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Study: '21st-Century Learning' Demands Mix of Abilities

Study: '21st-Century Learning' Demands Mix of Abilities | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Reporter Sarah D. Sparks spent the last five years writing about federal and state education regulations. Now covering education research, she can most often be found with a double-shot mocha in one hand and the latest academic journal in the other.
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Gaming, Zombies, & Education for the Win! | The Daring Librarian

Gaming, Zombies, & Education for the Win! | The Daring Librarian | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Hi! My name is Gwyneth and I'm NOT much of a gamer. Oh, it feels so good to admit that! I mean, as much of a geek grrl as I've always been I know I *should* be a gamer but alas, epic fail, not many games have held my attention. Sure, like everyone else I played & aced Angry Birds as soon it came out but I was more of a fan of the plush birdies than getting 3 stars on every level. I grew bored fast. Though I did see the possibility for teaching math, science, and other subjects with the game using Chrome Apps.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Apple Offers Free iPad-In-Education Webcast Series for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Apple Offers Free iPad-In-Education Webcast Series for Teachers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Apple's investments in education are accruing day after day and news coming from its headquarters are confirming this fact. With the end of the school year, Apple surprised everyone with the launch of Tune In Series which is a program of series of webcast events covering the iPad and many of the technologies that Appple introduced during its education event in January.The surprise lays not in the nature of these series but in the fact that it is free and open to teachers and IT professionals. Free is not a word that Apple likes to attach to its products but this one has made the exception.

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Indoor Google Maps help you make your way through museums

In the past, navigating through museums could be an art form in and of itself. But Google Maps for Android has got wayfinding inside your favorite museums down to a science. With indoor maps and walking directions for U.S. museums now available on your Android phone or tablet, you can plan your route from exhibit to exhibit, identifying points of interest along the way, including between floors.

Today, we’ve added more than twenty popular U.S. museums to our collection of over 10,000 indoor maps that we launched in November: the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and 17 Smithsonian museums—plus a zoo!

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'Globals' Generation Focuses On Experience : NPR

'Globals' Generation Focuses On Experience : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Jennifer Larr has the itch to go abroad. She's 24 years old and has already spent a year studying in France and two years in Rwanda with the Peace Corps, and she is headed to Uganda this summer for an internship. She's also a graduate student, studying international relations at UCLA.

Larr is part of a growing number of 20- and early 30-somethings whose American dream has moved beyond suburban homes and traditional nuclear families, and it's one that now goes even beyond U.S. borders.

Larr and others like her are more likely than previous generations to live, study and work abroad. As they travel the world, they're now abandoning some of the traditional tenets of the American dream that their parents held dear.

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Online Charter School Shutters After Years Of Failure, Desperate 'Hail Mary'

Online Charter School Shutters After Years Of Failure, Desperate 'Hail Mary' | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The online charter school Frontier Virtual Charter High School promised students internship opportunities and language learning when it opened last year.
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Cyberbullying: Scourge of the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Cyberbullying: Scourge of the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC] | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The explosive growth of social media in recent years has enabled a lot of new opportunities for kids and teenagers — sharing achievements with family, making plans with new friends and reliving past memories with old friends, just to name a few.

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Q&A: All Students Can Be Successful Online

Q&A: All Students Can Be Successful Online | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

At a time when a growing number of researchers examining virtual education have questioned the effectiveness of online learning programs targeting students at risk of dropping out, Leslie Fetzer hopes to show skeptics just what is possible.
Fetzer, an online biology teacher for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, works exclusively with troubled students who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities or struggle with academic motivation. She's also the instructional leader for biology teachers in the 2-year-old NCVPS Occupational Course of Study program, a blended, team-teaching model for students with special needs in which each student has an online instructor and a face-to-face instructor for each course. And she teaches fully online credit-recovery courses to students in grades 10-12 at NCVPS, which delivered courses to just over 19,000 students last spring.

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Report: New thinner Kindle Fire with HD display coming soon

Report: New thinner Kindle Fire with HD display coming soon | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Amazon's next Kindle Fire will be thinner and lighter, with a 1280 x 800 high-definition screen, according to AllThingsD, citing unnamed "sources familiar with Amazon's plans." The publication says that the redesigned 7-inch tablet will ship in the next few months.

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Core Dump: The Pick of Primary Math Apps

Core Dump: The Pick of Primary Math Apps | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago it was all about ABC apps and the types of educational games that were suitable for preschoolers and younger children....
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The difference between live and taped lectures

Some intended learning sticks with us, some slips away into oblivion and most hovers somewhere in between. The determinants are nuanced and complex. In all of the current enthusiasm for so-called flipped classrooms and the wonders of the Khan Academy’s online lectures these distinction are often overlooked.

Part of the flipped idea is appealing and based on what is known from research in the learning sciences about the social nature of learning: Use class time to maximize learning that comes from active problem solving and the social interaction among students and between students and teachers. [Flipped classrooms have students learn their lessons at home via videos and other materials and do ‘homework’ in class.]

However, not enough attention is being paid to sorting out what is most effectively learned through reading, from listening to a lecture and from active social engagement in problem solving. Questions about the cognitive impact of listening to a lecture alone while being able to stop and replay, about whether students take advantage of that technical capacity, and under what circumstances are too often glossed over.

Little attention is given to the affective domain of learning.

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Reasonable Innovation by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly

Reasonable Innovation by Daniel Luzer | Washington Monthly | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Oh my god, stop with this technology fetishizing. Online college! Disruptive technologies! Learn on your own time! Members of the higher education community seem to be, as a rule, opposed to innovation for innovation’s sake. The group feels no need follow trends and lead on the latest opportunities for change.

This perception of higher education as opposed to innovation leads some to conclude that Americans must do something to spur their colleges to make more changes. Is this really accurate?

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Headset Creates 'Soundscape' for Blind People to See

Headset Creates 'Soundscape' for Blind People to See | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The headset plays different musical notes for the objects its camera detects.
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Online & Blended Teacher - Leading Edge Certification

Launched in 2011, Online & Blended Teacher Certification guides educators through a curriculum based on the iNACOL National Standards for Online Teachi…...
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NJ Spotlight | NJ's First Online Charters Could Be Just Days Away

NJ Spotlight | NJ's First Online Charters Could Be Just Days Away | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As New Jersey awaits a decision on its first online charter schools, the operator of three of those proposed schools isn’t taking any chances.

Officials of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest online education firm, are in Newark this week continuing to wrap up the details for the three schools it would manage, one an entirely online venture from kindergarten through 12th grade and two others that blend online and in-person instructions for high school students.

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20 Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow - Online Universities

20 Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow - Online Universities | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

It’s hard to find a field that hasn’t been radically changed by technology, and education is no exception. Few classrooms these days operate without digital tools, gadgets, or applications that have made it easier for teachers to track student progress and tailor lessons to student needs and interests. While the tools of today are great, there are even more great technological teaching tools and practices on the horizon, many of which are just starting to be adopted in the classroom or are just making it out of the developmental stages. These tools offer new and often very promising ways to connect with students and improve the quality of education offered in schools. Read on to learn about just a few of the websites, programs, and amazing technologies of the future teachers and students alike will soon be using.

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Opinion: Imagining the future with technology's 'vicious cycle' | USA TODAY College

Opinion: Imagining the future with technology's 'vicious cycle' | USA TODAY College | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Imagine a day a few decades from now where, every night before you go to bed, you sit strapped to a device that records, digitizes and stores all of your day’s memories.

Afterward, you could access any memory in your own personal memory database. This could also technically mean that you could never forget a memory, whether good or bad. Or maybe, you could permanently erase your bad ones like in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But that would probably require a super powerful central authority to approve of such changes.

Nevertheless, digitizing all of our memories could become a reality, and it’s not too difficult to imagine, given the leaps in technology within this decade alone.

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Online writing tools focus on teacher development, student engagement | eSchool News

Online writing tools focus on teacher development, student engagement | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
If there’s one skill that everyone agrees all students must learn across the curriculum, it’s how to write well—and the move toward adopting the Common Core State Standards adds even greater urgency to this effort.
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High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures

High School Students Want More Tech, Fewer Lectures | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
High school students in the U.S. want more technology in classrooms, as well as more hands-on projects and one-on-one tutoring, but less lectures, according to a new survey called "Learn Now, Lecture Later" from CDW-G, a company that provides technology to the government, education, and healthcare industries.

CDW-G surveyed 1,015 students, faculty, and IT staff in May and June of 2012. About half of those surveyed were from high schools, while the other half were from colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical schools.

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3 Social Learning Trends to Watch in 2012

3 Social Learning Trends to Watch in 2012 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

While defining social learning is still a work in progress, many trainers are using social networking platforms to create activities and exercises for their programs. Jane Bozarth, eLearning Coordinator for the State of North Carolina and author of Social Media for Trainers explains how using social networks can enhance training: “Social media tools help to amplify the social and informal learning already going on in organizations all the time, every day, and make the learning available on a much larger scale. They provide ways to connect talent pools and expertise in an organization or within a practice area, and can offer just-in-time solutions to problems and performance issues.”

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Moody's: UVA Incident Will Be Repeated at Other Schools | Education News

Moody's: UVA Incident Will Be Repeated at Other Schools | Education News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The conflict that arose between the University of Virginia's faculty and its governing board will be echoed as more schools deal with difficult fiscal issues.
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How Technology Will Re-define Writing | Indies Unlimited

How Technology Will Re-define Writing | Indies Unlimited | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Notwithstanding my many other predictions as to what the future may hold for authors, I do believe the writing is on the wall for changes that will impact the way we plan and market our books.

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Disruption, Innovation, Technology, and the Liberal Arts College

Disruption, Innovation, Technology, and the Liberal Arts College | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
We need to move beyond the notion that the highest quality education can occur only in our classrooms, our laboratories, our practice spaces, and our overseas study locations.
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