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Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership

Doing More With Less: PD, Resources, and Ownership | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Strategies for doing more with less include adequate PD around new technology, embracing mobile solutions, low-cost high tech, and expanding the ownership of school policy making.

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How Would Students Redesign the Learning Space? – John Spencer

How Would Students Redesign the Learning Space? – John Spencer | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I had the chance to engage in a planning conversation around the ideal learning spaces. When asked to “dream of the ideal space,” teachers naturally jumped to two locations. Half of the teachers thought of Starbucks, which is understandable, because that’s where most of us would prefer to teach if we could. Big windows, natural light, an unlimited supply of coffee. Count me in. The other brought up the glossy, open design workspaces in Silicon Valley. These locations were okay, but we had failed in empathy. the focus remained on adults and work, not children or learning. When I asked my students the same question, the answers differed.


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How to Grade STEM Projects - More Than a Worksheet

How to Grade STEM Projects - More Than a Worksheet | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Because STEM engineering projects are by design so open-ended, they can be difficult to grade. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are assessing STEM engineering projects in your classroom: 1. You don’t need to grade everything! It’s true. The learning still happens even if it’s not recorded. I know this doesn’t help you when your principal says you have to [...]

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7 Favorite Apps to Use with Book Creator - Class Tech Tips

7 Favorite Apps to Use with Book Creator - Class Tech Tips | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Check out this list of my favorites! One great aspect of Book Creator is how users can easily integrate media they've created in other apps.

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Pourquoi ne pas créer un e-book. Les avantages sont multiples par rapport à des syllabi classiques.
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8 digital skills we must teach our children | #DQ #DigitalQuotient #EQ #EmotionalQuotient

8 digital skills we must teach our children | #DQ #DigitalQuotient #EQ #EmotionalQuotient | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment. But it is in this digital world that kids are also exposed to many risks, such as cyberbullying, technology addiction, obscene and violent content, radicalization, scams and data theft. The problem lies in the fast and ever evolving nature of the digital world, where proper internet governance and policies for child protection are slow to catch up, rendering them ineffective.

Moreover, there is the digital age gap. The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.

So how can we, as parents, educators and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age? Without a doubt, it is critical for us to equip them with digital intelligence.

 

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

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

http://www.dqproject.org/

 

 


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Sandra Guerra's curator insight, June 22, 11:44 PM

How to help our children and students develop a digital intelligence. 

Helen Teague's curator insight, June 23, 7:56 PM
Good list--are there additional skills to add?
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 24, 3:15 AM
Le monde digital se développe sous nos yeux ! Il faut apprendre à vivre avec.
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Great Ball Contraption(GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Great Ball Contraption(GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016 June 4-5, 2016 Rokko Island Kobe Presented by Canadian Academy & KLUG 20 GBC modules built by Akiyuk

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basil60's curator insight, June 21, 4:43 PM
What a great contraption!! A great alternative to the standard way we may do robotics - take bits of this and combine with some of the techniques  Ian Chow-Miller uses in his robotics activities. (https://www.youtube.com/user/ianchowmiller). That's real engagement!
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Great Ball Contraption(GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Great Ball Contraption(GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016 June 4-5, 2016 Rokko Island Kobe Presented by Canadian Academy & KLUG 20 GBC modules built by Akiyuk

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What a great contraption!! A great alternative to the standard way we may do robotics - take bits of this and combine with some of the techniques  Ian Chow-Miller uses in his robotics activities. (https://www.youtube.com/user/ianchowmiller). That's real engagement!
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8 Apps for Testing Student-Created Curriculum

8 Apps for Testing Student-Created Curriculum | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Technology is an amazing tool with endless possibilities, especially in 21st century education. Perhaps you aren’t ready for semester-long student-created curricula. Maybe you’d like to test it out on a couple of individual lessons within a unit.

That’s perfect. The key is to trial and error. Take a gander at the educational apps below and see if you can brainstorm some ways to hand some creative power to your students.

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Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 - @ICTEvangelist -  Mark Anderson

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 - @ICTEvangelist -  Mark Anderson | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I created my first periodic table of iPad apps. Little did I realise how popular it would be with more than 7 million downloads in those two years. As with most things to do with technology, times move on and apps change, new technologies bring new ways to use technology to enhance learning. What has been interesting in the process of creating the periodic table has been looking at the apps which still work really well at doing what they do best. Interestingly, many of the apps on this updated table were on the original table too but there are plenty of new ones to look at too. Overwhelmingly, the majority of apps shown are free too.

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Apple is now offering a summer class that will teach kids how to code

Apple is now offering a summer class that will teach kids how to code | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
This summer, Apple will introduce an addition to its usual Apple Camp program: a coding course for children ages 8 to 12.

Besides its usual interactive storytelling and iMovie classes, kids will have the option to enroll in Coding Games and Programming Robots. The class will use Tynker's software to teach the basics of coding using blocks that can animate characters and move robots. In May, Tynker raised $7.1 million in funding.

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Getting Girls Started with Making — A Nation of Makers — Medium

Getting Girls Started with Making - A Nation of Makers - Medium

"Five years ago when I started DIY Girls, I envisioned a community for girls driven by an interest in making. I was inspired by the maker movement. The movement was making equipment and resources that were formerly only available in engineering labs more accessible and I wanted to teach girls to use and create with them. I was excited.


Then reality hit. I started in the Los Angeles community I grew up in and I quickly ran into what I thought were barriers of working in an under-resourced public school. The classroom space where I was going to run the program for girls didn’t have wi-fi, there were no computers and I didn’t have enough money to buy the equipment I thought would make this a real maker program. People also thought I would prepare the girls to compete in expensive engineering and robotics competitions. That couldn’t happen."


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Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking @jackiegerstein

Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking @jackiegerstein | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"For the past two summers, I have gotten the marvelous opportunity to teach maker education camps to elementary level students, ages 5 to 12. Each week has a different theme and each theme meets for the five weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 with a half hour break. Our first week’s theme was on Toy Making and Hacking. Here are the webpages of resources I aggregated on these maker activities:

DIY Science Toys – http://www.makereducation.com/diy-science-toys.html


Toy Take Apart – http://www.makereducation.com/toy-take-apart.html


Below is a list of activities completed with the students along with descriptions and my reflections on the degree of success with these activities."


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Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning

Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
MUSCATINE, Iowa— Legos, oobleck, and school have more in common than meets the eye at College for Kids, a two-week summer program held at Central Middle School and Jefferson Elementary.

First through sixth grade students from eight different school districts participated in the program, which is organized by co-coordinators Laurie Schroeder and Troy Kulland.

The program, Kulland and Schroeder said, is designed to give students hands-on learning experiences they may not have time or resources to have during the regular school year.

"We fill in the gaps that a normal school year can't do, it gives them a chance to be creative, use their imaginations, think outside the box," Kulland said.

Teachers love being creative in the classes as well.

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How tech-based learning spaces are helping spark creativity

How tech-based learning spaces are helping spark creativity | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The teachers at Laguna Beach Unified School District in California and Sun Prairie Area School District in Wisconsin wanted to give their traditional classroom a reboot. By upending the typical classroom layout that confines students to desks and teachers to the front of the room, they increased student engagement, introducing technology, hands-on learning and group activities.

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#notatiste16 Curated Collection

#notatiste16 Curated Collection | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Curated resources from a #notatiste16 chat

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Genius Hour – Higher Order Thinking Through Student Agency

Genius Hour – Higher Order Thinking Through Student Agency | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

As a part of EdTechTeam Teacher Leader program I had to research one type of Project/Problem Based Learning (PBL). I chose Genius Hour because I had heard some good things about it. Having researched it I think that every teacher should implement Genius Hour or some other form of PBL in their class. Even or especially teachers of primary grades.


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Oculus Rift Is Too Cool to Ignore | #VirtualReality #VR

Oculus Rift Is Too Cool to Ignore | #VirtualReality #VR | Educational Technology | Scoop.it

Oculus Rift Is Too Cool to Ignore

Now that virtual reality has arrived (again), it’s here to stay—even if it’s not clear exactly how we will end up using it.

Virtual field trips

In addition to traveling to the moon, you can use Rift to kayak down the Colorado River while checking out the Grand Canyon, tossing tiny pellets to lure passing fish. You can dive with sharks, sea turtles, and other creatures, watching exhalation bubbles seep from the spot where your face mask should be and feeling that prickly sense you get when you’re actually underwater, wondering if something is creeping up behind you.

Over the next three years, such virtual field trips will become a lot more common, says Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. His lab built one such experience, called The Crystal Reef, which lets you swim through areas of varying acidity in the ocean to explore the effects of carbon dioxide on underwater habitats. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Bailenson expects it to be available for Rift and HTC’s Vive headset in a few months.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Virtual+Reality

 


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Oculus Rift Is Too Cool to Ignore

Now that virtual reality has arrived (again), it’s here to stay—even if it’s not clear exactly how we will end up using it.

Virtual field trips

In addition to traveling to the moon, you can use Rift to kayak down the Colorado River while checking out the Grand Canyon, tossing tiny pellets to lure passing fish. You can dive with sharks, sea turtles, and other creatures, watching exhalation bubbles seep from the spot where your face mask should be and feeling that prickly sense you get when you’re actually underwater, wondering if something is creeping up behind you.

Over the next three years, such virtual field trips will become a lot more common, says Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab. His lab built one such experience, called The Crystal Reef, which lets you swim through areas of varying acidity in the ocean to explore the effects of carbon dioxide on underwater habitats. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Bailenson expects it to be available for Rift and HTC’s Vive headset in a few months.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Virtual+Reality

 

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5 Apps To Help Students Organize What They Learn

5 Apps To Help Students Organize What They Learn | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Most students need all the help they can get when it comes to planning big projects. Here’s a list of apps that can help them stay organized when they’re working on group presentations, research papers or other big tasks that might take a little extra energy to keep everything together.

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8 Apps for Testing Student-Created Curriculum

8 Apps for Testing Student-Created Curriculum | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Technology is an amazing tool with endless possibilities, especially in 21st century education. Perhaps you aren’t ready for semester-long student-created curricula. Maybe you’d like to test it out on a couple of individual lessons within a unit.

That’s perfect. The key is to trial and error. Take a gander at the educational apps below and see if you can brainstorm some ways to hand some creative power to your students.

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Every Classroom Should be a Makerspace - UnBoxed: Issue 14

Every Classroom Should be a Makerspace - UnBoxed: Issue 14 | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, I walked past a newsstand and out of the myriad of multicolored covers, one jumped out at me: MAKE magazine. As someone who grew up making stuff, this magazine spoke directly to me.

I bought copies and immediately brought them to the director of my school. I remember triumphantly exclaiming “We should show this to all of the teachers—think of the projects we can do!” A decade later, well-intentioned schools that create dedicated “maker spaces” worry me.

For the uninitiated, a maker space often houses ultramodern tools like a laser cutter or 3D printers, mixed with drill presses, table saws, and soldering irons, or perhaps screen printing equipment or sewing machines. My fear is that stand-alone maker spaces will cause the powerful act of creation to be confined to only certain parts of the school building. I worry that yesterday’s centralized computer lab—which we rightly democratized and decentralized by putting computers in every classroom—is today’s maker space.

When I walk past a new room being outfitted with a laser cutter or a drill press and hear, “This is our maker space!” I am tempted to ask: “What happens in all of the other spaces? What do people do there?” The act of creation is transformative. An individual’s self-image is forever changed when he or she can hold up a real object—a real contribution to the world—and say, “I made this.” In a time when students’ lives are increasingly virtual, abstract and vicarious experiences, it is every teacher’s job to make learning, and life, “hands-on.”

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25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom

25 Real Ways Minecraft is Being Used in the Classroom | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe that just six years ago Minecraft was virtually unheard of. It was little more than a hobby project for creator and designer Markus Persson. Fast forward to 2016 and Minecraft has completely changed the way we perceive videogames.

Starting as a novelty in a handful of innovative classrooms, Minecraft is now a foundation of curriculums around the world. From math to art to geography and even quantum mechanics, Minecraft and imaginative educators are turning bland subjects into incredible immersive learning experiences.

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Check this out! Thanks to John Evans.

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Starting to make a difference! 

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Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 - @ICTEvangelist -  Mark Anderson

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 - @ICTEvangelist -  Mark Anderson | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I created my first periodic table of iPad apps. Little did I realise how popular it would be with more than 7 million downloads in those two years. As with most things to do with technology, times move on and apps change, new technologies bring new ways to use technology to enhance learning. What has been interesting in the process of creating the periodic table has been looking at the apps which still work really well at doing what they do best. Interestingly, many of the apps on this updated table were on the original table too but there are plenty of new ones to look at too. Overwhelmingly, the majority of apps shown are free too.

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EdTech 10: National Week of Making

EdTech 10: National Week of Making | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of maker education. So during this official National Week of Making 2016, we share with you stories around all types of making–from making updates to apps supporting education to making a difference through funding edtech startups, this week’s edition celebrates many who are making a positive impact on the world of education.

Want to read more about makered? We have a few blogs that might interest you:

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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.

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Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning

Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning | Educational Technology | Scoop.it
MUSCATINE, Iowa— Legos, oobleck, and school have more in common than meets the eye at College for Kids, a two-week summer program held at Central Middle School and Jefferson Elementary.

First through sixth grade students from eight different school districts participated in the program, which is organized by co-coordinators Laurie Schroeder and Troy Kulland.

The program, Kulland and Schroeder said, is designed to give students hands-on learning experiences they may not have time or resources to have during the regular school year.

"We fill in the gaps that a normal school year can't do, it gives them a chance to be creative, use their imaginations, think outside the box," Kulland said.

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