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"As part of the ConnectED initiative, Adobe is hosting a free online class called Adobe Youth Voices: Create Change, designed to prepare educators to instruct students on digital media production and social change. Class starts September 21." Enroll until Nov. 25, 2014
by Rudy Blanco
summary by EdSurge
"Rudy Blanco of the Bronx's Dreamyard Preparatory School steps in as NY's#edsurge50 contributor to give a step-by-step guide on how to lead students throughdeveloping content, proving mastery, and giving peer feedback on digital learning portfolios."
"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before. Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment. Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.' The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa. Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.
On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."
Via Seth Dixon, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Jim Lerman
by Stephan Vincent
"What does an innovation class look like?
"First, with each new group of students, Don has to teach them different skills: how not to be compliant, how to think differently, how they should challenge and confront him instead of taking his words for granted. “Right now, it is natural for kids to be compliant, to sit and listen to what their teachers have to say, without questioning. The system beats the creativity out of them. Kids have been trained that way; my first job is to unteach them”. He hears new students in his class asking him what he expects them to do. His answer: “I won’t tell you, you need to find your own opportunity, find collaborators, I’m only here to help you, not to tell you what to do”. At the beginning, some kids freeze up because it is such a foreign and disruptive concept to them. However, they quickly grasp the benefit of it.
"During the first weeks of the class, students will identify their own opportunity to develop a project. They will formulate a plan of action and time table, find collaborators and resources, like any entrepreneur would do. “Online collaboration enables access to information, resources and mentors."
by Tim Brookes
"If the iPhone's traditionally smaller screen size has been stopping you from jumping aboard the iOS train, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each offer considerably more to look at, and a few other benefits. The term "phablet" very much applies to Apple's larger model, but there's more to it than just a bigger screen. Here's everything you need to know to make an informed buying decision."
By Sandi Lin
"For educators, instructors, and corporate trainers that are considering adding video to their instructional design, the 3 methods outlined above are all easy ways to experiment with video-based lessons. Thanks to popular online education websites, asynchronous video training is becoming the new norm.
"Best practices are to keep each segment short (evidence suggests 6 minutes or less), use a microphone for audio (we recommend the Snowball), and add interactive elements such as quizzes throughout the course. Video is another authoring tool in your arsenal, and doesn’t replace sound instructional design.
"Once your videos are produced, you can create and deliver an online course using a hosting platform like Skilljar, or post your videos publicly on sites like YouTube. Whether you’re narrating slides, screencasting, or creating animations, it’s a great time to add video production to your eLearning capabilities."
by Elio Qoshi
“There is an app for that”. Of course there is an app for that: It’s web technology after all.
"Sounds cool? It is! Firefox OS has recently launched in India, making a huge impact with the super affordable Intex Cloud FX device, retailing for only $33 USD. Approximately 50,000 devices have been sold already, and it is expected to reach 500,000 by the end of November for the Intex Cloud FX Device alone. Yes, Firefox OS is gaining traction slowly, but surely.
"There are several reasons why you should care about Firefox OS though, even as an Android, iOS or Windows Phone user. Not because it is super fancy and on the bleeding edge, but because it relies on 100% open technologies, is secure and also respects your privacy. As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has a completely different stance on privacy to Google, Apple or Microsoft."
posted by Katie Lepi
"Below are six TED Talks that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch. These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time."
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.
"Welcome back, students and teachers.
"We’re excited to begin our third year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?”, and we’re thrilled it continues to be one of the most popular features we offer. Teachers tell us they use it for everything from helping students strengthen their skills in evidence-finding to encouraging E.L.L. students to practice speaking aloud.
"We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an inter-school conversation. Below, we explain all the directions that we post on Mondays with each new photo.
"Thank you for participating."
"A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch -- Apple has finally delivered on three of its most longstanding promises about the future of its mobile business. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is now accompanied by the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, and both models come with NFC and the “Apple Pay” tap-to-pay system. And the Apple Watch is ready to compete with Google’s Android Wear, with a range of customizable designs and a completely new interface."
by Katrina Schwartz
"Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change."
by Richard Byrne
"Socratic Smackdown offers a fun approach to having students practice discussion strategies. Socratic Smackdown is a printable game designed to be played with up to forty students at a time. In the game students are awarded points for using each of six questioning and discussion methods. Students can lose points for interrupting or distracting others."
"BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Our Video Library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
"Visit the BLOSSOMS Video Library anytime to browse and download lessons to use in your classroom. Every lesson is a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. We carefully craft each BLOSSOMS lesson to make your classroom come alive. Each 50-minute lesson builds on math and science fundamentals by relating abstract concepts to the real world. The lessons intersperse video instruction with planned exercises that engage students in problem solving and critical thinking, helping students build the kind of gut knowledge that comes from hands-on experience. By guiding students through activities from beginning to end, BLOSSOMS lessons give students a sense of accomplishment and excitement."
by Christian Cawley
"OneNote is one of Microsoft’s most underrated apps. Not only can you jot down notes or keep to do lists, you can use a stylus to do it, convert handwritten notes to text or organise your recipe collection. OneNote is available on almost every platform, making this ridiculously useful app even more relevant.
"Although OneNote is available with good functionality on mobile devices, the tips below are mainly intended for running OneNote 2013 on Windows and Mac OS X."
by Christopher Piehler
"Next week, Filament Games is hosting Operation Play, a week-long initiative designed to encourage educators to use games in their classrooms. To promote the event, the company is collaborating with education partners including BrainPOP,GlassLab Games, MIT, Institute of Play, iCivics, Ballard & Tighe,GamesandLearning.org, WorkingExamples.org, LearningRevolution.com andedWeb.net. Together, the partners will compile resources for educators on implementing and supporting game‐based learning.
"The initiative will begin on Sept. 15 with the grand opening of the Operation Play Resource Center. Educators interested in game-based learning can visit the page to explore research, articles, case studies, video series, games and curriculum.
"Other highlights of Operation Play, which runs through Sept. 19, include podcasts featuring educators’ experiences with implementing games in their classrooms; free sessions for educators, researchers and game developers at the Gaming in Ed conference; pre‐recorded webinars; and giveaways via Filament Games’ social media channels.
"For a complete list of events and more information, visit the Operation Play Resource Center."
"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.
"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.
"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."
"Abstract – In this plenary address, the speaker will share three societal trends that validate and vindicate decades of leadership by the constructionism community. The growing acceptance of learning-by-making represented by the maker movement, a newfound advocacy for children learning computer programming, and even the global education crisis, real or imagined, are evidence of predictions and efforts made by constructionists being realized. This conference offers a brief opportunity for celebration before returning to the “hard fun” required to harness the momentum of these trends and improve the learning ecology.
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Free Guide to Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide. This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
"Your Ideal Linux Getting Started Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own."
Jim Lerman's insight:
My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.
Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.
This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.
posted by Katie Lepi
"We’ve heard from a few of you that your concerns lie in the privacy arena. Since sharing photos that may be of students in your classroom should obviously be a concern – make sure your classroom account is private. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing, eg: #edudemicclassproject14.
"The handy infographic below takes a look at ten different ways you can put Instagram to use in your classroom. Have you used it in other ways?"
by Allie Gross
"Sometimes 140 characters is all we have time to digest. Twitter has transformed the education debate, allowing everyone to weigh in. Have a question for Michelle Rhee? Tweet her. Want Diane Ravitch to read an article? Tag her. While there's no promise they will respond, the platform provides a better opportunity to become part of the discussion.
"More importantly, following others on Twitter helps you stay informed and better form your own opinions. Below is a list of 12 education thought leaders who come from all corners of the education arena. Instead of sticking to people who think like you, try branching out —
You never know what you might learn in 140 characters or less."
"Using Google Apps on the iPad can get sticky! Historically, Google and the iPad have not played well together. But we have come a long way in the last couple years! There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!