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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Interesting and useful ways to evaluate apps for education


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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

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How to Integrate Primary Sources into Your Science Curriculum: EdTechLens September 2014

How to Integrate Primary Sources into Your Science Curriculum: EdTechLens September 2014 | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Primary sources are powerful tools in the classroom. Pamphlets, posters, letters, eyewitness accounts, essays and letters written by intellectuals, artifacts like photographs, newsreels or coins – any original material that hasn’t been altered or distorted is a primary source. These items offer students the raw material they need to exercise their abilities to analyze a text independently, to think critically about it and to make their own hypotheses.

 
Patricia Russac, a teacher librarian at an independent elementary school in New York, says using primary sources helps develop skills for deconstructing information. The ability to decode is crucial to understanding meaning and giving context to content.


“Using them can be complex for K-5,” she says, “but the payoff is worth the effort. Students presented with primary sources are building context for what they’re learning. When they go to do more research, the foundation is there.”

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The #Unclass Movement – Why Structure Is The Enemy Of Anytime, Anywhere Learning

The #Unclass Movement – Why Structure Is The Enemy Of Anytime, Anywhere Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Many current initiatives, such as blended learning, genius hour, and flipped instruction, are all embracing the same potential of disrupted education. They all recognize the multi-latticed, pan-directional nature of contemporary learning. In essence, they are trying to make class time less like class time. We call this the "unclass."

Learning no longer begins and ends at the school bell. Students don’t switch off their devices and their senses of wonder just because the final period clocks out. Even though children have always pursued hobbies and outside interests, today they can network their school inquiries with their personal passions and continue their threads of discovery any time, any where. Learning becomes more like free time and free time more like learning.

 

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The EdCamp Mindset - How An “Unconference” Can Yield An “Unclass”

The EdCamp Mindset - How An “Unconference” Can Yield An “Unclass” | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Following the mold of the EdCamp movement, this “unconference” featured a roster of organically generated sessions. Rather than being tethered to a prefab schedule of speakers, participants at #EdCampLI could join conversations posted by like-minded souls on a wall-size chart of sticky note suggestions.

 

 

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Kids Have Questions: Visualizations About Terrorism

Kids Have Questions: Visualizations About Terrorism | Design in Education | Scoop.it

With the constant discussion in the news about the high-tech use of social media by the terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to recruit members from around the globe, we know that many of our learners will have questions as we head into the new school year. National newspapers show armed police in public places, and the threat of homegrown terrorism is a daily conversation from the networks to the Congressional floor, no matter what the media.

 

 

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The Nifty Notes Company: 1st Grade Entrepreneurship

The Nifty Notes Company: 1st Grade Entrepreneurship | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We introduced the concept of teaching first graders about entrepreneurship three years ago and never looked back. This spring, our young entrepreneurs completed their third successful year building the Nifty Note Company. This interdisciplinary project-based learning unit reaches across subjects, including media, design, branding, and economics. When these first graders go into production, printing, designing, and packaging 1000 note cards from start to point of sale, it is mind blowing.

 

 

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10 Tech Tips To Spice Up Summer Reading

10 Tech Tips To Spice Up Summer Reading | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Most kids (and teachers) hate summer reading. They view it as a chore, an unnecessary evil, a relic of schoolhouse drudgery. Even students who love to read groan at prescriptive lists of books that will receive little attention once the academic year begins. Even when offered a choice of titles, students drag their heels in completing linear book reviews or reader-response journals.This is because in their active lives, kids are multitasking on social media while setting up Minecraft servers. They don't understand why summer work should force them to take a step back in time and technology. In order to spice up their summer literary lives, why not let students savor some easy tech ingredients, to make reading a zestier part of their wired worlds?

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Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy

Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In the past 20 years, the study of civics has taken a backseat to the more elementary "social studies" and the more secondary "government." Civics, however, embodies a richer appreciation of the structures and services of American political life. In other words, civics is the marriage of a democracy's fundamental frameworks with its citizens' essential responsibilities in a free society.

The teaching of civics is often centered in the careful examination of primary documents. Today's learners, however, increasingly thrive in a visual world, where all of their educational inputs arrive via media and technology. The traditional pictures of civics, though, rely on linear flowcharts of the three branches or static portraits of the vice presidents.

 

 

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Data Visualized: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics

Data Visualized: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We continually look for resources to use for “mini” lessons or “do nows” to help learners interpret data and draw conclusions through visual analysis. The Statshot column in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal provides just that. David Goldenberg compiles the data, and the graphics are designed by Carl de Torres. The topics run the gamut, including pop culture, finance, technology, and science.

 

 

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level  you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 22, 9:37 PM

What are the 8 key elements of digital literacy? According to Doug Belshaw, who works with the Mozilla Foundation and has written his dissertation on digital literacies are:

* Cultural

* Cognitive

* Constructive

* Communicative

* Confident

* Creative

* Critical

* Civic

The post includes short definitions for each and you may watch Belshaw at a TEDx Conference on this topic.

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 9:08 AM

Teachers accept the responsibility for instilling digital literacy in their students of any age. It is not a skill young people should attempt to learn on their own as it is more complicated than it appears.

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MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context | Design in Education | Scoop.it
As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating learner voice, creativity, innovation, inventiveness, the Maker Education movement fits into m...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 3, 10:50 PM

It is rare that I curate two articles from the same author over two days. This post by Jackie Gerstein is an exception. Gerstein has been discussing Maker Education for quite some time and in this post she states:

"...recent discussions with other educators and administrators made me realize that the idea of maker education is often vague and seems unrealistic in terms of regular classroom instruction.  As such, in the future, I am going to associate and discuss Maker Education in the context S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, arts (including language arts), math, hopefully, encouraging regular classroom teachers to integrate maker education projects into their classrooms."

What follows is a lengthy list of articles and other resources that may assist you in learning about Maker Education and moving you towards implementing it in your classroom. The image above is also a ThingLink image, and will provide you with links to the same articles.

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Educator as a Maker Educator

Educator as a Maker Educator | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The following materials are being used to present to educators the idea that implementing maker education requires a different mindset, and often different roles and skills of the educator. To acce...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 10:36 PM

Are you interested in being known as an educator whom is also a maker educator? This post from Jackie Gerstein provides a great visual that looks as many of the roles you might play, including

* Process facilitator

* Resource suggestion provider

* Lead learner

* Relationship enabler

* Technology tutor

This visual is designed in ThingLink and if you click through from the post you will find additional resources in the visual

And you might also view a SlideShare where Gerstein provides  additional resources.

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, June 3, 11:11 AM

I'd really like to make the transition in my Library Learning Commons to integrate a makerspace. My goal is to help promote a maker mentality in my school. This is a great resource to introduce the idea to teachers. 

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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education

The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education | Design in Education | Scoop.it

I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics.  As such and because of my passion for both of these area, I have been thinking about the intersection between the two.  This intersection, I found, is strong and powerful..


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 30, 10:30 PM

Where does growth mindset and maker education meet? Jackie Gerstein had created a great visual (see above) that looks at areas where both of these concepts come together.

Would you agree that valuing effort is a part of growth mindset and maker education? How about failure being approached as interactive?

Learn more about these intersections on two resources listed in this post and click through for a larger version of the image above or for a typed copy of the list.

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Seeing Is Believing: Visual vs. Linear Content

Seeing Is Believing: Visual vs. Linear Content | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In order for our learners to see how designing information changes how it is viewed, the students this year placed their visual infographics side-by-side with their linear notes to see the transformation. It was the “ah ha” moment, when they could examine how the delivery of content mattered and how the deliberate choices in font hierarchy, color selection, and placement changed the way others perceived the ideas.

 

 

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Web 3.0 Is Here – The Promises And Pitfalls Of Always-On Learning

Web 3.0 Is Here – The Promises And Pitfalls Of Always-On Learning | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In the changing topography of web interactions, the luxury of a slow, linear approach no longer exists. The landscape of online learning is constantly upheaving. Digital technologies have revolutionised the exchange and the design of information, and the speed and availability of a mobile environment inspires both allure and angst for teachers. Right at the moment many teachers have grown comfortable with the interfaces of Web 2.0 tools, they now must adjust to a new, interlinked Web 3.0 that is, in fact, several years old.

 

 

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Don't Save It For Later - Financial Literacy Through Infographics & Animations

Don't Save It For Later - Financial Literacy Through Infographics & Animations | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Financial literacy is about much more than balancing one's (online) checkbook. Financial literacy represents a cross-curricular mindset, a sophisticated understanding of how money, media, and messaging unite in the public sphere.

 

Courses in economics or life planning typically target high school students in order to instill values of earning and saving. These are noble and much-needed goals. Authentic financial instruction, however, should begin much earlier, as children first become aware of sales taxes on their lollipops and marquee ads during the Superbowl. True financial literacy embodies the cross-section between business and consumerism, entrepreneurship and federalism, investing and gambling.

 

 

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The Centaur - How Collaborative Edtech Is Building A Brawny Hybrid Beast

The Centaur - How Collaborative Edtech Is Building A Brawny Hybrid Beast | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Gnawing at the edtech underbelly is the unshakable worry that today's digital stampede may not be helping the herd. It is unquestionable that apps and devices are changing education. But the question remains: Are they genuinely building better students, sharper thinkers, and smarter learners? Or is the edtech "revolution" an example of change-for-change's-sake, when newfangled glitz replaces traditional tools that worked just fine?

 

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Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun

Resource Roundup: The Pencil Metaphor - The Point, Labor, And Fun | Design in Education | Scoop.it

For most educators, back-to-school decorations still include the proverbial apple, school bus, writing strips, and black and white composition notebooks. We definitely need a revamp in the bulletin board market to bring it into this century. We’ve yet to see tablets to add to the decor. That said, one of the most useful, iconic, and versatile images in education is the pencil.

 

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Media Literacy: War And Peace Journalism

Media Literacy: War And Peace Journalism | Design in Education | Scoop.it

This summer we’ve seen unprecedented violence and conflict, from our own backyard in Ferguson, Missouri, to the Ukrainian-Russian border. We’re sure that our learners have seen it, too. Wherever the conflict is, you can rest assured the media is there in full force as well.

The sound bites, prompts, replays, jolts per minute never end. The hyped negativity abounds with each new event. The good news is relegated to filler material that is never enough to make anyone feel good for long. No wonder parents are reluctant to let their children watch the news. In some ways our media is like the Capitol of Panem in The Hunger Games spicing up the story to keep the masses engaged. In the competition for viewership, ratings matter.

 

 

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Explainer Videos: History, Religion, And Conflict

Explainer Videos: History, Religion, And Conflict | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In light of the world events, sometimes it is difficult for our students to comprehend just how deep-rooted in history conflicts reach. Many of them don’t have the background in history to understand the dispute over the control of Jerusalem or the origins of the caliphate in Islamic history. Even fewer realize that the region of the Middle East has been wrought with turmoil over land ownership dating back to the days of Mesopotamia.

 

 

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Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents

Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again when we see the signs of back to school wherever we go. The usual symbols of yellow buses, apples, and ABC's seem to saturate the retail market, as if apples were grown across the country and we all need to learn the alphabet. As it turns out, Seth Godin’s picture book, V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone, is an ABC book for grownups. Hugh MacLeod illustrates each letter, and Godin’s word choice for each one will ring loud and clear for educators.

 

 

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Media Literacy And Graphicacy: 4th Graders Pitch Their States

Media Literacy And Graphicacy: 4th Graders Pitch Their States | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Every year our fourth graders complete a state project. Instead of doing the usual travel brochure or poster with their research, we decided to have them pitch their states by designing a travel magazine cover. It sounds simple, but it actually incorporated the skills of media literacy and graphicacy. On the one hand, it required them to think about the message, and on the other, to visually construct the design to sell it.

 

 

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Educator as a Design Thinker

Educator as a Design Thinker | Design in Education | Scoop.it
 Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Thinkin...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 26, 9:03 PM

As an educator do you think of yourself as a design thinker? This visual by Jackie Gerstein shows how you impact your class and focuses on some of the areas we should consider as we design curriculum and work with students in our classrooms. You will also find links to a number of additional resources, including a great toolkit put out by IDEO that is geared to teachers in K-12.

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Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport

Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport | Design in Education | Scoop.it

All the iPad apps you'll ever need. Aligned to Blooms Taxonomy and SAMR


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 4, 8:34 PM

Do you use iPads in your school? Do you work with Bloom's Taxonomy and/or SAMR? Are you interested in seeing how you might combine Bloom's and SAMR using specific apps? If so, click through to this post.

The post takes apps and organizes in three categories:

* Consumption - which includes Knowledge and Analysis (split into Activity and Gamification)

* Collaboration - which includes Application and Synthesis (split into Assessment and Cloud Storage)

* Creation - which includes Comprehension and Evaluate (split into Multimedia & Design and Multimedia Texts)

Then read on and see how you might take these same areas and apply them to SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition).

This is worth a look even if you do not have iPads. The ideas of placing work into the three Cs of Consumption, Collaboration and Creation may be applied to work that students do, with or without technology.