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Reinventing professional development | 1 to 1 Schools

Reinventing professional development | 1 to 1 Schools | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Through­out the coun­try, many schools and states are hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions about mas­tery based learn­ing. I have had the great for­tune to lis­ten to col­league and national expert on the top­ick Tom Guskey explain mas­tery learn­ing on mul­ti­ple occa­sions. The con­cept is sim­ple; rather than mov­ing through mate­r­ial after a pre­de­ter­mined amount of time, stu­dents move through as they mas­ter the con­tent. Mas­tery learn­ing is some­thing most edu­ca­tors would agree makes sense, but the con­ver­sa­tions about imple­men­ta­tion get much more dif­fi­cult for some. My post isn’t intended to address the con­ver­sa­tion around mas­tery based learn­ing with stu­dents, but rather as a unique approach to pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment around tech­nol­ogy inte­gra­tion.

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Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology

Deep Learning Isn’t about Technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Two recent experiences have significantly impacted the way I think about teaching and learning and the importance of student autonomy and volition in our classrooms.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a PD seminar around embedding technology in the classroom. A wonderful goal, really. I think embedded tech is important; in fact, I think it should be the status quo in every classroom, every day. I honestly think there’s little point to tech as an afterthought — something we add on so that we can say we’re doing something “techie,” as if that’s the goal instead of deep, authentic, transformative learning.

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'Embodied learning' blends lessons with student-computer interaction | eSchool News

'Embodied learning' blends lessons with student-computer interaction | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
In an Elizabeth Forward Middle School classroom, students in an eighth-grade math class spent a recent morning getting into their lesson—literally.

Standing in their socks on a 15-by-15 game board that was projected onto a foam mat on the floor, they waved wands to move brightly colored virtual balls around the space.

They used trial-and-error to figure out what each colored ball did when it came into contact with another.

Did one ball bumping another cause it to multiply? Or did one eliminate another?

The students strove to develop a strategy to beat their opponents.

What they end up doing, educators say, is honing skills related to reasoning, decision-making, and critical thinking.

The teaching tactic is called embodied learning. It blends lessons and human-computer interaction.

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The iPad – What it should and shouldn’t be for Education

The iPad – What it should and shouldn’t be for Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This blog originally started as a reflection journal as I begun a pilot program for using iPads at my school. My early posts ( check January and February posts ) were discussions of the pros and cons of iPads. As the year has gone by and I have more time to research, read other iPad articles and experiment more with apps and with the students using them more frequently, I’ve had time to reflect on what iPads are offering schools. I’m not going to debate what model of iPad program to commit to – 1:1 or shared. I’m simply going to concentrate on what I think schools should consider before committing to iPads at all.

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5 Things To Expect From The Rumored iPad Mini

5 Things To Expect From The Rumored iPad Mini | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

I don’t usually get swept up by Apple rumors but had to make an exception for this one. The rumored iPad Mini may be announced on October 17th by Apple and available shortly after on November 2nd.

It’s got the tech blogs and Apple fans abuzz but the real story here is the potential disruption in education technology (per usual). A smaller iPad could mean more schools and districts try out a 1:1 implementation, more BYOD classrooms, etc.

Take these dates and bits of info with a huge grain of salt as they are, of course, rumors. However, this one feels a bit too exact and is courtesy of Fortune.

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Megaconference Jr. for Elementary Schools

Megaconference Jr., now in its 9th year, is an international program designed to give students in elementary through secondary schools around the world the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other's learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology. Vj teams and their interactive partners will develop and share activities focused on both academic and cultural issues. The teams will collaborate with geographically diverse peers on authentic learning activities, thus building international cultural awareness. Participants viewing the days events will be able to address questions to the presenters through a special Megaconference Jr. social networking site.

Megaconference Jr. addresses local and national curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. It will also help students and teachers develop the capacity to effectively utilize high-speed networks, videoconferencing and other emerging technologies to enhance learning experiences.

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The Rise of the Tech-Powered Teacher

The Rise of the Tech-Powered Teacher | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

There is no silver bullet, but we consistently find that when used appropriately, technology can enable teachers to lead differentiated and interactive classrooms..

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10+ Free Learning Online Events for Educators This Month! : Teacher Reboot Camp

10+ Free Learning Online Events for Educators This Month! : Teacher Reboot Camp | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

For the next month, I will be participating in many free online events that are really worth checking out. Anyone can view these events live and participate via an online chat, webcam, mic, and more! You will watch live presentations from teachers worldwide on various educational technology projects and in many cases you can receive a certificate of attendance to show to your learning institutions! Below is the description of these events, the links to the webrooms, and the times. Mark them on your calendar and invite a friend

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A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID | Kapp Notes

A Conversation with Michael Allen–ADDIE, SAM & the Future of ID | Kapp Notes | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Recently, I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of Michael Allen’s new book and loved it and thought I’d ask him a few questions about the book, the field and the future of elearning.
He has just released a new book, Leaving Addie for SAM: An Agile Model for Developing the Best Learning Experiences in which he describes what he calls the Successive approximation Model (SAM). Apparently the book has stirred a little controversy around the topic of ADDIE.

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Microsoft Sends Engineers to Schools to Encourage the Next Generation

Microsoft Sends Engineers to Schools to Encourage the Next Generation | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Microsoft is taking an unusual approach to tackling a shortage of computer science graduates — one of the most serious issues facing the technology industry, and a broader challenge for the nation’s economy.
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FanFiction-World's largest fanfiction archive

World's largest fanfiction archive and forum where fanfic writers and readers around the globe gather to share their passion.

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Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Deep into the digital age, the need for everyone to understand and learn programming is becoming more and more apparent. Codecademy, Coursera and other education start-ups are stepping in to fill the much-needed gap to teach adults to code. For kids, non-profits like CodeNow are raising funds to run summer programming camps for minority high school students, while other organizations like Girls Who Code are working on getting middle and high school girls interested in computer science.

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John Sexton: Education and Globalization

http://bigthink.com John Sexton, President of New York University navigates a global stereophonic conversation about education.

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Response: The Best Ways To Use Interactive White Boards

With our school about to install Smart Boards, I'm getting in touch to ask if you'd please recommend the best sites to learn how to incorporate this tool as well as any collections of good interactive sites and lessons.

I'm not a big fan of schools using their limited funds to purchase high-tech Interactive White Boards and, instead, am a proponent of low-tech versions -- the small handheld ones that each student can have along with a marker and an eraser. They're great for using in learning games, as I wrote about last week elsewhere in Education Week Teacher. They are also useful for what the administrators at our school call "whole class processing" -- the practice of promoting having all students thinking all the time. For example, while I'm helping my students learn about reading strategies, I might read a passage aloud and ask them to demonstrate the strategy of "summarizing" on their board. As students hold them up, I can use it as a tool for formative assessment and as an opportunity for peer teaching as their classmates learn from one another. Educator Frank Noschese uses similar whiteboards in his science classes.

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The 5 EdTech Trends Happening In India Right Now

The 5 EdTech Trends Happening In India Right Now | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Currently, the education industry is one of the most important industries in the world where lots of research, experimentation, trial and error are being practiced.
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Framing Mobile Initiatives to Measure Impact | EDUCAUSE.edu

Framing Mobile Initiatives to Measure Impact | EDUCAUSE.edu | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Despite the proliferation of mobile devices and mobile activity—not only in the general population but also in the teaching and learning community, right down to the classroom level—mobile technologies and pedagogies remain an emerging area in higher education. A measurement strategy should accompany our experimental and pilot programs in this area, but measuring the ability of mobile teaching and learning initiatives to support such amorphous things as student learning, student engagement, and additional time on task can be challenging. This paper presents a set of frameworks to begin identifying and deconstructing the components we might measure in mobile learning initiatives. The focus is on the desired mobile learning experience itself. A well-developed framework and effective measurement strategy are important considerations, whether you are embarking on a mobile learning project for the first time or are in your third or fourth phase of the project.

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PORTS - FREE Live Video Conferencing to California State Parks for K-12 Educators

PORTS - FREE Live Video Conferencing to California State Parks for K-12 Educators | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

California State Parks PORTS program provides teachers and students with complete units of study and live videoconferences. The units include lessons to prepare your students for the videoconference, supporting materials, and links to further resources. Once you have decided which program you would like to participate in contact a program coordinator to schedule your live videoconference. If none of the units of study fit your particular curriculum needs, contact us and we can discuss the possibility of delivering a customized program for your class! Check out our UNITS OF STUDY to see our menu of offerings.

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Megaconference for Educators

Over the years, the Megaconference has provided our community with a venue to test the limits of video collaboration technology while making personal connections around the world. After a four year hiatus, Internet2 is very pleased to announce that the Megaconference will return this year on December 4th. Anyone and everyone are invited to connect using H.323 or SIP videoconferencing to participate in presentations from researchers, educators, engineers, students, and vendors, in what we hope to be the biggest Megaconference ever. The theme this year will continue where the last Megaconference left off: "Breaking Down the Barriers: Global Connections".

Megaconference will be held all over the world on December 4th, 2012 from 12:00 GMT - 12:00 GMT (that's 7am EST - 7am EST).

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Stump The Teacher: Does Twitter Matter?

Stump The Teacher: Does Twitter Matter? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Many people question the value of twitter and if it can really make an impact for an educator. After nearly two years as a user, I can say with little hesitation that twitter has impacted my life in ways both subtle and profound.

Impacted my students
Clearly anything that a teacher spends a significant amount of time engaging in and claiming it is “PD” should benefit the students, right? Well that is certainly true in my case. Due to connections I have made on twitter, my students have be able to make connections as well. They have engaged in the Collaboreyes Project as well as Skyped with classes in different parts of the country. That is not to say I could not do this without twitter, but twitter certainly made those connections easier to create and foster.

In addition, there have been countless times I have reached out to my PLN to help my students. I was able to have my students connect to experts while doing research as well as gain primary sources. Another huge benefit has been the innumerable resources I have been able to give my students through the sharing I have done on twitter.

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What Can MOOCs Teach Us About Learning? | HASTAC

What Can MOOCs Teach Us About Learning? | HASTAC | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Here is what I find breathtaking about MOOCs: for the first time in human history, we have the means to teach hundreds of thousands of people around the world who would not otherwise have any chance of an access to the kinds of specialized subjects offered by higher education, a form of learning formerly reserved largely for the affluent (as nations, as individuals) or at least the fortunate (those living in countries that support/subsidize higher education and make it available at a low enough cost to be accessible beyond the 1%).

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eTwinning - Video Conference Projects for Teachers

eTwinning - Video Conference Projects for Teachers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The free and safe platform for K-12 teachers to connect, develop collaborative projects and share ideas in Europe via video conferencing technology. 

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How old should you have to be to own a smartphone? | Digital Trends

How old should you have to be to own a smartphone? | Digital Trends | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
How old is old enough when it comes to owning a smartphone? We take a look at both sides of the debate.
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Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free : NPR

Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Online education isn't particularly new. It has been around in some form since the 1990s, but what is new is the speed and scale in which online learning is growing.

In barely a year, many of the most prestigious research universities in the world – including Stanford, Caltech, Oxford and Princeton — have started to jump onto the online bandwagon.

For the students who never, ever would have had access to this kind of quality education from a place like Penn or Princeton or Stanford, they now have access to something.
- Daphne Koller, Coursera co-founder
Those universities now offer classes through consortiums like Coursera, a tech company that's partnered with more than 30 of the top universities in the world to offer online classes from its course catalogue — for free. Other companies offering online courses include Udacity and edX.

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