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Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom - Calgary Herald

Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroom - Calgary Herald | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Schools grappling with how to best use technology in the classroomCalgary HeraldResearchers say technology isn't going to transform how students learn unless schools shift their way of thinking around what they do.
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State of Education: Ed Tech in 2015 — Real Opportunity or Fool’s Gold?

State of Education: Ed Tech in 2015 — Real Opportunity or Fool’s Gold? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In this series, professionals debate the state – and future – of their industry. Read all the posts here and write your own (use #MyIndustry in the body of your post).Two years ago, I wrote a post for LinkedIn in which I asserted that education is having its Internet moment. Broadband, Wi-Fi and powerful mobile devices were becoming more accessible, the quality of digital content, learning apps, and tools was getting better and better, and I called for readers to accelerate innovation and scale
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Karen Cator from the Digital Promise outlines the opportunities and challenges. She includes as one the opportunities, the development of Educational Innovation Clusters (EICs), such as the Remake Learning Network in Pittsburgh.

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Bringing High Tech to a Low-Income District -- THE Journal

Bringing High Tech to a Low-Income District -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As the superintendent of Coachella Valley Unified School District, Darryl Adams spearheaded a bond measure that funded a 1-to-1 iPad initiative for 20,000 students. But that was just the beginning.
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Here's an innovative solution to providing home Internet access - parking buses equipped with WiFi with solar panels to provide power in neighborhoods where there's limited Internet access.

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Glued to the screen: A third grade class where kids spend 75% of the day on iPads - The Hechinger Report

Glued to the screen: A third grade class where kids spend 75% of the day on iPads - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MINEOLA, N.Y. — When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi’s class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home. …
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Fascinating to read about a day in the life of a digital kid in school. There's a wonderful blend of analog and digital activities for this third grade class.

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Many Roads to Travel: Empowering Student Learning Outside the Walls - P21

Many Roads to Travel: Empowering Student Learning Outside the Walls - P21 | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
classroom practice, Project Based Learning, Creativity and Innovation, School change, English Language Learners, ELL, 21st Century Skills
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Great examples of reaching out to students and find a hook based on their interests and passions.

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The Expert Files: Richard Culatta – Part 9: Are Teachers Ready?

The Expert Files: Richard Culatta – Part 9: Are Teachers Ready? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

To take advantage of the benefits of classroom technology, teachers must learn to use it effectively. Are teachers ready for the digital age? Or do they need new training and additional support? Richard Culatta, the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the United States Department of Education, shares his thoughts.

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Here's a link to a series of interviews with Richard Culatta as he looks at the role of technology, blended learning, project-based learning, and more. 

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The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples - Getting Smart

The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples - Getting Smart | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By Lindsey Own - Tools, organization, student projects of the makerspaces at Marymount in NYC, Ann Richards STARS in Austin, and Edmonds CC in Seattle.

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Great article with fantastic photos for anyone thinking about a MakerSpace.

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Creating 21st-Century Classrooms in a Large Texas District

Creating 21st-Century Classrooms in a Large Texas District | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Careful planning, pilot programs, parental involvement, faculty collaboration, and student leadership are all key to the success of Leander ISD’s mobile learning initiative.
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Here's a district that took the time to think through why they needed a 1:1 implementation based on instructional needs. They've put student learning and student empowerment as key elements. 

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How Do You Stop Sexual Assault? This Graphic Novel Will Teach You

How Do You Stop Sexual Assault? This Graphic Novel Will Teach You | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A class at Carnegie Mellon University has created an interactive graphic novel aimed at helping students better understand how to spot warning signs and intervene to stop sexual assault in real social
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While this is targeted for higher education, high school students could easily look at this model for their own ideas and responses. 

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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.

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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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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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Mary Getzke's curator insight, June 3, 11:33 AM

Love this statement in article "what's important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have". ...priceless!

LET Team's curator insight, June 3, 7:37 PM

Who's for Duct Tape Ninja?

Rachel Benoit's curator insight, June 4, 8:56 AM

'Fearless learners', now that is a great concept, and who doesn't love duct tape. 

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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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Virtual reality STEM program helps special needs students | eSchool News | eSchool News

Virtual reality STEM program helps special needs students | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Students with special needs are using zSpace virtual reality technology to learn and engage in classroom lessons.
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I had a chance a few weeks ago to play with zSpace. It's a great tool. I also helped a district write a grant to bring zSpace to its students. This looks like a real step forward in virtual reality.

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Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein

Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer.

In my role as a teacher as ethnographer, I made some initial observations during my first two weeks of teaching maker education for elementary age students. With half the kids under 7, I learned a bunch about young makers.

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Great insights. One that we never think about - kids like to stand while tinkering and making things. They don't like to be tethered to a chair. 

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H.March's curator insight, June 22, 11:25 AM

“I can’t do this.” is often a sign or signal of frustration and should not be brushed off by parents/teachers. Kids need to be in an environment that allows them to persevere and work at the problem  even multiple times, until they themselves find the solution.  The lesson they will learn is that effort will often produce positive results. 

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How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School

How to Turn Digital Games Into a Fun Physical Learning Experience at School | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Digital games grounded in body movements bring learning to life, thanks to close collaboration between teachers and game designers.
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The article highlights the partnership between Elizabeth Forward, a school district outside of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Together they've developed a series of games and virtual learning activities around academic areas where kids have difficult developing understanding.

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Jim Denova on how Pittsburgh can win with STEAM and workforce development - NEXTpittsburgh

Jim Denova on how Pittsburgh can win with STEAM and workforce development - NEXTpittsburgh | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
We will always need to know how to make things. How to design. How to solve problems. That's where STEAM comes in and the future of the workforce.
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Here's a great example from the Butler School District where students work collaboratively to solve real world problems. Jim Denova, the VP for the Benedum Foundation in Pittsburgh, shares his thoughts on why this approach is the future for teaching and learning, plus why we need to add manufacturing into the STEAM pot. 

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Talks Keeping Teens Interested in STEM - US News

Bill Nye the Science Guy Talks Keeping Teens Interested in STEM - US News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
If wearing a tie-dye lab coat gets students interested in science, technology, engineering and math, that's what teachers should do.
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Advice for parents and teachers from Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

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How Students Take Charge of Tech at the Bronx’s Dreamyard Prep (EdSurge News)

How Students Take Charge of Tech at the Bronx’s Dreamyard Prep (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Want a documentary video of the teachers-versus-students basketball game? How about IT help on using Google Docs in your English classroom? Or posters advertising a new student club? At the Dreamyard Preparatory School in the Bronx, teachers and students alike turn to a student team to find solution
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Great to see how kids, include ELL students with limited English, can be problem-solvers and creative producers.

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Could this overlooked component be the key to MOOC engagement? - eCampus News

Could this overlooked component be the key to MOOC engagement? - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers say formative assessment plays a critical role in student retention.
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Here are some key factors for MOOCs - formative assessment, peer interaction, understanding of expectations (rubrics). The article has a link to a larger report that goes into greater detail. 

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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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