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Educators Debate Merits of Social Networking

Educators Debate Merits of Social Networking | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Recently, The Huffington Post featured an article entitled “Educators Debate The Merits of Technology and Social Networking in Classrooms,” which explores the recent phenomena of schools and teachers adopting social media practices as methods of...
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Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.

Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Educational Technology News site. I have been involved in technology and distance education for over 30 years. Research interests include best practices in elearning and mobile learning. I am currently researching effectiveness of social media for enhancing social presence and teacher immediacy in elearning environments.

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Drora Arussy's comment, June 6, 2013 1:31 PM
This is really helpful in helping me stay on top of what's out there and how people are using it. Thank you
Surapon Boonlue's comment, July 5, 2013 5:11 PM
Well i want to know to research in social media in your country
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:45 AM
Thats amazing...
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Should We All Go Tech-Free for 24 Hours?

Should We All Go Tech-Free for 24 Hours? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A National Day of Unplugging organizer and participant makes the case for students, teachers and K–12 leaders to step away from their smartphones, tablets and other gadgets this Friday night.
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Is it time for us to redefine “educational technology?”

Is it time for us to redefine “educational technology?” | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Question:

How can schools make the most out of their limited resources to provide robust technology opportunities for students?

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Over the course of the last 25 years, educational technology has gone through two major changes. First, it has become increasingly smaller and portable and secondly, it has become remarkably cheaper. These are important in the world of education.

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Like any tool, iPads can be used...and misused

Like any tool, iPads can be used...and misused | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
School iPads present much opportunity for teachers and students, but some worry if the iPads offer too much of a distraction for students.
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Online courses, gateway to limitless knowledge

Online courses, gateway to limitless knowledge | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"In the heart of every scholar’s woes is their never-ending thirst for knowledge; the constant ‘need to know all’ basis and the burning desire to challenge the mind to higher analytical thinking and problem solving skills. 

To add to their distress, complications arise when they cannot find the required resources to quench their thirst: lack of teachers, overcrowded classrooms, exorbitant fees, missing books, unavailable courses; the list just goes on and on. But with the recent evolution of high-tech gadgets, these scholars can seek solace in the newly found panacea for their difficulties – online courses. 

So if you are one of these scholars, here are eight reasons why online courses serve as great educating tools."

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The Latest Chat App for iPhone Needs No Internet Connection

The Latest Chat App for iPhone Needs No Internet Connection | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.


"FireChat makes use of a feature Apple introduced in the latest version of its iOS mobile software, iOS7, called multipeer connectivity. This feature allows phones to connect to one another directly using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi as an alternative to the Internet. If you’re using FireChat, its “nearby” chat room lets you exchange messages with other users within 100 feet without sending data via your cellular provider."

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Online students and "on-campus students learning online" - is there a difference?

Online students and "on-campus students learning online" - is there a difference? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Proponents of on-campus university education will argue that students will also be engaging with each other on team work and projects and socialising. This is true, but they will like all young people, be simultaneously interacting with each other via social media and messaging. Again, what was once limited by being physically co-located has now shifted to making where you are, far less important. Add to this the fact that a large number of students don’t now bother to actually come onto campus because they are working or find the effort of travel too much, the difference between online and oncampus narrows."

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Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Recent studies of MOOC completion rates and participation indicate that students with some college experience already do better.
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MOOCs and copyright law

MOOCs and copyright law | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are still pretty new but more and more universities, platform providers and publishers are beginning to create MOOCs to raise their profile and showcase high-quality materials. But there is a risk that reputations can take a serious hit if materials and data are being used incorrectly, or without permission."

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Our eLearners are suffering from information glut. What does this mean for our eLearning designs?

Our eLearners are suffering from information glut. What does this mean for our eLearning designs? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot lately about the concepts of information glut, data smog, information overload, etc. In a previous posting, Does it matter if you are late to class in a MOOC? Thousands a...
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Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress

Online grade books earn A for info, F for stress | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Foster Starks checks his grades most every day on his phone, logging into a website where teachers at Celebration High post marks for tests, papers and other assignments.
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Building a Blended School

Building a Blended School | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Rich Kiker, the director of online learning at Palisades School District (PA), talks about how he helped build an online learning environment that offers expanded choice for students and plenty of professional development and support for teachers.
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Are You an Instructional Designer, a Learning Game Designer or Both?

Are You an Instructional Designer, a Learning Game Designer or Both? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Many instructional designers are now being asked to investigate serious games and gamification for use in their training. The problem? Few instructional designers have real game design experience or skills. Game-based solutions have great potential for learning, but only if they are designed well.
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Report Card: What’s Happening in the World of Education Technology?

Report Card: What’s Happening in the World of Education Technology? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Many K–12 administrators, teachers, staff and students already rely on mobile devices to do their jobs, complete their assignments and collaborate with peers. Others are just beginning to explore how mobility — and the anytime, anywhere connectivity, functionality and productivity that it enables — can enhance the teaching and learning experience."

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Should We Automate Education?

Should We Automate Education? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The author of a new book on “teaching machines” ponders the possible effects on teaching and learning.
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Google Glass Still Needs a Killer App

Google Glass Still Needs a Killer App | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Glass is still a pain to use, but a few apps reveal what it could become.
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8 technology tips from top district leaders

8 technology tips from top district leaders | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Strong district leadership is instrumental in a technology initiative's success. Learn how 8 superintendents supported their tech programs.
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How to curb Heartbleed's impact on school technology

How to curb Heartbleed's impact on school technology | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Over the past week, it’s been next-to-impossible to surf the web or social media without running into the news about Heartbleed, one of the biggest security vulnerabilities ever found in the critical infrastructure of the Internet. For schools, students and parents, it’s the latest headache (heartache?) over issues of data privacy and security."

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Going Offline: Why You Should Unplug

Going Offline: Why You Should Unplug | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
We are connected most of the time these days. I consider myself extremely connected, and even I find myself at times overwhelmed by how connected people are. We’ve often gone out to dinner with friends to find at least one of them totally ignoring the conversation because they are completely engrossed in checking the news/Facebook/Instagram/the …
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Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks, teachers warn

Children can swipe a screen but can't use toy building blocks, teachers warn | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Teachers call for research into effects of tablet addiction amid concerns computer habits are hindering progress at school
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The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works

The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
There're many good reasons learners seek out information in small chunks. You might want to take a look at these to create your eLearning courses.
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Using Twitter for Learning

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"In the UK and other countries there are justified fears about negative effects of various social media with students under the age of 18.  On top of the distraction it provides there are more dangerous issues such as cyberbullying, privacy issues and the potential for abuse.  However, there are some simple rules that can be followed to make Twitter a useful addition to a school’s and teacher’s toolset."

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9 EdTech Problems You're Facing

9 EdTech Problems You're Facing | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
The 21st century is here and it’s brought some baggage. How will you turn it into an opportunity? Teachers, which of the above most resonates with you?
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Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel

Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"What is a backchannel you ask? A backchannel is a conversation that takes place alongside an activity or event. In most cases, this happens using a digital or mobile device. There are many different ways you can backchannel. You could use Twitter, Today’s Meet, or Google Moderator just to name a few."

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9 Lessons From 1-to-1 Pioneers

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Providing a device for every student doesn’t require a huge staff or an impossible amount of funding — and you don’t have to figure out everything before you’ve begun. But it does call for vision, planning and commitment, as these experts will attest.
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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it
Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.
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