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EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides)

EdSurge 2015 Personal Statements (EdSurge Guides) | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Although many of us are penning fresh resolutions this week, perhaps none are reflecting on the past year quite as feverishly as high school seniors, scrambling to finish up college application essays before the new year. So this year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on 2014 and pre
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What a lovely idea, and utterly worth the quick read. 

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White House Hosts Ed-tech Summit

White House Hosts Ed-tech Summit | Smart Media | Scoop.it
More than 100 school superintendents attended an ed-tech summit on November 19 at the White House, where President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled new resources fo...
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Highlights: Attendees ''pledged to engage in the following activities:

fostering and leading a culture of digital learning within schoolshelping schools and families transition to high-speed connectivityempowering educators through professional learning opportunitiesaccelerating progress toward universal access for all students to quality devicesproviding access to quality digital contentoffering digital tools to help students and families #ReachHighermentoring other districts and helping them transition to digital learning''
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Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren

Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Many teachers say the ClassDojo app helps them record classroom conduct, but critics are wary of such apps’ ramifications for data privacy and fairness.
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Privacy concerns aside, it seems like the public shaming aspect could be counter-productive for more sensitive children. 

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74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) -

74% of teachers say educational technology is a student motivator (infographic) - | Smart Media | Scoop.it
  Infographic courtesy of PBS Learning Media.
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Proof the ''digital divide'' still stands, in more ways than one: Over 2/3 of teachers overall say they want more tech in classrooms, 75% of teachers in low-income schools.

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How to solve the great edtech challenge | Pearson Blog

How to solve the great edtech challenge | Pearson Blog | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The official Pearson blog.
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A balanced look at where we've been - and where we need to go - with digital innovations  to effectively and cost-effectively improve 21st-century learning outcomes, on a global scale.

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Ten takeaways from Sandbox Summit 2014

Ten takeaways from Sandbox Summit 2014 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
This year's Sandbox Summit@MIT, Innovation by Design: Inspirations for Playful Learning, just ended. But the buzz is still going. For those of you who missed this annual idea forum, Laura Johnson gave a great overview in EdSurge. We'll also be putting the presentations online in the coming weeks. In the meantime, these compelling tweets can give you a sense of the energy in the room.
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Nice top line from each presentation. Thanks, Wendy!

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Top Ed Tech Trends for 2014

Top Ed Tech Trends for 2014 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Even in the fast-evolving world of educational technology, some things remain the same while others continue to change. As we did our annual review of various year-end trend articles, we realized t...
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Seems to me that the outlook for MOOCs (booming expansion aside) remains mixed, but predictable trends such as social media integrations, games-based learning, and cross-platform technologies are joined here by growing EdTech hot spots, namely: international markets and student privacy concerns vis a vis big data. 

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Social Collaboration Platform For Classrooms Edmodo Opens To Third-Party Developers With New API

Social Collaboration Platform For Classrooms Edmodo Opens To Third-Party Developers With New API | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Edmodo, an online social learning and communications network for teachers and students in K-12 schools, is opening up its API to third–party web developers to enable the creation of educational applications built on top of the platform.
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A fab list of web-based tools for engaging learners through digital storytelling: Teacher Reboot Camp

A fab list of web-based tools for engaging learners through digital storytelling: Teacher Reboot Camp | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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MIT developing STEM-based educational MMO, funded by Gates Foundation.

MIT developing STEM-based educational MMO, funded by Gates Foundation. | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Is gaming the answer to the math- and science-related apathy plaguing American school kids? Some folks at MIT think so, and a new press blurb outlines how the institute is developing an MMO designed to further science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

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Gamification vs. Game Based Learning in Education

Gamification vs. Game Based Learning in Education | Smart Media | Scoop.it
As the debate and discussion for games and learning continue in the field of education, there needs to be some clarification in terminology. Educators and Advocates may think they are speaking the same language, but this is not certain.

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A fourth “r” for 21st century literacy

A fourth “r” for 21st century literacy | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The 3 R’s of “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic” were deemed essentials of mandatory public schooling in the 19th century Industrial Age where mass printing and machine-made paper and ink made books available to just about everyone for the first...
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Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech

Parents Challenge President to Dig Deeper on Ed Tech | Smart Media | Scoop.it
While President Obama endorsed a voluntary student privacy effort by ed tech companies, some parents seek more comprehensive legislation.
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SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past! | tweentribune.com

SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | Love snow days? They're becoming a thing of the past! | tweentribune.com | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Lexile leveled current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments
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Makes a lot of sense: ''The early arrival of wintry weather in the Midwest gave Grewing an opening to test out a virtual class day at St. Cloud Cathedral high school in central Minnesota. She is having students whip out laptops or iPads and work from home. After a successful test run, Grewing declared that the students' cherished snow days are a thing of the past, at least at Cathedral.''

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Little Kids Beat Big Kids in Tablet Usage - eMarketer

Little Kids Beat Big Kids in Tablet Usage - eMarketer | Smart Media | Scoop.it
While teens beat out younger consumers in mobile phone ownership and use, the story is different with tablets. According to research, tablet use peaks among 6- to 9-year-olds—and even prekindergartners have a higher usage rate than teens. Ownership is highest among tweens, with teens trailing those ages 6 to 9 once again. When it comes time for schoolwork, too, elementary students are more likely to use tablets than those in middle and high school.
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Elementary kids -- even kindergartners -- more likely than middle or high schoolers to use tablets in the classroom. 

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The Right Blend | Scholastic.com

The Right Blend | Scholastic.com | Smart Media | Scoop.it
More schools are mixing online learning with brick-and-mortar classes. Three successful case studies show why.
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Meaty overview of some teaching methods within ''blended learning.''

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Writing a successful industry blog takes sexy headlines and hard work

Writing a successful industry blog takes sexy headlines and hard work | Smart Media | Scoop.it
After more than 100 posts and 2.5 years blogging on Kidscreen, Dr. Carla Fisher reflects on the journey thus far and shares tips on blogging for business development, marketing and writing headlines.
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Great advice from Carla, as always.

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13 Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics

13 Best Websites and Games for U.S. History and Civics | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In celebration of President's Day, we want to highlight the best websites and games for U.S. History and Civics. Sometimes, the history that students learn about in textbooks is boiled down to key events and dates. These great websites and games let them explore tricky topics from...
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Some great ones, for President's Day and every day.

 

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The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

The Must-Have EdTech Cheat Sheet [Infographic] | Smart Media | Scoop.it
There's a whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning... it can get overwhelming.

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Neat little EdTech infographic, CliffsNotes style.

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Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:14 PM

This is a nice visual summary of terms in education technology.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:10 PM

Implementos tecnológicos móviles y mezcla de entornos presenciales y virtuales para potencializar el aprendizaje, van a requerir de estrategias eficaces pedagógicas variadas y diversas para cada caso y situación concreta educativa.

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Para familarizarnos con la terminología.

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The Gamer Therapist on kids, videogames, and the things parents shouldn't worry so much about.

The Gamer Therapist on kids, videogames, and the things parents shouldn't worry so much about. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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The word from Learning Without Frontiers: Harnessing gaming for the classroom, with style.

The word from Learning Without Frontiers: Harnessing gaming for the classroom, with style. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
At the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London, the experts gathered to explore the pros, and some cons, of computer gaming as a learning tool.
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Ten digital storytelling projects to liven up classrooms (or playrooms) PreK-12.

Ten digital storytelling projects to liven up classrooms (or playrooms) PreK-12. | Smart Media | Scoop.it
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No place in class for digital illiterates

No place in class for digital illiterates | Smart Media | Scoop.it
The mobile devices in the hands of students are changing the demands of teaching ("The notion of literacy has radically changed ..." http://t.co/smCkd9sA /via @anamariacult #KM...)...

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11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011

11 Tech Factors That Changed Education in 2011 | Smart Media | Scoop.it
With rising tuition costs and more free learning resources online than ever before, we're seeing drastic changes in the way education is pursued. Here are the big trends of 2011.
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