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From Theory to Design: Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One | The Young and the Digital

From Theory to Design: Exploring the Power & Potential of ‘Connected Learning’, Part One | The Young and the Digital | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This summer I attended summer school…well kind of. For three weeks in June I worked with a great team to implement a digital media and design project with high school students. We followed that project with a two-week game design camp in July at the University of Texas with middle school students. Both projects are what you might call ‘connected learning’ design pilots. What exactly is that? The goal of each project was to put into action some of the ideas that we have been theorizing about in our work with the Connected Learning Research Network. In this, the first of two reports, I reflect on the high school project.

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Youth Converts Culture

Youth Converts Culture | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
One by one, 27 high school students from Alabama’s poorest county face the camera and speak their mind.

We are innovators of this generation. . . and trailblazers for the next.

We don’t need your map because we’re seeking out our own pathways . . . pathways that are being blocked, censored, restricted, filtered, and firewalled.

We are digital soldiers . . . fighting for our right to be individuals in life and online.

We have pledged to dedicate our lives to action, positivity, and dreaming.

We seem invisible . . we’ve always been invisible. Do we have your attention now?

These evangels for change have spent the past week reflecting on who they are, where they’re from, where they’re headed, and what stands in their way. They’ve zealously embraced technology as a tool for making their ideas travel—and boast a Twitter hashtag (#YOUTHCC ), a Facebook page, a "vlog" (a.k.a. video blog) on YouTube, and a website.

“For youth to convert culture, you have to use your voice, and we have to do that with what we have—technology,“ says Javarius, a rising senior at Francis Marion High School. “We can affect locally real quick. With technology, we can affect the world.”

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Good Read: What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like?

Good Read: What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Interesting predictions about how technology will be rolled out schools in the near future.Source: FastcoexistDuring the past 40 years, accounting for inflation...
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Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education, INFOGRAPHIC >

Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education, INFOGRAPHIC > | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Check out the top five schools using social media well, at least today. These are the usual suspects.   ALSO take a look at OmniAcademy and Southern New Hampshire University (profiled in Fast Company.)   These two seem to have more in common in preparing for the disruption in higher education that is already beginning to happen.

Embed the image above on your site Via: Online Universities Blog...


Via Peter Azzopardi, Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Jim Lerman
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Constructivism and Online Learning

Constructivism and Online Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Online learning requires a new pedagogy that is built on establishing a relationship between the instructor or facilitator and the learners. One of the most salient features of online learning is that it allows learning to be place and time independent. Learners can arrange their learning around their everyday lives.

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The Innovative Educator: BYOD in the 21st Century - Video Quickie

The Innovative Educator: BYOD in the 21st Century - Video Quickie | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The Innovative Educator has often addressed the BYOD/T issue and has clearly presented the advantages and limitations of this concept for education both in her blog and by linking to various other authors; even linking to some authors that do not share her point of view. Her “7 Myths About BYOD Debunked” in THE Journal is one of the articles that should be on the top of educators’ reading list on the matter.

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Google Nexus 7 review: Sets the small slate standard

Google Nexus 7 review: Sets the small slate standard | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Will the Nexus 7 be the "standard" for future tablets smaller than the iPad but bigger than a phone? After using a review unit for nearly two weeks, I think so, even though the Nexus 7 isn't without a few minor flaws.
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The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship

The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. Here are the nine elements that comprise a good digital citizen.

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Best Cheap Android Tablets 2012 - Could make 1:1 more of reality than iPads

Best Cheap Android Tablets 2012 - Could make 1:1 more of reality than iPads | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Tablet computers are all the rage, but not everyone can afford a $500 iPad or Android tablet. But with an active market like there is now with tablets, there also comes competition which should eventually drive down prices.
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Stanford's Next Lesson: Free Online Courses For Credit And Degrees? : NPR

Stanford's Next Lesson: Free Online Courses For Credit And Degrees? : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Now that Stanford, Harvard and other top American universities are offering free online courses, will students one day be able to get course credits and degrees online from these schools without having to pay for it?
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Total Noob to Learning Online? P2PU’s Peer-to-Peer Courses Hold Your Hand

Total Noob to Learning Online? P2PU’s Peer-to-Peer Courses Hold Your Hand | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Those of us interested in exploring the myriad free courses available online will appreciate the work being done at P2PU. It’s perhaps a funny name when you first say it out loud, but P2PU's approach and original learning content are for real.
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What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | The Young and the Digital

What Schools are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media | The Young and the Digital | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By S. Craig Watkins

 

"The real issue, of course, is not social media but learning. Specifically, the fact that our schools are disconnected from young learners and how their learning practices are evolving. The decision to block social media is inconsistent with how students use social media as a powerful node in their learning network. Can social media be a distraction in the classroom? Absolutely. Will some students access questionable content if given the opportunity? Yes. But many students use social media to enhance their learning, expand the reach of the classroom, find the things that they ‘need to know,’ and fashion their own personal learning networks. We have met students who have used YouTube to learn how to play a musical instrument—a not so insignificant fact for students whose families can not afford private music lessons. We have seen students use YouTube to help them pursue an interest in building their own gaming computer or share a multi-media project that they developed. Last summer I wrote about students from this same school and how they created a dynamic learning community to support their interest in creating games. Many of them shared YouTube videos with each other in order to learn how to use the game authoring software, GameSalad. (Because it was a summer program, the students and their teacher successfully lobbied to have YouTube unblocked)."


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Historical Adventures: Newcomer Teacher Invents Educational Role-Playing Game |

Historical Adventures: Newcomer Teacher Invents Educational Role-Playing Game | | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Taylor Nix may be a newcomer to teaching—he introduced himself as a n00b in my interview with him—but his approach of using gaming in the classroom is something many veteran teachers trying to reach apathetic students should take note of. Nix has taught for one year in the low-income area of Poplar, Montana on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

On his blog, Nix wrote of a sophomore world history class he taught that was “plagued with utter apathy.” An experienced gamer in his spare time, he decided to liven up the class by inventing an adventure role-playing game.

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The Paradox of Teachers and Technology in the U.S.

U.S. Presidents, philanthropists, parents, and researchers all say, no, swear, that teachers are the most important in-school factor in children and youth learning. Yet those very same teachers, professionals with advanced degrees, have little say in determining access or use of hardware and software in their classrooms. Policymakers decide, not teachers, to buy and deploy new technologies for classroom use.

 

School boards buy iPads for kindergarten teachers. Superintendents contract with companies to supply every classroom with interactive whiteboards. Sure, maybe a few teachers show up on a district-wide committee that advises the school board and superintendent but decisions to spend and distribute machines are seldom made by teachers, the foot soldiers of reform who are expected to use them in lessons.

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What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company

What Will The Ed Tech Revolution Look Like? | Fast Company | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Tim Brady

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The writer of this article describes a vision for the education-technology revolution over the next 15 years. In the first five years, Tim Brady envisions that teachers will be asked to do more, use more Web-based tools each day and utilize more software to create efficiencies. In the next five to 10 years, Brady predicts there will be changes to the way schools purchase technology, and in the long-term there is likely to be a change in the model of public education."


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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teachers Easy Guide to The Most Important Web Tools in Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

When it comes to using web resources with our students, time plays a decisive role.It is next to impossible for a busy teacher restricted by curriculum constraints, day to day lesson preparations, assignment corrections, to mention but a few of his chores, to effectively search the web and find the adequate resources to share with his/ her students. Most people just do not have the time to learn all these technologies and some educators pick just one or two websites of interest and start exploring them.

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5 daily questions for technology leaders

I recently moved into a new position with my district. As the director of instructional technology, I am responsible for the vision and direction of the technology program for a district made up of 80 schools and 57,000 students. It is an incredible opportunity that I am thankful for every day.
As I have been transitioning into this technology leadership role, I have been thinking a lot about how to lead and drive real change in an environment where the pressures are clear. Technology is often seen as another “thing.” “I don’t have time to worry about technology. I have to get my kids ready for the test,” is something we hear all the time. So as the technology leader I have to help everyone (teachers, administrators, parents, students, community) understand that the access to and infusion of technology into learning is necessary for the so-called 21st-century education.

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Free Authoring Tools for eLearning

Free Authoring Tools for eLearning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

In this post I will present you a list of Free Authoring Tools that you can use in your eLearning design and development process. If anyone of you have used these authoring tools I will very much appreciate if he/she share with us a demo of the final output!

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A Day in the Life of the Future (Online) College Student

A Day in the Life of the Future (Online) College Student | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
What does the future look like for online college students? With the explosion of massive open online courses (MOOCs) — including today’s announcement of U.C. Berkeley joining edX, and Coursera adding courses from 12 universities, including the CalTech and Duke — the one fact we can say for certain is that online higher education is here to stay.

 

 

These are not just big names being added together: the numbers also tell the story. More than 6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, according to a Babson survey [PDF] for the Sloan Consortium.

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New math software targets ‘perceptual learning’ | eSchool News

New math software targets ‘perceptual learning’ | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As schools struggle to balance conceptual learning and recall of simple facts, a new series of online math education products proposes a different focus: pattern recognition.

Insight Learning Technology, a startup company formed by a pair of academics, has created online math education modules that tap into not only adaptive learning, which uses computer interactivity to individualize students’ lessons, but also the lesser-known field of perceptual learning, which focuses on patterns and relationships.

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