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A collection of articles, websites, and apps designed to catalyze creativity and success in today's schools!
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School & Experts Put Genius Boy In Special Ed. Now He’s Free & On Track For Nobel Prize

School & Experts Put Genius Boy In Special Ed. Now He’s Free & On Track For Nobel Prize | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A young genius whose IQ is said said to be  higher than Albert Einstein, is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after dropping out of elementary school and his special ed programs. From a young age, Jacob Barnett was very interested in Math and Physics. Numbers were his passion and he was getting bored […]
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No system that is designed to educated the masses can easily handle, or even identify, the truly exceptionally gifted. Thank goodness the error was discovered and the parents had the courage of their convictions.

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Will Analytics transform Education? | Learning Frontiers

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Yes.

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Possible Worlds Creator: Our Games Are for Play, Not Assessment

Possible Worlds Creator: Our Games Are for Play, Not Assessment | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
In the last of her reports on the development of the Possible Worlds games, Katherine Culp explains why they decided that these games would not be built to assess student performance only create games that kids could play rather than requiring and testing for learning.
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Fascinating perspective and discussion starter.

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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:17 PM

How many times have you heard or read about the school-as-a-factory, how public schools were created to help move children from farm-to-factory? Today this metaphor may be out of place, but conversations around education still revolve around terms that relate to factories. Think of Common Core and how business has been a prime player in the creation of the standards.

This post explores this issue and provides a number of great visuals that help bring the discussion into focus.

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How big data will haunt you forever: your high school transcript

How big data will haunt you forever: your high school transcript | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier. Arizona State University, like many colleges across the United States, has a problem with students who enter their freshman year ill prepared in math. Though the school offers remedial classes, one-third of students earn less than a C, a key predictor that...
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Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics

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Crunchy. Can this be surprising?

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New Study Suggests Comprehensive PD Program Positively Impacts Mobile Classrooms -- THE Journal

New Study Suggests Comprehensive PD Program Positively Impacts Mobile Classrooms -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
New research by ISTE and the Verizon Foundation suggests that for schools with mobile device initiatives an organized, comprehensive teacher training program can improve standardized test scores, at least somewhat, and lead to more one-on-one learning in the classroom.
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This cannot surprise.

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Sats calculator ban 'backward step'

Sats calculator ban 'backward step' | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Banning the use of calculators in this year's maths Sats tests in England is a "backwards step", academics warn.
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Count well the cost ... useful conversation starter, or continuer. 

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Is Social Media the New 'Bathroom Wall' For Schools?

Is Social Media the New 'Bathroom Wall' For Schools? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Schools are having to wade through an ocean of apps and online services designed to allow students to communicate one another while keeping schools safe.
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With power comes responsibility.

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The USB Bluetooth Audio Dongle can take cables out of the equation

The USB Bluetooth Audio Dongle can take cables out of the equation | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Many devices these days are Bluetooth enabled, but that doesn't mean all the stereo systems and notebooks we have are as capable. It can be annoying to become accustomed to Bluetooth, and then suddenly not have it, especially if you more frequently use a device that doesn't have that ability, or haven't upgraded yet. If you want to be able to stream music from just about any audio device, then…
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Goodbye wires!

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Ring : Shortcut Everything.

Wearable Input Device that lets you control anything. Gesture control, text transmission, payment, and more!
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Minority Report is here!

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Internet of Things

Internet of Things | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and vastly more useful information for people and organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations, and tech complexity that boggles us.
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Pew rocks!

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Building Formative Assessment into Game-Based Learning - YouTube

In a sixth grade classroom at Quest to Learn, ongoing feedback is embedded throughout the course of a collaborative geography game called Galactic Mappers. M...
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Games do it effortlessly. Why don't we?

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What Can Educators Learn from the Gaming Industry?

What Can Educators Learn from the Gaming Industry? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Cameron Baker, a game designer focused on "creating meaningful, engaging, provocative, and captivating experiences through strong, focused design and entici
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"Failure is most certainly an option - And it's encouraged "

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Squify: The New 3D Search Engine, Have You Tried It Yet? - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Squify: The New 3D Search Engine, Have You Tried It Yet? - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Squify is the new 3D search engine enabling users to find what they’re looking faster.
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Intriguing search engine design.

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Help! I'm a Teacher -- How Do I Get into Education Technology?

Help! I'm a Teacher -- How Do I Get into Education Technology? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Education technology companies need educators. Not only do you bring expertise in teaching pedagogy and educational content, you also serve as the voice of the ultimate end users -- teachers and students....
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Start by working with an Ed Coach.

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7 Potential Issues to be Prepared for When Bringing Tablets into the Classroom - Emerging EdTech

7 Potential Issues to be Prepared for When Bringing Tablets into the Classroom - Emerging EdTech | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Being Aware of These Possible Problems Will Help Position Tablet Programs in your Classroom and School for Success. The use of tablets in today's classrooms

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:17 AM

I have one to add. It is not so much an issue but a way of working that functions for me. Students often won't want to put the devices down and listen once they are in their hands. I use the "upside down iPads" command for when I want their attention. They can also turn them upside down to indicate that they have finished a task. 

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PBL Meets the Next Gen Science Standards

PBL Meets the Next Gen Science Standards | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Although the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have not yet been fully implemented, more and more states are signing up as early adopters. The NGSS call for a conceptual shift in teaching and
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Engagement = More Cognition Squared

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About

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The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to diamonds, socks to cities.
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So intriguing!

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Are These Our Best New Features Yet?

Are These Our Best New Features Yet? | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Great news – even more new features!! At ExamTime, we’re also learning every day and using that learning to deliver an even better website for you! Today we pull the curtain back on our latest improvements and introduce our new ExamTime features. From...
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Worth checking out.

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Digital education could make Americans more competitive, close achievement gap

Digital education could make Americans more competitive, close achievement gap | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
A struggling ninth grader is having trouble writing an essay. Her teacher asks her to go online and start writing in a Google document. The teacher follows along remotely as the student starts and erases sentences, and then identifies some...
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Just keep up. Others a moving forward, too.

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What students really think about technology in the classroom - Hechinger Report

What students really think about technology in the classroom - Hechinger Report | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The grownups who make and debate education policy disagree about a lot of things, but they often take it as a given that kids love technology. And tapping into that love of gadgetry and games is a way to make students “more engaged” in learning, or so many believe. Interviews with students in the middle-income, …
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How To Duplicate or Copy Your Course in Instructure Canvas -- THE Journal

How To Duplicate or Copy Your Course in Instructure Canvas -- THE Journal | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Instructor Sicco Rood explains how to duplicate an existing course in Instructure Canvas or copy an existing course into a blank, empty course shell.
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10 Excellent Platforms for Building Mobile Apps

10 Excellent Platforms for Building Mobile Apps | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
Mobile Apps.
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What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Transformational Teaching, Thinking, and Technology | Scoop.it
The What Teachers Want from Educational Technology Tools Infographic presents what kinds of digital instructional tools educators consider essential to help their students be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 14, 2014 1:10 PM

There are some interesting points.