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How Technology Is Powering Academic Success [Infographic]

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Device ownership continues to grow, but how are college students using that technology?
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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals

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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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Looks informative 

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5 Common Problems Of Blended Learning: How to overcome them!

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What are the challenges of organizational Blended Learning? Check 5 common problems of organizational Blended Learning and how to overcome them.
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Samantha Hulsman's curator insight, July 7, 3:12 PM

Educators and corporations alike share similar issues that need troubleshooting when planning.  

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Out-of-school broadband access is essential to narrowing the growing tech gap.

Out-of-school broadband access is essential to narrowing the growing tech gap. | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called for a variety of strategies to support out-of-school access to high speed broadband during a speech at ISTE 2015.


Education Technology Advocates Stress Need For Broadband Access Out Of School.

Benjamin Herold writes at the Education Week (6/29, Herold) “Digital Education” blog that education advocates attending the annual conference of the International Society for Technology and Education in Philadelphia signaled that they are planning on “turning their attention to a trio of policy issues they say could threaten the spread of personalized digital learning.” The foremost of those issues is the expansion of access to broadband outside of school. One speaker at the event, Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, lamented that most teachers assign homework requiring online access, “even though one third of households do not subscribe to broadband.”

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As the principal of a high-poverty 1-to-1 school, 24/7 access to high speed broadband was a must for our students. Without it, the gap widens because the rich get richer, while the poor remain essentially unchanged.

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MindMup

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Another way MindMup is now allowing you to work with larger groups easier is a quick notification mechanism when someone changes a node. You'll get a small speech bubble pop up for several seconds and disappear automatically, so it's easy to keep an eye on the entire team or classroom. At the moment, this only works for node text changes, but in the future we'll add other notification types.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 26, 6:48 AM

Great free tool which enables the collaborative building of mind maps.

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Twitter Basics for Teachers

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Overview Twitter Basics for Teachers: vocabulary and the what you need to do to participate in the best professional learning of your career.
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Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology

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children spend substantial amounts of time with media including television, computers, and mobile devices and rather than focusing solely on child screen time, this survey sought to understand the role of the parents in creating the home media environment in which children are being raised today.

Three main findings from this study:

In contrast to the popular press image that mobile technology is the new pacifier used to calm and quiet down children, our survey shows that parents today have a range of tools at their disposal and other tools are used more often than mobile technologies.  Parents are more likely to use toys or activities (87%), books (79%), and TV (77%) when they need to keep children occupied than mobile media devices like smartphones or iPads (37% among those who have one).
Parents have encyclopedias full of information at their fingertips, storybooks on their kindles, and a selection of games in their pocket, yet for most parents media is not their number one concern, it is not something that they often have family conflict about, and most parents say new mobile devices do not make parenting easier. Fewer parents were concerned with the impact of media on their children especially compared to more global issues like health, nutrition, and social emotional skills.  Most parents (70%) say smartphones and tablets do not make parenting easier.  Also, media use does not cause family conflicts.
Yes, young children spend considerable amounts of time with screen media (see Common Sense Media, 2011), but so do their parents.  And it seems that parents of young children may be setting the stage for the home media environment that their young children will grow up in. About 27% of families were “media centric“ families.  These families have parents who themselves consume an average of 11 hours of screen media a day.  Most of these parents (81%) say they are “very” or “somewhat” likely to use TV to keep their child occupied when they need to get something done at home.  Many children in these families (48%) have TVs in their bedroom and children spend an average of almost 4.5 hours with screen media per day.  In contrast, “media light” families consist of parents who spend less than 2 hours per day with screen media.  These families are less likely to enjoy watching TV or movies together as a family “a lot” and are less likely to use TV when getting their child ready for bed.  Children in these families spend about an hour and a half with media each day.
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Oculus Rift Technology May Improve Online Learning

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Students who used Oculus Rift technology and haptic gloves in an online environment outperformed those who used screen-and-mouse combinations.

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The Educator’s Guide to Pinterest

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If you’re wondering whether you should join Pinterest, we’ll show you how to get your account set up, how other educators are using Pinterest.
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School Leaders: How much time do you spend outside your comfort zone...compared to other great leaders?

School Leaders: How much time do you spend outside your comfort zone...compared to other great leaders? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.
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Add cyber attacks to the list of online testing woes

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Cyberwarfare hit Minnesota schools this month.

Students taking the state assessment test for science had to step away from their computers after a "distributed denial-of-service” (DDoS) attack from a third-party caused servers to ground to a halt.

DDoS attacks saturate servers with requests, slowing down processing speed and ultimately preventing users from accessing system resources.

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Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It Could Also Help Them Learn

To text or not to text in English literature class?


 A new study out of the National Communication Association wanted to find out whether increased smartphone and social media use in class impacted student learning — and what they found was that it had both negative and positive effects.

In the study, researchers analyzed kids who were using phones in class to respond to text messages — both relevant and irrelevant to the class material. They measured the type of messages and the frequency of them, and found that students who were texting about the material actually scored higher on multiple choice tests about the subject than those who were texting about non-class related things.

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How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning

How Twitter can be used for informal personal learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Of course it’s not actually Twitter that does this; it’s the individuals I have connected with in those 6 year, from all corners of this wonderful world and from all walks of life and cultures. These people, who I’ve built my Personal Learning Network (PLN) around, have made me laugh, cry, think, reflect, criticise, critique, avoid, seek out, and generally strive to know more about myself.

The great thing is that you/they had no idea they were doing it, or even part of it. That’s because that’s what I use Twitter for. You might use Twitter for something else; running buddies, charity auctions, account complaints, celebrity stalking, coffee-shop cake comparisons. We each have our own version of the same system that offers our own unique answers or destinations. 

- See more at: http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/social-network/how-twitter-can-be-used-for-informal-personal-learning/#sthash.pv4HyoqJ.dpuf

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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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Why & How to Green Screen in class

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This is my new must-have for all classrooms! Finding interesting ways to evaluate, reflect and report on work and projects can be tricky. Many students struggle to engage with the reflection proper...
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20 Social Media Tips for Teachers

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What motivates teachers to tweet and blog? And how to go about it successfully? Context: On 1st July 2015, I presented at The Digital Education Show (UK). In my keynote presentation, I share what h...
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2015 AASL Best Apps + Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

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The 2014/2015 Best Apps Committee was chaired by its founder Melissa Jacobs and included: Jennifer Helfrich, Joquetta Johnson, Melissa Johnston, Catharine Potter, Kathleen Roberts, Mary Ann Scheuer, John Schumacher, Laura Warren-Gross and me.

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15 Online Resources That Help Improve Essay-Writing Skills -- THE Journal

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Here are some effective online tools that can help you make the art of writing essays more attractive for your students.
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26 Ways for teachers to use Twitter

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Twitter can be an immensely useful tool for teachers, regardless of the subject or age range of students you teach. There are tons of Twitter Tips out there, written for new users and seasoned veterans. There are too many lists to count that enumerate great accounts to follow, chats to participate in, hashtags to check …
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Parents Struggle to Balance Screen Time Rules With Digital Homework

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Parents often feel caught between schools pushing for more digital skill building and their own desire to parent in the way they see fit.

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State debuts virtual public high school

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About 100 Virginia high school students will be able to participate in a pilot program where they take all of their courses online from a state-run virtual school.


Virginia To Offer Online Pilot Program This Fall.

The Washington Post (6/15, Balingit) reports this fall a Virginia Department of Education pilot program will allow about 100 high school students “to take all of their classes online.” The state’s online school, Virtual Virginia, “traditionally has offered Advanced Placement, electives and foreign language courses for students,” but this school year it will offer “all of the core coursework Virginia students need to earn a high school diploma.”

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11 apps that will make you smarter - Business Insider

11 apps that will make you smarter - Business Insider | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Despite the constant hand-wringing that smartphones will lead to the downfall of society, there's mounting evidence that your phone habit may not be so bad after all.

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.

We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.

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10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius

10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius | TechTalk | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really. But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, […]
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Screen Time Associated With Safety, Health and Behavior Problems in Adolescents

Screen Time Associated With Safety, Health and Behavior Problems in Adolescents | TechTalk | Scoop.it

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To study the associations of screen time (Internet / video games / television) with health-related behaviors and outcomes in adolescents.

Methods: Regression analyses were performed to assess the associations of screen time with several health-related behaviors and outcomes in 2425 Dutch adolescents.

Results: Screen time was associated with bullying, being bullied, less physical activity, skipping school, alcohol use and unhealthy eating habits. Compulsive and excessive screen times were associated respectively with several psychosocial problems and being overweight.

Conclusions: Screen time was of significant importance to adolescent health. Behavioral interrelatedness caused significant confounding in the studied relations when behaviors were analyzed separately compared to a multi-behavioral approach, which speaks for more multi-behavioral analyses in future studies.
 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24001631


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10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions - eLearning Industry

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Looking for Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions? Check the 10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions!
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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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