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The 10 Best Technology Advances of 2013 :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Tech :: Paste

The 10 Best Technology Advances of 2013 :: Blogs :: List of the Day :: Tech :: Paste | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
The 10 advances in technology from 2013 that will be remembered.

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keeping up is hard to do!

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Kinems Learning Games

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Kinems is a game-based pesonalised learning method for children with multiple learning disabilities. Children interact with the learning games naturally with hand and body gestures (without mouse and keyboard). This natural way of interaction in a computer-based gaming environment increases children’s attention, motivation, pleasure and skills’ level.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 12:46 AM

A really interesting use of game based learning.

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10 more PowerPoint tips for teachers

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Although this is a follow up post to 10 PowerPoint tips for teachers, I prefer to think of it as 10 things I wish someone had told me about PowerPoint. Every teacher has their own opinion about the effectiveness of using PowerPoint in the classroom. My opinion has always been that PowerPoint is a tool, a tool…

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, May 2, 3:33 PM

Fantastic tips for teachers who often use PowerPoint. So many cool little things to freshen up your presentations!

Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, May 2, 11:28 PM

Excellent ideas and tips.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, Today, 5:41 PM
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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we've tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.

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You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers - John Spencer

You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers - John Spencer | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, my brother and I built a "roller coaster" in the backyard with a wagon, some scraps of wood, and tons of pipes. Was it safe? Probably not. Did it ever work properly? Not really. But it didn't matter. We were makers. 

In the fourth grade, I wrote my first "novel." It was a derivative mess with flat characters and a predictable plot. I'm pretty sure I based it on what I'd seen on Scooby Doo. But it didn't matter. I was a maker. 

We created our own "music studio," where we recorded sounds on layers of tapes to create our own beats. We made our instruments with rubber bands and buckets and anything else we could find that sounded cool. Did it sound any good? Probably not. But it didn't matter. We were makers. 

That was my childhood. Whether we were designing baseball stadiums, building structures or writing stories, we spent hours making stuff. We were designing, tinkering, building, tweaking. We were makers.

But here's the thing: we didn't need a maker space to make it happen. All we needed was a little freedom, some encouragement, and a few random supplies. And time. Tons and tons of time.

See, I love makerspaces. I'm excited about the new makerspace our engineering department is building at the university where I work. I love visiting STEM labs and STEAM labs (or, if you drop the science from it, a MEAT Lab). However, I never want students to believe that making must be confined to a specific space. I never want teachers to believe that a fancy makerspace is somehow a prerequisite for having a creative classroom.

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Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation

Teachers: Embrace the Full Potential of Technology Education Through Creation | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Embracing technology in the classroom can be as simple as sharing assignments via Google Docs or posting lessons on YouTube to study. However, the most engagement and learning will come when students are encouraged to create, not just consume, using technology.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 26, 8:01 AM

Yes. The part about students creating with the computer is the really important part.

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The Minecraft Generation

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How a clunky Swedish computer game is teaching millions of children to master the digital world.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 22, 9:30 AM

Quite a long article, but worth it if you are curious about Minecraft.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 23, 8:15 AM
Extensive and expansive article on Minecraft as a tool for computational thinking and problem-solving
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Top 250 Global Attractions - How many have you seen?

Top 250 Global Attractions - How many have you seen? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"The ultimate list of the greatest wonders in the world."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 10, 7:51 PM

I have been fortunate enough to have visited 53 of the places on this list (I have gaping holes in my list and the list itself has some gaping holes itself).  All lists are highly subjective; this list, for example, is heay on urban/cultural/European tourism sites and light on physical/Asian/African destinations.  Most geographers already have enough reasons to go traveling, but this list might spark more.  Who wants to map out these places to verify that initial impression? 

 

Questions to Ponder: Which places are on your dream list?  Which places do you think should have been added to this list?  

 

Tags: place, tourismculture, landscape, geo-inspiration.

Ken Feltman's curator insight, April 19, 8:13 AM
Where in the world have you been?
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5 Construction Challenges for Kids | Childhood101

5 Construction Challenges for Kids | Childhood101 | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

"A construction based challenge can be an excellent project for encouraging children to think creatively, to solve problems and to express their own ideas using a range of practical materials. Construction challenges provide a fabulous platform for the development of a range of important study, work and life skills, including;


    * Inventiveness

    * Problem solving
    * Creative thinking
     * Consideration of the legitimacy and relevance of sources of information
     * Perseverance, motivation and the ability to overcome disappointment
     * Evaluation, editing and revision
     * Analytical thinking
     * Use of a range of real life tools"


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Help Kids Boost Their Executive Function

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All middle grades students (not just those with special needs) can benefit from scaffolding as they strengthen their "executive function," says Elizabeth Stein.
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Get a peek inside students' minds with screencasting

Get a peek inside students' minds with screencasting | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Screencasting isn't just for flipping your classroom. These tools allow students to show their thinking, practice public speaking and create educational resources for peers.

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Patricia Flavin's curator insight, February 5, 8:37 AM

I've had student leaders (coaches) try screencasting. Although at first it's work but so worth it - a win-win situation for all.

Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, March 17, 11:33 AM
Great ideas for using screencast tools in a flipped or blended setting.
Stephania Savva's curator insight, April 5, 7:32 AM
Great ideas for using screencast tools in a flipped or blended setting.
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STEAM is not a class, a thing, or a trend…. it’s THE WORLD. @KrissyVenosdale

STEAM is not a class, a thing, or a trend…. it’s THE WORLD. @KrissyVenosdale | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
STEAM is the world.   It’s not a class, a club, or an event.  It’s the connection of learning with the world.   We debate the letters and what they mean, we reduce STEAM to a time in school, and we even argue it’s relevance.

All the while, STEAM is the world.  Good design?  It uses every aspect of STEAM, without formality and without even thinking about it.

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STEAM is the world. It’s not a class, a club, or an event. It’s the connection of learning with the world. 

STEAM es tal y como es el mundo. No es una clase, un club o un evento. Es la necesaria conexión  entre el aprendizaje y el mundo
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Video: Tiny cars help infants' cognitive development | NSF - National Science Foundation

Video: Tiny cars help infants' cognitive development | NSF - National Science Foundation | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country.
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Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2.

Summer Concert Tour Dates!!! ►http://nicepeter.com◄ Download Song on iTunes ► http://bit.ly/ZsB7wO ERB Merch: http://bit.ly/ERBSHOP Hi. My name is Nic
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Is Design Thinking the same as “making”?

Is Design Thinking the same as “making”? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
People often ask me two questions about Design Thinking. First, is the same as making, and second, do I like it. It’s obvious there are similarities and overlaps, and similar ways that they can be implemented well (or not so well). I think design is the key to modern STEM education, but it’s a mistake to think that using Design Thinking methodology is the same as teaching design. Design Thinking gets the “big D, big T” treatment because it’s a methodology invented at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the d.school) with assistance from ideo, a product design and consulting company.

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Interesting explanation of the overlap of "making" and design thinking, esp. in STEM.
 
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How do you see “literacy”?

How do you see “literacy”? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

So what is literacy? The “traditional definition” is the ability to read and write, but you will see that definition is a little different according to some sources. The definition of literacy has changed over time, and there are many different perspectives on the topic.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 1:01 AM

Useful exploration of the concept of literacy.

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Integrating Technology and Literacy

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A middle school language arts educator shares his favorite digital tools for text and video annotations, teacher feedback, and formative assessment.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 29, 1:10 AM

Some useful tips.

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A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom

A Field Guide for Disrupting the 21st-Century Classroom | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

In the 21st-century classroom, we have discarded unrealistic expectations. The digital generation is being embraced. We have acknowledged differences in learning styles. We’ve acquired (and are still mastering) tools to help achieve better learning outcomes with our students.

Believe it or not, it has little to do with technology or Web access. It’s more to do with a shifting in paradigm. This is about inspiring independence and interdependence in children.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 26, 9:57 AM

Bit of a theme at the moment.

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Watchkin - Watch videos without distractions

Watchkin lets you watch youtube videos without all the distractions of related videos and comments, and creates a safer viewing environment for families.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 22, 9:25 AM

Good tool for showing YouTube videos in kids classes.

vgpascal's curator insight, April 28, 4:10 AM
Une alternative à Viewpure
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Presentation Hacks

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A concise workbook of 10 important presentation skill topics every presenter needs to master. Each unit has 3 activities that can be done in class, for homework or as self-study.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 2:40 PM

Just added this free ebook to my collection.

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Interesting site for ebook authors
 
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EdTechTeam: Get coding in your classroom! Enter the Challenge.

EdTechTeam: Get coding in your classroom! Enter the Challenge. | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
We know how important it is to get kids exposed to computer programming, but how? Here are 10 easy ways to get started with coding in the classroom.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 18, 9:41 PM

Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Teachers are trying to get students to slow down and take note of how and why they are thinking and to see thinking as an action they are taking. But two other core components of metacognition often get left out of these discussions — monitoring thinking and directing thinking.

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Parent Cortical Mass's curator insight, April 5, 9:14 AM

Well worth reading.

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Learning and critical thinking skills
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7 Reading Readiness Apps for Special Needs Students

7 Reading Readiness Apps for Special Needs Students | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
Here are seven apps to help special needs students toward reading readiness, touchscreen games that engage children through play with colors, shapes, animation, alphabet sequencing, and sentence structure.
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What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”?

What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”? | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it

A transformative learning experience fundamentally changes our understanding of what it means to learn and what it means to work together with others to learn.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 5, 11:15 AM

Technology is not a tool. Heidegger proposed it involves two intertwined definitions: human/anthropological and technological/instrumental. He proposed that technology is about a way of thinking, acting, and speaking about, with, and through the tools humans use. In that sense, the line about technology being transforming is accurate. When the two definitions are separated, that is not the case.

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, February 6, 3:32 AM

Nice example of how a persons life and learning strategies became transformed by an experience at a young age (in this particular case it was an encounter with primitive computer technology, but in general it  could have been anything: e.g. hearing the saxophone played well for the first time, or "seeing" the mother of god in a cave)  

 

Alas, also a typical example of unwarranted educational proselytizing. The man is so enthusiastic about his new insight that everybody has to hear the good news. Worse, everybody has to convert and repent. The idea that Catholicism, Jazz or technology enhanced project based learning  does not work for everybody, never enters the man's mind.

 

Lets stop with this kind of "inspirational" stories in educational design. Lets stick to science (mainly cognitive and social psychology). I know it is boring, but it is our best shot at finding out what works for whom under which circumstances.  

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 6, 7:35 AM

Personal story that highlights the power of technology to transform learning - the preamble to the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan

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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students

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27 Ways To Inspire Innovative Thinking In Students by TeachThought Staff Innovating thinking is one of those awkward concepts in education--on
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 22, 4:04 PM
This article and infographic share over two dozen ways to help your students be innovative thinkers.
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Social, Mobile, Content Marketing Predictions for 2015 Part 1

Social, Mobile, Content Marketing Predictions for 2015 Part 1 | Individual and Special Needs Examiner | Scoop.it
                          This article has moved to the new Steveology Group website. Great content marketing     These are the trends that stand out from working with midsized clients, and that influences what I advise to them.
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