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Why Tablets Are Important for Educating Our Children | GeekDad | Wired.com

Why Tablets Are Important for Educating Our Children | GeekDad | Wired.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The other night I was at a information evening at my children's school here in Melbourne, Australia.
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Using Technology to Transform Learning
Articles, ideas, references showcasing ways that educational technologies change teaching and learning
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Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect

Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I recall walking past the door of our school makerspace and noticing a crowd of kids surrounding a table. Inside a group of 5th and 6th graders were hovering around someone, listening intently to directions. As I inched closer I heard the quiet voice of a parent demonstrating how to do several hand stitches. The mom, a PTA regular and all-around super volunteer, was showing our students some basics in sewing. Both boys and girls watched as she shared tips and tricks. Soon the students dispersed and moved back to their workspaces around the room working on their pillows, shirts, purses, and other sewing projects.

The parent volunteered an hour each Tuesday around lunchtime to work with our students during our “open studio” time. She served as a facilitator and mentor to young makers in our elementary school for several years. The connection that she made with students helped to demonstrate the link between hands-on learning and its purpose in the real world, as well as the value that parents and community bring to the school setting. This type of active parent involvement is one effective way to begin building a network of creativity and innovation in your school

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Getting parents involved is always a challenge. Here's a great way to make this happen.
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6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen (EdSurge News)

6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Even after teaching for a decade, Pamela Baack found herself battling the calendar as she tried to keep her students on track.She’s the first to admit it wasn’t easy to change the way she had been teaching for a decade.“We were always on someone else’s pace, not our kids’ pace,” says Baack, who teac
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Example of where software makes personalization of learning skills possible. Where does the application of skills happen? 
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The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic

The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As computer technology becomes more ingrained in students' lives, many are advocating for advanced computer coding education to be taught in the classroom.
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Focus on need for Computational Thinking starting at an early age since all learners will need to be able to use computers to solve problems. 
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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

Portfolios hold new promise for schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Decades ago, portfolio assessment meant finding room for bulging binders stuffed with paper. But digital technologies that make it far easier to collect, curate, share and store student work have dismantled the physical barriers that once made portfolio assessment daunting.
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For years schools have tried to create digital portfolios. Here are some examples using tools like Google Docs. 
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A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News

A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By offering a flexible blend of face-to-face, online, and telepresence instruction, a Georgia school is making its programs available to rural students on their terms.
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Giving students in rural Georgia flexible blended options for attending classes has led the way to more students being able to take classes. 
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A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds

A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
While most possess phones and use Facebook, they use them differently to pursue different interests, sometimes deployed to connect with others and sometimes to tune them out.
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Perceptions from a social scientist on how teenagers use digital tools for a sense of agency and control. 
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Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place

Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new tool lets educators and ed-tech developers easily find peer-reviewed research articles relevant to their work.
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Web of Science may provide a much needed portal into educational research
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8 ways digital media will evolve for the future

8 ways digital media will evolve for the future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new study evaluating the Ready To Learn initiative outlines how educational digital media will change to influence children and content producers.
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The study highlights the role of digital media in learning with an emphasis of the social importance of interactions with parents and peers.
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10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology

10 Tools for More Interactive Videos -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about PowerPoints with voice-over — that's old school. These "new school" apps can help you engage your students while they're learning from your lectures.
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Examples of tools to make video more interactive.
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Study: One to One Device Programs Boost Achievement

Study: One to One Device Programs Boost Achievement | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Schools that provide their students with their own laptops or similar devices increase achievement when tech is integrated into curriculum.
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Michigan State University study found significant improvement in writing and research skills
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Students see the future through robots

Students see the future through robots | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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Variety of robotic competitions that challenge both young men and women to program and create robots to solve problems
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Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology

Reaching Beyond the Adult Education Classroom with Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Accelerating Innovation in Education
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Innovative programs around the country reaching out to adult learners especially ELL needs.
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To Tackle Early Childhood Education, Sesame Street Finds a Smart Friend: IBM Watson (EdSurge News)

To Tackle Early Childhood Education, Sesame Street Finds a Smart Friend: IBM Watson (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a not-too-distant future, Elmo may be able to respond to more than tickles. Imagine if the plush, cuddly doll can listen as kids read aloud and analyze their pronunciation and vocabulary. As Elmo learns, it can respond and suggest activities to help children build literacy skills.Don’t get your h
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Can two giants - Sesame Street and IBM - come up with an adaptive learning tool for young children? 
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4 Ways to Use Thinglink's Virtual Reality App in Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips

4 Ways to Use Thinglink's Virtual Reality App in Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Give students a new way to interact with information and Thinglink's virtual reality app is a great example of this technology in action.

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Sounds like a great tool for kids to use to share their understanding
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Thinglink's Virtual Reality App let’s students create interactive products that demonstrate their understanding of a topic. In addition to being a great platform for creating something for an authentic audience, it’s also iPad, Android and Chromebook friendly.
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Give students a new way to interact with information and Thinglink's virtual reality app is a great example of this technology in action.

 

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In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation?

In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
What defines something as an “innovation”? In education, what new ideas or shifts in thinking merit our attention and why? We take a closer look at what constitutes innovative practice in education…
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In Pittsburgh there's a movement around "Remake Learning." In this post the group looks at what is educational innovation by focusing the need for redesigning learning environments, addressing complex problems, and tapping into student interests.
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.
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Tools to use to motivate learners
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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements. 

Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student participants at Google's I/O Youth event were able to get an early look at the new tools.

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The next step in block-based programming bringing together MIT's Scratch and Google's Blockly.
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Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills

Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From neuroscience to ship navigation, virtual environments deliver real-world learning inside the classroom.
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Examples at higher education sites where virtual reality plays a key role in learning
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'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals

'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
We first told you about CSin3 — an accelerated degree program — when it launched three years ago. Now its first cohort is set to graduate, with many students heading into high tech coding jobs.
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Csin3 tackles a real need for technical works in California agricultural industries
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Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing

Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The 3-D game helps students who need different methods to learn subjects including math.
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Zaniac provides a STEM environment that adapts to the needs of individual learners.
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Fab labs to launch in early childhood programs

Fab labs to launch in early childhood programs | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
TIES has made a commitment to bring early childhood Fab Labs to schools, daycares, museums and other settings serving the country's youngest learners. 
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Interesting to see that the federal government is promoting technological play for early learners
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Albemarle County Schools’ Journey From a Makerspace to a Maker District (EdSurge News)

Albemarle County Schools’ Journey From a Makerspace to a Maker District (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Superintendent Pam Moran and the whole crew at Charlottesville’s Albemarle County Public School system have received their fair share of press (from Makered.org to Edutopia) for bringing the Maker movement to Virginia schools. Back in 2013, for example, NBC highlighted the district’s library-turned-
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Albemarle has taken the Maker Movement and turned into a student-centered focus where all students have a chance to become tinkers, designers, and creators.
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How to help students become digital creators

How to help students become digital creators | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning.
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eSchoolNews article that highlights the latest CoSN EdTech Next report that I helped to shape. 
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Leveraging Technology to Promote Culture on Maui

Leveraging Technology to Promote Culture on Maui | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Accelerating Innovation in Education
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Using iPads with an app called Movie Trailer students in Hawaii are connecting to their culture both in school and at home
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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Educational technology has its pluses and minuses. It’s up to teachers, administrators, and district personnel to decide whether the good outweighs the bad.
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Balanced look at the pros and cons for edtech in the classroom
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