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Some parents upset about a school play in which students portray sexual acts with a goat - Joe For America

Some parents upset about a school play in which students portray sexual acts with a goat - Joe For America | Education | Scoop.it
Some parents of students at Cactus Shadows High School are outraged over a play that has students acting out sexual acts with a goat, and using vulgar sexual expressions.
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The following article speaks of how education has been taken to a tad bit of an extreme. The Cactus Shadow High school, drama department had their students  perform a play that was written by Edward Albee on a man that falls in love with a goat and performs sexual activities with it. 

 

Many parents had contested to the play and were shocked that the school was letting their children perform such material. Many had took the matter into their own hands and had a parents meeting to raise the issue at hand. Some students had also raised their concerns about the play but had been outruled by all the other students that wnated to perform the play.

 

Parents feel that they need to be informed as to whta their children are learning and performing in schools becuase some of these things being taught in schools goes against the parents and home situtaion values.

 

Drama is an art that is meant to be expressed in all forms and it is crucial that parents understood the depth of drama as well as the children that sign up for it, to avoid any misunderstandings. However education has been taken to a whole new level in this play and not only does it affect thechildrens education it also raises awareness on animal cruelty. 

Thina Hlatshwayo

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iPad Apps for Education

iPad Apps for Education | Education | Scoop.it
     iPads are more than just a cool tech tool, and the ways they can be used to support and enhance student learning are endless! Below you will find a list of iPad apps, organized by subject,...
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Its fascinating the different things that the iPad can be used for. Its not just for fooling around. Apps now allows students to write, draw, read, be scientific and even do maths on time. They are ideal but what happens when these kids get to high school and there aren't iPads there?

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How Education Technology Is Being Used In China Right Now - Edudemic

How Education Technology Is Being Used In China Right Now - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
We're profiling Edudemic readers and this week we have a closeup look at how education technology is being used in China right now.
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very insightful. technology can merge with learning to make it fun and educational at the same time. its amzing tto see how different parts of the world are using different forms of technology to teach their students yet what they want and teachers in this country want are the same things

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INFOGRAPHIC: DEGREES OF DIFFICULTY: HOW BEING EASY MAKES YOU POPULAR | Course Hero

INFOGRAPHIC: DEGREES OF DIFFICULTY: HOW BEING EASY MAKES YOU POPULAR | Course Hero | Education | Scoop.it
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very insightful. i now know where i satnd in comparison to other degrees. i found it quite shocking however how law had the least amount of out of class studying business had the highest amount of free time. I was under the impression that law and business were the most time consuming of all the degrees

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Is Online Video Becoming the New Backbone of Education Technology?

Is Online Video Becoming the New Backbone of Education Technology? | Education | Scoop.it
As video becomes higher-quality and easier to make and edit, teachers are integrating more online video into the classroom experience.
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video is more interactive becasue it engages both the senses of  sight and sound so when a student watches a movie, more information is retained becasue it is a more meaningful tool for information acquision and retention

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Assistive Technology in Action - Meet Elle

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new assistive technology awareness series, ...
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This video about Elle is very heart warming and eye opening. It is pleasing to know that technology is not only bringing out iPads, iPods and gadgets for games and fun but also to help young children and teenagers like Elle to communicate with others and learn. 

 

This video shows how through a new device, called the Dynavox, Elle can communicate and learn, which she couldnt do this well before. The Dynavox helps her communicate with her family, friends and her teachers. It is very technologically advanced and hard to use and therefore she has a team that teachers her how to use it and slowly she is learning. Elle has Cerebral Palsy and cannot speak and therefore the Dynavox speaks for her and this is very helpful for her and her family. 

 

I think that because of technology like this, children who have disabilities who struggle to speak and learn are going to be able to communicate with people and their loved ones as well as their teachers a whole lot easier than they could of a decade ago.

 

-Tyler Wilshire Duncan

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Do You Really Need a College Degree? Questions to Ask Before Going Back to School

Do You Really Need a College Degree? Questions to Ask Before Going Back to School | Education | Scoop.it
Going back to school is a risky endeavor. Sure, your new degree might get you a great new job. But it could also get you a load of debt and no job in sight in a difficult job market.
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This article is interesting. I am not in total agreement with what the writer of this article is saying, and the questions she is posing, yet I do agree that it is a good idea for students, when they have finished Matric to think about these sorts of things before going into university or college. She puts a valid point forward, saying that students should think about things such as whether one needs a specific degree to get a job, or whether the industry they will be going into is certain enough and whether they can afford it.


These questions are very important things to think of especially cost and affordability. Although, there are things such as loans that can eventually be paid off if one is willing to work hard.Personally, I believe, university is essential to a certain extent to get the degree one desires and a right job and live life to the fullest. I don’t think it is easy for majority of the population to get the right kind of job to live happily without going to college or university. I think these questions should be thought about, but not thought about to deeply to steer one away from a tertiary education.  


- Tyler Wilshire Duncan 

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Apple moves to let authors sign e-books on the iPad

Apple moves to let authors sign e-books on the iPad | Education | Scoop.it
Want to hand over your iPad so an author can sign your e-book? You might be able to soon.

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As a journalist, it is a rational fear of mine that the concept of tangible  print may be an obselete one in the forth coming years. I am absolutely all for advancement  but can we move so fast with issues on book rollouts in most countries decreasing? If I don't read an actual book why would I want to read the same thing on a differetn device? Do I even have access to this device to begin with?

 

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LA Unified's iPad rollout marred by chaos - Los Angeles Times

LA Unified's iPad rollout marred by chaos - Los Angeles Times | Education | Scoop.it
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LA Unified's iPad rollout marred by chaos
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"I think the district hurried the iPad rollout," said Scott Folsom, a member of the committee that oversees school bond spending.

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A more in-depth account of the LA iPad rollout failure. A disaster waiting to happen in developed countries where qualified teachers and a rich traditional method of engagement is still lacking.

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Making lectures and lessons more interactive with mQlicker

Making lectures and lessons more interactive with mQlicker | Education | Scoop.it

As the traditional lecture has come increasingly under fire for being completely out of touch with modern teaching and learning methods, there has been a move by many teachers, conference presenters and lecturers to make their teaching techniques more modern and interactive. One of the key technologies for enabling this has been a range of audience response systems that provide real time responses to polls, questions and surveys while the speakers is actually presenting.


Via Nik Peachey
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A very interesting tool, that teachers can use inside and outside the formal learning area. Where students can interact with the information live during the lecture (where most interaction should happen anyway) closing the 'cold and insigificant' student-lecturer relationship. Students can respond to the data while the lecture is in progress. As expensive and time-consuming (training) this intiative would be to udertake it would certainly improve lecture attedance. :D

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 2013 11:45 AM

Learner-centred approaches encourage interactivity in learning

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:13 AM

It's worth while trying it. Lectures that involve a degree of social interaction are usually more satisfying.

Eva Ramos's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:47 PM

Wow!  I am going to give this a try!

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

The 21st-Century Digital Learner | Education | Scoop.it

After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


Via Nik Peachey, Patty Ball, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Dennis T OConnor
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Quite a controversial deliberation on technology based education. This affrims the ongoing debate between two generations: the digital generation and the traditional media, moreover whether teachers actually see learners as active particpants in the learning process or just passive people who ought to do as they are told. I speak as a student when I say, that more and more of us are becoming disengaged with the normative learning experience.

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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 5:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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One iPad in the classroom: 10 Ideas - The ICT Advisors

One iPad in the classroom: 10 Ideas - The ICT Advisors | Education | Scoop.it
You may be lucky enough to have one iPad in your classroom, but unlucky enough not to have access to a class set.


Here are 10 free ideas to help you and your pupils get the very best out of the one iPad in the classroom."


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Short yet practical tools to get the most out  of your iPad in the classroom. I particualrly liked the idea of students using it as a feedback tool on the teacher's lesson. However one should consider training the learners to use them efficiently as well. How do teachers go about training them?

 

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Theophilus's curator insight, March 19, 2014 4:03 AM

What I like about this idea is the centrality of learning as opposed to the centrality of the device. We've discovered that sharing a device have far-reaching and positive possibilities for networking, interaction, teamwork and collaboration in the formal learning environment. OLPC is an example of a notion that goes the other way - individualism, not to mention, the complexities when trying to enable young learners to focus.

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:48 PM

We will be deploying iPads after Spring break. Timely article.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:46 PM

Very useful ideas. I think I will try applying some of these to my classroom. 

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Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them - The Atlantic

Students Are 'Hacking' Their School-Issued iPads: Good for Them - The Atlantic | Education | Scoop.it

"Almost immediately after receiving their new school-issued iPads this fall, students in Indiana and in California (and probably elsewhere) managed to bypass the security on the devices, “hacking” them for “non-schoolwork” purposes: listening to music, checking Facebook, surfing the web."


Via John Evans
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Another reason why teachers ought to be trained properely to use such devices as to monitor student activity. It would also seem that schools are spending more money on buying the iPads than actually training the teachers how to use it. The deployment of technology in schools needs to be carefully evaluated by the board  in partnership with experts on technology and teaching; while examing the vaious contexts in which these devices are used by students.

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Abby Fellows - Smith's curator insight, October 3, 2013 7:14 AM

I think it is amusing at how easily students could bypass the security on the iPads.  It was shocking to see that 1 billion dollars will be poured into this new way of learning. I think it is a great risk spending so much money on a concept that has not fully been tested yet. To see whether the use of iPads will infact improve learning I think they should atleast test it in a long term manner to see what the results of this new way of education will be. Upon further reading i agree that the word hacking is a bit harsh to describe what the students did. If anything they should be applauded for their sense of know how in working iPads.

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I think it is amusing at how easily students could bypass the security on the iPads.  It was shocking to see that 1 billion dollars will be poured into this new way of learning. I think it is a great risk spending so much money on a concept that has not fully been tested yet. To see whether the use of iPads will infact improve learning I think they should atleast test it in a long term manner to see what the results of this new way of education will be. Upon further reading i agree that the word hacking is a bit harsh to describe what the students did. If anything they should be applauded for their sense of know how in working iPads.

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20 Ways To Finish High School Regret-Free

20 Ways To Finish High School Regret-Free | Education | Scoop.it
Whether it was being too afraid to ask your crush to homecoming or that geometry test that you bombed because you binged-watched "Teen Wolf" the night before, at some point during your high school years, you probably wish you could go back and press...
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This are some thigns that are useful and true. I can't relate to some of them since I went to a very different school  but I sure can imagine that the learners in normal schools can relate to them and they might find them useful to survive high school. They are thought provoking and gets one thinking ina different light

 

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

While there are some nay-sayers who bring up some negative effects of technology on education in the classrooms, mainly budgetary reasons, using new technolo...
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very cool and describes all the best concepts pertaining to technogy in education. The best part of technology in education  according to the article is the ability to kill two birds with on estone and i agree with this because lots of new jobs require computing skills so learning with technology keeps the child interested while teaching them something at the same time

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UJ worried about lack of whites | The New Age Online

UJ worried about lack of whites | The New Age Online | Education | Scoop.it
At a time when many South African universities are still not fully transformed, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is worried at the rapid loss of white students since the Rand Afrikaans University was merged with other universities like Vista in...
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very interesting because i have never heard about this before. Its interesting however how the university wants to reflect the regions demographic in the attendance of students at the university

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New educational technology and customised education - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment

New educational technology and customised education - ICEF Monitor - Market intelligence for international student recruitment | Education | Scoop.it
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ITS AMAZING HOW THE EDUCATION SYSTEM HAS CHANGED SO MUCH IN SUCH A LITTLE TIME. iTS ALSO interesting to see how much students want a more technology rich curriculum and this could be becasue the whole world is becoming technologically savy and dependant

 

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10 New Awesome iPad Apps for students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 New Awesome iPad Apps for students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education | Scoop.it
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Apps are finally becoming more universal in their distribution and this is good becasue now instead of just being created for gaming theyare made for more purposes such as education and the kind of apps made are also good beasue they are taiolred to different age groups and thus have more of an impact on the students

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Cedarbrook Middle School may close from mold problems

Cedarbrook Middle School may close from mold problems | Education | Scoop.it
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham School District could abandon Cedarbrook Middle School as early as January because of mold, officials said Friday.
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A problem such as this is a very big problem, especially regarding such a large school with so many students enrolled. With many parents panicking about their children’s educations and health regarding the mould in the classrooms, I don’t blame the school and the school board for wanting to rebuild or make a plan B as soon as possible. It would be a huge issue in society and in the education system if we had so many students without classrooms to learn in, especially students who are used to being taught in such a stable and structured environment. 

 

I believe that the school is thinking in the right way, in wanting to keep the students safe as well as wanting to keep their education and learning on track 100%, as well as keeping their parents in the loop and satisfied. I think the responses of the parents are to be expected but it shows that the school is doing their best in keeping them satisfied because it seems like they are understanding and not overly angry and are keeping calm about the situation and hoping for the best in the future, for the school and their children’s education. 

 

-Tyler Wilshire Duncan 

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Malala says that UK girls take education for granted

Malala says that UK girls take education for granted | Education | Scoop.it
Malala Yousafzai, 16, who now attends Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham, said she is having to get used to seeing women go outside without a man.
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This story is very differnt to the ones usually found on education. It is both inspiring and heartbreaking to see how hard people fight for their education. It is inspiring to know that someone is trying so hard for something that we often take for granted. It is heart breaking to know that we take something for granted that we have that other people try so hard to get. Malala is a very strong, muture teenager. To be shot more than once and still believe in her cause is amazing. I do not think i would have had that kind of strength and perseverance at her age. It is admirable that she has her goals in perspective instead of just worrying about trivial tennager things. 

- Abby Fellows - Smith

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This story is a great and very inspirational one to read about, especially regarding education. It’s so good to know that there are some people out there still fighting so very hard for their education, to have an education, like this Pakistani girl, Malala did. She is a strong teenager having being shot three times and still believing in what she got shot for so strongly today. It may not be this hard for us particularly but it is important for us to know and realise what other people are going through to get and experience what we are receiving without too much of a fight. As such a young girl, having such high goals and ambitions regarding education and not just for herself but for all young girls and boys is admirable. As aspiring journalists, I think it is important to take note of stories such as these.

 

-Tyler Wilshire Duncan

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It’s A Smack Down: Apple’s iOS 6 Or iOS 7?

It’s A Smack Down: Apple’s iOS 6 Or iOS 7? | Education | Scoop.it
Polar has a number of Apple-related questions on its site that relate to the recent changeover from iOS 6 to iOS 7.

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 For those completely lost in the ongoing debate in the Apple software change; the article offers a bit of clarity. Teachers ought to be aware of these changes and subsequently have to alert for the changes that occur with other technology based class material.

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Gooru | A Free Search Engine for Learning

Gooru | A Free Search Engine for Learning | Education | Scoop.it

Create a Gooru collection to engage your students and tier instruction either with different levels or learning styles. Collection narration allows you to provide teacher instruction so that students are well supported while away from the teacher.


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An interesting search engine directly used for educational purposes. It creates a mediated yet reciprocial intimacy between students and teachers outside the classroom environment. I'm quite fascinated with how students can engage in different lessons or levels according to the different teaching they would prefer.:) But alas! It would take quite a while before it kicks off here.

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Patti Griffiths Bryant's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:04 PM

I think this has potential in corrections education.

Marie Arndt's comment, September 19, 2013 6:38 AM
Sounds as if you have positive experience from using this tool, Victor.
Marie Arndt's comment, September 19, 2013 6:48 AM
Ok, do let me know how you get on.
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25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart

25 Great YouTube Channels for Blended Learning - Getting Smart | Education | Scoop.it
With many YouTube channels that are designed to teach people more about the topics they discuss, gaining knowledge on a plethora of topics is easier than ever before!

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GettingSmart, complies a list of top 25 Youtube Channels that bring the learning expereince. This idea can be atributed to the present debate of making avaliable a large portion of credible secondary and teritary qualifications online. This is admittedly a fun yet fundamental method which students can use to consume similar insight on particular topics outside the formal learning environment.

 

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:31 PM

This looks terrific.  Especially good from high quality institutions like MIT for science and technology videos.

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Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed

Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed | Education | Scoop.it

The second big issue was a lack of training, professional development, and overall, a failure to recognize the human resource needs created by a big device rollout like this one. “Teachers were not trained in the system to manage the devices. Nobody at the school was trained.

 


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This is so close to home (South Africa).  Trained teachers indeed play a major role in being able to effectively use these devices in the correct context.  The belief that merely deploying technology based material will enhance the learning experience and create a solid student network is a dangerous and expensive assumption.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 3, 2013 6:36 AM

Same old story. Investment in hardware rather than training.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:05 PM

Big stuff - you have been warned....

Bronwyn Desjardins's curator insight, October 9, 2013 3:53 PM

Training is key!

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Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology

Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.


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This book is a refreshing attempt to  fill a very empty gap in the emergence of iPad use in the classroom. Alongside practical training this book could serve as a useful crash course for teachers in using iPads effectively.

 

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Marie-Ann Roberts's curator insight, November 25, 2013 7:48 AM

Could be useful for study skills sessions or embedding functional English?

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, November 25, 2013 9:08 AM

Download this Free book! Excellent resources.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:21 AM

Not research per se, but an e-book aimed at training teachers. Includes units on using apps and tools and fpcsing in general on the teaching of writing in the so-called 'digital age'.

 

No mere pamhplet either, this is a proper book!