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The APP ED REVIEW Roundup for April – 4 Highly Rated iPad Apps for the Science Classroom

The APP ED REVIEW Roundup for April – 4 Highly Rated iPad Apps for the Science Classroom | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Please welcome App Ed Review to EmergingEdTech, with a new Monthly Series of themed App Roundups! Have you ever wished you could find a source of app reviews specific to education, reviewed in a...
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You Can Be a Trusted Guide To The Most Relevant Information Online: Not Google

You Can Be a Trusted Guide To The Most Relevant Information Online: Not Google | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it




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 A bit of a lengthy read but certainly worth a look and the thoughts it provokes.

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Matt Rosoff writes on Business Insider UK:

"A lot of people think Google Search is like a map: An objective guide to the best and most important material on the internet. It's not.


Google Search is the most important product of a very wealthy and successful for-profit company. And Google will use this product to further its own commercial ends." (Not to help people find the most relevant info to their own learning needs.)


This is an excellent article that should be read a couple of times slowly to remind oneself of Google key aspirations and limits.


In it, the author illustrates with relevant references how Google uses whatever means it has to further the interest and revenues generated by its search engine ad business (AdWords / AdSense).

 

It also highlights, that like any other dominant, monopoly-like company it risks of being challenged in courts around the world, and this is "what Google desperately wants to avoid. If a government body issues a formal legal ruling that Google Search is an anticompetitive monopoly that needs to be regulated, it opens the floodgates".

Meanwhile Google Search is and will be increasingly challenged by smaller but more relevant, specialist search engines, like Amazon or Yelp.


But Google, hungry by its profit-driven goals, keeps also increasing the amount of information it provides itself inside search results, versus original content and resources that are out there on the web.


In four years time Google has doubled the amount screen real estate that it uses to promote its services or ads.


All of this to say, that Google is a for-profit company and not a humanitarian endeavour built and maintained to provide a true guide to the best information available online. 




For whoever has the interest, passion and skills to search, filter and organise information this is important news. 

There's an opportunity to provide higher quality, better vetted information results than Google presently does. At least in some areas. 

If Google is too busy about serving ads and pushing its own services, there will have to be someone else who can provide to Google, or other search engines, trusted quality search results on specific subject matters. 


As for Google there is one area where it cannot really compete with talented humans: trust. 


True information curators, of the expert kind, may indeed become in great demand in the near future. And personal trust will determine which one you and I will rely on. Whether Google will exist or not.



Right to the point. Informative. 9/10


Full article: http://uk.businessinsider.com/google-is-not-a-charity-2015-3 

Stephen Dale's curator insight, March 24, 4:54 AM

Put simply - Google (and for that matter any commercial search engine) may skew search results to promote their own commercial interests. The question to ask yourself is "are the (search) results good enough?" - I'd say in Google's defence "yes they are".

 

Reading time: 5mins

Ian M Cooper Cole, JFS Marketing Consutants's curator insight, March 27, 8:13 AM

This is so true, we all think we can rely on Google as a credible source. But they use an arbitrary algorithm which is created and constantly modified by a an insular team of silicon valley kids.

Their primary motivation is profit for Google, not our well being or enlightenment. Google has double the amount of advertising space on their search page in tha last 4 years.

The algorithm says new is better than old information, which may be true when it comes to searching "plane crash" but for "thanksgiving turkey recipes" ?

This is a good read.

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Assessments, Homework, Videos, Games, Lesson Plans. Over a million items aligned to Common Core, PARCC, SBAC

Assessments, Homework, Videos, Games, Lesson Plans. Over a million items aligned to Common Core, PARCC, SBAC | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
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Updated by OpenEd.io, resources and assessments just in time for high-stakes testing. Free content as well as premium choices.

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Blended Study: 10 Ways to Use Tech While You Learn - InformED

Blended Study: 10 Ways to Use Tech While You Learn - InformED | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
We hear a lot about blended learning from an instructor's perspective, but what about from a student's perspective? In what ways can students use technol

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9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month

9 Mobile Apps for Poetry Month | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Poetry comes from the soul, but apps can help students embrace the form, whether it's shape and theme generators or videos of actors reading Shakespeare.
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20 Facts about eLearning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

20 Facts about eLearning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
The 20 Facts about eLearning Infographic demonstrates how eLearning has dominated the economy and the status quo of learning and teaching
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30 years of .com domains | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers

30 years of .com domains | VentureBeat | Business | by Paul Sawers | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
FeatureMarch 15, 1985, might not be a date etched in your memory (if, indeed, you were even alive), but that was the day the first .com domain name was born — 30 years ago this weekend.
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12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations

12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
12 Tools To Create Powerful Presentations Presentations have an important place in the corporate world. Whether presenting product releases or quarterly year reports, a nicely designed presentation captivates the audience. It increases the audience's interaction and interest. A well weaved narration of information in form of a presentation, can instill life to a plain and boring topic as well.
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Many of these, if not all of them, can be used in the classroom, too. My students are always looking for that "cool" tool that no one else has or knows about to wow their friends and teacher.

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KONGcart Bundle and Blended Learning

KONGcart Bundle and Blended Learning | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
  This year I've shared some of the reasons why the KONGcart bundle is a great option for tech-friendly classrooms.  As more and more teachers explore blended learning models they are looking ...
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BBC wants young students to code on tiny Micro Bit computer

BBC wants young students to code on tiny Micro Bit computer | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Raspberry Pi like computer is half the size of a credit card.
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Used in the UK to get young students coding. 

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Educational Technology Guy: Tips to Using Google Keep in Education

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The top education trends worth knowing about - Daily Genius

The top education trends worth knowing about - Daily Genius | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
FacebookTwitter Do you know the top education trends that are being used in classrooms around the world? What about the differences between a flipped classroom and a BYOD classroom? They’re actually a lot more similar than you might think. In an effort to help you figure out the key differences and similarities, I put together …
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Can Social Media Impact Learning? | Tech Learning

Can Social Media Impact Learning? | Tech Learning | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Noggin for Educational Videos

Noggin for Educational Videos | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
If you're familiar with the educational channel Noggin you have a good idea of the different kinds of content they provide for young viewers.  The television channel includes programs like Allegra'...
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An app with videos for your youngest of viewers - preschool and kinder. An alternative for You Tube's kids app but with no ads and for a monthly fee of about $6.

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7 Digital Resource Must-Haves for #BYOD / #BYOT Teaching + Learning | Tech Learning

7 Digital Resource Must-Haves for #BYOD / #BYOT Teaching + Learning | Tech Learning | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.
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Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation

Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation
by TeachThought Staff
This post is promoted by Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition, who asked us to talk about the credibility of information research in a digital world.
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30 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers and Designers

30 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers and Designers | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
30 Essential Chrome Extensions for Web Developers and Designers Chrome has become a popular choice for many web developers and designers due to its robust inbuilt Developer tools. However, one can add essential extensions from the Chrome web store for an increased functionality and a more productive workflow. Amongst a bazillion extensions available in the Chrome web store, here is a list of 30 powerful extensions that would help web developers and designers extensively.
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How writing really affects your brain - Healthy Genius

How writing really affects your brain - Healthy Genius | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Do you love to write? Do you have any idea about how with the act of writing affects your brain? Well this visual is perfect for you then! According to this visual, you can really boost your brainpower by understanding the frontal lobe and the parietal lobe. The frontal lobe is the part of the […]
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Interesting infographic that helps explain the importance of writing and the connection is makes in building brain power.  It also explains some things we may want to avoid writing.

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Edu.buncee.com for Science Fair Projects

Edu.buncee.com for Science Fair Projects | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Edu.buncee.com is a web and mobile tool for teachers and students to easily create their own multimedia content. The fun digital canvas makes it easy for students to add the power of digital media ...
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Science Fair learning taken beyond the fair by using QR (quick response) codes. Use the QR code to add information to a one-dimensional poster and extend science even after the fair is done!

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Did you ever think the day would come when you read the title: 40 uses for smartphones in school. Well it's here now. Read on to see what these uses are.
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A comprehensive list with many uses and reasons to allow smart phones to be used in a classroom. 

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EngineerGirl

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The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
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There's currently a big push to integrate females into STEM  job opportunities. This is a good site to introduce girls to careers they may not know even exist. 

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Little Bird Tales - Home

Little Bird Tales - Home | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
Little Bird Tales: Capture the Voice of Childhood. We offer a fun,unique way to create,record and share stories online. Kids can make drawings,upload photos or artwork and record their voice online,creating a slideshow format book,then share it with family and friends as gifts or a keepsake. Environmentally friendly and great for schools,too.
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An incredible site laced with everything from Common Core basics to audio and video journaling. 

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Home - CartoonSmart.com

Home - CartoonSmart.com | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
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A nice group of varied instructional alley's for animation and coding. There are free resources available as an downloadable iBook with in-depth tutorials and a basic set of video tutorials when signed in at checkout. No charge or payment info is needed for the free items.

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5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading -

5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading - | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
5 Anchors For Using Technology To Teach Reading by Paul France, NBCT, InspirED Teaching reading is an art filled with limiting factors: motivation, vocabulary, decoding, and comprehension are only a few of the comprehensive skills or...
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Great insight and reasons to keep elementary librarians and reading teachers around amid rampant education budget cuts. 

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How Creative Teachers Make Beauty Out Of Chaos

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How Creative Teachers Make Beauty Out Of Chaos
by Patricia Rose Upczak, The International Conference of Creativity, Thinking & Education April 18th & 19th, 2015.
Creativity is a process filled with paradox and deep emotion.
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