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Exclusive: Anger over new £45m free school that may be be Britain's most expensive

Exclusive: Anger over new £45m free school that may be be Britain's most expensive | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has approved a plan to spend £45m on a free school, making it almost certainly the most expensive in the country even though it has just 500 students, The Independent has learnt.
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Crumbs, that buy a few nice fittings.

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Why twist a curriculum when there's Apps for Good?

Why twist a curriculum when there's Apps for Good? | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apps for Good offers rich and flexible ways for schools to broaden 'Computing'. Tony Parkin explains
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This all sounds great - its two years since I met the Apps for Good Team at the Apple convention in London, and a lot seems to have changed - but underlying everything is sound Educational practice.

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U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education

U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The U.S. ranked near the bottom in an exhaustive international comparison of educational innovation, but received high grades for use of assessments and parent engagement.
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OECD publishes the first report, "Measuring Innovation in Education," 

The US are looking carefully at their scores, but "England" looks interesting. Will comment later.

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.


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Slow revolution. What exactly are the stats?

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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, July 21, 2:32 AM

The new wave bring with it a new style of learning. Learning which is more palatable to the new generation of learners. Good read.


Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 21, 3:55 PM

El e-libro. Aplicaciones.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, Today, 10:35 PM

Libros de texto electrónicos, una idea que nos puede ayudar a mejorar considerablemente nuestra forma de trabajo.

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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant

Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

When a school leader refuses to remove internal policy and filtering barriers that get in the way of students and teachers actually using purchased technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.


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Excellent book for anyone...... but especially the school leaders.

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, July 18, 10:38 AM

I think uninformed and worse, unwilling to be informed leadership is frequently the barrier to effective technology integration in the library and classroom.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 19, 1:14 AM

This is very true.

Gerardo Varela's curator insight, July 19, 12:40 PM

Lo que necesitan los líderes de tecnología en las escuelas

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Parents of academy pupils told not to talk about alleged £2m fraud

Parents of academy pupils told not to talk about alleged £2m fraud | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Man has been arrested in connection with investigation involving chain of three academies championed by Michael Gove
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I doubt this will be a one off.  The opportunities for fraud & financial deception increase with freedom.  Governors cannot afford to be complacent.   

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A New Type Of Ring Worn On The Finger Eliminates The Need For The Blind To Learn Braille

A New Type Of Ring Worn On The Finger Eliminates The Need For The Blind To Learn Braille | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Check out MIT's FingerReader.
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Technology with a 'point'.  Not really fluid, but very promising.

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Glow in the Dark PLA Filament - 1.75mm

Glow in the Dark PLA Filament - 1.75mm | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
1 Kg of PLA, (aka Polylactic Acid), spooled for 3D Printing use. PLA is a bioplastic which transitions quickly from liquid to solid. This makes it an ideal printing material, one of the most commonly used in consumer 3D printing (along with ABS).
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Now this could lead to some interesting projects!

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ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities.

ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities. | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Move away from the drib drab of everyday lessons, build engagement and get more interactive using this creative free web-based tool called ThingLink.
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The concept of ThingLink is simple, its execution elegant.  Love it.

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Financial Times - 3D printing: Additive process lays it on thick, 24 June 2014

Financial Times - 3D printing: Additive process lays it on thick, 24 June 2014 | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Wil Schoenmakers, PA global head of consumer products, discusses 3D printed food, in the Financial Times.
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Print me a lunch?

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What inner city kids know about social media, and why we should listen — I. M. H. O. — Medium

What inner city kids know about social media, and why we should listen — I. M. H. O. — Medium | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Teenagers know a lot more about privacy than we think, so what are they trying to tell us when they post?
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Fascinating read and a "staring you in the face" revelation.  Why didn't we see this instead of assuming it was 'off-limits'?

 

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Report calls for 'strategic framework' for schools ICT

Report calls for 'strategic framework' for schools ICT | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Although a new ICT curriculum for schools starts this September, an education think tank is calling for a "strategic framework" for technology in sch
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This is getting rather close to the line guys.

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Apple TV Dropped to €99 in Europe and £79 in the UK

Apple TV Dropped to €99 in Europe and £79 in the UK | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple has dropped the price of its Apple TV set-top box to €99 in Europe and £79 in the UK, putting pressure on rivals Roku, Google and possibly Amazon. Th
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Bargain basement, great quality....

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Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools

Apple opens applications for $100 million program to improve tech in schools | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook is starting to send out letters soliciting applications for its portion of larger White House initiative to improve the connectivity and technology in schools.
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Wouldn't it be great to see a similar initiative elsewhere?  UK anyone?

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15+ reasons Apple is best for accessibility

15+ reasons Apple is best for accessibility | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple does more to ensure its solutions are accessible to a wide range of users than any other platform, in spite of any drivel suggesting otherwise.
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That's what I've said - since 2000 at least, and it gets better.

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Technology - Digital Education (inc Digital Disruption)

Technology - Digital Education (inc Digital Disruption) | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Digital Education (inc Digital Disruption), by John Rudkin - Technology: How Technology can enhance life and change it for the better
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Read Digital Education (inc Digital Disruption) ▸  today's top stories via @johnarudkin @stephenheppell http://paper.li/f-1364114236

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Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools

Gove departs just as disaster looms for computing in schools | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Back in January 2012, the now-departed education secretary Michael Gove said, “ICT in schools is a mess”. He went on to argue that what was needed was a rigorous computer science curriculum. Now, from…
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But anyone with a brain could see this was going to happen. This has been a disastrous time for IT in schools.

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Just sold an old smartphone? Whatever you do don’t read this!

Just sold an old smartphone? Whatever you do don’t read this! | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
SECURITY firm extracts thousands of naked selfie images from wiped phones purchased on eBay....
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Dangerous.  Imagine all those public sector Androids with critics data on them

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75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App Store's sixth anniversary

75 billion downloads later, Apple celebrates the App Store's sixth anniversary | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Six years after Steve Jobs relented and agreed to allow third-party developers native access to the iPhone, the App Store has grown into a cultural phenomenon that connects people, drives innovation, and supports more than a million families around the world.
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I still remember trying to convince then DfES that if anyone could get internet based downloads right, Apple could - that was Quicktime!

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A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor

A School That Ditches All the Rules, But Not the Rigor | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
How can we make school a joyful experience without sacrificing rigor? What's the best way to measure true learning? What's the purpose of school? The founders and teachers at the PlayMaker School, an all-game based school in Los Angeles, are asking those big, hairy questions that all teachers grapple with. At the PlayMaker School, they're trying to find their own answers through their constantly morphing, complex experiment. Here are their thoughts about these issues, in their own words.
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The dream school.....all that is right for youngsters?

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Apple - Press Info - Apple Announces Updates to iTunes U

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Fantastic News..... iTunes U does it again.

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Apple drops iPod touch prices, adds a dash of color and iSight camera to 16GB model

Apple drops iPod touch prices, adds a dash of color and iSight camera to 16GB model | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Apple has finally brought parity to its iPod touch line, which before treated the 16GB model as some sort of necessary, but unwanted, entry point for the
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iPod Touch once again becomes a viable option in schools?

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10 New Accessibility Features in iOS 8 - Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads

10 New Accessibility Features in iOS 8 - Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
In its new update, iOS 8, Apple improves current accessibility features and adds on more, making their devices more accessible than ever.
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Great step forward Apple.  Still nothing on "Speak Screen" feature spotted at Keynote......:-) Pretty Please?

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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …

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It is becoming clear that there are a set of must haves for Education..

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 23, 3:12 AM

A great collection of apps collected by one teacher.

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, May 23, 5:00 AM

Awesome collection of apps to test in your group

María Cives's curator insight, June 15, 1:02 PM

Un conjunto de aplicaciones muy interesantes para el desarrollo de nuestra labor docente

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4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter - Edudemic

4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter - Edudemic | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The internet brings so much information to our fingertips. It makes doing research a much smoother, faster process, and it enables us to not have to lug around tons of heavy books. We can connect more easily with old friends and new acquaintances. It streamlines our work in the classroom and our students’ work too. …

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To the Naysers: "See, told you so" 

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Craig Crossley's curator insight, June 19, 6:34 PM

'it' has its merits...

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Computer Science - Switched on Computing with Microsoft – Now a Win 8.1 App - Microsoft UK Schools blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Computer Science - Switched on Computing with Microsoft – Now a Win 8.1 App - Microsoft UK Schools blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The Microsoft UK Blog for schools, featuring news for schools from Microsoft, case studies within education, and education ICT advice
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The App range is growing

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