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To Keep Teenagers Alert, Schools Let Them Sleep In

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A movement to start high schools later has gained momentum, bolstered by a growing body of research on the adolescent body clock.


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Independent school software - Double First Engage school management information system

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Double First creates and supports education management information systems and finance software for fee-paying Independent Schools.
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Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1

Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1 | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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3 Ways Video Games Can Help Students Thrive

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Game-based learning boosts motivation, literacy and social skills.
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The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students

The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
It takes a little creativity to flip your class, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. These no-tech strategies get students interacting with the content.
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Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

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Using a six-point strategy, teachers can help students learn about responsible web research by assessing the validity of most information that they’ll encounter online.

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I'd like to see a bit more personalisation and critical thinking in here, but it's a start.

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Información sobre los webs

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
A practical and engaging guide to smart studying tips.
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Increasing Student Interaction & Engagement with VoiceThread

Increasing Student Interaction & Engagement with VoiceThread | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
-By Mark Prestopnik, Assistant Director of Online Teaching and Learning Why Use VoiceThread? Students often indicate that Blackboard course sites are too text heavy. Students and faculty remark that they wish there were alternative mediums available to develop concepts and interact with classmates aside from text based discussion forums. One of our objectives as a teaching…
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This immersive VR platform was designed with education in mind

This immersive VR platform was designed with education in mind | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
New virtual reality platform features virtual field trips and lecture recording capabilities.
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What Video Games Like Doom Teach Us About Learning, According to GBL Guru James Paul Gee (EdSurge News)

What Video Games Like Doom Teach Us About Learning, According to GBL Guru James Paul Gee (EdSurge News) | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it

James Paul Gee is living many a teenager’s dream. (Or mine, at least.) The Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University has been playing video games for four hours every day since 2003, solving puzzles and battling bosses in games such as Doom, Darksiders
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Determining Success of Technology Integration in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts (Part 4)

Determining Success of Technology Integration in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts (Part 4) | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
  I ended my last post by writing that attaining the top stage of popular models of technology integration was often equated with "success." I stated that it was "unfortunate." Why? The top stage in each model (and similar ones) implies that when the teacher has reached this apex of implementation, students are thoroughly engaged…
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Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end

Even Apple is acknowledging that the “iPads in education” fad is coming to an end | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
"A disaster." "Largely gaming devices." "Students use them as toys. Word processing is near to impossible." "WE NEED LAPTOPS!!!" These were the findings from a survey of high school students and teachers in a district in the US state of Maine on how effective iPads were for learning and teaching. Almost 90% of teachers and 74
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How I Am Researching Technology Integration in Classrooms and Schools (Part 1)

Beginning last spring, I began publishing posts of classrooms  in which I observed lessons (see here and here). These posts were one part of a larger  research project on technology integration (see here).  Two questions have guided the case study design of the project: How have classroom, school, and district exemplars of technology integration been fully…
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The Top 10 Companies Working on Education in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Touchstone Research

The Top 10 Companies Working on Education in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - Touchstone Research | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies are quickly changing the landscape of education with the help of some key companies.

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Some ineteresting videos and links.

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Good examples of how AR/VR can be used in the classroom. Both HE and schools.
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VR is here and its here to stay.
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Teaching Kids to Build Computers | Edudemic

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Teachers are turning to a new hands-on course: computer building. Students are learning how to build computers and code in the classroom.
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Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning - The Tech Edvocate

Digital dawn: open online learning is just beginning - The Tech Edvocate | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
This article was written by Craig Savage Universities are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all. Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too. A new way of learning In contrast to traditional higher education, which closes learning off from the world, open learning is transparent and accessible to anyone with internet access. Such openness could do a lot to improve standards at …
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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

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Smartphone cameras are becoming more powerful than they’ve ever been. Thanks to smartphones, the digital camera is getting a serious run for its money. All you’ve got to do is check out the camera specs for the upcoming iPhone 7 to see where things are heading. You can look forward to getting features including 12 megapixels, image stabilization, and improved low-light photo capability. Videos will also be better than they’ve ever been. The Galaxy 7 from Samsung is just as impressive.
It’s a growing trend, and one we can make good use of in education.
The following chart is from the article Are Smartphones Killing Digital Cameras? by Felix Richter for Statista. It details the rise of smartphone cameras as a clear contender in the digital photography arena:
“When the first touchscreen smartphones made waves in 2007 and 2008, the camera industry was doing very well … less than 10 years later, the situation of the camera industry looks very different. At the same time as smartphones became more and more ubiquitous, the lenses and sensors built into them became ever more powerful.”

Source: Statista.com
All these great advances in technology have exceptional uses in the classroom. Students who have the current technology (or will be snatching up the new) can access these powerful tools for producing great school projects. Areas like PBL and STEM learning call for imaginative and innovative solutions to complex problems. These solutions can be enhanced by the mobile tech students have right in their hands.
Classroom Ideas for Smartphone Cameras
Below are some useful ways to apply smartphone cameras to learning in class.
1. Instant Notes—Use a smartphone camera to snap clear pictures of lecture notes for later reference.
2. Digital Storytelling—Stories come alive using digital photography. Smartphone cameras can take excellent storybook shots you can add effects to later on.
3. Video Docs—Shooting a documentary-style project with a smartphone is an edgy and artistic way to tell your story. You can also try shooting an ad or commercial for a media studies class using the same technique.
4. Video Podcasts—Use your camera’s video to take footage while recording vlogs or video cast episodes.
5. Tutorial Making—This is a great way to check for understanding of a certain topic. Have students create either a step-by-step visual guide or video tutorial using their smartphone cameras.
6. Science in Motion—Objects in motion make a great video project idea for science class. You can also use it for dissection projects, where the camera needs to get a nice quick zoom on key stages of the process.
7. Story Chains—This is a visual take on the classic chain story exercise. One student begins with a photograph (either real or staged) and places a caption underneath it. The next student adds a new picture and caption to keep the impromptu story going, and so on.
8. Photo Collages—Art classes can become platforms for digital image display.
9. Scanning Documents—The camera of a smartphone can be used as a scanner. It’s not the same quality as a full-size scanner, but it does the job.
10. Visual Diaries—Use images to create a visual record of a personal or academic journey of your choice. Check out the Chase Jarvis book The Best Camera is The One That’s With You for inspiration.
11. Portfolio Additions—Using smartphone cameras is a great way to piece together special sections for a student’s portfolio. This is a great way for students to exercise their organizational skills.
12. Photo Research—Using smartphone cameras to take archival photos and footage can greatly enhance research projects.
13. Photo Editing—The photo enhancement capabilities on smartphone cameras are getting just as impressive as the cameras themselves. Photography classes can feature great lessons on in-camera photo editing projects.
14. Presentations—Use your smartphone camera for making great presentations. They can be staged, or completely off the cuff (e.g. on a filed trip somewhere).
Resources for Smartphone Cameras
Smartphone Photography 101
Taking Photos With a Smartphone
5 Ways to Take Better Smartphone Photos
Zeef Video Publishing Directory and Resources
10 Videography Tips for Smartphone
5 Secrets to Creating a Better Vlog With Your Smartphone
How To Professionally Edit Smartphone Photos







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Technology Trends in Education

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Technology has been changing at a rapid pace in the last few decades. With the saturation of technology in our lives and with the increasing ease of using technology, it is only natural that we see more individuals with technology in their lives. The millennial generation in particular has become proficient with the use of…
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Helpdesk support back in the day of the middle age with English subtitles. Original taken from the show "Øystein og jeg" on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)i
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5 Excellent Video Tutorials to Teach Students about Online Safety

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The web provides limitless opportunities for learning, creating, sharing, and exploring the depths of human knowledge. But it is also a
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Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 -

Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
In continuation of last week’s article, Part 1: 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class, here is a new list of thirty-six additional ideas to help leverage the power of these tech gadgets in the learning environment. In this blog post, I have attempted to avoid any redundancies, and I sincerely hope my endeavors were successful.
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Preparing Students for the Computational Future (EdSurge News)

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This is an edited excerpt from “How to Teach Computational Thinking,” first published by Stephen Wolfram on Sept. 7, 2016.


Pick any field “X,” from archaeology to zoology. There either is now a “computational X”, or there soon will be. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, farmers, whatever—the futur
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Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment | The DigiTeacher | Scoop.it
There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can
be used for free. I’ve made simple graphics for 15 of them. Most of the
tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer
labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
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Are You Saving Time With Assignments In Moodle 3.1?

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Moodle 3.1 is making strides on a persistent instructor request by unifying the grading interface of the Assignment activity. In a recent post, they explain how a teacher can see an “assessme…
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