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1 in 5 Kids Use Mobile Devices Every Day

1 in 5 Kids Use Mobile Devices Every Day | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Almost 1 in 5 kids under the age 8 uses a mobile handheld device at least once a day in the United States. This is a fact reported by the recent Common Sense media study " Zero to...
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Via YACOUBAHIEN, Ivon Prefontaine
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I agree with Ivon that the key question is what 0-8 year-olds are doing with the mobile devices. Another question is whether or not that use gives them an advantage or disadvantage in terms of their development.

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YACOUBAHIEN's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:17 PM

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:51 PM

I suspect it might be higher, but the question is not how many use it, but the ways it is used.

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How do we best ensure IT for all? Should 1:1 computing be universal policy? BYOD? This topic explores trends in this hot edtech topic. Also follow my blog http://www.markschwanz.info" rel="nofollow">http://www.markschwanz.info
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Project Gutenberg: More Than Just Free Books

Project Gutenberg: More Than Just Free Books | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Table Of Contents §1 – Introduction §2 – Project Gutenberg - The Principle Of Public Domain Explained §3 – Using The Project Gutenberg Site §4 – What Else Do They Offer? §5 – Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing §6 – Distributed Proofreaders §7 – Recommended Books To Get You Started On Gutenberg 1. Introduction The Internet has brought the world many things, but one of the things that really stands out,…
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Thanks to  By Mark O'Neill, http://www.markoneill.org/ for this summary. 

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The irresistible urge for students to talk | 3D...

The irresistible urge for students to talk | 3D... | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
From Academica Top Ten, Friday April 11, 2014 " MOOCs go bricks and mortarMassive open online courses (MOOCs) have become increasingly popular in countries around the globe, with Coursera alone registering more than 7 million users – more than the...
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Adding social interaction is good for all. MOOCs need that personal touch.
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Bridging the Divide: Districts Provide Home Internet Access

Bridging the Divide: Districts Provide Home Internet Access | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Tablets and cellular connectivity can level the playing field for disadvantaged students.
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For 40% of the Fresno students previously not online via home wireless and broadband this is going to be revolutionary.
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The Best Web-based Audio Recording and Editing ...

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The Best Web-based Audio Recording and Editing Tools for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Technology Resources for K-12 Education curated by Anna Hu (RT @GridJumper: The Best Web-based Audio Recording and Editing...
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Lately I have been looking for just the right audio recording tools.
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Introduction To Blended Learning For Elementary Schools

Introduction To Blended Learning For Elementary Schools | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
What is blended learning and how can you leverage it for elementary math? What are the different models?
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I just received this link to the whitepaper by a marketing email from Dreambox. I'm thinking to myself that I'm glad I'm in the game because blended learning is here to stay, here to help, and here to transform K-12. Personalized and targeted learning are only possible at the levels needed with the right blended of online tools. It's not the tools themselves, but the teachers behind them that are guiding students. 


The "social director" role the most important one for the online and blended teacher. I liked the way Rhode summarized "good teaching" with "learners actively participating, reflectively thinking and collaborating with one another." This hits the Vygotsky-ian nerve in me that learning is at its basis a community process. We make meaning through meaningful social interaction. Rhode also emphasizes the "interaction" and community nature of learning and how these are facilitated with technology tools.

Are all other roles subordinate to that of social director? Yes, except this is difficult. Like a chair with four legs, without one of the roles, you have either a poor excuse for a course or no course at all (in the case of the technology piece). I know from experience that I've had chairs with one leg missing, and it was the social interaction. It was an electronic worksheet with automatic grading and boring individual activities like passage reading and video viewing with written responses. The best social interaction I had was asynchronous forums and LMS messaging. The reading has helped me understand I must have a strong social director role in order to help all the students meet the learning objectives. 

Recently when I was beginning to incorporate aspects of my learning from this course into my blended course at Horizon Institute. I tried new apps and teaching methods (like live whiteboard and presentations with WizIQ). I soon realized I had been neglecting the social side (see slide 10 in Rhode) when I started promoting more social interaction in our live sessions. Now I am connecting with what the readings were emphasizing on the social blending of content with the readings and other content. I've seen it in action in our course and it's starting to make sense. 

Another aspect of the social manager/online teacher-as-coach is fun. Teachers can be the "guide on the side" and help make the journey more enjoyable. I agree with the idea from Mitch Fowler of being a little more "Jay-Z-esque" making social connections a major aspect of the success of the course participants. These social connections live on and develop long after (in many cases) than the course. They bring life and heart to the learning and help make it fun.



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Chatzy - Create Virtual Room

Free private chat service - create your own chat room and invite people by email. No installation or registration required.
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Similar to TodaysMeet with more options.

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The 12 Commandments of Digital Citizens ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 12 Commandments of Digital Citizens ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“The 12 Commandments of Digital Citizens ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/oSlG6o6vAG via @medkh9”
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How Do We Create Rich Learning Opportunities for All Students?

How Do We Create Rich Learning Opportunities for All Students? | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“ Every student has the capacity for rich, meaningful learning experiences. How can educators tap into the motivation that helps drive a love of learning in students? They key might be found in the "deeper learning" movement.”
Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Wikispaces

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Free educator accounts give a way to equitable collaborative cloud space. Works in browser or iPad app. (see http://goo.gl/czqMfB) OpenID sign-in available.  

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7 Ideas for Going Digital without Devices

7 Ideas for Going Digital without Devices | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it

Hopefully last week's digital learning day brought more awareness to how technology can transform teaching and learning. In our network, we had dozens of new and veteran teachers realizing how they could harness the power of tech to create new opportunities for their students. However, no matter your level of buy-in or awareness, if you don't have devices it doesn't matter since you can't "go digital", right? Not necessarily! Here are seven ideas for how you can go digital - even without devices.

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These are good ideas from Jennie Magiera on the Ed Week blog. (@MsMagiera).  I just became her Twitter follower #8454.

She is describing my digital desert where we refuse to let our limited connectivity hold us down. I am one of many educators who bring in our own wifi, laptops, iPads, blogs, and other tech resources to help make it happen every day.

I think our district is unfortunately like too many other urban settings where the students have a great digital disadvantage over their suburban counterparts. 

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ThinkFree Online

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Alternative to, additional to Microsoft and Google

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Digital Learning Day :: Home

Digital Learning Day :: Home | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
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Take the pledge. What can you to advance digital learning for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, zip code, ethnicity, parent-education level, or any other factor?

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Obama Announces Nearly $3 Billion in Education Technology Commitments - US News

Obama Announces Nearly $3 Billion in Education Technology Commitments - US News | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“ The pledges come as part of the president’s promise to expand broadband access and wireless Internet to 15,000 schools.”
Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
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This is one initiative that can be bipartisan. Who would stand against high speed broadband and wifi connectivity for all students? This reminds me of the way Clinton and Gore lead the way to connect all classrooms.. They just didn't go far enough. Next, ensure each student has a device and each teacher is trained and ready for digital resources. Please policy makers, don't stop with connectivity and access, but persist until every teacher and administrator are equipped with digital proficiency.
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'MOOC World': Experts clash

'MOOC World': Experts clash | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it

Princeton.edu

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The future of education is most likely "blended" and we will have to find ways to make MOOCs and other online forms of edu more personal.

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4 Mistakes That Lead To School Technology Grave...

4 Mistakes That Lead To School Technology Grave... | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
4 Mistakes That Lead To School Technology Graveyards (4 Mistakes That Lead To School Technology Graveyards #edtech #iste #edtechchat #edblog #ednews #edchat | @scoopit http://t.co/IiUcwkTZxu)...
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I am completely relating to this as I work in a tech graveyard populates with many XP dust magnets and one single computer lab for 700 students.
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How To Use Google Voice In Education - Edudemic

How To Use Google Voice In Education - Edudemic | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Education is about communication, but few educators are willing to hand out their personal mobile number. With Google Voice you don’t have to. When you go to Google.com/voice you can set up a new number with Google.
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I have used gvoice for years and love it. I never thought to use for assignments but it is very helpful in handling school home communication. Thanks for the help.
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35 Million Getty Images – Can you use them? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog

35 Million Getty Images – Can you use them? | Technology Enhanced Learning Blog | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
35 Million Getty Image – Can you use them? http://t.co/beZxsRwwPt

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Common Core Technology Project / About Us

Common Core Technology Project / About Us | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
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The CCTP project staff are helping to roll-out LAUSD's 1:1 vision. Follow this site to keep up to date on their progress to reach all students by the end of 2015. 

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40+ iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

40+ iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“40+ iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/yUOGlJRIZX via @medkh9”
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Quite a thorough list. Thanks.
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#ToRead: 'It's Complicated' | Educational Technology and Change ...

#ToRead: 'It's Complicated' | Educational Technology and Change ... | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“By Stefanie Panke Editor, Social Software in Education "Over the past decade, social media has evolved from being an esoteric jumble of technologies to a set of sites and services that are at the heart of contemporary culture.”
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Reading boyd's book is highly recommended if you work with young people. I am ordering it now. (I also would like to know why she doesn't capitalize her name.) Stephanie Panke blog is very relevant and timely to me as I am working on the Leading Edge certification for online and blended learning. mark schwanz
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One to one: Will textbooks be tossed? - The Rushville Republican

One to one: Will textbooks be tossed? - The Rushville Republican | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
One to one: Will textbooks be tossed?
The Rushville Republican
The “change” has a name, One to One Computing or 1:1.
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In Rushville, Indiana they are taking time to study what steps to take into 1:1, learning the pros and cons of other local districts. It's nice to have a three year process to transition. Why does that seem like such a long time?

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New York company says it can beam OUTERNET to every person on Earth

New York company says it can beam OUTERNET to every person on Earth | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it

Tal;kAn ambitious project known as Outernet is aiming to provide free Internet to everyone across the world from space in 2015.

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Talk about a giant leap forward to tech-equity on a global scale. Found this UK DailyMail article via Drudge's twitter feed. Outernet would totally transform the way students access the Internet and put the FCC's ambitious eRate program on it's heels. Talk about a disruptive innovation.

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2 to 4 year olds use educational media most frequently

2 to 4 year olds use educational media most frequently | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Youngest children view educational TV or online programs more than one hour per day, a new study finds.
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It's alarming to hear that much of the ads for young children's apps are full of false claims. Advocacy groups are rightly concerned that parents get the impression that screen-time will make their youngsters smarter, or more ready for school. I, for one, caution against too much media for ages 2-4. 

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MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now? | TED Blog

MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now? | TED Blog | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“ Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have come a long way in the last two years. To help put them into some perspective, a handy infographic.”
Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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Surprising info on MOOCs by @alexcusack
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Why do we need ICT in education?

This gives a brief explanation of the various reason behind having ICT integrated into the education system. Life runs on technology, this is 21st Century af...

Via Mariana Ocampo
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I'm trying to think of a situation when I would use this video/slide show. It does get at some of the core beliefs and values of educational technology. Thanks for sharing.

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