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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops | Training | Scoop.it
School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.

Via Danielle M. Villegas
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Danielle is correct. this is NOT a terrible idea. It just needs adults to be better prepared before they jump into an expensive endeavor. Donating these laptops to a district that can implement a sound plan for maintaining the equipment will allow this wonderful idea to live on!

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, July 29, 2014 9:58 AM

This article comes to me by way of my friend, GeekMom.com editor Andrea Schwalm. 

 

I actually feel outraged reading this. The US wonders why it's behind, and when measures are put in place to provide tools to help kids keep up or get ahead, they aren't working. In this case, it looked like the school district didn't come up with a definitive plan before distributing the laptops out. Kids will be kids, but at the same time, I get the feeling that they haven't been taught that laptops are not toys, but equipment or instruments, and need to be cared for. If a teenager had a high-end smartphone, you KNOW there would be consequences for needing to fix or replace one of those! 

 

My son's small private school gives all the kids laptops--MacBook Air laptops, in fact. They distribute them in September, and take them back in the summer. Every year, parents have to signed waivers and such that say that if something happens to the laptop, especially if the kid is given permission by the parent to bring the laptop home, then any repairs or replacement is on the parent.  The same should happen with school districts as well. I guarantee that a lot more laptops would come back undamaged if parents knew that if something happened to them, they need to replace the machine. Many families can't afford one, so it promotes responsibility. 

 

With a better plan in place on how laptops and tablets can be used in the classroom and for school work, with a written understanding that the device is not a toy but rather an expensive tool to be used and mastered, then perhaps there's hope. The article mentions that other places have made it work. Perhaps the districts where this implementation did not work need to take few lessons from those where it did work. You can't implement something like this without careful consideration and a plan. You need a strategy, and it doesn't sound like Hoboken really thought it out. 

 

Perhaps rather than throwing all those laptops out, they should donate them to another school district who has a plan and be more appreciative of the chance to get kids up to speed in technology. 

 

(Oh, and yes, teacher/staff training is important and lacking, but I could go on about that too. That's part of having a good plan, after all. )

--techcommgeekmom

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Have a well-thought out plan before distributing laptops to students

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How to work with someone with autism

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How to form a good working relationship with a colleague who’s on the autism spectrum.


Via Danielle M. Villegas
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  This article caught my attention because my daughter is involved with a young man who, now I realize, must have a form of this disorder. I will strive to be a great deal more patient and creative with him in the future.

   I was very intrigued with the very last paragraph oh of this article. The topic of Universal Design is very close to my heart because I am "disabled", I prefer the term "challenged", but most people seem to think using the negative word. Regardless of labels, I need to have UD implemented for me and I also insist on my classrooms having arrangements and/or seating, plus technological tools in place to accommodate all persons without having to ask...and then wait for admin to follow through. Anyway, my point at the beginning of this very long speech was how I was glad to see UD referred to, but I was then disappointed because no concrete examples were shared as to how the office/meeting environment can implement UD.

    I do recommend reading this article, though the links are disappointing too. They take you in circles so beware.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, February 12, 1:45 PM
While this is not tech comm specific, you might find that this is helpful with being around a lot of technical communicators. I had to teach myself these tips and figure them out the hard way. Have an advantage by reading this article. I have found that once I figured out some of the organizational skills, much of the same processes were helpful in teaching me how to approach content strategy. Take a look...it might remind you of someone you know or have worked with. --techcommgeekmom
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 13, 1:25 AM

WE ALL AN LEARN OR RE-LEARN TO A DEGREE JUST BECAUSE A PERSON HAS AUTISM DOES NOT MEAN WE CANT LEARN TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER TOGETHER!  WHAT YOU THINK?

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5 Active Learning Predictions for 2015

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Active learning will take the cloud, student analytics and big data will drive efficiencies in higher education.
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In the New Year, we should all consider upgrading our talents and skills. This article outlines some wonderful possibilities for Cloud classes and more. Read it to stay ahead of the curve.

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What is Instructional Design? #elearning

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Instructional design or instructional system design is the systematic decision-making process and design of how instruction is going to be delivered. Instructional design draws knowledge from different sciences like psychology and neurology to develop an understanding of how to effectively use teaching strategies and methods. It is the formal process to design training.

Via Edumorfosis, Edith Irizarry, ThePinkSalmon
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I really like this explanation of what ID is and all of the concepts that contribute to an end result. It is not just using all the latest bells and whistles in a training or teaching course. The ID developer must consider attitudes, aptitudes in the needs analysis.  

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Thinking Horizontally and Vertically About Blended Learning

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Blended learning has gone from being an interesting new hybrid of traditional and online courses to being an expected part of American education.

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Excellent update on just what Blended Learning has grown to include. I believe it is the best way to reach adult learners on and off campus and provide  terrific education. As long as all the faculty and staff components are in place, as this article details.  

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 4, 8:28 AM

I like this way of thinking about the development and implementation of a blended learning approach. I would love to see us extend our thinking about the vertical so higher ed faculty are talking with employers (start-ups, established companies, local and global entities) and with high school teachers, and that K-12 teachers are meeting periodically, informally formally, to talk and collaborate.

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, January 5, 1:48 PM

Very Good information to me. I will follow it up 

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Blended Learning Outperforms Non-Blended Classrooms

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Compared to U.S. education achievement reports, the 30,000 students who used a blended learning model over the course of a year achieved 54% more in reading and 25% more in math.
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It is inspiring to read that blended learning is achieving such tremendous percentages with improvements. I personally advocate this approach every chance I get. Hopefully, more administrators and educators will be influenced to implement this teaching style. It stimulates students as well as teachers.

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Keeping calm

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It's been quite a week.... For two days I told the project manager that I'd accept changes until Wednesday morning, and then I'd send the final drafts for approval that afternoon. He assured me tha...

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This article from Larry Kuntz via Danielle is apropos. Why are so many leaders incapable of following their own directives of producing requested materials in the  delineated time frame? I too chuckled along with this story and printed off this sign for my monitor.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, June 26, 2014 1:12 PM

I had to chuckle at this post by Lary Kunz. Believe me, Larry, I feel your pain. I know it ALL too well. Enjoy this article!

--techcommgeekmom

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The Top 6 Questions to Ask When Creating Your Content Strategy

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WOW! I will admit that there are a lot of content strategists who have been doing content strategy for a much longer time than I have.  Val is one of those people, and she's someone I consider to b...

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This article clearly expresses what you need to know if you are updating or creating informational material for a business. It is easy to follow and remember. Wonderful! I learned something new today. How about you? Read this to benefit your business strategies.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, July 10, 2014 8:56 PM

I've done a guest blog post on the Content Rules Inc blog! Check it out. 

Justin Ekpa's curator insight, July 19, 2014 4:14 AM

Getting your Content Strategy right is very critical in repositioning your organization out there

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A découvrir sur :

http://www.contentrules.com/blog/top-6-questions-ask-creating-content-strategy/

 

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It's Performance That Matters by Conrad Gottfredson : Learning Solutions Magazine

It's Performance That Matters by Conrad  Gottfredson : Learning Solutions Magazine | Training | Scoop.it

Via Training in Business
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Excellent article outlining the imperative need for instructional employees to stay focused on the "performance zone" and provide up-to-date access to effective and relevant training, whether new training, relearned training, or erasing old habits. Global markets effect ALL businesses and that means flexibility is a priority! Out dated thinking and approaches to training and employee needs hold companies back. Great stuff by Conrad!!!

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Training in Business's curator insight, August 22, 2014 3:18 AM

It's Performance That Matters by Conrad  Gottfredson 

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7 Excellent Free Blended Learning Resources – Understanding the Whys and Hows of Mixed Mode Instruction

7 Excellent Free Blended Learning Resources – Understanding the Whys and Hows of Mixed Mode Instruction | Training | Scoop.it
A set of Powerful Resources and Tools to Help Educators Understand Why Blended Learning is Vital and How to Develop or Improve Their Approach to it.
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This article list seven terrific sites to find relevant information on Blended and Flipped learning. If you have not tried either one of these teaching techniques or you are just beginning to venture into them, I suggest this article whole heartedly. Kelly Walsh is brilliant for bringing so much info together in one place for educators. We don't have to waste time searching!

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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"Where students of all ages retain the kindergarten enthusiasm....[for] the joy of learning".... Now that is what I hope for in my students everyday. That joy and enthusiasm. Now we know this type of joyful, playful atmosphere enables better imprinting of information into accessible memories. Let's get back to kindergarten thinking!

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:19 PM

While stress may be useful for learning not to touch a hot stove, it tends to inhibit the kind of learning that is most needed by students in today's world.

Josefina Santos's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:09 AM

Amazing

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Lessons from ‘first movers’: 14 essential questions to understand the viability of new blended learning implementations

Lessons from ‘first movers’: 14 essential questions to understand the viability of new blended learning implementations | Training | Scoop.it
Our research into five blended learning models uncovered a set of key questions to help guide understanding of the viability of new implementations, and of their potential for positive impact on student outcomes.
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This is an excellent check list for educators on all levels who are considering or just beginning to implement blended learning. There should be a way to forward this article to every school district administrator in order to avoid the problem Hoboken, N.J. experienced. Read Danielle Villegas' article about 'laptops' to fully understand my comment.

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What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops

What Happens When a School District Gives Teens Laptops | Training | Scoop.it
School officials at one Hoboken school thought it was a no-brainer to give every student a laptop. Now they've decided it was a terrible idea.

Via Danielle M. Villegas
Terri Rice's insight:

Danielle is correct. this is NOT a terrible idea. It just needs adults to be better prepared before they jump into an expensive endeavor. Donating these laptops to a district that can implement a sound plan for maintaining the equipment will allow this wonderful idea to live on!

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, July 29, 2014 9:58 AM

This article comes to me by way of my friend, GeekMom.com editor Andrea Schwalm. 

 

I actually feel outraged reading this. The US wonders why it's behind, and when measures are put in place to provide tools to help kids keep up or get ahead, they aren't working. In this case, it looked like the school district didn't come up with a definitive plan before distributing the laptops out. Kids will be kids, but at the same time, I get the feeling that they haven't been taught that laptops are not toys, but equipment or instruments, and need to be cared for. If a teenager had a high-end smartphone, you KNOW there would be consequences for needing to fix or replace one of those! 

 

My son's small private school gives all the kids laptops--MacBook Air laptops, in fact. They distribute them in September, and take them back in the summer. Every year, parents have to signed waivers and such that say that if something happens to the laptop, especially if the kid is given permission by the parent to bring the laptop home, then any repairs or replacement is on the parent.  The same should happen with school districts as well. I guarantee that a lot more laptops would come back undamaged if parents knew that if something happened to them, they need to replace the machine. Many families can't afford one, so it promotes responsibility. 

 

With a better plan in place on how laptops and tablets can be used in the classroom and for school work, with a written understanding that the device is not a toy but rather an expensive tool to be used and mastered, then perhaps there's hope. The article mentions that other places have made it work. Perhaps the districts where this implementation did not work need to take few lessons from those where it did work. You can't implement something like this without careful consideration and a plan. You need a strategy, and it doesn't sound like Hoboken really thought it out. 

 

Perhaps rather than throwing all those laptops out, they should donate them to another school district who has a plan and be more appreciative of the chance to get kids up to speed in technology. 

 

(Oh, and yes, teacher/staff training is important and lacking, but I could go on about that too. That's part of having a good plan, after all. )

--techcommgeekmom

Estralita Williams's curator insight, July 30, 2014 12:23 PM

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JNS Learning Systems's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:24 AM

Have a well-thought out plan before distributing laptops to students

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The New Workforce Bill, Adult Learners, and Pathways to Higher Education ... - EdCentral

The New Workforce Bill, Adult Learners, and Pathways to Higher Education ... - EdCentral | Training | Scoop.it
The New Workforce Bill, Adult Learners, and Pathways to Higher Education ...
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This is terrific news for ABE/ASE programs and the adults who attend them. Federal $'s are now available for job training and not just basic education. Good news!

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Sean Junkins sur Twitter

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Why Blended Learning? pic.twitter.com/Q7QXyxF7BY
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I love this graphic depicting how each application produces a result. Short n sweet reason for all educators to implement Blended Learning on any level.

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3 Blended Learning Tools Rocking My Classroom

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As I take a few minutes to reflect on the tools I have been using this year, a few keep coming up as my absolute favorites. Students are asking to see the teacher dashboard, to see their …

Via Leona Ungerer
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I think these tools are terrific. These tools could be adjusted for adult learners in most situations and engagement would soar. Read it.

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Teach N Kids Learn's curator insight, December 19, 2014 8:22 AM

Interesting tools to help with engaging students with their learning.

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9 Universal Design Details You're Forgetting | Remodeling

9 Universal Design Details You're Forgetting | Remodeling | Training | Scoop.it
These ideas go way beyond lever door handles and no-threshold showers.
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My passion for UD is personal, as is the woman named in this article. Now, if only schools in higher education would get the hint. Just adding a few auto opening doors does not make your school UD friendly.

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Create Apps!

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Marie Arndt's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:26 AM

An app would be an excellent addition to marketing tools. To be able to build an app without having to learn code is the ultimate goal. 

Terri Rice's curator insight, November 6, 2014 5:21 PM

I think this is my favorite tool so far. Even I can implement this one. What a great way to create performance supports for students or employees. Technology goes fast but this is one ride I am taking.

CTD Institute's curator insight, December 1, 2014 11:39 AM

Definitively a great tool for all, specially for individuals with disabilities: The oppotrunity to develop simple apps to address tasks/issues relevant to the community.

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How to Use Blended Learning to Get Over Not Knowing | Mediashift | PBS

How to Use Blended Learning to Get Over Not Knowing | Mediashift | PBS | Training | Scoop.it
Every time I move, I spend the first day or so sobbing and eatin...
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EXCELLENT content! This is what I have been preaching to my peers and professors. You have to dive n and use the tools. Fumble around, but learn, learn, learn. Schapiro was right, Change is inevitable and we must flow with it or drown.

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SCORM vs Tin Can - Tin Can API

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SCORM vs The Tin Can API. What are the differences? Why should I choose Tin Can over SCORM?

Via Danielle M. Villegas
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Danielle is correct! This site is full of terrific information about Tin Can API. I believe you need to check this out if you have issues with tracking your employees training and C.E.U's. Tin Can makes it simple by providing a management system capable of tracking ALL of your employee's learning experiences in and out side of work. Tremendous advancement in training and e-learning.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, July 9, 2014 9:04 AM

It's been a while since I've posted anything "hardcore" for e-learning, but I saw this on Learning Anyway's Facebook page, and thought it was definitely worth sharing. I don't know how long this site has been up, but it looks fantastic! Check it out for more information. 

--techcommgeekmom

Mike Carrington's curator insight, July 10, 2014 5:04 PM

Yet another e-learning development to follow! I have always found SCORM, in its many incarnations, to be a pain to use. Hopefully this won't be true of the Tin Can API.

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People Development Team

How blended learning can create a more inclusive culture article, Strategic HR Review article by Angie http://t.co/f6JI2cqlt0
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Wonderful idea! provide multiple training formats for employees in order to reach al styles of learners. Enlisting e-learning tools and mobile learning tools allows employees to review new information as often as needed to help ingrain new techniques or skills. Every business manager should insist that this type of training be provided for their employees.

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5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video

5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video | Training | Scoop.it
5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video (Blended learning methodologies. #digitallearning http://t.co/Q97UcT6bvj)
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James Cross and teachthought have provided a terrific resource for us to learn more about how to incorporate online videos into our course content. This is a must read!

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Amazing Meet The Normals - Adventures in Universal Design Full HD

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This video looks at how society may overlook a disabled person's access to buildings, transportation, and events. It also shows all of the people involved in creating changes to eliminate these obstacles. Terrific!

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Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom | Training | Scoop.it
Blended learning combines the best of online learning with traditional teaching. The educational trend is showing results – higher test scores, happier teachers and students – as more schools adopt and adapt it.
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Another terrific example of how blended learning can transform a classroom experience. Too bad only a few schools get to experience this process. Pilot projects are imperative for success of a program, but too many children's education is sacrificed during the waiting period.

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“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers

“Lucy, you have some ‘splanin’ to do!”: Considering your ESL Customers | Training | Scoop.it
Content Rules Inc. was kind enough to extend their invitation to have me blog for them again. This time, it's on a subject that near and dear to their hearts as well as mine. This article talks abo...

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Excellent article to remind us that our words and meaning can be confusing no matter who we are writing to.

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Kahoot- Game-Based, Classroom Engagement Tool for Schools and Universities - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Kahoot- Game-Based, Classroom Engagement Tool for Schools and Universities - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Training | Scoop.it
Kahoot brings you a great learning platform that helps educators involve students in lessons by questioning, discussing and surveying in a game-like environment. Learn more.. (RT @etr_in: Kahoot!
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This tool sounds very intriguing and powerful! Wonderful ways to engage students keep coming. Fabulous!

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