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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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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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New LAUSD arts ed data confirmed board member's 'worst fears'

New LAUSD arts ed data confirmed board member's 'worst fears' | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Unified school board members got their first look Tuesday at new data that measures how well schools are doing in educating students in the arts.
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Although fitting into the "equity" category in general this topic is related to our local inequities in edtech. The Arts may be more neglected than edtech when it comes to our poor urban communities.

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A Beautiful Visual Explanation of Hashtags ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Visual Explanation of Hashtags ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
A Beautiful Visual Explanation of Hashtags ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/eFWhbLpW4j #MarketingChat
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#Hashtags are here to stay so let's understand better how to put them to use.

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Infographic: First Graders' Exposure to Technology in the Classroom | Education Policy Center

Infographic: First Graders' Exposure to Technology in the Classroom | Education Policy Center | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
RT @CarnegieFdn: New #infographic from @EdPolicyAIR on first graders' exposure to technology in the classroom: http://t.co/DZ8MWmaZN3 #edte…
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Very telling, especially as classroom tech use is compared to urban and suburban school settings. I ask myself what drives the disparity? Also, why do West Coast schools lag the East Coast? 

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AP News : LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks

AP News : LA teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
RT @cearmario: #LosAngeles teachers, union leaders rally amid stalled talks (from @AP) #UTLA #LAUSD http://t.co/9ohbpueZ2Q
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This conflict had the evaluation systems at it's heart. It is also more clear that reformers and union leadership are far away in terms of how to spend proposed increases.
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3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
RT @Notlob: 3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos - Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/07GW4opUAJ
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Tools that Make Writing Easier for Students - Instructional Tech Talk

Tools that Make Writing Easier for Students - Instructional Tech Talk | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Students can approach the essay writing process with enthusiasm, but usually lose their interest somewhere along the way.
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You will appreciate Jeff's summary of these key writing tools.
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Educational Leadership:The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director

Educational Leadership:The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Article link to PDF
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This is very insightful and captures the rapid changes in IT Ed leadership.
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Helping to Close the BYOD Digital Divide

Helping to Close the BYOD Digital Divide | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
In June 2013, President Obama announced the launch of the ConnectED initiative, which through technology and digital content, is designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America....
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Many districts, including mine in South Los Angeles, are far away from the goals of the ConnectED initiative of 2013. In my school and many others like it, we barely have enough computers in a lab to offer the SBAC. Classroom computers are 10 years old and wifi is not accessible by students it teachers. The digital divide is growing deeper and wider as schools in affluent or better organized districts move to support a student to device ration of greater than 2 devices per student.
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JUST IN: LA Unified, citing new money, ups its offer to teachers - LA School Report

JUST IN: LA Unified, citing new money, ups its offer to teachers - LA School Report | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
As if the list of negotiating points wasn’t long enough, LA Unified and the teachers union are now hammering out an overhaul of teacher evaluations.
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The climate has changed and focus is off of the failed iPad initiative and former superintendent Daisy.
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10 Easy Things to Try in Your Classroom in 2015

10 Easy Things to Try in Your Classroom in 2015 | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
As we start the second half of the 2014-2015 school year hopefully you are feeling energized to try some new things. Here is a list of 10 suggestions: 1) Throw Out Some Desks The furniture you have...
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Might be able to try some of these in my current classroom setting. I like her ideas. Can make your classroom fresh.
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Why middle class are unplugging their kids

Why middle class are unplugging their kids | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
“ New York plans to build one the largest municipal Wi-Fi networks in the world, delivering Internet access to poorer areas and, Mayor de Blasio boasts, “bridging the digital divide.” Setting aside h...”
Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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This article throws traditional 'digital divide' rhetoric on its end. Poorer kids have more screen time. What matters is the quality of experiences.
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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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An Indispensable Google Scholar Tip for Teachers and Academics

An Indispensable Google Scholar Tip for Teachers and Academics | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Quickly and consistently cite your scholarly sources.
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Local news from Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA | BellinghamHerald.com

Find local news about crime, communities, education, government, environment and more from Bellingham and Whatcom County, WA, available at The Bellingham Herald and BellinghamHerald.com.
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Very interesting that Duncan and co. are looking for more..."federal spending on early education, more resources for poor schools through Title I, more money for innovative approaches in education and a cap on statewide testing."

It just seems to me that new legislation is long overdue and that there are too many issues clouding the messaging, Common Core, testing, et. al. Dems and POTUS seek to couch the new legislation in terms of social justice and civil rights.

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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.
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Using technology well is more important than just simply having access. we need more teachers like Ms. Wojcicki who can share their expertise in blended learning, improving both in class and out of class collaborative learning.

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How to Search for Old Newspaper Articles in the Google News Archive

How to Search for Old Newspaper Articles in the Google News Archive | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
When I talk about search strategies in my workshops I stress the importance of getting students to utilize more than just the default Google.com search engine.
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More to Google than the default search
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LAUSD: Not enough money to give tech device to every student | KFI AM 640

LAUSD: Not enough money to give tech device to every student | KFI AM 640 | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
The chief of the Los Angeles Unified School District says there isn't enough money to provide every student with an iPad or other computer device.
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Too little, too late. How much tech is really enough? What is usually not considered is how much tech support, security, and training is really needed.
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Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren

Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
The law has long treated educational information as a category worthy of special protections, like credit or medical records, but the reality is often different.
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Here's some insight into the area of educational app security often overlooked by those who are purchasing or recommending.

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Google Makes TeleStory & Toontastic Free for Everyone

Google Makes TeleStory & Toontastic Free for Everyone | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
In surprising news today, Launchpad Toys announced that they had been acquired by Google. Ordinarily, this may not be of much interest to educators, but as of today, Toontastic and TeleStory are co...
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Two way-cool apps I will try out now that they're free.

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How Twitter in the Classroom Connects Your Students - Brilliant or Insane

How Twitter in the Classroom Connects Your Students - Brilliant or Insane | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Amazing strategies for using Twitter in the classroom.
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Worth a look. Controversial to some
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Federal Review Blames Lack of Resources and Planning for L.A. Schools' Failed iPad Initiative

Federal Review Blames Lack of Resources and Planning for L.A. Schools' Failed iPad Initiative | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education has found the Los Angeles Unified School District's $1.3 billion "iPad-for-all"...

Via EDTC@UTB
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Very important lessons to be learned here from the L.A. experience: lack of planning, leadership, public input, flexibility, training, security, and public information/support.

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EDTC@UTB's curator insight, January 15, 12:05 PM

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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Why I returned my daughter's tablet

Why I returned my daughter's tablet | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
And so we had the awkward conversation and returned the Kindle. It was uncomfortable and confusing, but right for our family. After all, those Angry Birds will probably still be peeved a few years from now - when we're ready to enter the 21st century as a family.
Via Peter Mellow, Ivon Prefontaine
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Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning.
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For the debate "to game or not to game"
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