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The Leader’s Guide to 21st century Education by Kay and Greenhill: An enthusiastic review

The Leader’s Guide to 21st century Education by Kay and Greenhill: An enthusiastic review | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

It is easy to say that we want our schools to adopt a 21st century learning program; it is only a little bit harder to describe what that program looks like. The real work, we all know, is in the execution. Ken Kay and Val Greenhill, the team who led (Ken was Founding President) the Partnership for 21st century skills (P21) recognized this a couple years ago, and shifted the focus of their important work from calling for this transformation and from describing a program to, instead, supporting the leaders who are executing it in their districts and schools, in a new organization called EdLeader21.

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Classifying K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute

Classifying K-12 blended learning | Innosight Institute | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Heather Staker and Michael B.Horn

Summary from the Innosight Institute website

 

"Innosight Institute’s report, “Classifying K-12 blended learning,” introduces a refined definition of blended learning and distinguishes blended learning from other education practices. It highlights four blended-learning models and sub-models that are appearing across the K-12 field and provides examples of schools and districts that have implemented them. As educators begin to converge on a shared language about the emerging phenomenon of blended learning, they will be better able to advance the pace and quality of the innovation."

 

Innosight Insitute is the homebase of a number of the floks behind 2009's very influential book, "Disrupting Class." This white paper is their latest publication. -JL


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Games offer unique platform for education, social change | Deseret News

Games offer unique platform for education, social change | Deseret News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Whether taking on the role of a Darfurian refugee or experiencing the frustrations of hormone replacement therapy, mobile video games, typically played on cellphones, are having an increasingly widespread impact across the world.

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Rewards of teaching young children to blog

I have been an elementary-school teacher for more than 25 years and I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage and motivate my young students. I started Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog in 2008 with the idea of sharing class activities with parents. Over time, the blog has grown to be the centerpiece of our third-grade classroom. It has become a true global learning community that offers myriad rewards for students, parents and teachers.

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Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology | Home

Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology | Home | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of teaching and technology that combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.
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For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design

For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As the school year begins, most classrooms across the country will mirror traditional class design: rows of desks with passive children sitting quietly listening to a teacher in the front of the class.

But not at Hartland-Lakeside. Across the Hartland-Lakeside school district in Hartland, Wisconsin, teachers have transformed their Industrial Age classrooms into innovative, state-of-the-art learning spaces. Unique spaces allow children flexibility to move, collaborate, and express themselves in creative ways. And as a result of changing the learning environment, classroom instruction changed to fit students’ needs too.

The innovative spaces were a product of teachers changing how they taught and viewed student learning. Teachers realized that differentiated methods and changing their learning expectations for students required an environment that was radically different than rows or groups of desks. Creating comfortable spaces that reflected the world outside of the classroom began to take shape.

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For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire

For 'Connected Educator Month,' Tips From 33 Educators We Admire | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
We asked everyone who has written for or collaborated with us on the blog to answer two simple questions. Read what these 33 educators have to say to get over 100 great recommendations and ideas.
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Still MORE on Flipping the Faculty Meeting - The Tempered Radical

Still MORE on Flipping the Faculty Meeting - The Tempered Radical | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Back in early July, I wrote two posts (see here and here) suggesting that if school principals REALLY wanted to see teachers flipping their classrooms, that they should consider flipping their faculty meetings.

My reasoning was simple: Teachers won't be convinced that flipping the classroom carries benefits FOR learners until they experience those benefits first-hand AS learners.

Heck - who are we kidding: Teachers won't be convinced that flipping the classroom is even DOABLE until they experience flipping first-hand -- and what better way to expose teachers to a flipped learning environment than to model those environments in our regularly scheduled faculty meetings.

The posts really touched a chord, receiving just over 10,000 page views in a month and sparking a bunch of action on the part of school leaders around the country -- including several first-attempts at flipping faculty meetings by folks like ME Steele-Pierce.

I was most jazzed, though, by the packed session on Flipping the Faculty Meeting run by my digital pal Damian Bariexca at Edcamp Leadership.

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Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians | eSchool News

Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever. Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.
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Tech experts, educators see massive online learning shift by 2020

Tech experts, educators see massive online learning shift by 2020 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Higher education’s economics are unsustainable and vulnerable to technologies that could make college campuses the hub of the privileged few, according to a vast collection of opinions from international technologists and educators.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center recently asked more than 1,000 digital learning experts to weigh two drastically different scenarios for how higher education would look in 2020.

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The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher

The 21 Signs you are A 21st Century Teacher | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Teaching in the 21st century is definitely not an easy task. Students are digitally focused and have more free access to information challenging thus the traditional prototypic picture of the teacher as the knowledge instigator. Engagement is also another serious issue that makes educating such kind of students a real nightmare. It takes so much creativity, originality, and novelty from the part of teachers to get students motivated and engaged.

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Making the Most of Connected Educator Month

Making the Most of Connected Educator Month | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Connecting educators with online communities to advance their professional learning is the goal of the first Connected Educator Month, a U.S. Department of Education initiative that kicks off today, August 1, and continues through the month. The flurry of keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and other interactive online events should give participants plenty to think about and, more importantly, discuss with colleagues as they head into the new school year.

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Ten Tech Commandments for Connected Learners » Online Universities

Ten Tech Commandments for Connected Learners » Online Universities | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The original Ten Commandments that most people are at least passingly familiar with represent rules for how Jews and Christians should conduct their lives. The Fractus Learning site has put a 21st century spin on this ancient dogma by updating them as The 10 (EdTech) Commandments, that have little to do with how you should lead a life according to a particular set of religious beliefs, but that have a lot to do with helping educators be successful in a connected educational setting. However, as the focus of online learning should be on the students themselves, some tweaking of Fractus’ Ten Commandments turns them into a handy guide for the successful connected learner in the digital age.

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How To Engage With Active Learners In The Classroom | Edudemic

How To Engage With Active Learners In The Classroom | Edudemic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Students are currently enjoying the last gasps of summertime in most countries right now. They’re outside, engaging in social activities, and constantly on the move. So what would happen if these students were thrown into a slow-moving and old-fashioned classroom? The students would get distracted, disconnected, and feel lost.

Luckily, most classrooms are aggressively pursuing a relatively new type of approach to keep students engaged. Like John Palfrey and others wrote, these students are ‘digital natives’ and now Blackboard has coined the term ‘active learners.’ No matter what you call them, these students are ready to learn, have their creative juices flowing, and will be primed for innovative education as soon as the first bell rings.

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Good Read: How Can Schools Afford to Pay for Updated Classrooms?

Good Read: How Can Schools Afford to Pay for Updated Classrooms? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Educators would love to reimagine their classroom design, but as this article points out, finding ways to pay for them, can be a challenge, whether it’s finding modular furniture or outfitting the school with new technology.

“Expect to see school districts patching together funding sources like grants, technology fees, foundational donations, parental contributions, and regular operating budgets, together in an effort to afford the high-tech classroom of the future.”

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Why You Shouldn’t Fear Online Education for Elementary Schoolers

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Online Education for Elementary Schoolers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The notion of online education for the Crayola set can strike adults as absurd. But for kids, even little ones, it’s the idea ignoring computers all day that sounds crazy. After all, if you ask a third grader to list his favorite things, “doing stuff on the computer” will rank high, probably somewhere between race cars and string cheese.
What most people envision when they think of online education—a college or high school student sitting at a computer all day at home, perhaps with minimal parental guidance—isn’t viable for the vast majority of families with young kids. Warehousing is a dirty word in education circles, but the truth is that it must be part of the package. Kids need somewhere to go during the day, preferably to hang out with other kids. They also need a bunch of adults there to keep them from killing one another and help them learn something.

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Affording the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal

Affording the Classroom of the Future -- THE Journal | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

New technology equipment and tools, state of the art building materials and methods, and experimental teaching practices are all impacting today's K-12 classroom. Districts nationwide are struggling to patch together learning environments that they think represent the future of learning at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. As they adopt campus-wide IT infrastructures, invest in classroom technology, and test out alternatives to traditional learning spaces, the final results of all this innovation remains to be seen.
To help decipher that code and give principals, administrators, IT directors, and teachers an insider look into what might be coming a few years down the road, THE Journal asked a half a dozen educational experts for their take on three different key concerns: what the classrooms will look like, who will pay for them, and whether we'll ever see them during our lifetimes.

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How Gesture Control Could Transform Video Games

How Gesture Control Could Transform Video Games | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Gaming has been looking a little different lately. People are punching in the air at their TVs and tilting their tablets back and forth during their morning bus commute. They're playing motion-controlled game systems, which use depth cameras, accelerometers and other sensors to detect movements beyond the button-pushing that traditional video game controllers require....

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In the Facebook Era, Students Tell You Everything - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In the Facebook Era, Students Tell You Everything - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The impact of Facebook on the college classroom goes far beyond technological innovations and the ability to build relationships. It has led young people to publicly announce intimate personal details without thought of the consequences. And that style of communication has led to some very uncomfortable encounters between students and their professors.

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14-year-old designs FWCS app

FORT WAYNE – Fort Wayne Community Schools got a great bargain this year by having one of its own students design something that other districts spend thousands of dollars to produce: a free mobile app.

Chance McKibben, a 14-year-old at Blackhawk Middle School, created a mobile app for the district that can be used on iPhones, iPads, Androids and other mobile devices. After downloading the app, people can use it to check school supply lists, calendars, lunch menus, grades and more.

The app will also send alerts about weather delays, cancellations and other important announcements.

McKibben, who first started working on the app during the spring semester, said he spent most of the summer fine-tuning the project.

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Minecraft: Teachers love the game, but as a parent, I’m worried my kids are addicted

Minecraft: Teachers love the game, but as a parent, I’m worried my kids are addicted | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Have you heard about Minecraft, the computer game that uses virtual building blocks and teems with opportunities for creative problem-solving? Have you yet been swept into the myriad Minecraft conversations by today’s tweens and teens about rocks and minerals, sand and glassmaking, jungles and deserts, urban planning and railroad lines, nighttime zombies and daily survival?
Have you been warned that you may rue the day you let this time-sucker into your household?
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Minecraft is an open-ended video game that lets players build virtual houses and communities with a few simple keystrokes. Since it officially launched last November, Minecraft’s website has recorded more than 36 million registered users, with 6.8 million purchasing a copy to run on their own computers. Look for Minecraft tutorial videos on YouTube and millions of entries pop up.

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21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

On Monday I will begin my new job. As I’ve mentioned before, I will be working as a Technology Resource Specialist as well as teaching a couple of classes. As always, I am nervous and excited for the first day of school, and eager to meet a new group of students. As an educator, I often find myself repeating the same icebreakers each year, trying to quickly get to know my students through “Two Truths and a Lie” or a “Getting To Know You” fact sheet.

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Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Online social giants YouTube and Facebook have taken big steps to attempt to provide guidance on digital citizenship for kids online. Google (which owns YouTube) just launched its ten-step online program for smart and safe YouTube use, with a series of instructional videos that hit on topics from cyberbullying to privacy. And Facebook has teamed up with Edutopia to help schools create social media guidelines.

As schools figure out their social media policies, Facebook is reportedly exploring allowing children under the age of 13 to use the site. “Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services. We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment” a Facebook statement says.

In the meantime, companies are sprouting up to quell (or stoke, depending on perspective) parent fears. From FBI Child ID, which “stores a photo of your child, along with a detailed description that might help others find him or her,” to Footprints, which is a location-sharing app to “help parents track their children’s movements,” parents are searching for solutions to “ease their fears,” according to a recent New York Times article.

The Times also reports that there are also slang translation apps to help parents make sense of text speak, sites that track a child’s Facebook and social media pages looking for inappropriate language, another site that alerts a parent when a child tries to access an inappropriate site, and one that monitors the time spent on Facebook.

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Future Learning Short Documentary

Students are the future, but what's the future for students? To arm them with the relevant, timeless skills for our rapidly changing world, we need to revolu...
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