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Students' online access hinges on grades, conduct

Students' online access hinges on grades, conduct | TechTalk | Scoop.it
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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Why Teachers Should Tweet

Why Teachers Should Tweet | TechTalk | Scoop.it
What If Every Teacher Tweeted?


"Why Teachers Should Tweet

…They found a voice

Ideally, we’d see that every teacher had found their voice. Just like every teacher must somehow translate their knowledge and personality into some kind of “voice” and personality in the classroom as a learning leader, it’s not much different on twitter. What can I say, as a teacher, on twitter that other people will find compelling? Useful?

This is something I actually struggle with. I’m far more comfortable writing books, essays, and blog posts that I am tweets–which is why I don’t tweet often. When I do find the “courage to tweet,” it happens by realizing that I’m not “great” on twitter, and tweeting anyway.

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The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology

The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The Pencil Metaphor: How Teachers Respond To Education Technology
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Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The tech giant launches new tools for teachers.
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MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials

MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A list of online resources used to compliment Google Docs workshop given by MaryFran Lynch.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, Today, 1:35 PM

This is exactly what I need so I can patch up a few holes I have in my understanding of Google docs. I bet I am not the only one.

 

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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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"Online testing failures" mean scores will not count

"Online testing failures" mean scores will not count | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi, in response to online testing failures, said Thursday the state Education Department will not use fifth- and eighth-grade writing scores to help determine the overall grade for this year’s school report cards.


It was the second straight year that students experienced disruptions while taking tests administered by testing company CTB/McGraw Hill.

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How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone

How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Back in July, Twitter launched a really nifty analytics dashboard. A bit like Google Analytics for tweets, it allows you to gauge the performance of each and..
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"Video games are comparable to other kinds of imaginative play."

"Video games are comparable to other kinds of imaginative play." | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Parents tend to approach video games like junk food: games are fine in moderation but ultimately they are an evil temptation that’s more bad than good. But according to an article published in Pediatrics: The Official Journal Of The American Academy of Pediatrics, we may be fundamentally mistaken in our [...]
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2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom

2 Great Techniques for the Flipped Classroom | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Inspire more student engagement in a flipped class with these two pedagogy-driven methods.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 25, 8:09 PM

These can be used in unflipped classrooms as well

 

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Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, August 26, 8:22 PM

Great article to get started with Flipped Learning. The idea that an 1800's classroom has no real discernible difference to todays classrooms is challenging to say the least! Enjoy this easy read :0)

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Chunking: How to minimize digital classroom distractions

Chunking: How to minimize digital classroom distractions | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. As an educator, how can you confront this dilemma?
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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

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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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