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A school leader's guide to all that is tech
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The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds

The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds | TechTalk | Scoop.it
With the app Snip, flipped educators can create video tutorials a la Khan in no time flat.
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No Old School for You! Google Classroom-Catch up on the new tools

No Old School for You! Google Classroom-Catch up on the new tools | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Posted by Will Phan, Google Classroom Software Engineer

As you gear up for the new school year, try the newest features in Google Classroom for more ways to save time, engage your students and keep everyone organized.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 5, 2015 4:19 PM

Remember the old School?  Google will give you a free 'new-school' with the usual strings attached. (Nothing is free folks).


Google classroom is still relatively primitive compared to open source power house programs like Moodle. Let's hope market competition gets the both paid and open source providers to step up their game.


Still if you are already a Google School, you need to be up on the newest changes.


(Want to learn how to teach and learn online? Join us at UW-Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.) ~ Dennis

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3 Tips for High School Teachers to Use Social Media Responsibly In Class

3 Tips for High School Teachers to Use Social Media Responsibly In Class | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Most teachers have not integrated social media into classroom learning, according to a new survey.
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How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch - OSXDaily

How to Find the Serial Number of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch - OSXDaily | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Knowing an iOS devices serial number is useful for a wide variety of reasons, from checking warranty status, determining if it’s eligible for a free repair from Apple, checking unlock status, checking for iCloud Activation Lock, insurance purposes, repairs, registering a phone for a variety of services, amongst other reasons. We’ll show you how to quickly find the serial number on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

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Huntsville (AL) City Schools Wins CyberPatriot Center of Excellence Designation

Huntsville (AL) City Schools Wins CyberPatriot Center of Excellence Designation | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Huntsville City Schools has been named a Center of Excellence by the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program.
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Are Subject Matter Experts Slowing Down Your eLearning Production Process?

Are Subject Matter Experts Slowing Down Your eLearning Production Process? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Are Subject Matter Experts holding you up? Check how to speed up eLearning production by involving Subject Matter Experts more effectively.

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School Leadership in the Digital Age

What does it take to be a school leader in the digital age?


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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 29, 2015 5:47 PM

Some great points and ideas! 

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Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important

Research: Technology Is Only Making Social Skills More Important | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Technical skills are easier to automate.


Automation anxiety reached new heights in 2013, when Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, researchers at the Oxford Martin School, published a paper estimating that 47% of all U.S. jobs were “at risk” of being computerized over the next two decades. Although the jury is still out about robots stealing jobs, the pace at which AI and deep learning technologies have been advancing isn’t ebbing concerns over a future of disappearing work. As machines increasingly perform complex tasks once thought to be safely reserved for humans, the question has become harder to shrug off: What jobs will be left for people?

A new NBER working paper suggests it’ll be those that require strong social skills — which it defines as the ability to work with others — something that has proven to be much more difficult to automate. “The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market,” shows that nearly all job growth since 1980 has been in occupations that are relatively social skill-intensive — and it argues that high-skilled, hard-to-automate jobs will increasingly demand social adeptness.

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Why teachers and principals should be on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

If you are a student heading back to class in September, should personal electronic devices like iPads, tablets or a smartphone be on your list of must haves? And what happens to students whose parents can't afford expensive technology? CBC tech columnist Jesse Hirsh weighs in.
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Vocabulist: Quickly Create Vocabulary Study Sheets from Documents

Vocabulist: Quickly Create Vocabulary Study Sheets from Documents | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Vocabulist is a neat tool that enables students to quickly create vocabulary study sheets from a document. Each word extracted from a document is matched to a definition through Vocabulist. If the ...
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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.
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Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends

Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The power of edtech is defined by what great teachers can do with the technology. Educators who transform classroom learning experiences are changing how they plan, communicate, provide feedback, and collaborate with their students. All of this is thanks to some powerful and clever edtech tools and
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Students and Use of Social Media/Twitter: An Update

Students and Use of Social Media/Twitter: An Update | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Minn. Student's Tweet About Kissing Teacher Leads to Suspension, Lawsuit


Courts have typically upheld students' First Amendment rights on social media, except for instances that cause "substantial disruption" to schools.

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Why your tech PD might be all wrong

Why your tech PD might be all wrong | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Tech training and PD should be about more than the device; it should have purpose.
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Social Media Tips Every Educational Leader Must Follow

Social Media Tips Every Educational Leader Must Follow | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Here are few tips we have extracted from our network of educators who are active on social media.

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Flipping The Classroom... A Goldmine of Research and Resources To Keep You On Your Feet

Flipping The Classroom... A Goldmine of Research and Resources To Keep You On Your Feet | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Greetings from Boston and  BLC12 (Alan November's Building Learning Communities Conference ).  If you wish to follow the happenings at BLC12 check out the hashtag #BLC12 on Twitter. Welcome to anot...
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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.
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12 Golden Social Media Rules For eLearning Professionals

12 Golden Social Media Rules For eLearning Professionals | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Wondering about the Social Media Rules For eLearning Professionals? Check the 12 Golden Social Media Rules For eLearning Professionals.

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20 Edtech Concepts and Devices That Every Teacher Should Know About

20 Edtech Concepts and Devices That Every Teacher Should Know About | TechTalk | Scoop.it
We have seen a lot of advancement in education technology designed for the classroom, and to be effective, teachers need to stay abreast of these new technologies and concepts. This is the perfect time for teachers to receive retooling in the area of educational technology.
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Should Teachers Use Twitter?

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Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably

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Pew confirms lots of social networking stereotypes

Pew confirms lots of social networking stereotypes | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Pew has released a new report today detailing America’s usage of social networking tools, and much of the report confirms things many people already suspected. First there’s Facebook. It remains the undisputed king of social networking, with a reported 72 percent of Internet users having an account with the service. Of those, an estimated 70 percent…

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Pew confirms lots of social networking stereotypes | @scoopit via @NikPeachey http://sco.lt/...

Dawn Jensen's curator insight, August 31, 2015 8:27 PM

Your social media presence has got to match where your clients and prospects reside.  Great information from Pew!

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The 4 Things Your School’s Social Media Feed Needs to Include

The 4 Things Your School’s Social Media Feed Needs to Include | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The use of social media in schools and school districts has gone from a novel way of spreading news and information to an essential method of communicating with school stakeholders. However, those ...
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The Educator's Guide to Social Media

The Educator's Guide to Social Media | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Some educators hesitate to use social media in class and in their personal and professional lives. This guide shows how educators can use these powerful tools productively and safely while enhancin...


You've heard the stories -- teachers who got themselves into trouble over what they posted in social media or were, perhaps, cyberbullied by students. And then there are tales of students wasting their time using social media in class. These are risks to be sure, but when used properly, social media can be a great learning tool and a way to enhance -- not risk -- educators' professional reputations.

These are the conclusions of a new free publication, The Educator's Guide to Social Media from ConnectSafely.org. Written by Kerry Gallagher and myself, the guide answers the basic questions of how you can safely use social media in class and for professional development and how to maintain both student and personal privacy.

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26 Ways Educators Use Twitter - Brilliant or Insane

26 Ways Educators Use Twitter - Brilliant or Insane | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Learn how to use twitter in and out of school: 26 strategies infographic
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