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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Dr. Wesley Fryer

 

Fryer, a longtime leader in ed tech, has created this relatively new website to accompany publication of his book, "Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing". The site is filled with rich resources to aid teachers in building lessons and activities that are both standards-based and excellent uses of digital media.

 

For example, the Mapping Meida to the Curriculum offers 12 tutorials on how to create projects, units, and lessons using strategies such as interactive writing, podcasts, visual notetaking, narrated screencasts, e-books, and much more.

 

The Student Media page provides exemplary samples of student work in many of these same areas; so helpful in giving students ideas about what good work looks like. And the YPS Lesson Resources takes viewers to a very useful website from the Yukon (OK) Public Schools that contains a new and growting collection of templates, sample lessons, and additional resources.

 

All in all, this site offers a great deal and should prove very useful to teachers. -JL


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Why Public School Leaders Must Embrace Social Media Now - Forbes

Why Public School Leaders Must Embrace Social Media Now - Forbes | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

For close to a decade, social media has been upending industries, from journalism to entertainment. But many public school leaders have remained on the sidelines, fearful and focused on potential negative outcomes. There are clearly some good reasons why educators look at social media with skepticism. For example, a Brooklyn teacher was fired for complaining about her students on Facebook (a decision later converted to two years’ suspension without pay).

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Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News

Five technology skills every student should learn | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
What are the most critical technology skills for students to learn? We recently asked our readers this question, and here's what they had to say.
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Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms'

Educators Evaluate 'Flipped Classrooms' | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

A growing number of educators are working to turn learning on its head by replacing traditional classroom lectures with video tutorials, an approach popularly called the "flipped classroom." Interest in that teaching method was in full view this summer at the International Society for Technology in Education annual conference in San Diego, where almost every session on the topic was filled to capacity.

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Gregg Festa : Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age (and the future of education): New school year promises new educational technologies...But will they change anything?

Gregg Festa : Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age (and the future of education): New school year promises new educational technologies...But will they change anything? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

t's a new school year and the ed tech prognosticators are chomping at the bit to see the disrupted classrooms they've been talking about these past few years finally come to a school near you. The only problem is, sans a few pioneers, most schools will open this Fall with classrooms and instructional models that don't look very different than the one's we saw last year or the year before that or the year before that.

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GameDesk Opens New Game-Based School

GameDesk Opens New Game-Based School | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

GameDesk, an organization that’s developing a variety of game-based learning initiatives, is venturing into new terrain with the opening of a new school and the development of new digital tools, with millions of dollars in funding from both the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and AT&T.

The PlayMaker School, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will open in Los Angeles on September 7, with 60 students in 6th grade, and will operate as a “school within a school” at New Roads, an independent middle school.

Like Quest to Learn, the game-based school in New York, PlayMaker will incorporate principles of game-based learning into the entire instructional model, but with an additional focus on making and discovering. The goal is to engage students in both high-tech and low-tech games and modular, instructional activities. Individual students will work with an “Adventure Map” that will guide them to choose their own path, allowing for students to control how they learn and when they learn it. These modules will be not only individual tasks, but will also include group work. In a unit on kinetic and potential energy, for example, students will watch videos, play games, create digital roller-coasters, and create real-life models.

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Back to school: technology tips for parents

Back to school: technology tips for parents | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
‘Is it a toy or a tool?’ is the question that every parent should be asking when considering purchasing new technology for back to school. The great thing about many devices is the variety of tasks they can be used for.

But that can also be the drawback, as the supposed homework device becomes a gaming play thing.

It’s much easier for high school and university kids. Since their assignments need to be handed in typed and with some sort of formatting, a personal computer is basically a must-have. For younger kids, it’s more difficult, as many schools know that smart phones and their ilk can be incredibly disruptive in classrooms.

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50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts - OnlineDegrees.org | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

At its core, Google+ Hangouts is simply a souped-up version of video chat. But when it comes to education, it’s so much more than that. It becomes a vehicle for learning, sharing, collaboration, and ideas. Whether you’re an educator discussing learning practices, or a first-grade classroom speaking with an astronaut, Hangouts have seemingly endless possibilities. These are our 50 favorite ways for schools to use Google Plus Hangouts.

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Are Schools Prepared to Let Students BYOD?

"Districts wading into the "bring-your-own-technology," or BYOT, waters are wrangling with which issues should be tackled through districtwide policy, and which should fall under school-level procedural codes. In the process, they're trying to leave room to solve unanswered legal questions about Internet security and privacy." Quillen (Education Week)

As our students get older, they become more responsible...we hope. A laptop or tablet has replaced the notebook and pen over the past few years since our present technological explosion. Many students can't wait until the age that their teachers allow them to bring in their own devices. Unfortunately, no matter the level, not all students are encouraged to bring technology into the classroom. And those that are encouraged to do so, may not be doing it for the right reasons.

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Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom

Five Ways to Bring Innovation Into the Classroom | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
For many schools across the country, today marks the first day of a new year.
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New Report Finds Out If E-Books Actually Help In Education | Edudemic

New Report Finds Out If E-Books Actually Help In Education | Edudemic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

There’s a new report making waves in the world of education technology. A pilot program that gave e-textbooks to 5,000 college students has turned out to have lackluster results. We now know the results of the pilot program thanks to a survey conducted this past spring.

Long story short, many students did not find the e-books to be as helpful as you might have hoped. Many students said the e-books were awkward, hard to navigate, and professors said the students simply didn’t use the collaborative features. Many even said they simply don’t like reading on the devices.

The good news is that the students were very happy with the money saved on textbooks.

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Does Your Middle-School Child Really Need a Cellphone?

Does Your Middle-School Child Really Need a Cellphone? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Doug Luce, father of two middle-school children in Seattle, long believed that kids needed a cellphone about as much as they needed a Wii or a handgun.

But now that he has one child who has a cellphone, and one who doesn't, Luce firmly believes that middle school isn't too early to carry a phone.

"I feel disconnected from the child who doesn't have a phone," Luce said.

In fact, Luce said, his original plan was to wait until his younger child reached age 12 before buying her a phone. But after she borrowed her older brother’s phone for a day, Luce changed his mind.

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Are kids all that techno-smart? Maybe not | eSchool News

Are kids all that techno-smart? Maybe not | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The Millennial Generation was born and raised in the digital world. Whether they are checking their Facebook status or running a business on the go, this constantly connected generation has earned the reputation of being the most tech savvy ever. But are they really?

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How to Launch a Successful BYOD Program

How to Launch a Successful BYOD Program | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As more schools start to integrate their own mobile learning strategies and Bring Your Own Device policies, one school district in a suburb of Houston has managed to come up with what appears to be a successful BYOD program.

Katy Independent School District (ISD) has a student population of 63,000 students and 56 schools – elementary, middle and high schools. There are 83 languages spoken by students in the district and 31 percent of the student population is on free or reduced lunch programs.

In 2009, Katy began a three-year plan to change instruction in the school district by promoting a standardized toolbox of web-based tools dubbed “Web 2.0.” They also set out guidelines for behavior in the digital space called “Digital Citizenship,” in the hopes that the school would not just teach kids math and reading, but also how to behave in a public digital world.

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- Criteria for selecting student mobile learning device (educational concerns)

As schools move toward mobile learning, they have to make decision about the type of mobile device that the students will use. Regardless of whether the school supplies its own device or whether students supply their own, there are some basic minimal requirements.

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ASCD Express 7.24 - Tech for Teachers: How to Use Moodle

ASCD Express's Tech for Teachers column, by guest columnist Jason Bedell, uses both text and a tutorial video to encourage teachers to bring web technology into their practice in simple but meaningful ways that can contribute to student engagement and learning.
Blended learning can extend the learning environment beyond the school walls. A type of blended learning that has gained popularity over the last few years is the "flipped classroom," where students watch educational content, such as demos, lectures, or documentaries, at home and then spend more time in class using that content and doing activities with support from the teacher.
You can also use software to create a space that gives students access to resources and school activities in a classroom space. Moodle is a type of software called a learning management system, or LMS. When used to its potential, Moodle allows for amazing learning opportunities.

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10 Ideas for Classroom Video Projects | open thinking

If you follow my Twitter-stream, you know that I spend a lot of time viewing, collecting & sharing videos. In this post, I share ideas on certain types of videos that I’ve gathered and how educators might use related methods or styles to engage students in constructing and deconstructing media while becoming critical consumers and producers of digital media.

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BlendKit Course | Blended Learning Toolkit

BlendKit Course | Blended Learning Toolkit | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The BlendKit Course is a set of subject matter neutral, open educational resources related to blended learning available for self-study or for group use. Periodically, these materials will also be used as the basis for a facilitated open, online course. (See below for information on the most recent facilitated offering: BlendKit2012.)

The goal of the BlendKit Course is to provide assistance in designing and developing your blended learning course via a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical step-by-step guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institution).

Disclaimer: The BlendKit Course does not address technical issues associated with specific course management systems (e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai, etc.). Please consult with the appropriate personnel at your institution for CMS training and for any required credentialing prior to offering a blended learning course.

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Are textbooks an obstacle to learning?

Are textbooks an obstacle to learning? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

In “We Don’t Need No Stink’n Textbooks,” Tom Whitby convincingly argues that textbooks are as obstructive to learning as they are ubiquitous in American classrooms. He suggests that most teachers’ inability to emerge from their comfort zones — of which textbooks are an essential component — hinders them from utilizing the incomparably better resources available throughout the Internet.

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The GlassLab: A New GBL Initiative

The GlassLab: A New GBL Initiative | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Earlier this summer, the Institute of Play (famous their work in gamification of education and the Quest to Learn school model), announced the launch of the GlassLab (Games Learning and Assessment Lab). With support from a variety of leaders in education and technology, this non-profit focuses on many aspects of games and learning.

Being an avid game-based learning (GBL) and games for learning (G4L) advocate, I was particularly interested in how this might impact larger education reform. I had a chance to talk with the GlassLab manager Michael John about the project. This post will cover what I learned, as well as some of my reflections.

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New Laws, Programs Expand E-Learning Options

New Laws, Programs Expand E-Learning Options | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Several states have enacted laws that require more choices for students who want to try taking courses online, outside the offerings of brick-and-mortar schools.
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Connected Learning Infographic | Connected Learning

Connected Learning Infographic | Connected Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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How Google Impacts The Way Students Think

How Google Impacts The Way Students Think | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
It’s always revealing to watch learners research. When trying to understand complex questions often as part of multi-step projects, they often simply “Google it.”

Why do people migrate? Google it.

Where does inspiration come from? Google it.

How do different cultures view humanity differently? Google it.

Literally Google it. Type those questions word-for-word into the Google search box and hope for answers. Educators cringe, but to them it makes sense.

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How Teenagers Listen To Music, In 1 Chart via NPR

How Teenagers Listen To Music, In 1 Chart via NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Radio and iTunes, sure.

But we wouldn't have guessed that more kids these days listen to music on YouTube than on anything else. Also surprising: The continued survival of CDs.

But maybe it shouldn't be. Year after year, people want to write the CDs-are-over story. And, yes, CD sales are falling — but they aren't falling that fast. Sales fell by 3 percent in the first half of this year, and the music industry is on pace to sell about 300 million CDs this year.

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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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