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How technology can improve, inspire and invite learning fascinates me. Working in education means thinking about this is essential to the user experience and for personal and professional development.
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Africa Unchained: ReMaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning

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Digital Futures: 'Innovate! Inspire! Invent!' urge 10 tech leaders at Campus Party

What's it going to take to really drive innovation and entrepreneurship? We tracked down an MIT data scientist, programming prodigy and 'father of the intern...
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3D Printers & Maker Spaces

3D Printers & Maker Spaces | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
3D printers and Maker Spaces are officially "cool" in library circles at the moment. A whole new website, Maker Librarian, was launched just this week.  Senior people are talking about them for big...
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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - OEDB.org

Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.
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Home page - Innovation Union - European Commission

Home page - Innovation Union - European Commission | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
European Commission - Innovation Union - Home page
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Masterclass: Improving digital literacy among staff and students

Slides to accompany a presentation in the 'Technology in Higher Education' theatre at BETT 2014.
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Did You Know 3.0 (Officially updated for 2012) HD - YouTube

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.
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Really helpful think-starter for students and staff, relevant for any subject.

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How to Google like a boss – Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips

How to Google like a boss – Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Do you want to Google like a boss? Then drop everything and peruse this premium resouce on mastering the art of using Google Search.
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Using what we've already got to best advantage - perfect for college students.

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197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - InformED | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
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YouTube channels for learning.

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JISC RSC > RSC Scotland

JISC RSC > RSC Scotland | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
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Font of information and inspiration when it comes to learning, learning resources and technology. Highly supportive with excellent staff.

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Donald Clark Plan B

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Fantastic blog for commentary on technology and learning, education and more.

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NetAppVoice: Kids Can't Compute -- And That's A Problem

NetAppVoice: Kids Can't Compute -- And That's A Problem | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Kids are "digital natives." They grew up using computers, and therefore are more "tech savvy" than older people. Right? No! Well, the first part's right, but the second part is increasingly wrong.

Via Beth Dichter
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Issues with 'digital natives' adapting technology skills for learning, or for anything other than 'me time'. Will 'me time' on our devices change if none of us have research skills and rely on serendipity alone?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 16, 2013 10:02 PM

This post looks at how people of different generations approach computers. It raises the question "Why do people think students are computer geniuses?" and states "The most computer-savvy demographic is now probably aged 25–55." 

Is this because the early computers did not have apps and had to learn how to work with a machine and trouble shoot it (and were able to do this on many levels).In other words, you were able to get "under the hood."

What is the impact of this? Read on to learn more and see if you agree with this issue.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 17, 2013 9:03 AM

More and more tech articles are appearing about the need for students to have more and more skills in learning code (the language of the computer). This article hits on some points about why this new language of coding needs to be taught to everyone at a young age ....This might be good idea, but what do you think?

 

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(And This Will Be A Growing Problem
"The overwhelming quantity and user-friendliness of today’s apps and web-based services isn’t stretching users. It’s not confronting people with the need to understand computing, or to be creative in building solutions.")

 

Why does this matter? How good is it if the only thing you can choose from is what someone else let's you have because you don't know how to get it for yourself?

 

Haven't we had enough of that....Most of us can't make clothes much less the fabric and would starve to death if a grocery wasn't on the corner? Making your own music too often means mixing someone else's on a computer or just tuning into music. Everything we allow to be delivered to us is more apt to manipulate us then we are to manipulate it. We are then totally dependent on someone other then ourselves to provide answers for our problems and  accommodate our desires and that's what makes learning this code language all the more important.

 
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A Visit to the Lovett School Story Studio: Redesigning Learning Spaces, Rewriting Narratives of Learning

A Visit to the Lovett School Story Studio:  Redesigning Learning Spaces, Rewriting Narratives of Learning | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the Lovett School Story Studio Project  in Atlanta, Georgia. This project, which I have been following since its inception a little over a year ago, began w...
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MakerSpace

MakerSpace | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Welcome to the MakerSpace — a place for creation, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship. Now in its second year, the MakerSpace is expanding, thanks to a generous grant from the In
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Participatory Libraries and Idea Box

Presentation from LACONI Tech and LACONI RAS joint program on Markerspaces and Participatory libraries on February 22, 2013 at Oak Park Public Library.
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Writer's Guide to Government Information

Writer's Guide to Government Information | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

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Six social-media skills every leader needs | McKinsey & Company

Six social-media skills every leader needs | McKinsey & Company | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Learn, through the lens of executives at General Electric, how you and your leaders can keep up. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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What to expect from libraries in the 21st century: Pam Sandlian Smith at TEDxMileHigh - YouTube

Why do we still need libraries in the age of digital, real-time information? In this emotional talk, Pam Sandlian Smith shows how she works to use the librar...
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Exploring the viability of NFC, biometrics and wearable technology

Exploring the viability of NFC, biometrics and wearable technology | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
FTE explores the new paper from Artefact Group’s Rob Girling, which explores the future role of wearable technology and biometrics in the travel sector.
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Can we make travel better with technology? I can see how the answer would be yes.

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Wearable Tech

Mashable covers the top social media news on topics like Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest and More.
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Wearable technology definitely counts as emerging in my book...now where did my futuristic techno hat go?!

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Best iPad Apps for College Students and Teachers

Best iPad Apps for College Students and Teachers | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
This blog post contains the list of best iPad apps for college students and teachers to make their educational activities more feasible.
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Another collation of great education apps.

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Learning with 'e's

learning, technology, education, steve, wheeler, social media, internet, mobile, school, teachers
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Excellent blog looking at technology and learning, always interesting and thought-provoking commentary.

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Transformative Learning: Highschoolers Metamorphose into ...

Transformative Learning: Highschoolers Metamorphose into ... | Technology and Learning | Scoop.it
Our next guest blog post is from Melissa O'Brien, a lab undergraduate student, who did a fantastic job this summer serving as a mentor in an education initiative for high school students, which she describes below: This ...
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Interesting blog, particularly good article for transformative learning and articulation concerns

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