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Students' online access hinges on grades, conduct

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LOWELL | Greater access to cyberspace and all it offers is a privilege, not a right, Lowell High School students will learn this week.
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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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EdTechTeacher Video Tutorial Library

EdTechTeacher Video Tutorial Library | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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EdTechTeacher, co-founded by Tom Daccord and Justin Reich, is a wonderful edtech consulting and training organization. Among many things that it does, ETT sponsors conferences, workshops, and leadership seminars. They are perhaps most well known for their Teacher iPad Summits held each year in Boston and San Diego


ETT's website hosts many resources, this Scoop focuses on their outstanding (and growing) collection of video tutorials (185 strong as of today...March 30, 2015). You may find the library on Vimeo (just click on the headline or the image above).


Each video provides a professionally produced demo/explanation of how to use some the the latest and greatest apps and techniques. Recent examples include "Pop up Video with Explain Everything," "VideoNot.es Tutorial," "Snagit Video Tutorial," and "Kaizena Video Tutorial."


All of this material is free. What a generous contribution by these wonderfully talented and creative people!


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District Offering Students Free Home Web Access

District Offering Students Free Home Web Access | TechTalk | Scoop.it
(AP) — One central Illinois school district has started providing Internet service to needy families at no charge. School Superintendent Barry Reilly says he doesn't want families "to have to choose between Internet access and dinner."


Illinois District Offering Students Free Home Web Access.
The Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph (3/30) reports that Illinois’ Bloomington District 87 “is making sure students have no excuse not to get online,” and has “started a pilot program that brings Internet service to the homes of needy families at no charge.” The piece notes that the district began the program at Bloomington Junior High School, which is the only school in the district with a one-to-one device program.
        The AP (3/30) also covers this story, noting that Superintendent Barry Reilly “says he doesn’t want families ‘to have to choose between Internet access and dinner’” and said that the “program is necessary to close the achievement gap between rich and poor students.”

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The don’ts of eLearning Instructional Design

The don’ts of eLearning Instructional Design | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Sometimes it could be confusing to draw the line between what’s useful and what’s not. This criterion is very important when it comes to eLearning Instructional design. Right from the content creation to the design of the page, there are several ways in which it could go wrong. Below are the lists of don’ts when it comes to eLearning instructional design."


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How do You Choose Good Online Sources?

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, “Well, what do you think?” Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your student offers some questionable sources, ask, “Why did you choose that one?” Try to get the student to think about the who, what, why, and when of the article and website. Let the student use critical thinking to come to a valid conclusion. They might just have a good reason for using the source."


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Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 25, 10:06 PM

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Anita Vance's curator insight, March 28, 11:11 AM

Helpful to encourage thinking and self-evaluating...

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What Role Do You Play In Social Media?

What Role Do You Play In Social Media? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Social media is supposed to create a connection between people but lately more stories show how it leads to isolation. What's the lesson for our students...and ourselves?
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Few IT Leaders Say They’re Ready For Online Assessments

This year's top priorities among IT leadership in K-12 are assessment readiness, wireless access and mobile learning, in that order. Those are the same priorities as last year, with the difference that wireless beat out mobile learning. Those and a number of other findings surfaced during this year's K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a professional association for school and district IT leaders.
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Why "Simple" Websites Are Scientifically Better

Why "Simple" Websites Are Scientifically Better | TechTalk | Scoop.it
In a study by Google in August of 2012, researchers found that not only will users judge websites as beautiful or not within 1/50th – 1/20th of a second, but also that “visually complex” websites are consistently rated as less beautiful than their simpler counterparts.

Moreover, “highly prototypical” sites – those with layouts commonly associated with sites of it’s category – with simple visual design were rated as the most beautiful across the board.

In other words, the study found the simpler the design, the better.

But why?
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How to Add Annotations to YouTube Videos

How to Add Annotations to YouTube Videos | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Adding annotations to YouTube videos is a good way to add little bubbles of information to a video or to create a series of choose your own adventure videos. A great example of using annotations in student-produced videos can be found here. In the video embedded below I provide directions for adding annotations to your YouTube videos. You can also find screenshots of the process in this post.

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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, March 18, 11:16 AM

Just in case you want to add commentary to YouTube videos - another fun way to use Web 2.0 tools!

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Transforming History Lessons with Twitter

Transforming History Lessons with Twitter | TechTalk | Scoop.it
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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Burnbook: What principals and parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable

Burnbook: What principals and parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying and threats of violence to American high schools.

The same reviewer goes on to say, "The app has become popular at my school and is specifically targeting a small group of people. I wish I could repeat the evil things that were posted so I could get my point across, but I cannot bring myself to spread those gruesome things even further."


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Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever.

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Classroom Alternatives to YouTube

Classroom Alternatives to YouTube | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.

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New Research Underscores K-12 Shift From Print to Digital Materials

New Research Underscores K-12 Shift From Print to Digital Materials | TechTalk | Scoop.it
New market research documents the shift from print to digital instructional materials in K-12 over the past few years, a trend expected to continue.
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15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Digital Storytelling Tools Share your comments or join us in our Facebook Group. We’d love to …

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 10:04 PM

Great set of tools I'll be back to this article for further investigations :)

Nadia Ratta's curator insight, March 31, 9:50 PM

Check out Go Animate!

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Teaching with Tech: How Can Teachers Embrace Technology Tools

Teaching with Tech: How Can Teachers Embrace Technology Tools | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Education has evolved from a pen, paper and textbook affair to using iPads, online resources and even mobile apps in the classroom.  If you are aiming for a career in education, being able to utilize technology effectively is a crucial skill that you will have to be able to demonstrate."


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Five Ways for High School Seniors to Establish a Digital Footprint - Brilliant or Insane

Five Ways for High School Seniors to Establish a Digital Footprint - Brilliant or Insane | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Senior year is the perfect time for young people to begin establishing learning networks. These five steps can help you help them create a digital footprint
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Ed-Tech Leaders Say We're Not Ready for Online Tests

Ed-Tech Leaders Say We're Not Ready for Online Tests | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Fewer than 30 percent of K-12 school technology leaders believe their district is ready for online assessments, according to an annual survey by the Consortium for School Networking.

That's potentially a big worry, given that for-real versions of online common-core exams are already being administered in some states. (Here's a handy map from my Education Week colleagues showing where each state's testing plan stood as of last month.)

Also high on the list of concerns expressed by ed-tech officials: improving wireless access and creating better mobile-learning opportunities in the classroom."

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10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology | TechTalk | Scoop.it
With technology moving out of the lab and into the classroom, it's becoming a challenge for some teachers to infuse their teaching with tech tools such as websites, educational games, simulations, ...
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“Technology...should become ‘transparent’ so learners can see through it and into the real purpose which is their learning.

“Technology...should become ‘transparent’ so learners can see through it and into the real purpose which is their learning. | TechTalk | Scoop.it
We talk to Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, about all things learning tech.
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Anonymous Yik Yak App = "unfettered nastiness"

Anonymous Yik Yak App = "unfettered nastiness" | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Yik Yak, a social media app that serves as a local bulletin board, has proved popular especially on college campuses, but the cover of anonymity it offers allows for some unfettered nastiness.
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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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A crowdsourced list of 10 top education apps worth trying.