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A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children

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A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children
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This is a really good read.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:15 PM

This a great letter. Parents and other elders can still play a role in the learning of children regardless of our ability with technology. We still have some wisdom to help them cross the digital streets and follow their passions.

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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device | EduTech | Scoop.it
The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.
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I have posted this before, but as we start thinking about school in the fall, this is a great read. 

When it comes to technology in the classroom, especially 1:1 technology, it is all about focus. In the beginning, understandably, there will be a period of focusing on the shiny new technology. When that period winds down, the technology should fade into the background shifting focus back to what is important.
This doesn't mean that learning is lacking during this period, just that the technology will be more front and center than normal.

This also doesn't mean the technology shouldn't be used, but that it should become like a pencil or notebook or overhead projector... just another tool. Technology does not replace quality teaching, but given a chance and used well, it can enhance anyone's classroom.

Some of my favorite quotes...

"Whether the iPad is an authentic educational tool is not relevant, because it’s not about the iPad."

"If our goal is to create an army of app-savvy iPad aficionados then we have utterly failed."

"Our challenge with technology like the iPad is that it has so many different abilities, that the user is faced with a real dilemma of losing sight of what the tool accomplishes, for the experience of using the tool."

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Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun

Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun | EduTech | Scoop.it
A Community for Common Sense Educators.
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A well thought out article. It lacks depth, but they also do not hide that fact. 
I like this quote, "Our study shows that people are undecided about whether ebooks are preferable to print books, but we say take it where you can get it. If books are too much, almost everything else counts as long as it doesn't spiral down into distraction..."

One of the major reasons that kids are not reading for fun is the amount of homework they are buried under daily. It is not the only reason, but it is a big one. 
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Living in beta: Molly Schroeder at TEDxBurnsvilleED - YouTube

Molly Schroeder, Tech Integration Specialist A Google Certified Instructor, Molly Schroeder has spent the last year keynoting and presenting at Google in Edu...
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I love the concept of Moonshot Thinking. It is nothing new and many educators use it now (without knowing it had a fancy title). Good food for thought.

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In Response to "Redefinition"

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There have been a number of posts circulating over the past few weeks about Dr. Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model. I've been reading closely as I plan/hope/might incorporate it into my upcoming Leading...
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This is a great artcle to help put the SAMR model into context. As educators, it is easy to get sucked into the "final product trap." When, most of the time, it is the journey, the process, that is the important part of learning. Technology in the classroom is not about the technology, but about the ability for us to enhance the journey in ways we were unaware of or that were not possible before. 

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Writer's Workshop poetry lesson with the iPad

First graders in a 1:1 iPad classroom draw their mental images during a poetry read-aloud, share their drawings, and proceed to publish their own work using a variety…
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This is a great example of technology used to expand the learning experience.
Like anything else, overusing an activity like this would very likely lessen student engagement. However, used strategically, every so often, it could really amp up student interest, excitement and ultimately spark more imagination. I like that the students are given a choice of how they can publish their work (digital or not).

Another item of note: These are first graders. The teacher does not blink at telling them how to send their initial visualizations to her digitally. We need to throw out any phrase that begins, "But they are only <fill in the grade/age>..."
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How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter - Edudemic

How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter - Edudemic | EduTech | Scoop.it

Twitter is more than a simple messaging platform. It's a conversation about your passions and it's easy to get completed addicted. That's a good thing.


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I think that Twitter is the single most important tool for building your PLN. Google+ is also a great PLN tool, but Twitter is head and shoulders above everything else.

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Fanny Villagra's curator insight, February 17, 8:25 PM

Claro que hay que olvidarse del miedo!

Mack James's curator insight, March 13, 3:41 AM

take a leap forward :)

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Once you go Diigo, you'll never go back. - Cult of Pedagogy

Once you go Diigo, you'll never go back. - Cult of Pedagogy | EduTech | Scoop.it
Tools like Delicious or Google Bookmarks let you collect bookmarks online. I've looked at both of these and they’re good. But nothing compares to Diigo.
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This has real possibilities for collecting sources for group research as well as curating and sharing online resources. 

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Educational Leadership:Building School Morale:Why Facebook Belongs in Your School

Educational Leadership:Building School Morale:Why Facebook Belongs in Your School | EduTech | Scoop.it

Now is the time to make a difference in the lives of our learners, to propel them into the world as beacons of success and hope.

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Very well said. We should not make decisions based on fear. Power Up!/Why Facebook Belongs in Your School

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Ideas for Using iPads for Digital Storytelling

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Schools have begun to recognize the importance of multimedia use in education.
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WASHINGTON: Experts say education needs a technological and cultural change | Education | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: Experts say education needs a technological and cultural change | Education | McClatchy DC | EduTech | Scoop.it
While some technology enthusiasts celebrate new gadgets as the solution to the many challenges faced in the classroom, some educators say the answer is not the shiny new devices themselves, but how teachers use them.
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It is not the gadget, but how we use it, that will define EdTech success. 

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Ode to the #HASHTAGA tribute to the most ubiquitous symbol of our digital times.
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This is wonderful!

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic | EduTech | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
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4 Educational Social Networks You're Not Yet Using - Edudemic

4 Educational Social Networks You're Not Yet Using - Edudemic | EduTech | Scoop.it
What's the best educational social network? Simply put: it's the one you use. Therefore, you should know about and try these new sites.
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Although I think we are maxing out on social networks, these seem worth a look. 

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Math is Harder When Using an iPad ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

Math is Harder When Using an iPad ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog | EduTech | Scoop.it
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Wonderful insight from a classroom teacher using technology with her students. Those who say, "I can't use technology with my class because..." or "Technology can only be used in this certain way in my discipline..." are limiting themselves inside the box of their own experience. 

Technology is not the only solution for schools that use far too many worksheets, but it is a solution that can work well. I see too much "Drill and Kill" and "Overwhelm with Worksheets" mentality in schools. 

As with everything else, in class worksheets can have a place, from time to time. When it is one of your main means of educating students, there is a severe problem.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers? | EduTech | 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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First: This article makes good and valid points. I would hope that educators can tell the difference between a truly good ebook and a game.

 

Many ebooks for young children are merely games masquerading as books. Did we really need a study to tell us these distracting multimedia elements would reduce reading comprehension?

 

Also, that doesn't necessarily mean these types of "books" should be shunned. It just means that they serve an entirely different purpose. Know what you are getting and why you are using it (both teachers and parents). 

 

(Don't forget, many of those ebooks were not developed for classroom use, but to help be virtual babysitters for parents.)

 

Where this article misses the mark:

 

1. It does not matter what is used to create the ebook (iBooks Author or other book development platforms), as the article points out, if the interactivity gets in the way of learning and comprehension, it is not serving its purpose as an educational text. It is not the tool used to create the book, but the book that has been created. 

 

2. Most anything overused can decrease the benefit it promotes and can possibly be harmful. Using strategies to decode difficult words is important. However, let's not get carried away with "Even without accessing the dictionary, children are able to glean the meaning of many words from context." It can be true. It can be false.


One of the big traps both parents and teachers can fall into is not knowing the reading level of both the child and the book. If the reading level of the book is too much of a reach, all the decoding strategies in the world will not help.


If the child is overusing speak-to-me features or the built in dictionary. We need to understand if it is out of ease/laziness or due to the book just being too hard.


3. "...it turns out that such products require more input from us than books on paper do." Yes, if we are talking about "interactive ebook games."


Let's all agree to remember:

 

- Interactive ebook games are NOT ebooks.

- Know and understand both the child's reading level and the reading level of the book.

- Ebooks should never be used as a replacement for adults reading with children.

 

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This Will Forever Change The Way You Look At "Selfies" -

This Will Forever Change The Way You Look At "Selfies" - | EduTech | Scoop.it
This is a great concept. Written By: Michael Mills Comments comments
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This is a great 8 minute video that opens the door to a powerful discussion. What is beauty and how do we see ourselves? I love the idea of the selfie photo exhibit. A Selfie Showcase could be very powerful.

Although this video focuses on girls, it is just as true for boys.

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20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher | EduTech | Scoop.it
Other Data: 20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher
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This is a great list. Honestly, this should be handed out to anyone who enters the teaching field as goals. I have been lucky enough to experience all 20 on the list, but that does not mean I can stop. I think #13 is often forgotten in all levels of society (not just in Education).

I don't like the parting shot at "administrators," but I understand what the author is trying to say.

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4 Steps to Managing Your 1:1 Classroom

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“ Managing a 1:1 classroom can be challenging. Here are four lessons I learned the hard way that help my 1:1 classroom to now run like clockwork.”
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Preach on, Katherine! And a huge, Amen, to #2!
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Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

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It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle s
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Great ideas for engaging middle school students. The book report reimagined! You can also come up with great ideas without technology, but using technology gives students a much larger tapestry to work with. 

 

Technology should not be the focus of a typical classroom, but a tool that, used at the right times, expands possibilities. Larger student engagement will increase positive learning outcomes.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners | EduTech | Scoop.it
It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. Th
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7 Ways To Sabotage Your Device Initiative - Edudemic

7 Ways To Sabotage Your Device Initiative - Edudemic | EduTech | Scoop.it
I’d like to provide you with some tools necessary to sabotage a device initiative if you are having to lead one in your district.
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Wise words. 

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Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites

Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites | EduTech | Scoop.it
The Child Internet Protection Act requires that schools receiving federal funding from E-rate block inappropriate websites.
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This article does not dispell all of the myths and misconseptions regarding the Internet in schools, but it is a start. 

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Teacher vs Student: How Each Actually Uses Social Media - Edudemic

Teacher vs Student: How Each Actually Uses Social Media - Edudemic | EduTech | Scoop.it
At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less....interesting to me. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff.
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This is so true!!!!

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Editing Six Steps to Becoming a Connected Educator

Editing Six Steps to Becoming a Connected Educator | EduTech | Scoop.it

In honor of Connected Educator month, I thought it would be fitting to write my first blog post on this very topic.

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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | EduTech | Scoop.it
In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…
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