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It's here: Apple unveils iPhone 5 - CNN.com

It's here: Apple unveils iPhone 5 - CNN.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The iPhone 5 looks similar to previous models but has a larger screen and is lighter and thinner than the iPhone 4S. The company says the larger screen will make it easier to check and send e-mails and to view Web pages with the phone in your hand.
The phone also comes with a new, faster processor called the Apple A6; and it connects to mobile carriers with a 4G LTE connection, making for speedier Internet browsing.

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Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software

Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Online education startups such as the Khan Academy, as well as new efforts by MIT, Stanford, and Harvard have helped spur interest and add legitimacy to the notion of remote learning. Now Google is lending its brainpower to the rapidly growing space by releasing a tool called Course Builder, open source software that is designed to let anyone create online education courses.

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Poll: Teachers, parents want more technology | eSchool News

Poll: Teachers, parents want more technology | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Results from a new poll suggest that parents and teachers support more use of technology to improve students’ education and real-world skills. The poll comes from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, a non-governmental organization exploring the opportunity to use technology to improve education in the United States.

The survey reflects responses from 812 K-12 public school teachers and 883 parents of K-12 public school children in August 2012. This included an over-sampling of low-income parents.

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To Kill a Mockingbird [analysis & discussion]

Looking for a high school class that could meet a few times to discuss analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird. Timeline is flexible, but will need to be planned in advance.

This would be our school's first Skype experience, so we are very excited about the possibilities.

We are located in Connecticut, USA. Eastern Time Zone.

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Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started

Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

eptember is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their cellphones! Using cellphones to enhance learning does not require that they be used in class. If you are in a school where cellphones are banned, the ideas shared here are also applicable outside of class.
Cellphones are a great tool for enriching literacy instruction. Here are three ways innovative educators can use the tools in their students’ pockets for learning inside or outside the classroom.

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BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives

BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As a school leader who recently sold my community on the importance of moving to a one-to-one environment where every student has access to a web-based device, I believe strongly that our students will be more literate than students in other schools who do not have access to web-enabled devices. A look at the world outside of our schools and the technological resources being accessed in so many professions that allow people to work “smarter” is a clear indication of the track that our students need to be on in order to be able to function in the “real world.”

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How mobile tech affects the family

How mobile tech affects the family | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
(CNN) - Many parents complain that mobile phones, computers and tablets are dividing families. However, some experts are saying these devices actually bring them closer together.

Scott Coltrane, Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon is one of those experts.

[2:00] “One of the best predictors of healthy child outcomes, particularly during adolescence and pre-adolescence is the extent to which parents can know where their children are, check in with them, set some boundaries, and be consistent in the limit setting that they need to do.”

Coltrane said mobile devices help parents and their kids feel better connected to each other.

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E-Textbooks Reveal Study Habits

E-textbooks have become a popular choice for college students because they’re often cheaper than their printed counterparts and come loaded with extras, such as 3D models, embedded videos and real-time sharing with fellow students who don’t share the same dorm.

Looking at how kids use digital textbooks also offers a pretty clear picture of study habits. A report today (July 11) released by education software and application company Kno reveals big differences between students with different majors. For instance, business majors are most likely to cram for finals, while science majors maintain an even study pace throughout the semester.

The infographic below was based on the data collected from hundreds of students over the course of a semester.

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IS YOUR SCHOOL'S INTERNET ACCESS FAST ENOUGH FOR DIGITAL LEARNING?

IS YOUR SCHOOL'S INTERNET ACCESS FAST ENOUGH FOR DIGITAL LEARNING? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Lisa Nielsen

 

"While most schools have “Internet access,” the reality is that only 20% have enough for digital learning. Most school infrastructures are outdated and as a result, the Internet is too slow for kids to take advantage of 21st Century Learning.

 

"To bring attention to and address this issue, EducationSuperHighway is launching a National School Broadband Test in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education to take an inventory of the state of Internet access in America's K-12 schools. Their objective is to collect 1 million responses (10 per school) on the ACTUAL performance of the Internet in our classrooms and school libraries."


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CoSN examines BYOD safety and security | eSchool News

CoSN examines BYOD safety and security | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A new report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), titled “Safe & Secure? Managing the Risks of Personal Devices,” examines today’s advancing Bring Your Own (BYO) initiatives and related safety and security risks facing school districts nationwide.

“Apps and mobile devices are being utilized more and more in education, forcing schools to reexamine their mobile device policies,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “These continuous advancements are creating an unprecedented set of safety and security challenges for school leaders, so it’s imperative that leaders are prepared and have at their fingertips a set of technical solutions to prevent data breaches and protect personal devices.”

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Apps in Education: Great Apps for Toddler Learning

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

People are always happy to talk to you about the apps that their kids love and come back to again and again. Over the weekend I was able to talk to a number of mums who gave me a series of apps that their littles one play. There are a number of really interesting apps here, some I would have thought were too complex for toddlers, but the mums say their little ones spend ages trying to get a handle on them. Have a look and see what you think.

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Tech & Learning University for Educators

Starting September 2012, you can register for online courses focused on 21st Century Skills, Education Technology, Effective Instruction, and Leading Effective Schools. Each course is delivered in a convenient, on-demand learning platform powered by Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS), a leading provider of online professional development to the K-12 education community.

Whether you are an individual teacher looking to develop new skills or a district wanting to help your staff fill gaps in their practice, TECH & LEARNING UNIVERSITY offers course for every stage of an educators career.

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DR4WARD: What Happens Every 60 Seconds On The Internet? Information Overload #infographic

DR4WARD: What Happens Every 60 Seconds On The Internet? Information Overload #infographic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
What Happens Every 60 Seconds On The Internet? Information Overload #infographic Source: Go-Globe.com via buzzfeed.com @LenKendall I look 4Ward to your feedback. Keep Digging for Worms! Author: Bill - Dr.
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Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses | Edudemic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX, Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time.

 

Google’s new Course Builder software comes on the heels of a massively popular online Google class ‘Power Searching With Google‘ hosted by Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.

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How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module » The Rapid eLearning Blog

How to Create an Interactive PowerPoint Elearning Module » The Rapid eLearning Blog | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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Acquiring Media Literacy and Using Technology

Acquiring Media Literacy and Using Technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

I described three teachers integrating film into their lessons in the previous post. The content of each film was connected to the unit that each teacher had developed and, presumably, the content standards that California wanted teachers to follow. The hardware they used were DVD players or teacher laptops connected to LCD projectors.

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Three Ways the Xbox is Going to Change Education

Three Ways the Xbox is Going to Change Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Can the Xbox (and Kinect) change the way we deliver online education? We often view the Xbox as more of a gaming device than anything else. The primary purpose of the Xbox has been to bring such into your living room. Add the Kinect and you get a great gaming experience. However, Microsoft has been expanding the uses of its device to include movies, television, and social networking. In short, the Xbox has become more than a gaming device, it has become the living room gateway to much more. Rumors have been floating about that Microsoft will be adding internet browsing, Skype, and much more to further its "gateway" mission. As these new features are brought on board, I would suggest to you that the Xbox can be utilized as an educational tool, rather than just gaming and entertainment. There are three ways I would suggest such and there are through communication, social learning, and immersion education (yes... I made the last one up, but it applies.) Let's take a look at how these will work.

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A 21st Century Approach for Parent-Teacher Contacts | Edvoices

When I taught in a middle school, my principal required all of us to contact a given number of parents per week and to keep a record of those contacts. Our record sheets were submitted each week with our lesson plans for review. These contacts supplemented midterm and marking period reports and our twice a year parent conferences. I doubt any of this is unusual, except perhaps the lesson plan check.

At the time, computers in schools were new. We were learning to enter grades on Apple 2Es using a clunky program with a limited set of generic comments. Many of us wished we still had an open block on a hard card to write specific comments. There was no Internet and no email. I should have understood that the parent contact requirement was really an improvement on the once a grade period note, but I didn’t. It seemed just another task, until my own children started school.

I understood genetics well enough not to be surprised by how different my kids were, until the grades started coming in. Where my oldest earned As, her sister earned Bs and Cs and her brother. Well, let’s say he cares about other things. He’s straight out of Surfer, Dude. “Dad, it’s cool,” he says with an airy and dismissive wave, “I passed.” This is the same kid who spends hours researching how to laminate shields and bucklers from common materials and fashions armor from ¼ inch plastic barrels. Why is it when it comes to medieval gear, he’s never satisfied with “it passes?” Maybe he was born in the wrong millennium.

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Kindle HD vs. iPad: A comparison - CNN.com

Kindle HD vs. iPad: A comparison - CNN.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Having established itself as Apple's top tablet competitor by going smaller and cheaper, Amazon will now go head to head with the category-defining iPad on its own turf.
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How smartphones make us superhuman - CNN.com

How smartphones make us superhuman - CNN.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Both men lit themselves on fire in protest. But only one of them is credited with starting a revolution.
The difference between the two? Mobile phones recorded Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian fruit vendor, as he set himself ablaze in despair over his economic plight. Those videos kicked off the wave of 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations.
Abdesslem Trimech, the other man, fell into relative obscurity.
The example, cited in the book "The Mobile Wave," highlights just one of the many superpowers that mobile phones -- and to a lesser extent, tablets -- have bestowed upon humanity. In addition to enabling us to video events on a second's notice, potentially altering the course of global politics, these high-tech human "appendages" increasingly have become tools for fighting corruption, buying stuff, bolstering memory, promoting politics, improving education and giving people around the world more access to health care.

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Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

Personalize Learning: Stages of Personalized Learning Environments | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

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Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms | Bloomberg Business Week

Why Apple Will Turn to Holograms | Bloomberg Business Week | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Ben Kunz (August 7, 2012) [before the first decision in the Apple-Samsung suit]

 

"Look around your office hallway or college campus and you’ll see people holding interactive panes of glass. Smartphones and tablets, so revolutionary a few years ago, are quickly becoming commodities. Apple (AAPL) is now locked in a fierce patent battle with Samsung over tablet designs—a sure sign that, whoever is right, touchscreens are converging into gadgets that look like everything else.

 

"So as Apple prepares to launch its next iPhone in September, with a slightly bigger screen, here is a prediction—Apple devices will soon project holograms like you’ve never seen. This is not mere speculation, but insight based on Apple’s patents, recent acquisitions, and the business imperative to do something to break free of the tablet clutter.

 

"In November 2010, Apple patented a three-dimensional display system that would “mimic a hologram” without requiring special glasses. The patent narrative is fascinating, noting that one current market gap in screen technology is the ability of a device to project stereoscopic 3D images to multiple viewers at the same time."

 

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Apps in Education: Managing Individual Education Programs (IEP) on the iPad

Apps in Education: Managing Individual Education Programs (IEP) on the iPad | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

ndividual Education Programs (IEP) can be difficult to put in place at the best of times. IEP's are sometime a source of concern and frustration. The more informed people are about the IEP process the better the IEP can be. Parents will normally work with teachers to develop a plan to help the students succeed in school. The IEP assists this process by describing the goals the whole team sets for a student during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them. Here are a number of apps that make managing and collecting data for the IEP Process just that little bit easier.

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Education Week Teacher: High-Tech Teaching in a Low-Tech Classroom

As 21st-century teachers, we are expected to help students master the technological tools they will use in college and the workplace. But in many districts, the one-computer classroom is not extinct. So how can we do a lot with a little? How can we best use limited resources to support learning and familiarize students with technology?

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Districts Starting to Require E-Courses for Graduation

Districts Starting to  Require E-Courses for Graduation | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This school year, incoming freshmen in the Kenosha Unified School District have another requirement to fulfill as they look ahead to graduation: online learning.
"We had very little resistance to it," said Daniel M. Tenuta, the assistant superintendent for secondary schools for the 23,000-student Wisconsin district. "I think people realize that almost every single college student will take an online course. It makes sense to get kids up to speed."
While some states, such as Alabama, Florida, Idaho, and Michigan, have laws requiring that students take at least one online course before graduation, Kenosha is one of a small number of districts adopting the mandate on their own, without state pressure.

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