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The 10 biggest edtech trends of 2013 and 2014 - Learn Egg

The 10 biggest edtech trends of 2013 and 2014 - Learn Egg | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
The guide below outlines the biggest edtech trends that you should know about. It touches on the 4 big ones of this year plus 6 more trends that we should expect to see next year.

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Technology in Education

Technology in Education | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
One of the most frequently cited reasons for justifying the need for change in education, or at least for labeling education as old-fashioned, is the enormous technological (r)evolution our world has undergone in recent years. Nowadays, we have the Internet in our pocket, in the form of a smartphone, which has exponentially more computing power than the Apollo Guidance Computer that put the first men on the moon! A school with desks, blackboards or whiteboards, and—perish the thought—books seems like some kind of archaic institution, one that, even if it does use a smartboard or a learning platform, operates in a manner that bears a suspiciously strong resemblance to the way things were done in the past.
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The Mere Presence of a Cell Phone
May be Distracting (pdf)

Research consistently demonstrates the active use of cell phones, whether talking or texting, to be distracting and contributes to diminished performance when multitasking (e.g., distracted driving or walking). Recent research also has indicated that simply the presence of a cell phone and what it might represent (i.e., social connections, broader social network, etc.) can be similarly distracting and have negative consequences in a social interaction. Results of two studies reported here provide further evidence that the ‘‘mere presence’’ of a cell phone may be sufficiently distracting to produce diminished attention and deficits in task-performance, especially for tasks with greater attentional and cognitive demands. The implications for such an unintended negative consequence may be quite wide-ranging (e.g., productivity in school and the work place).
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Donald Clark Plan B: Why the tablets in schools debacle is over

Donald Clark Plan B: Why the tablets in schools debacle is over | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
After the California debacle, schools in five states (Virginia, California, Maine, Texas and North Carolina) are starting to swap out tablets for the laptops they should have purchased in the first place. It started with a survey in Maine, where teachers and students expressed a preference for laptops over tablets.

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, May 27, 9:32 AM
Donald Clark slaagt er weer in zich impopulair te maken bij een grote groep adepten van ICT voor leren, en dan met name bij aanhangers van tablets in het onderwijs (zoals de Steve Jobs-scholen). Ik ben het ook niet volledig eens met zijn typering van tablets (vooral voor consumeren). Maar hij heeft wel een punt. Er wordt nog steeds te vaak gefocust op de tablet zelf. Laatst kreeg ik ook de vraag van een docent van een school voor voortgezet onderwijs: "we willen Ipads gebruiken, maar hoe kunnen we x, y en z?" Waarop ik vroeg: "Waarom wil je iPads gebruiken?" Tablets zijn niet goed in alles. Als je wilt schrijven op een device is een laptop veel geschikter, en dat geldt ook voor het programmeren. Zelf merk ik dat ik mijn iPad veel minder gebruik, sinds ik beschik over een lichtere Macbook met een veel langere accuduur. Het gaat echter niet om de technologie. "It's not about the technology, stupid".
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20 Of The Best Laptops For Teachers Of 2016 -

20 Of The Best Laptops For Teachers Of 2016 - | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Whether for students, teachers, engineers, artists, entrepreneurs--there is something in this list for everyone, from affordable Chromebooks to MacBook Pros and Surface Pros to high-end gaming laptops from Alienware.
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Reading on a Screen Rather Than Paper May Affect What You Learn

Reading on a Screen Rather Than Paper May Affect What You Learn | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Those who read on paper rather than digitally may grasp "big picture" better.
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Providing children with tablets loaded with literacy apps yields positive results – UKEdChat.com

Providing children with tablets loaded with literacy apps yields positive results – UKEdChat.com | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
For the past four years, researchers at MIT, Tufts University, and Georgia State University have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically disadvantaged communities.
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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Educational technology has its pluses and minuses. It’s up to teachers, administrators, and district personnel to decide whether the good outweighs the bad.
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Does learning improve when every student gets a laptop?

Schools that provide each student with a laptop computer, as well as the appropriate support for both students and teachers, see significant improvement in academic achievement, a new paper indicates.
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Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? Students who take notes by hand outperform students who type, and more type these days, new studies show
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How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class

How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Go cold turkey or take tech breaks? Two professors offer different solutions.
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Future Schools: Through the 21st Century Fluency Looking Glass

Future Schools: Through the 21st Century Fluency Looking Glass | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Take a look forward at 8 fluency-based characteristics defining what future schools just might look like. The future is happening now.
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Stop Innovating in Schools. Please.

Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Stop Innovating in Schools. Please. Too often when we talk about “innovation” in education, we point to that new set of Chromebooks or those shiny new Smartboards as examples of our efforts to change...
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iPads vs. Chromebooks in the Classroom: Which One Wins?

iPads vs. Chromebooks in the Classroom: Which One Wins? | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
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Breakthrough Windows 10 Devices Changing the Education Landscape (Channel 9)

Breakthrough Windows 10 Devices Changing the Education Landscape           (Channel 9) | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Watch Marlowe Dayley and Kevin Remde from Microsoft as they showcase eight breakthrough devices that will change the way students and educators interact with technology.
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Handwritten Versus Typed Note-taking - HackCollege

Handwritten Versus Typed Note-taking - HackCollege | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Laptop computers make note-taking convenient and efficient, but can they also be a hindrance to students?

A recent study found that students who took notes with paper and pen outperformed their classmates who used laptop computers to take notes on the same material, suggesting that teachers and lecturers should encourage their students to turn off their electronic portable devices and jot down notes the old fashioned way.

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, June 11, 2:07 AM
Weer een bijdrage over onderzoek waaruit blijkt dat je meer leert van aantekeningen maken op papier dan van aantekeningen maken op een laptop. De laatste zin is echter ook een interessante. Tablets met een stylus zouden de tekortkomingen van een laptop te niet kunnen doen. Daar is echter nog geen onderzoek naar gedaan.
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3 questions to ask when using new technology in the classroom

3 questions to ask when using new technology in the classroom | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Before introducing any new technology in the classroom, there are tough questions that must be asked — about student privacy, data ownership, and equal access across students. Based on my experienc…
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Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools

Daniel Willingham: The false promise of tech in schools | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
It’s time to admit we don’t know what we’re doing when it comes to educational technology.
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The dangers of techno-pessimism in education - Robin de Lange

The dangers of techno-pessimism in education - Robin de Lange | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
I do research on the potential of Virtual Reality for education. Now, people generally find VR very exciting and because of this I get a lot of enthusiastic reactions. People can imagine all sorts of useful applications for education.
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5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back the Computerized Classroom — Emerging Education Technologies

5 Ways for Teachers to Take Back the Computerized Classroom — Emerging Education Technologies | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Ever found yourself frustrated by the wall of technology between your students and your teaching? In this article, Steffen Hedebrandt provides 5 ways to take back the classroom and succeed with your teaching in a way that grasps your students’ attention.
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Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’

Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’ | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Dan Ryder teaches high school English and humanities, but his students still wind up learning computer-aided design and 3D printing.
My biggest problem with technology is I’m always told it will take less time and it will make my job easier.
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Is VR too dangerous for kids? We asked the experts

Is VR too dangerous for kids? We asked the experts | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
We’ve investigated the age ratings of VR headsets and talked to optometrists and vision experts to find out if VR is safe for children. These are the potential risks of using VR for kids.
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The Overselling of Education Technology (EdSurge News)

The Overselling of Education Technology (EdSurge News) | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that the idea of using digital technology in the classroom tends to be either loved or hated. After all, anything that’s digital consists only of ones or zeroes. By contrast, my own position is somewhere in the middle, a location where I don’t often find myself, fr
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Can Technology Transform Learning? | John Spencer

Can Technology Transform Learning? | John Spencer | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, I remember hearing that computers would replace teachers. I didn't like this idea, unless they could guarantee that my teacher would be like Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation.However, technologists promised us that computers would radically transform our educational experience.
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How tech will affect the teacher’s role in education

How tech will affect the teacher’s role in education | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
The second wave of edtech will see technology complement the physical world. But what will the teacher’s role be within that?
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Now there's virtual reality education

Now there's virtual reality education | Gadgets and education | Scoop.it
Schools in San Francisco and Florida are teaching K-12 kids through virtual reality, thanks to Nearpod VR lesson plans and field trips.
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