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5 Ways Teachers Can Evaluate Educational Games

5 Ways Teachers Can Evaluate Educational Games | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Every wondered what an educational video game has to have in order to be successful? Here's a list.
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iPad open house – lessons learned | Technology with Intention

iPad open house – lessons learned | Technology with Intention | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This is the slidedeck I recently presented to Northwest area educators and IT directors at Seattle’s first iPad Open House, hosted by the Westside School.

The topic was “10 months into a 1-to-1 iPad deployment: lessons learned.” Main take-aways:

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Interactive Tree of Life - OpenLearn - Open University

Interactive Tree of Life - OpenLearn - Open University | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Follow evolution and explore the variety of life on the planet with the Interactive Tree of Life.
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The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This “The Best…” list is focusing on two types of map-making sites on the web.
One type allows you or your students to add personal, historical, and/or information and observations to a basic world or local map. Creating maps online at these sites can be excellent learning activities for English Language Learners and all students. “Markers” or “push-pins” can indicate with text and images places visited and routes taken on a field trip; battles fought in a war; key milestones in the life of a student or a famous figure; highlighting key natural disasters around the world — and these are just a few examples.

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Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News

Universal Design for Learning: The next big thing in school reform? | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As educators brace for new reforms, what will these changes look like? How will assessments and curriculum differ from previous versions? How can all students get the best education possible?
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Smart Ways to Use Google Docs for Better Online Group Learning - schooX Blog

Smart Ways to Use Google Docs for Better Online Group Learning - schooX Blog | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Advancements in online collaboration are rapidly changing the way in which we learn, and Google is pioneering the field with Google Docs. The development team continually adds new features and enhancements to the free online productivity suite, similar to Microsoft Office, which now includes applications for creating and editing text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, and forms. Students and teachers are leading the parade of enthusiastic users, finding innovative ways to enhance education using Google Docs.

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Coding - the new Latin

Coding - the new Latin | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The campaign to boost the teaching of computer skills - particularly coding - in schools is gathering force.

Today the likes of Google, Microsoft and other leading technology names will lend their support to the case made to the government earlier this year in a report called Next Gen. It argued that the UK could be a global hub for the video games and special effects industries - but only if its education system got its act together.

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Flipped Classroom Higher Education

Presentation for integrating the flipped classroom in higher education with a focus on experiential learning with videos and other content supporting not drivin...
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Downloading Apps for Children | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Back in August of 2011, the Pew Internet Project found that three-quarters of tablet owners and 38% of cell owners have downloaded apps to their device. We also found that parents are more likely than non-parents to download apps of any kind: overall, 84% of parents with tablets download apps to their tablet (compared with 69% of non-parent tablet owners), and nearly half of parents with cell phones (48%) download apps to their mobile phone (compared with one third of non-parents).

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Learning in a Virtual World

Learning in a Virtual World | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The University of Texas at Arlington is taking advantage of an online virtual world.

Second Life, the 3D online world that Linden Lab launched nine years ago, brings UTA students as close to real-life experience as possible.

They use digital avatars to move around in the world.

"An avatar is a digital representation of a real person, and it's through that avatar that a real-life person experiences a virtual world," said Sarah Jones, a UTA digital library services librarian.

Nursing students can practice in a virtual hospital what they might see in a real-life hospital. They can talk to users who can be from anywhere in the world.

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How To Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentations | Edudemic

How To Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentations | Edudemic | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

I’ve seen plenty of presentations that try to incorporate social media, polling, and other interactive tools. It’s all an effort to engage the audience and keep the conversation going. But usually these presentations don’t do it right. They say ‘mention my presentation with the XYZ hashtag’ or ‘like us on Facebook to see back-channel conversations’ and whatnot. But all of that is passive participation.

Lucky for you, we just stumbled across a new tool that’s designed to incorporate live tweets into your presentation. What could be better than that? While these tweets may not all be perfect and some may not be professional / appropriate, it’s a great tool to know about.

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Program may put iPads in students' hands: Is it a distraction?

Program may put iPads in students' hands: Is it a distraction? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A plan to put an iPad in the hands of every Johnston High School student had school board member Deb Henry last week questioning whether the electronic tablets would be more of a distraction than a learning tool.
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Einstein Explains His Famous Formula, E=mc², in Original Audio (Plus More Cultural Curiosities)

Einstein Explains His Famous Formula, E=mc², in Original Audio (Plus More Cultural Curiosities) | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Last week we played for you the only known recording of Sigmund Freud’s voice (1938). Now it’s time to revive the voice of another intellectual giant, Albert Einstein. In this recording, the physicist offers the briefest explanation of the world’s most famous equation, E=mc2. When was this recorded? We’re unfortunately not sure. Let’s just say somewhere between the time Einstein worked out the equation in 1905 and his death in 1955. Somewhere in those 50 years, give or take a few. Don’t miss the recently-opened Einstein archive and many free Physics courses in our collection of Free Online Courses from top universities.

Now it’s time for more good culture links, all previously featured on our Twitter stream.

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Forsyth County Enforces Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Policy with Great Results

Forsyth County Enforces Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Policy with Great Results | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Two years ago Forsyth county introduced the Bring Your Own Technology in the classroom program. What this meant is that students were allowed to come to school with their tech devices of choice and use it. The list included iPads, Kindles, Netbooks and yes gaming devices.

 

Parents and teachers were skeptical. But two years later, the program is thriving. All 35 schools in the district have adopted it. The key to its success is that there are clear rules and regulations as to when and how students can use their technology. This fosters responsible usage.

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Smaller iPad seen boosting Apple's sales to schools, gamers

Smaller iPad seen boosting Apple's sales to schools, gamers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A smaller, more affordable iPad could increase Apple's tablet sales not only to schools and students, but also to people who play games on mobile devices, a new analysis concludes.

Ben A. Reitzes with Barclays Equity Research said his recent research continues to lead him to believe that Apple is planning to expand the iPad lineup this fall. Various rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is exploring a smaller device with a 7.85-inch display that would run at 1,024 by 768 pixels, a resolution identical to the first-generation iPad and iPad 2.

"We do not feel that a smaller, lower priced tablet will dilute the quality of the iPad brand and iOS ecosystem either, despite prior comments by the company," Reitzes wrote in a note to investors on Tuesday.

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Skype Announces Collaboration to Provide Education Resources

Skype Announces Collaboration to Provide Education Resources | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Skype announces today it's latest education initiative, a collaboration with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide educators access to digital content and expert speakers via...
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In Sputnik Moment for STEM, U.S. Must Train More, Better Teachers - STEM Education (usnews.com)

In Sputnik Moment for STEM, U.S. Must Train More, Better Teachers - STEM Education (usnews.com) | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Houston, we have a problem. America's well-traveled path of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math--which put a man on the moon, led the biotechnology revolution, and transformed the way the world connects and communicates--is no longer leading us where we need to go. Education in these fields, known collectively as the STEM subjects, is not adequately preparing today's students to solve our most pressing challenges and extend our rich history of success and global leadership through the 21st century.

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Introducing Google’s Knowledge Graph | KurzweilAI

Introducing Google’s Knowledge Graph | KurzweilAI | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Google has launched the Knowledge Graph, which it says will help you discover new information quickly and easily, according to the Official Google Blog.

Think of it as Google + Wikipedia + Wolfram Alpha + Bing.

Take a query like [taj mahal]. For more than four decades, search has essentially been about matching keywords to queries. To a search engine, the words [taj mahal] have been just that — two words.

So Google has been working on an intelligent model — a “graph” — that understands real-world entities and their relationships to one another: things, not text strings.

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Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.
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Come the Revolution: Higher Ed for Everyone

Come the Revolution: Higher Ed for Everyone | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Andrew Ng is an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, and he has a rather charming way of explaining how the new interactive online education company that he cofounded, Coursera, hopes to revolutionize higher education by allowing students from all over the world to not only hear his lectures, but to do homework assignments, be graded, receive a certificate for completing the course and use that to get a better job or gain admission to a better school.

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On "Disrupting Class": 6 ways continuous assessment can help students learn | Knewton Blog

On "Disrupting Class": 6 ways continuous assessment can help students learn | Knewton Blog | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class was the most recent pick for the Knewton book club. In this groundbreaking book, Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor and expert on innovation, describes a world in which continuous assessment unleashes a range of productive possibilities for education: “When students learn through student-centric online technology, testing doesn’t have to be postponed until the end of an instructional module and then administered in a batch mode. Rather, we can verify mastery continually to create tight, closed feedback loops. Misunderstandings do not have to persist for weeks until the exam has been administered and the instructor has had time to grade every student’s test.”

Having worked to create Knewton Math Readiness, an adaptive course which is built on the Knewton Adaptive Learning platform and which evaluates students continuously in order to deliver personalized learning paths, I have some firsthand experience with the power and potential of continuous assessment.

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Future-Talk 3D: Wanted: 3D Educators

Future-Talk 3D: Wanted: 3D Educators | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The following opportunity is being offered by the stalwart 3D company, Eon Reality:

Apply to the International 3D in Education Program.
EON Reality is hosting a competition in which 30 schools from around the world (5 in North America, 5 in South America, 5 in Europe, 5 in Asia-Pacific, 5 in the Middle East, and 5 in Africa) will be selected to participate in the International 3D in Education program. Tell them how your school will use interactive 3D content in Education: the 30 best applications will receive a one-year license for interactive 3D content creation software that enables teachers and professors to create their own 3D learning applications and to use interactive 3D in their classroom. Download the application form at http://tinyurl.com/EON-3D-Education-Competitionand send it back to education@eonreality.com before April 30.

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Kids Are More Than Data Points

Kids Are More Than Data Points | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Fifteen years ago, Ken Auletta wrote a fascinating book called The Highwaymen, which offered a remarkable insider's view of the various media moguls who were competing for control of the global media and entertainment industries. The book revealed a great deal about their basic psyches and world views. It essentially showed them to have split personalities and to be industry leaders who bifurcated their personal and professional lives.

During his research for the book, Auletta asked a very simple but pointed question to these powerful media and entertainment-industry leaders, "What won't you do?" What Auletta discovered about such media moguls of that era as Disney's Michael Eisner, News Corp's Rupert Murdoch, and GE/NBC's Jack Welch was that they somehow disassociated what they did at work from what they permitted in their own homes. They would not let their kids watch certain shows or movies at night. Yet by day, their networks and studios would go and make the very same shows and movies that they would not let their own kids watch. These media executives simply didn't take responsibility for the consequences that their programs and content might have on other people's children. Their focus on profit trumped all other concerns.

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Two Schools of Thought: High-tech vs. No-Tech | oregonlive.com

The sixth-graders are lighting up the room with their MacBook Airs, flipped open to Google, Wikipedia and YouTube for a physics assignment. Their classroom is decked out with touch-screen whiteboards, tablets and powerful WiFi connections able to handle a school full of children online at once.

"Cool!" Nina Jenkins says, opening links to Web sites that take her deeper into the study of acoustics. She's making a small drum by hand and will record herself playing it on iMovie. At the end, she'll write her reflections in 140 characters or less — in a tweet.

In the same week, about a dozen miles away, another set of sixth-graders is on a similar lesson. Only they are in a spare, birch-hued classroom that looks like a throwback to the Norman Rockwell era. There are no computers here. The only tools being used are spoons and forks tied together with purple yarn. The students listen to the clang of utensils change pitch as the yarn is shortened and lengthened. Nina Auslander-Padgham's eyes widen with the discovery, and she rushes back to her wooden desk to write her reflections on the blank pages of a red hardcover journal.

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