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Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News)

Chromebooks and iPads: Rivals No More (EdSurge News) | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, you may be asking yourself, “Chromebooks or iPads for my classroom?” If a school is looking to go 1:1, which one is the better choice?
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The obvious solution to the iPad vs Chromebook debate in schools (but perhaps not if you are thinking 1:1) is to have both iPads and Chromebooks. This post gives a teacher perspective on the relative strenghts of each device ...

 

The key point here is that there is no one device that is best for every activity learners (or teachers) engage with in school (or at home). This does raise interesting issues about 1:1 and ownership (which I will no doubt start to explore in my bliki over the coming weeks http://edfutures.net/PeterT%27s_bliki).

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Chris Dede: “Let’s Digitize What We Have Now” (EdSurge News)

Chris Dede: “Let’s Digitize What We Have Now” (EdSurge News) | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Chris Dede has been on all sides of the edtech spectrum. He was one of the key contributors on the 2010 National Education Technology Plan. He has served as the Timothy E.
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I totally agree re assessment being the biggest barrier to change, that teacher education needs to change, and that the last year or so has been the most exciting time in school education that I have seen over the last 20 years (linked to the roll out of mobile devices and inspite of policy and central support).

 

If you are interested in mobile devices in schools then check out http://edfutures.net

 

If we don't crack assessment and teacher education - then we will get a lot of technology/sugar coated learning (same old inadequate model).

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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Case Studies on Integrating ICT into Teacher Education Curriculum in Asia

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Case Studies on Integrating ICT into Teacher Education Curriculum in Asia | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
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This is more focussed on ICT (use of digital technology across the curriculum) than Computing (the specialist subject in England) so not much help if your concern is how to support teachers in England transact the new Computing National Curriculum. 

 

The focus of the case studies appears to be on discrete ICT courses/modules. Whilst these may be essential we will never achieve effective integration of digital technology across the curriculum until ITE (Initial Teacher Education) fully integrates the use of digital technology into all of its provision - because of TPACK (the interaction between technological knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and subject/discipline knowledge).

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What Didn’t Happen in Edtech in 2013 (EdSurge News)

What Didn’t Happen in Edtech in 2013 (EdSurge News) | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
This year marked a very noticeable surge in technology investment and innovation in education--what I call “innovestment"--which plays an important role in stimulating a sector that is traditionally behind the innovation adoption curve...
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Interesting reflections on what didn't happen in 2013 (and where we should go in 2014) - most of which I agree with.

 

For me the big issue is how do we break free from the hegemony of our existing school systems? How do we envisage alternatives more fit for the needs of individuals and societies in the 21st Century (without getting caught up in the digital global revolution/knowledge economy hype)? This pushes me back more and more to the work we were doing in the Schome Initiative (http://www.schome.ac.uk/wiki/).

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Google Play for Education: Google's Challenge to Apple's Edu Tablet Monopoly

Google Play for Education: Google's Challenge to Apple's Edu Tablet Monopoly | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
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One of the things emerging from my research into use of mobile devices in schools is the value of 'ownership'. Consumer devices which can't be taken over by the school seem to enhance feelings of ownership (surprise surprise!) so maybe the problems with iPads flagged up in this article are actually an advantage? Check out http://edfutures.net for more info re mobile technology in schools.

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BCS Digital Literacy for Life

BCS Digital Literacy for Life | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
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It is great to see the BCS taking an interest in digital literacy with the launch of their Digital Literacy for Life programme.

 

The irony will not be lost on those of you who have been following the redevelopment of the English National Curriculum (see http://edfutures.net/PeterT%27s_bliki for my thoughts on this) and the role that BCS have played in removing digital literacy from it!

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A Matrix Model for Designing and Assessing Network-Enhanced Courses

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I rather like the matrix model (cube at end of article) for thinking about online learning support. It builds on the SAMR model - see http://edfutures.net/SAMR

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3 Kindergarten Lessons You Should Ignore on Social Media

3 Kindergarten Lessons You Should Ignore on Social Media | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
“Thankfully 5-year-olds don't run companies. Here are three Kindergarten lessons you should ignore on social media (and in most business, for that matter).”
Via Anthony Trimble
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Interesting highlighting of how schools inhibit learning? Maybe schools should be more social ...
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BYOD Tablets Disrupt Enterprise IT?

BYOD Tablets Disrupt Enterprise IT? | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Spending on information technology is projected to decline overall this year, but tablet buyers are forecast to buck that trend and drop $23 billion more on the devices than last year.
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Where industry goes education will (eventually) follow. Key messages in article are about need for multiplicity of devices, need for tech support to focus less on the kit and more on the data and functionality users need. 2nd video clip sums up.

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Touchcast

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I've only had a brief play, but this looks like a seriously awesome, I'm talking game changingly awesome free app. New medium that integrates video with the web, polls, feeds, and a range of other apps (vapps). 

 

Probably does strange things to conventional notions of narrative flow - I need to explore how that might evolve.

 

Seriously this is exciting stuff.

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Latest evidence and future directions re game-based learning from NFER

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Report from NFER that finds lack of consistent evidence of impact of video-games on academic outcomes. Does find evidence of impact of video-games in education on motivation and attitudes, but lack of evidence that these in turn enhance academic outcomes. 

 

I think their analysis of principles and mechanisms of game-based learning misses out a key feature - the fact that there are lots of different routes to success (and lots of opportunities to succeed).

 

Having said that the practical advice for teachers looks good to me ...

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SAMR - EdFutures

SAMR - EdFutures | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
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I just came across this - feels intuitively right. I've tried to map it to the Digital Technology Impact Framework (an updated version of the Computer Practice Framework (CPF) which I developed in the 1990s).

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Underwhelming report on the iTEC project

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Guess what, in the right conditions a big funded project can have a positive impact on students and teachers. Those conditions include: Access to reliable and sufficient infrastructure; Appropriate school ICT policies; Pedagogical and technical support for teachers; Teacher pedagogical and digital competence; Positive attitudes at all levels towards change; Suitable digital learning resources. 

Am I being too synical in my reading of this report?

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The Great Device Debate: iPad Vs. Chromebook

The Great Device Debate: iPad Vs. Chromebook | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: In December of 2012, Help Desk blogger Tyler Desharnais authored an excellent post titled "The New Chromebook v. the iPad" which was quite popular. The post was shared via Twitter 12...
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A really great review of the pros and cons of iPads vs Chrombooks in schools by a student who has tried both.

 

For me the killer question is the one about ownership - ownership seems to matter hugely in terms of the extent to which a mobile device gets used (both in school and at home) by students and staff - so the statement that "A Chromebook just doesn't feel like it's yours." really struck me. 

 

The issue of distraction in classrooms is a big one - but I tend to agree with the student/reviewer that the killer question here is whether the teaching (learning) is interesting or not. Having a tablet seems to accentuate the teaching - making bad teaching worse and good teaching better ...

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The move towards ubiquity

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Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy

Deeper Learning: Defining Twenty-First Century Literacy | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Only a decade and a few years in, how can we fully describe the twenty-first century learner?
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This posts argues for an extended understanding of what it means to be literate (with a focus on literacy for communication). Of course digital literacy is even broader than this, requiring as it does an understanding of the impacts of digital technology on society (and individuals) and the ability to manage your online identity (as well as all the finding, critically evaluating and re-presenting in multimodal formats (including procedural representations).  See http://edfutures.net/ICT_is_dead_-_long_live_ICT for my definition of Digital Literacy (and thoughts on how it relates to terms such as Computing, ICT and digital technology).

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The over used phrase 21st Century Skills

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Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024

Where education technology will — and won’t — take us by 2024 | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Not as far as enthusiasts might think, one expert says.
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Gloomy (but probably accurate) predictions about ICT in (US) schools in 2014 from Larry Cuban. If technology simply SUPPORTS existing practice (age-graded schooling) then one has to question whether or not it is worth the investment.

 

The real challenge is not how to integrate technology into education, but how to change education so it is better suited to the needs of individuals and societies in the 21st Century - its about rethinking the building blocks of education - age grouping, fixed timetables, discrete subjects, valuing what it is easy to measure/sumatively assess, etc.. 

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Michael Horn: "There is Going to Be a Backlash Against Tablets" (EdSurge News)

Michael Horn: "There is Going to Be a Backlash Against Tablets" (EdSurge News) | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Michael Horn, co-founder and Executive Director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, has several predictions for 2014
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Should probably have scooped this here rather than future gazing - though of course it is both ...

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PeterT's curator insight, January 2, 2014 3:47 AM

I agree that we are likely to see a backlash against Tablets in schools in 2014 - my perception is that there is a tension between formal (coercive) schooling and the sorts of pedagogical models that Tablets lend themselves too (which are more learner centric). This backlash may be part of a normal implementation dip or may reflect the robust, self-sustaining nature of education systems. Where schools have jumped on the 1:1 bandwagon without thinking through how mobile devices will support their educational vision or what their implementation will look like in practice then the technology will inevitably be percieved to have failed - though of course the real failure is in the lack of strategic planning and preparation.

 

I'm not convinced that Chromebooks will help solve any of these problems.

 

The video clip contains some other interesting thoughts about how virtual schools (blended learning) might help with enrichment and providing access to 'minority' subjects (e.g. ones where a school doesn't have a teacher who can teach that subject). The need to rethink professional learning (CPD) so that it reflects a school's education model/vision - one size does not fit all and CPD is not a golden bullet (though it is an essential ingredient).


Nothing radical is going to happen in 2014 seems to be the overall conclusion ... 

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Bring Your Own x

Bring Your Own x | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it

Bring Your Own X - an alternative view on BYOD/BYOT from Queensland.

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If you are thinking about Bring Your Own technology strategies then you might find this site from Queensland Dept of Education, Training and Employment interesting. I found the research report on the Documents and Resources page useful.

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First MOOC on Computing for schools now available - Innovate My School

First MOOC on Computing for schools now available - Innovate My School | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to support teaching and learning of Computing in schools goes live for all today.
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Ok so this is Computing (the subject) rather than ICT (cross-curricula use of digital technology) but still interesting - if you engage with this MOOC do let me know how it goes ...

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Snap Bird - search twitter's history

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Really useful tool if you want to find something you know you (or someone else) tweeted ...

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How To Get a Creative Commons License for Your Published Content or PDF

How To Get a Creative Commons License for Your Published Content or PDF | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor
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Useful tool to help you add Creative Commons licence and attribution info to your work.
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The delusions that companies have about the cloud

The delusions that companies have about the cloud | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Despite the inexorable move to the cloud, some companies cling to the idea that the risks outweigh the benefits.
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Interesting ex-insider view on some of the problems that people raise with cloud computing. Written for a commercial audience, but the same issues apply in educaiton.

 

A matter of when rather than if I suspect ...

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Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS)

Your Own Technology Survey (YOTS) | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
The Your Own Technology Survey is an initiative to help schools better understand the technology available to their students, and how that technology might be utilized to enhance educational outcomes.
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If you expect your students to use the Internet to study at home (e.g. for homework) then you need to know about their home Internet access - how many students can't access the Internet from home and are thus being disadvantaged?

 

If you are thinking of moving to a 1:1, BYOD or BYOT strategy then you need to know about the Internet enabled mobile devices that your students have access to 'from home', and whether they would be allowed, able and willing to use their devices in school.

 

I've heard of one school that was moving to a 1:1 iPad strategy. They discovered that 10% of their students already had iPads. That was 150 iPads that they didn't need to buy.

 

YOTS is a free service for schools, provided by my team at the Open University (UK), that helps you audit your pupils home access to the Internet and Internet enabled mobile devices. 

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We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology In The Classroom

We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology In The Classroom | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
Technology plays a primary role in my teaching, but I rarely turn on the computer that makes the classroom “smart.” Occasionally, I project the class tweet stream. I am an advocate of Twitter for higher ed.
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This is a thought provoking article - underpinning the argument for flipped classrooms. Skip the first couple of paragraphs. Don't be put off by his context being HE - this applies to all 'classrooms'. 

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The Step-By-Step iPad Workflow For Teachers - Edudemic

The Step-By-Step iPad Workflow For Teachers - Edudemic | Re ICT (cross curricula use of digital technology) | Scoop.it
This step-by-step iPad workflow is a handy visual tool that any teacher using iPads should check out. It'll save you time and more than a few headaches.
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Useful guide for teachers on how to share files with students (and visa versa). Could be adapted quite easily for other tablets too.

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