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Finnish Schools Not Relying on Ed Tech

Finnish Schools Not Relying on Ed Tech | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
Caitlin Emmaof Politico.com paid a visit to Finland and was surprised to discover that teachers are not depending on educational technology. By contrast, American schools are spending billions of d...

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Ivon Prefontaine
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This is an interesting article about the investigation of the high-performing Finnish schools, and the fact that their classrooms are fairly low-tech (particularly given that we are spending a lot of money each year on edtech). It seems that the teacher is still the defining element in the classroom, regardless of which technologies students have access to. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 31, 1:33 PM

Digital technology and, for that matter, any tool are not the key to teaching and learning. The relationships which exist between teachers, students, and subject matter are essential. Teaching is about being aware and making sound decisions in choosing the best tool for the right situation. What if we invested money in smaller classroom size and less in the digital technologies?

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, June 1, 3:58 AM

Interesting post and link to the main article in politico.com on the role of educational technology in Finnish schools.

Suvi Salo's comment, June 1, 4:38 AM
Meillä on 600 oppilasta, 1 ipad, noin 50 läppäriä, luokissa opekone, tykki ja dokumenttikamera. Oppilaiden puhelimet käytössä.
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Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect -

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Going Google On iPad: What To Expect by TeachThought Staff Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain. But while you like Google’s first-party...
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Here are some ideas on how you can integrat Google into iOS (these two don't always play nice!)  Google services such as Youtube, Gmail, Google Apps for Education (GAFE) actually play pretty well together on iPads - here is a slideshow with some ideas. 

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Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
Two Great Periodic Tables of Educational iPad Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/i0JpFQqQbz #best3ch

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iPad apps by category... and they just happen to be in the shape of a periodic table. There are some good ones on the list that are worth checking out! Many of them are used in our context. 

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Blended Learning in Plain English

bA nice way to introduce Blended Learning to newbies.


Via Ricard Garcia
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A bit cheesy but still explains blended learning well. It also shows how an LMS (learning management system) is integral to its success. For us, we already have this in place (SEQTA). 

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What is Blended Learning? [Infographic]

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"Blended learning incorporates multiple methods of instruction in order to customize the learning experience for each student, leading to increased student interaction and engagement."


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This method of teaching harnesses both teacher expertise and flipped, student-lead learning, all enriched with technology. It is beginning to sit quite well with me as I have noticed some students still want to take notes, listen and learn from you - the expert teacher in this case is still valued! This could also be supplemented with teachers online and so on!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 15, 9:41 PM

The blended classroom is beginning to happen in many school districts. This infographic provides a great overview of blended learning. In addition to the section shown above, which looks at how teacher-led instruction connects to quality digital learning time to group work and projects (and the ongoing cycle) you will find sections on:

* Turning Computer Time into Quality Learning Time

* Empowering Teachers with Real-Time Student Performance Information

* Tying It All Together

Online learning happens in a variety of ways. This post looks at some of the critical features that must be included for an online or blended class to be successful.

Coolwired's curator insight, April 16, 2:31 PM

This Infographic  illustrates the best of both worlds in modern education!

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App makes bulletin boards come alive at this school

App makes bulletin boards come alive at this school | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

"The bulletin boards throughout Green Hills School may look normal — with colorful paper and pictures covering them — but hover a tablet or smartphone loaded with a special app over them and they turn into learning tools, complete with videos and interactive lessons.

 

“I didn't want there to be all these passive areas throughout the school,” Superintendent John Nittolo said. “I wanted there to be chances for people to interact, to manipulate, to find info that changes so it's not static.”

 

The brainchild of Louis Rossi, the school's mathematics and ThinkSTEM coach, each bulletin board — technically known as “Augmented Reality Interactive Boards” — gives students an opportunity to learn away from the classroom."


Via John Evans, KB...Konnected
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Use of QR codes and Aurasma can create an augmented reality where students simply need to hold their iPad up to an image or code to receive information. These are great for scavenger hunts and any activity students need to gather ideas, but here is an idea to use them with bulletin boards. This is hopefully something we can do in the Library soon!

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 26, 9:08 AM

The app is FREE!

The Ark Toys's curator insight, August 26, 2:05 PM

Very cool!  It's great to see technology used in innovative ways to improve the educational experience for kids.

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Infographic: Google Search Strategies for All Students

Infographic:  Google Search Strategies for All Students | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

It is always a good time to introduce students to new web search strategies or review the ones they already know. The folks at Canva put together a nice infographic about how to be a Google Search Star. 


Via Elizabeth E Charles, Dennis T OConnor, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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A great infographic to remind kids on how to find precisely what they are looking for. Remember, Google is not a person - do not ask it questions! Instead, use precise keywords and get familiar with the Advanced tools. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 23, 12:07 AM

Great sponge activities for computer time. 

Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, August 26, 7:48 PM

Love this infographic - walks students (Grade 5 +) through the use of Google search strategies. I've put this up in the classroom so that I can refer to it. With primary school kids, its not really a 'work alone' resource but it is great for using as a reference point to direct their research and search skills.

N Kaspar's curator insight, August 27, 1:21 PM

Useful Inofgraphic for teaching this concept.

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EDpuzzle - prepare a video for your lessons

EDpuzzle - prepare a video for your lessons | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

oveMake any video your lesson. Edit a video by cropping it, adding your voice or embedding questions. Then, track your students with powerful hassle-free analytics.

 


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We love EdPuzzle for introducing quick ways to make personalised videos, without ever actually having to make those videos! Use a clip from Youtube, Vimeo or another service, crop it, add questions and pauses, then share it with others. Students at Prendiville are already using this tool in some classes. 

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Karen Dunlap's curator insight, August 27, 7:10 AM

Amazing tool. Free!

tom jackson's curator insight, August 27, 8:45 AM

Yes, Barb's insights are right on target.  I have been using EdPuzzle and find it easy to use and providing a complete package for teachers who want to ascertain which students viewed the video, answered the embedded questions, which questions were answered correctly or what did they understand from the video!   Highly recommend.

tom jackson's curator insight, August 27, 8:45 AM

Yes, Barb's insights are right on target.  I have been using EdPuzzle and find it easy to use and providing a complete package for teachers who want to ascertain which students viewed the video, answered the embedded questions, which questions were answered correctly or what did they understand from the video!   Highly recommend.

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How tablets and apps are transforming education

How tablets and apps are transforming education | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
Teachers are still learning how to harness the educational potential of the thousand of apps on offer.
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This is an interesting article from The Age about the implications of technology for schools ... it seems in my mind, the outside world is only just beginning to realise what amazing transformations are happening in our schools. The tech is here to stay - but it has always been about how this may help students engage in the learning process - and what is the best tool to facilitate this. 

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ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities.

ThingLink in the Classroom - One image. Tons of possibilities. | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
Move away from the drib drab of everyday lessons, build engagement and get more interactive using this creative free web-based tool called ThingLink.

Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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I LOVE ThingLink: only just started using it, but the possibilities are endless for what I can make to help my students and how they can show their understanding. ThingLink is an easy way to make interactive images overlaid with text, links, images and even video. It has to be seen to be appreciated!

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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


Via Felix Jacomino, Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
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There are hundreds of apps here: the list is a bit Americanised but very useful. The apps are sorted into categories and rough year levels. 

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Shane Barnette's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:52 AM

Great collection of apps organized by grade.

Becky Vickers's curator insight, March 11, 11:15 AM

FOR CLASSROOM CLIMATE PLAN: Technology is definitely something I find important for a 21st century classroom climate. Many PBL Projects involve technology and this image provides suggested apps that can allow teachers to cultivate virtual spaces for their classroom. I especially think the National Geographic and TED apps could be particularly useful because they provide a wealth of resources for classroom projects. I would like to make the use of technology routine in my classroom and expand our spaces to include both the physical and virtual spaces available to students. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 11, 5:54 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic

4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn - Edudemic | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There …

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GREAT article. 

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Four Tips for Flipped Learning

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f useful resources and The core of a successful flipped learning program is customized, watchable, functional video. Here are four tips for creating and integrating high-quality video content.


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Lots of useful resources and links!

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 4:07 PM

brilliant and really useful resource.  Loads of useful links to cool tools 

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21st century pedagogy - YouTube

Need to develop a new pedagogical dna for schooling in todays world in order to break from the past
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A great video from Greg Whitby (from the Parramatta Diocese) about pedagogy and skills appropriate for the 21st century. What happens when there is a mismatch between the old way and the new way?

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The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses

The Real Legacy of MOOCs: Better Introductory Courses | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
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Via verstelle
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No university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course - this is something that needs to be considered. You can do introductory courses in all sorts of things - and it is actually ok if you do not finish them. I wonder if all universities will go MOOCs for their introductory subjects in a few years? I have studied online for the last 2 and a half years and honestly do not see what the benefit of going to the campus would be (plus, I don't have the time). 

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verstelle's curator insight, August 29, 2:34 AM

Why this new attention on the student experience in introductory courses? Much of the credit should go to MOOCs. No college or university can today afford to offer an introductory course for its paying students that is not of superior quality to what the same students can get for free from an open online course. If a campus-based introductory course is no better than a MOOC, students (and their parents) will begin to vote with their feet.

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Infographic - Setting the Context: A Brief History of EdTech - Getting Smart

Infographic - Setting the Context: A Brief History of EdTech - Getting Smart | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
For the first time in our history, we see personalization of learning for each individual student as a reality. With new technologies growing at a breakneck pace, we’re excited to work with our schools to see what this decade will become.
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This chart tracks some of the big changes in education technology that have happened since the beginning of the 1980s. From simply having computers to do information processing to having mobile devices that connect and are integrated, what we do with computers in schools has undergone a real shift. 

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Four Essential Principles of Blended Learning

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The single biggest piece of advice offered by most blended learning pioneers is to have a cohesive vision for how the technology will enhance specific learning goals, how it will ease the burden on teachers, and how it can make both teachers and students more creative learners.


Via Nik Peachey
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This article basically explains what blended learning is, and how to incorporate technology in a meaningful way. Also has useful advice on how to introduce blended learning within a school.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 1, 2013 2:32 PM

As schools become more savvy about blended-learning tactics– the practice of mixing online and in-person instruction — guidelines and best practices are emerging from lessons learned. Here are four crucial factors to keep in mind as schools plunge in.

Mrs. B's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:01 AM

The emphasis is not on technology but what technology can enable: creativity and innovation in an ever-changing world. 

Sonja Hartemink e-learning Spanish's curator insight, February 4, 4:43 PM

Learn #Spanish in a fast and provicient way, #online - professional educational plaform, blended learning teaching invironment.

www.spanishonline.nl

www.spanish-school-herradura.com

More info: info@spanishonline.nl

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Teaching 1 to 1 with Tablets: Nik Peachey

This is the presentation from my workshop on using tablet computers in a one to one context.

Via Nik Peachey, carldowse, Patricia Daniels
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Here is a great presentation filled to the brim with simple ideas for using iPads - from Tellagami (recorded animation) to TodaysMeet (backchannel) to Fotobabble (recording voice over a picture). Some of these are ones we have used at school before, others open up new channels we are yet to explore! 

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 20, 12:41 AM

Very good information.

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 11, 4:06 PM

Yet another superb collection of ideas, tools and apps for education

Patricia Daniels's curator insight, August 26, 7:28 AM

Slides from Nik Peachey concerning iPad use in the context of one-to-one teaching. As well as providing some practical tips there are some useful links to tools that will enable students to practise diverse literacy skills.

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Instagram launches Hyperlapse, an iPhone app for capturing smooth time-lapse videos - The Next Web

Instagram launches Hyperlapse, an iPhone app for capturing smooth time-lapse videos - The Next Web | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
Following Bolt, Instagram is back with another new mobile app. It’s called Hyperlapse and promises iPhone owners an easy way to record tracking shots and stunning time-lapse videos. These two shooting techniques are... Keep reading →

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[Infographic] How YouTube Increased Classroom Pass Rates by 31% - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] How YouTube Increased Classroom Pass Rates by 31% - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
The use of YouTube as an aid to educate the future of the world has become more and more prevalent, and is becoming a way all teachers could benefit educating their students.

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Amazing 1960s Predictions About Satellites, Email, and the Internet | Gizmodo.com

Amazing 1960s Predictions About Satellites, Email, and the Internet | Gizmodo.com | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

It's hard for many of us living here in the early 21st century to imagine a world without satellites. Well, in fairness, we don't really think about satellites at all. Much like electricity or tap water, we only remember how vital they are when they stop working. Our GPS devices, smartphones, and modern military infrastructure all depend on satellites.

 

But before they ruled our world, experts were predicting how they might radically alter the way we communicate. And as with many predictions that we look at here at Paleofuture, they got a lot right, just not in the form that was initially imagined.

 

The February 17, 1962 issue of the Sunday comic strip Our New Age (in this case, run on a Saturday in the Chicago Daily News) envisioned the fantastic advancements that the introduction of satellites would allow. Everything from the decline of "old fashioned mail" to the rise of video-conferencing from home was predicted by Athelstan Spilhaus, dean of the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and author of the comic strip.

 

Click headline to read more and view the comic strip frames--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Oh this is a bit scary - not all accurate but a good discussion starter for students, I think!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

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Several tools listed here that will help deliver flipped content to your class - but remember, flipped just means divorcing the content from the teacher and allowing students to access this in their own way. 

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Evelyn Izquierdo's curator insight, August 12, 1:10 AM
Want to flip your class? The following article suggests several tools that might be of your interest.
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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice (Updated)

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice  (Updated) | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

“ As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …”


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Some real gems in this list that can change the way you teach for the better. These apps include ones to support flipped instructions, that help students choose a path through the content, that help organise and sort out daily tasks, and that allow publishing to a global audience. A fantastic list. 

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María Cives's curator insight, June 15, 1:02 PM

Un conjunto de aplicaciones muy interesantes para el desarrollo de nuestra labor docente

John Rudkin's curator insight, June 21, 3:40 AM

It is becoming clear that there are a set of must haves for Education..

Helene Garant's curator insight, August 22, 8:26 PM

Hi folks see you soon

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46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic

46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it

How often do you use Google to find something on the internet?

If like a lot of people you use Google every day you’ll be astounded by the number of hidden tips and tricks their search facility offers.

Find 46 of them featured in this infographic.


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maurice's curator insight, August 26, 3:28 AM
google as aoss
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Toi aussi deviens un crack du Search. @degetel #GoogleSearch  http://wp.me/p33zWa-1pO ;

David Wray's curator insight, August 28, 4:09 AM

Some nice tricks with Google.

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Using Internet Memes to Connect with Your Class

Using Internet Memes to Connect with Your Class | Prendi eLearning | Scoop.it
How can this culturally significant phenomene be used for learning? How can we use the popularity of memes to engage our students? Let's take a look.

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I love using memes with kids - I use them to display the classroom guidelines for behaviour and on stickers when they do well in assessments. They really understand and remember the meaning (even if sometimes I have to google some of the weirder ones!)

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Born to Learn - YouTube

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how hum...
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How do we learn?

What are we actually capable of when we engage with the environment?

What happens if we don't interact?

We learn by making connections - through play!

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