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New iPads help Waynesboro students learn

New iPads help Waynesboro students learn | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
As 6-year-old Hannah Wetzel signed and spoke a full sentence, tears dripped down her personal care assistant's cheeks."This is a sink," Hannah said with guidance from her teacher and an iPad...
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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking | The Creativity Post | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

Creativity is paradoxical. To create, a person must have knowledge but forget the knowledge, must see unexpected connections in things but not have a mental disorder, must work hard but spend time doing nothing as information incubates, must create many ideas yet most of them are useless, must look at the same thing as everyone else, yet see something different, must desire success but embrace failure, must be persistent but not stubborn, and must listen to experts but know how to disregard them.


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Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students

Games-Based Learning Experiences: Testing the principles with teachers and students | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

The paper describes: the participants, the workshop activities, the findings of the workshops, and in particular teacher and student attitudes towards each of the key learning elements and which they felt were most important to include if creating games-based learning experiences for the classroom.


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Free Technology for Teachers: The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators

Free Technology for Teachers: The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
RT @CALPERPA: “@rmbyrne: Published one year ago today. The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators.

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Teacher takes students around the world through technology

Teacher takes students around the world through technology | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
MANSFIELD -- Students at Richland Academy School of Excellence travel around the world and through the pages of history -- all without leaving the classroom.
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’12 Prediction: Mobile and Integration

’12 Prediction: Mobile and Integration | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
#edtech ’12 Prediction: Mobile and Integration http://t.co/djHY7pXt (@cyndidannerkuhn)...
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The Gamification of Education: What School Can Learn from Video Games | Edutopia

The Gamification of Education: What School Can Learn from Video Games | Edutopia | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Terrell Heick of TeachThought.com leads a guided tour through the evolution of gaming and hints at how students can customize their own educational experience.
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Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner -- THE Journal

Broadband, Social Networks, and Mobility Have Spawned a New Kind of Learner -- THE Journal | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Students are different today because of technology. Every educator knows this, of course, but this change is about much more than agile thumbs, shriveling attention spans, and OMG'd vocabularies.
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The Innovative Educator: To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

The Innovative Educator: To Tweet or Not to Tweet? | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
RT @edutopia: To Tweet or Not to Tweet?Great video --> http://t.co/GCjlL9uM #edchat #edtech...
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Research on e-Learning and ICT in Education | eLearning

Research on e-Learning and ICT in Education | eLearning | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
RT @elearningeuropa: Research on e-Learning and #ICT in #Education | #eLearning: http://t.co/QiuN9wjw...
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Room 211 Tech Links - LiveBinder

Resources for Students and Teachers (RT @TheHeadKnuckle: New additions to my livebinder - Room 211 Tech Links http://t.co/OStZPcDc #edchat #edtech #gtchat #gifted...)...
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21st Century Skills are so last century!

21st Century Skills are so last century! | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

The new mantra, the next big thing, among educators who need a serious sounding phrase to rattle around in reports is ‘21st Century Skills’. I hear it often, almost always in some overlong, text-heavy, Powerpoint presentation at an educational conference, where collaboration, creativity and communication skills are in short supp


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Francis Gilbert's curator insight, June 30, 2014 4:40 AM

Interesting point being made here: the talk of creativity is actually "top-down, hierarchical" thinking with the big cheeses telling people what to do and how to think.

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Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT

Some Pros and Cons of iPads for ELT | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

If you are thinking of introducing iPads in your school, then I think by far the best way to start is just by having a few in the teachers’ staff room and letting the teachers explore them and see what they can do with them. If this can generate some enthusiasm then you could be on your way to having a 21st century language school.


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OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide

You know WHY you want to get started with 3D virtual worlds in your school. Well, now you can know HOW. This e-book provides an introduction to OpenSimulator, step-by-step setup instructions


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7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning

7 key questions to ask about ed technology, online learning | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

What we most need right now is to pause before we pontificate and to patiently untangle the many intertwined strands in the arguments for and against ed tech. By separating out different threads in this conversation, we can make better decisions about if, when, and in what situations we can really learn effectively online.


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Tech-savvy children are driving the future of education | Trends in ... | Future Trends and Advances In Education and Technology

Tech-savvy children are driving the future of education | Trends in ... | Future Trends and Advances In Education and Technology | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
1. Today's student is different in meaningful ways and as a result is transforming education as an institution. 2. In a 21st century model of education, learning can be liberated and enhanced in a technology rich environment.

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Leadership for Mobile Learning

Leadership for Mobile Learning | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
CoSN's Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative (@CoSN now has an online #PLC for those what want to learn and discuss mobile technology in education: http://t.co/FljSPbLR #edtech ...
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#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor | MindShift

#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor | MindShift | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
RT @betaggart: Replace "tech" with "pencil" http://t.co/KhnsFk6k to help us think more clearly about tech role in education #edtech #pencilchat #Papert...
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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Learning Games for Kids

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: Learning Games for Kids | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
RT @ShellTerrell: Learning Games for Kids http://t.co/CQOXzAuQ by @dkapuler #edtech...
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Making Mistakes & Error Correction

Making Mistakes & Error Correction | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Simon Thomas answers the question "What causes ESL students to make speaking and writing errors? " quite comprehensively in a recent blog post at efl-resource.com.

He looks at the differences be...
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SchoolVue Blog - Classroom Management Technology: Education Technology Trends for 2012

SchoolVue Blog - Classroom Management Technology: Education Technology Trends for 2012 | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Education Technology Trends for 2012: CrossTec Corporation is hosting a Virtual Workshop on January 11, ...
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The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...: http://t.co/Q5aGkDIX...
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Is Blended Learning Worth the Hype? | Edutopia

Is Blended Learning Worth the Hype? | Edutopia | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Blogger Bob Lenz poses a question around the effectiveness of Blended Learning. (RT Is Blended Learning Worth the Hype?
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Why Content Matters: Defining Personalization | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Why Content Matters: Defining Personalization | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | Tech happens! | Scoop.it
Content creation is necessary especially with all the biased and wrong information about personalizing learning. Curation is important if the curator comments and makes it clear their position.
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Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It

Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It | Tech happens! | Scoop.it

Tablets and e-readers are unraveling the publishing industry as it’s existed until now. More than 12 percent of American adults owned an e-reader as of May, according to a Pew study, and 8 percent owned tablets.

But the books being read on those devices were conceived originally for print. Words and ideas have been designed to fit on the physical page. Even for those books that do include videos or audio recordings, they’ve typically been added as afterthoughts, or as ancillary pieces to the primary content.

“It’s not even close to maximizing the potential of the tablet,” said MacInnis


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