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Learnist: A Helpful Tool on the Road to Inquiry

Learnist: A Helpful Tool on the Road to Inquiry | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The meaningful and careful use of technology is one of the most significant conversations in education today.
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Using Technology to Transform Learning
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EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.
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EdX provides a quality course that can be used for blended learning as well as a MOOC.

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Liter of Light's solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is ... - The Independent

Liter of Light's solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is ... - The Independent | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Despite what Back to the Future fans would have you believe, "where's my hoverboard?" isn't a shoe-in for the motto of 2015. "Let there be light" is a strong contender, thanks to this being Unesco's International Year of Light.
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While this ingenious technology has no direct educational value, I think the approach is perfect for a STE(A)M classroom - using an innovative approach to solve a real world problem. Students can look at the open source document and create new adaptations or variations. 

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MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning

MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a massive open online course (MOOC). It’s no…
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Great example from Cleveland where meetups make MOOCs an effective form of online learning.

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Braigo - A DIY Braille Printer with Lego

Braigo - A DIY Braille Printer with Lego | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. This concept slashes the price of a printer from more than $2...
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AP just ran a story about this young entrepreneur. This article goes into more depth about the engineering behind the printer. 

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White House Launches Nationwide Superintendent Summits (EdSurge News)

White House Launches Nationwide Superintendent Summits (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Back in the fall, U.S. district superintendents took big steps towards making their districts “future ready.” First, more than a thousand lent their signatures to the Future Ready Pledge, a list of blended learning stipulations that included transitioning to high-speed internet and providing all stu
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Great to see Pittsburgh on the list for June 22-23.

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Teacher Spotlight: Mary Wilson - Zulama

Teacher Spotlight: Mary Wilson - Zulama | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher Spotlight Mary Wilson Elizabeth Forward High School When Mary Wilson heard about the National STEM Video Game Challenge, she was obviously very excited.  She knew her students were up to the task, so she gave them the chance to compete nationally against other students. With the deadline being only a few weeks away, her …
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Mary has been a leader in game-based learning. It's great to see that she used a game jam to get her students ready to compete. 

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Researchers create 'self-aware' Super Mario with artificial intelligence

Researchers create 'self-aware' Super Mario with artificial intelligence | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Mario just got a lot a smarter.
A team of German researchers has used artificial intelligence to create a "self-aware" version of Super Mario who can respond to verbal commands and automatically play his own game.
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This development raises many questions about the future of gaming. What happens when a character wants to do something on its own that is contrary to the game-player? 

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CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer

CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is experimenting with personalized learning, an approach to teaching that gives students options.
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Here is a good story that identifies the issues - positive and negative - as CMS moves into a personalized form of instruction that uses technology as a tool to deliver information.

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Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agr...
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As more and more young people use apps, it's critical to look at the differences in learning styles in order to make online learning more engaging.

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Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.
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While this doesn't truly focus on the role of technology, technology will need to play a major role to make personalized learning a reality. 

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Wireless Video in Learning Spaces

Wireless Video in Learning Spaces | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Like Wi-Fi, wireless video holds the promise of freeing our laptops and mobile devices from cumbersome cables. This is more than a simple convenience in many situations. Imagine a standard, technology-enhanced college classroom.

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Good analysis of wireless options from Chris Millet at Penn State University.

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Lincoln Laboratory hosts first "Make Your Own Wearables" workshop for high-school girls

Lincoln Laboratory hosts first "Make Your Own Wearables" workshop for high-school girls | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Hands-on projects in wearable technology introduce girls to mechanical design and electrical engineering.
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Details from a workshop organized by an MIT female engineering student in Boston.

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Fun and games lead to learning in Farber's Denville classroom - NorthJersey.com

Fun and games lead to learning in Farber's Denville classroom - NorthJersey.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Peek inside Matthew Farber’s social studies classes at Valleyview Middle School in Denville and you may see his students playing games, but there is learning taking place as well.
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Interview with Matthew Farber, a teacher in New Jersey, who has successfully used game-based learning to deepen the learning in his class. 

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Game Design Contest Empowers the Player

Game Design Contest Empowers the Player | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A national video game design contest takes the game controller out of kids’ hands and replaces it with the reins.
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Even if kids don't win, the experience of designing a game is a real-world challenge. Here's a chance for kids to truly become STEAM creators.

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Microsoft's New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality - MIT Technology Review (blog)

Microsoft's New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality - MIT Technology Review (blog) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A wearable display set for release by Microsoft later this year can augment your world with realistic, interactive virtual objects.
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Where could this fit into a learning environment? I can see students studying ancient civilizations where they can personally interact. In Science this would open doors for virtual experiments. 

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What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018?

What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

The building blocks for the future of learning space design are already around us. Exploring five key areas will highlight the challenges our industry must overcome to make that future a reality.

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Thinking about collaborative learning and AV needs.

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30 years of technology in education: BESA report advises government on lessons learned | Information Age

30 years of technology in education: BESA report advises government on lessons learned | Information Age | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The British Educational Suppliers Association has marked 30 years of ICT in education by reporting how technology in schools has evolved through governments. Here is the report in full
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Narrative report looking at the changes in educational technology in Great Britain over the past 30 years.

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3D printers changing the way some Pasadena students learn - 89.3 KPCC (blog)

3D printers changing the way some Pasadena students learn - 89.3 KPCC (blog) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A private donation to Pasadena Unified School District opened the way for its schools to use the printers to teach art, math, science and more.
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It's not just the final product, but the mistake that now becomes a learning challenge. 

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Examples from the US and other parts of the world. 

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Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz

Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The first rule of Zombie Robots Group at Taupaki Primary School is you don't talk about Zombie Robots Group.
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An example of how schools in New Zealand are integrating digital learning. 

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Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News

Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
DOWNINGTOWN >> STEM Academy sophomores collaborated with Comcast on Friday to discover new uses of technology.
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Comcast has not joined the STEM design world with a learning environment that includes Makey Makey, Sphero, and other interactive tools. 

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Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers

Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Proponents of computerized instruction often point out that software can give instant feedback to students. And that helps students learn more. That’s why a personal tutor can be so powerful. He or she can immediately react when there’s a misunderstanding and provide an explanation or a hint. But the truth is, educators don’t really understand …
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Sometimes immediate feedback is not the best strategy. The type of activity determines the best type of feedback. Explanations are always effective.

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‘Gone Home': A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking

‘Gone Home': A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills.
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Examples from creative teachers who used this atypical game to meet ELA standards and engage students across multiple sites.

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Is This the Future of Adult Learning? - EdSurge

Is This the Future of Adult Learning? - EdSurge | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How does the MIT Media Lab develop its adult learning tools?
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Adult learners who need to develop literacy skills can now grow their knowledge of English by reading to young children and see a dual screen with their native language and English or have an app as they commute to work on their English skills. 

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5 Announcements at CES 2015 that Could Affect Education

A virtual reality display, advanced 3D printing components and a bold stance from Intel for workforce diversity headlined CES this year.
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There are too many products to possibly examine at the CES show. Here's a summary from EdTech about five products or announcements that have an educational significance.

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