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Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content | TechCrunch

Ebook Publisher Inkling Launches Its Own Online Store: An Amazon For Illustrated Learning Content | TechCrunch | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Since its launch in 2009, Inkling has been on a mission to reinvent publishing for the mobile, digital era by building engaging, interactive learning content from the ground up for the iPad.
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Inside the schools where college prep and project-based learning go hand-in-hand | eSchool News | eSchool News

Inside the schools where college prep and project-based learning go hand-in-hand | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A PBL approach is making strides at a system where 99 percent of students go to college and 82 percent of them graduate.
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Success story from High Tech High where Project-based Learning is the key for student success.

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Ball State Students as Developers: Not Just Technology Users -- Campus Technology

Ball State Students as Developers: Not Just Technology Users -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Ball State University is known for offering its students not only the experience of using the latest technologies, but also the chance to develop them.
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The lessons from Ball State can be extended into K-12 schools. We need to make a real world connection and involve learners in entrepreneurial activities. (Photo by Norton Gusky - middle school students at Environmental Charter School in Pittsburgh working on a prototype design for a project with the Warhol Museum.) 

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The town that's revolutionizing education in Rhode Island | Deseret News National

The town that's revolutionizing education in Rhode Island | Deseret News National | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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West Warwick in Rhode Island is taking a lead in blended learning. Here's a great story that showcases how students are becoming independent learners using Chromebooks and a new approach to teaching.

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Ask teacherbot: are robots the answer?

Ask teacherbot: are robots the answer? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A digital tool created by the University of Edinburgh uses Twitter to engage with Mooc learners
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May not replace a good teacher, but can aid in the conversation with large numbers of learners.

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Schools Extend Reach with Cloud-Based Video Conferencing

Schools Extend Reach with Cloud-Based Video Conferencing | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Cloud video services help districts bring varied educational opportunities to underserved schools.   
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For school districts that cannot afford high end equipment, tools like Blue Jeans on desktops, looks very promising. 

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The Power of Personalized Learning for School Improvement (EdSurge News)

The Power of Personalized Learning for School Improvement (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is on the rise in the American classroom, but let’s be honest: much of the interest has been driven by hope, wishful thinking, and platitudes about the needs of “digital natives.”But now, with over half a decade of on-the-ground implementation to examine, the buzz around person
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Research now proving that when personalized learning includes effective teachers, there's a strong indication of success.

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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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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 24, 8:37 AM

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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Luis Fernando Correa's curator insight, May 27, 5:27 PM

Excelente síntesis de la clase invertida

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, May 29, 5:35 AM

Basic overview of flipped classroom learning. Infographic and explanation.

Gust MEES's curator insight, May 31, 3:17 PM

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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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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Summer of Minecraft and the Magic of Peer Mentorship | DMLcentral

Summer of Minecraft and the Magic of Peer Mentorship | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
One summer day when he was 12 years old, my son declared with delight that his application to join a prominent Minecraft server had been accepted. He had discovered this server through the Machinima.com “Top 5 Minecraft Creations” series, which featured the winners of challenges like building castles or gardens. He started at the bottom of the ladder in the server hierarchy, gradually earning his right to a larger plot of land, and learning from some of the best builders in the scene along the way.
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Mimi Ito is the guru on Connected Learning. It's fascinating to gain her personal perspective on the success (and failures) for recruiting students to become peer mentors.

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How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning - School Library Journal

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning - School Library Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

Via John Evans
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Well written article that looks at two forms of research to highlight when learners need direct instruction and when learners need more inquiry-based opportunities.

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Allyson Panksep's curator insight, May 31, 10:01 AM

Helpful tips...

Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, May 31, 2:08 PM

We are hearing lots about the "Maker Movement" and how libraries are central to making it happen. 

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8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News)

8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
My colleague and I walked into a room filled with a dozen fifth-grade girls snacking on pretzels and huddling around a LEGO robot they had named Kitty. Two of them were laughing about the goggles they had made out of robot wheels, while another small group crowded around a laptop to program wheel
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The author develops a great set of criteria to get young women involved in STEM activities. It's critical to think about social not just technical engagement.

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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

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Passion or a strong interest in learning is what is most important. How do we get learners to become passionate about something? We have to stop thinking about academic interests and think about the whole person. 

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Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification | The Upside Learning Blog

Games vs Game-based Learning vs Gamification | The Upside Learning Blog | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Scene: Sales meeting between executives of a leading learning service provider and an organisation planning to outsource its learning content
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Some good points to clarify the differences. 

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The girls in the room: women plot a Silicon Valley revolution

The girls in the room: women plot a Silicon Valley revolution | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a classroom of the Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco’s Mission District, rows of seated girls in identical plaid-skirted uniforms are plotting to disrupt Silicon Valley itself. For 17-year-old Cynthia Ruiz, those plans take form as Rad Résumé, the application she is developing for a mobile phone to help teens create a well-written résumé for their first job. Cynthia and her classmates are being groomed to be part of the next generation of women in technology.
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While these are great success stories, the key is to get to girls while in elementary and middle school. 

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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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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 24, 3:51 PM

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.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 30, 7:35 PM

This article shares some excellent tips on how you can make your classrooms more student-learner focused.

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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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