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by David Quinn
"I realized that if teachers were to get on board, I’d have to make it concrete. I had another attempt to share Connected Learning with Rhode Island teachers at the Highlander Institute’s Blended Learning Conference. I reached out to Christina Cantrill for permission to use an example from Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom and she was kind enough to oblige. The first example was Larissa Pahomov’s 2Fer project where students wrote two-page position papers that were peer reviewed in Google Docs and then shared publicly on a website."
- See more at: http://digitalis.nwp.org/site-blog/how-can-we-connecting-teachers-connected-learning/6116#sthash.E0YdyDS7.dpuf
by Robert Mao
"Because google cardboard proved it can do a better work cheaper and better.
"I felt totally blown away after I put my nexus 5 phone with this cheap cardboard VR kit. It actually looks really nice.
"Google surely knows you may be wondering how this compares. They smartly set up an Oculus Rift booth beside, so you got a chance to compare it yourself!
"With a much higher expectation, I waited in a long queue to try the Oculus. I heard people murmur that it's not as good as cardboard, which I couldn't believe at all. Until I experienced it myself, yes, a cardboard + Nexus 5 performed better than Oculus."
"One of the highlights of technology is the free, open access to information that it allows. Here are some open education resources we think you'll enjoy! Free Online Courses: Use these links to enroll in free online courses, or download materials to learn at your own pace."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Excellent collection of resources for motivated learners, intended mainly (but not exclusively) for those of post high-school age. College Unbound is a fascinating organization founded by Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor.
by Laura Devaney
"Tablets, including iPads, are all the rage in today’s classrooms. But how many iPad initiatives fail due to common mistakes that could be avoided with proper planning?
"During a jam-packed ISTE 2014 session, EdTechTeacher director and co-founder Tom Daccord gave an overview of what he said are five common mistakes schools across the country seem to make when it comes to iPad implementations."
OMG, I'm quoted in this article...
"The most vulnerable, according to Jim Lerman of Kean University in New Jersey, are the “middle-tier institutions, which produce America’s teachers, middle managers and administrators”. They could be replaced in greater part by online courses, he suggests. So might weaker community colleges, although those which cultivate connections to local employers might yet prove resilient."
Professional development used to mean one thing: inservice days. Oof. We sure have come a long way, haven’t we? Especially in the realm of connecting with other like-minded individuals around the globe. We’re no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so we can get into what really interests us as educators, even if …
This is one infographic that perfectly sums it up. One problem: conferences are way beyond a lot of folks' means. Oh, how I wish I could have attended ISTE !
"We know it's perilous when our passwords are compromised – and yet we still do everything wrong... from writing them on Post Its to sharing them with friends."It's time to do right by your passwords with Mitro."Founded by former Googlers, Mitro is a browser extension – available for Chrome, and beta testing for Safari and Firefox – that safely records your credentials and lets you temporarily lend account access to chosen contacts without actually telling them your passwords (those stay in a heavily encrypted escrow that even Mitro can't see)."
"A blended learning environment means you’re mixing technology with standard teaching practices in order to enhance education. In other words, you’re mixing a little bit of tech with a little bit of in-classroom learning and you’re getting something better than the sum of its parts. Blended learning is becoming the biggest trend in education technology lately as teachers (hey that’s you!) realize technology isn’t the magical unicorn of education. It’s not enough to simply throw an iPad into a student’s hands and walk away."
by Katie Lepi
"What does being a ‘digitally competent’ teacher mean? Does it mean using laptops, smartphones, or tablets in your classroom? Does it mean finding new and interesting ways to use those devices along with apps and web tools? What level of expertise with technology constitutes ‘competent’? Or does the concept encompass more than that? Do things like digital citizenship, acceptable use policies, digital footprints, and privacy concerns ring a bell.
"Just like in real life, being well-rounded is important when you’re addressing technology use. Having the ability to say, use an laptop isn’t really enough. The handy infographic below explores what it means to be a digitally competent teacher."
Learning to Teach Online is a free online class taught by Simon McIntyre and Negin Mirriahi of UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales)
Learning to Teach Online
"Based upon the successful educational resources of the same name, the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC is designed to help existing educators establish or improve their own online or blended teaching practices. The target audience is primarily teachers in higher education, K-12, community college, and vocational or private education."
RobotBASIC is a FREE Robot Control Programming Language that has an integrated robot simulator. It has advanced graphics, flicker-free animation, floating point variables and multidimentional arrays.
"The Robot Simulator extension of RobotBASIC was originally programmed by college ProfessorJohn Blankenship. The simulator was incorporated as a set of functions and commands into a powerful interpreted programming language written by Samuel Mishal. The combination is a versatile language that is easy to learn and fun to use.
."The current version of RobotBASIC has well over 800 commands and functions. Click these PDF links to see the list of the commands and functions either alphabetically or categorized by function.You might also enjoy reading how RobotBASIC has progressed. This PDF link shows a complete version history."
"The 2014 K-12 Online Conference organizer team is pleased to announce dates for this year’s conference as well as our call for proposals. Since 2006, K-12 Online has offered unique, free, entirely volunteer-powered opportunities for educators worldwide to share and learn together about innovative ways to use technology tools to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE 2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS! (dueAugust 15th)
"The theme for the 2014 conference is “Igniting Innovation.” The conference will begin with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, October 13th. The next two weeks, starting on October 20th, 40 presentations will be published in four different strands, with four presentations posted per day. Presentations must be a single media file of twenty minutes or less (but not too much less) in length and meet other requirements specified in the online call for proposals. Presentations are due two weeks prior to the week the relevant strand begins. All presentations will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported license. The 2014 conference strands are Gamification, Stories for Learning, Passion-driven learning, and STEM."
"America’s system of education was built for an economy and a society that no longer exists. In the manufacturing and agrarian economies that existed 50 years ago, it was enough to master the “Three Rs” (reading, writing, and arithmetic). In the modern “flat world,” the “Three Rs” simply aren’t enough. If today’s students want to compete in this global society, however, they must also be proficient communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators (the “Four Cs”)."
A very well done, practical, and useful document.
Test your knowledge of the United States with these sample questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test.
The surprising ages of the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776 Thanks @jkottkehttp://kottke.org/13/08/the-surprising-ages-of-the-founding-fathers-on-july-4-1776 … pic.twitter.com/ENGuQT4WxP
by Sarah Brown Wessling
It was about this time last year that I came upon a beautiful book in our local public library. It’s the kind of book that captures you with its cover, draws you in by the concept, and makes you feel like you are immediately among friends in this world of bibliophiles. Titled My Ideal Bookshelf, it surveys all kinds of authors, asking them,“What 12-15 books would make it to your ideal bookshelf?” The compelling quality of the book is that as you read, you can’t help but start envisioning your own ideal bookshelf. As I read, I realized that it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are the books that come to mind right away, but then you start to think more deeply and remember the reads that had a nuanced effect on you or map to a certain time in your life. After thinking about my personal ideal bookshelf, I decided to “build” a professional one, and then one for new teachers. To face the challenge yourself, read along and start curating!"
by Brad Currie
"Picture it: a middle school in Anytown, U.S.A. has a teacher that is struggling to figure out why her SmartBoard is acting up. Typically she would submit a "tech request" and wait an extended period of time for it to be fixed. One issue, though -- she needs the device now for a very important math lesson. She suddenly remembers that a group of students called the "Tech Detectives" can come to the rescue and fix the problem. Within minutes, several students arrive, play around with a few wires and buttons, and the malfunction is addressed in no time.
Students to the Rescue
"The Tech Detectives Club was created at Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey as a way for students to take ownership of the technology they utilize during their various learning experiences. Based on feedback from various school stakeholders who have a passion for technology, it was deemed necessary to start a club that arms students with a strong technological skill set. On a regular basis, students create tutorials, assist teachers, learn about technology trends, collaboratively problem solve issues, and gain exposure to career readiness. The excitement generated from this program is truly remarkable. Below, you will find guidance on how to start your very own Tech Detectives Club."
by Dann Albright
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"If you’re concerned about your privacy and security on the internet, there are few things that will put your mind at ease like a virtual private network (VPN). By routing your traffic through another server and encrypting it along the way, a VPN allows you to browse anonymously and safely. We’ve reviewed a number of VPN services in the past, including these 5 great free VPN options — but if you need premium performance, you’ll want to pay for a premium service.
"That’s where PureVPN comes in. We have ten 1-year accounts to give away!"
by Roger Riddell
"The Reading Rainbow host spoke to a packed room on technology, the importance of fostering a love of reading, and more.
"During his 30-minute talk, Burton made four crucial points about education, technology, and the importance of fostering a love of reading in students. But you don't have to take our word for it — read on and find out."
"Literature brings the innovation of tomorrow" and so much more!
"Whether you’re a science teacher or not, education and the STEM subjects is a hot topic these days. From discussions about comparing test scores in STEM subjects with students around the globe to tracking the number of STEM based jobs and future graduates, there’s certainly a lot to discuss. There’s a lot of information out there, especially on Twitter. I come across so many different things on a daily basis that I can’t possibly write about them all. So whether you’re just looking for classroom resources or if you’re looking for folks to connect with to broaden and strengthen your PLN, Twitter offers a wealth of opportunity and information to keep your brain busy.
"To facilitate, we’ve put together a quick (read: not even close to being exhaustive) list of some great folks to follow on Twitter. You may be able to find resources even more relevant to you by searching Twitter for a keyword (ie, STEM) plus your location. But for now, start here! "
"We’ve discussed the benefits of the U.S. Library of Congress many times on Edudemic. Usually we focus on some particular parts of the vast amount of resources or instead offer a more overall picture of what it offers. This time around, we thought you might enjoy an actual guide (written for teachers and education in general) that’s easy and a solid resource to refer back to as needed."
Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills is a free online class taught by Esther Care and Patrick Griffin of The University of Melbourne
Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills
"Learn about ways to assess and teach new and emerging 21st century skills: we cover the nature of these skills, alternative methods of assessment, interpretation and reporting of assessments, and their implications for teaching."
by Alan Levine
A free, flexible, nine-week online course that will allow K-16 educators to learn about how deeper learning can be put into practice.
"Deeper learning describes a range of instructional approaches that delivers the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in a world that is changing at an unprecedented pace. Deeper learning prepares students to:
The entire MOOC and all its resources are located here. The first iteration of this MOOC ran during Jan-March 2014.
Well into the 21st century, the concept of 21st century learning is still gaining traction. Ken Kay offers 12 indicators to educate and illustrate.
Jim Lerman's insight
Lots of great resources here