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Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing. | Think Tank | Big Think

Ray Kurzweil: Memorization is For Robots. People Learn By Doing.  | Think Tank | Big Think | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Blog posting that uses Ray Kurzweil's idea to promote project-based learning and a more wholistic approach to learning, including Artificial Intelligence.

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How a GoPro got my students excited to learn | eSchool News | eSchool News

How a GoPro got my students excited to learn | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Students started bringing in video projects and movies they had created at home with their own GoPros for academic classes. This was a win-win
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New tools, like the Go-Pro, provide a personalized approach to digital story-telling.

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera.

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In today's visual world this makes sense. Students would rather hear and see their teacher talking to them rather than receiving written feedback.

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#FETC: Learning in a transformative decade | SmartBlogs

#FETC: Learning in a transformative decade | SmartBlogs | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Student engagement. Motivation. Creativity. Excitement! Gaming and making are reshaping the educational experience for students worldwide, creating a bridg
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Takeaways by Melissa Greenwood on the FETC Conference in Florida in January 2015.

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EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.
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EdX provides a quality course that can be used for blended learning as well as a MOOC.

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Liter of Light's solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is ... - The Independent

Liter of Light's solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is ... - The Independent | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Despite what Back to the Future fans would have you believe, "where's my hoverboard?" isn't a shoe-in for the motto of 2015. "Let there be light" is a strong contender, thanks to this being Unesco's International Year of Light.
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While this ingenious technology has no direct educational value, I think the approach is perfect for a STE(A)M classroom - using an innovative approach to solve a real world problem. Students can look at the open source document and create new adaptations or variations. 

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MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning

MOOCs and meetups together make for better learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a massive open online course (MOOC). It’s no…
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Great example from Cleveland where meetups make MOOCs an effective form of online learning.

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Braigo - A DIY Braille Printer with Lego

Braigo - A DIY Braille Printer with Lego | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. This concept slashes the price of a printer from more than $2...
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AP just ran a story about this young entrepreneur. This article goes into more depth about the engineering behind the printer. 

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White House Launches Nationwide Superintendent Summits (EdSurge News)

White House Launches Nationwide Superintendent Summits (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Back in the fall, U.S. district superintendents took big steps towards making their districts “future ready.” First, more than a thousand lent their signatures to the Future Ready Pledge, a list of blended learning stipulations that included transitioning to high-speed internet and providing all stu
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Great to see Pittsburgh on the list for June 22-23.

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Teacher Spotlight: Mary Wilson - Zulama

Teacher Spotlight: Mary Wilson - Zulama | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher Spotlight Mary Wilson Elizabeth Forward High School When Mary Wilson heard about the National STEM Video Game Challenge, she was obviously very excited.  She knew her students were up to the task, so she gave them the chance to compete nationally against other students. With the deadline being only a few weeks away, her …
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Mary has been a leader in game-based learning. It's great to see that she used a game jam to get her students ready to compete. 

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Researchers create 'self-aware' Super Mario with artificial intelligence

Researchers create 'self-aware' Super Mario with artificial intelligence | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Mario just got a lot a smarter.
A team of German researchers has used artificial intelligence to create a "self-aware" version of Super Mario who can respond to verbal commands and automatically play his own game.
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This development raises many questions about the future of gaming. What happens when a character wants to do something on its own that is contrary to the game-player? 

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CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer

CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is experimenting with personalized learning, an approach to teaching that gives students options.
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Here is a good story that identifies the issues - positive and negative - as CMS moves into a personalized form of instruction that uses technology as a tool to deliver information.

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Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agr...
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As more and more young people use apps, it's critical to look at the differences in learning styles in order to make online learning more engaging.

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Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.
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While this doesn't truly focus on the role of technology, technology will need to play a major role to make personalized learning a reality. 

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School in the Cloud: a TED prize winner's quest to transform education

School in the Cloud: a TED prize winner's quest to transform education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra is a polymath who has studied energy storage systems, designed batteries and worked on computer networking. But for the past 15 years, he has been preoccupied with educational research. His radical ideas about self-organised learning...
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A Chinese perspective on the work of Sugata Mitra with a focus on Self-organised (British spelling) Learning (SOLE) and the Granny Project - enlisting tutors across the world to read to kids in India. 

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3 things great teachers do with technology | eSchool News | eSchool News

3 things great teachers do with technology | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Too often, we see teachers putting the proverbial cart before the horse. They find an app or tool they like, so they introduce it in their classroom. The students might find it cool and
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Using tech tools to create videos, publish collaborative books, and produce take-offs of the Iron Chef in Japanese. 

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Ending the Classroom Factory Model: How Technology Will Personalize Education - YouTube

"With the opportunity of online learning coming on,…what we talk about is shifting from this factory model system to a student-centered one that personalizes...
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Interview with Michael Horn about his new book on disruptive innovation focusing on Blended Learning. 

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Game Design Contest Empowers the Player

Game Design Contest Empowers the Player | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A national video game design contest takes the game controller out of kids’ hands and replaces it with the reins.
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Even if kids don't win, the experience of designing a game is a real-world challenge. Here's a chance for kids to truly become STEAM creators.

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Microsoft's New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality - MIT Technology Review (blog)

Microsoft's New Idea: A Hologram Headset to Rewrite Reality - MIT Technology Review (blog) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A wearable display set for release by Microsoft later this year can augment your world with realistic, interactive virtual objects.
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Where could this fit into a learning environment? I can see students studying ancient civilizations where they can personally interact. In Science this would open doors for virtual experiments. 

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What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018?

What Will Your Learning Space Look Like in 2018? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

The building blocks for the future of learning space design are already around us. Exploring five key areas will highlight the challenges our industry must overcome to make that future a reality.

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Thinking about collaborative learning and AV needs.

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30 years of technology in education: BESA report advises government on lessons learned | Information Age

30 years of technology in education: BESA report advises government on lessons learned | Information Age | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The British Educational Suppliers Association has marked 30 years of ICT in education by reporting how technology in schools has evolved through governments. Here is the report in full
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Narrative report looking at the changes in educational technology in Great Britain over the past 30 years.

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3D printers changing the way some Pasadena students learn - 89.3 KPCC (blog)

3D printers changing the way some Pasadena students learn - 89.3 KPCC (blog) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A private donation to Pasadena Unified School District opened the way for its schools to use the printers to teach art, math, science and more.
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It's not just the final product, but the mistake that now becomes a learning challenge. 

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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Examples from the US and other parts of the world. 

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Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz

Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The first rule of Zombie Robots Group at Taupaki Primary School is you don't talk about Zombie Robots Group.
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An example of how schools in New Zealand are integrating digital learning. 

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Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News

Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
DOWNINGTOWN >> STEM Academy sophomores collaborated with Comcast on Friday to discover new uses of technology.
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Comcast has not joined the STEM design world with a learning environment that includes Makey Makey, Sphero, and other interactive tools. 

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Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers

Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Proponents of computerized instruction often point out that software can give instant feedback to students. And that helps students learn more. That’s why a personal tutor can be so powerful. He or she can immediately react when there’s a misunderstanding and provide an explanation or a hint. But the truth is, educators don’t really understand …
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Sometimes immediate feedback is not the best strategy. The type of activity determines the best type of feedback. Explanations are always effective.

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