phone use in the classroom adds value to the educational experience.

Although the idea of permitting students to text in class may appear problematic at first, with the appropriate supports, teachers can take advantage of the technology and, in turn, create more meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Here are a few examples as to how teachers can utilize text message technology in their classrooms and increase student engagement and content mastery:

http://edudemic.com/2012/07/the-60-second-guide-to-texting-in-the-classroom/

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Why Networks Matter in Teaching & Learning

Keynote for the PLE Conference in Melbourne, Australia, July 12, 2012.

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Future Teachers Looking for their PLEs: the Personalized Learning Process Behind it all


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Free Technology for Teachers: How Secure Is Your Password? Let's Find Out

Free Technology for Teachers: How Secure Is Your Password? Let's Find Out | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Can your password be decoded?


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How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic

How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The following is an excerpt from our upcoming issue of the Edudemic Magazine. We’ll be featuring just a few of the many articles over the coming days.
Look for this article and the full issue in the Edudemic iPad app very soon!

Chances are pretty good you’re reading this on an Apple iPad. It’s all the rage in education these days but it may not be exactly what you need. Sure, it may be what you want… but not what you need.

In fact, I’ve noticed more and more of my PLN and Twitter pals talking about how their BYOD students actually prefer Google Chromebooks over iPads.

Since Chromebooks were underwhelming when first unveiled, this comes as a bit of surprise. Edudemic has done some cursory coverage of Chromebooks but it seems like that needs to change.


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Study: '21st-Century Learning' Demands Mix of Abilities

Study: '21st-Century Learning' Demands Mix of Abilities | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.
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Understanding Content Curation

Understanding Content Curation | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

On her blog, Nancy White did a great job detailing the various levels at which Curation adds value. And how it differs from collecting.

 

A Learning & Innovation specialist, she also greatly outlines how curation and education are a great fit.


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What do I need to know in order to give good safe care to those who are sick?

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High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures

High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

High school students in the U.S. want more technology in classrooms, as well as more hands-on projects and one-on-one tutoring, but less lectures, according to a new survey called "Learn Now, Lecture Later" from CDW-G, a company that provides technology to the government, education, and healthcare industries.

CDW-G surveyed 1,015 students, faculty, and IT staff in May and June of 2012. About half of those surveyed were from high schools, while the other half were from colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools.

Sixty-nine percent of students surveyed at both the high school and college level said they wanted more technology in the classroom. At the top of high school students' technology wishlist were laptops and netbooks, tablets, smartphones, digital content, and recorded class lectures.

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The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012 — So Far | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012 — So Far | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

I usually just do a year-end list on Web 2.0 Applications For Education and many other topics, but it gets a little crazy having to review all of my zillion posts at once. So, to make it easier for me — and perhaps, to make it a little more useful to readers — I’m going to be publishing mid-year lists, too. These won’t be ranked, unlike my year-end “The Best…” lists, and just because a site appears on a mid-year list doesn’t guarantee it will be included in an end-of-the-year one. But, at least, I won’t have to review all my year’s posts in December…

As usual, in order to make this list, a site had to be:

* accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.

* free-of-charge.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* completely browser-based with no download required.

It’s possible that a few of these sites began in 2011, but, if so, I’m including them in this list because they were “new to me” in 2012.

You might want to visit previous editions:


The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2007

(You might also find The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2011 useful)

Here are my twenty-nine choices for The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012 — So Far (NOT in order of preference):

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20 Must-See Teaching Tools Coming To Your Classroom Very Soon | Edudemic

20 Must-See Teaching Tools Coming To Your Classroom Very Soon | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The following is a cross-post from our content partners at Online Universities:

t’s hard to find a field that hasn’t been radically changed by technology, and education is no exception. Few classrooms these days operate without digital tools, gadgets, or applications that have made it easier for teachers to track student progress and tailor lessons to student needs and interests.

While the tools of today are great, there are even more great technological teaching tools and practices on the horizon, many of which are just starting to be adopted in the classroom or are just making it out of the developmental stages. These tools offer new and often very promising ways to connect with students and improve the quality of education offered in schools. Read on to learn about just a few of the websites, programs, and amazing technologies of the future teachers and students alike will soon be using.

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The Unfortunate Truth in Education

The Unfortunate Truth in Education | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
In my previous article I spoke about my appreciation for teachers and detailed about some of the amazing qualities that some of the best teachers that I know have possessed. Well as we all know, there are not so good teachers out there as well.

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Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation

Leadership for the future: diversity, creativity and co-creation | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Values-led leaders help create emotionally and mentally healthy organisations, where business goals are met without sacrificing personal values..."


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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Easy Group Blogging With Posterous Spaces

Free Technology for Teachers: Easy Group Blogging With Posterous Spaces | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Blogging collaboratively with colleagues is now possible with Posterous Spaces.


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Πόσο μετράει η επαγγελματική εικόνα στο διαδικτυακό σου προφίλ

Πόσο μετράει η επαγγελματική εικόνα στο διαδικτυακό σου προφίλ | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Η κοινωνική δικτύωση έχει μπει για τα καλά στη ζωή μας, το ξέρεις καλά πλέον. Αυτό που ίσως δεν γνωρίζεις ότι όλο και περισσότεροι εργοδότες και διευθυντές προσλήψεων χρησιμοποιούν τα social media για να μάθουν λεπτομέρειες για τους πιθανούς υποψηφίους.


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Interactive maps and visualizations | StatSilk

Interactive maps and visualizations | StatSilk | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Create interactive maps using the award-winning free StatPlanet software. Explore thousands of world stats through interactive maps and data visualizations.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Create Videos Without Installing Software

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Ways to Create Videos Without Installing Software | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Creating videos used to require that you own expensive equipment and software. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. In fact, now there are many tools you can use to create videos online. Here is a collection of some of my favorite tools for creating videos online.


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A Principal's Reflections: Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections: Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

After hearing about all the hoopla surrounding Pinterest, I decided to check it out a few days ago.  Up until this point I really didn’t have a clue as to what it was all about except that it was a social media tool that functioned like an electronic bulletin board.  After requesting an invite, I was all set to go a day later and began to create my first pin board.   The tutorial video that you are directed to upon signing up was short, to the point, and made it incredibly simple to dive in and start creating.  I dragged the “pin it” bookmarklet into Google Chrome and off I went.

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(Edu)Clipping, Pinning, Linking and Sharing Educational Resources

(Edu)Clipping, Pinning, Linking and Sharing Educational Resources | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

I got my early access today to Adam Bellow’s newest venture, eduClipper. I have been hounding him to let me have a peek for a while now. I hound because I care, I hope he realizes, because like the 3000+ teachers who’ve already signed up for the waiting list for eduClipper, I’m eager to see what the educator and eduTecher is doing next.

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How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic

How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Chances are pretty good you’re reading this on an Apple iPad. It’s all the rage in education these days but it may not be exactly what you need. Sure, it may be what you want… but not what you need.


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100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic

100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

We love librarians. They’re the gatekeepers of knowledge and always looking to explore new ways to enhance the learning experience. I learned about the latest trends in libraries at this year’sCALICON in San Diego and love the move toward open source, cross-library sharing, and going digital.

But what if you weren’t able to attend CALICON or simply want to get a regular update on all the fun stuff happening with libraries? Lucky for you, our friends at Online College shared the following post with us. It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their RSS reader. Enjoy!

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Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers

Innovation Design In Education - ASIDE: 10 Ways Twitter Has Made Better Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 21st Century Engagement with Skype in the Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: 21st Century Engagement with Skype in the Classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

It’s always amazing to me how educators, can grab hold of something that wasn’t developed with us in mind, and make it our own. We have a knack for doing that, and we’ve done it with Skype. With Skype, educators are knocking down classroom walls,allowing our students the chance to hear from experts, and creating global learners.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 47 Page Guide to Google Sites for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 47 Page Guide to Google Sites for Teachers | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The rest of this week I will be running workshops on Google Docs and Google Sites with Kern Kelley and Alice Barr as a part of Google Apps Bootcamp NH . For the Google Docs section I will be using my guide to Google Drive and Docs for Teachers. For the Google Sites section I will be using a brand new guide to Google Sites for Teachers. Google Sites for Teachers was designed as a guide for new users of Google Sites. I have designs for expanding it to include more advanced features in the future. You can view the 47 page guide as embedded below.

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