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The Role of IT: How the Shift to the Cloud is Creating Agents of Innovation

The Role of IT: How the Shift to the Cloud is Creating Agents of Innovation | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it
Trends in cloud IT are changing the role of IT admins everywhere. Cloud adoption is helping IT admins limit routine tasks and become agents of innovation.
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We are implementing Google Apps for Education in the school where I work and I must say, this article reflects how IT admins have changed the way they work.
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Google is offering its virtual reality classroom system to schools for free | The Verge

Google wants students everywhere to begin experiencing the world in virtual reality, specifically by using its low-cost Cardboard headsets and a free field-trip simulation software known as...
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Expeditions is another effort from Silicon Valley to get a foothold in the classroom, which Google arguably started back in 2006 with its Apps for Education program to give free software to schools

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Free Animated Backgrounds That Move For PowerPoint Presentation

Free Animated Backgrounds That Move For PowerPoint Presentation | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it

Having a nice design slide for a presentation is one thing that so many presenters want to have. Adding the page with unique element such as moving image, transition, is a good idea.


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Bewegend beeld wordt steeds belangrijker

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 12, 2014 2:24 PM

Doesn't hurt to keep animated.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, July 14, 2014 8:10 AM

Something to put in your presentation tool box.  

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good?


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 1, 2014 3:58 AM

No huge surprises here, but worth a quick read if you are designing online materials.

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Coursebooks and critical thinking - Cambridge Conversations

Coursebooks and critical thinking - Cambridge Conversations | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it

Lewis Lansford, author of Unlock, looks at how coursebooks have been addressing the topical area of critical thinking. He also provides some suggestions of what you can do when they don’t. Critical thinking (CT) is a current ELT buzzword.


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Governor Quinn Announces Completion of Cutting Edge Broadband Networ $100 Million Illinois Century Network Construction Brings Ultra-Fast Access to Communities Across 55 Counties | Illinois.gov

Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of a nearly $100 million, four-year project to install more than 1,000 new miles of high-speed fiber-optic broadband infrastructure across 55 Illinois counties. Supported by the Governor’s Illinois Jobs Now!construction program, the project created nearly 700 jobs expanding access to high-speed broadband services for schools, libraries, hospitals and internet providers throughout Illinois. The network is part of the Governor’s agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

 

“High-speed internet access is a proven economic engine,” Governor Quinn said. “This expansion of Illinois’ broadband backbone will create jobs and drive economic growth for generations to come.”

 

“Investing in technology strengthens our public education system,” Illinois State University Board Chairman Rocky Donahue said. “I want to thank Governor Quinn for his vision, leadership and partnership with ISU on this project.”

 

To finish the project, engineers, equipment operators, technicians, splicers, laborers and electricians worked together to bury more than 1,000 miles of new fiber optic cable, and “light up” about 750 miles of existing “dark” fiber. All told, about 1,800 miles of fiber-optic cable are now in use across Illinois because of this project.

 

The new network directly connects approximately 400 anchor institutions, including community colleges, universities, libraries, health facilities, K-12 schools and public safety agencies. Local internet providers can connect to the network to extend Internet service into communities with few or nonexistent high-speed options.

 

Students throughout the state are already benefiting from faster access to online learning tools made available through the (ICN) investment.

 

“Our Internet speed is 25 times faster than before, with plenty of room for future growth,” Iroquois West Community Unit School District #10 Information Technology Director Brian Eggemeyer said. “The ICN’s increased capacity will have a positive impact on every student in our district for years to come.”

 

The project was funded by a $62 million competitive award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which was made possible by a $24 million commitment from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and nearly $10 million in other university, local and private resources.

 

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BroadbandBreakfast's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:48 AM

Here is the headline - a few weeks ago - from Illinois, regarding the latest super-fast high-speed network spearheaded in the state by Gov. Pat Quinn.

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Confs: Language Acquisition, Phonology, Psycholing/UK » Applied ...

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom Contact: Oliver Bond Contact Email: conference@lagb.org.uk. Meeting URL: http://www.lagb.org.uk/lagb2014/biases. Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition; Phonology; Psycholinguistics.
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Microsoft Gives Developers Windows Phone 8.1 Code

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ProgrammableWeb.com keeps you up to date with web mashups and APIs: what's new, interesting, useful and important. Hundreds of mashups and APIs. Contribute, search, view, and chart them.

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ELT Journal: Special Issue

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Keith Morrow, who is retiring after 17 years as Editor of ELT Journal, reflects on the key developments in various areas of English language teaching during this time, as identified by contributors to the latest, special edition of the journal.

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Developing ebooks for ELT – 10 questions to ask before you begin

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eltjam: EdTech in ELT / ESL – mobile, online, gaming · Home · What is eltjam? Why? Manifesto ..... You could be an English language teacher, ELT publisher, developer or EdTech entrepreneur. Possible contributions include:.

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Bitglass Report: Microsoft Office 365 is disrupting the Google Apps disruptor | Computerworld

Bitglass Report: Microsoft Office 365 is disrupting the Google Apps disruptor | Computerworld | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it
Some would call it poetic justice, others a simple reflection of marketplace dynamics. Call it what you will, recent survey findings will have Microsoft execs rubbing their hands together in glee.
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"Where Microsoft ignored realities, Google was quick to move"

Google Classroom in particular is a recent inclusion in the Google Apps for Education suite, providing an online learning environment similar to what schools have previously experienced with Moodle and Edmodo. 

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Selecting a Learning Management System: Advice from an Academic Perspective

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This article stresses the importance of involving all stakeholders in the selection process, offers a step-by-step guide to LMS selection, and enables readers to develop a customized list of LMS features that align with their institution's instructional and learning priorities.


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Very interesting article. If you are planning to implement a LMS in your institution, reading this is a must!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 28, 2015 8:10 AM

Useful article if you are thinking of implementing online or blended learning in your school.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, September 28, 2015 5:54 PM

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THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM ¿Qué es la clase al revés?

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The Flipped Classroom: ¿no has 'flipado' aún?


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The power of digital student portfolios

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With the spreading use of computers and mobile technology in schools, going digital with student portfolios has become more popular. Simply put, digital portfolios are online collections of student work. They allow us to archive, curate and analyze samples of student learning from both the past and the present and keep that data — literally — at the tip of our finger.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:12 PM

Good portfolios, whether digital or hard versions or hybrids, are important in teaching and learning.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 2, 2014 10:21 PM

El uso de los portafolios Digitales

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 3, 2014 3:28 PM

Interesting article around eportfolio's

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Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology | Infographics Creator

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Infographic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology 1. They always start with the why Technology for technology's sake is dangerous. Highly effective teachers who use technology always have a reason for using new technology tools. Whether It saves them time. Improves learning outcomes, or helps with lesson planning, highly effective teachers always start with the why. 2. They are malleable and can easily adapt Technology is constantly changing, and the classroom environment will be drastically different In 2 years. Understanding the big picture Is key. 3. They embrace change Most teachers who use technology today are Innovators or early adopters. Embracing (not fighting) change is key. The world hates change yet it is the only thing that has brought progress. 4. They share, share, and then share some more Technology has opened the door for collaboration beyond the school walls. A teacher In New Brunswick can now collaborate with a teacher In the UK. Knowledge Is

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New Competition in WiFi

Li-Fi is a new paradigm for optical wireless technology to provide unprecendented connectivity within a localized data-centric environment. The increasing deman

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Schools will surely benefit from this!

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Microsoft confirms it's making Office for Android tablets, too - GeekWire

Microsoft confirms it's making Office for Android tablets, too - GeekWire | Tech and Elt | Scoop.it
“Let me tell you conclusively: Yes, we are also building Android native applications for tablets for Word, Excel and PowerPoint,” said John Case, a Microsoft Office corporate vice president for marketing, in a follow-up interview ...
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Teaching with mobile devices

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FAQS from teachers about why and how to use mobile devices in the classroom.


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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:28 AM
Good answers to some of these common questions.
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Tablets Come to the Table

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Tabletop tablet computers in full-service restaurants for information lookup, ordering, payment and entertainment are a radical idea, but they are almost certainly the wave of the future in traditional casual dining. Not quite four out of 10 consumers say they’ve heard about this new dining-room tech. Of these, three out of 10 have actually visited a restaurant where tabletop tablets were installed. And of this group, more than eight out of 10 tested out the tablet.


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The same goes for autographs, now it's the selfie that counts!!!

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Bob Frazier's curator insight, April 17, 2014 10:59 AM

Applebees will soon have 100,000 table top  tablets installed, this is not a passing fad!  Review this excellent study from American Express and get more Mobile Marketing ideas and info every week by subscribing to the free weekly "Restaurant Newsletter" at http://pos-advicenewsletter.com/  Mobile is NOW!