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Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed

Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed | Educational Technology | 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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Gary Bamford's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:05 PM

Big stuff - you have been warned....

Steph's Journalism Group 2013's curator insight, October 7, 2013 7:20 PM
Chwayita Ceejay January's insight: 

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.

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

Training is key!

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How to Get High-Quality Student Work in PBL

How to Get High-Quality Student Work in PBL | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

This is a common concern of teachers who are new to project-based learning. Things can appear to be going smoothly -- students have been engaged by the project, they've been learning content and skills, they've been busy and meeting deadlines -- but their thinking is not as in-depth and their final products not as polished as they should be. If this is your experience, it's time to ask yourself some questions:


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lalita pradeep's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:55 PM

wow...gr8.....

Michaela Vila's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:48 AM

Great checklist for PBL and has a great link to 8 PBL essentials! 

Ashleigh Sweetman's curator insight, February 20, 2014 11:42 AM

I loved this Edutopia article! It answered many of the questions I have as a future teacher about project-based learning. I am really interested in how to find out whether or not the students are engaged in the project. If they are not engaged, how do teachers alter their projects to make all students engaged?  I feel that project-based learning is extremely beneficial for students inside and outside of the classroom.  This article will be really helpful in my future classroom when I begin to have trouble managing my students' project-based learning.

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All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

When children are in charge of their own play, it provides a foundation for their future mental health as older children and adults. Gray mentions five main benefits:

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:03 PM

Good article with some good justification for more play for kids and what they learn while playing.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 8, 2013 5:09 PM

The fear that something will happen is so overblown - I tend to blame the media and our expanding instant news coverage - that if it bleeds it leads, and now covers the whole world in an instant. -Lon

Kate Cicchelli's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:22 PM

Fabulous piece on the power of play and the dramatic impact the loss of time and space for play is having on our children today.  

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When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

We’d had enough technology, and now it was time to re-engage as a class. Clearly, the iMacs had become a deterrent to learning rather than a catalyst, so it was time to re-group. Would I recommend the above strategy to middle or high school students?


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:55 PM

Really interesting article about ensuring the learning is at the forefront, not the technology. When should we get the tech out of the way?

The Rice Process's curator insight, October 18, 2013 8:42 AM

Great article.  Finding the right balance is the key. 

Janelle Odate's curator insight, October 19, 2013 2:54 AM

Sounds interesting in today's world where technology seems to be pushing everything.