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20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers

20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Let's lay out some of the more confusing technology terms that educators will encounter on a regular basis and see just what is behind each one.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:33 PM

There are so many terms used in technology that it is sometimes hard to recall what each of them mean...so here is a post that will help you out. Below are three of the twenty listed. Do you know what each of them means?

* Adaptive Learning

* GAFE

* LMS

Andrea Jean's curator insight, March 5, 2013 8:38 PM

Very helpful tool to keep teachers up to date on some technicial words that may come up with using technology in the classroom.

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"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online

"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online | educational technology et | Scoop.it
My Storybook lets students easily create simple virtual books with text and images/characters you can insert with a click. You can also draw your own. I'm adding it to The Best Places Where Student...

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You Can Now Work As A "GIF Content Specialist"


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"Smarty Pins" Is A New Geography Game From Google

"Smarty Pins" Is A New Geography Game From Google | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a new online geography game from Google. It's similar to some of the better ones on The Best Online Geography Games -- you're asked a question, provided a hint, and then have to put ...

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Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It?

Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It? | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"As the cities that have hosted Code for America teams will tell you, the greatest contribution the young programmers bring isn't the software they write. It's the way they think. It's a principle called "computational thinking," and knowing all of the Java syntax in the world won't help if you can't think of good ways to apply it."

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 21, 8:26 AM

Should we be teaching coding to our students? What does computer literacy mean? And what is computational thinking? These are some of the questions addressed in this article from Mother Jones.

Let's start with the question 'What is computational thinking?' Below is a quote from the article.

"If you've ever improvised dinner, pat yourself on the back: You've engaged in some light CT...If seeing the culinary potential in raw ingredients is like computational thinking, you might think of a software algorithm as a kind of recipe: a step-by-step guide on how to take a bunch of random ingredients and start layering them together in certain quantities, for certain amounts of time, until they produce the outcome you had in mind."

There are so many quotes I could pull from this article to share. Below are two more and I would urge you to take the time to click through and read the entire article (and it is quite long). Along with a information on the history of literacy (as in reading and writing as well as computer) you will find a video of individuals (some of whom you will recognize) talking about how they became involved in computational literacy as well as many graphs and images. On to the quotes...

"Computational thinking involves solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior," she writes in a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery. Those are handy skills for everybody, not just computer scientists.

And while many kids have mad skills in movie editing or Photoshopping, such talents can lull parents into thinking they're learning real computing. "We teach our kids how to be consumers of technology, not creators of technology," notes the NSF's Cuny.

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Is Coding the New Literacy?

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Updating Adages: 18 Old Proverbs Given New Meaning By Generation Internet [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Updating Adages: 18 Old Proverbs Given New Meaning By Generation Internet [Weird & Wonderful Web] | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Proverbs and sayings are absolutely everywhere. We all use them on occasion, even when we try to avoid doing so as it suggests unoriginality. They even make it into advertising when a brand decides an old proverb sums up everything about its product. Proverbs that stick around do so for a reason. Their meanings are…

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A fortnight of visual learning

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The last couple of weeks have been a bit manic. Lots of teaching highs that have been obscures by lots of administrative (and personal) lows. My year 12 students continue to push their thinking abo...

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, June 13, 1:47 PM

Cool info graphics at this site

 

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Easily Create Collaborative Diagrams and Mind Maps on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Easily Create Collaborative Diagrams and Mind Maps on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, March 13, 4:26 AM

A set of instructions on how to use one of the new add-ins for Google Drive.  Thanks Skipz.

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 16, 8:37 PM

The complete title of this post is Why It's Imperative to Teach Students to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill? Do you believe this is important? If so, how do you go about teaching your students to ask good questions?

This post begins by looking at the importance of questioning, and notes that many leaders in the high-tech world began with a Montessori education, a system that encourages curiousity from a young age.

The ability to ask insightful questions is something that may be more critical as we move forward. The question is how to we do this. The post notes that many teachers do not feel like they have time for students to ask questions. If this is true what should we do? It suggests that we make it both "safe" and "cool" to ask questions, and also suggests looking at resources available from

The Right Question Institute and from Question Day 2014.


Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 18, 2:52 PM

Risk taking and questioning have always been learning skillls. It just seems that students, and possibly their parents, aren't willing to acknowledge them as the best way to learn. The whole idea of thinking critically and making a "best guess' seem to be unacceptable to some folks. What does that say about the whole quality/gift  of wonder?

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Oppia - Bite Sized Journeys, By Anyone, For Anyone

Oppia - Bite Sized Journeys, By Anyone, For Anyone | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Oppia is a tool for creating interactive online activities that enable students to learn by doing. Its creators believe that this is often a more effective and efficient way of learning than either watching videos or reading texts, since it allows the student to engage more deeply with the activity in a way that videos or books often do not."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 2, 9:39 PM

Oppia is a new open source tool that allows you to create interactive learning activities. When you sign up (which is quick if you have a Google account) you will be informed that any explorations you create will be licensed under Creative Commons and will be shared. The exploration will be private until you are ready to publish. There are a number of explorations you may explore. The ones I checked out are set up as quizzes, with each question showing up individually. A wrong answer came up with a response to try again. Google maps was included in a different quiz where you had to locate a specific city. It is important to realize that this is beta and that changes may be made over time.

An online tutorial is available at https://code.google.com/p/oppia/

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Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 24, 9:19 PM

Check out these five tools that will help students present their knowledge using different forms of multimedia.

* Metta

* ImageQuiz

* eduCanon

* Kahoot

* Google Forms

For many students these tools will help them create a more authentic product. Click through to the post to learn more about each tool and find short videos to help you with ImageQuiz, Kahoot and eduCanon..

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 25, 7:32 PM

Great ideas and tools - let the creative assessment begin!

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The 25 Must Have Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 25 Must Have Resources for Science Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Reading is reading. By understanding that letters make sounds, we can blend those sounds together to make whole sounds that symbolize meaning we can all exchange with one another.

Without getting too Platonic about it all, reading doesn’t change simply because you’re reading a text from another content area. Only sometimes it does.

Science content can often by full of jargon, research citations, and odd text features.

Social Studies content can be an interesting mix of itemized information, and traditional paragraphs/imagery..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 27, 2013 11:40 PM

Along with the visual that provides 12 reading strategies this post provides an additional 13 strategies and links to 4 additional resources. The strategies suggested go across curriculum areas.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 28, 2013 3:07 PM

Great one

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15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments

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What is nice about a digital environment is the ability to differentiate. Google Classroom allows you to build a set of resources for a single assignment. This makes it possible to offer students c...

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How to be an Independent Learner (infographic)

How to be an Independent Learner (infographic) | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 1, 8:18 PM

Here is a great poster that you may want to share with students. It provides eighteen ideas on how a student may become more independent. A few of the ways are listed below:

* Question the question. Is there another way to look at it?

* Help support and advise your peers.

* Sketch it out.

* Own your learning

Jorge Leal's curator insight, July 5, 7:38 PM

thanks ...!

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How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation | educational technology et | Scoop.it
eLearning professionals should learn more about the biological basis of learning. Check out this simple explanation.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 24, 7:35 PM

This is your brain ... this is your brain when it learns.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, September 1, 6:54 AM

We need to know more about how the brain works in the learning process so that eLearning can be more effective.

Shawn Wright's curator insight, September 6, 9:14 PM

Cool

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Some Ideas and Examples for Using Google+ Hangouts in School

Some Ideas and Examples for Using Google+ Hangouts in School | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Teach Your Students to Never, Ever Put Two Spaces After a Period

Teach Your Students to Never, Ever Put Two Spaces After a Period | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong.

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Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines for Business Communication's curator insight, June 8, 8:16 PM

Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. (The Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, used widely in the social sciences, allows for two spaces in draft manuscripts but recommends one space in published work.) . . .



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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | educational technology et | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 7:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 4:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 5:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear. 

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11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints

11 Tips For Students To Manage Their Digital Footprints | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"If you’ve scratched your head over suggestions to manage your “digital footprint,” you aren’t the only one. A surprisingly large percentage of people..."


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Ileanna Gama's curator insight, March 9, 8:27 PM

Not just for my future students, but for myself as well!

Lisa Williams's curator insight, March 9, 9:49 PM

Great information... 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, March 16, 7:45 AM

Excellent - important to consider for our students - and ourselves!

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20 Signs You've Made a Difference as an Educator

20 Signs You've Made a Difference as an Educator | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? How do you know if you're doing the same for students?

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The Rice Process's curator insight, March 2, 8:44 AM

This post highlights the many ways educators make a difference in the lives of their students.  The difference takes root in the present and lives on in the future.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, March 2, 4:22 PM

There are some wonderful signals here. Something we should always be looking for. 

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, March 16, 12:50 PM

This is a great list for thinking about monitoring our work in school and board improvement.

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Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

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Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 24, 9:19 PM

Check out these five tools that will help students present their knowledge using different forms of multimedia.

* Metta

* ImageQuiz

* eduCanon

* Kahoot

* Google Forms

For many students these tools will help them create a more authentic product. Click through to the post to learn more about each tool and find short videos to help you with ImageQuiz, Kahoot and eduCanon..

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 25, 7:32 PM

Great ideas and tools - let the creative assessment begin!

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The Top 10 Free Web Tools (As Chosen By You) - Edudemic

The Top 10 Free Web Tools (As Chosen By You) - Edudemic | educational technology et | Scoop.it
There are a lot of web tools out there. Many of which are free or, at the very least, freemium. In other words, you can do a free trial to see if you like it. With so many to choose from, it’s tough to figure out which ones work best, are popular, are well supported, …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 6, 7:29 PM

Have you heard of the Global Education Database? It collects data from users and allows you to search for apps, hardware, software and web tools. This post looks at the top ten web tools. Each tool has a short description and it hot linked. Click through to the post to learn more. If you would prefer to check out the Global Education Database here is the link: http://www.gedb.org/

* EdPuzzle: Editing and Dubbing Educational Videos Made Simple

* Google Apps for Education: Should Your School Go Google?

* DebateGraph: A Powerful Way to Collaborate and Learn Together Online

* Popplet: A Simple Way to Generate Your Next Big Idea

When you click through to the link in the database you will see an image of the web tool, suggestions on how to use it in the classroom, key information, pros and cons, an overview of the tool, ratings (in five categories), and the "bottom line."

Are you thinking of offering some professional development and would like to explore some new tools? This (as in the Global Education Database) might be a great place to do some searching and check out tools that might meet needs of your school or district!

Wendy Farren-Price's curator insight, March 6, 10:45 PM

There are various tools that are mentioned, but IXL maths is a great way to consolidate mathematic concepts via technology.

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Learning Never Stops: 29 great math websites for students of all ages

Learning Never Stops: 29 great math websites for students of all ages | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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