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3 Awesome Google Drive Templates for Creating Lesson Plans ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, an
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It’s a Scan and Learn World: 5 Great Tools With Customizable Feeds — Emerging Education Technologies

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(Example of Hootsuite Content Aggregator Content) Get Your Learn on in Just Minutes a Day! One of the wonders of the web-enabled world we live in is the ease with which we can get customized ‘news’ feeds. There are so many
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5 Ways Video Games Can Help Kids with Special Needs

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Advice from Common Sense Media editors. From communication to motor skills, learning through play is a wonderful motivator for kids with challenges.
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5 Problems in Education That Technology Will Soon Solve

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Education has been stuck at a plateau for several years, plagued by several different issues that are seemingly unsolvable -- but technology has finally found ways around these problems.
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Teacher Apps for Fighting Digital Distraction and Managing Online Time ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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How Meaningful Feedback for Teachers and Students Improves Relationships

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A National Teacher of the Year demonstrates how he regularly tries to improve his teaching practice, this time by giving and getting more authentic feedback.
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Social media-obsessed teenagers are frightened of real life

Social media-obsessed teenagers are frightened of real life | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Teenagers obsessed with social media are so lonely many stay closeted in their bedrooms and may never develop the social skills to thrive later in life, according to a King's College London report.
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Can the Micro Bit inspire a million? - BBC News

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The BBC launches the Micro Bit computer by giving a copy to thousands of Year 7 pupils - but is it too late to inspire a fresh generation of coders?
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Video Games And Social Media Hurt Teens' Sleep, Study Says

Video Games And Social Media Hurt Teens' Sleep, Study Says | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
"People don't make up their lost sleep."
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A Sport for the Mind

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What if we honored students’ STEM accomplishments with school-wide pep rallies, bulging trophy cases, and varsity letters? GUEST COLUMN | by Don Bossi Imagine walking down the hallway of your school past the science labs to see the latest trophies and medals honoring student athletes. Yet, none of these shiny accolades are for scoring state…
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Trends | You Used to Call Me on My Cell Phone

Trends | You Used to Call Me on My Cell Phone | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Watch a movie from the 1980s or earlier and you'll notice something interesting: no cell phones. In just the past ten years, there's been a massive shift in the way media and technology intersect with how we work and live. Increasingly mobile devices with better functionality have made these handheld technologies seemingly indispensable. Look around at a…
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Watch Animated Introductions to 25 Philosophers by The School of Life: From Plato to Kant and Foucault

Watch Animated Introductions to 25 Philosophers by The School of Life: From Plato to Kant and Foucault | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Philosophy as an academic subject is regularly maligned in popular discourse. Philosophy majors get told that their studies are useless. Philosophy professors find their budgets cut, their courses scrutinized, and their character grossly impeached in propagandistic religious feature films.
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Moocs-for-credit partnership sees slow start on completions

Moocs-for-credit partnership sees slow start on completions | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Less than 1 per cent of those enrolled on Global Freshman Academy courses eligible for credit, but university involved says it is ‘positive first step’
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A Great Tool to Publish Good Looking Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Three Powerful Tools Students Can Use to Add Notes to Videos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Using Virtual Reality In Education - eLearning Industry

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Want to know about the usage of Virtual Reality In Education? Check how we can use augmented reality and Virtual Reality In Education.
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The folly of teaching computer science to high school kids

The folly of teaching computer science to high school kids | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Well the good news is that the test scores of New York City public-school students are up this year from last. The bad news is that still barely a third of them passed math or reading tests.

And that’s despite the fact that a number of teachers have been accused of tampering with test scores.

So what should we do? Teach everyone computer science!

That’s Bill de Blasio’s solution anyway. Earlier this week the mayor announced that in 10 years’ time every New York City public high school would be required to offer computer science to all students.

In a remarkable bit of understatement, the New York Times reported, “meeting that goal will present major challenges.”



For instance, who the heck is going to teach it? There is already a shortage of qualified math and science teachers across the country.

And let’s stipulate that the pool of people able to teach computer science is much smaller than those who can teach biology. And then there’s this: What kind of recent graduate with any knowledge of computer science would volunteer to teach in the New York public schools?

They make oodles more money in business and get oodles more respect and opportunities for merit-based advancement in a private or parochial school.

The city plans to spend $81 million it doesn’t have on the program, raising half from private sources. The AOL Charitable Foundation and the Robin Hood Foundation have already made contributions.

You’d think that philanthropists would know better by now than to pour money down the drain of unwieldy public school bureaucracies. Have you guys talked to Mark Zuckerberg about how his Newark gift worked out?

Maybe these tech CEOs who say they want more diversity in their ranks should offer some kind of boot camp program to public school students for credit, something that would involve as little input from the mayor and his minions as possible.



Running such a program internally is bound to be a disaster. Especially in an area like computer science, which is always changing, the New York City Public schools cannot possibly hope to keep up. The equipment will be outdated before it’s even installed. And the kind of knowledge that will actually be useful in the real world is changing constantly.

Tech CEO Daniel Gelernter wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal a month ago, saying that “the thing I don’t look for in a [software] developer is a degree in computer science. University computer science departments are in miserable shape: 10 years behind in a field that changes every 10 minutes.”

He was talking about college graduates. Imagine how much more true this would be of a high school in The Bronx.

De Blasio and his team think that computer science offerings will help prepare students for careers. Gabrielle Fialkoff, the director of the Office for Strategic Partnerships, noted that tech jobs in the city are growing rapidly. “I think there is an acknowledgment that we need our students better prepared for these jobs and to address equity and diversity within the sector as well.”

But the notion that our high schools — with the exception of strictly vocational ones — prepare you for a career is a bill of goods the city likes to sell its less educated parents.

A number of years ago, a girl I mentored told me that she planned to attend the John Jay High School for Law because she wanted to become a lawyer and her middle school guidance counselor told that school would start her down the right path.

When I explained that to be a lawyer, you needed to go to law school and in order to go to law school you needed to go to a good college and in order to go to a good college you had to learn a lot in high school and that John Jay was one of the worst in the city, she and her immigrant mother looked flabbergasted.

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High school is the time when students are supposed to shore up their reading and writing and math skills so that they can be qualified for college or some other kind of vocational training.

But like most big cities, New York has failed miserably at this, at least judging by the test scores and the abominable graduation rates.

Since de Blasio knows that our schools will never teach kids the basics well without some kind of fundamental reform — which would involve pissing off the teachers unions — he will just offer parents some neat-sounding extras to distract them. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
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Unplug, and go lead instead | SmartBlogs

Unplug, and go lead instead | SmartBlogs | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
After logging on your email in the morning, do you ever find yourself falling into a rabbit hole of reactions and responses that rob you of a good hour of
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Two Great Google Sheets Add-ons to Use in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Google Sheets Add-ons to Use in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it

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7 Excellent Science Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Some Very Good New EdTech Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A Visual Guide to the Deep and Dark Web

A Visual Guide to the Deep and Dark Web | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
The Internet is a strange place. It's an awesome place that's filled with all kinds of great entertainment, useful knowledge, and cat pictures, but the Internet has a darker side, too.
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