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'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief

'The reality is that technology is doing more harm than good in our schools' says education chief | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The number of Sydney schools banning laptops and tablets is increasing as education experts find technology is impeding learning.
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Most disturbing aspect of this current debate is the outdated assumptions about pedagogy. Yes, if you stand in front of students and lecture them and they have devices on their desks and your lecture is not engaging, then they will certainly go off task. Using technology poorly in classrooms will lead to poor outcomes. 

 But if the concern is about them going onto social media, as the article states, then are parents not allowing students to have mobile phones? Because that is how they are primarily accessing social media. (It is banned on most schools' web filters….) 

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Transforming the Lecture Space (EdSurge News)

Transforming the Lecture Space (EdSurge News) | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Imagine yourself sitting in a large lecture hall--which can range between 300 to 500 students--and while you are trying your best to digest what your instructor is saying, your mind is on everything else except what the teacher is saying. Who can blame you? Within an arm’s reach, you have instant ac
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How and why universities are moving away from lecture methodology.

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A survey of schools around the world reveals what schools could look like, trends in personalized learning, the role of teachers and challenges to exciting techniques.
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Excellent summary of always informative Horizon Report.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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Pros and cons of online reading. Difficulty to develop "deep reading" and use annotations. Need to teach new skills to teachers and students.

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3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different

3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different
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Identifying differences without judgement.
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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
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More benefits of BYOD. One key is "developing engaging lessons that use technology in collaborative and creative ways".

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …
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Good overview of some of the possibilities of Google Docs.

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Mystery Location - hello little world Skypers

Mystery Location - hello little world Skypers | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Hello Little World Skypers is a group of educators dedicated to collaborative International learning.
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Overview of Mystery Skype. One of may new, innovative and relatively easy uses of Skype in the classroom.

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Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms

Trends and Predictions for K-12 Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The NMC Horizon report predicts the trends, challenges and tech developments to look for in one, five and ten years.
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Good overview of NMC Horizon Report technology trends.

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Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic

Are Your Students Distracted by Screens? Here's A Powerful Antidote - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
I was fortunate to teach in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years. In my classes, students took daily notes on computers, did research, wrote essays, created various multimedia publications, and worked on collaborative projects. Yet I knew that if I wasn’t watching their screens, my students would at some point be doing something they …
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Student engagement and presentation of work to get students focused with devices.

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4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model

4 Tips for Getting to Know the Blended Instructional Model | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The days of talking at students are finally over. I recall many a college class filled to the brim with students feverishly taking down notes, as our professor talked at us.

Sounds familiar? Probab
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Some useful tips for teaching in a blended learning environment.

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Your child's brain on technology: video games

Your child's brain on technology: video games | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Our kids are awash in technology 24/7 – should we worry about the effects on their developing brains?
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Interest research on the effect of gaming on kids.

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How To Use The SAMR Model For Classroom Tasks - Edudemic

How To Use The SAMR Model For Classroom Tasks - Edudemic | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
The SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) model is a framework used to evaluate the technology being employed (or that you’d like to employ) in your classroom. Basically, it offers a way for you to look at how technology integration might affect teaching and learning. Accordingly, many teachers and administrators who are in the process of choosing between classroom technology …
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Interesting ideas for applying SAMR in the classroom.

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Rachel Vartanian's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:42 PM

EdTech is implemented with purpose: transforming learning experiences. 

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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Technology should be implemented to increase engagement, but that engagement must lead to support, enhancement, or an increase in student learning. It should not be used as a digital pacifier or gimmick to get students to be active participants in class. With technology there should be a focus on active learning where students are doing.
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A focus to make sure technology is not just about student engagement but also about student learning.

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Dawn Rubio's curator insight, February 28, 1:51 PM

Tech used just to increase engagement is like a pacifier. Tech that is used to deepen learning is a full meal.

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Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says

Personalization, Tailored Instruction Vital to Blended Learning, New Report Says | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
"Blended learning is not about the technology itself," the report says. "It is about the shift in the instructional model to personalized, student-centered learning to ensure each student's success."
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Good discussion on how blended learning can lead to more personalised learning. Thanks for the article, Graeme!

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Aphrodite Cox's curator insight, January 5, 5:25 PM

Thanks for all your articles Sean. So much to do to personalise learning for each student.

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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review
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Interesting findings from four year iPad study. Positives on organisation, collaboration, research, note-taking, independent learning. Not as positive on reading and typing. Balanced approach needed.

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers. Hundreds of them. While the backgrounds of the writers varied, a theme began to emerge: the more reading moved online, the less students seemed to understand. There were the architects who wrote to her about students who relied so heavily on ready digital information that they were unprepared to address basic problems onsite. There were the neurosurgeons who worried about the “cut-and-paste chart mentality” that their students exhibited, missing crucial details because they failed to delve deeply enough into any one case. And there were, of course, the English teachers who lamented that no one wanted to read Henry James anymore. As the letters continued to pour in, Wolf experienced a growing realization: in the seven years it had taken her to research and write her account, reading had changed profoundly—and the ramifications could be felt far beyond English departments and libraries. She called the rude awakening her “Rip van Winkle moment,” and decided that it was important enough to warrant another book. What was going on with these students and professionals? Was the digital format to blame for their superficial approaches, or was something else at work?
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Excellent article exploring the issues of online reading and especially "deep reading".

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
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Excellent strategies and tips for authentic and effective technology uses in the classroom

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One-size-fits-all textbooks don’t make sense in the digital age. Here’s a better option.

One-size-fits-all textbooks don’t make sense in the digital age. Here’s a better option. | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A nonprofit borrows tricks from Google, Amazon and Netflix to provide a better learning experience.
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Imagine personalised, interactive textbooks? About time. "Baraniuk isn't just reproducing physical textbooks on digital devices, a mistake eBook publishers have made. He’s fundamentally rethinking what the educational experience should be in a world of digital tools."

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.
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Great overview, links, ideas and resources on the Maker Movement.

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The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson

The Learning Curve | 2014 Report Summary | Pearson | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Good outline from Pearson of where education is now and where it is going. The new skills the world is looking for? Leadership, digital literacy, communication, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurship, global citizenship, problem solving, teamwork.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Cognitive benefits of handwriting.

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
A backchannel -- a digital conversation that runs concurrently with a face-to-face activity -- provides students with an outlet to engage in conversation. Every time I think about this tool, I rememb
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Like the use of a "backchannel" in the classroom. Works with a shared Google Doc, too.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
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Great list to start a discussion about schools today. Worth a read!

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This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To | Newington Professional Reading | Scoop.it
This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To: 7 Ways Teaching Has Changed
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If teachers are the arbiters of knowledge and culture and these things are changing rapidly, then surely we need to respond. The world has changed a lot in five years, in ten years and "since we did that in the 70's". An exciting and daunting challenge for all of us.

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