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Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | educational technology | Scoop.it
For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.
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I think this is a GREAT article that points out both the pros and cons of using technology in the classroom! In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons and I find them very beneficial to learning.

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K-12 Solutions

K-12 Solutions | educational technology | Scoop.it
Our students are growing up in the digital age. Today, technology brings opportunity to new generations of students, helping them develop the skills needed to prepare for college and pursue careers for the next generation.
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I agree with this article because it also supports technology use in education. I like the way it talked about how much opportunity technology brings to new generations of students and how they can almost attribute more successful students when it comes to college and careers to technology.

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Should a 4-year-old own a smartphone?

Should a 4-year-old own a smartphone? | educational technology | Scoop.it
Question sparks debate between those who think a kid should be a kid, and those who have ideas for making a phone child-friendly (RT @SG_Milligan: That the question can even be asked is a sign of how out of control we are in our tech love.
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When you first read the title of this article, or at least when I did, immediately I thought that it was insane for a 4-year-old to own a smartphone. I didn't get my first smart phone until middle school so the idea of a four-year-old owning one is crazy! When you are four, you should own cars and trucks and dolls, not smart phones or cell phones period. I feel like it takes away from your childhood, as someone mentions in the article and that it is just not beneficial at all for the child to own one at that age. If they wanted to play educational games, they could play on their parents' phones and they should never be left alone at that age anyway so there shouldn't be a need for them to have it as a safety precaution. All in all, I believe it is a bad idea to give a 4-year-old a smart phone.

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How Mobile Devices Can Promote The Development Of Non-Cognitive Skills

How Mobile Devices Can Promote The Development Of Non-Cognitive Skills | educational technology | Scoop.it

"Although there are many reasons to use the iPads in the classroom, the development of noncognitive skills is one the educators should consider as well with the implementation of the device. Since the early 1980s, educators and employers across many disciplines have stressed the importance of noncognitive skills although the focus of most educational research has been dedicated to the relationship between cognitive skills and student achievement."


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Office of Educational Technology

Office of Educational Technology | educational technology | Scoop.it
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This website is that of the Office of Educational Techonology. I felt this was important to include on my newspaper because of what its goals are.The OET promotes using technology in the classroom and strives to provide every learner with a device and every school with broadband internet access. This is appealing to me because one of the biggest issue with using technology in the classroom is how will they get it because it can be very expensive. The OET is one way that you can get access to technology in your classroom at a good rate because they aren't trying to swindle you into buying their products, but they actually want learners to have access to these things, too, so they are more likely to make it more affordable for schools to provide students with these resources.

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Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology? | educational technology | Scoop.it
This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.

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This article was interesting to me because it gave the teacher's point of view of using technology in education. It helped me to see as a future educator more of what they meant by it helps socially and developmentally, but not necessarily academically, like when it came to improving test scores. This made me think about whether it was actually a beneficial tool to use in the classroom since it wasn't necessarily improving test scores. It made me consider whether it should just be used more in homes in order to prepare yourself for school instead of being used in the school itself.

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Sydney Educational Technology (SydEduTech) Meetup Group

Sydney Educational Technology (SydEduTech) Meetup Group

Sydney, AU
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We are a Sydney meet-up group, interested in connecting educators, tech geeks, start-ups and investors who are passionate about the education space and interested in applying ...

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Meetup at Fishburners (Level 1, 608 Harris St., Ultimo).

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 PM
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We are a Sydney meet-up group, interested in connecting educators, tech geeks, start-ups and investors who are passionate about the education space and interested in applying technology to solve curre (Tonight at Sydney Educational Technology...
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I included this link to the Sydney meet-up group because it is interested in connecting people who are passionate about connecting technology and education. I think this is a great group that teachers could be a part of to learn how to improve learning in their classroom even more with technology and I also think this is a great networking site that teachers could use to connect with other classrooms all across the world.

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