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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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Idaho Schools Face Potential Tech Crisis Over Broadband Issue

Idaho Schools Face Potential Tech Crisis Over Broadband Issue | TechTalk | Scoop.it
State officials are scrambling to make sure their broadband network provides service to school districts, following a legal battle that has left the network's future in limbo.
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Amazon delivers Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac beta

Amazon delivers Kindle Textbook Creator for Mac beta | TechTalk | Scoop.it
For the past three years, Apple has had a free Mac app - iBooks Author - available for creating textbooks compatible with the company's iBooks app. Today

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A Principal's Reflections: How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning

A Principal's Reflections: How Digital Tools Improve Teaching and Learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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3 Steps for Building a Professional Learning Network

3 Steps for Building a Professional Learning Network | TechTalk | Scoop.it
English teacher and instructional technology coach Brianna Crowley offers practical advice on creating professional learning networks built on intersecting layers of relationships.
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5 Ways school administrators can use Google apps

5 Ways school administrators can use Google apps | TechTalk | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful ways that administrators can encourage their faculty to adopt new technologies in their classroom and curriculum is by modeling effective application of new digital tools. With Google Apps for Education, there are many tools that are helpful for administrative tasks, providing a number of ways to effectively model technology usage …

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Getting Started with Evernote Web

Getting Started with Evernote Web | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Welcome! Evernote is the easy and powerful way to remember everything, from lifelong memories and vital information to daily reminders and to-do lists.

Everything you store in your Evernote account is automatically synced across all of your devices, making it easy to capture, browse, search and edit your notes everywhere you have Evernote, including smartphones, tablets, computers and on the Web.

This guide will introduce you to the basics of using Evernote, including how to create, organize, sync, search and share notes.

Create Your Evernote Account

Evernote offers two account types: Free accounts and Evernote Premium accounts.

Don't have an Evernote account? Create a Free account now?

Free Account
Anyone can create an Evernote account for free. Free accounts include the core Evernote features covered in this Getting Started Guide and more.

Evernote Premium
Evernote Premium offers many great additional features that let you get more out of Evernote, and is available for a monthly or yearly subscription. To learn more about everything that Evernote Premium has to offer, check out our Evernote Premium page.

Get Evernote for All Your Devices

Evernote is available for just about every device and platform, including smartphones, computers and on the Web, making it easy to remember everything and access it anytime, anywhere.

To download Evernote, visit the Evernote product page.

Evernote is available for all of the following:

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Network Essentials for Superintendents and School Leaders

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"provides actionable practices and expert tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrade projects. This resource will help ensure that your district’s broadband infrastructure is digital learning-ready."

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6 New Technology in the Classroom Tricks

6 New Technology in the Classroom Tricks
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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:15 AM

As we’re well into the 21st century, we have witnessed an unprecedented upheaval in the nature of learning and communicating. Current and upcoming instances of technology in the classroom have laid the groundwork for innovative new ways to interact with students while allowing them to create products all their own amongst a global network of peers. If you’re serious about exploiting these never-before-seen opportunities, then try out some of the following 21st-century technology in the classroom tricks.

Technology in the Classroom: Use a Twitter Hashtag

More teens have steadily flocked to Twitter, and they consider it an increasingly important social media tool. Teachers, too, have been leveraging Twitter to enhance their professional development. Since this platform is so universally accepted, you might consider utilizing Twitter within your own classroom to connect with students. An easy way to start is to create a unique hashtag just for your class, like #CatapanoEnglish or #MrsGrowlinTeaches. You can use Twitter to post updates or reminders, provide links to helpful supplements for assignments, and even provide test hints or homework answers. No matter how you use Twitter, it is a great way to interact with students in and out of the classroom without much direct attention or pressure on them.

Create an Infographic

You can bring student comprehension to a whole new level by introducing the infographic as an integral part of your instruction—especially for lessons that warrant some extra explanation. They say “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and this is especially true for sharp, lucid infographics. By nature, these visuals display complex information and processes within an easily digestible format. Websites like piktochart.com are helpful—they have an impressive series of templates that you can customize to suit your needs. Post infographics around your room, your school, your website, your blog, your Twitter, or any other locations where students will see them!

If you’ve got some talented graphic artists in the classroom, you can easily turn infographics into a collaborative classroom activity. First, let your class get into groups and talk about how they’d present the information graphically. Once everything has been decided, let your artists work their Photoshop magic! Later in the week, have your groups present their work to the class—it’ll showcase how student groupings think differently while providing a unique shareable for parents and fellow teachers.

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App Smash

If you’re unfamiliar with the terminology, an app smash is largely like what it sounds: You’re using multiple apps together to create one product. While you might adeptly app smash already, try to intentionally integrate the practice into certain activities or projects. For example, you might require students to make a video that combines Hyperlapse with iMovie, an original soundtrack from Garageband, and a series of slides from Explain Everything. The more proficient students can become in flowing between apps to create their desired product, the better they will be in communicating, innovating, and manipulating information they receive beyond their school years.

Go Paperless (As Much As You Can)

It’s almost time to relegate the copy machine to the basement equipment archives— waiting in line to Xerox forms or handing out a set of textbooks to your class are almost ancient practices. While there are still virtues of tangible paper copies, there are increasingly greater virtues—namely permanent digital copies, environmental friendliness, and saved time—in transitioning to a paperless classroom. If you and your students have regular access to a Learning Management System (LMS) like Google Classroom or Schoology, you can easily supply your students with the information, texts, assignments, supplements, and materials they require on a normal basis. With the use of apps like Notability and Google Drive, students can even complete their work digitally and turn it in without needing a printer. Unless they also have a digital dog, you’ll hear far less about how their home companions ate their homework. Start slow with your transition, and see how much paper you won’t need to use by the end of the year!

Make Your Own Textbook

The rules of the textbook are being rewritten, and those bulky, back-breaking bundles will soon give way to digital, editable, fully interactive texts. Textbooks of yesteryear were written by experts who curated and cut content based on an esoteric set of values—not necessarily the ones relevant for your classroom. Technology gives more power to us teachers and students to create pertinent and up-to-date materials filled with their expertise. You can create a simpleLivebinder to organize a rich set of ideas, or even use an easy app like Book Creator that allows you to input words, photos, videos, and links to create your own shareable textbook.

Introduce Augmented Reality into your Classroom

Google Glass personifies the beginning of the augmented reality revolution. Just like we’re able to manipulate objects on a tablet’s screen, augmented reality is the gateway to manipulating the real world in such a way as well. An app like Aurasma allows for you to create “triggers” in the real world that, when viewed through the app, initiate a specific response. Augmented reality allows you to transform students’ surroundings into an interactive, informative environment designed to stimulate and teach. Think of it as a digital makeover—morphing an otherwise pedestrian learning bubble into a space of exploration, discovery, and fun.

All of these techniques may be a bit intimidating I know, but try not to think of it in terms of teaching an old dog a few new tricks—we’re all learning new ways to hone our craft. Although many veteran teachers consider themselves to be “digital immigrants” amongst younger “digital natives,” the young minds in front of us are all the same age and we should work together to transition smoothly into this new age of tech-supplemented instruction. Take on at least one of these 21st century challenges this year and see how it changes your classroom!

How will you turn your classroom into a 21st century learning environment? Tell us if you have done any of the ideas above, or if you’ve got your own ideas to add to our list!

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Universities broadening bandwidth for students, researchers

Universities broadening bandwidth for students, researchers | TechTalk | Scoop.it
While most U.S. schools are working to expand their Web-based course offerings through Massive Open Online Courses and other programs, Texas universities are widening bandwidth on campus for students and faculty, who increasingly use the Internet for just about everything - from doing research and homework, to streaming movies and socializing. "Everybody's tapping the heck out of their smart phones these days and the amount of traffic in and out of Texas is frankly astronomical," said Mike Phil
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Explain Everything Lesson Ideas

Explain Everything Lesson Ideas | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Explain Everything Lesson Ideas is a free eBook created and provided for free by Apple. This work is part of Apple's" Apps in the Classroom" project that aims at helping teachers make the best of educational apps in their instruction. Each of the guides included in this project centres around a popular educational app and provides examples and ideas on how teachers can use it with their students in class. Today's guide is on the popular screencasting and whiteboard app Explain Everything.

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Collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet

Collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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"But what if you have no computers, no cell phones, no nothing? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you've got two simple answers.

For verbal questions: Log into Plickers and create a page for each student. This tool will code in the student's name and answers. Hand each student their plicker card and ask a question. The student will hold the card up in the direction of their answer. Looking at the class through the camera on your smartphone inside the Plicker app, you’ll see the name of each student and whether he or she got the answer right to the question you just asked! BAM! (Hat tip to Richard Byrne for teaching me about Plickers in a recent interview.)"


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Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Word Challenge - A Fantastic Blogging/Writing Activity for Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Word Challenge - A Fantastic Blogging/Writing Activity for Students | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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Word Cloud Generator

Word Cloud Generator | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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rwestby's curator insight, January 26, 1:47 PM

Easy to use...just type/paste url. 

juanjovilar's curator insight, January 28, 1:21 AM

Para generar nubes de palabras.

Kim Spencer's curator insight, Today, 4:44 PM

A great tool to use to introduce  keywords to students.My students love it for all sorts of projects.

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Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs

Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"One district leader shares his philosophy for invisible tech roll outs that focus on goals, not tools"


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Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015

Teachers Will Embrace Students’ Smartphone Addiction In 2015 | TechTalk | Scoop.it
These are heady days for education technology. In fact, with big investments in outfits like Everspring and Udemy, I’d say 2014 was the biggest year yet in..
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Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps

Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use to enhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Getting Everybody On Board

Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Getting Everybody On Board | TechTalk | Scoop.it
For parents, students, and administrators to make flipped learning a success, they must understand the best possible outcome and their roles in making it happen.
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Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators

Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators | TechTalk | Scoop.it
How do you look for educational videos for your classroom? I guess most of us just Google with the keyword and do little research to find out the appropriate video. However, your work will become little easier if you know some of the amazing YouTube channels.

Here is a big categorized list of YouTube channels that provide quality educational videos regularly.

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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 8, 2014 4:00 PM

This great list is a great way to find good EDU resources on Youtube

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 2014 3:12 PM

This article shares some excellent YouTube channels useful for the classroom. Any educators care to share their experience with using YouTube in the classroom?

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School District Hires Company To Track Students' Public Social Media Posts

School District Hires Company To Track Students' Public Social Media Posts | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A California school district says that safety is the reason why it hired tracking company Geo Listening to monitor students' posts.
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Heather Fish's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:04 PM

Could this be in the future for other school districts as well?

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When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education - InformED

When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education - InformED | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The benefits of integrating technology into learning are extremely well-supported, and range from increased motivation to enhanced cognition. Experts and non-experts alike have seen blended learning enhance students’ communication skills, digital fluency, engagement, independence, critical thinking, and comprehension in general. You’ll find extensive scientific support for blended learning with a simple Google search.
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Nathalie Mercken's curator insight, November 30, 2014 11:03 AM

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