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Doublethink is "to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them," according to George Orwell, who coined the phrase in his novel 1984.American education policymakers have apparently entered the zone of doublethink.
PBS KIDS today announced its first augmented reality app for iPhone and iPod touch, FETCH! Lunch Rush, which is now available on the App Store. Available for free, the app uses the camera on iPhone or iPod touch to overlay computer-generated graphics on top of the physical, real-world environment. Extending PBS’s leadership in using augmented reality as an educational tool, FETCH! Lunch Rush opens a new world of learning by teaching kids ages six to eight math skills, like addition and subtraction, while blending the virtual and real world into a truly engaging experience.
As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.
Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.
'Girls Who Code' is a start-up aimed at bringing more young women into the engineering and computing worlds. Founder Reshma Saujani visits the Digits show to discuss.
The Timeline Tool 2.0 is a web- based tool that allows an instructor to construct an interactive timeline with audio and visual effects...
By Joan Young (@flourishingkids on Twitter)
Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech
"In this blog post, fourth-grade teacher Joan Young writes about ways in which technology can help improve students' social and emotional skills. Among the ideas offered by educators are to use blogging as a tool for less-communicative students, plus video and animation for students to express themselves. Educators also suggested using Skype or Twitter to allow students to connect with experts in fields, such as science."
To understand why, we only have to think back to last week, when the big news was the release of the June jobs report, which found that the unemployment rate had stalled disappointingly at 8.2 percent. As always, the story behind that number is more noteworthy than the political spin it gets. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people in “management, business and financial operations” is nowhere near 8.2 percent; it’s only 3.8 percent. For workers in “installation, maintenance and repair,” it’s 5.3 percent. It’s workers in certain occupations — like “transportation and material moving” (10.3 percent unemployment) and “construction and extraction” (13 percent) — who are experiencing the most severe economic pain.
Chances are pretty good you’re reading this on an Apple iPad. It’s all the rage in education these days but it may not be exactly what you need. Sure, it may be what you want… but not what you need.
Launched in 2011, Online & Blended Teacher Certification guides educators through a curriculum based on the iNACOL National Standards for Online Teachi…...
As New Jersey awaits a decision on its first online charter schools, the operator of three of those proposed schools isn’t taking any chances.
Officials of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education firm, are in Newark this week continuing to wrap up the details for the three schools it would manage, one an entirely online venture from kindergarten through 12th grade and two others that blend online and in-person instructions for high school students.
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In an interview with the CEO and Founder of Knewton, Jose Ferreira, we learn more about the adaptive learning platform. Read the entire interview...
New physics game app from the makers of Angry Birds.
As schools seek to provide more interactive, engaging, and personalized learning, newly released survey results reveal they need to radically rethink their budgets and infrastructure to support this new learning model.
Two-thirds of students want to use technology more often in their classrooms, and 76 percent of IT staff said faculty members show increasing interest in implementing educational technology.
But 87 percent of IT professionals said they would need to upgrade their infrastructure before they can incorporate much more technology in their classrooms, and almost nine in 10 faculty members anticipate problems moving away from the traditional lecture model.
I know that all tools are technically technology. However, for the purpose of this post, I'm thinking computers, tablets and mobile devices. This is not a comprehensive list and I admit that it's limited entirely to my own experiences and my own local context:
Is helicopter parenting starting to crash and burn? The expectations for modern parents just keep adding up: read to your baby, keep your 7-year-old busy with summer activities, help your teenager prep for the SATs. Does this growing involvement reflect an improving knowledge of child development — and open up a lifetime of opportunities for the children? Or are super-involved parents, with the calendars full of cello and language lessons, just creating a crop of spoiled “adultescents”?
On Monday, I'm headed to New Orleans for the BBWorld DevCon. This is Blackboard's annual conference for partners and developers on their various information systems that proceeds the LMS giant's user conference, BBWorld. I was originally scheduled to give the keynote, but then Blackboard went and bought Moodlerooms and Sakai, shocking just about everyone involved in the e-learning space. Not surprisingly, my keynote slot is now going to be a roundtable with executives from all of the companies.
However, this got me thinking. The average school technologist, let alone the average teacher or administrator, has a lot to wade through in terms of selecting systems that support blended learning initiatives. Sure, most principals know that their school needs a platform where students and teachers can share information, assignments are readily accessible, and teachers can curate resources for students. But if the Blackboard-Moodlerooms-Sakai deal was suprising and confusing to those of us who follow this for a living, how can educators be expected to sort out a much larger market?
Even though "social network" has became a trending topic in our daily life, it was there since the very beginning of computing. The form of information exchange maybe different, but end result was pretty much the same.
Forty years ago, John Holt wondered whether an educational revolution as profound as open education could survive unless it became part of a wider and deeper movement of social change. Until open source and the concept of an open education began to take hold, John Holt's vision of an open education seemed to be a pipe dream.
In 2009, Open High School of Utah made history by becoming the first public school to rely completely on open content for its instructional subject matter. This created flexible, student-centered learning. Still, the textbook industry has great power over education from kindergarten to graduate school.
Speculating about emerging technologies.
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.
Hi! My name is Gwyneth and I'm NOT much of a gamer. Oh, it feels so good to admit that! I mean, as much of a geek grrl as I've always been I know I *should* be a gamer but alas, epic fail, not many games have held my attention. Sure, like everyone else I played & aced Angry Birds as soon it came out but I was more of a fan of the plush birdies than getting 3 stars on every level. I grew bored fast. Though I did see the possibility for teaching math, science, and other subjects with the game using Chrome Apps.
Apple's investments in education are accruing day after day and news coming from its headquarters are confirming this fact. With the end of the school year, Apple surprised everyone with the launch of Tune In Series which is a program of series of webcast events covering the iPad and many of the technologies that Appple introduced during its education event in January.The surprise lays not in the nature of these series but in the fact that it is free and open to teachers and IT professionals. Free is not a word that Apple likes to attach to its products but this one has made the exception.