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10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have -- THE Journal

10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have -- THE Journal | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
We surveyed educators around the country to get a snapshot of the key tech competencies in 2014.
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Interesting that the 20 skills listed from 2005 are still fairly relevant.

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Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed

Why L.A.’s iPad Rollout Was Doomed | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
As Los Angeles rolls out its iPad program, there’s been a litany of problems from the very outset. Here are what contractors have said about their concerns with the $1 billion project.
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No Child Left Untableted

No Child Left Untableted | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Rupert Murdoch’s new idea for how to educate America.
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Pros, cons and yet unanswered questions about inidividualized technology in the classroom.

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For Laptops and Tablets, Do You Even Need Insurance? -- THE Journal

For Laptops and Tablets, Do You Even Need Insurance? -- THE Journal | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
As they put more devices in the hands of younger students, districts are calculating whether the peace of mind that comes with insurance is worth the cost.
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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- From the Principal's Office: 10 Things School Leaders Do to Kill a Teacher's Enthusiasm for Technology

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - Edudemic | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives.
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4 Guiding Questions For Your IT Department

4 Guiding Questions For Your IT Department | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it

Having worked with both teachers and an IT department, it is important that we have conversations to work together and understand how we can work together to serve our schools.

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Digital Devices Invade Campus, and Networks Feel the Strain - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Digital Devices Invade Campus, and Networks Feel the Strain - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
One hundred students in the library with their smartphones and iPads can mean more than 200 bandwidth-guzzling Wi-Fi connections.
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Learning is Personal: Stories of Android Tablet Use in the 5th Grade

The report offers a high-level step-by-step guide to deploying Android tablets (or really any tablet like an iPad is also applicable to an extent) that would be helpful to anyone considering a deployment.

 


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Three competing visions of educational technology. Which is yours?

There are three competing visions of educational computing. Each bestows agency on an actor in the educational enterprise. We can use classroom computers to benefit the system, the teacher, or the student.

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Technology integration by design

Technology integration by design | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Over the past year, most of my time has been spent helping fellow teachers and school leaders to “think backwards.” And while it’s tempting to imagin
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Always start with the "why" before you get to the "what" and the "how".

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Learning “With” vs. Learning “About”

Learning “With” vs. Learning “About” | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay inwonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
–The Matrix

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4 questions every tech leader should answer | eSchool News | eSchool News

4 questions every tech leader should answer | eSchool News | eSchool News | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Technology is evolving and so is the role of a school technology leader. Are you keeping up with your school's 21st-century needs?
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Assessing the Potential of the Nation's Largest 1:1 iPad Program

Assessing the Potential of the Nation's Largest 1:1 iPad Program | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest public school district in the USA, has approved a plan that will provide every K-12 student and te…
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"Purchasing iPads and then filling them with course content from any publishing house is like buying a sports car and driving it in first gear."

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Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can't Search | Wired Magazine | Wired.com | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Kids know how to Google—they just can't tell when the results are crap.

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How Digital Technology "Broke" Narrative and What it Means for Our Students

How Digital Technology "Broke" Narrative and What it Means for Our Students | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
I must confess that I don't read nearly as many books as I used to BC (Before Computers) and BK (Before Kids), but I have been stealing precious moments to savor the ideas and perspectives in Present

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United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector

United States Wants to Attract Hackers to Public Sector | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Taking a page from China, the United States is scouring high schools for hackers, finding recruits with contests that aim to get them excited about cyberdefense.
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How to Integrate Technology

How to Integrate Technology | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration is more than just getting the tools into the classroom; here are some ideas on how to engage students and enliven your lessons with those tools.
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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Technology Integration by Design

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How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look Like in Kindergarten

How Does iPad Workflow Fluency Look Like in Kindergarten | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it

As students are being exposed to different apps, the focus needs to remain on the purpose, creation, workflow and sharing of what they can “do”with the iPads. They should “do” what they could not conceive or accomplish without them before.

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Several Campuses Are Disrupted by Outage in Course-Management Systems - Wired Campus

Several Campuses Are Disrupted by Outage in Course-Management Systems - Wired Campus | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it
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Course-management systems have become crucial to the everyday operations of colleges so gradually that many users may not think about it all that much. That is, until the lights go out.

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Maybe ‘What do you want your students to do?’ is the wrong question | Dangerously Irrelevant

Maybe ‘What do you want your students to do?’ is the wrong question | Dangerously Irrelevant | Tech in Edu | Scoop.it

We’re making decisions at the margins, not the core. In this kind of environment, perhaps the better question when considering what to purchase is ‘If we buy this device for students, what will they NOT be able to do that we and they will wish they could?‘ 

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