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10 Good Ways to Boost Kids Learning Using Mobile Technology

10 Good Ways to Boost Kids Learning Using Mobile Technology | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
Technology has radically transformed and revolutionized education. From education 1.0 where technology was hardly used to education 3.0 where digitally reigns, learners are becoming more dependent on web technologies to help them with their learning. Of course there are always side effects to any new innovation but when it comes to education the advantages of embracing technology way outnumber its inconveniences. The infographic below from the folks in Pumpic provides some key insights regarding the use of technology especially the mobile one in kids learning. It also suggests some interesting ways to use smartphones and tablets to boost kids’ education and features a number of apps to use in this regard.

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5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
In the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, makerspaces were recognized as one the six most important educational technology developments.

“Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report says.

As Laura Fleming, a library media specialist from New Milford (Conn.) High School, said in the Spring 2016 issue of EdTech: Focus on K–12, a good makerspace is one that puts the learner first.

That being said, creating a makerspace that teaches students the skills to aid them in creative and technological futures doesn’t necessarily require renovations and a rollout of new tech.

Fleming’s space, for example, thrives on donations of old computers from her school’s IT department. Here are five other ways to create a makerspace now.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 15, 8:14 PM

Should come in handy! Thanks to John Evans. 

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Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom

Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

Children need real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from available technologies. Technologies should be used to enhance curriculum and experiences for children. Children have to have an integrated and well-balanced set of experiences to help them grow into capable adults that can handle social-emotional interactions as well as develop their intellectual abilities.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:30 AM

A really interesting interview with a much more balanced view of how technology can impact early learning.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:46 AM
Using Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom
Monty Bell's curator insight, April 8, 2014 11:27 AM

I like the approach which is about creating a shared experience with technology not an all or nothing. 

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10 iPad Apps to Foster Kids Creativity ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 iPad Apps to Foster Kids Creativity ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"Kids love it when they get engaged in hands-on activities and there is nothing better to help them do that than to use the digital gadgets they are familiar with and which they use in their everyday life and iPad is one of these gadgets. At the core of creative practice is drawing and digital storytelling and fortunately there are a slew of great drawing and storytelling apps you can try out with your students in class and for free. I have curated some suggestions for your below"


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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

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Explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean. Click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. Zoom into the map to see additional detail.
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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 11, 2015 10:00 PM

This pirate excursion map is so cool and gives a great look at the travels of different pirates.  As we get farther away from these time periods, it seems like the idea of these Caribbean pirates are fictional.  To hear true historical events about these individual pirates is very interesting.  I would  love to take a time machine back to Port Royal during these times to experience that madness.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 28, 2015 9:34 AM

Imagine the horror a native of the Caribbean must have felt when white men came into their scenic lands and pillaged their villages and plundered their treasuries? Blackbeard otherwise known as Edward Teach, would light slow burning cannon fuses and place them in his beard to create an aura about him as he fought and raided these port of call. Calico Jack Rackham, a great pirate name if there ever was one, was best known for having  a pair of female pirates aboard. Instantly becomes one of my heroes! Then you have William Parker who was actually an opportunist backed by England who plundered Spanish treasures throughout Central America. Here is my favorite pirate joke; what is a pirate's favorite letter? "R" you say? No, it's the letter "C", pirates love the sea....

Helen Teague's curator insight, September 14, 2015 9:28 AM

very interesting interactive map

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Digital Classrooms - Online Video

Digital Classrooms - Online Video | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

The book will be the first in a series of low cost interactive e-books that teachers will be able to download in different formats and take round with them on iPads, e-readers or as PDF and ePub on their computer. These books will always be available for just-in-time learning support and for new teaching ideas.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, February 4, 2014 3:02 AM

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"I'm preparing to do a virtual presentation for a small district next month. My hosts asked for a list of some science apps that their middle school and high school students can use. This is part of the list that has free apps. "


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BETT 2014 - iPad Apps For Learning - Next Generation Learning

BETT 2014 - iPad Apps For Learning - Next Generation Learning | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"This is the presentation I gave at BETT 2014. The idea was to demonstrate how my students and I have used six, non subject-specific, iPad Apps in a variety of different contexts across the curriculum."

 


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Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems For Massive Open ...

Data Mining Exposes Embarrassing Problems For Massive Open ... | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
Interesting article studying the lack of discussion in MOOC discussion forums. I'm surprised that the teacher involvement doesn't improve matters. It may be that the scale swamps out the teacher demonstrating value for the ...
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The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation,  design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection "


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Mabel A. Opare - Ababio Ayita's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:50 AM

Very Useful tool that can really aid in effective teaching and learning activites when used appropriately.

carldowse's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:04 AM

A very helpful guide for an essential tool in providing virtual training. More on using Google for teaching purposes here: http://bitly.com/bundles/o_7g9dui3mug/d

Konstantinos Floridis's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:47 PM

"Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators.

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How To Train Your AI: Microsoft Releases Open-Source Deep Learning Software

How To Train Your AI: Microsoft Releases Open-Source Deep Learning Software | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
Tech colossus, Microsoft, has released its AI software for developers everywhere, and it can even be run from a single laptop. Open-source deep learning software has the potential of opening the floodgates of technological revolution.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 29, 12:37 AM

Microsoft seems to be starting to do things right!

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Avakai - The Magical Play Companion

Avakai - The Magical Play Companion | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
Communicate emotions and play with imagination. At home, outside or across the world. No screens required.
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Have a look at #Avakai by http://vaikai.com : The Magical Play Companion on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1S0xVTj ; #crowdfunding playfulness.

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What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? - Mind/Shift

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? - Mind/Shift | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"As schools across the country consider which devices to invest in, they must first consider their big-picture vision for how they’ll be using these devices — and to what end. They must consider the needs of teachers and students, and come up with a shared understanding of their goals."


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JoanneMorris's curator insight, February 17, 2014 12:59 PM

Student learning has to be at the heat of everything e we do.

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Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and a Green Screen - iPads in Education Ning

Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and a Green Screen - iPads in Education Ning | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
One way to depict the cycle of education is that it moves between the development of learning and the subsequent expression of understanding ... and the amazin…

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:23 PM

I felt like cheering  when i saw this. Does anyone know if it plays nicely with iMovie on the iPad?

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, February 16, 2014 5:13 PM

Apple has always done a great job of integrating video, and advanced video such as chroma key options, into its products.

gustavo salazar's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:18 PM

excelente alternativa

 

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Teachers’ creativity throughout professional life A model based on oer cycle

Teachers’ creativity throughout professional life A model based on oer cycle | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

The new conceptions of teachers’ professional development (TPD) are based on personalized professional learning activities to be implemented in different moments of professional life cycle, in response to contextualized learning needs. As a result, it is expected that TPD yields creative processes that end up in transforming pedagogical practices through reflection and self-awareness on the new professional skills.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 31, 2014 7:11 AM

An interesting read for anyone involved in teacher development.

cioccas's curator insight, February 1, 2014 5:42 PM

Looks like an interesting take on recognising PLN type activity for continuing PD - haven't read the doc yet though.

 

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5 Good iPad Apps for Taking Students Into Virtual Field Trips ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Good iPad Apps for Taking Students Into Virtual Field Trips ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"With the help of technology teachers can bring the whole world into their classrooms. This is particularly the case when preparing virtual field trips with students. I have previosuly covered some excellent web-based  platforms  that teachers can use to take their students into virtual trips ( check the list here). Today, I am sharing some iPad apps that can do the same thing. Check them out below and share with your colleagues."


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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Neoeducation | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 2015 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 2015 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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We're Using iPads in 2nd Grade!: iPads Are Here!!!

We're Using iPads in 2nd Grade!: iPads Are Here!!! | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"The anticipation is finally over. My class received their iPads on Wednesday. It has been a busy, exciting and not always perfect three days. 

My students have done a great job! They are so eager to learn new Apps and help each other. I am amazed at how quickly they have been able to learn to navigate on the iPad. They chomp, swipe and do a two finger pinch with ease. They love using a stylus which surprises me too!"


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How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps? - Mind/Shift

How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps? - Mind/Shift | Neoeducation | Scoop.it

"The following is an excerpt from the book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis.

 

Let’s dive directly into the world of educational apps. Our survey suggests that the majority — one might even say, the vast majority — of educational apps encourage pursuit of the goals and means of traditional education by digital means. They constitute convenient, neat, sometimes even seductive pathways to accomplish what were already goals in an earlier era: mastering concepts, learning arithmetical operations, identifying geographical locations or historical figures or key biological or chemical or physical processes. We could dub them “digital textbooks” or “lectures” or “pre-programmed educational conversations.” Decades ago, major behaviorist B. F. Skinner called for teaching machines that would automate the traditional classroom, allow students to proceed at their own rate, provide positive feedback on correct answers, and either repeat a missed item or present that item via another pathway. Those sympathetic to Skinner’s brand of psychology and to its associated educational regimen would easily recognize many apps today and would likely nod in approval at their slick, seductive interfaces."


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