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Project Learning & 1:1: Expeditions in Portland, Maine

Project Learning & 1:1: Expeditions in Portland, Maine | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Project learning combined with 1-to-1 laptops creates a rich and rigorous environment for learning at a middle school and a high school in Portland, Maine.
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Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, June 22, 2013 12:41 PM

This is the type of teaching that I am talking about!

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Mobile Learning On The Rise [INFOGRAPHIC] | LearnDash

Mobile Learning On The Rise [INFOGRAPHIC] | LearnDash | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you know that mobile learning (or mlearning) is on the rise.  New technology is making mobile learning a realty, and the decrease in mlearning device prices is helping with overall adoption. 

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Efrain Pena's comment, August 23, 2013 10:16 PM
Great post Mr. Jacomino, the raising of the mlearning its in tha air, the people use it, feel it and love it, they can't live without it. That is a great tool to maximize the learning and stay connected with her activities.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, August 24, 2013 3:32 AM

Progress influences the everyday life also in education :)

Mike Garcia's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:00 AM

I like phones.

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Project-Based Learning for Teachers

Tony Vincent's video for his project-based learning workshops. http://learninginhand.com Music by Dan-O at DanoSongs.com
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AnnC's curator insight, June 10, 2013 9:05 PM

good opening infotainment

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:04 AM

brilliant for VET students... learning real skills to increase employability

Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:24 PM

Interesting

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Tech Transformation: What is the role of a technology integration specialist?

Tech Transformation: What is the role of a technology integration specialist? | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.
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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 22, 2013 9:28 AM

This article comes by way of @felixjacomino on ScoopIt. I really like this article, because it's main point is that people are trying to adapt old ways of writing to new technology. I believe the author, at some point, even points out that in education, it doesn't matter what software package a child learns as long as they learn technology and the basics of how to use word processing. I started out on WordPerfect years ago, and then had to adapt to Word 1.0 (what version are we up to now?). Same with CMS systems that I've learned in the past. People are always so stuck on knowing specific products in tech comm instead of realizing that if you know one software package, you can probably adapt fairly quickly to a new one if you are just shown the differences. That was definitely the case with my current position. 

 

But back to iPads and writing--I took copious notes on my iPad during the STC Summit, and wrote several long blog posts on my iPad as well. Yes, it was easier to type with a wireless keyboard, but that's only because I type very fast and legibility is important to me. It's a sensory thing for me.  I found that for basic writing tasks, I can use the iPad with ease, and that's the point of this article. No more excuses! Mobile is definitely an option. 

--techcommgeekmom

Richard Seal's curator insight, May 23, 2013 7:31 AM

I have found it quite difficult doing long term typing on my iPad. Very interesting. 

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:52 PM

Review this article and provide your perspective.

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New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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Marcia Powell's curator insight, May 21, 2013 2:26 PM

This is great, because it talks about the evolution of #pbl, and tells me how I can get better as a teacher.   This should be of particular interest to anyone trying to transform their classroom.

Jenny Lussier's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:06 PM

Great comparison!

ratzelster's comment, May 31, 2013 7:46 AM
I sort of think it's an on-going kind of journey. It's hard to get there in one jump. I see it as more of a gradual and intentional shift.
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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?

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Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:51 PM

This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

Melita Ryland's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:19 AM

This article asks us to rethink what we think to be a work space. They outline that a workspace can come in many different forms and still be productive. By simply moving around an changing the workspace can drastically change the outcomes of student leanring and engagement in more ways than 1.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 8:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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High School Student, Jeff Bliss gives a lesson to his teacher at Duncanville, TX

EPIC. Kid's got his head on straight. He's definitely my hero ! Jeff's the man ! Jeff Bliss decided to give their teacher a lesson at the Duncanville High Sc...
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T. Brendan Donahoe's comment, May 10, 2013 4:09 PM
Parts of what he says are true. Just giving kids packets of handouts and expecting they'll learn is not teaching. It's not challenging the students.
Richard Seal's curator insight, May 11, 2013 10:35 AM

Not technology related, but it absolutely illustrates how fed up our older students are with a system that does not work in their favor. I applaud this young man for having the courage to speak up. 

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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

by Felix Jacomino

 

As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.

 

What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exciting time for a good educator than today and the near future!

 

In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.

 

Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone.

Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!

 

Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)

 

My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!

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Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 2014 3:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 8, 2014 10:30 PM

Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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Mobile Movie Making - Tony Vincent, Learning in Hand - Learning Without Frontiers

Tony Vincent, teacher and learning consultant presents practical and entertaining ways for young learners to use low cost mobile devices to create movies. Pr...
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Maria Juste's curator insight, April 30, 2013 9:19 AM

haz una película con el móvil!

Laia Canadell's comment, April 30, 2013 3:38 PM
Como avanza la tecnologia.
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12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education

12 Ways To Integrate (Not Just Use) Technology In Education | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
If you run a classroom, school, district, or country, you need to know how to properly integrate technology in education. This should help.
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Elsa Mansfield's curator insight, May 16, 2013 6:21 PM

Being purposeful about incorporating technology in our learning tasks will be vital to being an effective teacher. Students need to be taught how to use these tools and navigate the volume of information the internet presents. Using technology without direction and purpose can create problems and wastes tremendous potential.

it442's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:04 PM

Elsa Mansfield-This article talks about using technology to learn instead of learning how to use technology. Integration involves making technology a part of the everyday classroom, and using it to engage studetns with information or content. I like the idea of being very purposeful with employing technology in a variety of ways and incorporating technology in our learning tasks constantly.  Using technology without direction and purpose can create problems and wastes tremendous potential.

Courtney Abels's curator insight, July 2, 2013 12:12 PM

I'm going to be busy!

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Create Your Own Textbook

Create Your Own Textbook | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
iBooks Author is a fantastic way to get students involved in their own learning. If you're dedicated to providing engaging lessons for your students then creating interactive textbooks needs to go ...
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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 23, 2013 9:29 PM

If you have ever taught IB, or if you innovate to the point that textbooks lose their significance, then this article is for you. BTW, LiveBinders is a great choice for collecting resources into easily used units

Ruth Eckenstein's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:43 PM

Have students do reflection and journal as they advance in the nursing program. This insight can be a honest look at strengths and weaknesses.

Mike Garcia's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:02 AM

Books!

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Tony Vincent’s list of lists of educational apps

Tony Vincent’s list of lists of educational apps | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

The best educational iPad apps, handpicked by experts.

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Priya Venugopal's comment, May 8, 2013 11:22 PM
Its been an amazing find. Loved reading the way the author has divided the apps and how they cater to the needs of kids.
Chris Carter's comment, May 8, 2013 11:44 PM
Agreed, Priya. Tony is a great benefit to us "netizens".
Brittany Leach's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:53 AM

more apps

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Doing More with Less (and Other Practical Educational Technology Tidbits)

Doing More with Less (and Other Practical Educational Technology Tidbits) | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

We teach in amazing times. Just think about the technology that you carry around in your pocket or the things you are able to do on the Internet. Technology makes meaningful collaborative and engaging interactive classroom experiences possible with minimal effort.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 22, 2013 10:01 AM
Thank you! Well said!
Darlene Clapham K12's curator insight, June 23, 2013 10:57 AM

Great article. Some very good points that we can all apply in our professional careers.  Thanks for sharing this @JCasaTodd!

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Email to your Dropbox without new email address (if you use Google)

Email to your Dropbox without new email address (if you use Google) | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
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I was looking for an easy way to have students and teachers put files in my dropbox account. Of course, there's http://DropItTo.me which allows senders to upload files through a web interface but on an iPad, that's limited to images and videos in your camera roll.

 

If only there was a way to email files to my dropbox directly. Well, there's https://sendtodropbox.com and that's exactly what it's for. The problem... the less than desirable email address you're given, like felix_9048rq@sendtodropbox.com. So I got to thinking.

 

Did you know that if you have a google mail address (gmail or your own domain), there's a neat trick that allows you to have more email address aliases without setting anything up? All you need to do is add a + and anything after it. For example: anything sent to felix+hello@jacomino.com will arrive at felix@jacomino.com. 

 

What I did next is, in my gmail settings, I added a forwarding email address and used the sendtodropbox address felix_9048rq@sendtodropbox.com. But wait, I need to verify that I own that account! Will that be a problem? Not without one little setting change. In SendToDropbox.com options, be sure to check BOTH "Include HTML email body (if available)" AND "Include plain text email body (if available)."

 

After doing so, send the verification email from your gmail > settings > forwarding and check your dropbox for the email body which will contain the verification code. 

 

Once verified, create a gmail filter. Mine was simple. Any email sent to felix+db@jacomino.com, forward to felix_9048rq@sendtodropbox.com. I also selected to skip the inbox and add a label, but that was my personal preference. Feel free to customize as you see fit.

 

I tested by sending a small file from another email address to felix+db@jacomino.com and voilà, it worked! The file is uploaded to Dropbox > Apps >Attachments folder.

 

I hope this helps and happy dropping!

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:38 PM

Cool. Looking forward to testing this one out!

Robert Sims's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:24 AM

Yahoo email also has a connection with Dropbox.  Dropbox is an excellent storage place for your documents you want to have access to at anytime, anywhere!

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The 5 Types of Technology Adopters in Schools: Which One Are You ?

The 5 Types of Technology Adopters in Schools: Which One Are You ? | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Today I am going to talk a little bit about Diffusion of Innovation Theory and relate it to our technology integration practices in education. Don't worry the post is not gonna be long , nor will it...

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Ximorgan091's curator insight, August 22, 2013 10:52 AM

Important point that will affect learning.

Mike Garcia's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:01 AM

Tech. helps lots in school.

Donella Marie Muzik's curator insight, April 19, 8:57 AM
Innovation and the arts are not opposing concepts! Today's technology savvy artists deserve arts organisations who are keeping their fingers on the pulse.
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iTeach: The best 1:1 device is good teaching

iTeach: The best 1:1 device is good teaching | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The best device a school can roll out is a teacher who can adapt to new and emerging technologies, does not always require formal training for learning and staying current, and is not tethered to a product in order to teach.
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 26, 2013 10:19 PM

Yes yes yes!  Why do many teacher-librarians persist in demanding that their PD always take place during school hours? If you want to develop YOURSELF professionally, shouldn't you be taking every opportunity you can afford? If you can read a tabloid in your own time, you can find time to read a professional journal too - simple things can make a huge difference! Manage your own professional development, don't expect your school or your union to do it for you! Good teachers and librarians are learning all the time, and sharing their learning - with colleagues and with students.

Sue Osborne's comment, May 26, 2013 10:23 PM
I love the comments about professional development not always being done in school hours. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing. Period.
Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 19, 2013 11:09 AM

Teachers are the rock stars in the class room...but great rock stars need instruments to create music.

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5 Search Engine Alternatives - Teach Amazing!

5 Search Engine Alternatives - Teach Amazing! | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Let's explore a number of excellent search alternatives, all with specific qualities that work well in various situations.
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 21, 2013 7:44 PM

Using Duck Duck Go with all my info lit classes now - the kids love the clean format!

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Aerohive Networks Testimonials

Aerohive Networks Testimonials | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Admin after admin discuss the multiple benefits of Aerohive as the wireless network of choice! Recorded at ISTE, 2012 http://felixj.me/aht

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BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!"

BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!" | Technology in Education | Scoop.it

Can you believe this? 

 

My daughter goes to a 20th century school that mistakingly thinks it embraces 21st century learning simply because it allows students to bring their own device. This is particularly frustrating to me since I speak on this very subject at schools and conferences around the country. 

 

"Daddy, I need to buy a scientific calculator for math class!" I respond, "Oh sweetie, you're so cute. No one with a brand new iPad mini needs to buy a physical calculator any more. Just tell me what functions you need it to do and I'll help you find the right app." To which she says, "No. We're not allowed to use our iPads or phones. The teacher says we can cheat that way by texting, IMing, or emailing answers to each other." *facepalm*

 

I would like to crowdsource here and ask for comments as to how to best deliver my email to this school's academic director.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's comment, May 7, 2013 10:56 PM
totally disagree! teach them to source information from wherever - where does 'cheating' actually fit these days? Isn't crowd sourcing your answer a good strategy - just like you're doing?!?!?
Leslie Kelsey's comment, May 10, 2013 11:01 AM
The teacher could think about creating an assignment that involves much more than crunching numbers, and requires analysis, hypothesis proposal and other key scientific research skills that make using a Sci Calculator out of date - the whole notion of cheating is outdated.
Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Bizarre rationality after adopting a poilcy!

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How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students

How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students

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Richard Seal's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:28 PM

If you have ever had a student do a report using internet research you know the headache that it can cause. This article makes google customization a great tool for research. 

Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:11 PM

This is my next project (in a long line of projects!)!

Brittany Leach's curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:53 AM

This could be helpful!

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Kevin Honeycutt, "Our kids will spend the rest of their lives in the future. Are we getting them ready?"

Our kids will spend the rest of their lives in the future Are we getting them ready? Kevin Honeycutt (@kevinhoneycutt) - Hutchinson, Kansas
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Camela Giraud's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:20 AM

Fantastic video about our opportunity and responsibility in the technology age. Love it. 

CERT's comment, May 8, 2013 4:12 AM
"What are our kids doing now that they couldn't do before?" We think that this is really the main focus that we should attach to technology and what we need to implement in our schools.
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Twenty-Five Factors Great Schools Have in Common

Twenty-Five Factors Great Schools Have in Common | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Pat Bassett, NAIS president, notes key qualities of outstanding schools. His list includes adopting a big vision, committing to diversity, and creating a financially sustainable future that goes beyond large annual tuition increases.
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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | Technology in Education | Scoop.it
12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

 

Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

 

As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.

 
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:36 PM

Not sure I agree it is "impossible" to get this type of authentic learning in the classroom, but an interesting analysis of mobile learning nonetheless...

Melita Ryland's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:21 PM

This is where technology is taking us...to an area where the students control their learning....

1. Access

2. Metrics

3. Cloud

4. Transparent

5. Play

6. Asynchronous

7. Self-Actuated

8. Diverse

9. Curation

10. Blending

11. Always-On

12. Authentic