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Michael Gove speaks about the importance of teaching - Speeches - GOV.UK

Michael Gove speaks about the importance of teaching - Speeches - GOV.UK | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Michael Gove, Education Secretary, on why there has never been a better time to be a teacher.
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Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:


“As the dominions of the duke of Saxony were bounded in part by France, one of the early dukes hit upon the device of a coat blue one side, and white the other. When he wished to be thought in the French interest he wore the white outside; otherwise the outside colour was blue.”


Origin of the term "Turncoat"

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Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8

Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8 | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
MS should be ‘ashamed of itself’ says El Reg reader
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Perfect?....http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/05/windows_10_wipes_child_safety_settings_upgrade/

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Checking in on The State of the iPad in Education in 2015 — Emerging Education Technologies

Checking in on The State of the iPad in Education in 2015 — Emerging Education Technologies | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons License Image Source With Competition Slowly Creeping in, How Goes it for the Behemoth of the Classroom Tablet Scene? When Apple released the iPad in 2010, they took the world by storm, adding another jewel to their crown
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"While the field may get more crowded, there is no doubt the iPad will continue to be a major player in successful 1:1 school programs for many years to come"  Too right.

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Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper

Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper
LEDs, pah! UK inventor cooks up cheap fabric alternative to giant displays
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British inventor Andrew Fentem has come up with a way of cheaply turning fabric into large active displays.

Fentem, who pioneered multitouch input technology 15 years ago, only to see a UK quango squander the innovation and Apple reap the reward, calls the new display “organic pixels”.

He’s invented an ulta-thin magnetic actuator, fractions of a millimetre thick, which can be applied fabric to create a “pixel”.

The programmable actuators create enough of a magnetic field to “flip” the pixel. This allows a vast display to be created at much lower cost than an arena-scale LED display.

"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible. I don’t think that’s going to be the case," Fentem said.

The original aim was to create an "Internet of Things" wallpaper, with a Japanese paper crafts feel, he told us.

“The invention came out of setting a hard constraint that whatever it was had to be printable; current bulky flip-dot technology costs around $1 per pixel, and this much cheaper to manufacture, around $0.10 per pixel which is very competitive with LEDs, and potentially resurrects an obsolete technology," he added.

The “Flick Pixels” can be made of almost any material. A brief video helps explain the concept and give a glimpse of its potential.



The electronics engineer worked in the defence industry at Thorn EMI before turning to research, focusing on input and visualisation technologies. More recently, he was an expert witness [interview] for Samsung in its litigation against Apple.

Fentem tells us (perhaps ominously) that it has been well received by the Large Area Electronics catapult centre at Cambridge University, who particularly like the fact it’s mass-customisable and potentially printable. So he's naturally keen on hearing from investors and supporters.

You can find out more here at Fentem’s site. ®
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Wow, almost retro, but an intriguing motion display - like the Texas Instruments DLP idea, but BIG.

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Report: 6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills -- THE Journal

American millennials may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence, according to a research project that analyzed data from an assessment of adult competencies that tests cognitive and workplace skills.
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Sadly, this is also true in the UK.  This is one problem that has been created by poor IT teaching.  If only they'd listened.

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Fortinet rides to troubled Meru's rescue

Fortinet rides to troubled Meru's rescue | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Adding cloudy WLAN to wireless security portfolio
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Well, clearly Fortinet sees a great product when they see it...and it is...you get what you pay for in tech, and @Meru is a phenomenal WLAN product... (As I pointed out at 'that council' 7 yrs ago)

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All 650 MPs are to be given a brand-new iPad Air 2 in £1MILLION Commons hardware refresh

All 650 MPs are to be given a brand-new iPad Air 2 in £1MILLION Commons hardware refresh | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
ALL 650 Members of Parliament will be offered a brand-new iPad Air 2 and laptop after the general election as part of a £1MILLION hardware refresh, the House of Commons has announced.
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MPs to stick with iPads...but detractors don't see the advantages, just the cost.  Outdated thinking that is typically naive.

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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Via Gust MEES
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In my second year of teaching - this was a 'subject' of an article I write  to TES.  Breaking down the barriers erected in Education.

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jmoreillon's curator insight, March 27, 9:42 AM

This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

María Florencia Perrone's curator insight, April 8, 4:00 PM

The world around us is not labelled or divided in categories, then why is academic content? Can we not relate topics and elaborate meaning on the basis of relationships and intertwined data? 

Helen Teague's curator insight, April 13, 9:11 PM

I wonder if this would work in the U.S.? Also, in Finland, students do not take standardized tests until the end of high school (Zhao, 2012, p. 111), so thankfully, perhaps the drill and kill process is diminished.


*Zhao, Y. (2012). World Class Learners. 

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An Apple for teacher: how tablets are changing education

An Apple for teacher: how tablets are changing education | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Will a screen in every child's hand help them learn?
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"... one of the most pressing issues preventing tablet adoption is the training and support teachers need to use tablets effectively in classrooms."

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Apple - Press Info - Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps

Apple - Press Info - Apple and IBM Deliver First Wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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The alliance begins to deliver as promised.  There are NO excuses now. 

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MP admits playing Candy Crush in Commons

MP admits playing Candy Crush in Commons | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
A Conservative MP has admitted playing puzzle game Candy Crush Saga on his iPad during a parliamentary committee meeting.
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Has no one heard of multi-tasking? Candy Crush is a game of skill, of strategy, social superiority, perfect for keeping a 40 yr old brain active....and maybe it should be mandatory for pension reform debates.  Maybe that why I can't stand it. 

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touch-responsive 3D maps provide navigation to visually impaired - designboom | architecture & design magazine

touch-responsive 3D maps provide navigation to visually impaired - designboom | architecture & design magazine | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
developed by a team from the university of buffalo, touch-responsive 3D maps provide an interactive navigation experience to the visually impaired
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Haptic....Maptic.....

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Supporting with digital confidence

Supporting with digital confidence | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Supporting with digital confidence is paramount when looking to develop colleagues in your school. While you may know that CPD is happening 24/7/365 online, many won't. Making it so that teachers feel empowered in their…
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ICT has to be reliable, it has to work the way you expect it to. It needs to have familiarity.  Then it delivers Trust in that 'working' results in confidence growing for the user.  Before you know it you have a revolution on your hands........

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Home Retail Group - News and media

Home Retail Group - News and media | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
10,000 free tablets and broadband as part of new digital skills workshops
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10,000 free tablets and broadband as part of new digital skills workshops - See more at: http://www.homeretailgroup.com/news-and-media/news.aspx?smlbus=1519&smltab&smltype=2077&smldate=2014&keyword=tablet&article=6432#sthash.UIKinfCt.dpuf

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Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies

Check Out How These Teachers and Students are Using Augmented Reality — Emerging Education Technologies | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses image source Augmented Reality is one of the most interesting and exciting tools emerging in the academic world today. Here are a handful of videos showing many fun, engaging ways in which educators and students are using
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...and this is just the start...

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Windows 10 laptops and tablets: Your upgrade guide | ZDNet

Windows 10 laptops and tablets: Your upgrade guide | ZDNet | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Are you seeking a new laptop, hybrid or tablet on which to run Windows 10? We asked the leading PC vendors to identify suitable products in a number of categories.
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If you are going to move to Windows 9 (sorry Windows 10)...make the right choice.

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Teachers, bin your textbooks, says US government official

Teachers, bin your textbooks, says US government official | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
A top US government official has called for schools on both sides of the Atlantic to stop using textbooks altogether within the next five years, contradicting UK ministers who want to increase their use. Richard Culatta, director of educational technology at the US Department of Education, said textbooks were “out of date the second they get printed”, did not engage pupils or allow personalised learning, and encouraged a “linear” form of learning that was not supported by evidence.
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Text books?  WTF?  

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Electroloom - The World's First 3D Fabric Printer

Electroloom - The World's First 3D Fabric Printer | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Design and create seamless, ready-to-wear garments based on custom 3D geometries. All from your desktop. No sewing required.
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A big WOW (or is that WOVE?

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Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School

Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Can a school be over-reliant on devices to the point of ignoring their teaching instincts? LearnMaker’s Jay Ashcroft discusses the fine but crucial line between “what” and “how”.
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It's the balance that matters.

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Digital Leader!  Yes.

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Carol Rine's curator insight, March 27, 11:05 AM

Excellent comparison. I am challenged by some of these! #AlwaysGrowing

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 29, 3:28 PM

Le digital a certainement changé notre façon d'être. Ici l'auteur fait une extrapolation vers le leadership du 21st siècle. Évidemment les choses ne sont pas aussi noir/blanc. Il faut des styles de management différents selon les situations.

Sarah johnstone's curator insight, May 19, 4:59 AM

Digital - DIGItal - DIGITAL All The Way For Me!! ��

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.

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Excellent to be missed. list - not to be missed,  Why so many excuses NOT to use them?

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Eneritz Madariaga's curator insight, March 19, 6:37 PM

Oso interesgarria ikasleen motibazioa sustatzeko!!

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añada su visión ...

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Digital literacy as important as English and maths, Parliament warns - Education - TES News

Digital literacy as important as English and maths, Parliament warns - Education - TES News | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Breaking education news about schools and further education. Find leading opinion, podcasts, comment and analysis on education from TES News
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Make your mind up... 

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Apple offers free coding workshops at 38 UK stores

Apple offers free coding workshops at 38 UK stores | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple is setting up to run free coding workshops at its retail stores worldwide.
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38 stores offer free coding.

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Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere

Autodesk Software Now Free For Schools And Students Everywhere | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The boxed copy sales model for professional software is dead, and increasingly companies are realizing that charging certain customers at all doesn't make..
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I'll say it again......bargain.

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, December 12, 2014 12:04 PM

For teachers and students everywhere!!

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5 reasons to try iTunes U now! - Educate 1 to 1

5 reasons to try iTunes U now! - Educate 1 to 1 | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Despite being around for some time now, iTunesU remains …
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iTunesU is simply one of the most valuable educational resources on the planet. Apple brought this to life just a few years ago - and it is the best kept secret to everyone outside of HE!

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Apple - Prince George

Apple - Prince George | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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http://www.apple.com/education/real-stories/prince-george/#video-prince-george Great video.

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