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WATCH OUT MICROSOFT: 22% Of All U.S. School Districts Are Using Chromebooks, Google VP Says

WATCH OUT MICROSOFT: 22% Of All U.S. School Districts Are Using Chromebooks, Google VP Says | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

About 22% of the school districts in the U.S. are now using Google Chromebooks — over 5,000 K-12 schools, Google VP says.

 

To be fair, Windows still sold the lion's share, commanding 58% of the market (compared to almost 61% in the year-ago period) and Macs held on to 20%, NPD says.

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Are Thailand's tablet plans paying off?

Are Thailand's tablet plans paying off? | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
Thailand is implementing an ambitious scheme to provide school children with tablet computers. But is this investment in the next generation paying off.
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Rosetta Stone Launches Kids Division, Introduces Blended Reading & Language Product for Children 3-6

Rosetta Stone Launches Kids Division, Introduces Blended Reading & Language Product for Children 3-6 | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

"Enhancing early language development skills gives kids an important edge in their overall education and enables them to get ahead," said Steve Swad, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone.

 

"Rosetta Stone has a long, proud tradition of leadership in language-learning technology for adults and students K through 12, and we're excited to leverage that expertise to help younger kids learn. This app will give kids a great start down the road of reading and speaking-in English and Spanish."

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Zombie apocalypse: The future of universities?

Zombie apocalypse: The future of universities? | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
A US university is going to create an online course based on the TV drama the Walking Dead.

 

In what is being claimed as the biggest ever experiment in "edutainment", a US television company is forming a partnership with a top-ranking Californian university to produce online courses linked to a hit TV show.

 
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Khan Academy Trains Teachers to Use Its Videos and Tools

Khan Academy Trains Teachers to Use Its Videos and Tools | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
Khan Academy, best known for its free online library of math video tutorials, is using the summer months to offer in-person teacher trainings in places like Chicago, New Orleans and Redwood City, California.
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Pearson Brings the Best of the Web’s Educational Resources All to One Platform

Pearson Brings the Best of the Web’s Educational Resources All to One Platform | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

Pearson has announced another initiative designed to further the company’s digital footprint: OpenClass Exchange.

 

OpenClass launched its “Exchange” Monday, which includes a catalogue of more than 635,000 items, including videos curated from YouTube EDU, Khan Academy and TED Ed, as well as college courses from the Open Course Library, which are all stored in Google Docs to make it easy for educators to access, browse and download.

 

The Exchange is the “first phase of helping make these resources available to teachers” by not only pooling them all together, but by making them easily searchable on the site.

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Data Security Is a Classroom Worry, Too

Data Security Is a Classroom Worry, Too | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
Experts warn that educators may be embracing technology without doing enough to secure student data.

 

Like many privacy-minded parents of elementary students, Tony Porterfield tries to keep close tabs on the personal information collected about his two sons. So when he heard that their school district in Los Altos, Calif., had adopted Edmodo, an online learning network connecting more than 20 million teachers and students around the world, he decided to check out the program.

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How Estonia became E-stonia

How Estonia became E-stonia | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

In some countries, computer programming might be seen as the realm of the nerd.

 

But not in Estonia, where it is seen as fun, simple and cool.

This northernmost of the three Baltic states, a small corner of the Soviet Union until 1991, is now one of the most internet-dependent countries in the world.

 

And Estonian schools are teaching children as young as seven how to programme computers.

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Envisioning the future of education technology

Envisioning the future of education technology | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

Speculating about emerging technologies.

 

Digitized Classrooms

Gamification

Tangible Computing

Virtual/ Physical Studios

Opening of Information

Disintermediation

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How to Conduct a Successful Classroom Pilot (EdSurge News)

How to Conduct a Successful Classroom Pilot (EdSurge News) | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
We think a great learning tool includes three components: teaching, practice and analytics.
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26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments

26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
Need to create online assessments for a flipped classroom or for a blended learning environment? Here are 26 tools to get you started.

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... always prefer the ones that aren't "the 10 best..." :)

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REPORT RELEASE! Education Technology in India: Designing Ed-Tech for Affordable Private Schools

REPORT RELEASE! Education Technology in India: Designing Ed-Tech for Affordable Private Schools | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

With an estimated 300,000- 400,000 affordable private schools (APS) the APS market is particularly strong in India. APS serve almost 50% of urban students and 21% in rural areas....

The research has found that technology penetration in APS is very high. 59% of Hyerabad schools have computer labs and 57% have techno-classes.

The edtech devices most commonly found in APS fall broadly into three categories: computer labs, techno-classes and administrative technology. APS computer labs commonly have an average of 9 computers, a keyboard, a mouse, and run on in-class solutions that display content through some combined form of projection and audio-visuals.

Many of the schools do not effectively utilize the tecnology they have invested in. 34% of computers and 13% of techno-classes are in too poor condition to use.

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Tablet teachers: Digital Education in Kenya [The Economist]

Tablet teachers: Digital Education in Kenya [The Economist] | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

A for-profit venture, eLimu (“education” in Swahili) is one of several local publishers which are looking to disrupt the business of traditional textbook vendors, which are often slow and expensive. It aims to show that digital content can be cheaper and better.

At Amaf School, average marks in science, for instance, went from 58 to 73 out of 100 in a single term, says Peter Lalo Outa, the headmaster. That is good news for eLimu.

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L.A. Unified School District takes back iPads

L.A. Unified School District takes back iPads | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
Los Angeles school officials have taken back iPads from students at Westchester and Roosevelt high schools and possibly other campuses as well until further notice, the latest fallout from student hacking of the devices.

 

A week ago, district administrators were scrambling to respond when they learned that students skirted security measures that were intended to block free browsing of the Internet. In interviews, students said they had been disappointed at their inability to get to social networking and music streaming sites. Their work-around involved a couple of clicks — and soon hundreds of students were reaching any website they wanted.

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‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus

‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

With its usual silliness, “Sesame Street” is introducing serious concepts about nature, science, math and engineering to its target audience of children too young to read.

 

In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience — with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze.

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Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow

Beyond the iPad: Schools’ Choices In Tablets Grow | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for publisher Pearson showed that, while 44 percent of kids are using some kind of tablet for learning, 92 percent of kids surveyed believe that using a tablet in school will change how they learn in the future. And 90 percent of students said using a tablet makes learning more fun.

 

Though this is not an exhaustive list of every type of tablet used in schools, here are the top-rated devices for education and a look what’s distinct about each one.

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L.A. teachers give their new iPads a test drive

The training that kicked off Monday is part of a $30-million, first-year program to give tablets to 31,000 students across all grade levels and about 1,500 teachers in 47 schools. In about a year, the nation's second-largest school system hopes to give iPads to all of its 600,000-plus students, at a cost of about $500 million.

 

The L.A. Board of Education in June chose Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple as the exclusive provider of the tablets. The British firm Pearson was chosen to provide curriculum.

 

The district is paying $678 per device — higher than tablets cost in stores — with pre-loaded educational software. They also come with a sturdy case and a three-year warranty.

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Tablets to thrust Thai kids into digital era - Education | The Star Online

Tablets to thrust Thai kids into digital era - Education | The Star Online | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

At Ban San Kong school in Mae Chan in the northern province of Chiang Rai, 90 children received a tablet computer last year as part of the “One Tablet Per Child” policy that was part of the government’s election campaign in 2011. Previously, the school had only a few desktop computers with limited Internet access.

 

For now, only two of the 90 pupils are allowed to take the computers with them after class to use in their homes, which often lack electricity.

“They don’t have WiFi and it’s not convenient for them to charge the batteries. More importantly, their parents have no knowledge about the tablets,” said school headmaster Uthai Moonmueangkham.

 

By the end of 2014, the government plans to distribute handheld computers to 13 million schoolchildren and then replace them every two years.

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Vietnam debuts digital textbooks on tablet | Tuổi Trẻ news

Vietnam debuts digital textbooks on tablet | Tuổi Trẻ news | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

Vietnam introduced its first set of digitalized textbooks for grades 1 through to 12 on a tablet on Wednesday in Hanoi.

 

The device, Classbook, costs VND4.8 million (US$229), while paper textbooks for the same grades can be bought for VND2 million ($95) in total.

 

About 310 book titles, together with other education-related applications, are installed on the gadget, which has an 8 inch multi-touch screen using IPS technology that resists dazzling effects and allows wide viewing angles.

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Jimmy Wales: 'Dull lectures doomed'

Jimmy Wales: 'Dull lectures doomed' | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
The boring university lecture is going to be the first major casualty of the rise in online learning in higher education, says Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

 

"I think that the impact is going to be massive and transformative," says Mr Wales, describing the importance of the MOOCs (massive open online courses) that have signed up millions of students.

 

"It's also been slower than anyone would have anticipated. But I'm not a person who thinks that people will be able to just go online and get a complete education without the guidance of the teacher. That sort of simplistic model shouldn't be our framework."

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Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries | MindShift

Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries | MindShift | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
A startup charity is hoping to create a mobile learning library in the cloud that can help turn access to tablets, smartphones, and legacy phones into useful content at resource-starved schools in developing countries.

 

This fall, 'Library for All' the startup-charity hybrid out of New York is preparing to pilot in a Haitian school a mobile learning library it believes can help turn access to tablets, smartphones, and legacy phones into substantially improved access to content at resource-starved schools.

 

While much of this content is already freely available on the Web, the Library for All belief is that a formal, centralized repository will help  teachers who otherwise would’ve struggled to locate them.

 

"A lot of the teachers we’re working with, and the students also, they’ve never really used technology,” says Library for All co-founder and COO Tanyella Evans. “And if they’re surfing the Internet to find free content they can use, it’s very challenging.”

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Digital Video Transforms Teaching Practices

Digital Video Transforms Teaching Practices | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
The growing availability of digital video sparked the "flipped classroom" movement, but identifying quality video content is still a challenge.
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How Online Education Has Changed In 10 Years - Edudemic

How Online Education Has Changed In 10 Years - Edudemic | Digital Education News | Scoop.it
We all know that education, specifically online education, has come a long way in the last few years. This infographic details the key things to know.

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Charity welcomes Kenyan President’s free laptops for schoolchildren pledge

Charity welcomes Kenyan President’s free laptops for schoolchildren pledge | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

A UK based IT charity has welcomed Kenya’s newly-elected President’s promise to provide a free laptop to each Kenyan school child starting from next year. Educational institutions receive 60% of the computers provided by Computer Aid, which has a presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Official Blog: For Malaysia: Bringing Google Apps and Chromebooks to the classroom

Official Blog: For Malaysia: Bringing Google Apps and Chromebooks to the classroom | Digital Education News | Scoop.it

Malaysia adopts Google Apps for 10 million students and deploys Chromebooks to primary and secondary schools, as a central part of a National Plan to reform its education system.

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