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5 Features Technology Must Have Before Classroom Use - Edudemic

5 Features Technology Must Have Before Classroom Use - Edudemic | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
There are a few important criteria that education technology must satisfy before being used in education. Otherwise, we have a problem.
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It is about the Why versus the with what.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:10 PM

"Almost like a demigod, the education industry seeks the golden bullet that will solve the problem of providing an engaging personalized learning experience for every child and we assume it will have a USB port." With failed leadership do not expect this to change. I do like the first point: Make the teacher's life easier.

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4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning

4 Stages: The Integration Of Technology In Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
What are the stages of technology in learning, and how can these stages be used as a framework for improving learning?

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Drora Arussy's comment, April 24, 2013 7:06 AM
Emerging, Engaging, Extending and Empowering, that is wonderful! Technology can be used across the board, and definitely empowers/self-directs. You're right they do line up.
Bobbi Capwell's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:10 AM

Good explanation of how to bridge integration to learning

Jody Beesley-Lazarski's curator insight, October 13, 2014 11:31 AM

Digital Media, included music, video, game based learning and various digital platforms are discussed in this article about how to effectively  integration these technologies into class curriculum.

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5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift

5 Tools to Introduce Programming to Kids | MindShift | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
There are many tools out there that provide a great introduction to computer science for K-12 students, but here are a few of our favorites.
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Programming is something that is not only important for students, but teachers as well. I moved from a Humanities background to Tech integration, and this is an area I want to work on.

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What's your digital footprint? Take this quiz and find out!

What's your digital footprint? Take this quiz and find out! | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

I developed this quiz with members of my personal learning network (found at end of post) to get students thinking about their digital footprint. The quiz was created at the request of high school students I spoke with who thought the creation of a such a quiz could lead to a smart conversation about ways students can update their digital footprint so that it is one that leads to college and career success.


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Important tool and topic. Kids just don't "get it"

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 11, 2013 10:27 PM

If you work with students in high school (or even college) you might want to have them check out this digital footprint quiz. Students answer 8 questions and score their quiz. There are six possible outcomes:

* Negative Score: Clean up time
* No Score: You’re off the radar 
* 1 - 10 points: You’re a New “Foot” on the Block

* 11 - 15 points: You’re Making Strides
* 16 - 20 points: You’re a Rising star! (or “Digital Weaver”)
* More than 20 points: You’re Web Wise!

More details are available for each description.

Tracy Shaw's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:48 AM

Reinforcing awareness -------- nothing is private!

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How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… : Blogush

How to make RSA Animate style videos with your class… : Blogush | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Hindie Becker Dershowitz's curator insight, December 29, 2012 6:50 PM

excellent and very detailed blog on how to have students create videos to demonstrate understanding of a subject

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The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic

The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms - Edudemic | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Here's a useful list of the best web tools for flipped classrooms, complete with what each tool is and how teachers are using it right now!
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Big Rich Mt. Olympus: Legendary Drama! | The Daring Librarian

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Wow! I am inspired. Really clever mashups. I bet her students  Love this project.

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How Teachers Can Best Use Education Technology - Edudemic

How Teachers Can Best Use Education Technology - Edudemic | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Edtech isn't the final solution for education's problems. It's a powerful addition to classrooms though, so it's time to ask: what is the point of education technology?
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This is a good reminder as well as an astute observation of school versus the real world.

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What is digital literacy and why is it needed? - Innovate My School

What is digital literacy and why is it needed? - Innovate My School | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Technology affects all of us: from our working lives, to our home and social lives. There is no denying that the growth of technology, particularly in the last ten years, has been at an unprecedented pace.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:11 PM

"It is likely that schools will have to regularly update their IT programme of study so that they can keep up with the rapid advances of technology. This is particularly prevalent with the increasing use of online research and educational software being used as teaching and learning aids through the use of mobile devices"

 

If we know what our values are and can stay true to them, this is doable. If we do not, not so much.

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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson

Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 

 

"As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?), I’ve been more and more drawn to the question of how we begin to educate parents around the very big learning and schooling shifts that are occurring because of the Web and the technologies that support it. Specifically, how can we develop and nurture in parents a new context for learning that will allow them to understand the changes many of us are fighting for in our classrooms. Neither Bruce nor I have seen any co-ordinated attempts to offer parents a truly different concept of schooling that synthesizes technological change with progressive ideas around learning and a new vision for the role of schools in our communities.  

 

"We’re hoping our free, weekly newsletter and accompanying site will begin that work."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a great concept, but should we not have been doing this all along?

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Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership

Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

By Susan M. Brookhart

 

"Creativity is a simple concept that can be difficult to get your head around. In its most basic sense, creative means "original and of high quality" (Perkins, 1981, p. 6). The girl's school spirit poem was of high quality, but it was workmanlike and derivative. The boy's self-analysis poem was original, and the poetic composition and word choice were fine; he just needed to attend to the quality of the mechanics. Of course, a poem that is uninterpretable or meaningless, no matter how original, can't be creative.

 

"What does it look like when schoolwork is original and of high quality? Probably the foremost characteristic of creative students is that they put things together in new ways (Brookhart, 2010). For example, while writing a poem about a sunset, a student who observes that moment when the sunset looks very much like a sunrise and makes the connection to other endings that can also foreshadow beginnings is more creative than a student who describes that moment as "red and fiery."

 

"Students who are able to put things together in new ways can observe things others might miss, construct more novel products, give more novel performances, use more unusual or unconventional imagery to make points, observe ordinary things and find in them an area to wonder about or a problem to solve, and the like.


"Not all schoolwork, even performance assessments, supports this sort of thinking. Before you can assess creativity, you need to make sure that the tasks you set for students are conducive to creativity."


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A very interesting concept is introduced here. Not sure if creativity can truly be assessed, but this rubric certainly helps define what it is as it applies to Schoolwork and would be an interesting conversation started both in the classroom and the lunchroom.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:08 PM

Great looking rubric that can act as a template and foundation

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Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained

Creative Commons Infographic: Licenses Explained | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
  via Technology Enhanced Learning Blog Do you use images or photos? Do you check with the owner before saving or copying or using? Are you using Creative Commons (CC) images and think that it...
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More than an info graphic; this explains more thoroughly.

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The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now

The 7 Most Powerful Ideas In Learning Available Right Now | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 13, 2013 9:49 PM

If you had to come up with the seven most "compelling trends" in education today what would they be? This graphic shows one view of the trends. The ones listed are:

* Digital & Research Literacy 

* Shifts from Standards to Habits

* Game-Based Learning and Gamification

* Connectivism

* Transparency

* Place-Based Education

* Self-Directed Learning and Play

For more information on these check out the original post.

Darren Smith's curator insight, March 14, 2013 12:04 AM

Love this. professional Learning Teams can benefit from this.

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Love it. Thanks, as always , for sharing all this great stuff:)
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6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher and Student ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Great Tech Question Charts for The 21st Century Teacher and Student ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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A great jumping off point for considering assessments of 21st century skills, expecially as they realte to core subjects. Pdf link is included as well as an interesting link to the creator's blog.

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Don’t plan for technology; plan for learning | eSchool News

You never know how someone will react when you suggest that they junk their title and replace it with a new one that leads to a different focus of work—not to mention the confusion this could cause across the faculty, or the possible political...
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The title says it all!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:44 PM

This should not come as a surprise; however there is an absence of leadership in education so it is like a drifting ship.

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Really? It’s My Job To Teach Technology? | The Thinking Stick

Really? It’s My Job To Teach Technology? | The Thinking Stick | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Why do I need to teach movie making? Because you want students to create good content that they can share.

Why do I need to teach how to search? Because you want students to have the skill of evaluating and analyzing."


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We need to stay away from the verb teach and embrace the word learn.In doing so, we embrace our partnership with the students and become a learning community; these are the first steps in a true collaborative learning community. Embrace the fact that students have something to bring to the table to share.

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Library Staff's curator insight, April 9, 2013 3:08 AM

So well put. The case for seamless use of technology in learning.

EVERY TEACHER SHOULD READ THIS.

Julie Lindsay's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:27 PM

Jeff Utecht is right on the mark with this blog post - I still find it hard to believe we continue to have to encourage people and remind people that this is the way forward.

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, April 10, 2013 1:32 AM

Skill focus is the way to go!

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Finding Solutions for Tech Troubles In Schools | MindShift

Finding Solutions for Tech Troubles In Schools | MindShift | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
With the onset of the Common Core State Standards, which teachers are expected to implement next year, and the growth of blended learning, the role of digital
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Interesting discussions beginning about moving forward and the future of technology and learning

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What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Recently, I've been noticing that a lot of instructors are under the impression that they are successfully integrating technology, when in fact they are simply using technology. Although this might...

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Valuable discussion tool about the distinctions

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Rebecca Ferlazzo's curator insight, May 12, 2013 9:27 PM

An important point to remember when we are considering using technology in the classroom. The integration of technology can be a help in the classroom while simply using technology can become a hinderance. So where do we make that distinction? 

James Buchanan's curator insight, June 5, 2013 11:47 PM

This article is about digital technology and how it is used and integrated. Are we truly USING technology when it is not integrated? When we ask for assessment that is presented with powerpoint, for example, we could just as easily ask them to write it in a book or make a poster. Digital technology should be used to facilitate collaboration and build high level thinking skills, that is how learning occurs.

 

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 17, 2015 9:18 PM

Technology use is the first step.  Technology integration is the opportunity to combine technology with pedagogy.  Technology infusion is the process of using technology as a tool for learning, thinking, and problem solving.

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7 Technology Tools Every Educator Should Use

7 Technology Tools Every Educator Should Use | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
7 Technology Tools Every Educator Should Use
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A good reminder that you can always learn more. While i knew about 5, i just learned about another 2. I also like the idea that they are web tools.

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Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons | School Library Journal

Flipping the Classroom: A revolutionary approach to learning presents some pros and cons | School Library Journal | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
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From School Library JournL the up AND down sides

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Technology Integration Research: Additional Tools and Programs

Technology Integration Research: Additional Tools and Programs | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
Technology tools also have value beyond teaching the core curriculum. Here are our recommendations for research-proven tech tools that can enable more comprehensive assessment and better collaborative discussions.
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Both interesting and thorough

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Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Using Videos | MindShift

Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Using Videos | MindShift | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it
With one billion monthly users (and growing), YouTube's popularity is a pretty clear indication that video is a powerful medium. And kids' unrelenting fascinat
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one of the things I love about the Ipad is that i can carry these kind of PDFs around and read them like a book as opposed to an online document. This is a good resource tool.

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:06 PM

Gerstein provides an interesting look at where education is and where education is going. She provides a look at research that shows that schools are "living within and functioning through an Education 1.0 model." She quotes an article that states "Essentialists argue that classrooms should be teacher-oriented. The teachers or administrators decide what is most important for the students to learn with little regard to the student interests. The teachers also focus on achievement test scores as a means of evaluating progress."

So what defines Education 2.0? "Education 2.0 includes more interaction between the teacher and student; student to student; and student to content/expert."

Education 3.0 moves us into a new direction, one that we are beginning to see. Content is free (think open educational resources) and readily available, It is more self-directed with a focus on creativity, problem solving and innovation.

As always there is a wealth of resources available in the post.

Betsy Eubanks's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:39 AM

Excellent content, although evaluative testing issue remains unaddressed.

claudine pierron's curator insight, April 17, 2013 3:10 AM

Le changement phénoménal de la technologie provoque de nouvelles transformations au sein de l'éducation. Éducation 3.0 arrive avec toutes les répercussions sur "savoir apprendre " comment apprendre"

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Digital citizenship ~ presentation oct 2012

Facebook: Friend or Fiend?An Introduction to Digital Citizenship Emanuel School October 2012
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Great analogy. Discovered this via michellergreen.com

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Hacking the Classroom: Beyond Design Thinking

Hacking the Classroom: Beyond Design Thinking | learning21andbeyond | Scoop.it

"Design Thinking is a great skill for students to acquire as part of their education.  But it is one process like the problem-solving model or the scientific method. As a step-by-step process, it becomes type of box.  Sometimes we need to go beyond that box; step outside of the box. This post provides an overview of design thinking, the problems with design thinking, and suggestions to hacking the world to go beyond design thinking."


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Miguel Fuentes González's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:58 PM

Just for innovation´s fans!!

Melissa Ainsworth's curator insight, June 9, 2013 6:13 AM

This website has useful information for teachers and students about design thinking and interpretation. It looks at many elements of design and how to approach design in relation to technology. This website is helpful to give teachers some stepping stones and guidance as to where to go with design and technology.

Design in Practice's curator insight, August 2, 2014 10:45 AM

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand