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Blended Learning: Disrupting Tradition with Innovation

Blended Learning: Disrupting Tradition with Innovation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Over the last decade the growth of online learning in American schools has been unprecedented, and school leaders are enthusiastically embracing new technologies and new models of instruction.
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Articles, ideas, references showcasing ways that educational technologies change teaching and learning
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Harvard Business School really has created the classroom of the future

Harvard Business School really has created the classroom of the future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Whether they're in Beijing, Warsaw, or San Francisco, every student in Harvard's HBX Live! virtual classroom now sits front and center.

Via Nik Peachey
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it's not likely other schools will go this direction, but it will certainly raise the bar for virtual learning. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 27, 11:19 AM

Um? Really? I don't see this as the classroom of the future.

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The Basics of Open Technology

The Basics of Open Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From abundant tools and smart budgeting to accessibility and trust, the Albemarle County Public Schools maintain a district-wide tech program that leverages digital literacy for all students.
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Albemarle is a district that is truly a breath of fresh air where learning is the key. 

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A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup

A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A reluctant middle school student responded to a summer maker challenge and ended up demonstrating his sports training product prototype at a White House tech innovation fair.
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This middle school student epitomizes what can happen when you let kids "make" something based on a real interest or passion. I love the fact that the student "failed" to win the Startup Weekend EDU competition, but that just spurred him to work harder on his prototype and form a collaborative team. 

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Technology reshapes education, 'making thinking visible'

Technology reshapes education, 'making thinking visible' | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Jeanette Jones sat in on a class as part of her job as a college administrator and saw an example of how technology is reshaping education.
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Variety of examples from Chicago where technology is changing the learning paradigm.

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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years. He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school.
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Tony Wagner has a unique perspective with a focus on the entrepreneurial spirit. 

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Colleges shift to using 'big data' — including from social media — in admissions decisions - The Hechinger Report

Colleges shift to using 'big data' — including from social media — in admissions decisions - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Applicants for this year’s freshman class at Ithaca College didn’t have to send their standardized test scores. If they did, the scores were considered, but so were some surprising other factors — how many friends and photos they had on social media, for instance. The same big data techniques that are transforming other industries are …
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Could the same process help identify how successful high school students will be at a post-secondary institution?

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What if getting a tutor was as easy as getting an Uber?

What if getting a tutor was as easy as getting an Uber? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The Given is looking to make tutoring cheaper, and more efficient.
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Students can ask for help, get a bid, check references or previous work, and then sign on with a tutor. It's the AirBnB approach with an educational twist. 

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Girls Who Code Helps Teenage Girls Do Great Things

Girls Who Code Helps Teenage Girls Do Great Things | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The Washington Post's Faiz Siddiqui reported on the final showcase of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. We dig into this program to empower girls through coding.
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When you look at the apps the girls are developing you can see it's more than coding; it's about solving real world problems using coding. 

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Why Your Student Might Not Use Textbooks Anymore

Why Your Student Might Not Use Textbooks Anymore | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The move to open-source and other digital platforms has not gone unnoticed in the textbook industry, however. Moving away from traditional mediums is something that all publishers are exploring said Nader...
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Beyond Textbooks is a teacher led program that provides online curriculum and lesson plans that teachers share.

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What if students controlled their own learning? Peter Hutton

This talk was given at a local TEDx event in Melbourne,  produced independently of the TED Conferences.


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Here's a wonderful example of a secondary school that allows students to take control of their learning = personalizing learning. 

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DebbyBruck's comment, August 18, 1:43 AM
wonderful video-TY for share. In U.S. between Common Core & operating in the ways described, it seems hopeless at times. Our children need individualized education and support for who they are & for their strengths & love. Our world needs this for sure.
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I can't help but imagine what our world will be like if we fight for and defend the right of today's children to be who they are, to excel where they are strong and gifted, to acknowledge & foster the gifts they came into this world with.  We've all heard of indigo children, crystal children, etc. - although it is an esoteric thought that these types of children are here on earth at this time for a specific purpose.  Either way, WHY would we not treat them and support them in the ways that suggest we believe the absolute best about them?  We can support them in who they are in ways that our own generations and those before were never supported.  

 

Our world is changing rapidly and it is entirely possible these souls have chosen to incarnate at this time in order to help humankind with the special gifts they came in with.  We must support individualized learning and the direction these children wish to go and excel - in many cases, they know their own hearts, more than most of us do our own . The future we are leaving them isn't particularly stellar. What if they truly are here to change our world and help humanity during "The Great Change/Shift"? How will we know unless we fight for them?... unless we recognize their unusual giftedness and talents and their possibilities to change our rugged world in the ways we have not? 

Debra Walker's curator insight, August 20, 3:34 PM

I was fortunate in primary and secondary school.  I had empassioned teachers and administrators, and a family that supported and fostered my curiosity and a healthy respect for learning.  Not all have that fortune. 

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Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age

Five Critical Skills to Empower Students in the Digital Age | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Using the first five days of school to teach learning skills that will be used throughout the course is a great way to start the new school year.
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Five skills highlighted by Alan November at the ISTE Conference. Includes - global projects; self-reflection; digital creation; questioning techniques; online searching.

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7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun - Noodle | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With each presidency come new reforms and initiatives aimed at enhancing education.

The new policies, programs, and funding lay the foundation for various innovations and trends to build momentum and transform the way we teach and learn. Before you go back to school, get the skinny on seven big disruptors in education.

These seven transformative tools are part of the growing movement to get students creating and problem-solving with technology, which has been supported by the Obama administration’s Educate to Innovate initiative.

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Ranging from Minecraft to Google's Cardboard, here are examples of technologies that are making learning more engaging. 

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The Latest Campus Fashion: Wearable Technology

The Latest Campus Fashion: Wearable Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As wearables hit the mainstream, campuses discover more than one way to tap the devices’ potential.
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From fitness to design activities wearables are taking hold in higher education.

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3 Ways Mobile Technology Is Transforming Learning Spaces -- THE Journal

3 Ways Mobile Technology Is Transforming Learning Spaces -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
To support creativity and collaborative learning with digital tools, schools are creating flexible environments that give students ownership of the space and their learning.

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Examples of schools around the USA using flexible furniture and purposeful design to meet the needs of active learners.

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Minecraft Fueling Creative Ideas, Analytical Thinking in K-12 Classrooms

Minecraft Fueling Creative Ideas, Analytical Thinking in K-12 Classrooms | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
One of the world's most popular video games has made significant inroads into K-12 classrooms for teaching everything from city planning to physics.
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Education Week provides a well-written story about the educational uses of Minecraft. 

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This Robot Tutor Will Make Personalizing Education Easy

This Robot Tutor Will Make Personalizing Education Easy | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The last big barrier to personalized instruction is teacher time. Knewton wants to help.
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Knewton is providing a free tool for K-12 to personalize learning based on student responses to previous activities. 

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This school is using 'Shark Tank' to teach research and presentation skills | eSchool News | eSchool News

This school is using 'Shark Tank' to teach research and presentation skills | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
One school is applying a format based on the popular TV series “Shark Tank,” which tasks aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their business proposals to a panel of “shark” investors
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Getting kids to develop an entrepreneurial mindset is critical for today's world. 

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Analytics programs show 'remarkable' results — and it's only the beginning

Analytics programs show 'remarkable' results — and it's only the beginning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Purdue's Course Signals program uses data to track student engagement and performance, providing early warnings if they get off-course.
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Early intervention tools like Course Signals should be modeled at the high school level. 

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College football teams are using virtual reality to prepare for the upcoming season

College football teams are using virtual reality to prepare for the upcoming season | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With the start of the 2015 college football season mere weeks away and fall practice in full swing at hundreds of universities across the country, several head coaches are turning to virtual reality to supplement their training regimen.
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Sports often take the lead using technology. How will this impact other higher education uses? 

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Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends (EdSurge News)

Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The power of edtech is defined by what great teachers can do with the technology. Educators who transform classroom learning experiences are changing how they plan, communicate, provide feedback, and collaborate with their students. All of this is thanks to some powerful and clever edtech tools and
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Great list of tools to use. The author describes the tool and how she taps into its power. 

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Who needs teachers when you have students?

Who needs teachers when you have students? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Last week, myself and four of my students attended New Zealand’s Google Education Group ‘s NZ Student Summit. An event by students for students.
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This is really giving students a voice! It's amazing that kids as young as 6 took leadership roles. 

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Sharing the Remake Learning Model for Education Innovation

Sharing the Remake Learning Model for Education Innovation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Last week, as part of an ongoing effort to “open source” the Remake Learning Network, The Sprout Fund premiered the next release of the Remake Learning Playbook, a resource for building collaborative innovation networks for teaching and learning.
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Discover some of the success stories and strategies developed by schools, libraries, and other groups in the Pittsburgh region. 

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In the Shadow of Second Life, Virtual Reality Startups Say This Time It'll Work. Really.

In the Shadow of Second Life, Virtual Reality Startups Say This Time It'll Work. Really. | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Several companies are building virtual worlds that live inside of VR. The dream: Disrupting everything about the real world.

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New attempts to bring virtual reality into the mainstream led by Linden Labs, the developer of Second City. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 17, 3:01 AM

Interesting article about what's happening in virtual reality these days.

David Bembry's curator insight, August 18, 8:21 AM

I see the future of apps as being virtual worlds into each company.

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A New Platform for Connecting the Physical and Digital Worlds -- THE Journal

A New Platform for Connecting the Physical and Digital Worlds -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The professor who led a study of several school systems that piloted an all-in-one computer and 3D scanner talks about its potential to help teach STEM and collaboration.
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HP has developed the "Sprout" computer that allows for new applications that fit well into a Maker environment. 

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Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment

Homewood youth tap solar energy as ‘gateway’ to betterment | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When Jordan Blackwell and DaVontae Garner hit the studio to polish their latest rap composition, the Homewood teenagers were faced with the challenge of trying to rhyme “kilowatt-hour.” The duo emerged from the session with a 3-minute song — loosely inspired by Drake’s “Energy” — that helps explain why Homewood residents were turning their heads on Frankstown Avenue on Thursday. Community leaders unveiled “Renaissance Gate,” an installation of solar panels mounted in a run-down lot where a ruste
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Here's the type of summer project we need to see in more cities - students investigating a problem and using a STEAM approach to solve the issue. 

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