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Charts: Tech's pipeline problem

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Silicon Valley's diversity problems start in the classroom.

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Well, thankfully I never felt that way (as a girl), and I work hard to model  that computing is cool for all students. My Scratch Digital Animation class last school year was 50% female  (4th grade programmers, they are awesome!)  In fact, since I started teaching Scratch in 2008, there have  always been girls in my camps, but sometimes just a few :-(

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Space Station's 3-D Printer Pops Out 1st Creation

Space Station's 3-D Printer Pops Out 1st Creation | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
The 3-D printer at the International Space Station popped out its first creation – a sample replacement part for itself.

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Pay Phones In NYC To Be Replaced With Up To 10,000 Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Next Year

Pay Phones In NYC To Be Replaced With Up To 10,000 Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Next Year | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
There were about 2.2 million pay phones in the U.S. as of 2000 and now there are under 500,000, according to the American Public Communications Council. The decline in pay phone usage is largely attributed to the ubiquity of mobile phones. The city of New York plans to replace its pay [...]

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The city of New York plans to replace its pay phones with up to 10,000 free public Wi-Fi kiosks that have speeds of up to a gigabit (1,000 Mbps). This plan is called LinkNYC.  Aside from Wi-Fi, the kiosks will also offer free domestic phone calls including 911 and 311. Android-based touchscreen tablets control the kiosks, which can be used for accessing directions, public service announcements and city services. Charging stations for mobile devices will be built into the kiosks too.

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What a great idea!

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AWSM | Institute of Play

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A great resource for game based learning in theory and practice!

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Family Tip Sheets | Common Sense Media

Family Tip Sheets | Common Sense Media | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
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TED-Ed New Interactive Periodic Table With Video Lessons for Every Element ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

TED-Ed New Interactive Periodic Table With Video Lessons for Every Element ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

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TEdEd is a good resource for viewing others and developing your own content for the classroom.

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After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report

After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Teacher Valyncia O. Hawkins knew she needed extra time with students who arrived in her classroom behind grade level, but slowing down the whole class risked boring the more advanced students. But even after 20 years as a teacher, Hawkins still didn’t have a good method to keep everyone moving forward. The …
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Lake Forest students learn global citizenship

Lake Forest students learn global citizenship | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
World problems can seem overwhelming and complex to kids, but some Lake Forest sixth-graders are learning they have the power to help.
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Powerful social justice teaching

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Increased Physical Activity Linked to Improved School Performance

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Participating in extra physical activity for just two hours every week can boost school performance, a new study states.
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It can also boost teacher performance I would imagine!

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Mr. Kirsch's ICT Class Blog | Category | ICT III Posts

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New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration | ThingLink Blog

New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration | ThingLink Blog | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

Great news! ThingLink now supports a rich-media tag to embed a Google Doc right on an interactive graphic. Now it’s easier than ever to transform teaching and learning with just two tools, ThingLink EDU and Google Docs!


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David R. Perry's curator insight, September 2, 9:56 PM

I love using ThingLink for my classes. The options for its use in any discipline is limitless.

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This could be interesting.

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New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration | ThingLink Blog

New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration | ThingLink Blog | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

Great news! ThingLink now supports a rich-media tag to embed a Google Doc right on an interactive graphic. Now it’s easier than ever to transform teaching and learning with just two tools, ThingLink EDU and Google Docs!


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David R. Perry's curator insight, September 2, 9:56 PM

I love using ThingLink for my classes. The options for its use in any discipline is limitless.

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This could be interesting.

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Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today's grading methods skew in their favor?
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Worth the read!

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OS X Mavericks: Using Apple's hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics tool

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Wi-Fi is essential to most Mac users, but what happens when your network gets sketchy? Apple's hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics tool should help you improve Wi-Fi performance.


[ABOVE: Apple's Wi-Fi Diagnostics tool should look like this. I've deleted BSSID and network names for security.]

The hidden tool

To access Wi-Fi Diagnostics, Option-click on the Wi-Fi icon in your Menu bar. In the drop-down menu that appears, select "Open Wireless Diagnostics."  The Wi-Fi Diagnostics app is hidden inside /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications, from where you can drag the app icon to make it easily available in your Dock.

When you launch the app, a screen appears to tell you what the tool does and asks you to let it run tests to determine the state of your current Wi-Fi connection; these can take a few minutes to complete.

While in Wireless Diagnostics, open the Utilities Window via the Menu bar (Command-2). This shows you much information inside: Info, Logging and Performance windows; A Frame Capture mode to sniff network traffic and a Wi-Fi Scan mode that captures useful info about your own and other networks in your area.

Check the channels

The first thing to check is what channel your network is on in comparison with other networks in your area. If you find you are sharing a channel with others nearby, it helps to change the channel on your router to one the other networks aren't using -- a clear channel usually improves reception quality.

You can use the information to determine the strength of your Wi-Fi signal (or use the Performance tab in this window to see how the tool sees your network performance in the Quality section to top left).

Assessing signal strength

The Wi-Fi scan pane offers two metrics to help you determine this: Signal (RSSI, Received Signal Strength Indication) and Noise.

The first refers to the strength of the signal between your Mac and your router. Higher numbers are better but because these are rated as minus numbers, it's important to note that an RSSI of -60 is actually much better than an RSSI of -80.

Noise refers to the amount of wireless noise that may be affecting Wi-Fi reception. Neighboring networks, or the usual network interference culprits such as microwaves or some cordless phones, can impact your reception. Like RSSI this is measured in minus numbers, but a lower number is best, so a Noise level of -46 is better than one of -40.

The difference between these numbers is the quality of your network, so if you have an RSSI of  -47 and a Noise level of -96 then the difference is 49. This is called the SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and the higher this number is the better your Wi-Fi performance will be. An SNR of 25 or above means you should have good performance.

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The Performance pane shows you the quality of your Wi-Fi over time. Given that some electrical devices (including devices situated in neighboring rooms and homes) and other networks can impact your performance, you might want to keep an eye on this while moving your Mac around. You may eventually find a place in your space in which performance is better than anywhere else, or achieve better performance by switching off other computers or electrical devices.

Other terms that may be useful when using this tool:

BSSID: This is the identifier for your airport hardware.
Security: The kind of encryption used -- try to use WPA 2. Do not use WEP, as this is compromised.
Transmit Rate: Data speed.
I hope this short report helps demystify and explain a little of what you can do with Wi-Fi Diagnostics.
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oh so helpful...Apple continues to "Hide" these useful tools!

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Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?

Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone? | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.

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15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook

15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Next-generation apps that let users text, video-chat, shop, and share their pics and videos are attracting teens like catnip.
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Screen time debate broadens with research | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Screen time debate broadens with research | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
Screen time restrictions could change in light of new research pointing to how purposeful and educational screen time is.
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This is a great resource for helping define "what kind of screen time?"'

 

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15 MORE Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

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Previously I had blogged on 20 things you can do with Google Classroom. Here are 15 more ideas! Collect Data: Linking to a Google Form or just a Google spreadsheet from an announcement allows you t...
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Google Classroom is evolving and is proving to be a great digital classroom management tool. Giving feedback to google on what is working and what you want to see is currently an option. 

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Teacher using green screen technology to teach history

Teacher using green screen technology to teach history | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
MARSHALL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan teacher is using new technology to take his students back in history.It's something we use here at Newschannel 3 every day: a green screen.In Chris Henke's 8th grade class at Mar Lee School in Marshall the
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NIce that this is getting tv media coverage!

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Learning disability or learns differently?

Learning disability or learns differently? | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it
For those who are comforted by labels and the certainty they provide, it is difficult to embrace the idea that we can unlock the potential of many of our s
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I do agree that learning styles and multiple intelligences are powerful lenses, and I also feel that some learning challenges can really benefit from formal diagnosis of learning disability, with specific interventions and accommodations to follow up. What we need is a holistic approach that partners parents, educators, counselors, and medical professionals (as needed.) to support the individual child in a positive (not deficit) model. 

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Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials

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Google Tutorials

This page contains tutorials for using Google tools. The tutorials that I've created you are welcome to use in your own blog, website, or professional development session. Before using the tutorials created by others, please contact their creators.
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For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 5:27 PM

Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

Joann David's curator insight, September 26, 4:20 PM

Always good to bookmark a great resource for technology tutorials. Great tips to explore.

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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created  a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.


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Common Sense Media is a fantastic teaching resource. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 5:20 PM

Excellent resources from reliable sources.  A back to school treasure chest of lesson and resources. 

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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media
Steve Vaitl's curator insight, September 25, 2:18 PM

Great resources for anyone not familiar with being online!!!

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Google Slides Templates to Construct Knowledge Through Research

Google Slides Templates to Construct Knowledge Through Research | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

Sharing some templates to illustrate great ways to use Google Slides. Pick up the templates and makes your own copies for modification and reuse.


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The Shift of the Role of the Teacher

The Shift of the Role of the Teacher | Teaching with Technology | Scoop.it

We know today’s students will have to create their jobs, not look for jobs. They will compete with others around the globe. They will have jobs replaced by outsourcing and technology if their skills are easily replicated or duplicated.  To succeed, students will need creativity, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.


They will need to be able to adapt to change, be resilient and able to work effectively in a variety of environments.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/


 
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This is a nice visual continuum for teaching methods.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 28, 8:54 AM

From the plain lecturing to the complex Coaching skills

In which step do you think are your teaching scenario?

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The  role of the Teacher

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, September 29, 11:14 AM

What's the change: Excellent Tips!