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A school leader's guide to all that is tech
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10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter

10 Ways for New School Leaders to Use Twitter | TechTalk | Scoop.it
I’m the new guy at our school district, and this is my first administrative role in a school. Let me first say that it is a lot of hard work, but it is also a lot of fun connecting with new teachers, administrators, and an entire community. In the past few months all of our …
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So You Think You Can't Flip Your Classroom?

So You Think You Can't Flip Your Classroom? | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"The idea of flipping your classroom can be both appealing and intimidating. It gets you, the teacher, out of your comfort zone, but in return enables you to spend more time coaching your students as they engage in meaningful tasks and interactions in class."


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What are teacher rights on social media?

What are teacher rights on social media? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
What rights does a teacher have on social media? What are their first amendment rights? What is the law about teacher privacy on social media?
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6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio

6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio | TechTalk | Scoop.it

by Rob van Nood


"#1. Portfolios need to be in the hands of the student.  From my own experience, and from research that I have followed, one of the biggest determinants in portfolio success (read that as “authentically integrated into a student’s learning”) is the autonomy of the student to create and manage it.  When school’s institutionalize it too much it becomes “just another thing that schools make us do.”  In addition, it shouldn’t become another thing teachers need to run.  A big part of this revolves around making sure that students see and use portfolios beyond the classroom.  They begin to document, reflect upon and share the learning that is happening in all aspects of life.  When that is happening in an authentic way you know that portfolios have really taken hold.  How we support students to be more in control of the entire portfolio process?"


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NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban | TechTalk | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day.


New York City Prepares To End School Cellphone Ban.

AP (10/13, Matthews) reports New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, with Mayor Bill de Blasio citing the importance for parents “to know how to reach their kids.” Most New York City high schools follow an out-of-sight, out-of-mind rule despite the official ban, while 88 schools with metal detectors find phones and enforce the rule. While schools formulate policies including sanctions against those cheating with phones, a unique industry of storage vans parked by schools to hold students’ phones is preparing to go out of business.

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Social media tools can be used for authentic parent engagement

Social media tools can be used for authentic parent engagement | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Social media tools can be used for authentic parent engagement #OpenDoorsEDU http://t.co/MZ3lapSNFX

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A Quick Guide to the Flipped Classroom | OEDB.org

A Quick Guide to the Flipped Classroom | OEDB.org | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The flipped classroom is a teaching model in which the traditional lecture and homework assignments are reversed. Students watch video lectures before clas
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Study: Digital Readers Don't Match up to Real Paper

Study: Digital Readers Don't Match up to Real Paper | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A study that tested students on their recall after reading both Kindles and paperbacks showed that real paper triumphs over digital readers.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 4, 2014 8:21 PM

There is something about reading a book, feeling it in your hands, and looking back over the pages just read that is irreplaceable. Digital readers will have their places, but not replacing books.

 

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6 Steps to Flipping A Classroom Infographic

6 Steps to Flipping A Classroom Infographic | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The 6 Steps to Flipping A Classroom Infographic synthesizes the overwhelming to-do list of flipping your classroom into 6 easy steps.
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Powerpoint to HTML with SlideGo

"Convert Powerpoint to HTML5

Powerpoint is de-facto universal document editor. It is popular in schools for lessons or student projects. You can levitate Powerpoint power by uploading to SlideGo and convert to HTML5. Intended designs and interactivities are retained, they just become more portable to share on all devices.

Edit in Slide Editor

Use SlideGo Slide Editor to edit your converted presentations online, or to make new ones from scratch. You can continue to apply the same Powerpoint knowledge, just no longer require a PC. Most Powerpoint features are supported. It works perfectly on touch devices."


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, October 1, 2014 3:14 AM

Connects to Edmodo. Designed for mobile. 



Convert Powerpoint to HTML5

Powerpoint is de-facto universal document editor. It is popular in schools for lessons or student projects. You can levitate Powerpoint power by uploading to SlideGo and convert to HTML5. Intended designs and interactivities are retained, they just become more portable to share on all devices.

Edit in Slide Editor

Use SlideGo Slide Editor to edit your converted presentations online, or to make new ones from scratch. You can continue to apply the same Powerpoint knowledge, just no longer require a PC. Most Powerpoint features are supported. It works perfectly on touch devices.

Won Ho's curator insight, October 1, 2014 7:45 AM

HTML5 web editor for interactive PPT like content. I expected this kind of service will appear.

상호작용을 쉽게 넣을 수 있는 PPT 같은 HTML5 편집기....

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 8, 2014 6:25 AM

Welcome to SlideGo (for Presentations)

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You Are Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology

You Are Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Education technology is trendy. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read an article or have a conversation in which someone makes the familiar argument that “education is the one industry that hasn’t embraced the technologies of the 21st Century.” The world has changed--so the story goes--and while business [...]
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Shapiro Criticizes Modern Education System’s Values, Technology.

Author Jordan Shapiro argues in Forbes (9/20, Shapiro) for the cautious adoption of technology in education. He criticizes the industrial model of education, asserting that “students read systems’ implicit messaging while ignoring the explicit talking points.” Trying to hold education tools to higher standards, Shapiro argues for ensuring that “these tools are also aligned with learning outcomes which prioritize human dignity rather than haste, consumption, and algorithmic metrics.” In particular, he sees educational gaming as a unique platform that offers narrative structures in line with educational values.

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New eRate rules invite a new approach: Managed Wi-Fi

New eRate rules invite a new approach: Managed Wi-Fi | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The FCC’s broad eRate overhaul includes a new type of eligible service, managed Wi-Fi, which could lead to more outsourced K-12 networks.
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Why Your Whole Staff Should Be on Twitter

Why Your Whole Staff Should Be on Twitter | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Today's guest post is written by 2 principals from California whose whole staff is on Twitter. Big whoop you may say! They show that there are many benefits.
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How Twitter Changed My Leadership and Our School Culture

How Twitter Changed My Leadership and Our School Culture | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Twitter was slow to catch on at our school. Like me, it was hard for people to see the value. Creating a list of followers, really, strangers to follow, seemed daunting. We eventually switched our strategy and started to introduce Twitter as way of connecting within our ever-growing school.

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Recordit: Record screencasts fast & free! with GIF Support

Recordit: Record screencasts fast & free! with GIF Support | TechTalk | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, October 14, 2014 8:24 AM

For MAC and Windows

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Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - The Hechinger Report

Educational technology isn't leveling the playing field - The Hechinger Report | TechTalk | Scoop.it



This is not a story of the familiar “digital divide” — a lack of access to technology for poor and minority children. This has to do, rather, with a phenomenon Neuman and Celano observed again and again in the two libraries: granted access to technology, affluent kids and poor kids use techdifferently. They select different programs and features, engage in different types of mental activity, and come away with different kinds of knowledge and experience.

The un-leveling impact of technology also has to do with a phenomenon known as the “Matthew Effect”: the tendency for early advantages to multiply over time. Sociologist Robert Merton coined the term in 1968, making reference to a line in the gospel of Matthew (“for whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath”).

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Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts: Bandwidth Matters

Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts: Bandwidth Matters | TechTalk | Scoop.it
District IT managers advise not to overlook bandwidth needs.
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Bandwidth Matters

The Chrome ecosystem's complete dependence on the Internet explains the ease of District 59's deployment. Futuresource Consulting's Maddocks advises districts to ensure they have the broadband and Wi-Fi infrastructure capable of supporting a one-to-one Chromebook rollout. "Some districts have missed this vital piece of the puzzle, and it can cause problems when using technology within the classroom, disrupting lessons," he says.

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Districts Get New Guidance on Technology Decisions

Districts Get New Guidance on Technology Decisions | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Two national organizations for district leadership joined forces to give superintendents tips about how to plan for a successful digital conversion.
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Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Web 2.0 Tools

Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) with Web 2.0 Tools | TechTalk | Scoop.it
How do educators keep current with the ever changing world of technology? How can Web 2.0 tools be used to communicate and collaborate with peers across the hall and around the world? This session will focus on some of the newest tools teachers are using to support their own professional learning goals.

Find links to each of us in the sidebar to the left and look below for more suggested PLN resources and interesting links. We look forward to learning with you!

If you want to think more deeply about learning networks and community, spend some time reading, listening and responding to the information at Bud Hunt's "Lie of Community" site.
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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, October 5, 2014 8:49 AM

Help in making the PLN case for teachers

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An introduction to using Twitter for Teachers

An introduction to using Twitter for Teachers | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Below is a short screencast focussing on Twitter basics and educational hashtags (thanks to @TeamTait for the infographic) to help get you started! You can of course follow me on Twitter on @ICTEvangelist.

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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | Edudemic

5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | Edudemic | TechTalk | Scoop.it
One of the things I hear most often from teachers who are reluctant to put technology into the hands of their students is that they have visions of students goofing off constantly behind their screen instead of focusing on their work. Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects …
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:50 AM

The last point, digital technology does not always have to be on is the one which might be most challenging.

 

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