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4 Key Digital Learning Challenges| AEE

4 Key Digital Learning Challenges| AEE | TechTalk | Scoop.it

A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms.

  1. ensuring that all students are adequately prepared for college and career following graduation
  2. manage shrinking budgets and rethink how resources are allocated in support of teachers
  3. a transition from a teacher-centric culture to learner-centered instruction
  4. address the disparities in access to technology of low-income students and students of color who are most at-risk of being left behind
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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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15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja

15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja | TechTalk | Scoop.it

by Neil Patel


"Try these 15 easy Twitter hacks to get more organized and find more enjoyment sharing and engaging on Twitter."


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15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja ~ buffersocial
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11 Great Apps to Enhance Your Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Great Apps to Enhance Your Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 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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For Public Schools, the Long and Bumpy Road to Going Digital

For Public Schools, the Long and Bumpy Road to Going Digital | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Despite every best intention, the transition to digital isn't quite here yet.
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MIT Team on 6 Keys to Online Learning: Viewers tune out after 6 minutes

MIT Team on 6 Keys to Online Learning: Viewers tune out after 6 minutes | TechTalk | Scoop.it
MIT has been a leader in online education for more than a decade, and many leading thinkers in the evolution of education technology have emerged from the Cambridge, Massachusetts campus. MOOC leader, edX, is run by Anant Agarwal, who is a professor at MIT, for example. The path of progress has [...]
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"The team found that the following factors weigh heavily in the success or failure of online learning platforms:

  • brevity (viewers tune out after six minutes)
  • informality (professors seated at a desk, not standing behind a podium)
  • lively visuals (rather than static PowerPoint slides)
  • fast talkers (the most engaging professors spoke 254 words a minute)
  • BUT more pauses (so viewers can soak in complex diagrams)
  • web-optimized lessons (existing videos retroactively broken into shorter chunks are less effective than ones created with online audiences in mind)
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Reinventing Writing by @Coolcatteacher

Reinventing Writing by @Coolcatteacher | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"With schools becoming more and more connected and spending countless sums of money to provide adequate amounts of technology educators are becoming increasingly overwhelmed. The missing link is guidance on how these tools can be used effectively and appropriately to allow students to create artifacts of learning to demonstrate conceptual mastery."


Vicki Davis has created a resource that identifies how traditional writing can be taken to the next level with cloud-based tools.

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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

Twitter Chats for Teachers by State | TechTalk | Scoop.it
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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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Publish Books Instantly From Evernote | @scoopit via @PrincipalDiff http://sco.lt/...

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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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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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Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class

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10 awesome Google features you should be using

10 awesome Google features you should be using | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The real reason the Google home page is so bare is that way back when it was just starting out in a Silicon Valley garage, no one working there really knew how to program a web page to make it look pretty.
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5 Apps That Make Evernote Even Better

5 Apps That Make Evernote Even Better | TechTalk | Scoop.it

by Brett Kelly


"Evernote is great on its own, but you can push it even further using great third-party apps. These are my favorites."


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Classroom Posters and Resources for Teaching Students about Digital Citizenship

Classroom Posters and Resources for Teaching Students about Digital Citizenship | TechTalk | Scoop.it
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District switching to paperless learning

District switching to paperless learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it

EL PASO, Texas -

The 2014-2015 school year will take a new approach inside the classroom as it plans  to go paperless.

All schools within El Paso Independent School District are working on using electronic textbooks as opposed to the original textbooks.

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Summer FCC Actions Will Help Schools Increase Broadband and Wi-Fi Capacity

Summer FCC Actions Will Help Schools Increase Broadband and Wi-Fi Capacity | TechTalk | Scoop.it

by Amanda Karhuse


"an E-Rate modernization order on July 11, 2014, that directs at least $1 billion in support for Wi-Fi for FY 2015 and FY 2016."

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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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