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Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools? | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use.

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Why "free and open" tools are shunned by many institutions I don't know. Security is often a big concern. Uniformity. Control? 

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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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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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When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education - InformED

When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education - InformED | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
Most of us know better than to use technology for technology?s sake. The Shiny New Tech Syndrome is taking the world by storm, and with the added pressur

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 6, 2014 1:30 AM

As and educator, I see so much that is relevant in this writeup! Take for example the first instance, one should not use technology which creates short cuts, so often students would rather the teacher sent important notes on e-mail than take down important notes as the discussion progresses. They just don't want to take the trouble in note taking and writing on their note books! More often than not the very purpose of using technolgy is lost when it is not properly used to enhace creative thinking, and problem solving. Technology becomes an end that is when it becomes deadly! Technology shouldn't be used when it attempts to replace basic skills that our society values, take for example using the calculator on your I phone to do basic calculations. Ironically, I have seen how technology has in fact reduced interaction, making students poor listeners, they simply will not listen to each other. Technology should not be used when it reduces failure. Today we talk about Experiential Learning. For me, personally, experiential learning is about learning from one's experiences, even if it means learning from the pain of failure. You didn't learn to ride a bicycle without falling even once! Often we jump at new technology, we become victims of the Shiny New Tech Syndrome according to the writer of this article! Just because the keyboard looks inviting, it doesn't mean you abandon pen and paper, or even stopped writing notes! The list goes on, and every reason listed in this article is very important. This is a wonderful article, a must read for all progressive Educators!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 6, 2014 11:57 AM

When it undermines deep learning and creates dangerous shortcuts are two excellent points to begin the list with.

 

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Essential iPad Accessories for your Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk

Essential iPad Accessories for your Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
As classrooms continue to go 1:1 with iPads, the need to be flexible and adaptable with those devices is getting more and more critical.
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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.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

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
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:

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.
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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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L.A. Unified to offer students Chromebooks in addition to iPads

L.A. Unified to offer students Chromebooks in addition to iPads | EdTech Equity | Scoop.it
IPads or Chromebooks?
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While under greater scrutiny LAUSD brings balance through choice. If this had been done from the beginning, where would we be now?

 

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FBI Seizes LAUSD Documents Linked To iPad Rollout

FBI agents have seized 20 boxes of documents related to Los Angeles Unified School District's beleaguered $1 billion iPad project, according to a report Tuesday.
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Something we are watching in L.A. 

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