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Mobile Learning for All

Mobile Learning for All | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
In this unique and engaging all-in-one resource, learn to use readily available iPad features to make your curriculum more accessible to learners with special need.
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Just had a chance to visit with the author and review some of his book. This is an excellent resource for any educator concerned about reaching ALL students! 

 

I really believe that what this book addresses is a 'modern digital literacy'. Even those not who are not impaired should be familiar with this!

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Jim Harmon's curator insight, February 5, 6:13 PM

Lots of many great features inherent in the iOS to accommodate the needs of diverse learners.

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Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search | Magazine | WIRED

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search | Magazine | WIRED | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Kids know how to Google—they just can't tell when the results are crap.
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Even the 'digital generation' often fails at this important skill.

"Who’s to blame? Not the students. If they’re naive at Googling, it’s because the ability to judge information is almost never taught in school. Under 2001′s No Child Left Behind Act (today it is Race to the Top & Common Core), elementary and high schools focus on prepping their pupils for reading and math exams."

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Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds - US News

Most Teachers Are Not Engaged in Their Jobs, Gallup Finds - US News | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
What's holding back teacher engagement? They don't feel like their opinions at work count.
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Further proof that job satisfaction and fulfillment are plummeting for public educators. Sad!

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Cuomo questions teacher evaluations based on Common Core

Cuomo questions teacher evaluations based on Common Core | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time Tuesday questioned whether school districts should evaluate their teachers through tough new standards known as the Common Core. The governor, who had previously…
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Watching this... the education community needs our legislators to reevaluate what is happening to public education.

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Fact Sheet, Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov

Fact Sheet, Digital Textbook Playbook | FCC.gov | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
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"Technology-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30 to 80 percent,  according to the U.S. Department of Education"

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U.S. Secretary of Education Has No Professional Classroom Teaching Experience | CNS News

U.S. Secretary of Education Has No Professional Classroom Teaching Experience | CNS News | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
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Does it matter to you that the people in charge of our education system have ZERO Classroom experience? Or does it worry you that his college experience doesn't include things like educational psychology, developmental theory, learning theory, etc.?

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5 trends poised to rock education | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Education is often slow to adopt new trends, but these five technologies are poised to transform teaching and learning in classrooms today.
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Jason Ohler provides us a look ahead at things that are /should change the way we learn and live.

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Steve Carey's curator insight, February 19, 1:27 PM

this article illustrates how  the future of learning will look in the not so distant future. Electronics and mobile devices are just part of the way learning will become more personalized in the future. The traditional idea of classroom learning may be re-conceived as we know it. As we've learned in our recent history not everyone is wired to learn in the same manner. Personally i'm a believer that it's not IF someone is smart it's HOW they're smart. Not everyone learns the same. They just need to find the format that allows them to get engaged in a way that suits they're preferences. Albert Einstein summed it up by saying: "everyone is a genius, but if you  judge a fish by its ability to climb  a tree then it will live it's whole life believing that it's stupid." 

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Mobile Learning for All

Mobile Learning for All | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
In this unique and engaging all-in-one resource, learn to use readily available iPad features to make your curriculum more accessible to learners with special need.
Gordon Shupe's insight:

Just had a chance to visit with the author and review some of his book. This is an excellent resource for any educator concerned about reaching ALL students! 

 

I really believe that what this book addresses is a 'modern digital literacy'. Even those not who are not impaired should be familiar with this!

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Jim Harmon's curator insight, February 5, 6:13 PM

Lots of many great features inherent in the iOS to accommodate the needs of diverse learners.

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Connected Education Impacts Chicago Schools | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

Connected Education Impacts Chicago Schools | Chicago Tonight | WTTW | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
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I love how Jennie Magiera has provide such rich, practical examples of the benefit of the connected classroom!

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Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel

Laurence A. Canter (b. June 24, 1953) and Martha S. Siegel (April 9, 1948 - September 24, 2000) were partners in a husband-and-wife firm of lawyers who, on April 12, 1994, posted the first massive commercial Usenet spam.

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The first commercial spammers on the internet. It used to be that the internet was off limits to advertising believe it or not. How far we have come!

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What big drop in new standardized test scores really means

What big drop in new standardized test scores really means | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
The opening of Charles Dickens’s
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As we in Florida are concerned about the Race to the Top orchestrated State School Scores, let us not forget the real injustice inflicted on the students:

 

"In light of all of the above, my advice to parents is this. Remember that these tests are hardly a measure of your child’s value or promise as a student. Be outraged if she is now labeled “below proficient” based on tests that were designed to have scores drop like a stone."

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Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology

Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
What exactly do the Common Core standards say about technology?
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One of the best overviews and analyses of Common Core & Technology Integration that I have read. Good way to start the conversation when planning for next year's lessons.

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Celebrated Charter Loses Its Charter

Celebrated Charter Loses Its Charter | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Few charter schools have received as much attention and accolades as the American Indian Model Schools of Oakland, California. Politicians and pundits flicked to the school to sing its praises and ...
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When people are in charge, there is always a need for judicious oversight. Don't sing the praises of a system that has preselected its students for success. Even if it really is a good school, it is disingenuous to compare it to a school that doesn't have the same resources or the same students. 

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Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards

Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
I have thought long and hard about the Common Core standards. I have decided that I cannot support them. In this post, I will explain why. I have long advocated for voluntary national standards, be...
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Another provocative piece from Diane Ravitch, well worth the time to read it, more worth the time to think on it...

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Guess where Florida is field testing its new standardized tests? (Not Florida)

Guess where Florida is field testing its new standardized tests? (Not Florida) | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Put this in the you-can't-make-up-this-stuff category.
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Well, I guess it is a little bit reassuring that our teachers aren't held accountable for the results on a test that no student has ever seen before... but seriously?

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Using Humor in the Classroom

Using Humor in the Classroom | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
“But why do I have to go? School is not fun!” That quote is from a first-grade child, asking his mom why he has to go every single day to this place that he was told was going to be a lot of fun,
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Did any of your students laugh, smile, or have fun today while learning?

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pdowds30's curator insight, April 7, 5:00 PM

Education is essential to succeed in modern day America. Not all of our founding fathers were educated in a classroom environment, nor were they required to go to school, as most students are today. Being told what to do as a child or teenager is never enjoyable unless it involves mom commanding you to eat ice cream for dinner or to pick on your siblings. Children were taught to enjoy school in earlier times because it was a privilege to most. Nowadays, sitting in the same building for numerous hours, when we could clearly be doing something that pertains more to our personal interest, is not ideal. If all students had a class to look forward to during the day, whether it be the students enrolled in it or the teacher's attitude toward teaching it, maybe not all of us would dread the idea of a class room 5 days a week.

Logan Felten's comment, April 12, 11:18 PM
A lot of kids don't have the opportunity to have a good education and when it's offered to them they are the students that thrive to learn and want to go to school. If you have a child that is offered school and they attend 5 days a week like a job they aren't going to want to strive to learn or want to be there. Although we are given the opportunity to choose what electives we want, there isn't a wide variety of options. Students have different interests and a student who wants to be a photographer isn't going to want to work as hard in, say, a math class verses an offered photography class.
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The Biggest Public School Problem Might Be the Brand

The Biggest Public School Problem Might Be the Brand | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Surprisingly, public schools outperform private and charter schools—but no one knows it.
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A wise person said, "If you don't control your brand, others will."

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SideEffects | MacMatrix - mac.tech.blog

SideEffects | MacMatrix - mac.tech.blog | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
SideEffects: get color icons in your MacOS X Lion or Mountain Lion Sidebar.
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Still a fan of this hack. Works with Mavericks, but quit out of other applications before installing!

 

Not sure what the (NeXT software engineer) folks at Apple were thinking when they made everything gray. Gray is not that cool!

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The Failure of Test-Based Accountability

The Failure of Test-Based Accountability | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
In an ongoing series of posts about accountability, Marc Tucker discusses the damaging effects that test-based accountability has had on the profession of teaching.
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The damage that test-based accountability has done goes far deeper than a missed opportunity to improve student achievement. It is doing untold damage to the profession of teaching.

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President Praises $750 Million in Business Support for Ed-Tech Goals

President Praises $750 Million in Business Support for Ed-Tech Goals | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
President Obama announced plans from seven large companies to support K-12 schools across the U.S. in their digital learning efforts by contributing $750 million worth of goods and services.
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$750 Million sounds like a lot of money, but I suspect that it won't go farther than a lucky few for the most part. We'll see how each of these initiatives are advertised and rolled out.

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Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach? - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education.

Visions of Mathematics: What Content Should We Teach? - THE DAILY RIFF - Be Smarter. About Education. | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Ben Daley of High Tech High Outlines a Revolutionary Approach to Math
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This follows what I have been thinking about secondary math. I'd like my students to get more statistics, estimation, number sense, relevant, context-based lessons.

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Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms

Five Research-Driven Education Trends At Work in Classrooms | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools.
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The Science of Learning is always evolving, and articles like this help give educators and overview of the current views.

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Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy

Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Lawrence Lessig, a world-famous copyright attorney, was not pleased when YouTube removed his video.
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Props to ADE Sharon Duffy Eilts for sharing this. A great example of the changes technology to our culture, ethics and social contracts.

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Study: Prettier Charts Can Be Harder for Students to Read

Study: Prettier Charts Can Be Harder for Students to Read | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
Common Core State Standards are calling for more focus on students reading charts and graphics, but new research shows engaging graphics can reduce students' understanding of chart data.
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Even though I have many reservations about Common Core, these types of conversations thrill me. I especially like the comments on this article / research.

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The Rising Costs Of Misunderstanding Big Data

The Rising Costs Of Misunderstanding Big Data | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
The bigger our data sets, the harder it becomes to sift through them to find objective truth, and the higher the costs of getting it wrong.
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This is but the beginning of an important discussion about the tradegy occuring in education right now. American society has become obsessed with assessment and data. Yet in our rush to collect data and judge the instruction:

• we have less instruction time and resources

• there are huge questions about the statistical validity of these tests

• there are questions about the reliability of the tests to measure learning

• we are not applying robust statistical analysis techniques to this data (ANOVA, Regression, Detection of Outliers

• and last but not least, consider the quote often erroneously associated with Einstein: "Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." Even if the playing field were level and the results were statisically valid – is what being tested really the whole child?

 

One thing is for sure, a lot of money is going into this obsession. Someone other than the educators or the learners are benefitting. This one of the first times I regret what technology has enabled.

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Principal: ‘I was naïve about Common Core’

Principal: ‘I was naïve about Common Core’ | Educational Technology: Policy & Government | Scoop.it
An award-winning principal who wrote a book in support of the Common Core now says she was "naive" about the standards' implementation.
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As we rush to implement, the core seems to rotting from the inside out.

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