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How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic

How Technology Is Being Used In Music Classrooms - Edudemic | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Even though I’m not a music teacher (nor have I ever been, or will I be), I tend to find technology in music classrooms to be some of the most exciting ways that technology is being put to use in classrooms overall.
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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.
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How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain

How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
As we all know, our minds are changing as technology integrates more and more into our lives. The use of technology in traditionally social situations has become so rife it that games have been invented in order to keep people off their phones.
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3 Myths about EdTech and Equity

3 Myths about EdTech and Equity | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
An Undergraduate’s Take on EdTech’s Inequity-Reducing Potential (Scholar Cary Kelly reflects on the promise—and pitfalls—that accompany emphasis on educational technology http://t.co/IzQOE3ZF07)...
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The Nerdy Teacher: Swivl Can Make Flipping Your Class Even Better #FlippedClassroom

The Nerdy Teacher: Swivl Can Make Flipping Your Class Even Better #FlippedClassroom | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
I heard about Swivl from a friend who attended a conference on the Flipped Classroom and it sounded amazing. I reached out to Swivl and was able to use a demo model for this piece.
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OPINION: Ban "Digital" Learning (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Ban "Digital" Learning (EdSurge News) | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

It’s time to ban “digital” learning. For 20 years I have dedicated my career to understanding and demonstrating the value of technology in the teaching and learning process. I once held a job where my title was “School of the Future Technology Architect.” I’m a believer in instruction that is, as the buzzwords go, data driven, adaptive, personalized, one-to-one, online, blended, flipped, and gamified.

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It's all about learning 

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First-Ever Intel® Education 2 in 1 Provides Countless Ways to Learn

First-Ever Intel® Education 2 in 1 Provides Countless Ways to Learn | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Official press release: Versatile Reference Design Provides Benefits of a Tablet and Laptop in a Single Device NEWS HIGHLIGHTS The newly released Intel® Education 2 in 1 has the flexibility and mobility of a tablet plus the performance and productivity of a laptop,...
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Left to Their Own Smart Devices

Left to Their Own Smart Devices | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
3 lessons educators can learn from the enterprise BYOD trend. GUEST COLUMN | by Omer Eiferman As anyone immersed in education will tell you, today’s students rely on their mobile devices more than ...
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10 Biggest Barriers to Mobile Technology Adoption

For the past five years I have watched schools move toward mobile technology, and I often find schools recreating the wheel. There doesn’t seem to be enough collaboration, and as I visit schools in Finland, Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere, I find that not only do we make the same mistakes in deploying as other countries do but also that schools within a single district are making the same mistakes! It is important to share best practices and learn from other’s failures and successes. I have consistently seen the following 10 barriers to mobile technology adoption

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E-readers stimulate reading - more, longer and different reading

Rachel Edinin writes: "A new survey by UK charity Quick Reads indicates that adult readers tend to read more and stick with books longer if they’re using an e-reader. According to the survey, 48 pe...
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5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
"I'm not very tech savvy" is the response I usually hear from teachers that struggle with technology. Whether it's attaching a document to an email or creating a PowerPoint, some teachers really have
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Education, schooling and the digital age

Education, schooling and the digital age | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

Education and schooling are not the same thing. Schooling is where structures are imposed upon learners to make the process more manageable. Behaviour is synchronised, curricula are standardised, and criterion referenced assessment is imposed to quantify achievement. Education is where learning is personalised and unique to the individual. Learning doesn't require the impositions of schooling. Learning can survive without curriculum, synchronisation, assessment and all the other strictures imposed upon school students. All it needs is enthusiasm and opportunity

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6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens

6 Studies Showing iPads Improve Learning | Teaching Techie Teens | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

Teachers who are fighting for stronger tech integration in their schools often come against opposition from people who believe technology not have a positive effect on student learning. This is particularly true with iPads, devices that many people see as a device for content consumption, not creation. Below is a list of studies into iPads and learning, with dot points about what students the study relates to, the subjects involved and the results.


Via Dr. Joan McGettigan, Peter Lakeman
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What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning?

What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning? | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
The digital divide is not just about access to devices -- a disparity in powerful uses of technology could be even more difficult to overcome.
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Not-so-old gadgets baffle kids - YouTube

The Herald on Sunday showed a group of 6- to 10-year-old Auckland children a collection of gadgets that were everyday items a few years ago but hardly used t...
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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - The Hechinger Report

Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - The Hechinger Report | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent.
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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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The Must-Have EdTech Buying Guide For Schools - Edudemic

The Must-Have EdTech Buying Guide For Schools - Edudemic | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
When it comes to buying classroom technology, the person choosing the price range and type of technology varies from scenario to scenario.
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Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
We've heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students
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Planning for the new Computing curriculum - ICT in Education -

Planning for the new Computing curriculum - ICT in Education - | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
At first sight, it seems bizarre that despite the fact that many teachers urgently need profession...
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7 Ways Teaching Has Changed

7 Ways Teaching Has Changed | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture.

Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning.

This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response.

Worse, those outside the bubble of education can understandably struggle to understand the problem.

What are the teaching in those schools anyway? How is it any different from when I was in school?

Well, as it turns out, much of it is different from even five years ago.

Starting with literacy. 

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed

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What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials

What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

Digital media has been abuzz recently thanks to findings from a survey about how clueless Americans are concerning Internet terminology. While further investigationof the "study" suggested that it was likely a publicity stunt on the part of a public relations firm, the reaction to the findings may be more worrisome than the findings themselves. As one reporter noted,"It's like they only interviewed my grandma and her friends!"

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Teaching Google Natives To Value Information

Teaching Google Natives To Value Information | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

The usual term is a digital native–students born into our digital, connected, and uber-social world who have always had Wikipedia to ask questions, and Google to bail them out.

There is nuance to this phenomenon that can distract a bit from the big picture. As with so many complex issues, it is tempting to over-generalize things—claims that 21st century students need to be taught with 21st century tools, or raging against the machine and forcing students to use books, dammit.

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Learning first, technology second

Learning first, technology second | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it

I know it's been said many times before, but it's worth saying again. Learning should always come before technology.

Let me elaborate.

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4 Things To Consider As You Allow Phones in Class - Edudemic

4 Things To Consider As You Allow Phones in Class - Edudemic | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
As a language teacher I find mobile phones are a great resource as a dictionary, a unique way to do homework and, for many of my students, an alternative way to take notes. I’ve been using them in my class for a while now and their presence is actually hardly noticed – so seamlessly is …
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