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4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School

4 Things That Totally Suck About Using Technology In School | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

I’ve read that e-books are the future of books, and it’s not a matter of if they’ll surpass print books but when. Being still in college, I wondered if that was the case for e-textbooks. There’s certainly more buzz on e-textbooks as they’re cheaper and it means that students don’t have to break their backs with heavy physical books. But are they better? Is going all digital better?

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Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom

Digital Publications for the Digital Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The home of my digital education publishing site.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, April 10, 4:16 AM
very useful materials and ideas for the classroom
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, April 10, 8:43 AM
The home of my digital education publishing site.
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Four Classroom Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking and Kinesthetic Learning

Four Classroom Strategies for Integrating Critical Thinking and Kinesthetic Learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Following are four highly effective classroom strategies that fuse critical thinking with kinesthetic learning. Each strategy is designed to spur dialogue, get the oxygen pumping and make the lessons much more dynamic. In particular, struggling learners can benefit from these strategies as they can become frustrated and restless during challenging lessons.
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Useful ideas that get students up and moving around.

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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Screencastify makes it easy to record video of your screen or with your webcam. Here are ideas for classroom implementation.
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Some very useful ways to use screencapture to engage learners.

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Will online learning lead education by 2025?

Will online learning lead education by 2025? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The respondents predict that the future learning environment will break free from the classroom: 64% of respondents believe students in 2015 primarily engage with content in the classroom, but only 25% predict it will still be the leading way for learning in 2025. Alongside this, the use of remote learning technologies in teaching is expected to rise significantly: 53% of education professionals believe real-time video collaboration and mobile devices will be the primary way students engage with content by 2025.
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Interesting survey, but I can't find a link to the full report.

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Why It's Time for Education Technology to Become an Academic Discipline

Why It's Time for Education Technology to Become an Academic Discipline | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
"We can see it as a way of engaging around a set of problems that we think are important but that we don't think have a single solution. There may be multiple solutions that require research, that require an approach that I think mirrors or suggests the contours of a discipline."
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I thought it already was! Or was it something else I did an M.Ed in all those years ago.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 25, 6:34 PM

You mean it's not already?? Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

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A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil's Dictionary for educational technology terms.  May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n.  An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. Blended learning, n.  The practice of combining digital and analog teaching.  Also referred to as…
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I hope this makes you smile.

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Why VR matters, especially in rural schools

Why VR matters, especially in rural schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
There’s a world of difference between three lines of printed text on a page and virtual exploration of King Tut’s tomb. The potential to ignite curiosity and encourage discovery multiplies tenfold with a virtual reality field trip. These rich experiences become the fertile ground for teachers to nurture the learning that comes after.
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Some good points.

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How to Plan Outstanding Tech Training for Your Teachers

How to Plan Outstanding Tech Training for Your Teachers | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The other group that can benefit from these tips is those who arrange tech trainings, school leaders who are trying to organize the best experience possible. The advice we offer here may help you get clearer about what you want and need from a tech trainer, or what elements you might want to ask for to ensure your teachers get as much as they can from the session.
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Some really useful tips.

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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Check out these 14 great ways students can use their amazingly powerful smartphone cameras for all kinds of classroom applications.
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Some useful ideas.

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Will educators get virtual reality right?

Will educators get virtual reality right? | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The lag time between the emergence of new technology and its effective use in schools results in generations of students who do not benefit in their learning as much as the rest of the world benefits from increases in productivity and creativity. The bottom line is that it is easy to buy new equipment and new software. It is messier and more difficult to transform pedagogy to use those technologies in ways that create better learning outcomes.

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Probably not. At least not for a while.

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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. This collaborative effort helps to paint a picture of where things stand now and where they might be going.
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Interesting work from the New Media Consortium.

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These free e-books are changing reading habits in Africa

These free e-books are changing reading habits in Africa | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The books available to Dyer and her students were not representative of lives outside a certain demographic. The students were unable to see themselves in the story, unable to understand the relationships, heartaches, celebrations portrayed because they looked vastly different from their own.
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A good news story.

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Phillip Morgan's curator insight, September 20, 2:53 AM
Check out how e-books are changing reading habits in Africa.
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Why your method doesn’t matter: Black Box videocast

Why your method doesn’t matter: Black Box videocast | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the world language teaching profession recently, it’s that we’re plagued with arguments about why one method trumps another. As it turns out, we’re wasting our time on that argument, and we should be asking a different question altogether.
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Useful video podcasts.

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Teaching for Success online conference

Teaching for Success online conference | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The British Council's first online CPD conference for teachers and teacher educators. You can register for the conference by visiting http://teachingforsuccess.eventbrite.com
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Looking forward to speaking about Managing the Digital Classroom on day 5.

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Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Last year, Dr. Karlsson Wirebring and fellow researchers published a study that supports what many educators and parents have already suspected: students learn better when they figure things out on their own, as compared to being told what to do.
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Definitely something we should all keep in mind.

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The Top 10 Companies Working on Education in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Touchstone Research

The Top 10 Companies Working on Education in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Touchstone Research | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies are quickly changing the landscape of education with the help of some key companies.
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Some ineteresting videos and links.

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Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning. This is because in many ways I feel that most made for learning apps have made very little pedagogical progress beyond their roots in CALL from the last century.

I also believe that encouraging students to get 'hands on' with authentic apps has a much more important role in helping them to develop digital literacies which they can use outside of the classroom.
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This is a blog post from back in 2013.

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Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

Evaluating Websites as Information Sources | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Using a six-point strategy, teachers can help students learn about responsible web research by assessing the validity of most information that they’ll encounter online.
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I'd like to see a bit more personalisation and critical thinking in here, but it's a start.

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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
When implementing and successfully sustaining a mobile learning initiative, it is imperative not to allow the device to drive instruction. Lessons, curriculum, schools and districts should never be built around technology. Everything we do in education should be built around learning. Thus, if the ultimate goal is to improve student outcomes then the role of any mobile device initiative should be to support or enhance learning.
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I'm tempted to say "Der!"

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Christine DiPaulo's curator insight, September 23, 4:29 AM
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Gaby K. Slezák's curator insight, September 23, 7:32 AM
Tech follows learning - not the other way around.
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The New Face of the Textbook Monopoly | Huffington Post

The New Face of the Textbook Monopoly | Huffington Post | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
By creating access codes that include assignments and tests, publishers lock 100% of students in a course into buying their product and eliminate a student’s ability to opt-out.
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A very important issue.

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Education and cognitive science are largely separate worlds that have begun communicating only in the last decade, partly because “teachers see all sorts of reforms come and go, and they’re skeptical — and rightly so — of anyone who comes in and says, “Well, I’m going to tell you how to make the kids learn better,” he said.
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Some useful tips to share with students.

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10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
Want to make a great slidedeck? A TED staffer shares some big-picture things to think about, and some helpful tactical tips.
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Some really useful tips and advice.

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a-virtual - Claudia M Pagano's curator insight, September 22, 7:36 AM

Some really useful tips and advice.

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5 charts that explain the future of education

5 charts that explain the future of education | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

The new research shows that as the digital economy transforms the workplace, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills such as collaboration, communication and problem solving will become ever more important as more traditional roles are mechanized.

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Well worth reading.

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How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation

How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

These days, your online presence is your resume. It’s also the best way to promote your personal and professional brand. Haven’t yet jumped on the social media bandwagon? Now is the time.

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Some tips for teachers.

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Dr. Jacqui Cyrus's curator insight, September 21, 2:59 AM
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Sebastián Vásquez's curator insight, September 25, 4:39 PM
Raising awareness about the importance of digital reputation management might save us of making mistakes that could put our lives (or any field) at risk. An image, a post or a comment could end up being a disaster for our professional fields if they are not along with social conventions about social behaviours. In additon, as social networks allow people to get a fast and massive access to information, we need to pay closer attention to the kind of content we publish since these spaces, nowadays, can even play the role of a resume for a job interview (as Scoop.it slogan says, "You are the content you publish"). My suggestion, then, could be to have our several social domains in separate virtual spaces instead of migled into only one, or limiting our virtual spaces to determined or previously set objectives.
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Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it

When you think about the advance of technology in society in the last decade, the progress has been phenomenal – just take a look at these examples to see how far we have come in such a short space of time. Now, think about education. Think about the technology in your school ten years ago – perhaps a computer suite with an unreliable bank of PC’s; CD-ROMs; discs; slow, irrelevant programs; staff scared of using IT; and so on.

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An optimistic look at the future.

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Brett.Ashley.Crawford's curator insight, September 20, 9:23 AM
While consumers enjoy the 'fun' of many of these technologies -- education is where their applications will soar. #art #tech @techinthearts
Kevin Morrison's curator insight, September 20, 10:42 AM
This is all great news but as a parent and having watched as my kids go through K12 it is abundantly evident and clear that none of this technology is worth a thing unless the educators that are using it as a tool understand it and can wield it to their benefit. Sadly they are having a tough time getting to grips with simple devices like iPads and Chrome pads with NO special software other than the reporting software. To which I am finding they are having trouble just posting things such as grades and test scores.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 20, 12:26 PM
They paint a rosy picture. I hope it's true!
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This immersive VR platform was designed with education in mind

This immersive VR platform was designed with education in mind | Learning Technology News | Scoop.it
The platform is new (and available as a free preview) so full functionality hasn’t been released, or even dreamed up, but so far educators can use it to create a custom avatar and then host live sessions or record presentations for download. Students will also be able to showcase artwork and photography in a gallery-like setting.
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Looks interesting.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, September 19, 11:19 AM

La realidad virtual sigue avanzando en el sector de la educación.