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Environmental Charter School in Regent Square lets students design classroom

Environmental Charter School in Regent Square lets students design classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
After students in Michelle King and Nick Kaczmarek’s seventh-grade classes designed their ideal classroom, teachers overheard one girl complain the work wouldn’t change anything at
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Environmental teachers glean new ideas from networking

Environmental teachers glean new ideas from networking | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From hydroponics in South Fayette to urban gardens at Pittsburgh Arsenal, teachers pushing environmental literacy are skirting traditional alliances in favor of what works: networking. ...
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Schools partnering in the Pittsburgh region around environmental issues. Projects incorporate computational thinking. 

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Using iPads to Lower the Cost of a Degree -- Campus Technology

Using iPads to Lower the Cost of a Degree -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Lynn University's iPad initiative aims to create an educational experience that's affordable for more students and provides higher quality content.
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Lynn University not only distributed an eLearning tool, they transformed how they do business - putting textbooks online, creating their own apps, and selling their tools to other institutions.

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Skype Real-Time Language Translator Goes Live

Skype Real-Time Language Translator Goes Live | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With Skype Translator, have a conversation with someone over the Internet who speaks a different language.
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It's too bad that this is limited to just Spanish for video (but 40 languages for instant messaging) and only works with a MS platform.

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What’s in a Network? – Remake Learning

What’s in a Network? – Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Here’s why the region’s networked approach to education is a critical piece of preparing kids for a changing economy and future.

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Great examples of ways formal and informal providers of learning are working together with companies and universities to develop a series of networks, a learning ecosystem in Pittsburgh.

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New teaching model a 'game changer' | Cornell Chronicle

New teaching model a 'game changer' | Cornell Chronicle | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Cornell Chronicle: Daily news from Cornell University
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Active Learning in the form of Flipped Learning transforms Cornell University 

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Can a Child’s Creativity and Persistence be Assessed by a Game?

Can a Child’s Creativity and Persistence be Assessed by a Game? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers are looking into how well "stealth assessments" embedded in video games could help measure less tangible qualities like creativity and persistence.
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The study uses Physics Playground. I observed a class of students working with this software last year. I found the teacher really needs to ask good questions to get the kids to explore and discover the underlying principles. However, it's much more engaging than any traditional approach.

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White House Summit: Analytics Key to Success in Higher Ed

Systems that use data to track student progress could put dwindling college graduation rates back on track.
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Big Data to better prepare students for secondary challenges

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Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills.
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I've had the privilege of working with Kylie on an eTextiles project here in Pittsburgh. She's a great leader in the Maker movement using technologies that engage all learners.

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Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia

Getting Excited About Engineering with Super-Awesome Sylvia | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

The girl who made making things fun on her web shows has a book explaining engineering and coding projects.

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Make sure you watch the video to see Super-Awesome Sylvia in action.

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The Road 'Now' Taken: Where Robotics and Poetry Meet - Pittsburgh Magazine - December 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA

The Road 'Now' Taken: Where Robotics and Poetry Meet - Pittsburgh Magazine - December 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

The word "robotics" doesn't usually conjure up images of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. But for Springdale Junior High students, pairing robotics and poetry is an annual educational adventure. 

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Interview with Sue Mellon, a Pittsburgh educator, who has found a rich niche for robotics in poetry and literature. Her school, Springdale Junior High School, has become a hotbed for Arts and Bots, the middle school program using the Hummingbird as tool for creative production.

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Learning full STEAM ahead with interactive lab at Plum's Holiday Park Elementary

Learning full STEAM ahead with interactive lab at Plum's Holiday Park Elementary | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Alexandra George had fun checking out all the roller coasters at Tokyo Disneyland this summer. Little did she know that the experience would benefit her ...
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Example of STEAM project in Pittsburgh area funded by Grable and Benedum Foundations. Around the region there are now over 100 STEAM labs / Maker Spaces

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There are still awesome, transformative prospects for technology in African education | memeburn

There are still awesome, transformative prospects for technology in African education | memeburn | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As technology becomes both more ubiquitous and more affordable, it has spawned changes in virtually every economic and social sector, and education ...
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Mobile technologies hold the key for changing the African landscape.

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Will GlassLab Become the ‘STEAM’ Engine for Educational Games? (EdSurge News)

No one questions that well-designed games can engage children, and a growing number of teachers are introducing them in their classrooms.
But skeptics abound when it comes to games’ impact on learning outcomes. Are the flurry of split-second decisions that a player makes in, say, a game like St
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Tony Wan from Edsurge takes a look at GlassLab and the work they're doing to create not only games, but systems other game developers can use to make game-based learning part of the K-12 landscape.

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What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review

What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Online education offers one effective way to close the skills gap.
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Only 15% of MOOCs are used for the higher education market; 85% are providing opportunities for adult learners to develop new skills. How does this change the role of the MOOC? 

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Hybrid Classes Outlearn Traditional Classes -- THE Journal

Hybrid Classes Outlearn Traditional Classes -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Students in hybrid classrooms outperformed their peers in traditional classes in all grades and subjects, according to the newest study from two organizations that work with schools in establishing hybrid instruction. According to the 2013-2014 "Hybrid Learning Program Results," from Hybrid Learning Institute and Dellicker Strategies, more than nine out of 10 schools using a hybrid learning program reported higher academic performance on standardized tests compared to traditional classrooms in the same school district or state benchmarks.
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Impressive results from Hybrid Learning initiative in Pennsylvania. Strong gains by students on standardized testing.

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How are Tech Managers Responding to Google Glass & Other Wearables?

How are Tech Managers Responding to Google Glass & Other Wearables? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Everything is perennially “new” in the world of technology. But the emerging category of “wearables,” such as Google Glass, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus, and Apple’s Smartwatch, have blazed a path toward furthering the parameters of 21st Century thinking and the IoT (Internet of Things). 

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Wearables, such as Google Glass, are transforming learning opportunities. The article gives some good examples how higher education is pioneering new ways to provide access and insight into learning through the use of wearable technologies.

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An 'Easy Button' for Video Production -- Campus Technology

An 'Easy Button' for Video Production -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
An automated video production studio is enhancing teaching and learning at Penn State University, allowing students and faculty to record video content with no technical expertise required.
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Even though there's no need for technical expertise, do end-users need to understand what makes a good quality video production?

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Piecing Together a Blended Learning System - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Piecing Together a Blended Learning System - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Blended Learning, School Change, 21st century skills
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Here's an innovative approach from a rural school district in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots in Your Brain Could Be the Future of Learning | Big Think

Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots in Your Brain Could Be the Future of Learning | Big Think | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Nicholas Negroponte doesn't like to make predictions about the future; he prefers extrapolations based on research. But if pushed to make a guess about future innovation,Negroponte says that biotechnology will be like digital was 20 years ago. In this clip, he imagines a future in which information and knowledge can be delivered to the brain via tiny robots in your bloodstream.
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Fascinating idea - put robots into the body to train people in a foreign language or the knowledge of Shakespeare. 

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Making the Grade

Making the Grade | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How personalized education practices can empower the next generation of students. GUEST COLUMN | by Richard Brown With all of the next-age consumer gadgets unveiled at the latest technology confere...
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A post-secondary perspective...

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Bill Nye explains evolution using emoji

Bill Nye explains evolution using emoji | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Kids growing up in the '90s didn't have the luxury of sending cartoon images via electronic signals to each other. They had to use words. WORDS.
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Fun approach from Bill Nye to explain evolution to a new generation of visually oriented learners.

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Educators find networking leads to innovative ideas to encourage learning

Educators find networking leads to innovative ideas to encourage learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
At a networking meeting aimed at coming up with ideas to help children, Jane Werner, the executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, sat next to a stranger. That stranger was Drew Davidson, a professor at the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. She said the two chatted throughout the day about ideas but then heard another participant talk about an idea of a bus that would stop in neighborhoods and have children make things. They decided, “Let’s do that.”
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The Kids & Creativity Network has energized the educational world of Pittsburgh. Here's a good article that provides some insights and comments about how that works. 

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How a Teen Knew She was Ready to Teach Computer Coding Skills

How a Teen Knew She was Ready to Teach Computer Coding Skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A high school junior decided to let her favorite ways to learn guide her when she became the teacher at an orphanage in Cambodia.
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Wonderful story about an American student who really understands social entrepreneurship. She raised the necessary funds to purchase and travel to Cambodia to work with a group of orphans and teach them HTML, CSS, and Javascript so they could become web developers and have a financial future.

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Campus Spaces Inspired by Tech-Industry Culture -- Campus Technology

Campus Spaces Inspired by Tech-Industry Culture -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When the University of San Francisco re-imagined the function of academic advising on campus, it borrowed from its high-tech neighbors to rethink adviser workspaces.
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Rethinking the working space to the essential elements. 

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Celebrating Grace Hopper’s Legacy in the Computer Science Classroom (EdSurge News)

Did you know that Computer Science Education week (CS Ed Week) and the 'Hour of Code' movement are celebrated every year during the week of Grace Hopper's birthday?Due to the extent of Grace Hopper’s accomplishments in computer science and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Gra
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Here's a great series of sixth grade activities that can be easily modified to highlight the contributions of Grave Hopper to compiling code and "debugging" programs. (Find out about the real bug that started this phrase.) 

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