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Why Maybe You Don’t Have to Worry About ‘Information Overload’ After All

Why Maybe You Don’t Have to Worry About ‘Information Overload’ After All | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Michigan published a study earlier this month that found the infamous “information overload” to be less of a reality than previously imagined.
“Contrary to many experts’ warnings that the ‘always-on’ media environment has ‘overwhelmed’ audiences and [is] creating a society of antisocial Facebook-addicts more interested in hashtags than hugs, the study found that participants said they felt ‘empowered’ and ‘enthusiastic’ about the volume of information at their fingertips, not overloaded,” wrote the Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker.

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How Technology Is Powering Academic Success [Infographic]

How Technology Is Powering Academic Success [Infographic] | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Device ownership continues to grow, but how are college students using that technology?
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New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know
Getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future.

This guide can help you better understand how mobile gadgets -- cell phones, tablets, and smartphones -- can engage students and change their learning environment.
What's Inside the PDF?
-Introduction: Pros and cons? Bridging the digital gap?
-Know your mobile devices
-Resources for teachers getting started with mobile learning
-K-12 Apps and Web tools: elementary, middle, and high schools
-Getting parents on board the mobile train

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How To Keep Students Focused On A Single iPad App

How To Keep Students Focused On A Single iPad App | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
We talk every day about how iPads and other technology can be implemented in the classroom. But many devices *cough* iPad *cough* are designed to do a myriad of different things. Sure, they’re terrific learning tools but they’re also great distraction tools. Just ask any student able to quickly check their Facebook account while they’re supposed to be using an iPad for research.

But Apple has you covered. The new iOS 6 has a very simple and powerful tool called Guided Access that lets you keep students focused on a single app of your choosing. It lets you disable the home button, restrict parts of the screen so they can’t be touched, and even stop responding to being turned over and upside down. It’s easy to implement and a great tool in the teacher’s toolkit.

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Visiting Ancient Egypt, Virtually

Professors at Harvard, King's College and other top universities are working in a relatively new field called the digital humanities, which combines high-tech interfaces with study of the arts.
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STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy

STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As the nation embarks on a new school year, education leaders from President Obama on down are facing a renewed commitment to the STEM subjects -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- as a driver of innovation. And what better advertisement of the power of STEM education than the recent landing of the Mars Rover? Like the original Apollo missions to the Moon, they powerfully reveal the magic of science and engineering. Just this summer, the Obama administration announced a laudable new "teacher corps" dedicated to excellence in the STEM subjects, and as far and wide as Estonia, a new policy is spurring debate about the value of teaching programming to elementary school students.

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To Flip or Not to Flip: That Is NOT the Question!

Over the last three decades a variety of instructional strategies have been introduced with a goal of increasing student achievement in mathematics. Such strategies include individualized instruction, cooperative learning, direct instruction, inquiry, scaffolding, computer-assisted instruction, and problem solving. A recent strategy receiving much attention is the “flipped classroom.” Innovative use of technology to enhance student learning makes flipping possible and motivating for students and teachers. Simply stated, flipping is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction, usually at home, through interactive teacher-created videos, while moving “homework” to the classroom. Teachers who have begun to flip their classrooms claim that this approach allows more one-on-one time with each student and increases student motivation, at the same time that students take greater responsibility for their own learning.

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Blended Learning: We Are All New Teachers

Blended Learning: We Are All New Teachers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The challenges facing a new teacher are clear: how to write a strong lesson plan, how to master the fine art of lesson delivery and how to keep kids engaged in a positive classroom environment are all high on the list. Add to that list the addition of mastering the use of technology tools to support instruction with students, and many a new teacher might go running for the hills!

In all seriousness, though, the need for a new teacher to be able to learn the fine art of incorporating Web 2.0 tools to support instruction with students is critical if we are to stay the course of 21st Century instructional reforms. Not only that, the research is clear that strategies that combine the use of traditional face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities are here to stay. Enter the blended learning model.

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Online schools face backlash as states question results

Online schools face backlash as states question results | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Virtual public schools, which allow students to take all their classes online, have exploded in popularity across the United States, offering what supporters view as innovative and affordable alternatives to the conventional classroom.

Now a backlash is building among public officials and educators who question whether the cyber-schools are truly making the grade.

In Maine, New Jersey and North Carolina, officials have refused to allow new cyber-schools to open this year, citing concerns about poor academic performance, high rates of student turnover and funding models that appear to put private-sector profits ahead of student achievement.

In Pennsylvania, the auditor general has issued a scathing report calling for revamping a funding formula that he said overpays online schools by at least $105 million a year. In Tennessee, the commissioner of education called test scores at the new Tennessee Virtual Academy "unacceptable."

And in Florida, state education officials are investigating a virtual school after it was accused of hiring uncertified teachers; in the past two weeks two local school boards in the state have rejected proposals for virtual schools.

Some states, including Michigan, Indiana and Louisiana, are still moving aggressively to embrace online schools. But the anger and skepticism elsewhere is striking, in part because some of it comes from people who have ardently supported opening the public school system to competition.

"There's a sense that is a lot more mainstream now and we need to take a closer look at it," said Michael Horn, an advocate of digital learning at Innosight Institute, a think tank focused on education policy. "I don't think we need to put the brakes on completely, but we need tweaks to accountability models, which will slow growth."

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Teaching Digital Citizenship |

Teaching Digital Citizenship | | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

With the ever-increasing popularity of the use of social media and technology in schools, education has become more public than ever. Teachers can flip their classrooms and post lectures and pencasts to public websites, share resources online, and chat with other teachers on Facebook and Twitter. Students can access all kinds of different online educational resources and visit social networks created specifically for education.

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Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class : NPR

Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablets can be a big distraction to students, but some schools are embracing these Internet-ready mobile devices as tools for learning. Bring-your-own-device policies have benefits in the classroom, but there are drawbacks, too.
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From Nintendo To Kickstarter: Gaming Legend Howard Phillips' Next Act

From Nintendo To Kickstarter: Gaming Legend Howard Phillips' Next Act | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Howard Phillips, it is not overstating it to say, is a video game legend. As Nintendo of America's former “Gamemaster,” he was a familiar face in Nintendo Power magazine and the company's spokesman for years. In his backstage role as a Nintendo executive, Phillips was responsible for releasing of hundreds of iconic video games in the United States. After leaving Nintendo for JVC in 1991, he went on to a distinguished career at Lucasarts, THQ, and Microsoft Game Studios. Phillips now has a new project: An educational gaming platform optimized for mobile devices. And, this being 2012, Phillips is turning to Kickstarter for funding and promotion.

Gamemaster Howard's Know-It-All is a mobile app designed for quick memorization of data sets. The app is essentially a hybrid of flash card, board game, and puzzle game characteristics with downloadable access to over 15 million possible data sets. In conversation with Fast Company, Phillips said that the game uses a “novel methodology for the recall of just about everything” that emphasizes effortless recall, making learning foreign language vocabulary or pre-med anatomy an automatic process similar to learning how to ride a bicycle.

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Muse - Connecting Educators in College and K-12 via Video Conferencing

Muse - Connecting Educators in College and K-12 via Video Conferencing | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Muse is a social utility that connects you with Internet2-enabled technologies and educators. Learn how next-generation Internet applications are being used to inspire educational excellence.

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Apps in Education: 10 Apps for Documenting Learning

Apps in Education: 10 Apps for Documenting Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This is where we really see the mechanics of a student's learning and how this can be individual for each student and in the case of a tool like the iPad, individualised for each student.

Here are a couple of apps that give students the opportunity to showcase, share and then reflect on their learning. Enjoy, some of these double up as my favourite apps too.

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Should We Connect School Life to Real Life?

Should We Connect School Life to Real Life? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
So what if we were to say that, starting this year, even with our children in K– 5, at least half of the time they spend on schoolwork must be on stuff that can’t end up in a folder we put away? That the reason they’re doing their schoolwork isn’t just for a grade or for it to be pinned up in the hallway? It should be because their work is something they create on their own, or with others, that has real value in the real world.

I’m not even necessarily talking about doing something with technology. (Let’s face it, though: Paper is a 20th-century staple that has severely limited potential, compared to digital spaces.) There’s lots of creating our kids can do with traditional tools that can serve a real audience. Publishing books, putting on plays, and doing community service are just a few examples.

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The future of academic credentials with Sal Khan

The future of academic credentials with Sal Khan | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
When people talk about education, they are usually mixing together several ideas. The first is the idea of learning. The second is the idea of socialization. The third is the idea of credentialing - giving a piece of paper to someone that proves to the world that he or she knows what they know. These three different aspects of education are muddled together because today they are all performed by the same institutions - you go to college to learn, have a life experience and get a degree.

Let’s try a simple thought experiment: What if we were to separate the teaching and credentialing roles of universities? What would happen if regardless of where (or whether) you went to college, you could take rigorous, internationally recognized assessments that measured your understanding and proficiency in various fields – anything from art history to software engineering.

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The Rise of Educator-Entrepreneurs: Bringing Classroom Experience to Ed-Tech

The Rise of Educator-Entrepreneurs: Bringing Classroom Experience to Ed-Tech | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Most teachers are happy doing their job — helping kids understand and make sense of the world around them. But there’s a growing number of educators who are wading into entrepreneurship, frustrated at the lack of tools they need, and wanting to extend their sphere of influence. As technology becomes more widely used and accepted in the classroom, teachers are taking their ideas about how to improve learning environments, sharing them online, and creating web-based tools to benefit teachers and students.

At the same time, the fact that the multi-billion dollar ed-tech space is exploding has not gone unnoticed by investors. Programs like Imagine K12 run crash courses in ed-tech entrepreneurship, connecting fledgling companies to Silicon Valley venture capital firms (and staking out a six percent equity).

But, as most educators know, while tech entrepreneurs can sometimes hit gold, not every newly minted site or software is useful to teachers. That’s what sets educator entrepreneurs apart — they have relevant classroom experience that can’t be gained any other way than by doing the hard work of teaching.

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5 Ways That edX Could Change Education - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 Ways That edX Could Change Education - Online Learning - The Chronicle of Higher Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Since MIT and Harvard started edX, their joint experiment with free online courses, the venture has attracted enormous attention for opening the ivory tower to the world.

But in the process, the world will become part of an expensive and ambitious experiment testing some of the most interesting—and difficult—questions in digital education.

Can community-college students benefit from a new form of hybrid learning, based on a mix of local instruction and edX content? Can colleges tap alumni as teaching volunteers? Can labs be reinvented in the style of online video games?

EdX and its collaborators are developing tools and teaching models to answer those questions. And they view the project as a means to study even deeper problems, like understanding how people forget—and creating strategies to prevent it.

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A better way to educate game-loving kids: Edugames?

A better way to educate game-loving kids: Edugames? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

If your kids hunger for games yet you wish they actually learned something more than the clichéd “hand-to-eye” co-ordination while blowing up baddies or solving puzzles, KNeo World’s new world of edugames and its “pay what you want” bundle may well be a game you’ll enjoy playing!

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Deeyoon Lets You Hold Live Video Debates (And Even Vote For The Winner)

Deeyoon Lets You Hold Live Video Debates (And Even Vote For The Winner) | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
There’s a gradual shift from passive learning to engaged learning right now. But that move to engagement seems to already be headed for the past thanks to some exciting new web 2.0 tools.

The future appears to be interaction learning.

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What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites

What To Do If Your School Bans Useful Websites | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning.

The dialogue around filtering must also include bring-your-own-device policies, appropriate use of social media in schools, and overall responsible use of technology in school. Each of these issues plays an important part in the equation that influences school policy around filtering websites. For example, do students and teachers use social media sites like Edmodo or even Facebook for class purposes? Are educational videos on YouTube part of teachers’ curriculum? In large school districts, does it make sense to have individual school policies? Are students allowed to use their cell phones?

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Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents

Media and Digital Literacy: Resources for Parents | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Kids are growing up on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter -- spending hours every day creating, communicating, and connecting in digital spaces. Whether you’re a tech-savvy parent or a technophobic one, you’re probably looking for tools to help your family navigate the many issues that come along with our media- and technology-saturated society. This digital world, which can bring young people incredible resources and learning opportunities, also opens up the very real parenting challenges of managing non-stop screen time, preventing cyberbullying, finding age-appropriate content, and more. Common Sense Media is an organization that provides essential resources for families to manage the impact of challenges like this. We've asked their editors to compile a list of their most popular articles and tip sheets to guide parents as they raise responsible and thoughtful digital citizens.

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New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning to Expand Math and Science Program Nationwide - The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning to Expand Math and Science Program Nationwide - The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning announced plans to expand and replicate its successful math and science program developed in New Jersey throughout the United States thanks to a $500,000 matching grant from the National Education Association.
The NEA grant, announced today, will allow CTL to expand the number of physics and chemistry teachers in other states as well as train current elementary, math and science teachers to be more effective in teaching math and science. In addition to the $500,000 grant, the NEA is has committed to help raise at least $1 million in additional funds.

“We’re committed to preparing students to succeed in the worldwide economy, that’s why we’re working together to get additional qualified, caring, and committed math and science teachers into classrooms. Right now, there’s a severe shortage, especially in low-income communities, and that needs to change. But we cannot do it alone,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel.

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Education chief wants textbooks to go digital | eSchool News

Education chief wants textbooks to go digital | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Oct. 2 called for the nation to move as fast as possible away from printed textbooks and toward digital ones. “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” he declared.

It’s not just a matter of keeping up with the times, Duncan said in remarks to the National Press Club. It’s about keeping up with other countries whose students are leaving their American counterparts in the dust.

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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
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