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Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The word “mistake” is a harsh word. It implies flaws, pointing fingers, errors in judgement, something wrong and possibly even a dead end. I would rather think or connect the word “mistake” to first steps, stepping stones, experimentation and exploration. With that being said, those “first steps” or that exploration cannot become a routine cemented in stone how technology is being used in the classroom. Stepping stones are meant to lead to something else. For the sake of the prompt given, here are my top 5 “Mistakes” (in no particular order) which I  see, read and hear about as I travel the world to learn and work with schools, teachers and students:

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience.

But there is a difference, claims this graphic from teachbytes, between using technology and integrating it deeply into the learning experiences of students. This is, of course, what models like the SAMR model are based on–that idea of mere use to automate, to redefining what’s possible.

 

Deb Gardner's insight:

This is kind of Goofus and Gallant revisited.

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Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering?

Are you sweetening your students' learning or empowering? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
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Nuff said.  Bill Ferriter makes his point.

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9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic

9 Wrong And 8 Right Ways Students Should Use Technology - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
A thoughtful visual about ways students should use technology asks the big question: what do you want kids to do with technology?
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The key to successful technology integration is the efficient use of digital tools tools that are appropriate for the task. Technology provides us all with the ability to develop our own toolkit of flexible resources for use when needed. Here is a toolkit I assembled that is filled with tools I frequently use for designing flexible student-driven learning experiences. Starting with a good toolkit is essential

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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters. Click here to watch Catlin's Webinars inside the Teacher Lear
Deb Gardner's insight:

Caitlin and her students leverage technology in productive and engaging ways. Consider ways teachers could collabortate across subject areas to dig in with additional texts and resources, (excellent issue for our Catholic school teachers).

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2012 Rewind: E-Textbooks, Tablets, Common Core, and More

2012 Rewind: E-Textbooks, Tablets, Common Core, and More | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

It's been a busy year in the world of educational technology, from Apple's jump into the digital textbook market in January to mounting concerns about children's privacy when using mobile apps in December.

On the last day of the year, we've decided to take a look back on the biggest stories in educational technology in 2012.

Deb Gardner's insight:

'Tis the time of year when we look back in order to move forward!  

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Best of the Web - Winter 2015

Best of the Web - Winter 2015 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

This afternoon at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference I presented my latest version of Best of the Web (and various app stores). This version contains some of the sites and apps that were in my fall 2014 version of the same slides. Those that have been included again either released some notable updates or are so good that I think they're worth including again. This version is also different because for the first time I included slides to denote sections of the presentation. Many people asked for the slides so I'm sharing them below as a Google Slides presentation. 

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Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
Deb Gardner's insight:

And research claims Science teachers are more forward thinking in ed tech adoption than other subject area teachers.

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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Instructional design is the strategic creation of learning experiences through intentional planning, sequencing, and data-based revision of learning.

This process includes both the ways content is accessed, and the learning needs and objectives (and how they are determined) themselves.


This puts instructional strategies, literacy strategies, curriculum mapping, standards unpacking, assessment designdigital literacy, and a dozen other facets of education beneath its umbrella.


With that in mind, we’ve created the following 32 characteristics of higher-level instructional planning to help you spot the holes in your teaching.


Instructional design is the strategic creation of learning experiences through intentional planning, sequencing, and data-based revision of learning.


This process includes both the ways content is accessed, and the learning needs and objectives (and how they are determined) themselves.


This puts instructional strategies, literacy strategies, curriculum mapping, standards unpacking, assessment designdigital literacy, and a dozen other facets of education beneath its umbrella.


With that in mind, we’ve created the following 32 characteristics of higher-level instructional planning to help you spot the holes in your teaching.

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The Simple Power of a Screenshot

The Simple Power of a Screenshot | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the little things that can prove to be powerful. The quick and easy action of taking a screenshot can transform how you use technology in your classroom. A screenshot is simply a picture of what is on the screen of your device. On the iPad, users press the home button and power button at the same time, and a snapshot of the screen is sent directly to the Camera Roll. Taking a screenshot is the perfect way to capture student work on mobile devices.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Simple but effective.

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Inside a K12 teacher's math screencasts

Inside a K12 teacher's math screencasts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
I have created 40 math tutorial videos which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Math. So far I have made one video for each of the 5th Grade Common Core Math Standards.
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Helpful, particularly for students who need explanations more than once. 

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Technology integration by design

Technology integration by design | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Over the past year, most of my time has been spent helping fellow teachers and school leaders to “think backwards.” And while it’s tempting to imagine this merely involves reciting the alphabet from Z to A, it’s actually an instructional framework (developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe) where the goals precede action.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Worth the read!!

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Technology Embedded Pedagogy | Connected Principals

Technology Embedded Pedagogy | Connected Principals | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If we agree that we live in a technology and information rich time, then schools, as places of learning and teachers as agents of learning, need to shift their respective culture and mindset surrounding technology.


The “how” of teaching needs to be embedded, when required and necessary, with technology (it is appropriate and necessary to NOT use technology at times)


My twitter stream is full of #edtech tools and suggestions.  But without the necessary pedagogical immersion, we will continue to relegate technology to the equivalent of the annual field trip.


So how do we get to a place where technology is embedded within the pedagogical repertoire of teachers? Here are some things that have worked and things that have failed for us:

Deb Gardner's insight:

Practical and helpful...

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