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Digital literacies and the bottom line | frogphilp.com

There’s a bottom line in teaching – the things we must absolutely teach, no matter what. I’m questioning whether digital literacies should be part of it.

 

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The surprising iPad rival in education that isn't a tablet, laptop or desktop - Tabtimes via Teachers with Apps

The surprising iPad rival in education that isn't a tablet, laptop or desktop - Tabtimes via Teachers with Apps | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
Education has been quick to jump on the tablet bandwagon by deploying iPads and a handful of Windows 8 and Android tablets. But in one surprising new twist the iPad finds itself under threat in the classroom from a different form factor altogether.

 

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Running Google’s Chrome OS, the Chromebook allows users access to web applications only and has been generally well-received, even if some reviewers have been quick to note its limitations.

“A Chromebook cannot do everything that a Windows PC or a Mac (of even a Linux PC) can do. It can’t even do everything that a tablet can do. For one thing, the selection of games is very limited though there is, of course, Angry Birds,” wrote seasoned tech journalist Steve Wildstrom recently for Tech-pinions.

“But it is very good at what it does well, and for a large number of people, it would be a more than adequate replacement for a conventional PC”.

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Tablets in Dutch Schools Usher in a New Era

Tablets in Dutch Schools Usher in a New Era | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

In August, at least 1,000 students in 10 other primary schools in the Netherlands will get iPads, in a teaching model developed by a foundation called O4NT, which is a Dutch acronym for “Education for a New Era.” (While De Windhoek uses iPads, it is not part of O4NT.)

 

(...) O4NT wants to change the way schools work, not only through technology, but also by rethinking the very basics of how brick and mortar buildings are used, and how class hours and academic years are scheduled and structured. The model’s creators believe that a more flexible system is needed, particularly to alleviate pressure on working parents.

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Le numérique à l'école: un voeu pieux ? - le 17/20 Jean Zeid et Catherine Pottier sur France Info

Le numérique à l'école: un voeu pieux ? - le 17/20 Jean Zeid et Catherine Pottier sur France Info | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
L'Education nationale veut se mettre à l'heure d'Internet. C'est l'un des chantiers du ministre Vincent Peillon. Et il y a du boulot.

 

L'Education nationale dans son ensemble n'a pas fait le grand saut du 2.0. Aux Etats-Unis par exemple, près de la moitié des classes de primaire disposent de tableaux numériques contre un peu plus de 10% en France. Et selon plusieurs rapports (OCDE, Haut conseil de l'éducation) la France accuse un certain retard en termes d'équipements technologiques.

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How Teachers, Entrepreneurs Can Create Common Ground (EdSurge News)

How Teachers, Entrepreneurs Can Create Common Ground (EdSurge News) | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it

Edtech developers typically try to solve what they believe are the pain points that exist in schools. But as startup gurus such as Steve Blankrecommend, entrepreneurs need to be in close contact with their customers or they risk building on assumptions that are out of sync with reality

 

(...) Sue Krause, a technology teacher and coordinator at Blaine Elementary in Chicago Public Schools, and who spent 12 years as a software and web developer, expressed concerns whenever she heard entrepreneurs describe their products as “intuitive.” She wished, for instance, that NoRedInk had user documentation. “When I asked for user documentation, [the vendor] said, ‘Oh, it’s so intuitive.’ I can tell you that nothing is that intuitive when a teacher is not that tech savvy,” Krause noted. Similarly, with InstaGrok, she found “the content was fantastic and the ability to do research was great, but right now, working with it is extremely cumbersome.”

  (...) These comments underscore the tricky balance between listening to feedback and acceding to feature requests, something that Cogan-Drew knows all too well. Not too long ago, he was on the buyer’s side of the table, as director of digital learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools. “I gave 100 amazing ideas to [entrepreneurs about products] that were not adopted,” he recalls. “I may have been frustrated, like ‘Hey, why didn’t you use that?’...It’s hard, you get 100 ideas a day and you get a lot of voices telling you which way to turn.” Now, as a vendor, he urged teachers to cut developers a bit more slack. “It’s about focus: while we’re definitely listening, we can’t pivot as quickly as you may think. We have to set long-term priorities.”
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iPads: From Pedagogical Crutch to Education Innovation

iPads: From Pedagogical Crutch to Education Innovation | Must Read articles: Apps and eBooks for kids | Scoop.it
iPad as Innovation

(...) What about when support, access and mobility allow for cross-grade collaboration? Teachers in two Chicago Public Schools -- Autumn Laidler,Kristin Zeimke, and Ben Kovacs -- developed a cross-school, cross-grade-level project where students both learned and taught each other. 

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