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Nearpod: Go Mobile While Presenting

Nearpod: Go Mobile While Presenting | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Nearpod is like the Join.me for iPad presentations - but better. I haven't seen a mobile presentation tool quite like this. I've seen iPad browser sharing tools and even presentation managers, yet nothing with the suite of tools Nearpod offers.
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How iPads Can Transform Learning in Boyle Heights [Sponsored Post] | Cult of Mac

How iPads Can Transform Learning in Boyle Heights [Sponsored Post] | Cult of Mac | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Summer school has never been this cool: kids in a Los Angeles neighborhood will spend four weeks using iPads and MacBook Airs in a digital storytelling class.

The class is part of a three-subject curriculum — they’ll be boning up on English and math skills, too — to boost the chances of 65 ninth graders to get into college.

It’s the first offering of the Trans4m Boyle Heights Initiative, backed by a $7 million, three-year commitment from Chase and lead by will.i.am, who grew up in the neighborhood. His charity, i.am angel foundation, and College Track, co-founded by Laurene Powell Jobs, are teaming up for the project.

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Digital Citizenship Poster for Middle and High School Classrooms | Common Sense Media

Digital Citizenship Poster for Middle and High School Classrooms | Common Sense Media | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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The Future of Gaming: From Healthcare to PhD Programs

The Future of Gaming: From Healthcare to PhD Programs | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Could video games soon be a form of medical treatment, or a commonplace way of teaching a student about history? Once a niche hobby that garnered ridicule, video games have begun to see unexpected uses as they become more commonplace. While previously unthinkable, video games may soon see use from everything from aiding stroke victims to helping students earn a degree from an accredited online PhD program. While some critics have decried that such endeavors are simply game companies rebranding their products to increase profits, many researchers, programmers and politicians believe that video games may soon see limitless applications.

Although the idea of using video games for educational purposes isn’t a new one, it has certainly found difficulty gaining traction in public opinion. As school shootings began to rise, many parents began looking at video games as a cause of violence in adolescents. While many have come to dismiss these accusations as psychologically unfounded, the stigma still exists, leaving education and video games diametrically opposed. Constance Steinkuehler, a senior policy analyst of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, seeks to change that.

Read more: http://technorati.com/entertainment/gaming/article/the-future-of-gaming-from-healthcare/#ixzz1wSvJqqLm

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Advertising Literacy: Another Important Media Literacy Lesson | Teachers Lounge

Advertising Literacy: Another Important Media Literacy Lesson | Teachers Lounge | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

“Kids need to know how particular messages get crafted and why, what devices are used to hold their attention and what ideas are left out. In a culture where media is pervasive and invasive, kids need to think critically about what they see, hear and read.” Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
What is it about advertising? We either love it, ignore it, or we can’t stand it. And to top it all off, many young people believe that, despite the constant bombardment by marketing messages, they are impervious to it.

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The truth about flipped learning | eSchool News

The truth about flipped learning | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

A flipped classroom is all about watching videos at home and then doing worksheets in class, right? Wrong!

Consider carefully the assumptions and sources behind this oversimplified description. Is this the definition promoted by practitioners of flipped classrooms, or sound bites gleaned from short news articles? Would a professional educator more likely rely entirely upon video to teach students, or leverage video, when appropriate, and incorporate other educational tools as needed for successful student learning?

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Turnitin Analyzes the Spectrum of Plagiarism | Plagiarism Today

Turnitin Analyzes the Spectrum of Plagiarism | Plagiarism Today | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Recently, plagiarism detection service Turnitin performed a survey of some 879 educators in a bid to understand what kinds of plagiarism were the most common in academia and, equally importantly, which were viewed as being the most problematic.

In a recent whitepaper posted to its site, Turnitin reported on the findings of its study and laid out what the educators said along with some analysis of their own.

The results were not shocking, but still provided a great deal of insight into both how educators view and treat plagiarism as well as what students are actually doing.

So what did the survey find?

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Libraries Grapple With The Downside Of E-Books : NPR

Libraries Grapple With The Downside Of E-Books : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing. Libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles as well, but there's a downside.
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Pearson's Virtual School Operator Opening Physical High Schools -- THE Journal

Pearson's Virtual School Operator Opening Physical High Schools -- THE Journal | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Education publishing and technology company Pearson will be opening physical versions of its virtual schools in five cities starting in August 2012. Connections Education, a business Pearson acquired in September 2011, has announced plans to create Nexus Academy charter schools in three cities in Ohio and two cities in Michigan, catering to grades 9 through 12. Up to now, Connections Ed has focused on providing virtual school options for traditional school districts and other education entities.
The new schools will be tuition-free and open enrollment public high schools, limited to serving between 250 and 300 students. Those who attend will be on either a morning or afternoon schedule. Classes will consist of interaction with teachers both on-site and online. The company said "success coaches" will help students as they work through online curriculum. Students will be provided with mobile computers and other forms of technology and encouraged to work outside of school walls and traditional school hours.

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For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read — not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids. Whether or not parents prefer print books over interactive e-books for their kids, the question is, what’s actually better for them?

Depends on what you’re trying to achieve. According to a study of a small group of parents released today by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, kids age 3 to 6 remembered more narrative details — “What happened in the story?” — from print books than from enhanced e-books with multimedia features.

But when kids were asked one plot question for each story, (i.e., “Why did x do y?”), there was no difference between the print book readers and the enhanced e-book readers.

“I would definitely make the distinction that the platform affected recall instead of comprehension,” said Cynthia Chiong, the lead author of the survey conducted at New York Hall of Science’s Preschool Place.

The study, the first of its kind to qualify the difference between basic and enhanced e-readers versus print books, examined 32 pairs of parents and their 3–6-year-old children as they read a print book and an e-book together. Half of the pairs read a basic e-book and the other half read an enhanced e-book.

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daily edventures | The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?

daily edventures | The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
daily edventures | The “Flipped Classroom” starts with one question: what is the best use of my face-to-face class time?
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iLibrarian » 10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics

iLibrarian » 10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Katrina Gulliver at the Chronicle of Education composes the 10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics. These are all excellent tips, not only for those in academia, but anyone who wants to fully leverage the massive microblogging application Here are her first five recommendations:

Put up an avatar. It doesn’t really matter what the picture is, but the “egg picture” (the default avatar for new accounts) makes you look like a spammer.
Don’t pick a Twitter name that is difficult to spell or remember.
Tweet regularly.
Don’t ignore people who tweet at you. Set Twitter to send you an e-mail notification when you get a mention or a private message. If you don’t do that, then check your account frequently.
Engage in conversation. Don’t just drop in to post your own update and disappear. Twitter is not a “broadcast-only” mechanism; it’s CB radio.

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We’re ‘imagineering’ our K-4 Computer Lab into a STEM experience. Join our journey! | K4STEMLAB

We’re ‘imagineering’ our K-4 Computer Lab into a STEM experience. Join our journey! | K4STEMLAB | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Let’s be honest: some consider fixed labs an anachronism, a throwback to a time when computers were so expensive only a small number could be purchased and they had to be housed in a single location so that as many people as possible could utilize them. And, while labs may be the most efficient way to provide students with a 1:1 computing experience (albeit for just part of the day), whether or not they are the most effective means to do so from an instructional perspective is another matter, and the essence of what is driving our ideology.
We have been talking for months about an exciting new direction for our K-4 Computer Lab. It all began as a suggestion from a parent, Mrs. Amy Hughes, an elementary technology teacher in nearby Margate, NJ. Her suggestion turned into conversations with NCS teachers and district leaders. Brainstorms erupted. A formal presentation was made to our district Curriculum Committee, and ultimately, we received approval for what we are now calling ”K4STEMLAB.”

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Some teens aren't liking Facebook as much as older users

Some teens aren't liking Facebook as much as older users | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — For teens, it has been an essential rite of passage: They turn 13 and join Facebook.

Since she signed up three years ago, friend requests and status updates are as much a part of Meera Kumar's life as homework and exams at Menlo School, the elite private school in leafy Atherton, Calif., where she's a 16-year-old sophomore.

But when her kid sister Anika turned 13 last year, she gave Facebook a pass.

"I guess I haven't been that interested in it," said Anika, who prefers sharing photos with friends on Instagram via her iPhone or video chatting with them onGoogle+.

Could Facebook be losing its cool?

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How technology can augment good teaching - Bermuda Sun News ... Beyond the Headlines - Bermuda

How technology can augment good teaching - Bermuda Sun News ... Beyond the Headlines - Bermuda | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The Bermuda Sun online delivers comment and opinion about the latest Bermuda news, government policy, current affairs and more. Go beyond the headlines with the Bermuda Sun.
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How Much Will the Common Core Cost? Tech will help save $$$

A study estimates that states could save as much as $927 million or spend as much as $8.3 billion, depending on which approach they use.
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Child-development startup Mindshapes raises $4M for educational gaming

Child-development startup Mindshapes raises $4M for educational gaming | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Gone are the days of Hooked on Phonics on cassette tape. Today's kids are turning to technology and games to learn before they ever get to kindergarten.
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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information.
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New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online

New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time using them for purposes other than for education.
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Student Winners Create Games for Learning | The White House

Student Winners Create Games for Learning | The White House | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The second annual National STEM Video Game Challenge concluded on Tuesday with winners being honored at The Atlantic’s Technologies in Education Forum in Washington, DC.
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Can Skype's New Learning Lab Make Teachers Tech-Savvy? - Education - GOOD

Can Skype's New Learning Lab Make Teachers Tech-Savvy? - Education - GOOD | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The London-based 'Learning Lab' will train educators on how to use the latest hardware and software.
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Learning Space Toolkit

Learning Space Toolkit | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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Web Tools for Teachers by Type - LiveBinder

Web 2.0 tools organized by type/task....
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Will Your Next College Advisor be at Data Service?

Will Your Next College Advisor be at Data Service? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Students at some colleges may get majors and course plans automatically recommended to them, based on data about a million previous students.
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How Technology is Changing Students Study Habits

How Technology is Changing Students Study Habits | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

People in their 30s now are born before the technological revolution and have in a way or other learned how to use technology in their life and work. This category of people are called digital immigrants. If you are one of them then take a moment and think back to your university or college days when litttle or no technology was available. Think about how you used to do researches and how hard it was to find the references needed to finsih your memoir or whatever that you were working on.

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