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5 Reasons to Ditch Your iPhone for an Android Phone

5 Reasons to Ditch Your iPhone for an Android Phone | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Even though the iPhone is great, Android phones offer some things the iPhone doesn’t. Here’s a short list.
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The iPhone lacks the true innovation of Android phones due to the sheer amount of competition in the Android market, pushing phone makers to stand out in the crowd.

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Well Connected Mom's curator insight, October 29, 2013 12:20 PM

The iPhone lacks the true innovation of Android phones due to the sheer amount of competition in the Android market, pushing phone makers to stand out in the crowd.

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FAA Bans Drones from Delivering Your Packages - Robotics Trends

FAA Bans Drones from Delivering Your Packages - Robotics Trends | Family Technology | Scoop.it
New laws proposed by the FAA require drones to remain in the operator's line of sight, which effectively bans drone delivery services like Amazon Prime Air and others.
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Can you believe Amazon Prime was thinking about delivering packages via drones?  I wonder how many packages would have been intercepted by drone enthusiasts?

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INFOGRAPHICS: The World Mentioned CES Over a Million Times at #CES2015 - CEA

INFOGRAPHICS: The World Mentioned CES Over a Million Times at #CES2015 - CEA | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The 2015 International CES was a record-breaking show, not just on the show floor but in the social media world as well.
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Intel's use of promoted tweets earned them the number one spot in soical impact stemming from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.

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Technology to blame for teens' poor sleep health - UPI.com

Technology to blame for teens' poor sleep health - UPI.com | Family Technology | Scoop.it
A new study suggests today's generation of teenagers are especially vulnerable to the sleep-related consequences of tech overuse.
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For teens and adults alike, limit technology use right before bed.  Teens in particular need lots of sleep at this age.

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What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas

What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas | Family Technology | Scoop.it

QR codes can make classrooms more efficient and interactive.


Via Bookmarking Librarian
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Some great ideas with QR codes - think of creating some of these ideas at your home to familiarize your child with them.

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Chances are, your teen has sexted

Chances are, your teen has sexted | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Studies by Drexel University and the University of Texas Medical Branch suggest that sexting by teens is more common than parents might realize.
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Great article on teens and sexting.  It's much more widespread than you realize and the odds are great your teen will be touched by it in some way.

 

Find out how to talk to your pre-teen and teen about sexting.

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Global 3D printer shipments will double over the next year

Global 3D printer shipments will double over the next year | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Worldwide shipments of 3D printers will top 217,000 units next year, up from just over 108,000 in 2014, according to Gartner.
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3D Printing is already taking off as price points begin to come in under the $1,000 mark.  

 

Parents, if you're not familiar with 3D printing, the time is now to understand it.  One day a 3D printer will be commonplace, it brings imagination to life and is a great tool for kids.

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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers | Family Technology | Scoop.it

1. Making creates authentic experiences for learning.


2. Making deepens social and emotional skills. 


3. Making is not just limited to science, tech, engineering or math (STEM).


4. Making teaches kids how to fail. 


5. Making is accessible to anyone.


Learn more:

 

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 



Via Gust MEES
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Some great resources at the bottom of this article for your kids to learn code. #STEM

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 17, 2014 4:25 PM

Are your kids makers?

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, October 17, 2014 8:05 PM

  Heres to less consuming and more making!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2014 9:51 PM

So many of my student like to keep their hands and/or bodies moving.  They become engaged .

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 | Jane Hart

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 | Jane Hart | Family Technology | Scoop.it

I spent the weekend compiling this year’s Top 100 Tools List, updating the Top 100 Tools site and producing a slideset that I have uploaded to Slideshare and embedded below.

 

 I’ve also done a full analysis of this year’s list, and produced aBest of Breed categorised list, but here are some of the highlights from this year’s list.

 

The list was compiled from 1,038 votes from learning professionals from 61 countries worldwide


Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
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This is a great list for anyone...in addition to teachers.  Some great ways to spice up dull presentations.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 23, 2014 5:00 AM

Jane Hart is a world class professional educator that provides resources for your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 23, 2014 11:18 PM

Fascinating and yet alarming. We learn best by doing. All technologies, great as they are, are learning aids that's all they are

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 27, 2014 8:49 AM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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What Does Today's Wireless Family Look Like?

What Does Today's Wireless Family Look Like? | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The wireless family is on the rise. This infographic shows how families are using technology, including a list to ensure responsible cellphone use for kids.
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90% of Kids believe it's OK for parents to set mobile rules.  Have you set them with your kids?

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Samsung is teaming with PayPal for mobile payments on a watch

Samsung is teaming with PayPal for mobile payments on a watch | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The next generation of Samsung smartwatches could have a fingerprint sensor to be used for mobile payments via PayPal. Both will have to fight back against Apple Pay so banding together may make the most sense.
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Samsung fan but like the idea of mobile payments? Samsung is partnering with PayPal to offer mobile payments on their future generation watches.

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The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students

The 70 Best Apps For Teachers And Students | Family Technology | Scoop.it
There are quite a few apps you should know about. We went through and compiled dozens of the best apps for teachers who don't have time to do so themselves!

Via Gust MEES
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A helpful list for enhancing your childrens' schoolwork.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, September 14, 2014 4:42 PM

There are quite a few apps you should know about. We went through and compiled dozens of the best apps for teachers who don't have time to do so themselves!


Vittori's curator insight, November 19, 2014 9:31 AM

Bien vu de tester quelques outils et de partager l'info... En anglais mais certains outils sont gratuits, ça vaut peut être le coup de s'y mettre.

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Great Tech Gadgets For Your Entire Family

Great Tech Gadgets For Your Entire Family | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Technology gadgets that the entire family, no matter what age, can use.
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We have used the V.ALRT device with my son.  It gives him a little more freedom and I love that there is no monthly fee.  It would also be good for aging parents.

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Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch

Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch | Family Technology | Scoop.it
After months of rumors and dozens of fan-created images of what an Apple watch might look like, the tech giant shows us what it's been working on today.
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The new Apple Watch will be available next year with a $349 price tag.  Revolutionary?  No.  Pretty?  Yes.

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Staring at your phone before bed may be hurting your sleep

Staring at your phone before bed may be hurting your sleep | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Staring at electronic devices before bed could be ruining sleep, according to a new study.
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Hmmm, no surprise our electronics are keeping us up at night, even e-readers, which tend to keep us up 10 minutes longer than reading a book.

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Z-Wave Chairman on SmartThings, HomeKit, Thread, 6LoWPAN, ISE 2015 - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro

Z-Wave Chairman on SmartThings, HomeKit, Thread, 6LoWPAN, ISE 2015 - Julie Jacobson, CE Pro | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Z-Wave Alliance Chief Mark Walters chats about SmartThings joining Z-Wave Alliance Board, and how Z-Wave stacks up to other home automation initiatives like Apple HomeKit, Thread, AllSeen and OIC. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
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Z-Wave provides the most comprehensive solution for automation in the home.  I'm excited to see that Samsung will now sit on their board.

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Google Earth PRO For FREE For PC or Mac

Google Earth PRO For FREE For PC or Mac | Family Technology | Scoop.it
 Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.

Via Gust MEES
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Now this is pretty cool.  Download Google Earth Pro to see places all over the world.  Going on vacation, show the kids using this first.  Use your google email address and the license key:  GEPFREE

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 2, 10:51 AM

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.


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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Some great resources for pictures for your blog posts or presentations.

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Elena Elliniadou's curator insight, November 22, 2014 9:01 AM

Δωρεάν φωτογραφίες, με άδεια πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων για παρουσιάσεις, ιστολόγια, αφίσες. 12 πηγές ενδιάφερουσες. Από μια γρήγορη ματιά μου άρεσαν οι σελίδες unsplash & gratisography. Ανάλογα όμως με το τι ψάχνετε θα βρείτε και στις υπόλοιπες 10 τη φωτογραφία που εκφράζει καλύτερα το μήνυμά σας!

Maria Lazaridou's curator insight, November 27, 2014 6:20 AM

Εργαλεία πα΄ντα χρήσιμα για χρήση εντός και εκτός σχολείου

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 20, 11:58 PM

Do you need picture references? Here are some links to free images.

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Microsoft Health platform launches with payments-friendly, $199 Band wearable | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News

Microsoft Health platform launches with payments-friendly, $199 Band wearable | David Meyer | GigaOM Tech News | Family Technology | Scoop.it

Microsoft has unveiled its answer to Google’s Fit platform and Apple’s HealthKit: a platform called Microsoft Health, with its first dedicated device being a fitness-tracking wearable simply called Band.

Interestingly, Band also appears to be a mobile payments play – Microsoft has already partnered with Starbucks to let people load their Starbucks Card onto the smart wristband.

Like its rivals, Microsoft Health provides a hub for health-related data from various sources, such as the Microsoft Band but also from other smartwatches and from smartphone apps such as RunKeeper and Jawbone UP. Unlike its rivals, Health isn’t platform-specific – the app is available for Android and iOS as well as Microsoft’s own Windows Phone.

The core of the service is the company’s cloud-based “intelligence engine”, which will start off by using data to calculate which exercises burned the most calories, how much time people should take to recover after a particular workout, and how much sleep was restful as opposed to restless. Microsoft also intends to bring in data from its Office email and calendar services, so users can figure out whether the number of meetings in a given day affects the quality of subsequent sleep, and so on.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Now Microsoft has joined the fray with their new Microsoft Health, designed to work with all platforms...Microsoft, Android, and Apple.  It also works with other smartwatches and phone apps.  Starting at $199.

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Exclusive: A Microsoft Smartwatch Is Coming

Exclusive: A Microsoft Smartwatch Is Coming | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The software giant has been developing a cross-platform gadget that continuously measures heart rate, Forbes has learned. Initially gunning for fitness enthusiasts, the watch could see Microsoft make a bigger play for healthcare further down the line.
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Microsoft's new smartwatch will sync with Apple, Android, and Windows phones, offering more flexibility than Apple's forthcoming smartwatch.

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10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint | Emerging EdTech

10 Pretty Awesome Things You Can do With PowerPoint | Emerging EdTech | Family Technology | Scoop.it
When Used With Tact, These Techniques can Help to Make Your Presentations Fun and Engaging It'd easy to bash PowerPoint, especially given the poor uses we see

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Some fun tricks you can teach your kids as they become familiar with creating presentations.  Makes learning PowerPoint more fun for them.

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Good-Bye Prezi...Hello New and Improved PowerPoint!

Write on Sports's curator insight, October 10, 2014 10:24 AM

Who doesn't love a good visual!  Check out this article for tips on creating fun and engaging presentations! 

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Facebook and Google Help Launch Online Safety Platform For Teens

Facebook and Google Help Launch Online Safety Platform For Teens | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The Family Online Safety Institute partnered with nine tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo to launch an online resource for teens, parents and teachers called A Platform For Good.

 

Read more:

http://mashable.com/2012/09/13/online-safety-for-teens/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Mashable+(Mashable)

 


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Tools to help your tweens/teens understand the importance of digital security online.

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This Nerf Gun Has a Built-In Camera

This Nerf Gun Has a Built-In Camera | Family Technology | Scoop.it
A new Nerf gun has a built-in camera that takes photos and videos, allowing you to share them on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
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Looking for something fun to give to your kids this Christmas?  How about a Nerf Gun with a camera to film your victims?

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Shoppers Aren't Keen on the Apple Watch

Shoppers Aren't Keen on the Apple Watch | Family Technology | Scoop.it
Ever since Apple officially announced the Apple Watch last week, we've all been busy discussing the merits of the emerging smartwatch category. But when it comes down to it, do shoppers even want a smartwatch, Apple or otherwise? We polled our readers to see what they make of it, and as it turns out, not everyone is ready to jump aboard the latest trend in tech.
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The Apple watch isn't anything new, most people would rather try out the Android watches rather than make the financial jump to own an Apple Watch.

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iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 | Family Technology | Scoop.it
For the last few years, one of the most obvious differences between iPhone and Galaxy flagships was size. Now that Apple is finally catching up to the times...
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Still debating the iPhone vs. the Samsung Galaxy?  Here's a good blow-by-blow comparison.  Interestingly enough, Apple doesn't disclose a few things about their build...like what size the battery is.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Competition

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Competition | Family Technology | Scoop.it
The iPhone 6 is finally here! This comparison chart will give you a clue as to how Apple's new flagship smartphone stacks up against the competition.
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How does Apple's new iPhone 6 compare versus it recent competition?  Ho-hum.  The Note 4 should be included in this list, comes at 5.7 inches and doubles the camera resolution of the iPhone 6.

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