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Technology for Learning vs.Technology for Education | Remake Learning

Technology for Learning vs.Technology for Education | Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

How one young maker is taking her education into her own hands and gaining national attention. Check out Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show.

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Here's an example where we give students the chance to own their learning. Can we scale this so all students are truly learners? 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 5, 2014 7:56 PM

This is what education can look like for some students.

Using Technology to Transform Learning
Articles, ideas, references showcasing ways that educational technologies change teaching and learning
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Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

Really nice case study type article. Looks like a great project.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:57 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Peter Mellow.

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Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future

Technologies That Will Define the Classroom of the Future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
What innovative technologies that have recently appeared will soon reside in the future classrooms?

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Great article to start the new year.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 30, 2016 1:09 PM

No surprises here, but quite an interesting selection.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, December 31, 2016 5:36 AM
Definindo a sala de aula do futuro.
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http://sco.lt/6u2FPN
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. (What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?)

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. The ultimate goal is for the learners to work on their own, self-selected problems in which they will apply the design thinking.

Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process:

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Great activities with videos to highlight the student work

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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:36 AM
I think this is a great intro to design, but this is a tad over the heads of our K-2 students or special needs. We really need to break it down into one step at a time and not give them everything at once. 
Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 16, 2016 4:37 AM
Great way to develop Critical thinking, creativity and let students to be active learners. 
Siri Anderson's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:15 PM
Very nice assemblage of lesson ideas and processes for a person new to integrating engineering and design thinking at the elementary level. 
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Playing with Habits of Mind

Playing with Habits of Mind | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The challenge for teachers is to build this understanding in our students. Our task is to enable their intelligence by helping them to understand the habits of mind and to then empower our students to make intelligent choices about the habits they deploy.

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I never thought about using game-based learning with Habits of Mind, but here you have a set of playing cards that lends itself to a game challenge. 
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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, December 2, 2016 10:18 AM
Esto se pude aprovechar y usar un tablero de Pinterest para realizar una actividad con los alumnos
Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 3, 2016 7:23 AM

Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in business management, please visit http://blogwgs.tumblr.com/  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 5, 2016 1:38 PM
When taught in a way that students can understand them, the habits of mind work very well.
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Preparing Students for the Computational Future (EdSurge News)

Preparing Students for the Computational Future (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
This is an edited excerpt from “How to Teach Computational Thinking,” first published by Stephen Wolfram on Sept. 7, 2016.

Pick any field “X,” from archaeology to zoology. There either is now a “computational X”, or there soon will be. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, farmers, whatever—the future of all these professions will be full of computational thinking. Whether it’s sensor-based medicine, computational contracts, education analytics or agriculture—success is going to rely on being able to do computational thinking well.

Computational thinking is going to be a defining feature of the future, and it’s an incredibly important thing to be teaching to kids today. But where does it fit into the standard educational curriculum? The answer, I think, is simple: everywhere!

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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 2016 10:58 AM
Help in understanding how to fit computational thinking into the curriculum. 
Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, September 14, 2016 3:28 AM
agitprop for the Wolfram language (Has NLP support and much more)
Ginger Jewell's curator insight, September 16, 2016 10:43 AM
This is a concept oftenoverlooked.
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Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect

Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I recall walking past the door of our school makerspace and noticing a crowd of kids surrounding a table. Inside a group of 5th and 6th graders were hovering around someone, listening intently to directions. As I inched closer I heard the quiet voice of a parent demonstrating how to do several hand stitches. The mom, a PTA regular and all-around super volunteer, was showing our students some basics in sewing. Both boys and girls watched as she shared tips and tricks. Soon the students dispersed and moved back to their workspaces around the room working on their pillows, shirts, purses, and other sewing projects.

The parent volunteered an hour each Tuesday around lunchtime to work with our students during our “open studio” time. She served as a facilitator and mentor to young makers in our elementary school for several years. The connection that she made with students helped to demonstrate the link between hands-on learning and its purpose in the real world, as well as the value that parents and community bring to the school setting. This type of active parent involvement is one effective way to begin building a network of creativity and innovation in your school

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Getting parents involved is always a challenge. Here's a great way to make this happen.
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6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen (EdSurge News)

6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Even after teaching for a decade, Pamela Baack found herself battling the calendar as she tried to keep her students on track.She’s the first to admit it wasn’t easy to change the way she had been teaching for a decade.“We were always on someone else’s pace, not our kids’ pace,” says Baack, who teac
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Example of where software makes personalization of learning skills possible. Where does the application of skills happen? 
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The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic

The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As computer technology becomes more ingrained in students' lives, many are advocating for advanced computer coding education to be taught in the classroom.
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Focus on need for Computational Thinking starting at an early age since all learners will need to be able to use computers to solve problems. 
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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

Portfolios hold new promise for schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Decades ago, portfolio assessment meant finding room for bulging binders stuffed with paper. But digital technologies that make it far easier to collect, curate, share and store student work have dismantled the physical barriers that once made portfolio assessment daunting.
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For years schools have tried to create digital portfolios. Here are some examples using tools like Google Docs. 
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A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News

A technology that's thriving with rural students - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By offering a flexible blend of face-to-face, online, and telepresence instruction, a Georgia school is making its programs available to rural students on their terms.
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Giving students in rural Georgia flexible blended options for attending classes has led the way to more students being able to take classes. 
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A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds

A digital quest: Inside the connected world of 13-year-olds | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
While most possess phones and use Facebook, they use them differently to pursue different interests, sometimes deployed to connect with others and sometimes to tune them out.
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Perceptions from a social scientist on how teenagers use digital tools for a sense of agency and control. 
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Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place

Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new tool lets educators and ed-tech developers easily find peer-reviewed research articles relevant to their work.
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Web of Science may provide a much needed portal into educational research
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8 ways digital media will evolve for the future

8 ways digital media will evolve for the future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new study evaluating the Ready To Learn initiative outlines how educational digital media will change to influence children and content producers.
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The study highlights the role of digital media in learning with an emphasis of the social importance of interactions with parents and peers.
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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners @JackieGerstein

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners @JackieGerstein | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners.  I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

I usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners.  I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. For their robotics hour each week, I am giving them the following choices with their goal of using five of the robotics to complete five of the tasks provided.

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Great range of robots for elementary learners
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Genius hour and design thinking sketchnote resources

Genius hour and design thinking sketchnote resources | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
For those who haven’t come across it before, it was borne out of the idea of Google’s 20% time. This is time that is set aside for employees as part of Google’s drive (get it? #pun) to innovate within its ranks. Famously, such ideas as Gmail have come from a 20% time project by one of Google’s employees.
Genius Hour is meant to inspire and give children the opportunity to develop and build some of the most important skills in learning around the idea of collaboration, creativity and innovation, communication and critical thinking.

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A two-fer - Genius Hour ideas and resources as well as Design Thinking.
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Why Should We Teach Programming? - @kodable #hourofcode 

Why Should We Teach Programming? - @kodable #hourofcode  | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Are you on the fence on whether or not you should introduce a programming curriculum next school year?  The easy answer is that you ABSOLUTELY should!  But, for those who are not as easily convinced, we have put together a list of the top 10 reasons why we believe coding should be taught to every child.


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It's not about learning how to code; it's about creative problem-solving and design. 
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Thanks to John Evans.

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16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow

16 skills students need to learn today to thrive tomorrow | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology.

Today's job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – skills developed mainly through social and emotional learning (SEL). Combined with traditional skills, this social and emotional proficiency will equip students to succeed in the evolving digital economy.

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Great global perspective on Essential Skills for ALL Learners
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abdoss's curator insight, October 18, 2016 9:15 AM
Working on those 21st Century Skills!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, October 18, 2016 11:44 PM
Nothing new here but good to reinforce this
J A Jones's curator insight, October 20, 2016 8:08 AM
These "soft skills" will provide students for a changing workplace.  
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Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try - TeachThought

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try - TeachThought | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
What are the latest emerging trends in education?

As trends to do, these are changing almost yearly. Consider how quiet iPads in the classroom have been recently, whereas three years ago they were going to replace teachers and were (unsarcastically) compared to magic. While mobile devices like the iPad can indeed parallel a kind of magic in the learning process, it obviously has to ‘fit’ into a progressive supporting ecology of assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 15 (the graphic plus 3 bonus items below) new ideas every teacher should try. Not all will fit or work–again, it depends on the ecology of the classroom, school, and so on. But each of these ideas below–some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies–can be transformational for students, and your teaching.

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Great list of strategies that are making a difference in the learning space.
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Susan McDonald's curator insight, June 3, 2016 3:05 AM
This really is a good little framework to use as a 'to do' list in future planning. The implicit message is that ICTs alone won't fix your problems, but combine them with innovative teaching approaches and unit structures and fit them to the 'ecology' of your school and class, and you will be getting close!
Hollie Brassington's curator insight, June 3, 2016 6:51 AM
This is a fantastic summary of ways to transform learning - in fact the PBL and Skype examples in combination with the current hot topic in the news about the value and virtues of allrefugees (Karl Stefanovic on WIN Today show)  makes me think I could devise an English  Unit on refugees where students interact through  these digital pedagogical tools  with actual refugees now in Australia to find out their stories and to hear about racial prejudice towards 'boat people', and then write a letter to the editor type assessment dispelling the negativities towards refugees via an online newspaper or blog situation. These could be shared with actual refugees to show them they have the support of Australian citizens....
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4 Ways to Use Thinglink's Virtual Reality App in Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips

4 Ways to Use Thinglink's Virtual Reality App in Your Classroom - Class Tech Tips | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Give students a new way to interact with information and Thinglink's virtual reality app is a great example of this technology in action.

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Sounds like a great tool for kids to use to share their understanding
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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, June 20, 2016 4:29 AM
Thinglink's Virtual Reality App let’s students create interactive products that demonstrate their understanding of a topic. In addition to being a great platform for creating something for an authentic audience, it’s also iPad, Android and Chromebook friendly.
Gust MEES's curator insight, June 20, 2016 8:55 AM
Give students a new way to interact with information and Thinglink's virtual reality app is a great example of this technology in action.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Virtual+Reality

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=ThingLink

 

 

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In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation?

In a Rapidly Changing World, What Defines an Educational Innovation? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
What defines something as an “innovation”? In education, what new ideas or shifts in thinking merit our attention and why? We take a closer look at what constitutes innovative practice in education…
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In Pittsburgh there's a movement around "Remake Learning." In this post the group looks at what is educational innovation by focusing the need for redesigning learning environments, addressing complex problems, and tapping into student interests.
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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.
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Tools to use to motivate learners
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 23, 2016 6:29 PM

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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements. 

Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student participants at Google's I/O Youth event were able to get an early look at the new tools.

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The next step in block-based programming bringing together MIT's Scratch and Google's Blockly.
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Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills

Virtual Reality Facilitates Higher Ed Research and Teaches High-Risk Skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From neuroscience to ship navigation, virtual environments deliver real-world learning inside the classroom.
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Examples at higher education sites where virtual reality plays a key role in learning
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 16, 2016 5:53 PM

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'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals

'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
We first told you about CSin3 — an accelerated degree program — when it launched three years ago. Now its first cohort is set to graduate, with many students heading into high tech coding jobs.
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Csin3 tackles a real need for technical works in California agricultural industries
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Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing

Minecraft Stars in STEM Classes Where Learning Means Playing | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The 3-D game helps students who need different methods to learn subjects including math.
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Zaniac provides a STEM environment that adapts to the needs of individual learners.
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