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Training for the Future: Schools implement technology to keep ahead (with video)

Training for the Future: Schools implement technology to keep ahead (with video) | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
EDITOR’S NOTE: With the world continuing to shrink thanks to improved communications and transportation, students can no longer wait until college or job training to think globally.
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As technology is advancing in the classroom, students are changing from books to Google Chrome Books. I appreciate that technology is used within the classroom, however, what would a classroom without books be like? Do you think it would enhance a child's education? What happens when the Google Chrome Book does not load due to low internet connection? On the other hand, having computers in the classroom is very benefitial as stated in this quote, "“Technology closes the gap on single student engagement and allows one-on-one teaching simultaneously with the entire class. It brings collaboration not only with the students in the four walls, but with the world, with the use of the internet, and microphones and webcams classrooms communicating across the globe." I think it is crucial for students to not only engage on what is going on in our own country, but also the world. There are many things I did not get exposed to until college. For example, I did not know the depths of Judaism until I got into my sorority. I believe that it is essential for children to be exposed with different people at a young age because it will allow them to one day become a well-rounded person. 

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Lawmaker: Ohio school reform must include technology

Lawmaker: Ohio school reform must include technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
It's a historic year for Ohio school reform, but whether things improve depends on what direction those changes are headed, state legislators told area school officials.
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Ohio senator, Bill Coley, states that "Technology HAS to be incorporated into education." This is very interesting considering the fact that children who do not demonstrate understanding for grade level will be held back. I am wondering, how will education enhance reading abilties? There are other factors that can influence a child's reading such as a child's family influence. Also, what if technology is not provided within a child's home? How will educators adjust what a child has in order to incorporate technology into education. Will children be allowed to rent out and take home IPads? This is a major change within the education system and I am very interested on how things will change in the future. 

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Discovering That Your 18-Month-Old Is Using an iPad in Pre-School

Discovering That Your 18-Month-Old Is Using an iPad in Pre-School | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
How to react? (@CannonDesign Sure. Last month we published this piece on iPads in pre-schools: http://t.co/N3p9q4Hb7R)
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A child that is 18-months old is definately too young to be using an ipad in Pre-school. Children should be able to experience nature, and create their own perspective to real life objects rather than displaying them on a screen. Children also will become dependent hence their abilities to apply concepts to the real world will lack. I encouage tenchology in schools for an older generation but for now at 18-months techonology is not necessary. 

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The pen is mightier than the keypad: A piece of new hi-tech kit aims to get us scribbling again

The pen is mightier than the keypad: A piece of new hi-tech kit aims to get us scribbling again | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Abe: What's wrong with our hands?Aaron: What do you mean?Abe: Why can't we write like normal people?Aaron: I don't know. I can see the letters...
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Jessica Winter describes her handwriting as a Kindergartener when writing a thank you note. Later, she describes use of the new smart pen, Livescribe 3. It is  £129 and "captures, digitises, and archives anything you write or draw with."One can also collate notes, add photos, share photos and turn the into searchable text. She also mentions how in schools are getting rid of cursive. Is it really necessary for schools to get rid of cursive? What happens when a child is unable to read a card their relative wrote in cursive? Although technology is improving dramatically, is it acceptable that people like Jessica Winter are able to write a single decent thank-you note without it being on a computer, tablet, etc?

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Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say

Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
There is a widespread belief among teachers that digital technology is hampering students’ attention spans and ability to persevere, according to two surveys.
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One of the major problems with technology used with education is the need for constant entertainment. Technology allows us to have everything instantly. For example, chatting online allows fast, immediate conversations with others. Therefore once technology is fully used within a classroom, are the students going to be easily distracted in a teacher's lesson plan? Are teachers going to need to go the extra 1000 more miles than they already need to in order to get their students involved? 

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