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Education Technology: Flipping the Classroom

Education Technology: Flipping the Classroom | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Teachers nationwide are experimenting with new educational technologies. From iPads in schools to e-textbooks, technology is making it possible for teachers to
Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Note: This was bit of a plug for McGraw-Hill...They found that using online materials outside of class and working on problems in the classroom was effective-both for students and faculty..

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i-Tech Support's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:12 AM

What are your school districts doing to keep up with technology? #byod

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Flipping the Classroom

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5 Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction

5 Ways College Teachers Can Improve Their Instruction | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Want your college class to be exceptional? These strategies will make your teaching more engaging, effective, and satisfying for you and your students.
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Great suggestions-your students and/or faculty/staff will thank you for trying these methods in your classrooms!

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Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social

Collaboration and Discussion Tools Help Make Online Courses More Social | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
California community colleges take part in chatbot tool pilot aimed at getting students to interact and help each other with coursework.
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Okay-maybe I should go back to using more discussion posts..

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to Be a Great Teacher | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. What else?

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Six attributes that make you a great teacher..

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Ranking report: Is your state among the best for higher education?  

Ranking report: Is your state among the best for higher education?   | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Virginia tops a new ranking that analyzes the best states for higher education based on its ability to educate its residents and high graduation rates.
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Who knew? North Carolina is in the top 5 (we do have 58 Community Colleges)

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We tried Google's new fact-check filter on the Internet's favorite hoaxes

We tried Google's new fact-check filter on the Internet's favorite hoaxes | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
The tags allow fact check notes about frequently disputed topics, such as kidney theft or the number of illegal immigrants in the United States, to pop up first in Google searches.
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Even snopes.com discussed the new Google fact-checker..which returns results based on your search terms in Google Search..and in the US uses the data of various groups as "fact-checkers":  Snopes.com,  PolitiFact.org, FactCheck.org,  the Washington Post, the New York Times and GossipCop.com.

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Google’s Brand New “AutoDraw”:  Made for the "Artistically-Challenged"

Google’s Brand New “AutoDraw”:  Made for the "Artistically-Challenged" | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Google just unveiled AutoDraw, a free site that uses artificial intelligence that provides a series of guesses about what you are drawing. You can choose the right “guess” to pretty-up your drawing..

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This is so fun to play with-I can NOT draw a bit but could do wonders with this tool at https://www.autodraw.com/  It figures out what you're trying to draw and gives you a tool bar with your "choices" to select from-then save it as an image wheverever you like or share a link to it (from the menu): https://www.autodraw.com/share/O4ANZR6Y83T9 

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How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing

How a Browser Extension Could Shake Up Academic Publishing | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Creators of a free tool that locates open-access versions of research articles are hoping to make scholarly publishers rethink their business models.
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Sounds interesting-will have to try it!

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Whiteboard Desks: Low tech can be really fun!

Whiteboard Desks: Low tech can be really fun! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Somehow by the luck of the draw, I ended up with the worst desks in our entire school when I joined this staff in 2013. Not only are the desk legs loose, and I’m constantly tightening them with a wrench, but also they are peeling and carved up. One even says “I hate this class” in big letters across the front. Let’s not even get into the gum artwork under the desks...


It finally came to a point where I was fed up. These desks have been through a lot, and they aren’t serving my kids’ needs. I can’t exactly go out and buy new desks. Solution: do some DIY and make whiteboard desks.

Via John Evans
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Low tech-translate into lots of fun (and learning).. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 11, 4:17 PM
I used butcher paper on tables with markers. It gave students a chance to write, draw, doodle, etc.
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A simple and ingenious idea 
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60 Totally Free Design Resources for Non-Designers

60 Totally Free Design Resources for Non-Designers | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
A list of the best sites to bookmark for free design resources, including icons, images, fonts and DIY design tools.
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Awesome set of fun tools for finding images, but also for editing images and videos, and designing materials (ie canvas).

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The 5 stages of digital readiness for adult online students

The 5 stages of digital readiness for adult online students | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Many adult learners rank low when it comes to digital readiness, ed-tech trend knowledge and desire to pursue online learning.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Ugh-so many of us need a solid grounding in digital literacy - I recommend gcflearnfree.org (opens in a new window) to my students who need to catch up before diving into technology courses.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, April 3, 12:38 PM

What stage of digital readiness are you at?

Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, April 8, 11:53 AM
Persuadir a los de la vieja escuela
Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, April 18, 9:15 AM
Digital literacy is critical for all, regardless of age, and digital readiness is an important step in that direction, especially for those not brought up in a digital world.
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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Although threats and detection software have some impact, the best way to prevent plagiarism is to teach students how to avoid it in the first place.
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The article is targeted for K-12, but could apply to college too-and includes 5 sample lessons to use with your students..

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Draft - A Distraction-free Collaborative Writing Tool

Draft - A Distraction-free Collaborative Writing Tool | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Draft is a free, collaborative writing platform that provides a distraction-free environment. 

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Free, easy to use, simple, collaborative writing tool

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5 Big Trends (and 3 Little Ones) in Higher Ed AV 

5 Big Trends (and 3 Little Ones) in Higher Ed AV  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Audiovisual offerings seem to change with the seasons. But keeping these trends in mind can help define the products and features that will serve your campus best.
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Yikes-things change at the speed of light-but will our classrooms?

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6 Tips to Help Beginners Manage Their Own Website 

6 Tips to Help Beginners Manage Their Own Website  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Most people go online and never really leave. Ofcom reported that UK adults spent nearly one day (21.6 hours) each week online in 2016. The study, conducted by the UK’s communications regulating body, also found that these numbers will continue to grow as new users go online for the first time. 

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What are the basics you need to get your web site up and running?

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What do we mean by cheating? 

What do we mean by cheating?  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

I just received a survey soliciting tips for 1:1 schools (1 device per student) on how to prevent students from cheating by using the computers. On the surface, I get it. 

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Is it cheating or do we need to find different ways to assess learning?

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Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear - 

Debunked: 8 online learning myths that need to disappear -  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
These new online learning myths are spreading almost as fast as program creation.
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Hmm online credits do transfer, unless you're taking something unusual..cheating happens in all types of classrooms and most colleges offer online classes, including Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. And if an instructor is a lousy teacher f2f, they probably will be online, too..and vice versa. 

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Avoiding 3 Common PowerPoint (Presentation) Misuses

Avoiding 3 Common PowerPoint (Presentation) Misuses | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

PowerPoint has become a standard presentation tool because of its user-friendliness. However, it has also led some presenters to underestimate and misuse its function as a visual aid. Three common PowerPoint areas are usually mishandled: use of images, color selection, and number of slides.

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Three quick tips that make lots of sense!

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Report finds students underwhelmed by campus administration systems

Report finds students underwhelmed by campus administration systems | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

A new multinational survey from Unit 4, a company that provides enterprise applications to service organizations, finds around 33% of students express disappointment in student administration systems and around 70% recommend their institutions review and adjust digital strategies, eCampus News reports.

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Some students have to use 3 or more userids at their colleges..and out of all areas of their life, college is the most difficult to deal with (even banking and travel are easier to manage with their devices).

 

Here are the report details and an infographic of key results

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State policy is keeping college- and career-ready standards from being successfully implemented

State policy is keeping college- and career-ready standards from being successfully implemented | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

C-SAIL found only 20 states seem to be well-placed to implement such standards..

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This looks like another boondoogle waiting to happen..North Carolina hasn't defined what college-and career-ready mean..we can only improve..right?

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Learning: Engaging and Empowering Learning through Technology

Learning: Engaging and Empowering Learning through Technology | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

To be successful in our daily lives and in a global workforce, Americans need pathways to acquire expertise and form meaningful connections to peers and mentors. This journey begins with a base of knowledge and abilities that can be augmented and enhanced throughout our lives. …

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This article from the Office of Educational Technology contains the kitchen sink-but has lots of ideas and edtech k-12 examples (that apply to highered too).

 

Topics: Personalized and Blended Learning; Fostering Growth Mindset;  Future of Learning Technologies; Closing the Digital Divide; Accessibility and UDL.

 

EdTech Examples: Black Girls Code, Denver School for Science and Technology and Massachusetts Innovation Schools.

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John Zuluaga's curator insight, April 23, 10:17 PM
Technology allows the personal and professional growth. Being aware of how useful and meaningful technology is allows us to take advantage of all the benefits Of the ICT's. Since we just get used to have access to internet everywhere, we don't go beyond and we don't realize about the uncountable positive factors technology provides to us. 
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9 of The Best iPad Apps to Showcase Students Learning

9 of The Best iPad Apps to Showcase Students Learning | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, below is one of our popular visuals we published a few months ago featuring some of the best iPad apps students can use to showcase their learning.

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Nice selection of iPad Apps your students (and you) can use to show off what you've learned (or taught) 

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10 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos

10 Excellent iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Looking for some good iPad apps to help you create educational videos to share with students? 

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I've tried a few of these-but now there are more to explore!

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Pew data suggests adult learners lacking in digital skills

Pew data suggests adult learners lacking in digital skills | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Colleges and universities face the challenge of catering to an increasingly nontraditional student base that is becoming the new norm
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Ouch-women and those over 50 are really challenged by the lack of digital skills..here's an eCampus News article about the "5 stages of digital readiness for adult online students" (opens in a new window).

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5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead

5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
In a technology-dependent education culture, are there some technologies to avoid? And if so, why, and what are better alternatives?

Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Ouch-lots of popular stuff to avoid-social media, e-books, gaming..but lots we can do instead-forums, VR/AR, OER..

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Nicole van Wyk's curator insight, March 26, 12:32 AM
Not all technology is useful for education
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Taking An Online Course: Lessons Learned

Taking An Online Course: Lessons Learned | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

While I am in the early stages of planning my online course, I am also in the middle of taking two of them! It made me wonder how many people who teach online courses have gotten the opportunity to take one? We've all taken plenty of face to face classes for years on end. …


Via Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.
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I've taken many classes (short) online to find out more about a topic, but also to find out how other instructors teach a topic-especially if it's a topic I teach or want to teach in the future...I don't see how you could teach online without first taking an online course.. Yikes!