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How is Technology Transforming Education? Sir Ken Robinson Video Series from Adobe Education

Technology is changing the world rapidly, impacting the way students learn and opening new possibilities for educators. Take a look what Sir Ken Robinson had... (How is Technology Transforming Education?

Via Chris Carter
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Sir Ken Robinson has a good and positive take on what new media/digital media is doing to journalism and our society.  I agree with him when he says that most teachers that are teaching in schools these days did not grow up with the tools that are available to them and the students to use today and this is to their disadvantage because they seem to take these sources of media for granted. 

 

He explains that he thinks that these media "tools" / new media sources are providing opportunities to many if not all students in today’s society and with technology continuing to soar it will most likely continue and education can benefit from this. 

 

I agree with Robinson in what he says that new media will in fact help educaion in the future. I believe technology will help students for the better. 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 3, 2013 10:49 AM

To be honest, some of the things Sir Ken says gets under my skin, because I know so many of us are better than his broad brush seems to paint.  Still, we need voices of continued innovation, and that he is.

Chris Carter's comment, May 3, 2013 11:06 AM
Thank you, Ph.D Lloyd.
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Smiling 'helps children in class'

Smiling 'helps children in class' | Education | Scoop.it
How computer games and learning to smile can help youngsters in the classroom. (VIDEO: Smiling 'helps children in class' http://t.co/qqWfNkdf5y)
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I think it is a great and new idea in our society that Rakel Solvadottir founded, which helps children from the ages of 6 upwards cope and learn. Skema is designed to help children who are battling with learning disabilities such as ADHD, asperges, and autism. This programme does not use books or expect the children who are a part of the programme to be a part of any heavy educational and mind thinking exercises where children can get frustrated. Instead she uses 3D computer programmes like Minecraft and Alice. These are games that help develope the minds of young children in the way that children learn how to tell and understand how to tell the computer what to do. Children learn how to work with technology and the online world but with boundaries to and in a school surrounding. Rakel believes that smiling and being happy helps children learn better and function better in a classroom environment. Many children with these disabilities were seen as "losers" and through this programme they slowly grew and became winners. Skema is now being looked at internationally and more and more people are interested in the work this programme is doing.

 

I feel that this is a great idea because it is helping children that feel like they are lost and it is run by someone who knows how they feel. I feel like our society needs a big educational programme like this to help the children with learning disabilities get further in their education.  

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Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool

Disruptions: Minecraft, an Obsession and an Educational Tool | Education | Scoop.it
Teachers and parents are using Minecraft, a video game popular with children, to help teach science, history, languages and ethics.
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It’s a different concept to think of video games of being a "good thing", usually in society to the older generation and parents, video games have been seen as a way of keep children quiet, non educational and slowly eating away at the brains of the future generation.

 

This article tells society and all those against video games, technology, iPads, tablets and all these new devices, exactly why not to be.

 

This article speaks specifically of a video game called Minecraft. As usual many parents worry that this game like many other video games is not good for their children, but experts say they should not fret. Interestingly video games and technology is being used slowly but surely in schools around the world.

 

Minecraft has been made compulsory for 13-year olds in some schools and is being used to educate children on everything from science to city planning to language to environmental issues to getting things done as well as planning for the future. There are even workshops to help teachers teach children to learn with this game. Studies show that this game helps children with hand-eye coordination, problem solving and memory.

 

I think that although so many positives have come from this game and idea and will come off other video games, it is important to remember that children can and do become addicted and to therefore implement rules. 

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What computer-based tasks must students master for #CommonCore testing

What computer-based tasks must students master for #CommonCore testing | Education | Scoop.it

Technology is not an “elective” with the Common Core Standards and 21st century learning. At a minimum, students need to know how to carry out computer-based tasks to perform well on the new SBAC testing. Four tasks that challenged students in the 2013 pilot tests were:

Moving between two or more screensOperating spreadsheets and calculatorsManipulating virtual objects such as geometric constructionsEditing electronic text


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I think it is such a good idea that there is a set of standards that students need to reach and should know in order to perform well in their education. These standards according to the common core test are computer-based and within this there are four tasks that too are computer-based. These tasks are: 1. Moving between two or more screens, 2. Operating spreadsheets and calculators, 3. Manipulating virtual objects and 4. Editing electronic text. The students must be able to do these tasks in order to complete the common core test standards. 

 

I think that it is important in today’s age to be in touch as a student with the technical world. It will help one with their education in many ways. Therefore, I do think the common core testing standards may be good for students as most students in most schools do learn most of those tasks and this is because of how far technology has advanced, so I think making sure all students do know all these things is a good idea before moving forward.

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Using technology to help students with dyslexia

Using technology to help students with dyslexia | Education | Scoop.it
This post was due to be about how the technology we use in lessons can benefit students with dyslexia but in the planning of the post it occurred to me that the tools that are applied are actually ...
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I agree with Mathew Pullen that using certain teaching methods will help dyslexic students but it too will help other students too. Using new media/digital media sources such as iPads and iPods will be very useful in the future of students and their education.

 

One thing Pullen identified was to give the students something to help them remember the information that the teacher is teaching them, as dyslexic students as well as some others do have difficulty in retaining short term memories. He states that students can do this by taking images of the slides or of the board, they can take a voice recording of the discussions that have taken place in class or the teacher can record the class with technology such as an iPad and share it online to the class through accounts. I think that the last point about recording and sharing voice notes can work sometimes and in some instances, especially with people who do battle to take down notes, this may be very beneficial. 

 

I feel that because dyslexic students battle to formulate pattern when putting together their sentences and writing down their notes, Pullen says that students should be given the opportunity to be creative because this "suits their needs". I agree to this statement because this will gives these people the opportunity to do better and feel better about their academics and their education which everyone has the right to feel.

 

This article describes that it is very important for ALL students to show an application of some sort of their learning because this gives them an opportunity to work by themselves and also helps them feel independent.

 

I feel that the most important part of this article is that dyslexic students as well as for other students need to realise that it is very important to record the information that is being taught to them, so that it can be reviewed in that students own time (in a way that best suits them personally) and to allow for different ways to present work not just written/typed work but oral/creative ways of doing things of necessary.  Students can learn to use technology and new media devices that are now available to us to use in education.

 

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Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students | Brookings.edu

Five Ways Teachers Can Use Technology to Help Students | Brookings.edu | Education | Scoop.it

Thomas Edison once said, "Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools...our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years." Amazingly enough, however, one of our nation's most important inventors was proven quite wrong. The American education system has a remarkable resistance to innovation and the classroom experience has changed very little in the 100 years since Edison's prediction.

 

Advances in information technology have revolutionized how people communicate and learn in nearly every aspect of modern life except for education. The education system operates under the antiquated needs of an agrarian and industrial America. The short school day and the break in the summer were meant to allow children to work on family farms. Schools have an enduring industrial mentality placing students in arbitrary groups based on their age regardless of their competencies.

 

Technology has failed to transform our schools because the education governance system insulates them from the disruptions that technology creates in other organizations. The government regulates schools perhaps more than any other organization. Rules govern where students study, how they will learn, and who will teach them. Education regulation governs the relationships of actors in the system and stymies the impact of innovative technologies. Furthermore the diffuse system of governance creates numerous veto points to limit innovation.

 

To overcome these obstacles, we must persuade teachers that technology will empower them and help their students learn. We argue that there are five strategies for successful teacher adoption of education technology and that these principles will help fulfill the potential that Edison saw a century ago:

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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This article discusses the fact that in today’s society regarding education and the education system teachers need to start focussing on using technology to their advantage in the classroom because no matter what anyone says technology is advancing and at a rapid rate. This article conveys that technology has failed to transform our schools to quite a large extent. It is said that our society is in this state because rules govern where students are to study, how they will and will not study and who will teach them.

 

Furthermore, the article points out that to overcome such obstacles we, as a society need to come together in persuading the teachers that technology is useful for our education and will empower them and help their students learn and grow.

 

This article highlights five strategies that should help bring teachers in our nation on board with the new age of technology and education and by doing so will help fulfil what our nation and its education system is aiming for. These five strategies are: Schools must use technologies that empower teachers, teachers should treat the adoption of technology as part of lesson planning, teachers should not fear open-source technologies, they should use online education portfolios to evaluate students and teachers should embrace the Common Core State Standards. Having a set of standards eliminates redundancy and conflicting guidelines and makes teaching much easier and simpler. 

 

This article aims to create awareness that teachers themselves should aim to use technology in a, useful, wise and inexpensive way through education. 

 

I feel that this article is heading in the right direction in its content and its aim for education. I think that because technology it's advancing at such a fast rate, we do need to move with it, else we will fall behind and as a result education will slowly start falling behind too. I think it is a good idea for schools to slowly start using technology such as tablets and iPads instead of textbooks, because this brings students many advantages and takes away many burdens.  

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Los Angeles schools halt off-campus iPad use after students hack tablets - NBCNews.com (blog)

Los Angeles schools halt off-campus iPad use after students hack tablets - NBCNews.com (blog) | Education | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com (blog) Los Angeles schools halt off-campus iPad use after students hack tablets NBCNews.com (blog) Los Angeles' massive billion dollar initiative to give iPads to every student in the school district faced an early setback this week, as...
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I agree that if schools are going to provide students with iPads, which more and more schools are nowadays, students need to learn to respect the rules and regulations that come with the privilege of having these new media and very helpful devices. Many schools deactivated the webpage’s and sited such as Facebook and YouTube so that students could not access these sites whilst at school and should be learning, therefore limiting them to educational websites, information and internet usage. An average of 185 high school students altered these security settings on the iPads that the schools had provided, which gave them access to these unauthorized websites. This problem caused such an outrage that the District decided to announce a "halt" in off-campus usage. This is to continue until the District is completely certain that the problem is solved and the students are using their iPads safely and appropriately.

 

I feel that students that do have these iPads and are lucky enough to be using these devices should be gaining the experience that those devices/programmes can give and they should be using these devices as educational tools in schools as this is such a huge advantage and not as entertainment and play, especially when you should be learning and in the classroom.  

 

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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | Education | Scoop.it
Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?
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The title of this article by Hanna Rosin speaks for itself, "The Touch-Screen Generation". She speaks of how iPad apps and technology is being aimed ,these days for children as young as 1-4 years old. This article makes its readers think scary things which I personally have thought of before but not about such young children, with regards to technology. I did not know people or parents would let technology reach such young and fresh minds.

 

Rosin expresses that children/toddlers nowadays are not running along the shore and poking their fingers into the sand or touching the mossy rocks the way their generation used to and instead, the children are all inside in small groups a few inches away from a screen. This is something most people- even people from this generation, like myself did not imagine for children as young as this to be a part of.

 

Personally I am not sure if introducing iPads, tablets and such advanced technology to such young minds is a good idea when these young children should be learning and doing the simple things in life. Yet I am open to suggestions and this is still a very new idea. It is just very bizarre to look at such a young and delicate child holding such a complicated piece of technology, in my opinion.

 

This article touches on the fact that the older generation need to come to the realization that this generation is able to have thousands of apps and games onto one gadget at a swipe of a finger whereas they had none of this but times have changed and there is no use in punishing their children because of change. After all like the article depicts these new devices and apps can help the future of our generation, through apps that help children with spelling, maths and many other educational subjects and tools. It is not all games and fun if you don’t want it to be. Rules are important, for example, "We have a rule of no screen time during the week, unless it’s clearly educational". 

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Union, Department of Education At Odds Over Missing Teaching Materials - NBC New York

Union, Department of Education At Odds Over Missing Teaching Materials - NBC New York | Education | Scoop.it
Union, Department of Education At Odds Over Missing Teaching Materials
NBC New York
Almost two weeks into the school year, the city's Department of Education and the teachers union are at odds over whether classrooms have enough materials.
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This article is very similar to the issue South Africa experience with regards to the government providing schools with textbooks and children not being able to learn properly. The article highlights the fact that schools did not receive promised textbooks, workbooks, and visual aid, according to the United Federation of Teachers.


Eighteen schools were complaining that they had not received all the promised and important learning tools and equipment delivered. The UTF representatives express that "Every single day they're going without these materials is a day lost in achieving the goals they want to get to with their students by the end of the year". 

 

I think that if it is true and they have not been supplied with what they were promised at the right time, it is harming the futures of the children and at many schools. The time schedules that teachers would have created will all have been destroyed because of this. Parents are frustrated and are spending their hard earned money on schooling that is not functioning properly or as well as it should be, and this is not fair. 

 

Although the New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott does maintain that the schools equipment was delivered at the correct time and more was still to come in the second semester as promised, he does say that, "We've honoured our word, and if there are cases where materials need to be delivered, we'll follow up and see what happened to it". 

 

I believe something must have been wrong in the schooling system for the schools and the teachers to have been so unhappy because people only know what they are missing once they have been promised something. 

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Parents Who Encourage Reading for Pleasure See Education Rewards

Parents Who Encourage Reading for Pleasure See Education Rewards | Education | Scoop.it
By instilling in children a desire to read, academic outcomes include improved achievement even in mathematics.
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This article highlights the importance of reading, especially with children and teenagers as this helps them for when they grow up to be adults and future parents. The article  also highlights that parents who encourage their children to read for pleasure and are not forced to read, could be doing them more good than they know, because a study proves that these children perform better than others that didn’t read in maths, language and spelling.

 

Parents who read to their children are also helping their children for the future. This has also been proven to show better results in the child’s later life. I agree that reading is very important in a child’s early life as well as growing up in school life because wanting to reading and knowing how to read becomes very important later on in life, for example in tertiary education. I believe that my love for reading has helped me greatly in my academics this far and will continue to help me through my university life.

 

This article also conveys the rapid advancement of technology. Technology such as, e-readers as well as e-reading apps on smartphones which do help encourage more children students to read because this is a new media world and students of today are drawn to technology. I do think these kinds of ideas (encouraging reading put together with technology) are helping students and their academics education and for education for the future.

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How is Technology Transforming Education? Sir Ken Robinson Video Series from Adobe Education

Technology is changing the world rapidly, impacting the way students learn and opening new possibilities for educators. Take a look what Sir Ken Robinson had...
Tyler Wilshire Duncan's insight:

Sir Ken Robinson has a good and positive take on what new media/digital media is doing to journalism and our society. He says that most teachers that are teaching in schools these days did not grow up with the tools that are available to them and the students to use today and this is to their disadvantage because they seem to take these sources of media for granted. 

 

He speaks about the importance about adults and teachers needing to build technology into the "heart of education". He says its also important because these tools are also creating cultural changes and possibilities which are very new to the students. 

 

He explains that he thinks that these media "tools" / new media sources are providing opportunities to many if not all students in today’s society and with technology continuing to soar it will most likely continue and education can benefit from this. 


I agree with Robinson in what he says that new media will in fact help educaion in the future. I believe technology will help students for the better. 

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