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The future of libraries | Educational Technology

The future of libraries | Educational Technology | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
This is the first in our Future Of series, where we analyze and dissect one facet of life that's been impacted by digital technology. Today, we look at libraries. "You have no ...
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What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin 

What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin  | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 


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If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 

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Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius

Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
A few months ago, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced a bold new initiative that aims to bring computer science to K-12 education and make computer programming a basic skill for all students.  The implications of this development can be staggering: STEAM will become much more widespread.  Soon, teachers around the country will teach students computational thinking, looping, conditional statements, and other high order programming concepts.

There are several tools and platforms teachers can use to accomplish this goal.  These tools range from web platforms, to robots, to manipulatives teachers can use to teach coding.  Some are more powerful than others, and offer different gains, expertise, and rewards, but they all have a place in the classroom. 

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Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Bolero enters the public domain, a new proprietary music-encoding standard is gaining ground, and more open music news.

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9 Online Teaching Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier via GDC

9 Online Teaching Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier via GDC | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
We've sourced out a list of 9 online teaching tools that will support you with LMS, web conferencing, and other facets of online learning.

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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 10, 4:08 AM

Well worth reading.

David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

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Virtual Reality is Finally Here: HTC Vive Review (& Giveaway)

Virtual Reality is Finally Here: HTC Vive Review (& Giveaway) | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The HTC Vive for Steam VR redefines gaming, and more besides. It's the closest thing to a Holodeck I've ever seen. And it's absolutely incredible.
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The gamer's absolute high... virtual reality... at last!  #MIEExpert  #MSFTEdu
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A Comparison of Animation Technologies | CSS-Tricks

A Comparison of Animation Technologies | CSS-Tricks | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The question I am asked most frequently: what animation tool do you recommend? Having worked with a slew of them, I can tell you there is no right answer.
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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
TIME's list of the 50 most influential gadgets highlights the products that changed the way we live, work, play, and communicate.
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Are cities the new countries? - BBC News

Are cities the new countries? - BBC News | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Are big cities becoming more like separate countries?


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A rather interesting question that could lead to excellent interaction in the classroom.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 30, 12:38 PM

A great topic for discussion in the Social Studies Classroom!

Share it w/ your #SSChat peeps!

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Here Comes 4-D Printing--and It's Pretty Mind-Blowing

Here Comes 4-D Printing--and It's Pretty Mind-Blowing | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
A team of scientists unveiled a crazy new way to create objects that change shape.

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Just as we are starting to wake up to the limitless offerings provided by 3-D printing, 4-D printing takes its first steps...

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Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?

Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration? | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Perhaps instead of focusing our concerns on technology as a wonderful aid to plagiarizers, we should focus on its ability to foster creativity and collaboration, and then ask ourselves (we are the clever adults here) how we can incorporate those elements into our formalized assessments.


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Thought-provoking and offering each of us a challenge...

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Clipping Path Specialist's comment, February 4, 5:56 AM
Which is the best Plagiarism software.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 10, 1:54 AM
Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?
Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 8:05 PM

There is a very thin line between plagiarism and collaboration where group assessments are concerned. I also feel that in this digital age, the type of assessments, activities and questions should be re-defined and reworked. I also try to provide "wrappers" in the class especially on ethics. 

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How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations

How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

How To Create Animated Gifs For PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations. If you want to produce GIFs for an upcoming presentation, you will be happy to know that GIFs are relatively easy to create. While there are a variety of ways to make GIFs, here are a few simple options that will help you create impressive GIFs quickly.


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Do you want that X-factor to add some zing to your PowerPoint or Office Mix presentations? Gifs can do this for you.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 2, 10:22 AM

Great tips for creating Gifs for those PowerPoint Presentations.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, February 16, 4:15 PM

Great tutorail!

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 22, 4:14 PM

Great tips on how to create an animated gifs, check it out.

 

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Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy

Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Lights, Cameras, Teach! Movie Making as a Lesson Planning Strategy

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Knowledge creation sits at the top of the learning process - a place where all the learning processes come together to create new content. An excellent way to do this is to create movies... and learn about the planning involved. 

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How to Use YouTube to Record a Video of Your Screen by Nancy Messieh

How to Use YouTube to Record a Video of Your Screen by Nancy Messieh | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
by Nancy Messieh

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Schools Can (and Should) Measure Noncognitive Skills By Catherine Wedgwood

Schools Can (and Should) Measure Noncognitive Skills By Catherine Wedgwood | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
By Catherine Wedgwood

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This incredible new Pinterest feature could change online shopping forever

This incredible new Pinterest feature could change online shopping forever | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
This new Pinterest tool is great for shopping, and it'll save you a ton of time and money.

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9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using

9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Google Calendar has more tricks up its sleeve than you may realize. Our tips will help you organize events and reduce the time you spend managing your calendar.

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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 10, 4:08 AM

Well worth reading.

David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

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10 free tools for creating infographics

10 free tools for creating infographics | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words.
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For those interested in creating clear infographics. #MSFTEdu #MIEExpert
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What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration

What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Check out these 18 ideas for Instagram content, including behind-the-scenes shots, videos, animated GIFs, contests, and more.
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Some inspiration for those stuck in a digital rut. #MSFTEdu  #MIEExpert
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4 Principles of Creating Online Courses

4 Principles of Creating Online Courses | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The structure and simplicity of an online course are its most important success factors. Follow these 4 principles when creating online courses and build a thriving teaching business.

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Core principles required for creating successful online courses.

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How To Add Rigor To Anything

How To Add Rigor To Anything | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment.

 

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

 

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

 


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Some simple but great ideas. Many modern classrooms have lots of fun using technology, and that is important, but - if this is at the expense of academic rigour - you are probably not expecting enough from your students.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 31, 12:37 PM
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment.


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


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


Eduard Lorda's curator insight, February 1, 3:26 AM

#recursos

Frances's curator insight, February 1, 9:52 AM

When and how could/should we begin....K, 1st grade, middle school, high school?  Is this something you build...or does it just happen by demanding it?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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QR codes were all the rage a while back, but are still used fairly extensively in our world. Here is a free tool to create them for use in your lessons (think web quests, digital treasure hunts and a host of other applications).

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, February 3, 7:46 AM

Show how to setup and use QR codes

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The MOOC Case Book

The MOOC Case Book | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

With the advancement of digital learning technologies, knowledge sharing for the purpose of education and training has accelerated to a point we have never experienced before. The availability of powerful delivery tools and the intentions and interests for sharing knowledge with greater audiences are the major driving forces behind the growth of Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs.

While there are many benefits to MOOCs, they currently face several challenges. Design, development, implementation and evaluation of open and distributed learning systems (e.g., MOOCs) require thoughtful analysis and investigation.


This book focuses on cases describing issues or challenges experienced by IT and e-learning practitioners, faculty, and students during the design, development and implementation of, or participation in, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This book can be used as a handbook to guide administrators, IT professionals, instructional designers, and faculty in the planning, development, and implementation of successful MOOC initiatives.


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MOOCs have come a long way from the tentative first steps a number of years back where everyone was rather precious about 'their knowledge vaults' and really didn't want to share them or lose control of these knowledge repositories. 

  There are, of course, some challenging issues currently being faced - but we shouldn't lose sight of their inherent value.

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, February 1, 12:46 PM

The MOOC Case Book is finally out! Order your copy here: http://moocbookproject.blogspot.com

Yaros Perez's curator insight, February 23, 12:53 PM

Este libro nos muestra una metodologia para el desarrollo de cursos mooc de facil acceso, desarrolllo e implementación

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Everything Teachers Need to Know about the Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Everything Teachers Need to Know about the Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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Have you flipped your classroom yet?

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