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Conventional wisdom says e-books are destroying the traditional publishing business model. But the story's not that simple.
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Lenovo’s new Horizon has a 27-inch touch screen and can be used upright or as a tabletop entertainment hub.
It's time to realize that we cannot, and should not, dictate the manner in which students learn. One area where the desire for control is clearly manifested is our use of technology in school.
Educators are working to make sure the technologies elementary students are using are appropriate for their age and highly interactive.
Massive open online courses have the potential to change higher education, but people and schools implementing MOOCs face some emerging legal questions.
"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn't we have it in our schools?" Obama said. Most U.S. schools have Internet access, but the connections don't have enough capacity or are slow, according to the blueprint. Like the president, the commission calls for the FCC to update its E-Rate program to pay to connect schools to high-speed Internet. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the agency could start the process of updating the program as soon as this summer. Jim Steyer, one of the LEAD Commission's chairmen, said it would cost at least $6 billion to wire schools. The panel will call for a public-private initiative to put laptops, tablets and other devices into the hands of all students by 2020, beginning with middle school students and making sure that low-income students and those who attend schools in poorly funded districts are included. Money that is no longer being spent to buy printed textbooks, as is the case in Mooresville, could be redirected to help pay for the devices.
"In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, why shouldn't we have it in our schools?" Obama said.
Most U.S. schools have Internet access, but the connections don't have enough capacity or are slow, according to the blueprint.
Like the president, the commission calls for the FCC to update its E-Rate program to pay to connect schools to high-speed Internet. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said the agency could start the process of updating the program as soon as this summer.
Jim Steyer, one of the LEAD Commission's chairmen, said it would cost at least $6 billion to wire schools.
The panel will call for a public-private initiative to put laptops, tablets and other devices into the hands of all students by 2020, beginning with middle school students and making sure that low-income students and those who attend schools in poorly funded districts are included. Money that is no longer being spent to buy printed textbooks, as is the case in Mooresville, could be redirected to help pay for the devices.
We've already looked at MOOCs, tablet computing, gamification, and learning analytics. For the first part of the 'third horizon', (or entering mainstream use in four to five years), 3D printing tops the list.
Folklorists often balk at the common usage of the word “myth” to mean “lie.” A myth, by their disciplinary definition, is quite the opposite. A myth is a culture’s sacred story. It involves supernatural or supreme beings — gods. It explains origins and destinies. A myth is the Truth.
So when I say then, that “disruptive innovation” is one of the great myths of the contemporary business world, particularly of the tech industry, I don’t mean by “myth” that Clayton Christensen’s explanation of changes to markets and business models and technologies is a falsehood. (I have an MA in Folklore, not an MBA — so that’s part of it, for sure.)
Rather, my assigning “myth” to “disruptive innovation” is meant to highlight the ways in which this narrative has been widely accepted as unassailably true. No doubt (as a Harvard professor) Christensen has faced very little skepticism or criticism about his theory about the transformation of industries— why, it’s as if The Innovator’s Dilemma were some sort of sacred text.
Excerpt from review article by VentureBeat:"Upload your script, choose some backgrounds, and magically created a professional-looking storyboard of your movie. Or the graphic novel version of your text-based anything.Amazon Studios released Storyteller today to allow writers and filmmakers to quickly, easily — and cheaply — storyboard their scripts.Roy Price, Amazon’s director of Studios said: “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department, and assistant editor — everything you need to bring your story to life.”You start by uploading a script to Amazon Studios — or by playing with one that’s already there. Then simply page through the script paragraph by paragraph. Storyteller will try to match up characters, props, and background with the words in each chunk of text, and it does a surprisingly good job. But if you don’t like what Storyteller gives, you can choose from its library, or even upload your own custom background or characters. Currently, the software has a library of thousands of props, characters, and backgrounds..."Read full review article: http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/07/amazon-launches-storyteller-to-turn-scripts-into-storyboards-automagically/Learn more and try out Storyteller: http://studios.amazon.com/storyteller
Du synopsis au storyboard en passant par studio.amazon.com/storyteller
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Students prioritize the use of "a variety of digital learning tools such as mobile devices" over Internet access, according to From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Learner, a new report from Project Tomorrow.
I've got a few ideas on how we can make iPads perfect for education. They're a bit crazy but, hey, so am I. Weigh in and share your thoughts!
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Recently, my district began a huge initiative to combat bullying/cyberbullying and to help students become more aware of the choices they make both in their face-to-face lives and their digital decisions as well. There is no one right way or right answer that will stop the problems. However, I do believe that the classroom and our schools are the places where tough conversations need to be had.I have been collecting several resources and I want to share. By no means is this all the stuff that is out there. And some of it may work or may not. The point is to find something (curriculum, activity, website, video, etc) and start having the conversations, not just with students but with teachers, administrators, parents and our communities.To start, I want to share this powerful video that was recently shared with me. It's all about the choices our kids are faced with everyday and the consequences of their actions.
A blog entry about the use of Web 2.0 technology tools over time.
Visual notetaking is a process of representing ideas non-linguistically. (That’s a fancy of way of saying, “drawing pictures.”) Visual notetaking can include concept mapping, but also more artistic ways of visually capturing and representing ideas. On the simpler side of the visual notetaking continuum, visual notes can be used to create narrated art. On the complex end of the spectrum, some visual notetaking applications support the creation of whiteboard animation videos which include audio narration synchronized to screencasts of drawings. Visual or graphic facilitation can be used at meetings to summarize presentations and guide discussions. Whether simple or complex, visual notes can be used to more deeply process information as well as communicate it to others with images.
Rachel Smith provides an excellent overview of visual notetaking, which she calls “visual recording,” in the first three minutes of her video, “Visual Recording on the iPad.”
Is technology making us stupid—or smarter than we’ve ever been? Author Nicholas Carr memorably made the case for the former in his 2010 book The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains. This fall we’ll have a rejoinder of sorts from writer Clive Thompson, with his book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For The Better.
My own take: technology can make us smarter or stupider, and we need to develop a set of principles to guide our everyday behavior, making sure that tech is improving and not impeding our mental processes. Today I want to propose one such principle, in response to the important question: What kind of information do we need to have stored in our heads, and what kind can we leave “in the cloud,” to be accessed as necessary?
There's a terrific free tool from the People to People International folks that you can use to connect students with pen pals from other countries.
This generation of parents grew up with TVs, video game consoles, and computers, so digital media is one of many tools they use in their parenting repertoire.
What is it like to raise a child who's different from you in some fundamental way (like a prodigy, or a differently abled kid, or a criminal)?
A quick demonstration of how you can use Google Forms to create a self grading assessment. Teachers can use this technique to differentiate their learning pr...
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.
As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both.
A decades-old family business, built on pleases and thank-yous, releases a guide to social-media manners.
Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now.