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News Corp Announces Business Plans To Disrupt Education: “Amplify” Mobile Technology and Assessment | TechCrunch

News Corp Announces Business Plans To Disrupt Education: “Amplify” Mobile Technology and Assessment | TechCrunch | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

News Corp, Home of Fox News and one of the world’s most powerful media entities, has announced its long-awaited plans to disrupt education. Former New York City education chancellor and CEO of Amplify, News Corp’s new k-12 education division, will attack education reform through technology, with three specific strategies: assessment via mobile tools, curriculum design, and the online distribution of resources via AT&T-powered tablets. “The strategy of Amplify is to fundamentally change the way we think about delivering education in the K-12 space,” says Klein, who will be revealing more information about on the ambitious project at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, September 8-12.

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Teens Hate Twitter

Teens Hate Twitter | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
One surprise finding of our big research report, "The Secret Lives of Teenagers Online" is that kids aged 12-17 have very little use for Twitter.

 

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Modern tech devices, apps proving to be a powerful aid for special needs children

Modern tech devices, apps proving to be a powerful aid for special needs children | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
When it comes to providing assistive technology for her son, a child with special needs, Michelle Bartlett of Temple has used just about everything.

"I used to take photos of things and laminate them, then put them all together in a big binder and he would point to them," said Bartlett, whose son, Jacob, has a form of autism and 4p Minus Syndrome, a condition that effects his development, muscles and fine motor skills. "Things have definitely changed since then."

Today, Bartlett is one of a growing number of parents of special needs children who have purchased Apple's iPad as a tool to help their children communicate and learn. Bartlett said she got Jacob his first iPad in 2010 after doing research online.

"It's appealing because it's easy to use, and portable," said Bartlett. "(Jacob) was able to learn how to use it pretty quickly."

Thanks to the iPad and the downloadable apps offered on it, Jacob now uses the device for everything from communication to learning to entertainment.

"It gives him a chance to interact with others and his environment," she said.

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Tech-savvy teachers build educational apps in pilot program | GothamSchools

Tech-savvy teachers build educational apps in pilot program | GothamSchools | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Dara Ross didn't know how to write code or develop online software until she joined a pilot program that offered to help teachers use technology in the...
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Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict

Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Doublethink is "to hold simultaneously two opinions which canceled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them," according to George Orwell, who coined the phrase in his novel 1984.
American education policymakers have apparently entered the zone of doublethink.

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PBS KIDS Launches Its First Educational Augmented Reality Mobile App : PBS

PBS KIDS Launches Its First Educational Augmented Reality Mobile App : PBS | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

PBS KIDS today announced its first augmented reality app for iPhone and iPod touch, FETCH! Lunch Rush, which is now available on the App Store. Available for free, the app uses the camera on iPhone or iPod touch to overlay computer-generated graphics on top of the physical, real-world environment. Extending PBS’s leadership in using augmented reality as an educational tool, FETCH! Lunch Rush opens a new world of learning by teaching kids ages six to eight math skills, like addition and subtraction, while blending the virtual and real world into a truly engaging experience.

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Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level

Consortium of Colleges Takes Online Education to New Level | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As part of a seismic shift in online learning that is reshaping higher education, Coursera, a year-old company founded by two Stanford University computer scientists, will announce on Tuesday that a dozen major research universities are joining the venture. In the fall, Coursera will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.

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Quick Look: Easy Guide for Evaluating Web Content for the Class

Quick Look: Easy Guide for Evaluating Web Content for the Class | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.

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Video: Teaching the Next Generation of ‘Girls Who Code’

Video: Teaching the Next Generation of ‘Girls Who Code’ | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
'Girls Who Code' is a start-up aimed at bringing more young women into the engineering and computing worlds. Founder Reshma Saujani visits the Digits show to discuss.
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Timeline Tool 2.0

Timeline Tool 2.0 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The Timeline Tool 2.0 is a web- based tool that allows an instructor to construct an interactive timeline with audio and visual effects...


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Facilitating Social and Emotional Skills Through Tech | Edutopia

Facilitating Social and Emotional Skills Through Tech | Edutopia | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Joan Young (@flourishingkids on Twitter)

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"In this blog post, fourth-grade teacher Joan Young writes about ways in which technology can help improve students' social and emotional skills. Among the ideas offered by educators are to use blogging as a tool for less-communicative students, plus video and animation for students to express themselves. Educators also suggested using Skype or Twitter to allow students to connect with experts in fields, such as science."


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The real problem in the jobs market is the lack of the right skills

The real problem in the jobs market is the lack of the right skills | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

To understand why, we only have to think back to last week, when the big news was the release of the June jobs report, which found that the unemployment rate had stalled disappointingly at 8.2 percent. As always, the story behind that number is more noteworthy than the political spin it gets. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people in “management, business and financial operations” is nowhere near 8.2 percent; it’s only 3.8 percent. For workers in “installation, maintenance and repair,” it’s 5.3 percent. It’s workers in certain occupations — like “transportation and material moving” (10.3 percent unemployment) and “construction and extraction” (13 percent) — who are experiencing the most severe economic pain.

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How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic

How To Choose The Very Best Device For Your Classroom | Edudemic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Chances are pretty good you’re reading this on an Apple iPad. It’s all the rage in education these days but it may not be exactly what you need. Sure, it may be what you want… but not what you need.

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Virginia School & Campus Safety Forum Present Bullying and Risk Prevention Strategies

Rick Shaw, President and CEO of Awareity, has been selected as a speaker for the 2012 Virginia School & Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton, VA, July 30-August 1.
Each year, constituents from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds assemble at the Training Forum to focus on the safety and security of all students and staff in Virginia’s school systems and institutions of higher education. School Resource Officers, School Security Officers, DARE officers, school counselors, teachers, administrators, security directors, hearing officers, campus police and security officers, and many others come together annually to share ideas and learn how to collectively address the opportunities and challenges in keeping our schools and campuses safe.

Shaw’s presentation, Bullying and Alarming Student Safety Trends: Lessons Learned In Preventing vs. Reacting, will discuss how recent studies of widely publicized bullying tragedies indicate educators often have the necessary information to avoid tragedy, but the challenge is getting that information into the hands of the right people at the right time. Virginia students rank bullying as their greatest threat to safety, which leads to alarming trends with lower student achievement, as well as truancy, depression, anxiety, violence, and suicides. Lessons learned reveal students, teachers, safety teams, administration, parents, and others are not equipped to handle preventable incidents.

Shaw will share real-world school successes for improving student and campus safety and provide attendees with strategies for anonymous incident reporting, incident investigations, taking appropriate actions based on OCR DCLs, Clery Act and state laws, federal laws, legal due diligence, preventing recurring incidents and documentation obligations.

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The brave new world of tomorrow's tablets

The brave new world of tomorrow's tablets | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality — the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.
It's been two years-plus since Apple launched the iPad and spawned rival tablets from the likes of Samsung, Amazon.com, Sony and now Google and Microsoft.
Much of the competition so far has centered on making smartphone and tablets lighter, slimmer, faster and longer-running than their predecessors, and the trend shows no signs of slowing. The increasingly crowded marketplace is also galvanizing hardware designers and software engineers to explore new technologies that may revolutionize the look and feel of mobile devices in coming years.
"We should think beyond just the touchscreen device," said Lin Zhong, a professor at Rice University who does research on mobile systems. "Why do we have to hold tablets, carry many displays? We should think about wearable computers."

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10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling – it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use.

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Why Your Kids Will Be Smarter Than You – Knewton Adaptive Learning | Startl

Why Your Kids Will Be Smarter Than You – Knewton Adaptive Learning | Startl | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
In an interview with the CEO and Founder of Knewton, Jose Ferreira, we learn more about the adaptive learning platform.  Read the entire interview...
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Amazing Alex - New physics game app from the makers of Angry Birds

Amazing Alex - New physics game app from the makers of Angry Birds | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

New physics game app from the makers of Angry Birds.

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To support ed tech, schools need to rethink budgets, infrastructure | eSchool News

To support ed tech, schools need to rethink budgets, infrastructure | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As schools seek to provide more interactive, engaging, and personalized learning, newly released survey results reveal they need to radically rethink their budgets and infrastructure to support this new learning model.

Two-thirds of students want to use technology more often in their classrooms, and 76 percent of IT staff said faculty members show increasing interest in implementing educational technology.

But 87 percent of IT professionals said they would need to upgrade their infrastructure before they can incorporate much more technology in their classrooms, and almost nine in 10 faculty members anticipate problems moving away from the traditional lecture model.

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Education Rethink: 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology #edchat #edtech

I know that all tools are technically technology. However, for the purpose of this post, I'm thinking computers, tablets and mobile devices. This is not a comprehensive list and I admit that it's limited entirely to my own experiences and my own local context:

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When Parents Hover and Kids Don't Grow Up - Room for Debate

When Parents Hover and Kids Don't Grow Up - Room for Debate | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Is helicopter parenting starting to crash and burn? The expectations for modern parents just keep adding up: read to your baby, keep your 7-year-old busy with summer activities, help your teenager prep for the SATs. Does this growing involvement reflect an improving knowledge of child development — and open up a lifetime of opportunities for the children? Or are super-involved parents, with the calendars full of cello and language lessons, just creating a crop of spoiled “adultescents”?

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LMS? SIS? SIF? LTI? Alphabet soup and blended learning | ZDNet

LMS? SIS? SIF? LTI? Alphabet soup and blended learning | ZDNet | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
On Monday, I'm headed to New Orleans for the BBWorld DevCon. This is Blackboard's annual conference for partners and developers on their various information systems that proceeds the LMS giant's user conference, BBWorld. I was originally scheduled to give the keynote, but then Blackboard went and bought Moodlerooms and Sakai, shocking just about everyone involved in the e-learning space. Not surprisingly, my keynote slot is now going to be a roundtable with executives from all of the companies.

However, this got me thinking. The average school technologist, let alone the average teacher or administrator, has a lot to wade through in terms of selecting systems that support blended learning initiatives. Sure, most principals know that their school needs a platform where students and teachers can share information, assignments are readily accessible, and teachers can curate resources for students. But if the Blackboard-Moodlerooms-Sakai deal was suprising and confusing to those of us who follow this for a living, how can educators be expected to sort out a much larger market?

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The Complete Timeline Of Social Networks, 1960-2012 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Complete Timeline Of Social Networks, 1960-2012 [INFOGRAPHIC] | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Even though "social network" has became a trending topic in our daily life, it was there since the very beginning of computing. The form of information exchange maybe different, but end result was pretty much the same.

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Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks | opensource.com

Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks | opensource.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Forty years ago, John Holt wondered whether an educational revolution as profound as open education could survive unless it became part of a wider and deeper movement of social change. Until open source and the concept of an open education began to take hold, John Holt's vision of an open education seemed to be a pipe dream.

In 2009, Open High School of Utah made history by becoming the first public school to rely completely on open content for its instructional subject matter. This created flexible, student-centered learning. Still, the textbook industry has great power over education from kindergarten to graduate school.

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