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Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind

Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote soon on a plan that could add subsidies for broadband Internet services in low-income homes.
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15 Useful DIY Professional Development Resources for Teachers | Edudemic

15 Useful DIY Professional Development Resources for Teachers | Edudemic | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Teaching is a constantly evolving profession; new ideas and new techniques that may help you become a more effective educator are constantly emerging.


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Francis Gilbert's curator insight, February 22, 12:49 PM

Interesting diagram.

Steve Borley's curator insight, February 26, 12:04 PM

Whether a professional teacher or a professional parent schooling your child at home, professional development is a healthy way of modelling life-long learning to children.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, March 13, 9:49 AM

Teaching is a constantly evolving profession; new ideas and new techniques that may help you become a more effective educator are constantly emerging.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/learning-to-learn-for-my-professional-development-i-did-it-my-way/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/


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8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research

8 Types of Blended Learning According to Research | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
Blended learning happens when you mix the face to face classroom with online learning. Research shows there are 8 types of blended learning.

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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 16, 3:45 AM

The ICAP model explained

Melissa Spears's curator insight, February 17, 12:43 AM

Flipped classroom is not the only type of blended learning. According to researchers there are various types of blended learning. Read on to know about those.

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44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class (Part 1)

44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class (Part 1) | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
Tired of battling the use of smartphones in class? Disengage from the battle by engaging students in lessons that integrate these powerful gadgets.

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Eglae Betzabeth Sandoval's curator insight, February 15, 11:26 PM

Simple ways to use smartphones in a classroom.


María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 16, 3:56 PM

44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class (Part 1) | @scoopit via @AnaCristinaPrts http://sco.lt/...

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 17, 3:28 AM
Use Smartphones to Collaborate
Use Smartphones to CommunicateUse Smartphones to Create
Use Smartphones to Coordinate/Curate

It's a 2013 post, but still most of the apps are running and with the same uses.




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        6 Ways to Use Instagram in Your Classroom Right Now

        6 Ways to Use Instagram in Your Classroom Right Now | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        Why are we not meeting students where they are? Why are we continuing to force students to thrive AND be engaged in a system not catered to the 21st century?
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        5 Ways Digital Tools Are Transforming the Education Space

        5 Ways Digital Tools Are Transforming the Education Space | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        K–12 thought leader Eric Sheninger offers guidance on how to manage an arsenal of digital tools in the classroom.
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        Tech-ready: Online Learning in Racine Unified School District

        Tech-ready: Online Learning in Racine Unified School District | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        James O'Hagan of Racine Unified School District talks to Cell Phone City and offers insights on how to use technology in a changing learning environment.
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        In Education 'Reform' Nothing Means What You Think It Does

        In Education 'Reform' Nothing Means What You Think It Does | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        In the world of Education reform, nothing means what you think it will. We learned that the hard way with No Child Left Behind. I mean, of course we don't want a child left behind! Why would we wan...
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        Technology in Education: An Overview - Education Week

        Technology in Education: An Overview - Education Week | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        From blended learning to computerized testing, digital and online technologies are reshaping the classroom experience for millions of students.
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        How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education

        How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        Smartphones are often credited with helping bridge the "digital divide" between people who do and don't have Internet access at home. But is mobile Internet enough for a family with a kid in school?
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        President Obama announces Computer Science for All Initiative

        President Obama announces Computer Science for All Initiative | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

        In last week’s address, the President discussed his plan to give all students across the country the chance to learn computer science (CS) in school. 

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        Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts (EdSurge News)

        Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts (EdSurge News) | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

        It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students.


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        Scientists Reveal The Best Time Of Day To Take An Exam

        Scientists Reveal The Best Time Of Day To Take An Exam | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        Every hour after 8 a.m. that an exam is taken is equivalent to 10 missed days of school, a new study finds.
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        Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart

        Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
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        Understanding Education in a Changing World: What's Really Worth Learning

        Understanding Education in a Changing World: What's Really Worth Learning | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        David Perkins shares insights on helping educators and parents think through the all-important question: “What’s really worth learning?”

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        Tony Guzman's curator insight, February 20, 1:19 PM

        This article addresses what are truly important things to learn in today's changing world?

        Lihi Telem's curator insight, February 21, 4:11 AM

        ראיון מעניין עם דיוויד פרקינס לגבי התוכן והמיומניות שיש ללמד בבתי הספר של היום על מנת שיהיו רלוונטיות לתלמידים בעולם המשתנה של היום ומחר. 

        Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 24, 12:47 AM

        Gosh HASS teachers know all this - and we need to remind ourselves

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        Programming Languages Could Soon Replace Foreign Languages In American Schools

        Programming Languages Could Soon Replace Foreign Languages In American Schools | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        A former Yahoo executive turned Florida lawmaker is proposing which allows students to exchange computer science courses with the two required foreign language classes. However, the proposal has become to take a controversial turn putting the with legislators and advocates in defensive mode. 

        Via THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*, Stephania Savva, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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        Should Computer Education Cover More Than Just Coding?

        Should Computer Education Cover More Than Just Coding? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        There's a lot of talk about investing in computer science education, but what's the balance between teaching theory and teaching practical skills, like coding?
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        6 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for Science Teachers ~ EdTech and MLearning

        6 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for Science Teachers ~ EdTech and MLearning | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are making some huge leaps into the educational landscape transforming the way teaching and learning are taking place. Educators and teachers are increasingly adopting AR technologies in their classrooms. As extensions of the physical world,  AR technologies amplify its dimensions and bring life to its static constituents. There are a variety of ways you can use AR in your class. For instance, you can use them to take your students into virtual field trips, visit world museums, animate and enrich textbook content and many more.

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        GwynethJones's curator insight, February 14, 9:55 AM

        Share this with your Science! Teachers!

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        Should students be allowed to use the Internet during exams?

        Should students be allowed to use the Internet during exams? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

        The future of pedagogy has got to allow spontaneous order as a new method in children’s education in the presence of the Internet. Internet must permeate the education system.



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        Edgar Mata's curator insight, February 15, 12:08 AM

        Uso de internet durante los exámenes?

        Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 20, 7:35 AM

        Use of Internet during exams

        Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 8:08 PM

        This is inevitable. The education systems need to prepare accordingly and be ready to embrace the concept. The way we assess needs to change dramatically. 

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        How Google Is Reimagining Books

        How Google Is Reimagining Books | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        Editions At Play sees designers and authors working simultaneously to build a new type of e-book from the ground up.
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        10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

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        10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

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        Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 9, 9:24 AM

        "The age of knowing is slowing giving way to an age of data navigation, and what students need help with should be adjusted accordingly."


        Although critical thinking has always been a goal of education, I believe now that the need to memorize facts has diminished (since information is at one's fingertips), those higher level thinking skills have become THE goal of education. Or at least they should be. 


        I believe one of the barriers to this kind of teaching and learning is that it is much more non-linear. It's messy and it takes longer -- all of which makes it harder to test and more difficult to organize into periods in the school day.


        Great article that should get people thinking and discussing.

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        Futuristic classrooms rethink space

        Futuristic classrooms rethink space | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
        The way schools across the country use space has changed. The growing number of administrators now building and renovating education spaces have made student experience a top priority. Educators seek new designs that accommodate collaboration along with 1-to-1 programs and other technology initiatives
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        Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have

        Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

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        Gordon Dahlby's comment, February 13, 6:12 PM
        Looks more like a walk down an exhibit hall of vendors than skill/talent tied to teaching & learning.
        Rod Murray's comment, February 13, 7:21 PM
        If every teacher had this skill set, that would dramatically change teaching and learning. The "vendors" are, contrary to your suggestion, mostly free technologies that can and do change teaching and learning.
        Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 19, 5:10 AM

        These and many other tools are available. But if you are a teacher, what do you think? Is it really necessary to have all these skills? There is so much content readily available online and if you can organise to prepare materials in teams, or have access to a PLN on or offline, then you can share the load. 

         

        Some teachers and content creators have specific skills and their expertise can be used or accessed by anyone. Personally, I think it's good for teachers to be aware of the digital possibilities for their teaching context, but it is generally unrealistic for anyone to expect all teachers to become skilled in so many different areas. 

         

        Is it not better to pick fewer areas more relevant to you and focus on them? Be a master of a few areas useful to you, not a jack of all trades feeling stressed that you are master of none.