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Blog that discusses educational technology in South Africa & the potential of new media technologies to improve educational objectives
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How to innovate like Google | | New Media Lab |

How to innovate like Google | | New Media Lab | | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Timbo Drayson, YouTube Product Manager, discusses the seven pillars of innovation. These offer valuable strategies for educational technology developers and enthusiasts, especially those interested in new start ups and entrepreneurial projects.

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Textbooks vs. Tablets - step into the future | | New Media Lab |

Textbooks vs. Tablets - step into the future | | New Media Lab | | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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The South African basic education department spends roughly R1.5billion printing textbooks every year (and not delivering them). That's equivalent to approx. 15 million low-cost tablets - and with 12 million learners to cater for, it would be cheaper and more practical in the long-term to go digital.
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Education for All - solution is at our fingertips | | New Media Lab |

Education for All - solution is at our fingertips | | New Media Lab | | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Recognising cellphone technologies as the optimal m-learning strategy is key if we want to bring education to all in South Africa.

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Getting Real About Educational Technology

Getting Real About Educational Technology | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Technology in the classroom is here to stay. Consequently, it is time for educators to begin to have more sophisticated conversations about best practices and to explore the inherent challenges.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 2013 4:29 AM

I agree with the overall message here, though it's not a new one, but the argument is a bit unsophisticated.

vananh.com's comment, April 20, 2013 7:33 AM
that's this ^^
Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, April 30, 2013 8:51 AM

I can't but agree with Nik about technology

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Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT

Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

From a quick comparison of these two lists it may well look like the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages, but those disadvantages are BIG, especially the cost. If you are thinking of introducing iPads in your school, then I think by far the best way to start is just by having a few in the teachers’ staff room and letting the teachers explore them and see what they can do with them. If this can generate some enthusiasm then you could be on your way to having a 21st century language school.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:05 AM

This is an article I wrote some years ago now, but it has been attracting a lot of attention and comments recently, so I thought I would share it and open up the debate. I'll also try to write a more up to date one soon.

Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:06 AM

This is an article I wrote some years ago now, but it has been attracting a lot of attention and comments recently, so I thought I would share it and open up the debate. I'll also try to write a more up to date one soon.

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4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning

4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
What are the stages of technology in learning, and how can these stages be used as a framework for improving learning?

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, May 2, 2013 1:21 PM

A kind of Instructional designer for e learning... simple and efective !

Linda Ross's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:47 PM

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Connie Wise's curator insight, August 1, 2013 12:05 PM

Roadmap to integration of technology

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Learning Is Not About The Technology

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Learning Is Not About The Technology

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Rebecca Penina Simon's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:30 AM

This is a great article to read.....and this is why professional development for teachers is so crucial.  Technology is a tool which must become invisible in your classroom.

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Gamify Your Class With VoiceThread Mobile & A Free Webinar!

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: Gamify Your Class With VoiceThread Mobile & A Free Webinar! | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Gamify Your Class With VoiceThread Mobile & A Free Webinar! http://t.co/hOm2BZv7Lr #tlchat #edchat #edtech #nced #levelupbc
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One laptop per child, too ambitious for South Africa? | Rhodes University New Media Lab

One laptop per child, too ambitious for South Africa? | Rhodes University New Media Lab | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Critique of the One Laptop per Child initiatve started by Nicholas Negroponte with a focus on its success and failures in the South African context.

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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.

The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."


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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, June 27, 11:00 AM

leaders create sustainable change by putting the right tools in front of our teachers/students AND building a culture of innovation

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 7:34 PM

um big quadro de aplicativos utilizados para apoiar aprendizagem no seculo XXI...

faezams's curator insight, July 10, 9:01 PM

App list visual

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Mxit up in the classroom | | New Media Lab |

Mxit up in the classroom | | New Media Lab | | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Cellphones are the optimal choice for educational technology in South Africa today, and the application "Mxit" has proven to be the ideal starting platform iif we want to reach the maximum amount of learners.

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What are the qualities of a good educational technology trainer?

What are the qualities of a good educational technology trainer? | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Whilst in the process of designing a unit of online learning I started thinking about the qualities and skills that a good educational technology trainer should have. After thinking of a few myself I decided to draw on the wisdom of my PLN and crowd-source a few more ideas.


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sarspri's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:32 PM

An example of a crowdsourcing (social voting) tool, Tricider.  Plus an interesting (and growing) list related to training teachers to use technology.  Chime on in!

reuvenwerber's curator insight, April 19, 2013 3:30 AM

Do you have what it takes? Can you get it?

Helena Capela's comment, April 19, 2013 5:09 AM
Good idea and interesting tool
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Broadband “the missing link” in global access to education

Broadband “the missing link” in global access to education | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Broadband connectivity carries unprecedented potential to bridge education divides, transform learning and improve skills for the globalized economy provided that governments make broadband accessible, empower teachers and students to use technology, support the production of local language content and promote open educational resources, says a new report just released by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:42 AM

Really I could not agree more. Something that schools even in the UK really need to address.

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Evaluating web-based tools for language instruction

Evaluating web-based tools for language instruction | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, interest in web-based tools has expanded rapidly, but how do we know which ones to use and which to avoid? In this workshop, we will look together at some web and mobile applications and establish criteria by which we can evaluate them to ensure we use tools that will lead to enhanced language learning.


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Dr.Revathi Viswanath's comment, April 18, 2013 5:07 AM
Very informative presentation. I created my account in some of the links.
Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 12:22 AM

A 50 minute online seminar/class on how to best evaluate web-based tools in determining which ones beneficial to use, and which ones are not.

Gayla Keesee's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:45 AM

Nice overview of tools for the language classroom.

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60 Educational iPad Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

60 Educational iPad Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"For today's post I am sharing with you an excellent presentation featuring some of the top educational iPad apps. I have gone through each title and found them really worth sharing with you here. Have a look and share with us your comments . Enjoy!"


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John Rudkin's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:39 AM

Excellent insight

Lori Carter's comment, August 26, 2013 2:59 PM
Teachers should take note.
Lori Carter's curator insight, August 26, 2013 3:00 PM

Teachers, listen up!

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Curation in Education - #patue Chat 11/13/12 - Instructional Tech Talk

Curation in Education - #patue Chat 11/13/12 - Instructional Tech Talk | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Discussion, Articles, and Podcasts about Instructional Technology (Curation in Education - #patue Chat 11/13/12 http://t.co/GVhmSaW3sd
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A Better Internet for UK Children? | LSE Media Policy Project

A Better Internet for UK Children? | LSE Media Policy Project | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
96% of UK 5-7 year olds in UK say there is 'lots of good things to do online' http://t.co/nPnpaCN9Gb #edtech
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Educational Technology - the screen is brighter on the other side | Rhodes University New Media Lab

Educational Technology - the screen is brighter on the other side | Rhodes University New Media Lab | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
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Introduction to what educational technology is, briefly considering some of its benefits and challenges for education in South Africa

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