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Blended Learning Research Yields Limited Results

Blended Learning Research Yields Limited Results | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

Drawing conclusions about what works in blended learning is difficult, because of the amorphous nature of the term, rapid changes in technology and how it is used, and other factors.

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Apply for KQED "Do Now" Working Group for this Spring

Apply for KQED "Do Now" Working Group for this Spring | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
KQED Education is looking for highly engaged educators to join our KQED Do Now working group. If you are interested in integrating innovative pedagogical approaches to learning where students can connect, collaborate, and debate with their peers from around the country on current events.
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Adobe Youth Voices

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Adobe Youth Voices ignites young people’s Creative Confidence – the ability to harness creative skills to solve problems – with advanced digital media tools and powerful storytelling techniques.

 

We’re so pleased to announce our free online course on youth media making – and an opportunity to obtain Adobe software for your school! 

For the first time ever, AYV will offer to the public an 8-session online course with all the key elements of the successful program. Adobe Youth Voices: Create Change is designed to prepare educators to lead youth media making for creative skill development and social change. The course will be hosted on the Adobe Education Exchange and is set to begin September 21, 2014. It’s simple – and free – to join the Adobe Education Exchange and enroll in the course. Users can login with their existing Adobe ID or create one. Register for the Adobe Education Exchange and then visit the Adobe Youth Voices: Create Change course page to enroll in the course. This is a great opportunity for educators who can’t participate in standard AYV training to still benefit from all of the resources and ideas in AYV.

If you are in the U.S. and work in a Title 1 school, you may be eligible to apply for a software donation. As part of the White House's ConnectED initiative, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States—all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their skills for future success. To learn more about the Adobe ConnectED donation program for Title 1 schools, please visit http://edex.adobe.com/connected.

Remember: Any educator around the world is welcome to join the AYV Create Change course. U.S. teachers in Title 1 schools can also take advantage of Adobe’s ConnectED software donation program. Their school may receive up to 30 copies of PEPE and they can start using the skills gained in the online course right away. The ConnectED donation also includes Adobe EchoSign and Adobe’s eLearning tools, Captivate and Presenter. Educators can easily create instructional videos and incorporate a flipped classroom model. Please help us spread the word to your colleagues! 

 

 

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Connected Learning: The power of making learning relevant

Connected Learning is when you’re pursuing expertise around something you care deeply about, and you’re supported by friends & institutions who share this common…
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Submit your project to the 2014-2015 iEARN Project Book

Submit your project to the 2014-2015 iEARN Project Book | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Are you facilitating an iEARN project? Do you have an idea for a new iEARN project? Submit it to be included in the 2014-2015 iEARN Project Book.
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Learning Forward Exchange seeks bloggers and community facilitators

Bloggers/Community facilitators wanted!By: Tom Manning, 6/2/2014 12:09:08 PM

We're looking for bloggers and community facilitators who will share their expertise and lead discussions on the Learning Exchange. If you've got a topic you're passionate about, we want to give you a forum. Please contact Tom Manning, associate director of e-learning, if you're interested in blogging or facilitating a discussion on the Exchange.

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tom.manning@learningforward.org

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Adobe Education Exchange

Use Voice in your classroomDownload selected lesson plans to easily integrate Adobe Voice into your classroom and inspire your students to tell their stories. Or browse all Voice resources.Career ChoicesDocument an EventEat Your Veggies PSAField Trip JournalIce Cream in ChineseMy Role ModelOral HistoriesPromote an EventStudent Feedback & CelebrationWhat I Did For My Summer Vacation
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Announcing Connected Educators Month circ. Oct 2014! - more international

Announcing Connected Educators Month circ. Oct 2014! - more international | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the last two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, Connected Educator Month offers highly distributed, diverse and engaging activities to educators at all levels, with the ultimate goal of getting more educators more connected, spurring collaboration and innovation in the space. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014 through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming. To help CEM continue to scale, the US Department of Education is distributing the event's management out to the connected community, led by the American Institutes of Research (AIR), Grunwald Associates (GA), and … More
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Peace Corps Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people. Apply online to Volunteer, find a local recruiting event, donate to a Volunteer project, or access teacher and student resources.
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The Promise, Progress And Pain Of Collaboration Software | TechCrunch

The Promise, Progress And Pain Of Collaboration Software | TechCrunch | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Truly effective enterprise collaboration applications represent one of the most promising opportunities for cloud computing. Over the last decade, several..
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Exclusive Podcast Interview with Michael Furdyk from TakingITGlobal -MindShare Learning

Podcast: Michael Furdyk has founded several successful online companies (MyDesktop.com and BuyBuddy.com) and is the co-founder of the TakingITGlobal (TIG) online community. As TIG’s Director of Technology, Michael oversees the team and tools that drive www.tigweb.org and websites for other TIG initiatives.

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iEARN-USA Newsletter - April 2014 Make EVERY day Earth's Day!

iEARN-USA Newsletter - April 2014 Make EVERY day Earth's Day! | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

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Amazon's Rising Edtech Play (EdSurge News)

Amazon's Rising Edtech Play (EdSurge News) | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

If you want to see the future of Amazon in education, don't look to Seattle. Look to Sao Paulo.

For months, I’ve wondered what Amazon’s strategy for the Kindle in education might be. The Seattle-based company’s presence in K-12 has been notable largely by its absence. No grand, sweeping announcements. No blow-out presentations at education technology conferences. No dramatic Bezos schoolyard laughs.

Yet, in the past year or so, Amazon has:

Hired a Microsoft executive, Raghu Murthi, to lead Amazon’s efforts in the education and enterprise markets;Acquired TenMarks, the math materials edtech company that appeals to teachers with its freemium model;Rolled out Whispercast, to let educators centrally distribute and manage eBooks for reading and other programs en masse; and,Introduced new models of the Kindle Fire HD and HDX with Fire OS 3.1, an Android variant that sports advanced features such as corporate-level security (e.g., native VPN support) and encryption.

These improvements have gone a long way to reverse Amazon’s early perceived disinterest in K-12 education, including the one-time barrier of a five unit-per-order limit on Kindles which made it hell for any school library or classroom to fully outfit itself. Amazon now has a dedicatedEducation and Enterprise Sales page, too, in addition to mass device management.

Individuals vs. Institutions

Amazon has always been interested in education at the individual student level, and aggressively pursues that segment of the market in higher education by offering Kindle eTextbook sales and eTextbook rentals. College students are like the mass-market consumers Amazon dearly loves, except they often get to spend other family members’ money. Schools, on the other hand, are more like government, just pickier.

Despite this activity, Amazon seems oddly passive. It has yet to make a dedicated, decisive Kindle push into K-12 schools. Its Fire is a rounding error in K-12 tablet and laptop sales stats where Apple’s iPads rule supreme (at 43%, according to recent Futuresource Consulting estimates) and only appears to be challenged by the rapid rise of Google’s Chromebooks. Amazon’s Kindle looks like it falls in the forlorn four percent that Futuresource labels “Other.”

 
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Adobe Youth Voices Awards Final deadline is: April 20, 2015

Adobe Youth Voices Awards Final deadline is: April 20, 2015 | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global challenge that invites youth to creatively express their vision for driving change in local communities and to present potential solutions through visual storytelling.
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PBS is looking for America's most innovative educators!

PBS is looking for America's most innovative educators! | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology in your classroom, we encourage you to apply to the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This yearlong professional development program is designed to reward, foster and grow a community of 100 tech-savvy educators making an impact in their classrooms.

Acceptance into this program offers access to exclusive virtual trainings and resources; exposure to innovative instructional strategies, best practices, and tools that can be immediately applied to the classroom; national recognition in press and marketing communications; and membership into a robust professional learning community.

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Handy Web Tools to Help You Grow Your Personal Learning Network

Handy Web Tools to Help You Grow Your Personal Learning Network | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

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The Trust Challenge | Challenge Details

The Trust Challenge | Challenge Details | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Building Trust in Connected Learning Environments

 

Challenge Details

The Trust Challenge funds successful collaborations or “laboratories” where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed. Successful labs will create scalable, innovative, and transformative exemplars of connected learning that bridge technological solutions with complex social considerations of trust.

Awards

$10,000 to $150,000 year-long development grants
$5,000 technology grants
$1.2 million will be awarded in total.

Development grant award amounts will be determined by project feasibility and complexity, team member expertise, length of time required to complete the work, and level of institutional support.

In addition to the larger, on-going development grants, “People’s Choice Awards” will be made to the three finalist applications that amass the most votes during the public voting process. These small grants will be up to $5,000 and must be used specifically for approved technology purchases for the applying organization/institution.

Timeline

The Trust Challenge will accept applications from September 3 to November 3, 2014. Final applications are due Monday, November 3, 2014 at 5pm PST/ 8pm EST. Winners will be announced January 2015. See the full timeline for additional details.

Who can participate

The Trust Challenge strongly encourages collaboration. Successful proposals will include youth-serving organizations and institutions and institutions of higher learning anywhere in the world that serve as laboratories where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed.

Teams must include

institutional/organizational stakeholders and administrators that can provide and direct project objectives, inform design and implementation, and increase opportunities for scalability.

Additionally, teams might also include:

technologists, web developers, app developers, badge system designers, etc. that can design, build and implement the proposed digital solution; andresearchers, educators, learning experts, policy advisors, legal counsel, etc. that can give careful consideration to complex social and institutional/organizational considerations around trust and learning.

See our FAQ for further information regarding eligibility.

Challenge Process

Determine the youth-serving institution(s)/organization(s) or institutions of higher education that will serve as a laboratory where challenges to trust in connected learning environments can be identified and addressed. Labs might include museums, libraries, out-of-school programs, schools, school districts, governmental and non-governmental organizations, civic/community organizations, non-profits,  other youth-serving institutions/organizations or institutions of higher education located anywhere in the world.

Consider the ways in which the laboratory can better contribute to building an environment of trust that will optimize connected learning. What are the primary obstacles and concerns related to trust, safety, and privacy that need to be overcome?

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Designing systems and digital environments that engender trust for networks of youth, parents of youth (where appropriate), and learning institutions.

What specific trust/safety/privacy concerns do the laboratory’s learner constituencies and their parents have with regards to the learning objectives of the organization/institution?How can the lab facilitate trusted peer collaborations, connection with mentors, and connected learning experiences that are relevant to real life and real work?

Arming learners with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to become savvy web citizens and to know when a system is safe and designed to protect their information.

What learning content and resources need to be created to support the development of digital literacies in youth and college learners so that they can access, navigate, contribute to, and understand the web in trustworthy, safe, and privacy-protecting ways?What digital tools–apps, badge systems, platforms, online learning content, etc.– need to be developed and implemented to give learners better control over their information online, so they know the consequences of how their data are being used, by whom, and to what purposes?

Sharing data across platforms and organizations in productive ways that allow learners to pursue their interests and easily share and control their data across different learning networks.

What interoperable digital tools aligned to open technical standards need to be developed to help learners more easily share information and data, connect with mentors, and learn from each other across different platforms, products, and services in informed, safe, and privacy-protecting ways?

Promoting a culture of civility and respect online, enabling deeper and more supportive trusted engagement among learners, and encouraging the development of learners as responsible creators and stewards of an open, inviting, and egalitarian web.

What policies or tools must be developed to encourage respectful and responsible interaction online that deepens connected learning experiences for learners?How will the lab bridge social and cultural differences to provide learners with opportunities to learn online in trusting and supportive ways that encourage the respectful representation of diverse lifestyles and opinions?

Visit our Examples page to see some sample scenarios of possible challenges to trust in connected learning environments.


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5 reasons you should forget the coding bootcamp & study online instead

5 reasons you should forget the coding bootcamp & study online instead | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Teaching coding languages and skills is a critical need in today’s technology-infused society, but we’re falling behind in the talent wars. Even though programming jobs are some of the best paying ...
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Youth Movements - Welcome!

Mission Statement

We are an inclusive youth-centred network. We create awareness, gather evidence, share insights, and leverage our collective power to amplify youth action for local, national, and global impact.

 

Guiding Principles

As individuals in partnership, we:

- Support the agency of youth - Promote inclusivity & access - Share data, and insight in dialogue - Recognize and honour each other’s collaboration and achievements

 

YouthMovements.org is a collaborative program that connects, supports and maps youth-led and youth-serving projects. In partnership with organizations - across the youth sector, YouthMovements.org supports youth-led development projects by mapping the projects of multiple networks in one place and by increasing contact between diverse networks of engaged young people. Read our Declaration of Interdependence. 

This site provides young people with information and opportunities to get involved in tackling the world’s greatest challenges at the local, national and international level. Organizations benefit from increased recognition, increased understanding of the sector,  new ideas to be more effective and  exposure to new young people. 

As our world’s challenges become increasingly interconnected, young people require new and innovative ways of identifying the overlap between issues, scaling best practices, and collaborating to effectively provoke change. 

Youth Movements Summit

 

TakingITGlobalTakingITGlobal (TIG) provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Often described as a "social network for social good," the award-winning site is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve.Knight FoundationKnight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.Global Youth Action Network

GYAN represents a growing alliance of youth-led and youth-serving organizations in more than 190 countries, working together to improve our world. Membership is open on different levels to any organization that supports young people and which does not advocate hatred or violence in any form.

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Teachers Know Best- What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools

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Will Google Glass Live Up To Its Hype In The Classroom?

Will Google Glass Live Up To Its Hype In The Classroom? | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it
Does Google Glass have the power to transform education, or will it end up in the back of the cupboard as another overhyped and underused piece of ed tech?
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""School cupboards are full of tech that was hailed as a major innovation but bit the dust because teachers lacked the know-how to use it fully, or found that its amazing capabilities were rarely called upon. It is unlikely the same fate will befall Google Glass, but there is more exploring to be done before the jury gives its verdict on whether it will make a real difference in the classroom."

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Learning is Connecting

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“Education over the Internet is going to be so big it is going to make email usage look like a rounding error.” – John Chambers 1999

Cisco’s CEO, John Chambers, was right, but not the way most people understood it at the time. As everything gets connected, we have to re-think our ideas about education and training. While education over the internet may not be as pervasive as email today, learning over the internet is massive. Learning is happening on every social media platform. It’s just not being controlled by educators and trainers. For example, there are how-to videos on YouTube, learning-oriented chats on Twitter, study groups on Facebook, and professional communities on LinkedIn. Google Plus may soon become the biggest social learning platform, as it integrates with collaborative documents, and real-time video Hangouts that can automatically be recorded and made available via YouTube.

Jane Hart has asked learning professionals over the past several years what are their best web tools for learning. Here are last year’s top 10:

Twitter: Social network and micro-blogging site
Google Drive/Docs: Office suite & file storage service
YouTube: Video-sharing site
Google Search: Web search engine
PowerPoint: Presentation software
Evernote: Productivity tool
Dropbox: File storage & synchronization
WordPress: Blogging/website tool
Facebook: Social network
Google+ & Hangouts: Social networking & video meetings

It’s remarkable that these top 10 learning tools are not specifically designed for education. On the internet, work is learning and learning is the work. Education, especially formal instruction directed by some authority, is losing out to individual, and most importantly, peer to peer learning on the internet.

Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco, sees the nature of education is changing.

“Of course this is about more than simply raw network speeds; the Internet of Everything will also impact some of our basic assumptions about the purpose and nature of education. People today generally agree that the purpose of education is to convey knowledge. But if all the world’s knowledge is instantaneously available online via smartphone or Google Glass, how does that affect what we need to teach in school? Perhaps education will become less about acquiring knowledge, and more about how to analyze, evaluate, and use the unlimited information that is available to us. Perhaps we will teach more critical thinking, collaboration, and social skills. Perhaps we will not teach answers, but how to ask the right questions.”

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Learn to Listen. Really Listen: “Storytelling and Digital Age Civics”

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Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day

Make Earth Day a Global Learning Day | K-12: Connecting outside your zipcode | Scoop.it

By definition, Earth Day is a global learning day. Earth, water, air quality, climate, chemistry, physics, physiology, plant life and animal habitats don't respect national boundaries, so they are inherently global in nature, inviting wider exploration and conversation. This fact in itself can serve as a launch for a global conversation. Vexing challenges that stump the best scientific minds are solved globally using collaborative teams located in different locales that experiment and study issues from diverse angles and approaches.


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