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Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market

Options Increase as Google Enters the Educational Market | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
For the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stranglehold on the education tablet market.
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Here's a very helpful analysis of devices like the Android Nexus 7 to help bring balance in an IOS saturated environment. @andycinek blogs with authentic concern for students and ed. leaders.

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Tyncan learning's curator insight, January 14, 2014 3:13 PM

They need to actively ensure that educational designers are on board so that the apps are more than just games.

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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.
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Bridging the Digital Divide

Bridging the Digital Divide | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Innovative schools are working to turn things around for underserved students.
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The key is innovation. We have to make the most of what we have and not just rely on new recources.
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What Happened When I Stopped Using Screens After 11 p.m.

Some amazing things happened to my productivity when I gave myself a tech curfew for a month.
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Any time you can take a screen break you can feel the freedom and start to see the benefits to your family and friends relationships. it is hard to present to your loved ones when you have your face in a screen. I like how she carefully reflected on the benefits of the screen time fast.
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U.S. schools have more computers than ever. But what are they doing with all that (expensive) technology? - The Hechinger Report

U.S. schools have more computers than ever. But what are they doing with all that (expensive) technology? - The Hechinger Report | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
A show-stopping school of innovation today can quickly devolve into tomorrow’s has-been. Keeping track of who’s doing what in the diverse field of blended learning, which mixes online and in-person education, isn’t easy. There are few sure things in life, but the lightning-fast rate of change in education technology is a given. The Blended Learning …

Via Gordon Dahlby
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Blended, hybrid, flipped, integrated? Does tech make any difference? 

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10 Things Students Can Do With Google Keep

10 Things Students Can Do With Google Keep | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
At the end of October Google added a drawing option to Google Keep. The drawing tool in Google Keep offers a large variety of line colors and thicknesses. Drawings can be added to existing notes or can be created as stand-alone notes.
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Quick, look at Keep if you haven't.

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Arne Duncan Talks Revolutionizing Education with Technology, Boosting Latinos in STEM at HESTEC

Arne Duncan Talks Revolutionizing Education with Technology, Boosting Latinos in STEM at HESTEC | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked about the importance of closing the diversity gap in technology careers by closing the technology gap in South Texas on Tuesday, as part of the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) week for area middle and high school students.
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Outgoing Sec. Ed. Arne Duncan says we need a "pipeline" (broadband) to enable all communities to participate in the digital makeover (yet again) of education. 

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Then and Now... some people are still at the 1990 level due to the divide


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The 3 Percent – Why Tech Has A Diversity Problem

The 3 Percent – Why Tech Has A Diversity Problem | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
While there’s a lot of talk today about the 1% and their concentration of wealth, I want to take some time to discuss another number -- it's the 3% and how..
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Wow. Well written. Outstanding insight. We have work to do.

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Why is the BBC making a pocket computer?

Why is the BBC making a pocket computer? | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
The BBC unveiled the final product of a highly-anticipated tech scheme Tuesday called the Micro Bit, a pocket-sized computer hoping to teach children how to code.
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Put it on your Christmas wish list. Include it in your classroom supply list. I want to play with one too.

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Sesame Street was the original MOOC

Sesame Street was the original MOOC | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
New research from Brookings Senior Fellow Melissa Kearney and Wellesley College’s Phillip Levine shows that children living in places where the broadcast signal for Sesame Street was strong were 14 percent less likely to be behind in school compared to children living in places with a weak signal reception.
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I hadn't made this connection, that Sesame Street could help bring better results to the MOOC learning world. For anyone who has taken a MOOC you would probably agree much could be done to make the experience more enjoyable. How far towards "entertainment" are we willing to go?

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Statistical data shows what does and doesn't work in ed reform (Hattie)

Statistical data shows what does and doesn't work in ed reform (Hattie) | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Dr. John Hattie, a professor and researcher at the University of Melbourne's Graduate School of Education, looks to the data to decide which reforms to keep and which to toss. 

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Technology won’t fix America’s neediest schools. It makes bad education worse.

Technology won’t fix America’s neediest schools. It makes bad education worse. | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
For teachers already struggling to keep their students engaged, a computer is more hindrance than help.
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Toyama uncovers in very simple terms the shadow behind all the tech promises. He clearly defines what we know to be born out in many urban schools where devices were promised to bring startling reforms. "Technology’s primary effect is to amplify human forces. In education, technologies amplify whatever pedagogical capacity is already there."

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What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
What Is Being Learned From MOOCs? New Report Takes Stock http://t.co/1o5YGEIo0o #edtech #highered #wiredcampus
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The white paper is linked for free download. It's important to note that it's funding is from the Gates Foundation. I agree that more research should have been down before MOOCs had the huge hype but let's affirm any organization that would fund reputable research into online and distance education. See the linked summary on The Chronicle or the report here: “Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning,”

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Why a mobile-technology revolution needs teachers

Why a mobile-technology revolution needs teachers | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Mobile tech is revolutionizing banking and farming in Africa. But when it comes to education, it's increasing the gap between rural and urban communities. The solution to this dilemma may surprise you.
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This informed article from DW (Deutsche Welle, a German broadcaster and activist network) makes the important point that the real technology gap is qualified teachers. 

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The child-driven education

The child-driven education | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
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In TK @lynwoodschools we are doing a little 'hole in the wall' experience. You can imagine it is powerful to see the very young get engaged in real life experiments.
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Are your kids addicted to their phones? 'Screenagers' wants to help

Are your kids addicted to their phones? 'Screenagers' wants to help | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it

"In the new documentary  Screenagers, kids can’t stop playing with their phones. It’s a problem many parents face —including director Delaney Ruston, a physician serving as Stony Brook Medicine’s filmmaker in residence ..."


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Digital consumer addiction can be dangerous and harmful. Harm? It damages relationships and the young person doesn't gain the ability to navigate the real world of getting along with others. Community is "common unity' and in spite of the all the promises of social networking, isn't built by clicks and shares. It's built by genuine and authentic interactions in the real world.
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The real digital divide in educational technology

The real digital divide in educational technology | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it

Stuart Brotman writes about how the Department of Education's latest National Educational Technology Plan moves beyond the usual digital divide perspective to emphasize a “digital-use divide” in how apps are actually utilized in schools.

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How Edtech Should Unite Latino Families—Instead of Driving Them Apart - EdSurge

How Edtech Should Unite Latino Families—Instead of Driving Them Apart - EdSurge | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
American kids are using more and more media both inside and outside of school. Latino Americans are the largest minority group in the American population. Where do these two facts intersect?
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Good summary of a discussion pertinent in my cultural situation and many others. What other key questions are needing to be looked at? I like the three at the bottom of the article.

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Why Do We Need A Public Library | Facebook

Why Do We Need A Public Library | Facebook | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Campbell County Public Library posted this photo on 2009-04-15. 1210 likes. 51 comments. 9523 shares.

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Students show support for Rafe Esquith amid LAUSD investigation - KABC-TV

Students show support for Rafe Esquith amid LAUSD investigation - KABC-TV | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Parents, teachers and students of Hobart Elementary School held a rally in front of the campus Monday morning in response to the removal of fifth-grade teacher Rafe Esquith.
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Inspirational teacher Esquith seems to be held in the teacher jail (LAUSD) indefinitely while under investigation.

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Education Tech Can Help Us Build Schools of the Future

Education Tech Can Help Us Build Schools of the Future | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ may be bigger with technology than it was in the traditional classroom,”
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The remarkable racial segregation of Washington, D.C., in 1 map

Right down the middle.

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Remarkable data

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Dr. Stephen Krashen defends libraries at LAUSD Board Meeting - YouTube

Dr. Krashen, Professor Emeritus of USC, and world renowned language acquisition expert speaks in support of more libraries and librarians in LAUSD. February ...

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Not too many people I know of can make people laugh at an LAUSD board meeting. Krashen is a library advocate bar none. Books have made the difference. "The better the school library, the higher the reading scores." 

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Learning In Burlington: My Biggest Takeaway from LAUSD's iPad Problems - Put Students In A Leadership Role

Learning In Burlington: My Biggest Takeaway from LAUSD's iPad Problems - Put Students In A Leadership Role | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Learning In Burlington: My Biggest Takeaway from LAUSD's iPad Problems - P... http://t.co/62V98OyKFw #maedu
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Brief account of Larkin's experience leading another 1:1 initiative

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It's Crunch Time for Education Reform Bills

It's Crunch Time for Education Reform Bills | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Despite Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s posturing and the money thrown at education reform, only one measure to advance the agenda has a clear shot at becoming law.
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Freeing up limits to online educational options for Texas students is one item on the Governor's agenda. He proposes districts pay $400 per course per student in grades K-12 if they are in a failing school and need to have better options.

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Is EdTech Really Helping Students? - Education World

Is EdTech Really Helping Students? - Education World | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
It’s been reported that the education technology funding has increased to record numbers and is expected to hit $2 billion. But are students getting the most out of technology in the classroom?
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What happens when technology tools, network access, and training are not handed out equitably? This important undercurrent to all the hype deserves more attention.

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