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Chromebooks in the Classroom

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This page will provide links to online information about the use of Google Chromebooks in the PreK-12 classroom. There have been many successful pilots of these devices and 1:1 adoptions, and this...

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We have implemented the chromebooks district wide within the Sioux Falls School District. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 12, 2014 2:35 PM

Is a Chromebook a mobile device? Do they out perform an iPad? Hopefully you've answered these questions before you have a school full of either technology. 


If you're using Chromebooks, don't miss Kathy Schrock's guide!

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Weebly is the easiest way to create a website or blog

Weebly is the easiest way to create a website or blog | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Named one of TIME's 50 Best Websites, Weebly gives everyone a surprisingly easy way to create a unique site. Make a free website, blog or online store with our powerful website builder.
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I've used weebly for my blog... Its very easy to optimize and publish.
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Password Protect Your Google Forms

Password Protect Your Google Forms | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
When creating a Google form there are times that you would like to share it outside of your domain but still, want to have the opportunity for only a select audience to be able to view it.

One way to achieve this is putting a password on the form and sharing the password with the people you
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Garfield Mural Project

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We are trying create a sense of school pride at Garfield Elementary! One of the ways to establish this is through a mural to be painted in our gym. This would be a picture depicting our school mascot, which is an Eagle.

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What Is Heutagogy?

What Is Heutagogy? | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
"Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning ... It is also an attempt to challenge some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher centred learning and the need for, as Bill Ford (1997) eloquently puts it 'knowledge sharing' rather than 'knowledge hoarding'. In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which…

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“Heutagogy is the study of self-determined learning … It is also an attempt to challenge some ideas about teaching and learning that still prevail in teacher centred learning and the need for, as Bill Ford (1997) eloquently puts it ‘knowledge sharing’ rather than ‘knowledge hoarding’. In this respect heutagogy looks to the future in which knowing how to learn will be a fundamental skill given the pace of innovation and the changing structure of communities and workplaces.”

Hase, S. and Kenyon, C. (2000). From andragogy to heutagogy. Ultibase, RMIT.  http://ultibase.rmit.edu.au/Articles/dec00/hase2.htm

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Pedagogy and andragogy are essential to form a matrix from which to learn heutagogically. As people gain the skills, they are able to determine their learning. In effect, they take responsibility.
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Kindness: A Lesson Plan

Kindness: A Lesson Plan | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 20, 12:48 PM
  Each day should include random acts of kindness. A smile, a thank you, and a greeting are easy ways for teachers to model.
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10 Important Google Sheets Tips for Teachers via Educators Technology

10 Important Google Sheets Tips for Teachers via Educators Technology | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Technology has made creating lessons that are custom-fit to each child easier, but that doesn't mean kids' learning needs are always met.

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The Hill - Al Franken is stunned to learn that Betsy DeVos... | Facebook

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Al Franken is stunned to learn that Betsy DeVos is unfamiliar with the difference between proficiency and growth.
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Transforming The Teacher: From Speaker To Digital Guide

Transforming The Teacher: From Speaker To Digital Guide | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it

"Much has been said about transforming the teacher: From a conceptual point of view, teachers stop being the ones giving knowledge in a masterful lecture in the classroom, and they become the guides to their students in an active learning process."


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An integrated model of information literacy, based upon domain learning

An integrated model of information literacy, based upon domain learning | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Introduction. Grounded in Alexander’s model of domain learning, this study presents an integrated micro-model of information literacy. It is predicated upon the central importance of domain learning for the development of the requisite research skills by students.
Method. The authors reviewed previous models of information literacy and inquiry-based learning to create a new model. A systematic review of research studies from cognitive development, learning theory and information science literature was conducted to demonstrate how domain learning provides the requisite knowledge and interest for students to apply the concepts and skills of information literacy.
Results. Novices and experts exhibit marked differences in their information gathering and online searching capabilities and strategies based on their levels of domain knowledge and interest.
Conclusions. The integrated information literacy model and research findings show how librarians and college faculty can collaborate in new partnerships to strengthen disciplinary information literacy in undergraduate curricula. Specific recommendations are given for how teaching techniques can be improved to enhance the development of information literacy skills for online searching and information evaluation and to foster greater domain learning.

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5 New EdTech Tools for Teachers

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Dickie Wada Thomas's curator insight, January 9, 7:23 PM
Story Wars looks awesome for collaborative writing and engaging students. 
 
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17 "EdTech" Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 via Kasey Bell

17 "EdTech" Things for Teachers to Try in 2017 via Kasey Bell | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
17 Challenges for Teachers in 2017! 2017 is upon us, and there are so many new and exciting advances in technology coming our way. I always geek out learning about the latest gadgets, but I especially love learning about new ways that technology can improve learning in the classroom.

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I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US

I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Christopher Brown is a researcher, parent, and former kindergarten teacher, and in his view the state of affairs in kindergarten are downright troubling.
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What Screen Time Does to Babies' and Children's Brains and Sensory Processing Abilities

What Screen Time Does to Babies' and Children's Brains and Sensory Processing Abilities | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Two expert occupational therapists explain the functional and sensory processing issues they see in children exposed to screen time - and why it happens.
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Thunderclap

Thunderclap helps groups of people share a single message all at once.
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10 Free Keyword Research Tools to Help Plan Your New Site

10 Free Keyword Research Tools to Help Plan Your New Site | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Are you in the process of rolling out a new website? As you know, there’s a lot that goes into the process. From the design to the development, from content creation to your marketing strategy, there’s not enough time in the day to tackle every task. While there’s sure to be a lot on your …

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25 Tips For Teaching With Apps

25 Tips For Teaching With Apps | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it

"We’ve done tips in the past for teaching with tablets. This one is similar, so there is some overlap, but this has more to do with apps specifically. Below are 25 tips for teaching with apps. Let us know in the comments what we missed."


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, March 10, 2:14 AM
Extremely useful tips for newcoming teachers embracing this methodology
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 10, 9:09 AM
This is a good review on a "How to" to assist with independent learning with guided focus within a 21st Century teaching and learning environment.
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 14, 6:06 AM
J'ai vraiment bien aimé l'article et les astuces qu'ils donner pour enseigner avec les tablettes.
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Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy?

Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy? | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it

"How do we measure success? The accomplishment of one’s goals, right? So, how do we measure success in eLearning? That would depend on who is asked; teacher, student, school manager, or vendor? It is easy to see how this question, then, could cause confusion. Do we then need a new taxonomy of eLearning?"


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David Picard Roussel's curator insight, February 10, 8:00 AM

Intéressant de voir que nos formations sont alignées sur cette sémtantique

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Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy?
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Taxonomy Of eLearning: Does eLearning Need A New Taxonomy?
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How You Can Use Social Learning To Engage Your Learners 

"Although the social learning phenomenon is catching up, many in the learning sphere are not sure of its impact owing to misconceptions around it and lack of data to showcase its impact. This article outlines how you can use social learning effectively to engage your learners."


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8 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons via @medkh9

8 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons via @medkh9 | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, January 19, 3:22 AM
interesting collection. 
 
RESENTICE's curator insight, January 19, 6:05 AM

Présentation d'outils en ligne de création de vidéos pour les enseignants et les élèves : tutoriels, conseils....

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, January 19, 4:53 PM
If you flip your classes or teach online, here are some helpful sites to check out.
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It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades — and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits — so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball.

She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.” Remembering how much fun she had as a child building and playing with the interlocking plastic blocks, Susan let her son Minecraft his afternoons away.



At first, Susan was quite pleased. John seemed engaged in creative play as he explored the cube-world of the game. She did notice that the game wasn’t quite like the Legos that she remembered — after all, she didn’t have to kill animals and find rare minerals to survive and get to the next level with her beloved old game. But John did seem to really like playing and the school even had a Minecraft club, so how bad could it be?

Still, Susan couldn’t deny she was seeing changes in John. He started getting more and more focused on his game and losing interest in baseball and reading while refusing to do his chores. Some mornings he would wake up and tell her that he could see the cube shapes in his dreams.

Although that concerned her, she thought her son might just be exhibiting an active imagination. As his behavior continued to deteriorate, she tried to take the game away but John threw temper tantrums. His outbursts were so severe that she gave in, still rationalizing to herself over and over again that “it’s educational.”

Then, one night, she realized that something was seriously wrong.

“I walked into his room to check on him. He was supposed to be sleeping — and I was just so frightened…”



She found him sitting up in his bed staring wide-eyed, his bloodshot eyes looking into the distance as his glowing iPad lay next to him. He seemed to be in a trance. Beside herself with panic, Susan had to shake the boy repeatedly to snap him out of it. Distraught, she could not understand how her once-healthy and happy little boy had become so addicted to the game that he wound up in a catatonic stupor.

There’s a reason that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers. Steve Jobs was a notoriously low-tech parent. Silicon Valley tech executives and engineers enroll their kids in no-tech Waldorf Schools. Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page went to no-tech Montessori Schools, as did Amazon creator Jeff Bezos and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.

But it’s even worse than we think.

We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.

This addictive effect is why Dr. Peter Whybrow, director of neuroscience at UCLA, calls screens “electronic cocaine” and Chinese researchers call them “digital heroin.” In fact, Dr. Andrew Doan, the head of addiction research for the Pentagon and the US Navy — who has been researching video game addiction — calls video games and screen technologies “digital pharmakeia” (Greek for drug).



That’s right — your kid’s brain on Minecraft looks like a brain on drugs. No wonder we have a hard time peeling kids from their screens and find our little ones agitated when their screen time is interrupted. In addition, hundreds of clinical studies show that screens increase depression, anxiety and aggression and can even lead to psychotic-like features where the video gamer loses touch with reality.

In my clinical work with over 1,000 teens over the past 15 years, I have found the old axiom of “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” to be especially true when it comes to tech addiction. Once a kid has crossed the line into true tech addiction, treatment can be very difficult. Indeed, I have found it easier to treat heroin and crystal meth addicts than lost-in-the-matrix video gamers or Facebook-dependent social media addicts.



According to a 2013 Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, 8- to 10 year-olds spend 8 hours a day with various digital media while teenagers spend 11 hours in front of screens. One in three kids are using tablets or smartphones before they can talk. Meanwhile, the handbook of “Internet Addiction” by Dr. Kimberly Young states that 18 percent of college-age internet users in the US suffer from tech addiction.

Once a person crosses over the line into full-blown addiction — drug, digital or otherwise — they need to detox before any other kind of therapy can have any chance of being effective. With tech, that means a full digital detox — no computers, no smartphones, no tablets. The extreme digital detox even eliminates television. The prescribed amount of time is four to six weeks; that’s the amount of time that is usually required for a hyper-aroused nervous system to reset itself. But that’s no easy task in our current tech-filled society where screens are ubiquitous. A person can live without drugs or alcohol; with tech addiction, digital temptations are everywhere.

So how do we keep our children from crossing this line? It’s not easy.

The key is to prevent your 4-, 5- or 8-year-old from getting hooked on screens to begin with. That means Lego instead of Minecraft; books instead of iPads; nature and sports instead of TV. If you have to, demand that your child’s school not give them a tablet or Chromebook until they are at least 10 years old (others recommend 12).

Have honest discussions with your child about why you are limiting their screen access. Eat dinner with your children without any electronic devices at the table — just as Steve Jobs used to have tech-free dinners with his kids. Don’t fall victim to “Distracted Parent Syndrome” — as we know from Social Learning Theory, “Monkey see, monkey do.”

When I speak to my 9-year-old twin boys, I have honest conversations with them about why we don’t want them having tablets or playing video games. I explain to them that some kids like playing with their devices so much, they have a hard time stopping or controlling how much they play. I’ve helped them to understand that if they get caught up with screens and Minecraft like some of their friends have, other parts of their lives may suffer: They may not want to play baseball as much; not read books as often; be less interested in science and nature projects; become more disconnected from their real-world friends. Amazingly, they don’t need much convincing as they’ve seen first-hand the changes that some of their little friends have undergone as a result of their excessive screen time.



Developmental psychologists understand that children’s healthy development involves social interaction, creative imaginative play and an engagement with the real, natural world. Unfortunately, the immersive and addictive world of screens dampens and stunts those developmental processes.

We also know that kids are more prone to addictive escape if they feel alone, alienated, purposeless and bored. Thus the solution is often to help kids to connect to meaningful real-life experiences and flesh-and-blood relationships. The engaged child tethered to creative activities and connected to his or her family is less likely to escape into the digital fantasy world. Yet even if a child has the best and most loving support, he or she could fall into the Matrix once they engage with hypnotic screens and experience their addicting effect. After all, about one in 10 people are predisposed towards addictive tendencies.

In the end, my client Susan removed John’s tablet, but recovery was an uphill battle with many bumps and setbacks along the way.

Four years later, after much support and reinforcement, John is doing much better today. He has learned to use a desktop computer in a healthier way, and has gotten some sense of balance back in his life: He’s playing on a baseball team and has several close friends in his middle school. But his mother is still vigilant and remains a positive and proactive force with his tech usage because, as with any addiction, relapse can sneak up in moments of weakness. Making sure that he has healthy outlets, no computer in his bedroom and a nightly tech-free dinner at the dinner table are all part of the solution.

*Patients’ names have been changed.

Dr. Nicholas Kardaras is executive director of The Dunes East Hampton, one of the country’s top rehabs and a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine. His book “Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids — and How to Break the Trance” (St. Martin’s) is out now.
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How to Create a Graphic Using Google Drawings & Put It Into Your NEW Google Site

In this video, Mr. Kafka shows how to make a Google Drawing (good for infographics or to create some style on your site). He then shows how to set th

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Make Your Own Infographics With The Help of Ten Tools

Make Your Own Infographics With The Help of Ten Tools | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
One hears this all the time:  a picture is worth a thousand words.  That is quite understandable as visual information transmits itself more quickly than v

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, January 13, 1:11 PM
Una imagen dice más que mil palabras, dicen por ahí
#Infografía #CrearInfografías
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mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes

mysimpleshow - create your own explainer video in minutes | Educational News and Web Tools | Scoop.it
It has never been easier to create your own explainer video. mysimpleshow transforms any text into an animated video you will love.

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Looks like a great way to encouraging students to be organized and think logically by building their own step-by-step instructions. 
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9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

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