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Can Twitter Replace Traditional Teacher Professional Development?

Can Twitter Replace Traditional Teacher Professional Development? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's HechingerEd blog. Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers.
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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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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

Technology is just a tool | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"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

10 Things to Start with in Google Classroom | TechTalk | Scoop.it
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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The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out!

The NEW Free Education Technology Resources eBook is Out! | TechTalk | Scoop.it
With nearly 200 free software applications, this new update is just jammed full of awesome free tools and tons of insights into how to use them in your courses and classrooms! If you’ve followed EmergingEdTech for a few years now,

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Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 13, 6:07 AM

Emerging EdTech has just released their newest version of the excellent e-book that covers free software applications. This version is free to download and it may become a great resource for you to check out when you are considering new projects to do with your learners.

The e-book has eighteen chapters, beginning with Blogs and Blogging Resources. Additional chapters include:

* Creating Your Own Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

* Educational Games and Gamification

* Interactive Collaboration Tools

* Open Educational Resources

* Screencasting

* Using YouTube Videos as Lesson Materials

* Video Conferencing and Video Chat Tools

And this is by no means a complete list. You will find many more tools if you download the free book. You will need to provide your name and email address to receive the download link. Click through to the post for additional information.

Maruja Romero's curator insight, May 13, 8:16 AM

Muchas aplicaciones interesantes. Me suscribí y me mandarán el libro por correo, espero sea gratis.

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Computer Science Unplugged - Computer Science without a computer

Computer Science Unplugged - Computer Science without a computer | TechTalk | Scoop.it
CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from elementary school to seniors, and from many countries and backgrounds. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centers, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, May 13, 11:26 AM
Let kids really think about what is happening inside their computers.
Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 15, 10:18 AM

This article and video share an excellent package available for free to teach basic computer science skills. This would be an excellent way to introduce anyone interested in programming so they can master the basics and then start to dive into specific programming languages.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Good Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Good Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities ~ by Richard Byrne | TechTalk | Scoop.it
As the weather warms the end of the school year is on many of our brains. This is the time of year that we think about activities that we can do to help students review the school year. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. The tools presented in the slides below can be used to create online games, iPad games, video quizzes, and interactive classroom exercises that engage students in reviewing the year's lessons.

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The Latest Ed-Tech Research: Studies You Need to Know From AERA 2015

The Latest Ed-Tech Research: Studies You Need to Know From AERA 2015 | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Studies presented at the American Educational Research Association on iPads and early literacy, students' online reading skills, Google Docs, and the frontiers of ed-tech use drew big reactions from readers.
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SMART Notebook 2015: Concept Mapping - YouTube

"SMART Notebook 2015 introduces Concept Mapping, a powerful visual tool for a variety of grades and subjects. Easily create a concept map in class by typing,writing, or adding photos right into your SMART Notebook page."


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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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Online Common Core testing exposes tech divide in schools

Online Common Core testing exposes tech divide in schools | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Overall, 63 percent of public schools don't have access to broadband speeds needed for digital learning. The problem is particularly acute in rural and low-income districts: Only 14 percent in those areas meet high-speed internet targets
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Free Technology for Teachers: 20 Good Map Creation Tools for Students ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 20 Good Map Creation Tools for Students ~ by Richard Byrne | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago I published a list of 21 online map creation tools. Since then some of those tools have gone offline and new tools have replaced them. Here's my updated list of online map creation tools for students and teachers.

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8 Tools for Successful K12 Online Learning

8 Tools for Successful K12 Online Learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it
8 Tools for Successful K12 Online Learning

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Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them

Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Tips and Resources for Using Free Video Conferencing Tools in Your Classroom Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a
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School systems' cyber security lacking

School systems' cyber security lacking | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Virginia School System At Risk For Cyberattack.

WTOP-FM Washington (5/8, Smith) reports on its website that the Virginia school system “may not have the resources” to safeguard parent and teacher information. The Virginia Cyber Security Commission Paul Kurtz said Wednesday that while the problem is widespread, smaller districts appear to be particularly vulnerable. He adds that the issue’s importance will only grow as more technology is used in the classroom. Kurtz recommended school systems protect their information and adds that the commission looks to confront the commonwealth’s state-wide network.

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