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Video Games in the STEM Classroom

Video Games in the STEM Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Is there anything quite so vilified as our students' love of video games? The slightly lame-sounding trope in the teachers lounge is, "If they'd just study and stop playing those games!
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Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves?

Redesigning the classroom: Can children teach themselves? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Education pioneer Sugata Mitra joins The Stream to discuss the future of learning.

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Aljazeera story about Sugata Mitra including an interview and a series of video clips about the School in the Cloud and Hole in the Wall projects. 

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 22, 9:43 AM

Can we use technology to breath new life into a moribund educational system.  It should be all about learning something that routine and regimen can do more to limit.  It could open a lot of doors for all learners, but it may be too many doors get opened for some educational policy makers.

Matt Manfredi's curator insight, April 23, 9:40 PM

Yes they can, if they believe they can.

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, April 24, 6:16 AM

To a large extent, yes, I think.

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How MOOCs Are Taking Local Knowledge Global

How MOOCs Are Taking Local Knowledge Global | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are helping universities bring their knowledge to a much larger audience, says Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng.
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Interview with Andrew Ng that tackles some of the underlying questions, issues, and successes for MOOCs. 

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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful s
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The article highlights steps to follow, ways to make the Maker Space more focused, and resources for the Maker Space.

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Moving Beyond MOOCS

Moving Beyond MOOCS | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In many ways, we have a romanticized view of college. Popular portrayals of a typical classroom show a handful of engaged students sitting attentively around a small seminar table while their Harrison Ford-like professor shares their wisdom about the...
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Modular approach to learning is the key for success with well-produced segments to engage learners in interactive lessons.

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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace @DIANARENDINA

"Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools."


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Here's a slide deck that outlines the key issues for moving forward with a Maker space. In the Pittsburgh area Maker Spaces are popping up in schools, libraries, community centers, and wherever kids are building and creating. 

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PBS KIDS launches game-creation tool and online world | eSchool News | eSchool News

PBS KIDS launches game-creation tool and online world | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
PBS KIDS has launched its first curriculum-based online learning world for children ages 6-9.
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Includes Gamestar Mechanic for younger kids. Looks promising. 

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US Department Of Education Sees Future Of Education In Video Games

US Department Of Education Sees Future Of Education In Video Games | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
This month's Games for Learning summit in New York City, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, looks to bring together gaming and education in a productive way.
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Great to see the federal government taking a leadership role through Richard Culatta and the ConnectEd program.

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Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From getting students to think about careers to rebuilding their school, teachers share inventive ways they use the building-block game
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Examples of projects from the US and UK where kids are using Mindcraft to build their own worlds. 

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Closing the distance between print and online for adaptive learning - eCampus News

Closing the distance between print and online for adaptive learning - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Knewton and HP are partnering on a solution to make adaptive learning materials seamlessly available across print and digital platforms.
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Using Knewton's adaptive technology a student can receive a personalized chapter or learning that can now be printed out. 

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The schools bringing lessons to life

The schools bringing lessons to life | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Today's schools are moving with the times, and many are investing in highly sophisticated technology, discovers Paul Bray
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Great examples from Great Britain.

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The Power of Small Data -- THE Journal

The Power of Small Data -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In order to deliver personalized education, districts have to gather and share students' statistics. Here's how the strategic use of data can boost teaching and learning.
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The author highlights a variety of tools, mainly formative, in nature, that provide teachers with insights into student performance leading to more personalized learning. 

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These Professors Think Schools Need Games, Not Gamification

These Professors Think Schools Need Games, Not Gamification | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In MIT’s Education Arcade, classic game consoles line the office corridor; rafters are strung with holiday lights; and inflatable, stuffed, and papier-mâché creatures lurk around every corner. When I stopped by recently, the arcade’s director, Eric Klopfer, and creative director, Scot Osterweil, talked enthusiastically about the surging interest in educational...
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Strong arguments against gamifying learning with powerful arguments for using games in learning. 

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EA Founder Trip Hawkins Raises $6.5M to Teach Empathy Through Games (EdSurge News)

EA Founder Trip Hawkins Raises $6.5M to Teach Empathy Through Games (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Technology raises just as many problems as it solves. Just look at cyberbullying, a tragic--and sometimes fatal--byproduct of the real-time, instantaneous social networks we inhabit. In a recent Harris survey, 85% of parents believe technology has made bullying easier.Trip Hawkins, founder of Electr
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Using a game to "teach" young kids about social and emotional skills. 

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12 Mobile Learning Trends On The Rise

12 Mobile Learning Trends On The Rise | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

"The mobile learning boom started to come about when people began to rely upon mobile technology on a more regular basis. Specifically, this referes to tablets and smartphones. The gray area of course being laptops."


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Great infographic to highlight new directions with mobile learning.

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The Biggest Problems with Flipped Learning (And How to Fix Them)

The Biggest Problems with Flipped Learning (And How to Fix Them) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Flipped learning has it's share of problems. Here are some of the bigger ones, along with ideas and resources to fix them.

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Well thought posting with excellent videos to demonstrate key concepts.

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Anne Whaits's curator insight, April 23, 5:51 AM

Some useful reflections and approaches to addressing 9 problems associated with the Flipped Classroom. These include:

1. Defining what it is

2. Scope of task

3.Accountability

4. Access

5. Testing for comprehension

6. Fear of beginning

7. Rethinking your role

8. Getting buy-in

9. Student resistence

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, April 23, 2:02 PM

For my Teaching friends. If you could use more class time, flipping your class may be an option.

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CMU's Tepper Online Hybrid MBA: Equivalent to Onsite -- Campus Technology

CMU's Tepper Online Hybrid MBA: Equivalent to Onsite -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
At CMU's Tepper School of Business, the Online Hybrid MBA is designed to be equivalent to its on-campus MBA programs.
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CMU develops a hybrid program that looks at what works best  for learning - combining on campus activities with online experiences using the Eberly Center, the University's Teaching Center, to help faculty to properly design activities. 

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Wearables Could Find Their Place on Campus [#Infographic]

Wearables Could Find Their Place on Campus [#Infographic] | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Survey finds most young college students are open to using such devices as learning aids.
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Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation

Why Micro Learning Is Educating The ADD Generation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Micro learning, in which eduction is broken down into bitesize chunks is helping the ADD generation learn to acquire new skills quicker than standard means
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Are there other alternatives? The most successful MOOCs create Personal Learning Networks. The rate of completion goes up markedly when learners work collaboratively. 

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How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace | Edudemic

How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
There is magic found in rolling up your sleeves & tackling a project, a sense of empowerment that results from solving problems and manifesting big ideas.
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Projects ranging from hydroponics to robotics; from drones to toys. 

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Pittsburgh's Girls of Steel Robotics Team Advances to Championship

Pittsburgh's Girls of Steel Robotics Team Advances to Championship | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With women earning less than 20 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in physics, engineering and computer science, some might consider Becca Volk an
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Example of  girls successfully taking on all challengers to win a national robotics competition. 

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Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research | InsideHigherEd.com

Harvard U., Massachusetts Institute of Technology release updated MOOC research | InsideHigherEd.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

If massive open online course offerings from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could be described as a city, then computer science would be its vibrant downtown core, surrounded by less densely populated but no less characteristic neighborhoods of STEM, humanities and social sciences courses.

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Report from Harvard and M.I.T. about EdX and who is taking the courses and what impact are they making. The good news - the numbers are growing and the reach is global. Almost 50% are taking computer science courses. 

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Why Undercover Teachers Are Posing as Imaginary Friends to Chat Online With Kids

Why Undercover Teachers Are Posing as Imaginary Friends to Chat Online With Kids | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a program being used at schools across the Midwest, adults pose as fictional characters and chat with kids virtually to engage them in learning.
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Sometimes technology can be very simple. In this case it's graduate students taking on the persona of fictional characters and using email to communicate with students. 

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For a Better Flip, Try MOOCs -- Campus Technology

For a Better Flip, Try MOOCs -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Innovative faculty are running MOOCs and flipped-format on-campus courses on the same schedule and having the two groups interact online — with interesting results.
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Example from Georgia Tech where students in virtual class, MOOC, interact with on-campus students. 

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As School Options Expand, Families Find Ways To Personalize Student Learning

As School Options Expand, Families Find Ways To Personalize Student Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Eleven-year-old gymnast Danielle Norris is practicing a roundoff back tuck dismount for her balance beam routine. She has a meet coming up soon, and later
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The article shares a series of home situations from Western Pennsylvania - one where a student has a blended approach using online courses from her public school and another where the courses are totally online. 

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When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher?

When the Internet Delivers Its Own Content, What’s Left for the Teacher? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?
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Thoughtful article published by the Atlantic by a secondary English teacher reflecting on the changing role of teachers with emerging technologies. 

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