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Five Things I Want Teachers To Know About Edtech (EdSurge News)

Five Things I Want Teachers To Know About Edtech (EdSurge News) | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it

AOver the course of my time as a student, I have been lucky enough to see technology evolve from dial-up Internet and floppy disks, to high speed wireless and pocket-sized mobile computers. Now, as a high school student, I couldn’t imagine not being able to access any resource I want from my smartpho

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A high school student who tutors her teachers in Ed tech has a few great pieces of advice.

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Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home

Efforts To Close The Achievement Gap In Kids Start At Home | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
By age 3, kids in low-income households have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers, research shows. In Providence, R.I., a home visit program is focused on boosting vocabulary.
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Shelley Davenport | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Community Builders

Shelley Davenport | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Community Builders | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
“I love early literacy programming,” says Shelley Davenport, and it shows. As programming and outreach coordinator at Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) since 2012, Davenport identified a need for the library to step up as a community leader in early literacy intervention and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming. In one month last fall, AACPL offered 32 new STEM programs for children of all ages. That compared to just a few STEM-focused programs previously.
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Subway Map Simulator Lets People Play Urban Planner [Video ...

Subway Map Simulator Lets People Play Urban Planner [Video ... | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
Intended as a way for people to visualize the on-going transportation needs within metropolitan cities, this game offers a comical peak into the development of the urban scene, as well as the becomings of a labyrinthine public ...

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Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Forget Foreign Languages and Music. Teach Our Kids to Code | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
The general assumption is that young kids lack the faculties to comprehend a topic as seemingly esoteric as programming. But it is code, not Mandarin, that will be the true lingua franca of the future.
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DEV DEV: A Summer of Code

DEV DEV: A Summer of Code | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
In July 2013, the Chattanooga Public Library hosted fifty teens ages 12-18 for DEV DEV: Summer of Code. Made possible through a partnership between the library, Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga, and by funding from the Benwood Foundation, the DEV DEV program was created to teach youth technology, programming, design, and much more. After initial conversations in late April 2013 between all of the organizations mentioned, DEV DEV: summer of code was designed as a four week code camp for teens ages 12-18. During those four weeks, the teens learned about HTML, CSS, Python, and robotics. Each week focused on a different topic and as the program went on last week’s topic informed the current topic. Tying everything together was the underlying idea that good technology, design, and process are all critical elements of making a project come together. The classes were structured around working with technology, lessons about the subject of the week, unplugged activities, and guest speakers. Unplugged activities varied from creating window sized pixel art to students programming their classmates by writing programming instructions on pen and paper. The unplugged activities were key: they got the teens moving around and reinforced the idea that while technology is great to use for solving problems, sometimes a break to work things out in other ways is needed.
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The Overprotected Kid

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A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
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Baltimore County school board OKs $205 million technology contract

Baltimore County school board OKs $205 million technology contract | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to approve one of its largest contracts in recent years, an ambitious $205 million plan to supply laptop computers to the system's 150,000 students and teachers over the next seven years.
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Jeff Lawson of Twilio: When Ideas Collide, Don’t Duck

Jeff Lawson of Twilio: When Ideas Collide, Don’t Duck | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
“Conflict shouldn’t be taboo,” says the chief executive of a cloud communications company. “In fact, resolving conflict is one of the key things companies do.”
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Management protip: When hiring, Lawson looks for people who have something they want to achieve. If the job he has available can help them with that goal, then they will be very driven to contribute at a higher level. 

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Recent | Make It @ Your Library

Recent | Make It @ Your Library | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is a great searchable, sortable tool. Refine searches by age, cost, time projects take, and more!

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2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: The New Startup Garage for Innovation? Libraries!

2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: The New Startup Garage for Innovation? Libraries! | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
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Successful ‘Hour of Code’ computer tutorials prompts effort to change school policies

Successful ‘Hour of Code’ computer tutorials prompts effort to change school policies | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
Digital advocates’ popular day of free coding tutorials launches an effort to change education policies.
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Click! | DarienLibrary.org

Click! | DarienLibrary.org | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
We are the heart of Darien and provide experiences that people love and remember.
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Reinventing Innovation as 'Always On' | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Reinventing Innovation as 'Always On' | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Innovation and Libraries | Scoop.it
Image: thinkpublic/photopin cc Over the last few years, Frito-Lay has discovered an essential ingredient to its chips: consumer input. Last year, the brand
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