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Mario Kart in the classroom: the rise of games-based learning - Telegraph

Mario Kart in the classroom: the rise of games-based learning - Telegraph | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Family gaming expert Andy Robertson assesses the new trend of gaming in the classroom where Mario Kart power-slides past algebra and Endless Ocean glides past geography.

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Using games to teach key concepts in a British setting

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Project-based learning moves into classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Project-based learning moves into classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Project-based learning is growing in leaps and bounds. Learn about the potential this instructional approach holds for students of all ages.
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STEAM and PBL are a perfect fit. You can then add a little Flipped to the mix and you have a great way to engage learners. The Hummingbird Kit from Birdbrain Technologies is a great tool for this STEAM approach to PBL. 

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: Virtual School Puts the Power of Basic Education Back into the Hands of Every Learner, Teacher and Parent in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa: Virtual School Puts the Power of Basic Education Back into the Hands of Every Learner, Teacher and Parent in South Africa | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In partnership with Mxit Reach and UNICEF, the South African Education Ministry today proudly launched the Ukufunda Virtual School, a program utilizing both smartphones and feature phones to deliver high-quality education to the underserved, rural corners of South Africa.
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Great concept that the US should examine. Countries, like South Africa, are far ahead of the US in providing services for underserved populations in rural areas. 

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Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 1: Back To School

Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 1: Back To School | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA -- Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr -- be a part of several of the next upcoming blog posts on the evolving nature...
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Making IT in Pittsburgh

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What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online? - CityLab

What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online? - CityLab | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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What Happens When Schools Can't Get Online?
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Rural schools face a real connectivity issue. Here's a story about Garrett County, Maryland, where a fiber network has helped to bring the 21st century to kids who previously had limited access. I'm happy to share this story published by The Atlantic that includes my friend and colleague, Chuck Trautwein, the district's Director of Technology. 

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Rossier: Where Online Teacher Education is Personal (EdSurge News)

Rossier: Where Online Teacher Education is Personal (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When Jenni Travasos decided she wanted to go into education, she faced a few more challenges than typical aspiring teachers: She had two children of her own, her husband had a demanding job and she was already teaching physical education part-time. “I wanted to find a program where I could get a cr
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A variation on a MOOC that is making the USC MAT program a global success.

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How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom

How to Get Augmented Reality into the Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

One of the most common misconceptions about Augmented Reality is that it belongs in the future, when in fact it is all around us – right here, right now. It is also incredibly user-friendly whilst utilising cutting edge technology, making it ideal for incorporating into learning environments.

 


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For a number of years I've waited for this technology to take off. Now there are teachers around the globe using augmented reality to engage students in ways impossible before.

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I'm a big fan of augmented reality, so for me this was good to read.

Mark Pegrum's curator insight, September 12, 8:49 PM

Some ideas on why, and where, to get started with AR in the classroom

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'Mobile' Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom

'Mobile' Schools Use Technology to Break Free of the Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Experiments around the country have students spending less time in classrooms, or even dismiss traditional classroom instruction altogether—pushing the boundaries of where, when and how students learn.
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Examples around the country on ways that mobile technology provides a way for the classroom to expand into museums and other non-school environments.

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Eighth-Graders Create Device for Disabled Student Using 3D Design Software and 3D Printing -- THE Journal

Eighth-Graders Create Device for Disabled Student Using 3D Design Software and 3D Printing -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A class in Swanson, VA, used Autodesk 360 Fusion software and a MakerBot 3D printer to design, model, print and test devices that will help a disabled member of their community better communicate.
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Another example of problem-based learning where 3D printing makes a project authentic.

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A ‘waterless’ shower and other breakthrough ideas from precocious students

A ‘waterless’ shower and other breakthrough ideas from precocious students | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
These youngsters prove when it comes to innovating, age is nothing but a number.
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Students can solve world problems. Here are a series of innovative solutions including a lollipop to eliminate hiccups and waterless way to keep clean. 

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How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven

How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Bringing making into school classrooms is as simple as taking the first step, no matter how small.
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The article highlights the work of Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez - two educational technology gurus who have written about ways to empower teachers and students and have also created a summer workshop where educators can discover the power of making.

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It Is Really Hard to Design an Educational Video Game for Both Kids and Parents

It Is Really Hard to Design an Educational Video Game for Both Kids and Parents | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Mindy Brooks was eager to gauge the reactions of parents and children to Electric Racer, a new interactive educational game. Brooks is the director of education and research at Sesame Workshop, the children’s media company that brought us Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo, and that now develops content...
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While the concept is great, it's not so easy to design games that work for both adults and kids. However, this Hechinger Report shares some success stories. 

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My Brother’s Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color? (EdSurge News)

My Brother’s Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color? (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
“If you put other kids who were like me, who also faced struggles as a young black teen, in a situation with more people who are loving, who can relate, who are motivational mentors, that will change lives,” Cedric Harper explained. “With my teammates on ContraVerse, we all related to each other and
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Using data to change perceptions and increase opportunities for underserved populations. 

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways?

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The traditional model of teach we’re familiar with is that of the teacher in front of the class, lecturing and assigning homework for students to do once they leave the classroom. The teacher has full control over their learning process.
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Edudemic proposes a variation on the Flipped Classroom that is less about moving to a student centric approach, than to increase student engagement.

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White House

White House | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — If you need any more proof that video games are becoming an accepted part of our culture, consider that the White House just brought about 100 top game designers to town to show off their skills.
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Game Jams now take place at the White House! How long before schools see the engagement in this type of activity? 

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Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles

Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
There are ways around every obstacle.
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Great answers to often heard questions from teachers, including cost, availability, link to curriculum, and getting parents and administrators on board.

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Teaching Kids to Think Like Computer Scientists, Without Using Computers

Teaching Kids to Think Like Computer Scientists, Without Using Computers | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Technology is changing faster than many of us can blink. But the need for a grounding in computational thinking is here to stay.
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Excellent points with great links. 

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Augmented learning: Using Augmented Reality in schools - Innovate My School

Augmented learning: Using Augmented Reality in schools - Innovate My School | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Innovate My School motivates teachers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead proactively and, most importantly, stay informed.
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Outstanding examples demonstrating how this technology is making a difference on learning today.

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The Adaptive Learning App that John Danner Left Rocketship to Build (EdSurge News)

The Adaptive Learning App that John Danner Left Rocketship to Build (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Many former teachers leave the classroom to start edtech companies. Just take a look at BetterLesson, eduClipper, and SmarterCookie to, name a few.What’s rare is when a co-founder and CEO of one of the world’s most well-known charter school organization makes the jump. But that’s what John Danner di
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Here's a free app developed by the former CEO of Rocketship Education who wanted to spend more time addressing learning issues. 

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Teacher Reflects on the 'Perfect Storm' for Learning - US News

Teacher Reflects on the 'Perfect Storm' for Learning - US News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A high school class, encouraged by a STEM contest, turned an idea to help the community into a prototype.
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This project demonstrates the power of real-world projects that students create to solve local or community needs.

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Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started

Using Games for Learning: Practical Steps to Get Started | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Check your hardware, find suitable games, play and learn from colleagues - tips for getting started with game-based learning.
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Jordan Shapiro has written an excellent article outlining tips about devices, games available, places to go to see how other educators are using games, and places that offer support.

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Can “Innovation Ecosystems” Improve American Schools? | Remake Learning

Can “Innovation Ecosystems” Improve American Schools? | Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Collaboration between education, research, and business can make innovation happen. Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology, shares his ideas. Culatta looks at Pittsburgh as a great example for learning innovation. 

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Don’t dismiss MOOCs – we are just starting to understand their true value

Don’t dismiss MOOCs – we are just starting to understand their true value | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken the academic world by storm. Despite much debate about whether the idea of running free online courses for everyone is both…
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Good points from the University of Leeds based on their experience with MOOCs - blended learning has a place. 

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For these students, lunch is personal

For these students, lunch is personal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
New Jersey charter school incorporates vertical farming to teach kids about science, health and wellness
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Watch the video to hear from a student, teacher, and the local entrepreneur who designed the vertical growing system.

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How tech-centric events are changing education

How tech-centric events are changing education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Programs such as TeenTech and Citizen Schools, aimed at getting kids involved in technology, have become a global trend.
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Examples of technology events and activities from around the globe where kids are getting involved in solving real-world problems.

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How Edtech Startup ‘Native Innovation’ Goes the Extra 300 Miles For Navajo Customers (EdSurge News)

How Edtech Startup ‘Native Innovation’ Goes the Extra 300 Miles For Navajo Customers (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In the blistering heat of Arizona, edtech consultant and former educator Jerome Tsosie loads up his technology tools into a giant van, preparing for the four-and-a-half hour drive to rural To'Hajiilee Community School, 15 miles west of Albuquerque, NM. There, Tsosie and his team will configure 19
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Truly taking the technology to the learners - including PD in Navajo or apps written in the native Indian language. 

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