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10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Learning Today

10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Learning Today | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

10 thoughtful ways on how to use Skype, 5 companion tools to use with Skype, links to online Skype communities, global Skype projects, and directories of Skpe users, and a link to a Skype tutorial for teacher beginners. The video depicts 6th graders from Cosgrove Middle School, in Spencerport, NY, having a Skype video conversation with author Barbara Mahler ("Hole in the Sky").  Nice collection. -JL


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Why gamification is changing the face of 21st century education

Why gamification is changing the face of 21st century education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Read 'Why gamification is changing the face of 21st century education' on Digital Trends. How can we make learning easier and more likable with the help of...
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Big Foot Conspiracy Math Problem « Mathalicious

Big Foot Conspiracy Math Problem « Mathalicious | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

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A pair of Nike Free Run sneakers in size 6 cost $85. Size 8? $85. Size 11? $85, again. But is it fair that people with big feet get more shoe for the same amount of money? In this lesson we’ll use graphs, unit rates ($/ounce), and proportions to analyze what shoes really cost and to develop an alternate pricing model by which Nike could charge by the ounce.

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STEM leads students to 21st-century jobs in NY

STEM leads students to 21st-century jobs in NY | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Jobs in New York state that require training in math, science and related fields "are growing twice as fast as they are anywhere else in the country," the State University of New York's senior vice chancellor for community colleges and the...
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Connect Safely |Don't show film 'Bully' at school | NetFamilyNews

Connect Safely |Don't show film 'Bully' at school | NetFamilyNews | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Experts in youth risk and suicide prevention say it could do more harm than good.
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Five Ways to Bring High-Tech Ideas into Low-Tech Classrooms

Five Ways to Bring High-Tech Ideas into Low-Tech Classrooms | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Even the most wired classrooms know the screeching silence of that great technological dis: “Unable to Connect to Server.” It’s the 21st century classroom’s equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. But whether you’re trying to connect kids to learning in a fully loaded classroom or one with no technology – or even if it’s at the kitchen table during homework time – high-tech ideas can translate and be relevant in low-tech environments.

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Part Sixty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Part Sixty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo

 

Ferlazzo is one of the great miners of the web, constantly on the lookout for practical, useful websites that will be of immediate (and longer term) assistance to teachers and students. After he finds great sites, he collects them in categories and publishes his lists...a great service to educators around the world.

 

This is one of Ferlazzo's periodic lists that deals with content creation online. Within the blog post, he also includes links to previous collections in this series.

 

All in all, this is a great post to lead educators to terrific sources for students to create content. -JL


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eReader owners still favor printed books, poll finds

eReader owners still favor printed books, poll finds | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Reading habits might be fundamentally changing, but a new survey suggests that the printed word remains fundamental.
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Henryville students enjoy 'virtual' gym class after school relocates due to tornado damage

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. -- At the start of their physical education class, Henryville High School students turned on televisions and got ready to play some video games.
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Performance assessment making a comeback in schools | eSchool News

Spurred by a federal directive to use “multiple measures” of student success, performance assessment is reemerging as a strategy to delve more deeply into students’ skills.
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How to expand students' ed-tech access—and stay out of court | eSchool News

Finding the right balance between keeping students safe and letting them explore their world digitally was the focus of an April 21 session during the National School Boards Association’s 72nd annual conference, in which NSBA senior staff attorney Sonja Trainor gave advice on how school districts can open their doors to technology without getting sued.

Cracking down on cyber bullying or harassment, searching students’ cell phones or laptops, and filtering school internet access are some of the areas where educators can get into trouble if they don’t know their proper legal boundaries, Trainor said. Here’s what she had to say about each of these areas.

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10 of the best apps for education | eSchool News

As iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches become more integrated in classrooms, educators and students are looking for new ways to apply them to the learning process.
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A Parent's Guide to Twitter and Education

A Parent's Guide to Twitter and Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As more and more people join the world of Twitter (460,000 signups per day), school parents and teachers are more commonplace on this global social media tool. According to a recent Pew Internet Study, 84% of all Twitter users are between the ages of 18-49. Why is this important to school officials? The age range includes the majority of our school parents.

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MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students

MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

MIT has launched an initiative encouraging its students to produce short videos teaching basic concepts in science and engineering.The videos — aimed at younger students, in grades from kindergarten through high school — will be accessible through a dedicated MIT website and YouTube channel. A subset of the videos will also be available on Khan Academy.

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Teachers, Meetup on Twitter with #EdMeet

Teachers, Meetup on Twitter with #EdMeet | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Join the education technology community in the Bay Area via The Ed-Tech Meetup's Twitter hashtag, #edmeet. Learn, share, collaborate, and innovate!
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A penny for your thoughts: What we learned at the Skillshare Conference

A penny for your thoughts: What we learned at the Skillshare Conference | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Curiosity gives birth to boldness. This sentiment was echoed widely throughout Skillshare’s first-ever Penny Conference on April 20th at The Times Center in New York City, marking ...
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Innovation in education: are we ready for change?

Innovation in education: are we ready for change? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
There is major investment in technology in schools but education could still miss out on its biggest opportunity in decades, writes Duncan Jefferies...
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What Does a Whole Child-Centered School Look Like?

What Does a Whole Child-Centered School Look Like? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Many schools have a vision for providing a whole child education—one that nurtures a student’s academic, emotional, and physical needs and prepares them for the real world. Given the narrow focus on academic achievement and test scores in today’s education climate, few campuses are actually able to make that vision a reality.

For the past three years, ASCD, the international education leadership association, has identified schools that are proving to be models of whole child education and recognized their accomplishments through their annual Whole Child Award. This year’s winner, Byrne Creek Secondary School, a 7-year-old, 1,250-student high school located in the Vancouver area, enables students and families to learn and connect in a culturally rich environment.

David Rawnsley, the principal of Byrne Creek, says his school reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the city—more than 60 percent of students have a first language other than English—and the student body has many refugees from countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and the Sudan. A typical refugee student might arrive as a 16-year-old, knowing little English and never having gone to school. Despite that challenge, roughly 90 percent of all Byrne Creek students graduate within six years.

"There’s very clearly a feel within the school that students don’t need to abandon their culture" in order to succeed, says Rawnsley. To that end, the staff and students have worked hard to build a true community and learn from each other. The school has also fostered strong relationships with individuals, institutions, and community organizations that can help the students learn and develop. "What we’ve learned is that there are an incredible range of great people out there," says Rawnsley. "We’ve had to do very little creating. It’s been more a matter of connecting."

Parents are also intimately engaged in the workings of the school, and there's an extensive mentoring program. Adults are able to mentor and tutor students. Older students also mentor younger ones, ensuring that their transition into the country and into high school goes smoothly.

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Schools, parents try to keep pace with cyber-bullying tactics

Schools, parents try to keep pace with cyber-bullying tactics | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Katie Anger, a bright-eyed redhead from West Friendship, opened the door for cyber-bullying as a middle-schooler, when she installed the "Honesty Box" app on her Facebook page.
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High-school classrooms get social

It wasn't long ago when students would be kicked out of classrooms for using cellphones and social media in school.

But now, as more teachers begin to recognize the added teaching and learning capabilities that the social Web can provide, they're starting to embrace these former "distractions" by incorporating them into their classrooms.

Mayo High School Latin teacher Ellen Sassenberg says that up until about a month ago she had no interest whatsoever in using Twitter — either for herself or her classroom.

"But then one day, a student said, 'Gosh, Ms. Sassenberg, it would be really cool if you could start tweeting out our homework assignments," she says. "So I said, 'What the heck? Let's give it a try."

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Experts outline mobile learning tips | eSchool News

Mobile learning and the ability to give students anytime, anywhere access to school resources are high on every educator’s list, but the technology brings with it valid concerns—including access for students from different economic backgrounds,...
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Why Khan Academy is so popular—and why teachers shouldn't feel threatened | eSchool News

Sal Khan, whose online Khan Academy serves up video tutorials to more than 6 million students worldwide each month, wants to reassure teachers that the free educational service isn’t out to take their jobs—nor is it a statement about a teacher’s...
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Welcome to the Silicon Bayou

If you care about the future of education, you should care about the intersection of entrepreneurship and education technology. Call us biased, but we think the case is straightforward. Many schools, and their teachers most of all, have neither the tools they need to do their jobs nor the support they need to understand how to effectively use those tools. Ed tech entrepreneurs can solve both problems by creating better tools and better systems for getting them into the hands of teachers. Entrepreneurs must listen to the needs of those who use the solutions in order to do so. If we don't, we all fail. It's that simple.

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Teaching with a critical eye

Teaching with a critical eye | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
"My friend, you need to sit on your carpet now." The student teacher's voice was sing-song cheerful, but she directed her preschool charge to right where his bottom needed to be.

"My friends," she continued, addressing the group.

"My friends," she said again a few minutes later.

The student-teacher was a junior in the teacher preparation class at Concord Regional Technical Center. Saying the same phrase over and over again is something her own teacher will note and remind her not to do. The reminder might sink in, but it might not.

It sank in for Alicia Brown, a senior in the program, after she got the chance to watch herself on video teaching a lesson. She noticed she too said the same phrase over and over to her toddler charges.

"It gets repetitive, and the kids stop hearing you," Brown said. "It's one of those stupid mistakes I won't make anymore."

Next year, all of the students in the program will have the chance to watch themselves on tape, after the center installs $16,000 worth of video and audio equipment in corners around the preschool classroom.

"There's only so much you can capture with words. When the students see themselves, it's so much more powerful. You notice all the little things," said teacher Val Flanders.

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