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A school leader's guide to all that is tech
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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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The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic

The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic | TechTalk | Scoop.it
It’s not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram and Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions. Some study aid sites even offer a ‘study break’ where students can take five minutes to check out the latest celebrity news. But it’s never really five minutes, is it? So why not use technology to fight technology? There are some fabulous study aid apps out there designed especially to help students stay on track and stay focused.

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A crowdsourced list of 10 top education apps worth trying - Daily Genius

A crowdsourced list of 10 top education apps worth trying - Daily Genius | TechTalk | Scoop.it
We’re hard at work improving Daily Genius and our newest product DashEDU. In case you’re new to the community, Daily Genius is a place where professionals can learn something new every day. DashEDU just launched and is a ‘dashboard for education’ where you can easily submit links to interesting stories, products, events, jobs, etc. It’s all updated in real-time and runs like an app (because it’s built on an app framework actually!).

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, February 11, 11:06 AM

A crowdsourced list of 10 top education apps worth trying.

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7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams

7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I recently received a request for some suggested online chart creation tools..."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 13, 11:11 AM

Apps for Google doc integration and creation of charts.

Locke Chastaine's curator insight, February 13, 3:08 PM

I always struggle with graphics. 

Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, February 15, 10:10 AM

#tecnicas

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The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

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"Being a disconnected nomad limited my ability to lead and learn.  We fear what we don't know or understand."

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Prodigy - A Math Game for Elementary Skill Building

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Try the new touch experience at TeachThought - Learn better.
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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

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Technology is way too often given a bad rap by administrators and educators as a distraction or a hazard for students.  When technology is integrated intentionally with foresight and with intention of addressing specific growth-oriented goals, it increases the potential to help students learn, develop, and grow in unique ways.  It can be used to help address the needs as described by Maslow.


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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, February 6, 5:08 AM

"The first rule is so important, it’s RULE 0.… The new thing is never as good as the old thing, at least right now. Soon, the new thing will be better than the old thing will be." Seth Godwin

 
Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, February 6, 2:19 PM

gosto da premissa que tecnologia não endereça/resolve necessidades emocionais, básicas na pirâmide aqui ilustrada.


A hierarquia tecnológica de segurança, sociabilização, cognição, estética, etc é um excelente passo a passo para utilização da tecnologia como ferramenta de aprendizagem.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 2, 7:19 PM

This is a project which is ongoing. Maslow, like others i.e. Ellul, had reservations about computers, but his work is important in their uses.

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What a Classroom Looks Like for Teachers and Students After Flipping

What a Classroom Looks Like for Teachers and Students After Flipping | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Flipping your classroom is not just about the videos. The flipped classroom really revolves around increased face-to-face interaction between students and teachers.
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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

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Kim Spencer's curator insight, January 29, 4:44 PM

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

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 30, 9:38 PM

Interesting. I had to stop myself from spending too much time on this thing.

safaa mostafa's curator insight, February 1, 3:48 AM

Thats perfect indeed

love it

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Why technology must be invisible during ed tech roll outs

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


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Transforming History Lessons with Twitter

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We have recently started a class Twitter feed to extend our classroom beyond its walls and share our learning with the world. The students are so thrilled to upload their work samples for parents, ...
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Online Assessment: Computers freeze up during stress test

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Indiana Assessment “Stress Test” Reveals Persistent Tech Glitches.

The Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier (2/12) reports that Indiana education officials conducted a stress test of the state’s online ISTEP assessments, which “was meant to ensure the system will work smoothly when the online portion of the ISTEP is administered to 470,000 Indiana students in April.” However, according to West Lafayette Community School Corp. Superintendent Rocky Killion, “It was a complete disaster. Kids did not get through it. Computers were freezing up. Everything was shutting down.”

        The AP (2/13) reports that the “embattled” test “encountered more difficulties Thursday as computers froze during a stress test of the online portion of the exam.” Vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill “reported that ‘a number of schools’ reported freezing issues during the test, which was designed to ensure that the system worked smoothly when the online portion of the standardized test is given to 470,000 Indiana students in the coming weeks.”

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This is why we do a "stress test."

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Technology and Student Motivation: "It’s not about the tool itself, but how the tool is used.”

Technology and Student Motivation: "It’s not about the tool itself, but how the tool is used.” | TechTalk | Scoop.it

The ARCS Motivation Model (Keller, 1984) will let us delve into intrinsic motivation with more specificity and shed some light on the question, “Does technology make less motivated students?” The model parses motivation into four detailed aspects. Just reading over this list, I can see many ways technology can serve as both a supporting and detracting factor.

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Education Technology Integration – You’re Doing it Wrong

Education Technology Integration – You’re Doing it Wrong | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Knowing What NOT to do can be as Valuable as Knowing What TO do Do you want to really get the most out of using technology in your classroom and courses? Or
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How To Undermine Your 1-to-1 Program... Without Really Trying

How To Undermine Your 1-to-1 Program... Without Really Trying | TechTalk | Scoop.it
So if you are thinking about starting a 1-to-1 program you have to read the article "How To Undermine Your 1-to-1 Program" Without Really Trying!
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Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb

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A significant change in our attention spans would happen over evolutionary time, not because you got a smartphone.
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Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study - HealthDay

Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study - HealthDay | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests.

A study of more than 2,000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime.

"Studies have shown that traditional screens and screen time, like TV viewing, can interfere with sleep, but much less is known about the impacts of smartphones and other small screens," said study lead author Jennifer Falbe, of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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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

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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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