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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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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:24 PM

I was struck by the use of the pronoun I in the statements. For example, how do I move the School in the direction I want? That is actually not effective at all. School is about community where conversation happens and what is held in common is communicated on an ongoing basis.

 

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Twitter Tips: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started

Twitter Tips: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A collection of Twitter tips for beginners, including who to follow, how to engage, and many ways to make the most of your time.
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Best Practices for Successful Flipped Classrooms (Part 2 – Preparing & Engaging Students)

Best Practices for Successful Flipped Classrooms (Part 2 – Preparing & Engaging Students) | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Last week, we started this series of articles by exploring published best practices with a focus on creating content. This week we continue learning about
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The Basics of Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network

The Basics of Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The very basics of what to do when making educational videos for flipping a class. Many thanks to Jaclyn Pessel @chempessel, Meghan Klement @klemistry and Cara Johnson @AHSAnatomy for volunteering to be in this video!

Content Times:
0:12 Turn off your phone
0:36 Silence extraneous noises
1:00 Post a “Do Not Disturb” sign
1:26 Make sure you are actually recording
1:41 Look at the camera
2:08 Think about the video background
2:30 Remain stationary
2:52 Use big text
3:44 DON’T USE ALL CAPS!
3:55 Use drop shadow
4:20 Video length
4:53 Speak at a normal pace
5:22 Summary

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Biggest Obstacles to Tech Implementation

Biggest Obstacles to Tech Implementation | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Implementing new technology in the classroom can be difficult. Teachers need time to explore and understand the technology before using it in the classroom.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 28, 9:27 PM

The student skill one is not surprising. Texting and keyboarding are different skills. Teacher buy-in is a little less the way it is understood. Research is showing teachers ask for different supports to help with competency and confidence. Lack of perceived choice is another issue. I know my way around digital tools and do not want to be told by a School manager who spent five years in the classroom what I should do. Is it all teachers? None mentioned lack of administrative support and research indicates that is a barrier.

 

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7 Things Every School IT Department Should Do Before Next School Year

7 Things Every School IT Department Should Do Before Next School Year | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Summer is almost here and, along with the enthusiastic sounds of students heading off for summer vacation, you need to prepare your Google Apps domain for the upcoming school year. (…) Read more
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Technology is just a tool

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"About a month ago, classroom teacher and technology expert Bill Ferriter wrote a blog that has been generating a ton of comments all over social media and within ed-tech circles. In his blog, Technology Is a Tool, Not a Learning Outcome, Ferriter included the simple infographic above and wrote that “The motivation behind this image was to remind teachers that carefully thinking through just want we want our kids to know and be able to do is the FIRST STEP that we need to take when making choices about the role technology plays within the classroom."

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Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think?

Apps, Apps Everywhere: Are Any Good, You Think? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Regardless of how many devices you have available and how easily your students can access apps and learning platforms for mobile learning, the right apps—used in the right way—can enhance the learning environment in your classroom. But with well over one million apps available for learning, how can teachers know which are the right ones?
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10 Things to Start with in Google Classroom

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In a nut shell, Google Classroom is Google Drive Management. It allows you to assign assignments and collect work from students. If you are just starting off with Google Classroom here are some thi...
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Videoconferencing - Guide to Teaching through Videoconferencing


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Donna Farren's curator insight, May 21, 1:36 PM

Helpful resource for videoconferencing teachers

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SurveyGizmo | Professional Online Survey Software & Form Builder

SurveyGizmo | Professional Online Survey Software & Form Builder | TechTalk | Scoop.it
SurveyGizmo is an advanced (but easy to use) online survey software tool that comes with amazing customer service, every survey feature you can imagine and an

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14 Weeks, 14 Tech Tools

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WEEK 14 – Collaborative Editing With Google Drive Well, at long last, here we are … the final week of the Try-a-Tool-a-Week challenge! It’s been a lot of fun. Over 700 teachers signed up to receive weekly emails offering quick-start
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Instavibe: instantly capture the wisdom of your crowd

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Pulse audiences for free using mobile devices: from a group of friends to hundreds at events. Watch results appear instantly and share them easily. Zero setup, it's a web app.

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8 “Don’ts” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network

8 “Don’ts” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network | TechTalk | Scoop.it
What NOT to do when making videos for flipping education.

Content Times:
0:12 Don’t use your built in microphone
0:44 Don’t ignore Audio Levels
1:29 Don’t be just a Talking Head
1:59 Don’t cut the video mid-sentence
2:15 Don’t overuse transitions and effects
2:38 Don’t go on at length without any visual change.
3:32 Don’t film outside (if you want to hear dialogue)
4:03 Don’t have continuous background music
4:30 Summary

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5 Hidden Features In Google Apps That Everybody Should Be Using | The Gooru

5 Hidden Features In Google Apps That Everybody Should Be Using | The Gooru | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Every application in the Google Apps suite has it’s own deep feature set. Even when you think you have them all mastered, they surprise you with a few more hidden (…) Read more
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A Comprehensive Guide of Everything Teachers Need to Know about Google Classroom

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Education technology: Your cheat sheet to 10 fads, trends

Education technology: Your cheat sheet to 10 fads, trends | TechTalk | Scoop.it
(Image by Hariadhi via Wikimedia Commons) It’s been a most-frenzied spring of conferences in the new hotbed of startup and investor tech opportunity, educa
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30 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss

30 Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Google's online office suite and storage service has come a long way, becoming the tool of choice for many. Here's a list of tips and tricks to squeeze the best out of Drive.
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8 ways to improve your digital teaching

8 ways to improve your digital teaching | TechTalk | Scoop.it
There are countless recipes for digital teaching out there, but here are just a few tips to help educators find their inner digital teaching balance.

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A Cheat Sheet for Understanding Ed Tech Trends

A Cheat Sheet for Understanding Ed Tech Trends | TechTalk | Scoop.it
With the advance of technology and its full embrace in education, many new learning and teaching concepts have being  created to the point that it becomes very hard to keep up with the new releases. Below is a great cheat sheet that you can use as a guide to help you learn more about the important trends in educational technology.From asynchronous learning to virtual learning, you will be able to have a clear picture of what every trending term stands for. Enjoy

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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, May 16, 9:47 PM

A must read.

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6 Models of Blended Learning Teachers Should Know About

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | TechTalk | Scoop.it
24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.

Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center. More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often.
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Online tests force schools to focus on computer skills

Online tests force schools to focus on computer skills | TechTalk | Scoop.it
As most states shift their required tests to computers, teachers are discovering that their students are missing key technical skills to show what they know.


Schools Focusing On Computer Interface Skills As Online Tests Begin.

Education Week (5/13, Gewertz) reports that teachers across the country are finding that their students’ lack of keyboarding proficiency is contributing to the challenges of implementing online assessments, leading many schools to implement classes to teach keyboarding and other basic computer skills. This practice has generated some controversy, as some observers have called it either a waste of time, or “just another form of ‘test prep’ that siphons away precious classroom time.”

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