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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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10 things to know about the state of tech in education

10 things to know about the state of tech in education | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

UKThe current state of tech and education is in flux. Here are 10 things to know about what's happening now.

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The UK is catching up to the USA....... in ways we should not be proud of. Well 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (if I knew what it meant?) 7 and 10,

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? 

 

 


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Character Minutes's curator insight, September 17, 7:34 PM

Will check out Ming but hopes this works  better than their video about it.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 17, 9:49 PM

Some good basics here. 

Shannon Resendez's curator insight, September 18, 8:52 AM

A teachers evaluation of best practices using classroom technology.

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'Growing Divide' Between Technology in UK Classrooms and Teachers' Abilities

'Growing Divide' Between Technology in UK Classrooms and Teachers' Abilities | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Virgin Media Business says only 15% of teachers are 'totally computer savvy'.
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........this is no surprise at all, and the figure is consistent.

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Sharing iPad eBooks with Colleagues, Pupils and Parents | August 2014 Blog

Sharing iPad eBooks with Colleagues, Pupils and Parents | August 2014 Blog | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

With the latest update to Book Creator allowing the user to export as video, I have created this short guide to a few options for sharing the eBooks made on iPads. This focuses on Book Creator 

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/book-creator-for-ipad-create/id442378070?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4 

 and My Story https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-story-book-maker-for-kids/id449232368?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  but there are other options.


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Marianthe Loucataris's curator insight, September 10, 10:01 PM

Book Creator options just keep getting better... now you can export as a video :)

Kimberly House's curator insight, September 12, 4:09 AM

Finally! I'll make some teachers very, very happy with this update. Book Creator is already such a powerful app and this was the one thing we always found frustrating. Fixed! 

Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, September 13, 9:08 AM

Sharing to iTunesU  a useful feature

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STOP STEALING MY DREAMS

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/files/stopstealingdreams-screen.pdf

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This is a great read that should resonant with every teachers - US centric, but it puts a few things in perspective.

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Sheffield education expert to retire

Sheffield education expert to retire | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The founder of a Sheffield specialist education centre which has gained an international reputation is to retire at the end of the month.
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I was lucky enough to work with Norman while I was at Apple - what a true gent, caring educator and dedicated parent. 

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Apple Hid Steve Jobs' Amazing Commencement Speech In Its Word Processor — Here's How To Find It

Apple Hid Steve Jobs' Amazing Commencement Speech In Its Word Processor — Here's How To Find It | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
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The strangest "Easter Egg".

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Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core

Despite Training, Half of Teachers Feel Inadequately Prepared for Common Core | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
A survey by the Education Week Research Center finds teachers less than enthusiastic about the quality of their common-core professional development, and about the alignment of their instructional materials to the new standards.
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Teachers in Britain need never feel alone!

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The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac

The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along
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FYI....there's a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app.

 
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Why Microsoft? Office 365 is Accessible - Why Microsoft - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Why Microsoft? Office 365 is Accessible - Why Microsoft - Site Home - TechNet Blogs | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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Great news about 365, but what is it like in practice. Does accessibility per Application work well for users, or is Apple's "cross system' implementation better?

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Strictly bølløcks: Sir Ken Robinson, lovely but wrong on Radio 4 - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

Strictly bølløcks: Sir Ken Robinson, lovely but wrong on Radio 4 - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Not the way I expect to see the TES report.  Sir Ken is a legend in his own lifetime.  Rightly so, but this article is rather unfair I feel.

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Stanford creates ‘Holy Grail’ lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life | ExtremeTech

Stanford creates ‘Holy Grail’ lithium battery, could triple smartphone and EV battery life | ExtremeTech | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
They've done it again: The battery barons of Stanford, led by Yi Cui, have created what those in the industry call the 'Holy Grail' of lithium-ion battery design. In specific, they've finally worked out how to create a rugged lithium electrode that can increase the capacity of a lithium-ion battery by three to four times -- as in, this lithium electrode, on its own, could increase the battery life of your smartphone by three times, or significantly reduce the size and cost of an electric car's battery pack.
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......that'll keep the bunny and his cymbals going longer!

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Everything That Does and Doesn't Work with the New Raspberry Pi - Lifehacker

Everything That Does and Doesn't Work with the New Raspberry Pi - Lifehacker | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it

Everything That Does and Doesn't Work with the New Raspberry PiLifehackerA new model of the Raspberry Pi was released this month that comes packed with more ports and uses less power.


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Forget Wearables — Here's the First Real 'Thinkable'

Forget Wearables — Here's the First Real 'Thinkable' | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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The Muse brain-reading headset: Looks a little silly, works wonders for meditation.IMAGE: INTERAXON

BY CHRIS TAYLOR
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The hot tech category of wearable devices is not only way too broad, it's too stressful to even think about. Should you strap on a Jawbone Up or a Fitbit Flex to count your steps? Should you buy the Moto 360 now, or wait an interminable amount of months for the Apple Watch? Will Google Glass get you beaten up in public, or just make you look like a complete idiot?

If your head is overheated with such concerns, you may be a perfect candidate for the Muse — the first consumer-focused headband that is not so much a wearable, but more of a thinkable. The Muse's one and only goal, for the moment: To look at your brain activity and help you stop thinking so damn much.

SEE ALSO: 7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

The Muse, formerly an Indiegogo campaign, costs $299 — not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, although that's still $50 below the bottom-end Apple Watch. But what you get for that money could pay for itself in therapy sessions and mindfulness classes.

The Bluetooth-connected Muse headset, when used in conjunction with its iOS and Android app called Calm, is the best gadget yet for teaching you how to meditate like a Zen master.

You've probably seen more than enough studies on the value of meditation — it can lower your blood pressure, relieve migraines, reduce the risk of heart attacks, help conquer anxiety and depression, make you more creative, and so on.

Then you try to meditate, and discover why we're not all happy healthy Buddhist monks. Meditation practice can be calming and uplifting, but it's more likely to be profoundly boring, confusing, soporific, stressful, even a little scary. Dark thoughts arise unbidden from the tangle of your chattering mind; you try to let them go. But are you trying too hard? Are you thinking about thinking? You're supposed to concentrate on your breath, but are you breathing correctly? What does that even mean?

No wonder so many of us fail to incorporate meditation into our daily routine, as much as we know we'd benefit. It's much easier to fool ourselves into thinking that a little chill-out time is all that's required — kicking back on the couch with a smartphone or tablet in hand, playing a little mindless Candy Crush Saga.

And that's the beauty of the Muse — it operates in that space in your life taken up by smartphones, couches and Candy Crush. You need only use it for three minutes a day. It is meditation as a game — but not any kind of obnoxious, overwrought game. It's blissfully simple and has great repeatability.


The Muse headset.
IMAGE: INTERAXON
The hardest part is putting the headset on and getting the right fit. It's not the plastic headband part, but a narrow strip of flexible metal around the inside that's actually reading the faint electric signals in your brain. Adjusting the pieces that fit behind your ears help make this metal strip snug.

You do have to accept that any kind of brain-reading headset is going to look a little bit silly, by definition. You do have to accept that any kind of brain-reading headset is going to look a little bit silly, by definition. Still, InteraXon, the Canadian company behind the Muse, has done a good job at minimizing the silliness factor. By contrast the Epoc Emotiv, the last brain-reading device I tried (designed for gamers, with a $399 price tag), makes your head look and feel like it's being hugged by a plastic octopus.

But the Muse is as thin as it can be at the front, at least; the white version especially looks like something Apple might design (and undoubtedly will; look for Apple to reveal its own "thinkable" in about a decade's time to a breathless world.)

There's a large button on the inside of the right behind-the-ear piece that handles the Bluetooth connection with your iPad or iPhone. Pairing was seamless and faster than most Bluetooth devices. Five colors appear on the screen when you've got all the sensors lined up correctly. For me, this took less than a minute. (The colors aren't strictly necessary, since a tiny map of the headset on screen at all times will tell you which sensors aren't picking up any signal from your buzzing brain.)



If you're at all concerned about the apparent simplicity with which a $300 gadget can read your brain and what that means for the state of privacy in the 21st century, don't worry — and don't reach for the tin foil hat just yet. The electric signal your thoughts give off is so weak, it can be interrupted by any muscle movement in your head at all, even moving your jaw and blinking. (Take that, NSA mind-readers!) That's why the Calm app asks you to close your eyes and sit comfortably whenever it's actively trying to look into your head via the Muse.

It starts by calibrating itself to your chattering brain. A soothing voice asks you to think of three categories of objects, such as fruits or musical instruments, in quick succession. However, InteraXon told me the categories don't matter — it's just a way of lighting up your frontal lobes. The Muse can't actually tell whether you're thinking of a pomegranate or a piccolo (yet).

Armed with readings from the unquiet mind, the app then takes you through a three-minute meditation session. When you're calm and focused on your breath, you'll hear the sound of breaking waves. If thoughts start to crowd into your head, you'll hear a gust of wind — not like gale-force wind, just enough to nudge you back to the quietness of simply breathing. When it's over, you get to see how much of the time your brain spent in three categories: Active, neutral and calm.

If you're very lucky and extremely calm, you'll hear the sound of birds — the more Zen, the more birds. I was rather proud of the fact that I got three birds during my first session with the device. Then I took it home to my wife, who got 19 birds on her first try. Curses.


IMAGE: MASHABLE, CHRIS TAYLOR
Yes, more than one person can use the same Muse headset. This is perhaps one of the strongest features of the device: You need only buy one per household. InteraXon says one Muse will support up to five smartphones and tablets.

And yes, this will probably engender a little friendly competition between spouses, siblings and friends. Yes, that does seem inherently odd. We're not sure what the Buddha would make of the notion of competitive Zen, but hey, it's just harnessing the energy of humans doing what humans do, and turning that toward positive ends.

Of course, the only way to compete effectively is by clearing your mind of the competition. The less it matters, the better you'll do. There's a lesson even professional athletes could stand to re-learn.


IMAGE: MASHABLE, CHRIS TAYLOR
Each session provides you with a few hundred points; you have to earn 5,000 points before unlocking more advanced features of the Muse. That isn't just gamification for gamification's sake— it allows the device to get to learn the patterns of your brain activity a little bit more.

And that's good news for the future of Muse.

To grow and evolve beyond a single app, the device needs to attract developers. What else could you do with an advanced brain-reading headset, other than meditation and games? Devs may want to clear their minds before figuring it out.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

TOPICS: GADGETS, MEDITATION, TECH, WEARABLES
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Apple TV update adds design tweaks, Family Sharing, and Beats Music app

Apple TV is considered an iOS device, which is a thing people sometimes forget, so it too has been updated with a new version of the software today. The first thing you'll notice is a slightly...
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Don't forget Apple TV.

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The world just got flipped again.... | LinkedIn

The world just got flipped again.... | LinkedIn | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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Eloquently, Geoff just hit the nail on the head.  Great insight, and the key to the innovation of invention.

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Adobe & Prezi commit $400M to President Obama's digital literacy program

Adobe & Prezi commit $400M to President Obama's digital literacy program | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Today, the ConnectEd program received its largest single donation from software company Adobe.
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Businesses are providing huge benefits to schools in the US - but you can't help wonder if it is truly without gain?  That would be silly.

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2.6m historic pictures posted online

2.6m historic pictures posted online | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
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Free and historic.

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UK regions rank lowest in poverty compared to our closest neighbours

UK regions rank lowest in poverty compared to our closest neighbours | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
(not satire - it's the UK today) Did you know that 9 out of 10 of the poorest areas in northern Europe are in the UK: . Interestingly, the richest area - inner London - also belongs to us. Which sa...
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Right, well that says it all.  This affects everything.

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IPSEA - New SEND Code of Practice

IPSEA - New SEND Code of Practice | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
The new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice has been approved by both Houses in Parliament
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Sept 1st.  

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Techshare Europe 2014 | RNIB

Techshare Europe 2014 | RNIB | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Technology for LifeRNIB's Techshar
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Wow, its great to see that Apple (Sarah Herrlinger) is profiled at the Conference. Go #Apple

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Apple and accessibility: Helping students with dyslexia

Apple and accessibility: Helping students with dyslexia | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Can you imagine not being able to read printed words? What would your life be like if books, newspapers, websites, email, and even signs were all virtually incomprehensible to you? How would you get through the day? For up to one in five people like me with dyslexia these are not hypothetical questions, they are our reality. Yet, thanks to accessibility technologies built into Apple...
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Apple and accessibility -Apple and accessibility - a close relationship system wide.

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How To Implement Open Education Resources - OER

How To Implement Open Education Resources - OER | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
There has been a major shift in the way students are currently learning. Fewer youth are reading books, and more are using devices to search for information.
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5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom - Edudemic

5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom - Edudemic | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
Integrating video into our classrooms can be a great way not only to get students more engaged in the material you’re presenting to them, but to get them using technology, giving and getting feedback, and tapping all parts of their brain while they learn. Some Video Factoids You Should Know YouTube is the #2 search …
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Ford chucks out BlackBerry in favour of the iPhone - Computer Business Review

Ford chucks out BlackBerry in favour of the iPhone - Computer Business Review | Modern Educational Technology and eLearning | Scoop.it
BlackBerry faces first loss at hands of Apple IBM sales deal.
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What is this? Ford?  iPhone? No Phil. it'll NEVER be a corporate tool.

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