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75 percent of youths text daily; one in four has a smart phone | eSchool News

75 percent of youths text daily; one in four has a smart phone | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
More than three-quarters of all U.S. teenagers have cell phones, and of those, a growing number have smart phones—cell phones that are always online.

 

A report published March 19 by the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life Project tells us how much, and exactly how, teens use them. We already know teens text a lot: A now-famous October 2010 survey by the Nielsen Co. showed the average teenager sent 3,339 texts a month.

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Why Is There A Lack Of Innovation In Educational Technology For Children? - Forbes

As an app developer, I’m going to interpret this as “Why are there cool apps for high school and higher, but not for elementary school?” The four reasons I see as the cause for this situation can be summarized as money, demographics, mix of skills, and legal.

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Chalkable Bridges The Gap Between Education Apps And The Teachers Who Use Them | Fast Company

Chalkable Bridges The Gap Between Education Apps And The Teachers Who Use Them | Fast Company | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Zoli Honig, co-founder of Chalkable, which he started with CEO Michael Levy, has created an app store just for teachers, and an innovative new way to easily integrate apps into their classrooms. And as they say on their site, “Yup, we do purchase orders.”


Chalkable is the only app-centric distribution company I know of that can facilitate purchase orders in the hands of teachers (if I'm wrong, let me know in the comments). This app store for all the apps that are best for teaching is an attempt to reduce any pricing, distribution, and ordering friction that inhibit these tools from being a major part of the learning ecosystem. It may seem simple, but the time put into this and the thought that created it should be applauded. Chalkable has made a major first step in solving one of the biggest problems facing education entrepreneurs--getting things into the hands of teachers who want to use them.

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Schools across the country bring iPads to the classroom - Wire - Lifestyle - bellinghamherald.com

ARLINGTON, Va. — On a warm spring morning, a pair of first-grade boys enter the computer lab at Jamestown Elementary, a traditional-looking red-brick neighborhood school that's educated generations of students.

 

The first-graders take a black cart, big enough that they both could fit in it, and push it down the hall to their classroom. It contains an Apple iPad for every student in their class.
This school is anything but old school.

Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/03/27/2456060/schools-across-the-country-bring.html#storylink=cpy

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How Open Education Can Transform Learning

How Open Education Can Transform Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As the open education movement grows, the ripple effects of what it means for teachers to take control of what they teach is being witnessed across all spectrums in education. Customizable content, sharing and becoming part of a community, and deconstructing entrenched ideologies about what constitutes quality learning materials — these are just a few paths that the open education movement is creating.

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Coming to Terms With Five New Realities | District Administration Magazine

Coming to Terms With Five New Realities | District Administration Magazine | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

It’s becoming clearer by the minute that, as Web technologies open more and more doors for learners, they also pose more and more challenges to traditional thinking about schools. At the center is figuring how best to prepare students for the vast learning opportunities they have outside of the traditional education system. While the challenges are different for each individual school and district, all will be forced to come to terms with five new realities in the short term.

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Universities leading the way with education technology

Universities leading the way with education technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Georgia Institute for Technology's Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) is a self-described living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. Its mission: to foster and accelerate the innovation, validation, adoption and deployment of disruptive ideas-particularly those involving technology in the service of teaching and learning, industry wide.

 

Accelerate is just the right word. When it comes to change, we are reaching warp speed.

Sebastian Thrun's Udacity courses in building a search engine and programming a robotic car have attracted thousands (including me). Apart from teaching, Thrun has set himself the goal of democratising education; education should be free. Accessible for all, everywhere, and any time.

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How to Teach Students About Digital Identity | Edvoices

How to Teach Students About Digital Identity | Edvoices | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

When I was in the classroom, I worked hard to integrate social learning into the day as often as possible. Many teachers claim that they understand the importance of social learning, and that they teach and practice social skills with their students throughout the day. Today, there is a new layer of teaching that must occur in the classroom (and at home) and it surrounds the idea of social learning that occurs when students use technology, or more specifically, the Internet. Although it may feel uncomfortable for teachers and parents who are not tech savvy, it is quite necessary. Digital learning is becoming…or has become social. We MUST teach students how to find their digital identity, and to be responsible digital citizens.

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Xtranormal Powers Higher Education Learning

College and university educators bring Xtranormal's digital storytelling platform into higher education; multisensory approach helps students enhance communication skills, support information retention, and understand...
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The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Stanford doesn’t want me. I can say that because it’s a documented fact: I was once denied admission in writing. I took my last math class back in high school. Which probably explains why this quiz on how to get a computer to calculate an ideal itinerary is making my brain hurt. I’m staring at a crude map of Romania on my MacBook. Twenty cities are connected in a network of straight black lines. My goal is to determine the best route from Arad to Bucharest. A handful of search algorithms with names like breadth-first, depth-first, uniform-cost, and A* can be used. Each employs a different strategy for scanning the map and considering various paths. I’ve never heard of these algorithms or considered how a computer determines a route. But I’ll learn, because despite the utter lack of qualifications I just mentioned, I’m enrolled in CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, a graduate- level course taught by Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.

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Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory @ Stanford U

Transformative Learning Technologies Laboratory @ Stanford U | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

TheTransformative Learning Technologies Laboratory is a multi-disciplinary group designing and researching new technologies for education. We understand new technologies not only as a way to optimize the existing educational system, but as a transformative force that can generate radically new ways of knowing and learning.

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How Do You Measure Learning?

How Do You Measure Learning? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

It’s not a new question, but it’s certainly a divisive one — how to best measure student learning. As the Department of Education works toward finding a way to assess student learning beyond what most agree are sub-par standardized tests, and movement for opting out of assessments grows, educators and those who work in the education system are attempting to define the criteria for themselves.

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New 3D Software Transforms Coloring Page into Animated Scene | Innovationnewsdaily.com

New 3D Software Transforms Coloring Page into Animated Scene | Innovationnewsdaily.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

That six-year-old kid bent over a coloring book may become a 3D artist when he grows up—you never know. Now a new program can help him get a taste of that future, faster. Members of the Human Interface Technology Lab in Christchurch, New Zealand, have written a program that turns a colored-in coloring page into a 3D, animated scene. They first showed their program at conferences in 2011, and on March 5, they won best "Tech Note," or short paper, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' 3D User Interfaces conference. They're offering their program, colAR, for free on their website.

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Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News

Flipped learning: A response to five common criticisms | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Over the past two years, the Flipped Learning method has created quite a stir. Some argue that this teaching method will completely transform education, while others say it is simply an opportunity for boring lectures to be viewed in new locations.
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End of the Encyclopedia Era

End of the Encyclopedia Era | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Last week, Encyclopedia Britannica announced that the 2010 edition of the 244-year-old encyclopedia would be its last. For many of us, this came as a bit of a shock, since we grew up with the set of books. We used the 34-volume set of books to do our school research, to press flowers, or even as a punishment for our children, making them write reports on random subjects after they’d misbehaved or gotten a poor report card.

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Welcome to the Education Renaissance

While some are quick to dismiss the disruptive changes in education today, I think we should welcome the highly collaborative, personalized, and affordable opportunities new digital technologies offer learners throughout the world.
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What Will Be Obsolete in Education in 2020?

What Will Be Obsolete in Education in 2020? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Expounding on the ideas of the wildly popular article 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete in 2020, we asked a few of those who attended Big Ideas Fest, a recent gathering of teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and policymakers, to predict what they think will be obsolete in 2020.

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Hands on: Retina-enabled reading apps for iPad

Hands on: Retina-enabled reading apps for iPad | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As a voracious reader, the main appeal of the high-resolution Retina display of the new iPad is the improved text viewing, with the enhanced graphics as a secondary, but welcome, improvement. In theory, any app that uses Apple’s built-in text rendering API will render fine on a Retina display. The problem with the reading apps is that few of them use that API. Instead, apps like the Kindle and Nook apps use their own rendering mechanism. Fortunately, the Amazon app has been upgraded to take advantage of the new display — unfortunately, the Nook app hasn’t. Below I detail my experiences with the major reader apps that are now Retina-capable: the Kindle app, iBooks, Comixology and Zinio.

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TEDxAtlanta - Rhonda Lowry - Literacy in a Networked Society

Rhonda Lowry explains identity in the digital age through her own avatar, Grace McDunnough, who is a well-known musical performer in Second Life. Thank you t...
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15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology

15 Favorite iPad Apps As Selected By Teachers | Emerging Education Technology | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Out of 125 responses from teachers indicating their top 3 apps, these are the apps that were listed most often.
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Peel board to encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device - The Sacramento Bee

At its Regular Meeting of the Board on March 27, 2012, Peel District School Board trustees approved the transfer of $7 million from its Working Fund Reserve to cover the cost of information technology infrastructure to support the board's Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan. The result will transform access to technology in Peel schools.

"In global communities that are linked so closely through the Internet, it's critical that we provide our students and staff with the tools they need to build 21st Century learning skills," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "The board's historic financial investment in the future of learning and instructional technology will provide access to learning anytime, anywhere—access we know will lead to innovation and exploration through learning and connecting with the world. We need to expand access to current technology and encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device—to engage them in learning. The plan will also ensure equity of access to technology for all students through classroom computers and tablets in schools."

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/03/28/4372456/peel-board-to-encourage-students.html#storylink=cpy

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Blackboard buys Moodlerooms, creates open-source division | Inside Higher Ed

In a turn that shocked many in the higher ed tech world, the e-learning giant Blackboard on Monday announced that it has acquired two companies that provide support to Moodle, the leading open-source alternative to Blackboard’s proprietary online learning platform.
As part of a raft of announcements, the company said it has bought Moodlerooms, a major open-source support provider in North America, and NetSpot, which serves a similar role for Moodle users in Australia.

 

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DonorsChoose.org Helping Fund Skype in Our Classrooms!

DonorsChoose.org Helping Fund Skype in Our Classrooms! | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
We love Skype! The DonorsChoose.org team uses Skype every day to video chat with remote colleagues, share adorable photos from our teachers’ classrooms and makes our lives easier and more fun. We know our teachers love Skype too. So far, nearly 300 classrooms have used Skype to connect with NASA engineers and sister classrooms in Japan and much more. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Skype that will help thousands of classrooms connect globally.

Through this partnership, Skype will donate $250,000 to projects that will bring Skype video calling to public school classrooms.

Here’s how the public can support the program:

Help a classroom reach beyond their school walls by supporting a Skype Double Your Impact project.
Here’s how teachers can take advantage of the program:

Starting today, if you’re one of the first 7,500 new teachers to join the Skype in the classroom community, you’ll get a $25 DonorsChoose.org gift code to use toward an existing project or one you create yourself.*
Get started at education.skype.com.

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New software turns paper into an inexpensive digital tablet | eSchool News

New software turns paper into an inexpensive digital tablet | eSchool News | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
New software will enable Livescribe's digital smart pens to stream all notes taken live, in real time, to a computer—turning special dotted paper into an inexpensive digital tablet, the company says.
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Curriki - TellUsYourStory2012

Curriki - TellUsYourStory2012 | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Curriki, the online education community, is building the first website to offer free, open-source instructional materials for K-12. Tell us about your experience with Curriki and how it’s made a difference in what you do. A panel of Curriki judges will select our 10 favorite entrants, who will each receive a Curriki t-shirt. For the stories that best capture our hearts, we’ll recognize you with either a $100 or $200 award. With your permission, we’ll publish your story and feature it (and you!) on Curriki.org, as well as with the media. (Wow, fame and “fortune!”)

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