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A school leader's guide to all that is tech
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.

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Survey: 2/3 say students should be allowed cell phones at school

Survey: 2/3 say students should be allowed cell phones at school | TechTalk | Scoop.it

(66 percent) indicating that students should be allowed to bring and use cellphones at school and use them as a learning resource in class. Another two in ten felt that cellphones should be allowed but not used in class (22 percent). Just over ten percent felt cellphones should remain banned in schools..

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Google Hangout for Teachers: A Comprehensive Tutorial

Google Hangout for Teachers: A Comprehensive Tutorial | TechTalk | Scoop.it

July 29, 2014
"Google Hangout is an excellent service  that enables both one-on-one  and group chats with up to ten people at a time.Google Hangouts are not all video based. You can hold a hangout using only the textual chat functionality or you can add voice. There is also another great feature called hangout on Air. A Hangout on the Air is a Google hangout that is broadcast both on YouTube both through your Google+ page . It’s a great way to have a “public” event or get more people involved in the conversation!"

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11 Amazing Evernote Features for Teachers

11 Amazing Evernote Features for Teachers | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live without it now.Evernote enables you to take notes in both text and audio format. Your notes can also include images,videos and even files. Evernote is available across different devices so that everything you do with Evernote on your computer can be automatically synced to your Evernote account on your phone or tablet."

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Flipped Classroom Successes

Flipped Classroom Successes | TechTalk | Scoop.it
I asked educators to share their experiences with technology. Several have done so, including Kelly Walsh, CIO at the College of Westchester in White Plains, NY, where he is an adjunct faculty member.
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 The Flipped Learning Network, in conjunction with George Mason University and Pearson Learning, recently published this “Extension of a Review of Flipped Learning” and it includes quite a few more examples of measured successes.

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'Brute Force Filtering' is alive and well!

'Brute Force Filtering' is alive and well! | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A new report says Internet filtering in school libraries is blocking access to important educational content and undermining students from low-income households.
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What is 'over-filtering?'


"Over-filtering is filtering beyond the requirements of the actual statute...[T]he law only requires that visual images that are either obscene, or child pornography, or harmful to minors which [according to the law are] sexually explicit images that are legal for an adult to view but because of the subject matter have to be filtered by computers operated by schools or libraries. 

When you think about it, filters are filtering much more than [this] illegal content. They are filtering entire platforms like Facebook or Twitter, and YouTube, or they block access to certain view points.

We have documented situations where the filters are blocking access to alternative religions like wicca or pagaenism. There was a court case about the fact that a school was employing a filter that blocked access...[to] positive websites [discussing topics of importance to the gay community] like the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, [and sites that are supportive of] parents and friends of gays—while allowing access to sites that opposed gay marriage and opposed civil rights for homosexuals."

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Walkthrough Checklists using Evernote

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12 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

Classrooms and teachers can go global with Twitter. Try one or more of these 12 ideas to Tweet your way around the world.
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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | TechTalk | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Carey


"Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:"


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Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’

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How to get school principals on board with #edtech

How to get school principals on board with #edtech | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Getting the higher-ups in your organization interested – let alone supporting – a new initiative is not easy. There are meetings, e-mails, coffees, and many other times you’ll need to essentially lobby to get a new initiative launched. Since education technology is a time-consuming and expensive proposition, expect to meet plenty of push-back. While most …
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Can your school get decent wi-fi speed?

Can your school get decent wi-fi speed? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Tech in the classroom is exploding, but it only works if you have the bandwidth
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Remind101 – A Free Tool for Text Messaging Students and Parents

Remind101 – A Free Tool for Text Messaging Students and Parents | TechTalk | Scoop.it
3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip Video Shows how Easy it is to Text Message or Email Groups of Opted-In Students and Parents With Remind101 A couple of months
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5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Bringing Exciting Collaborative Interaction To Teaching and Learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Open up Your Classroom to the World With Video Conferencing Many of us are familiar with the use of computers, iPads, Smart Boards, and other technological
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Twitter Chats for Teachers by State

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Publish Books Instantly From Evernote

Publish Books Instantly From Evernote | TechTalk | Scoop.it
For many authors, Evernote is the place where ideas are assembled into words and manufactured into stories. Now, with an integration by FastPencil, authors have a full-fledged tool to create and distribute a book in Evernote, from start to publish.
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8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid: Has your brain been 'googled'?

8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid: Has your brain been 'googled'? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
People assume that iPhones, laptops and Netflix are evidence of progress. In some ways, that's true. A moderate amount of Googling, for instance, can be good for your brain, and there are apps that can boost brain function and activity.

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Mel Riddile's insight:

Pay attention to #4

  1. Background knowledge is a key to learning.
  2. The idea that students no longer need to know information when they can "google it" is a myth.
  3. The more you know about a particular subject, the faster you acquire new knowledge about that subject. 
  4. The more vocabulary words possessed by a student, the faster and better that student reads, comprehends and applies new knowledge.
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The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom

The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there."


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E-learning is the least preferred way to learn at work

E-learning is the least preferred way to learn at work | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Here are the results of the 2014 Learning in the Workplace survey taken by over 1,000 respondents worldwide*, who rated the importance (value/usefulness) of 10 different ways of learning in the wor...
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Are You Leveraging the Power of Social Media?

Are You Leveraging the Power of Social Media? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
By embracing social media, schools can engage students and their community in whole new ways. In this guest blog, school leader Brad Currie provides some practical tips on how to start.
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10 ways to tell you're a tech-savvy educator

What does it mean to be a tech-savvy educator? Compare your practices with these 10 characteristics.
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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | TechTalk | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...
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Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger

Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The local name for the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington is “the Badlands,” and with good reason. Pockmarked with empty lots and burned-out row houses, the area has an unemployment rate of 29 percent and a poverty rate of 90 percent. Just a few miles to the northwest, the genteel neighborhood...
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"researchers are beginning to document a digital Matthew Effect, in which the already advantaged gain more from technology than do the less fortunate. As with books and reading, the most-knowledgeable, most-experienced, and most-supported students are those in the best position to use computers to leap further ahead."

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"researchers are beginning to document a digital Matthew Effect, in which the already advantaged gain more from technology than do the less fortunate. As with books and reading, the most-knowledgeable, most-experienced, and most-supported students are those in the best position to use computers to leap further ahead."
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Why Schools Should Block (Some Of) The Internet? Brute Force Filtering

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Why (And How) Teachers Are Using Twitter - Edudemic

Why (And How) Teachers Are Using Twitter - Edudemic | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Oh, Twitter. You’re so useful for teachers. You connect educators so that they can share tools, tips and tricks, offer insight, and support one another. You bring your sexy social media-ness into the classroom to keep kids interested in what they’re learning when they think they’re actually (sort of) having fun instead.  That said, there …
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Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers

Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers | TechTalk | Scoop.it
How often have we sat in a Staff Meeting or Professional Development day and listened to the talk turn into a complaint session with no real solutions being offered? I have one suggestion, join Twitter and start tweeting. This has been an invaluable tool for me. I started about a month ago professionally, meaning before …
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