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State boards of education weigh in on ed-tech policy | eSchool News

State boards of education weigh in on ed-tech policy | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a new set of recommendations aimed at advising state leaders on ed-tech integration, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) discusses how states are integral in meeting the needs of today’s students.
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Maker movement drives the future

Maker movement drives the future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing a vision of the future.

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Inspiring stuff! 

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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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Great infographic to use with teachers or parents who wonder why should I change my teaching and employ Flipped Learning. 

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Simple but good approach as an intro for newcomers

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New 'deep learning' technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error - UC Berkeley

New 'deep learning' technique enables robot mastery of skills via trial and error - UC Berkeley | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
UC Berkeley researchers have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.
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"Deep Learning" provides a new approach to "teach" robots how to learn based on experiences. 

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Care About Educational Equity? Then You Should Care About Mobile (EdSurge News)

Care About Educational Equity? Then You Should Care About Mobile (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Consider the following information. Mobile devices now outnumber the 7 billion human beings on earth, and there are nearly 2 billion smartphones in use.Today, 1 in 5 Americans are “smartphone dependent” for internet access because they either do not have broadband access at home or they have limited
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Some amazing facts about key public school websites that do not render properly for mobile devices. Around the world mobile devices are becoming the source of learning. We need to think about how we provide access here in the US. 

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Empowerment through mobile technology and co-design - MIT News

Empowerment through mobile technology and co-design - MIT News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MIT students improve the quality of life, safety, and independence of The Boston Home residents with InstaAid mobile application.
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Great example of using students using technology to solve an assistive living problem - designing a call button for the iPad. 

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Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science

Girls With Toys: A Powerful, Funny, Inspiring Response to Sexism in Science | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
On Saturday morning, I turned on NPR while I made breakfast for my daughter and me. We had a big day ahead: first the farmers market, then a nearby forest preserve’s migratory bird festival featuring a mist-netting demonstration and the chance to take home and dissect your own owl pellet....
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Here's a new movement to get girls the credit they deserve. Text #girlswithtoys.

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Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News)

Why So Many MOOC Videos Are Utterly Forgettable (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The participants of #NumericalMOOC will have noticed that we made only one video for the course. I thought that maybe I would do a handful more. But in the end I didn’t, and I don’t think it matters too much.
Why didn’t we have more videos? The short answer is budget and time: Making good-quali
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The author brings up a very good point - do we need videos for a MOOC or a Flipped Learning Experience. What makes a quality interactive learning activity? Can text or graphics work as well if not better in many situations? 

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A Teenager’s View on Education Technology — Bright — Medium

A Teenager's View on Education Technology - Bright - Medium
Some classroom technology is great, but hold on, because the truth may hurt.
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Here's one student's insights into a variety of digital tools. It's refreshing to hear this perspective. We need to do this more often. 

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Meaningful Stories: How Teens Connect with StoryCorps and Podcasts

Meaningful Stories: How Teens Connect with StoryCorps and Podcasts | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
StoryCorps and podcast tools are helping students know others and themselves better through personal stories.
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In Pittsburgh Larry Berger has been empowering young people for over 25 years as part of the Saturday Light Brigade (slbradio.org) project, now housed at the Children's Museum. Audio story-telling is a great tool that is also very inexpensive compared to video. We need to get more kids involved.

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3 ways tech can support future digital learning - eCampus News

3 ways tech can support future digital learning - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new metastudy provides an overview of technology-enabled learning models and highlights strategies for universities moving in a digital direction.
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Blended and personalized learning are keys for the future of higher education, according a metastudy by the University of Texas. 

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The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools: Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students

The Rise of AltSchool and Other Micro-schools: Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Combinations of private, blended, and at-home schooling meet needs of individual students
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Software provides a personalized tool that allows students to work on skill development and projects. Each micro-school has a different configuration, but all are based on a personalized approach to learning. 

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Study provides foundation for the future of digital higher education

Study provides foundation for the future of digital higher education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new, comprehensive metastudy of the role technology plays in higher education urges universities of tomorrow to capitalize on technologies that effectively support student learning, to embrace blended learning environments, and to customize degree programs to serve the needs of students in a digital ...
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While the study focuses on higher education, I think the findings for blended learning and the need for a new generation of LMS software is the same for K-12.

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5th Graders Utilize 3D Printing to Create Their Own Custom Cities

5th Graders Utilize 3D Printing to Create Their Own Custom Cities | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
One of the most inspirational aspects of covering the 3D printing space is the fact that we constantly have the opportunity to promote the use of the technology
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Truly making students into urban planners. 

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New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Why does the physical design of classrooms matter? Mark Phillips discusses this question in "A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms" and offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning. For further inspiration, VideoAmy has compiled some videos to help you begin to conceptualize your classroom vision in "Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers." Be sure to take a look at the resource list at the end of her post.

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A Series of Great Ideas from Edutopia. 

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Don't miss the video that gives insight on how learners can redesign their learning environments.For new teachers, this resource compilation includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the learning environment.

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Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting

Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
 I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information.  I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking.  Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests.  Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes.  Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues.  Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start.  For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.

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Doodling should become a required skill for summarizing ideas

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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.
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Recently MindShift shared this article that looks behind apps and applications. How can we use digital technology to effectively motivate students to learn? This is the key or driving question all educators should be asking. 

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Universities Harness the Power of Crowdfunding

Universities Harness the Power of Crowdfunding | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Online crowdfunding platforms are helping students and faculty take their projects from concept to reality.
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The University of Maryland and the University of Arizona have put in motion a variety of student projects using crowd-funding. 

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How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World - Datanami

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World - Datanami | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Marc Andreessen, who created the World Wide Web, famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, on
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New software tools allowing developers to tap into data in more sophisticated ways. 

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Joy and data are the essential elements of great education, says Sir Michael Barber

Joy and data are the essential elements of great education, says Sir Michael Barber | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Joy and data are the two key elements of success says British education expert Michael Barber.
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Barber makes the point that more data actually requires greater human interpretation and evaluation. 

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Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn - Edutopia

Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn - Edutopia | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Until recently, I was like Jane, but with technology. I used tech tools all day with little knowledge of their workings. And, despite my interactions with Jane, I had a typical fixed-mindset explanation for this: "I'm an English teacher. My brain doesn't work that way." What I was really saying was, "I forget how to be a beginner."

A year ago, though, I became a beginner, an apprentice, a struggling learner. I decided to learn how to code.

Immediately, the experience became less about designing websites and more about experiencing the growth mindset, improving confidence with technology, and learning that failure is part of the process.

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Here's an English teacher who decided to learn to code in order to help one of his students. HIs growth is a story we need to examine and understand. It's about how we learn. 

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Game on: Africa’s education techies compete in hackathon for social good

Game on: Africa’s education techies compete in hackathon for social good | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A first of its kind hackathon will bring together edtech (education technology) entrepreneurs from throughout Africa to explore and develop new paths and methods for sustainable change in social systems.

Taking place from May 17 –
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Amazing to see how trends spread quickly from one part of the world to another. 

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Robot Wars Make Science and Technology Fun for Students

An epic robot battle has drawn tens of thousands of spectators at an international competition. The FIRST Robotics World Championship showcases the best ...
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Video summary from this year's FIRST Robotics competition with interviews of founder, Woody Flowers, students, and mentors. 

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The ed tech trends on the cusp of mainstream | eSchool News | eSchool News

The ed tech trends on the cusp of mainstream | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The K-12 Horizon Report whittles dozens of emerging and established ed tech topics into just 18, arranged by category—the trends, challenges, and developments referenced above—and time to adoption
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Trends and technologies change, but this year Maker Spaces and STEAM have gained momentum throughout the world. Here in Pittsburgh over 40 Maker Spaces popped up and many schools are adding design and creativity to their STEM framework. 

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Using next generation assessments to personalize learning, drive instruction

Using next generation assessments to personalize learning, drive instruction | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
SmartBlog on Education is shining a light on education technology innovations during May, exploring the latest products and tools and the hottest trends in
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Here's where assessment really make sense - provide good data for both students and teachers and motivate students to perform better.

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TeacherQuest Case Files: Mod Squad Remixes Classic Games – Remake Learning

TeacherQuest Case Files: Mod Squad Remixes Classic Games – Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

In this series of articles, we check in with teachers from TeacherQuest—a unique professional development program focused on games and game design.


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This article highlights two teachers from the Avonworth School District, near Pittsburgh, who spent 11 months working with the Quest to Learn team on game-based design for their classroom needs. 

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