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A school leader's guide to all that is tech
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How students get around web filters, and how schools can stop it

How students get around web filters, and how schools can stop it | TechTalk | Scoop.it
When it comes to web filters, students are technology are getting smarter. And schools need to stay a step ahead
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The 5 reasons schools don't have better internet connectivity

The 5 reasons schools don't have better internet connectivity | TechTalk | Scoop.it
School leaders said affordability remains the top barrier to robust internet connectivity in their schools, according to a new CoSN survey.
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Common Sense Media report reveals surprising facts about kids' use of technology, social media

Sixty-six percent of teens say they use media to listen to music every day. Fifty-eight percent say they watch TV. But less than half say they use social media on a daily basis, and only about one in three say they like social media "a lot."

"You would think that that'd be a much higher percentage, given how much time they feel that they're on it," said Steyer. "But the truth is they feel they have to be there because their friends are."

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Privacy breaches reveal much-needed lessons for districts

Privacy breaches reveal much-needed lessons for districts | TechTalk | Scoop.it
More schools and districts are facing data breaches, highlighting a lack of planning and a need to improve training.

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Screencasting and Video Editing Software - Telestream ScreenFlow

Screencasting and Video Editing Software  - Telestream ScreenFlow | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Telestream ScreenFlow® is award-winning, powerful screencasting and video editing software for Mac that lets you create high-quality software or iPhone demos, professional video tutorials, in-depth video training, and dynamic presentations.

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Classroom Learning Materials for Mobile Devices

Classroom Learning Materials for Mobile Devices | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The essential guide to help as you begin to explore, choose, and integrate learning materials for mobile devices into your classroom

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tchat.io: twitter chat tool

tchat.io: twitter chat tool | TechTalk | Scoop.it

tchat.io is a tool to make it easy to participate in Twitter chats. Enter the hashtag you want to follow for the chat. We'll filter out all other tweets so you can focus on discussing one topic.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 16, 2015 4:27 AM

Really handy tool if you participate in synchronous Twitter discussions.

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, October 21, 2015 6:30 AM

añada su visión ...

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How Twitter’s 140-Character Limit Made Me a Better Writer

How Twitter’s 140-Character Limit Made Me a Better Writer | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Twitter is planning to extend its typical 140-character limit, and a lot of people are welcoming the change. But as annoying as the 140-character limit can be, I’ve found that it actually helped me practice a few principles for better writing.
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Good Tools for Teaching Students How to Evaluate Web Content Credibility

Good Tools for Teaching Students How to Evaluate Web Content Credibility | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Source: Butler University Library, adapted from Meriam Library at CSU, Chico What are Your Favorite Tools and Techniques for Helping Students Learn how to Assess Web Content? One of my favorite lessons to teach is about evaluating the credibility of

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Teacher says smartphones are degrading discourse, hurting students

Teacher says smartphones are degrading discourse, hurting students | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Joe Clement says his class is less lively since the bright, little screens began blinding his students.
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Five emerging trends for innovative tech in education

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No longer simply future-gazing, technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.
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50+ Ways to Use Education Technology in the Classroom

Here are more than 50 ways to use education technology in the classroom. Updated and specially created for Miami Device 2015 with lots of new edtech tools, ide…
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Cellphone videos pose new challenges for schools

Cellphone videos pose new challenges for schools | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Devices present opportunity, headache, and a new layer of scrutiny for some schools, especially when it comes to cellphone videos

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America’s Mediocre Test Scores: Education crisis or poverty crisis?

America’s Mediocre Test Scores: Education crisis or poverty crisis? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Education crisis or poverty crisis?
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3 of The Best Video Editing Apps for Teachers

3 of The Best Video Editing Apps for Teachers | TechTalk | Scoop.it
From all the apps we have been reviewing for the last couple of years, the three titles below stand out from the crowd. These are very simple iPad apps that any teacher teacher can use with ease to create beautiful videos. You can use them to edit your videos the way you want. Editing include: adding soundtracks, adding photos, inserting video effects and transitions, assembling video clips,  trimming parts of your video and many more.
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Renowned Mathematicians Want You to Reinvent Math Education

Renowned Mathematicians Want You to Reinvent Math Education | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Experts say math education hasn't changed in over a century, and they want to help you change how you teach math.
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Apps that actually help kids learn

Apps that actually help kids learn | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Last week, I moderated a panel discussion at Sesame Street Workshop (yes, there were Muppets everywhere!)—an event that was part of the launch of a wonderful new book called Tap, Click, Read. Written by Michael Levine of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center (Cooney is the person who created Sesame Street) and Lisa Guernsey of the think tank New America, Tap, Click, Read is full of fresh ideas and practical suggestions about how to make sure that our kids' technology use is supporting literacy and other kinds of learning.

One of the most interesting chapters in Tap, Click, Read examines the quality of apps that are marketed as "educational." Guernsey and Levine find that there's not much overlap between apps that are popular—those that are frequently downloaded by parents and educators—and apps that have been rated by experts as high-quality educational resources.

The authors did identify eleven apps that were both well-liked by parents and educators, and genuinely educational. Here's a list of these eleven apps:

1. Agnitus Personal Learning Program
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. Elmo Loves ABCs
4. Endless Alphabet
5. Endless Reader
6. Letter School
7. Millie's Crazy Dinosaur Adventure
8. Monkey Word School Adventure
9. Reading Rainbow
10. Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer
11. Starfall Learn to Read

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20 Free Resources and Tools: Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning

20 Free Resources and Tools: Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Welcome to this third post in a series devoted to supporting student centered learning in the technology enhanced classroom. In the first post I provided some reflection on major ideas to support t...
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40% of PC users needed tech support. Only 5% of Mac users needed IT help @IBM

40% of PC users needed tech support. Only 5% of Mac users needed IT help @IBM | TechTalk | Scoop.it
At IBM, only 5% of Apple MacBook users need the help desk, versus 40% for PC.
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10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology

10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology | TechTalk | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really.

But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, social media, blogs, reports, and the Daily Genius community to uncover the top 10 reasons that edtech is getting passed over. The results might (or might not) surprise you.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 5, 2015 1:48 PM

This article and infographic shares some of the reasons faculty do not use technology in their courses. Any surprises?

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Does school spending matter after all?

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Does school spending matter after all?

Taken together, these results highlight how improved access to school resources can profoundly shape the life outcomes of economically disadvantaged children and thereby reduce the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Money alone may not lift educational outcomes to desired levels, but our findings confirm that the provision of adequate funding may be critical. Importantly, we also find that how the money is spent matters. Therefore, to be most effective, spending increases should be coupled with systems that help ensure spending is allocated toward the most productive uses.

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Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn't Always Boost Scores

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn't Always Boost Scores | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Technology in classrooms doesn't always boost test scores finds a new OECD report. There are several things we can do to change that.

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Good Technology Access + Good Technology Pedagogy = Student Improvement ~ Vicki Davis

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