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NJ Spotlight | Liberty Science Center Gives Students a Ringside Seat for Surgery

NJ Spotlight | Liberty Science Center Gives Students a Ringside Seat for Surgery | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Liberty Science Center is expanding a program that lets students and teachers watch live operations transmitted from participating hospitals in real time, posing questions to doctors, nurses, and technicians while they repair hearts and replace kidneys.

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Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense | eSchool News

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, “Just Google it,” when asked to describe the meaning of life?
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Digital Divide 2.0: Engaging Hispanic Youth | InService Blog

Digital Divide 2.0: Engaging Hispanic Youth | InService Blog | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Today’s digital divide for low-income families and people of color is less about quantity or access, and more about quality – what people are doing online.

A recent New York Times article, “Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era,” cited two compelling statistics: Children and teenagers whose parents lack
a college degree spent 90 minutes more per day exposed to media than children from higher socioeconomic families, and they spend 11.5 hours each day exposed to media from a variety of sources, including television.

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An Unfamiliar Revolution in Learning

The work that this school does on teaching empathy, and understanding what it feels like to be another person, is an incredibly valuable life-skill. The abstract reasoning that one gains as one learns empathy has to have side-benefits for academic reasoning as well. If I know what it feels like to be you, and what you likely feel like, I may be able to better make predictions about other types of objects in the world as well.

I particularly like the five habits of mind the school has used for their conceptual framework:

Evidence - How do you know?
Conjecture - What if things were different?
Connections - What does it remind you of?
Relevance - Is it important? Does it matter?
Viewpoint - What would someone else say? How would someone else feel?

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Watch the Technapex: EdTech Investor Panel on YouTube! |

The Technapex: EdTech Investor Panel at TriplePoint’s event on May 23 was a great success! Didn’t get a chance to attend? Not to worry, we made sure to film the panel so you can check it out! Investors Nathaniel Whittemore of Learn Capital, Tabreez Verjee of Impact at Scale, Cook Wylly of NewSchools Venture Fund, and Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Ventures spent the time in the spotlight talking about the possibilities and opportunities of education startups.

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The flip: Turning a classroom upside down

The flip: Turning a classroom upside down | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, the Education page published a Q&A with veteran high school chemistry teacher Jonathan Bergmann about the “flipped classroom,” where students learn lessons at home and do “homework” in class with a teacher’s help. Here is a closer look at local experiments with “the flip.”

For her entire school career, 11th-grader Brooke Gutschick attended classes run in pretty much the same way. Teachers would teach during the day and assign homework for students to do at night. But when the 16-year-old walked into Stacey Roshan’s class last fall, she found that everything was upside down.

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A Great Way to Use Google Docs with your Students

A Great Way to Use Google Docs with your Students | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

I am personally impressed by the power of this service and the several things we can achieve by using it. I always urge my students to use it to create presentations, docs, slideshows, spreadsheets and many more. Google Docs has a huge and promising potential in education and the proof is the video I embedded below which shows how Mr Hanish uses Google Docs to handle group work with his students. The Tech Curve has initially published this video and that was where I learned about it.

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Preparing for Online Testing in 2014

Preparing for Online Testing in 2014 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

From New Jersey to Ohio to Washington, districts are preparing for online testing. We checked in with a few district-level technology directors to see where they are in the process.

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Why Twitter Is a Teacher's Best Tool - Education - GOOD

Why Twitter Is a Teacher's Best Tool - Education - GOOD | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Teachers are increasingly bringing the real-time communication power of Twitter into the classroom to help students learn. But I've come to the conclusion that it's great for helping teachers learn as well. Twitter has simply become one of the best places for teachers to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. In fact, it might just be the best forum teachers have ever had.

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How would you like a graduate degree for $100? | KurzweilAI

How would you like a graduate degree for $100? | KurzweilAI | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Getting a master’s degree might cost just $100 from education startup Udacity, says Google Fellow and Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun.

However, “It’s pretty obvious that degrees will go away,” Thrun says. “The idea of a degree is that you spend a fixed time right after high school to educate yourself for the rest of your career. But ­careers change so much over a lifetime now that this model isn’t valid anymore.”

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More Focus on Psychological Impact of Digital Media?

More Focus on Psychological Impact of Digital Media? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Much focus in the debate over how to weave technology into education is on whether tech-based teaching methods can more effectively impart students with the skills we believe are essential than traditional methods.

But as our discussion becomes more sophisticated, expect to see more stories like we've seen this week, asking questions about the emotional and psychological impact of learning via digital media.

A story in Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald in Australia suggests that overexposure to devices such as tablet computers and smartphones, particularly at a young age, can lead to obsession or addiction, according to several mental health professionals.

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Twelve new ed-tech companies to watch | eSchool News

Twelve new ed-tech companies to watch | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Game-based learning and mobile apps are beginning to catch on in schools—and these also were key characteristics that defined several of the dozen emerging ed-tech companies recognized for their potential by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) last month.

During SIIA’s Innovation Incubator program, held in connection with the organization’s Ed-Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco May 6-8, two new educational technology companies in particular—Language Express and Filament Games—were voted by the 350 conference attendees as being the “Most Likely to Succeed” (first place and runner-up, respectively). Filament Games and Language Express also were voted as the “Most Innovative,” in that order.

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Study: Digital Summer Learning Boosts Achievement

Study: Digital Summer Learning Boosts Achievement | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Participation in a summer learning program that delivers instruction through multiple digital media platforms can lead to significant improvement in students' mathematics, numeracy, and phonics skills, a new report suggests.

The report from WestEd, a nonprofit educational research organization headquartered in San Francisco, showed students in grades 1-2 who participated in The Electric Company's Summer Learning Program averaged substantially higher scores in their end-of-program assessments than in similar assessments completed prior to entering the program.

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- 10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

- 10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
This past January I wrote "10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have" and I have decided to modify it for the "10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have". Here's my list.

Overall, educators need to understand some basics about technology and that it is not a be-all-end-all solution to everything in a classroom. Technology can help teachers differentiate and provide new experiences for their students. Technology can also help students better understand a concept and provide extra help for them. Educators need to start with good pedagogy and lesson objectives and activities and then look for technology that can enhance those lessons, improve teaching and learning, and help students learn.

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The technology mistake: Confusing access to information with becoming educated

The technology mistake: Confusing access to information with becoming educated | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
What technology enthusiasts forget, neglect, stumble over — pick a verb – are the multiple purposes of tax-supported schools in a democracy. They and many others futurists err in equating access to information with becoming educated.
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The brain gap

We have been accusing our students of today of not learning as fast as the students of the pre-Gates-Jobs period. Is there something wrong with them? Or is the problem the brain gap between the teachers and their students?
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iOS 6 features remodeled iTunes, iBooks and App Stores

iOS 6 features remodeled iTunes, iBooks and App Stores | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Apple didn't have time to go into each and every new addition in iOS 6 in great detail today, so a lot of cool stuff flew under the radar.

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The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay

The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

AS a professor and a parent, I have long dreamed of finding a software program that helps every student learn to write well. It would serve as a kind of tireless instructor, flagging grammatical, punctuation or word-use problems, but also showing the way to greater concision and clarity.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals -- THE Journal | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.
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Facebook Considers Expanding Access to 13 and Younger Crowd

Facebook Considers Expanding Access to 13 and Younger Crowd | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Principal Lynmarie Hilt has found that Facebook is the most efficient way of communicating with parents at her K-6 Denver elementary school.
But the news last week that Facebook is considering opening its site to preteen users has spurred her to think also about its potential educational value for her students.

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Three Ways of Integrating Technology in Schools

Three Ways of Integrating Technology in Schools | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
“There won’t be schools in the future …. I think the computer will blow up the school. That is, the school defined as something where there are classes, teachers running exams, people structu...
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Are certificates the future of higher education?

Are certificates the future of higher education? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Certificates, not degrees, are the future of higher education, a Georgetown researcher contends in a new study.

Certificates are a relatively new and increasingly popular postsecondary credential, awarded typically by a community college or for-profit college for training in a particular occupation. Most certificates take less than a year to complete, although some “long-term” certificate programs can take as long as four years.

Since 1980, certificates have grown from 6 percent to 22 percent of all postsecondary awards, making them the fastest-growing credential, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. It is titled “Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees.”

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NJ Spotlight | Opposition to Online Charters Heats Up State BOE Meeting

NJ Spotlight | Opposition to Online Charters Heats Up State BOE Meeting | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The State Board of Education yesterday got an earful on the Christie administration’s push for charter schools and other so-called innovations, both pro and con, some quite public and some a bit quieter.

 

The public part was further deliberation and a crowded public hearing on the administration’s controversial regulations proposed for charter schools, including some new powers for the commissioner and new language that will codify online charter schools.

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Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education

Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Sophia is a social teaching and learning network. It's where you can teach what you know and learn what you don't.
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