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Year-End Tech Reflections

As the end of the year draws closer, it is important for all teachers to start evaluating how things went. One part of this evaluation should be the use of technology. Much as a teacher will look back on the lessons that worked and did not work, it is just as valuable to look back on the technology tools that were effective and ineffective. As teachers, it's important to try bettering our craft, and reflection is one of the best ways to do this. Here are five steps to help make the technology reflection a bit smoother.

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Digital Gaming in Classrooms Seen Gaining Popularity

Digital Gaming in Classrooms Seen Gaining Popularity | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

About half of K-8 teachers say digital games have become a regular and beneficial part of today’s classroom, according to a survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit research organization that studies children’s learning through digital media.
The survey, which consisted of responses from a random sample of 505 teachers of those grades across the country in March of this year, found that 50 percent of the teachers reported using digital games in classroom instruction for at least two days a week.

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Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative

Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Part of the benefit of jumping forward with a 1:1 iPad deployment like we have tried is that we get the opportunity to impart knowledge to other districts looking to do a similar initiative. While that might not seem like a benefit, it actually also means we can make some mistakes because there is not a long history of this type of deployment in the world. Many districts have had 1:1 Laptop projects, which we have benefited from and could easily be applied to this list I’m about to share. However, for the sake of our specific district, and the questions I get from other districts on a daily basis, I’m going to break down the ten things you should NOT do when implementing a 1:1 iPad program.

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Harvard, MIT Announce Free Online Courses

Harvard, MIT Announce Free Online Courses | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both academic heavyweights and often neighborly rivals, are joining hands in a new partnership to offer courses online and for free.

The two schools, located near each other in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are teaming up on an initiative called edX only five months after MIT rolled out MITx, its online learning system which allows students to earn certificates for completing course work from a distance.

Harvard and MIT each committed $30 million to the project, which will be overseen by a not-for-profit group based in Cambridge. Anant Agarwal, who led the development of MITx and directed MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, will be edX's first president.

The group plans to offer its first courses in the fall and eventually expects other universities may join.

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National science fair aims to breathe new life into science and math for kids

National science fair aims to breathe new life into science and math for kids | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Bill Nye, the Magic School Bus and an Orion spacecraft come together at the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend.
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New Video Game-Themed High School Program May Be A Hard Sell

New Video Game-Themed High School Program May Be A Hard Sell | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Never mind video games getting in the way of homework or learning time. At one Florida school, video games are homework.

A new magnet program at Miami-Dade County Public Schools will launch this fall that focuses on digital design and coding, drawing on recent nationwide calls for emphasis on education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Named the iTech Academy at Miami Springs Senior High, the program becomes the first video game-themed magnet in the country's fourth largest school district.

"We're going to be a school that produces not only games, but apps. It's part of my vision," Principal Anna Rodriguez told The Miami Herald. "I can see our students building holograms. I can really see it."

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How Online Gaming Can Teach Kids About the Economy - Forbes

How Online Gaming Can Teach Kids About the Economy - Forbes | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Economics doesn’t play a large role in childhood education. Children learn the basics of currency and mathematics in elementary school. They may be taught the basics of interest rates as a mathematical principle, but applied economics is a topic often left until high school for study. Even then, many kids graduate high school (and even college) with only a rudimentary understanding of how the economy truly functions; they may enter adulthood without a clear idea of why certain items cost what they do or exactly what inflation is or why it occurs.

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Study Supports Essay-Grading Technology

Study Supports Essay-Grading Technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

After a recent study that suggested automated essay graders are as effective as their human counterparts in judging essay exams, "roboreaders" are receiving a new wave of publicity surrounding their possible inclusion in assessments and classrooms.
But while developers of the technology are happy to have the attention, they insist the high profile has more to do with timing of policy changes such as the push to common standards than with any dramatic evolution in the essay-grading tools themselves.

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States move slowly toward digital textbooks

States move slowly toward digital textbooks | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Despite enthusiasm for digital textbooks at the national level, states have been slow to get on board. But the movement is gaining strength.

Digital textbooks have gotten a lot of ink in recent months. In January, Apple attracted attention when it announced its foray into the field with the iBook, a multimedia-rich textbook for the iPad produced by the biggest educational publishers and costing less than $15. The next month, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, unveiled the Obama administration’s Digital Learning Playbook and called for all students to use digital textbooks by 2017.

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My View: Why libraries matter more than ever – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

My View: Why libraries matter more than ever – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Anyone who has visited a library in the past few years will not be surprised to learn that demand for library services has increased significantly. With the growing need for access to digital and online information, including e-government services, continuing education resources and employment opportunities, libraries are essential in communities, large and small, throughout the country.

Last year, 1.5 billion library visitors checked out more than 2.4 billion items. Visit the “learning commons” of a college or university library, and you will find it full of students. The same is true for K-12 school libraries as students recognize the importance of learning how to become “information literate” as part of their basic education.

Yet, many question why we need libraries when we have instant access to information on the Internet.

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4 Smart Ways to Incorporate Video Using Mobile Dev... - WeAreTeachers

4 Smart Ways to Incorporate Video Using Mobile Dev... - WeAreTeachers | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
 
Do you remember the days when watching a video in class meant rolling in a giant TV cart, turning down the lights, and crossing your fingers that no one fell asleep?
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DocsTeach Activities from the National Archive

Great teaching resource for history and social studies educators.

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Can Gaming Salvage The Education System? - PSFK

Can Gaming Salvage The Education System? - PSFK | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
PSFK spoke to Nt Etuk, the Founder of DimensionU about his series of educational video games that hope to add to the evolution of learning.
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Watch: NYC bans student-teacher interaction on social media | eSchool News

Should teachers in the digital age be allowed to Facebook friend and Twitter follow their students? The New York Department of Education (NYC DOE) says no, Mashable reports.
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Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average' : NPR

Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average' : NPR | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average.

The bell curve powerfully shapes how we think of human performance: If lots of students or employees happen to show up as extreme outliers — they're either very good or very bad — we assume they must represent a skewed sample, because only a few people in a truly random sample are supposed to be outliers.

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PBS LearningMedia - Video in Teaching and Learning

PBS LearningMedia - Video in Teaching and Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators.

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A Graphic Syllabus Can Bring Clarity to Course Structure | Faculty Focus

A Graphic Syllabus Can Bring Clarity to Course Structure | Faculty Focus | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Maryellen Weimer

 

"While editing a manuscript chapter I ran across a related idea attributed to Linda Nilson. To encourage student thinking about the overall structure of a course right from the start, why not include a concept map or mind map in the syllabus? When I looked at Linda’s work (in the two references listed below) she actually advocates what she calls a “graphic syllabus,” described as a “flowchart, graphic organizer, or diagram of the schedule and organization of course topics, sometimes with tests, assignments, and major activities included.” (2003, p. 31). Her book on the topic contains all sorts of amazing examples which aren’t designed to replace traditional syllabi text but to supplement it. If you are a visual learner and good with graphics, there’s a real opportunity to get creative here."


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Portland high schools take byte out of laptop use at home | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland high schools take byte out of laptop use at home | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Over the next two weeks, Portland's school district will install filtering software on laptops issued to high school students, in order to block access to pornography, social networking sites and video streaming sites when the laptops are at home.


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Access to those sites is blocked now only at school, through the school network. The current filter doesn't work when laptops are off school property.

The district will install filtering software made by Sophos, an Internet security company based in Boston. The software will be downloaded automatically when students boot up their computers at school. Only when students get home will they discover that their lives have changed in a big way.

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Game on for new style of schooling

Game on for new style of schooling | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
CHILDREN are emerging as winners in the epic fight between video games and school work, as teachers and parents increasingly turn to gaming as educational tools.

Seven out of 10 Aussie parents see games as an educational tool, a Digital Australia report says.

The number of parents playing games with their children has risen to more than 78 per cent.

Schools and teachers are embracing games in the class- room as well.

Thebarton Senior College teacher Matt Paxton is using video games to educate his students in a subject he designed called PC Gaming.

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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Quick guide to using iPads for learning

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Quick guide to using iPads for learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement

A twelve-year teaching veteran and a California regional Teacher of the Year, Heather Wolpert-Gawron's musings on educational policy, curriculum design, and daily school life can also be read at www...
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A Teacher's Guide To Web 2.0 at School

A quick guide to help teachers get started with Web 2.0. Stick figures included!

Via Miss Noor , Dean Mantz
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Ove Christensen's comment, October 2, 2011 8:27 AM
sacha's presentation is unsurpassed for new teachers and teachers affraid of web 2.0 tools. It's great that it becomes more and more widespread. I use it whenever I do presentations for teachers.
markPLN's comment, November 21, 2011 8:44 PM
What a great series of slides. This might motivate some who are afraid to step outside their comfort zone. Thanks.
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Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Back in 2001, MIT launched OpenCourseWare, a bold idea to put world-class MIT professors’ lectures, syllabi and resources online to the world for free. Today, Open Education Resources (OER) industry leaders are arguing that the free content is only the starting point.

The next stage of the open education movement has evolved into Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) — the key word being “massive,” as in drawing tens or hundreds of thousands of students. Last fall, Sebastian Thrun’s Artificial Intelligence course enrolled 160,000 students and Thrun recently gave up tenure at Stanford to start Udacity, a company that will offer more MOOCs.

But at such a huge scale, what are the digital methods of teaching that work best? Philipp Schmidt, founder of the free online university P2PU, preaches three building blocks: community, recognition and content.

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EDge21: Facebook for School Counselors [Guide]

EDge21: Facebook for School Counselors [Guide] | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

The American School Counselor Association and iKeepSafe, an Internet safety advocacy group, have joined to create this guide, Facebook for School Counselors, to help counselors better understand Facebook and social networking.

It is hoped that Facebook for School Counselorswill help you more effectively address and resolve any problems that may arise in connection with student use of social networking through Facebook.

Facebook for School Counselors is a free 9 page PDF download.

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How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?

How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The most important goal is to maintain open communication, explaining to kids the responsibility that comes along with having an email account, and the need to ask an adult for help if the child feels uncomfortable with the nature of any online...
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