My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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Will technology replace teachers?

Will technology replace teachers? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Will technology replace teachers? There are some ways that technology can replace teachers and other ways that technology will never be able to. Here's how.
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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What are the best apps for your classroom? The best little bits of software to use tomorrow, in your school, to make your classroom go?

 

This is, strangely, not a frequent topic for us. We are more interested in helping you push your classroom towards something unrecognizable–something that reflects the extraordinary change the world has seen but many public schools have somehow resisted. Something that centers students, helps them learn what’s worth understanding, and then equips them–and you–to make that learning happen.

 
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How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core

How 21st Century Learning Fits Into The Common Core | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

At a time when many teachers and parents (and students!) can feel overwhelmed by the seeming overabundance of standardized tests and educational standards more generally, it falls to the teacher to help the students and parents understand how all of this fits into the larger picture of what students will need to know and be able to do to be successful in the future. This means helping them understand how educational standards fit into 21st century learning, a concept that to many seems contradictory.

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Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

During the summer the IT department at your school may have been working to update the technology infrastructure in your school. At the same time, the developers of many of your favorite apps and services were working hard to update what you can do with technology in your classroom. Here are ten popular services that were updated over the summer. 

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New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech

New Horizon Report Insists Teachers Use Tech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 K-12 Editionwas released this past week, examining emerging technologies and their potential impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Part of the NMC Horizon Project, a 12-year effort, this report highlights “six trends, challenges, and emerging technologies that will affect current practice” over the next five years. Aside from being great content for your next Twitter chat, this year’s iteration of the NMC Horizon Report is a must-read for 21st century educators and education policy makers alike. Following is a summary of major points.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Well we can't do it all but we can snatch low hanging fruit and prioritize.

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Considerations For Teaching Students About Browsers And The Web

Considerations For Teaching Students About Browsers And The Web | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Teaching students about the internet can be bit confusing.  Teachers often shy away from teaching core technology concepts because of this perceived complexity.  Without a game plan and the proper visuals it can be very tricky to explain an abstract system like a computer network. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

This actually wouldn't be a bad read for middle school students.  I LOVE using the internet and use it several times a day. It's like having a library at my disposal 24/7/365.

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One Second on the Internet

One Second on the Internet | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
A visual display of the data being uploaded every second.
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Pretty incredible:
  • 10 years ago Skype, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, and Instagram didn't exist.
  • 20 years ago there were only 130 websites total, Google wasn't even around yet, and you had to pay for an email account through an ISP.
  • 30 years ago there was no internet.
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20 Digital Learning Day Activities For Your Classroom

20 Digital Learning Day Activities For Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The following are some of our favorite digital learning activities we've written about over the past couple years - curated just for you!

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Great ideas for a digital day!

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3 Ideas That Will Not Transform Schools

3 Ideas That Will Not Transform Schools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

In the spirit of “Festivus” and the tradition of “The Airing of Grievances” (sorry for the reference if you are not a Seinfeld fan), I wanted to share a couple of ideas that I think get way too much attention and definitely need some tweaking.  Although there is merit for each idea, they do little to transform the culture of a school yet I have seen many jump on their individual bandwagons.  Just because the object is shiny, doesn’t mean it is useful. As educators we need to be thoughtful of what we implement in our schools.  Innovation should not just be “new”, but it should also be “better”.


Also, instead of simply saying what I don’t like about each idea, I would also like to offer some alternative ideas and thoughts to consider.

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Guest Post: Changing Learning Spaces Depends on Technological AND Pedagogical Knowledge

Guest Post: Changing Learning Spaces Depends on Technological AND Pedagogical Knowledge | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Recently, Matt left a SUPER-THOUGHTFUL comment on my bit about Ever Optimistic Techno-Cheerleaders detailing the fine balance between technological and pedagogical knowledge that successful technology integration depends on.


I asked him if he'd be willing to turn it into a guest post for the Radical.  Thankfully he said yes!  Hope you enjoy his thinking as much as I did.

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Biggest takeaway: "From my experience, it takes a person with strong technological knowledge and strong pedagogical knowledge in order to truly leverage the magic of new tools with today's students."

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Chromebooks – there’s really nothing to say

Chromebooks – there’s really nothing to say | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The joy of following many other education technology people on Twitter is you get to find out loads of tips and suggestions for things to do to make education better in my school. Increasingly though, I find myself following people who, when they blog, post about iPads and how they are using them. That’s all very well, but is becoming increasingly irrelevant to my school, since we do not have any iPads.


Hold on,” I can hear you saying, “I thought this post was about Chromebooks“. It is – kind of. I can hear other people saying, “Hold on! No iPads? How can you sustain school improvement without iPads?

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It's not that I don't care for iPads (I do!), it's just that for many schools taking the step to tablets seems more about the machine or the means, than the end.  As for a 1:1 solution and putting technology into the hands of students, Chromebooks are at least worth a look. They may not be as sexy as iPads, but they sure are simple, as stated by this post.

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The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning

The Similarities Between Montessori And Digital Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Here are five intersections between Montessori education and digital learning that I’ve observed as a parent to a Montessori preschooler, online educator and an education policy researcher.

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We are (thankfully) heading toward individual learning progressions and competency-based learning with adaptive testing and other digital tools.


With these advancements and others, classroom teachers remain the architects designing learning opportunities, formative assessments and very importantly, model and cultivate good relationships.

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Free Technology for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

My "family" of blogs grew this month too as I am now actively maintaining iPad Apps for School in addition toAndroid for Schools and Free Technology for Teachers. As of this morning more than 2,500 people have already subscribed to iPad Apps for School. Thank you all for continuing to support my blogging efforts through your Tweets, reTweets, Pins, comments, and emails.

Deb Gardner's insight:

I follow Richard's blog daily and just added his two new ones to my Google Reader feed.  I *highly* recommend Free Tech 4 Teachers for pre-service teachers as well as those currently teaching for well organized, ed tech resources.  He also provides a "connection" to education blurb as well.

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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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Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago I published a round-up of popular ed tech tools that were updated this summer. I had a couple of readers ask if they could print the post to pass out in their schools. Yes, you can. To make it easier to print I put the post into PDF format. In creating the PDF I changed some of the "click here" items to written URLs for finding video demonstrations of updated features. The PDF is embedded below, you can also click here for the PDF.

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The 5 Best Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Living EmergingEdTech

The 5 Best Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years of Living EmergingEdTech | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

I’ve had an amazing, inspiring, and incredibly educational experience while evolving EmergingEdTech into one of the most visited education technology sites on the Web over the last 5+ years. The site now averages over 50,000 unique visitors a month and is approaching 20,000 subscribers consuming content across a handful of social media platforms.

 

If I could select a handful of concepts to “shout from the mountain tops”, what would they be? While I know that these ideas will continue to morph over time, as of right here, right now, here’s are 5 things I’ve learned that I think are worth emphasizing.

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Is Your Browser Updated? Here Are Two Easy Ways to Check

Is Your Browser Updated? Here Are Two Easy Ways to Check | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Using an outdated browser can not only slow your online experience, it can also make your computer more vulnerable to viruses and other dangers. A simple way to check if your browser is up to date is to visit Browse Happy. Browse Happy lists the five most commonly used browsers, the latest version of each, and links you to the download for the latest version.

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FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING.

FIVE #ISTE2014 TWEETS THAT STILL HAVE ME THINKING. | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite parts about attending a conference like #ISTE2014 is having the chance to think deeply with brilliant peers.  Every conversation that I had -- whether it took place in a diner, outside the Expo hall, in the backchannel of a session, or on a walk back to the condo that I shared with Philip Cummings and John Spencer -- was a chance to wrestle with teaching and learning in today's world.

 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Love this conference - always worth the trip.  Good tweets here to re-energize thinking about ed tech.

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6 ways teachers want to use digital tools

6 ways teachers want to use digital tools | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Though teachers and students say digital content is helpful in the classroom, teachers can't always find the resources they want--or need.
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Seriously... what do teachers REALLY want technology to do for their students? Worth the read and I agree!

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.
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Internet Search to address Common Core

Internet Search to address Common Core | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The Common Core ELA Writing Standard 8 requires students to navigate the Internet for research and evaluate the validity of the sites to support their claims. The introduction to this starts in Kindergarten and progresses each year.

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Using ThingLink and images, Tracy lifts out ELA CCSS (W7 and W8) where technology and digital literacy skills are required. Additionally, there are several useful resources listed in her blog post.  


IMHO, these skills are a prereq to any PBL or other use of ed tech.  In other words, before one puts on the safety glasses and begins using the MIG welder, learn how to use the tool first, and the risks that go along with it.


Note that there are lesson plans provided by Google that are  differentiated for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. 



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Common Core Technology for ELA

This presentation was given at Chicago Public Schools Tech Talk 2012 on how technology is integrated into the Common Core State Standards.
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Helpful resource as technology standards in the ELA CCSS are identified and further explored in light of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards).

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Top 100 Tools for Learning

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Here are the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 –  the results of the 6th Annual Learning Tools Survey - as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. 

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Good information from which to analyze and plan. Some surprises for me; how about you?

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This Is How Modern Students Take Notes

This Is How Modern Students Take Notes | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Ever wonder how modern students take notes? It's a highly digital and connected method that makes total sense once you see this picture.
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This image is being tossed around the Twittersphere quite a bit this morning.  Although it's getting quite the postive hype, I do not agree, unless of course the title was changed to "This Is How Modern Students Supplement Notes.'


It's a nice way to supplement notes, particularly if they include complex diagrams or equations, however I don't see evidence of working with the ideas as a note-taker would summarize and write. This appears more passive than active and IMO degrades the mental work in a classroom instead of amping it up.


Use this method, but use wisely, otherwise it may be counterproductive.


And what's the deal about being "modern?" Give me curious, effective, perseverant, driven, compassionate students.  

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Predictions about High-Tech in K-12 Schools in 2023

Predictions about High-Tech in K-12 Schools in 2023 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For nearly three decades, I have written about teacher and student access to, and instructional use of, computers in schools. In those articles and books, I have been skeptical of vendors’ and promoters’ claims about how these ever-changing electronic devices will transform age-graded schools and conventional teaching and learning.


Predictions about future use of computers are often made by projecting existing trends into the next decade. This tactic embraces a conservative view of the future since it is rooted in the here-and-now. And that is what I do.

Deb Gardner's insight:

As I see it the bottom line is: technology will not replace public/private education and our teachers but will continue to augment its mission.  See Larry's post for three digi-tools he targets for growth in the next 10 years.

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