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Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom

Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
In a pinch, Grade 12 Bishop McNally High School student Samuel Dikeocha will use his thumbs to tap out his homework assignment on his smartphone. “It works out. We type fast because we’re teenagers,” he said.
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23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow | Instructional Technology Tools

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow | Instructional Technology Tools | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow: ipad, classroom, visual, project-based learning, pbl, 21st century learning...
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Can Michelle Rhee Save American Education?

Can Michelle Rhee Save American Education? | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
With unprecedented resources and unique media savvy, Rhee is reshaping the landscape of education reform. ... These resources have the potential to reshape the politics of education reform. StudentsFirst has spent those ...
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Tech-savvy Parkway students praise plugged-in pilot program - STLtoday.com

Tech-savvy Parkway students praise plugged-in pilot program - STLtoday.com | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Tech-savvy Parkway students praise plugged-in pilot programSTLtoday.comAt the pilot schools, an average of about 25 percent of students have been bringing a device of some sort to school for use, said Tom Swoboda, the district's coordinator of...
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Adopting technology in our education reform - Saudi Gazette

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Saudi GazetteAdopting technology in our education reformSaudi GazetteOne crucial point that I wish educational policy makers would consider and speed up is the process of adopting technology in their efforts to reform the Kingdom's educational...
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Bill Gates Does Higher Education Reform - Washington Monthly (blog)

Bill Gates Does Higher Education Reform - Washington Monthly (blog) | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Bill Gates Does Higher Education ReformWashington Monthly (blog)Weissmann: “To begin fixing this problem, we need to flip U.S.
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A shakeup of higher education - Boston Globe

A shakeup of higher education - Boston Globe | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Boston GlobeA shakeup of higher educationBoston GlobeAs President Obama develops his second-term agenda, his administration will no doubt focus on a range of higher-education priorities, including affordability, attainment levels, and career...
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Timeline Cover Maker | Custom Facebook Banner/Background

Timeline Cover Maker | Custom Facebook Banner/Background | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it

I like this tool, it's free, easy to use and without advertiser banner. Even if you're not a computer genius, you can use it. Try it, you'll be glad you did, for sure! [note Martin Gysler]

 

Facebook is changing how we can express ourselves on our facebook page. With their new Timeline Profile you are now free to express yourself with a big banner behind your profile picture.

Timelinecoverbanner.com provides you with the power to create a creative and customized Facebook cover easily and free even for commercial use.

 

Some of our cover editor features are: No visible watermark or branding on final image, very fast and responsive, you can blend profile picture seamlessly with timeline cover background or in other words you can make your profile photo and cover look integrated as one image, you draw or add text, and many more. We also have tons of cool graphic clipart from our partner sites which exclusively available only for our cover editor. You just need to browse them and copy paste the GRAPHIC ID of your desired image to our editor, and,.. presto!.. your chosen graphic is added and ready to combine with your photo.

 

Read more: http://timelinecoverbanner.com/


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Empowering Students

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Empowering Students

 

Focus on Positive Relationships

When surveyed, students say that the most important aspect of a positive school experience is having teachers who care about them.

 

Work Should be Real and Authentic

Are classroom activities of interest to students? Are there tools available to students to access current content? When the Arab Spring erupted, students in the Yarmouth Schools had many questions. Teachers were able to help them find valid and real information online. Class discussions were held using Google Docs and face to face. An opportunity to work with a class in Egypt was available later so that students could ask questions.

 

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Alice Barr, Instructional Technology Integrator, Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth ME


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How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching

How Twitter will revolutionise academic research and teaching | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it

Social media is becoming increasingly important in teaching and research work but tutors must remember, it's a conversation not a lecture, says Ernesto Priego...   #postsoe


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Debbie Morrison: Learning Analytics for Instructors Need to be Loud and Clear

Debbie Morrison: Learning Analytics for Instructors Need to be Loud and Clear | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it

"Learning Analytics…less data more insight. Analytics primary task is not to report the past, but to help find the optimal path to the desired future. (Shum, 2012)."


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Will tech replace teachers? - Pocono Record

Will tech replace teachers? - Pocono Record | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
We are moving from live instruction to technology-aided teaching — not because it's better, but because it's cheaper. That would be a shame. Note: This article tends to lump MOOCs in with online education, not fair as they are two different entities. Good, but misleading information! ~Doc D
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Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases report on effective teacher ... - Jackson Sun

Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases report on effective teacher ... - Jackson Sun | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases report on effective teacher ...Jackson SunAccording to a report released today by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, there are five programs that have a tendency to produce teachers with higher...
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Intro to Instructional Design

Plain and simple, good teaching begins with good instructional design. In this informative and interactive webinar, we’ll review best educational practices that should be applied in every class you teach.
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Education plan would give Michigan K-12 students more district choice, online ... - MLive.com

Education plan would give Michigan K-12 students more district choice, online ... - MLive.com | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
MLive.comEducation plan would give Michigan K-12 students more district choice, online ...MLive.comRick Snyder and Michigan lawmakers may soon be contemplating some broad possible changes to the state's K-12 education system, particularly related...
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Online studying soars: Higher ed reaching out to mass apppeal - Winona Daily News

Online studying soars: Higher ed reaching out to mass apppeal - Winona Daily News | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Boston GlobeOnline studying soars: Higher ed reaching out to mass apppealWinona Daily NewsThe question now is what the MOOCs will ultimately achieve. Will they simply expand access to good instruction (no small thing)?
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Assessing the Future of Higher Education - Huffington Post

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Assessing the Future of Higher EducationHuffington PostFrom legislatures to academia, from newsrooms to boardrooms, from human resources departments to recruiting firms, all across America, there is a vigorous debate about the future of higher...
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Encouraging creativity can improve education - Purdue Exponent

Encouraging creativity can improve education - Purdue Exponent | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Encouraging creativity can improve educationPurdue ExponentK-12 education sets the stage for higher education and what students will go on to do for the rest of their lives.
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Michigan schools taking wait-and-see approach in wake of US court's ... - Washington Post

San Francisco ChronicleMichigan schools taking wait-and-see approach in wake of US court's ...Washington Post“I think that the (administrators) in Michigan in particular have their hands full in trying to determine how to act based on the directive...
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Letter: Quantity, not quality, in higher education - Memphis Commercial Appeal

Letter: Quantity, not quality, in higher education - Memphis Commercial Appeal | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Letter: Quantity, not quality, in higher educationMemphis Commercial AppealYour Nov. 11 PolitiFact article "Funding model changing how colleges do business" accepts without question Gov.
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Real Innovation in Education Is About the Internet

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We worry that many educators are unintentionally and subconsciously averse to weaving technology into the fabric of teaching and learning, simply because they do not see what doing so would look and feel like, and technology does not map onto to...

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Education Technology, Digital Learning Not As Easy As It Seems: Alliance For ... - Huffington Post

Education Technology, Digital Learning Not As Easy As It Seems: Alliance For ... - Huffington Post | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it

A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms.

The driving force behind the nationwide effort to adopt a comprehensive digital learning strategy is the move by all states to raise academic expectations by requiring students to graduate from high school college- and career-ready. Additionally, the Common Core State Standards adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia necessitates using technology to prepare students for computer-administered assessments in the 2014-15 school year. Huffington Post.


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Label 59 : Label anything interactively

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"Label 59 is a web application that lets you label anything interactively. It is ideal for creating engaging presentations that have interactive labels attached to them. These labels are hotspots on the photo and are represented by markers. You then define content for each of these markers by adding connectors, arrows, tooltips, text blocks and details window.

What you get as a result, is an impressive presentation (in Flash or HTML5) that highlights the key points on your photo when markers are clicked or when the mouse pointer hovers over them.

View product demo http://www.label59.com/videotour.htm

 

Free account available.

Extended free account for students.


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A cloud is a cloud is a cloud

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There is no longer any doubt that the cloud is rapidly gaining momentum in the private sector as companies try to deploy technologies capable of enhancing efficiency without dramatically increasing...

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Leveling the Education Playing Field: Technology Doesn't Care About Your Zipcode

Leveling the Education Playing Field: Technology Doesn't Care About Your Zipcode | Doc D's Instructional Design, Technology & Reform News | Scoop.it
Can I get a "Hell yeah"? Forgive the 'expletive' but stories such as this really need more airtime. The research is in and the fight for districting, school vouchers, and school of choice is one that, honestly, should not exist any longer. It's time to wake up and get connected. Let teachers facilitate the transfer of knowledge and put $$$ into making Internet connect-ability for all Americans a priority...and free. Socialized connections could provide us with the most brilliant generation we've ever encountered!
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