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Altschool Raises $100M From Founders Fund, Zuckerberg To Scale A Massive Network of Schools Around Personalized Learning

Altschool Raises $100M From Founders Fund, Zuckerberg To Scale A Massive Network of Schools Around Personalized Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

In one of the biggest funding rounds of the year in education and technology, Altschool is raising $100 million from Founders Fund, Mark Zuckerberg and..


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Reading up on the huge surge in funding for uber-personalized learning

 

Alt.School is a striking example of working out personalization to the n-th degree with the assistance of the most recent edtech support. Now in a private-school model (~$20,000/yr) it may eventually settle down into a workable public school option.

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Infographic: The power of play | Pearson Labs

Infographic: The power of play | Pearson Labs | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
This Labs editor can remember many a frenetic rewind of the cassette tape powering the Monster Maths game on our cranky old BBC computer at home; suffice to say

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It's not hard to find strong opinions either for or against gaming in academics. This infographic by Pearson has some key data points. Really, 97% of kids today play games regularly? Did this number surprise anyone? 

In terms of data gained from gaming, there's a whole new set of privacy questions. As a parent, I'm not sure how much of my child's time I want 'recorded' to be analyzed by a school's teachers and administrators.

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Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll

Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the arts, according to a new poll.
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This survey is shows only 20% of those surveyed support educational technology as a top priority for schools. It shows that a balanced and integrated STEAM (see http://stemtosteam.org/_) approach is seen as a need by many today. 

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7 Practical Study Tips For Acing High School Exams | Tutorpace

7 Practical Study Tips For Acing High School Exams | Tutorpace | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

High School exams are very crucial for students’ scores which decide the further studies and career in students’ future. When exams near, high school students panic and get stressed over covering their syllabus.


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Florida County Uses Technology to Engage Students and Innovate in the Classroom | Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education

Florida County Uses Technology to Engage Students and Innovate in the Classroom | Progress: Teachers, Leaders and Students Transforming Education | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
One-to-one initiatives can support teachers in customizing lessons & helping students in real time: http://t.co/PK06lbGkA0 . #edtech
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This Florida initiative came with highly responsive teacher training to help instruction grow in rich and meaningful ways.
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Educational technology 30 years on: why hasn’t education changed much?

Educational technology 30 years on: why hasn’t education changed much? | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Educational technology 30 years on: why hasn’t education changed much? http://t.co/sL5XhK6fEM
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Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

Report Finds Teachers Underutilize Resources for Digital Games in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
"While more teachers are using digital games in the classroom, how they decide which games to use and why is less standardized, according to a teacher survey of 694 K-8 teachers by the Games and Learning Publishing Council called Level Up Learning: A National Survey on Teaching with Digital Games. The report finds that teachers learn about games through informal means, such as peers within the school or school district, and could benefit from more explicit training programs. By not having a more formal process, the report finds that “teachers may not be getting exposure to the broader range of pedagogical strategies, resources, and types of games that can enhance and facilitate digital game integration.”
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I agree. teachers are not getting adequate exposure to curricular options.
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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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I really appreciate the early childhood apps. I'm gonna recommend them to my students' parents

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 11, 2014 5:54 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

MrsTucceri's curator insight, September 1, 2014 8:17 AM

Helpful collection of educational apps organized by grade levels and categories

Karen E Smith's curator insight, October 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Every teacher should create a list of apps that work/don't work for their teaching purposes.

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Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true

Ingenious new app is every math teacher’s nightmare come true | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
If your school doesn’t already collect your smartphones before you go to class, we’re certain that it will start doing so after seeing this new mobile app. Per Engadget, an app called PhotoMath is every math teacher’s worst nightmare come to life as it will solve equations for you just by using your smartphone’s camera. MORE GREAT APPS: This brilliant app will send you a photo of the person who stole your smartphone As you can see in the video posted below, the app uses your camera to scan the p

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nightmare or dream come true?

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:14 PM

Just so you know.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, October 23, 2014 10:49 AM

Big Bang Theory episode becomes reality.

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12 Excellent iPad Apps for Music Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Excellent iPad Apps for Music Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
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I've only tried Garage Band for iPad but will give the others a go now that I see them recommended here.

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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise - New York Times

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise - New York Times | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise
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In a sign of the rapid growth of the education technology industry, even Mr.
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On of the push-backs to rapid development of ed. apps are state policies to limit use of student data.

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E-tutoring companies are raking in the moolah

E-tutoring companies are raking in the moolah | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
With the $8-b industry poised to touch $50b by 2020, firms are in a frenzy to expand
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Opportunities are everywhere, but not all e-tutoring companies are created equal. 

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Music can improve language, reading

Music can improve language, reading | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Learning music lessons and singing help children improve their language and reading skills.

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Even if you're not convinced of the correlation between music and reading performance let's not downplay the enjoyment gained from learning music. Both the student and teacher enjoy the process and if they learn their songs well, their audience will too! My former saxophone teacher told me a few weeks ago to keep playing because its something you can enjoy for a lifetime. I think he's right on that count.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, August 10, 2014 9:06 PM

After a year of music lessons, the researchers found that those musically trained children at nine and 10 year olds got better reading scores and also with better ability at processing sounds and language.

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[Review] Fairy Math - by Bugaboo Math Games for Kids - Kids App Corner | Best Ipad, Iphone and Android Apps for Kids

[Review] Fairy Math - by Bugaboo Math Games for Kids - Kids App Corner | Best Ipad, Iphone and Android Apps for Kids | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
I was recently introduced to Fairy Math by Bugaboo Math Games. This math app is a great way to get girls interested in math and they won't even realize it

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Go math games for girls!

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The Only Metric That Matters in EdTech: Student Outcomes

The Only Metric That Matters in EdTech: Student Outcomes | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Whether you care most about economic competitiveness, serving special needs and gifted students, or closing the achievement gap, the only metric we should use to evaluate the role of technology in public education is the success of our students.
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Important detail: How do you define success?

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Online High School Tutors Help Students Get Better Scores

Online High School Tutors Help Students Get Better Scores | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
High school is a crucial time for learners with lots of subjects, homework schedules and tests. Good preparation in subjects like Math, Science and English are essential to ace exams and prepare for competitive exams like SAT and ACT. Online tutors could be a good support in this scenario with their subject knowledge and technological support.

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With FEV Tutor I can help you improve your scores on the competitive High School exams, AP Coursework, and special subjects.

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Soon-to-open Flex Academy, with ties to for-profit K12, excites some, raises eyebrows in others

Soon-to-open Flex Academy, with ties to for-profit K12, excites some, raises eyebrows in others | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
The model — local teachers, aides and administrators working closely with a company that provides “turnkey” management and academic services — is new to the Twin Cities.
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This new hybrid academy is nothing new and proving to give traditional schools a test, now in the Minnesota Twin Cities area. Concerns about "for-profit" enterprises are overshadowed by the success they get with personalized learning and high levels of individualization.

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After-school tutoring 'is like child abuse', says top head - Telegraph

After-school tutoring 'is like child abuse', says top head - Telegraph | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
The president of the National Association of Head Teachers fuels the debate over the private tutoring industry by claiming academic coaching makes children miserable
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In a British perspective but raises important concerns. Tutoring for youngsters should not be too excessive or to take place of daycare.
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GoodReader's text-to-speech lets you turn any PDF or TXT document into an audiobook -- AppAdvice

GoodReader's text-to-speech lets you turn any PDF or TXT document into an audiobook -- AppAdvice | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
GoodReader, the popular document reader app developed by Good.iWare, has just received another significant update.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 28, 2014 8:25 AM

This is interesting! Thanks to John Purificati.

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Recommended resources for Transitional Kindergarten

http://www.tcoe.org/ERS/TK/Toolkit/

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The toolkit is similar to other CA Counties but I liked the resource list that Keeler has compiled here. We have a long ways to go in creating TK classrooms that are this resource-full but we're off to a good start.

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How computers change the way we learn

How computers change the way we learn | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it
Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.
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3 ways data is being used in schools — and the accompanying concerns

3 ways data is being used in schools — and the accompanying concerns | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

"Last week, California made made headlines for a bill that, if passed, could become the nation's most restrictive student data law. Under the bill, which is waiting for Gov. Jerry Brown's stamp of approval, there are three components: First, educational sites, apps, and cloud services within schools are prohibited from selling or disclosing personal information about K-12 students. Second, these groups can't use the data for marketing services. Lastly, they are prohibited from creating files on that data."


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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

cPersonalized education comes alive in a classroom when Genius Hour invites students to engage with projects about which they are truly passionate. ("@aussietony Personalised learning + Genius Hour + TEDx talks for students.


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 Personalised learning

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Nancy White's curator insight, August 10, 2014 1:24 PM

Establishing a Genius Hour is a great way to start moving towards personalized learning.  This article offers some great tips for success. I like the idea of using TED-style talks as a culminating activity.

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Audio Extractor - free online tool to clip/trim audio files

“Audio Extractor is a tool to extract audio tracks from video files (AVI, MPEG, MPG, FLV, WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP) and save them as MP3, WAV, iPhone Ringtone and AC3 formats.”
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FEV TUTOR » FEV TUTOR DIVISION

FEV TUTOR » FEV TUTOR DIVISION | EdTech Innovations | Scoop.it

www.eduvationonline.com

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Our new website has among other items, a section to learn about our Regional Area Partner Network. 

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