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Understanding Education through Big Data | DMLcentral

Understanding Education through Big Data | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The seduction of ‘Big Data’ lies in its promise of greater knowledge.
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Well written analysis of the potential and limitations of using "Big Data' to personalize learning. 

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ScratchJr

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An iPad and junior version of the well know programming platform Scratch. The app has been designed for 5+ year olds and boosts simplified versions features of the more mature version. Children still snap programming blocks together to build amazingly creative things. Download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scratchjr/id895485086?ls=1&mt=8


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Taking my first look at ScratchJr - think I need a 4 year old to help me. Looks like a simple to use tool for primary school level. 

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Technology curriculum- great tool for programming and developing creativity.

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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Amidst all the arguments about “flipped classrooms” and “hybrid learning,” however, few people have actually analyzed what makes MOOCs work (or fail): the content. Online learners spend most of their time watching videos — but are the videos any good?

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Key findings - shorter videos, no powerpoint slides, more informal presentation. 

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WQED Multimedia: Learning Innovation

WQED Multimedia: Learning Innovation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Every week, for two hours, dozens of teens gather at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, East Liberty branch. They meet in the afternoons, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., after school is done. Sometimes they get there early and finish homework, often with a little help and guidance from Simon Rafferty, one of the CLP-East Liberty Teen Librarians.

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Games Engaging Tweens in the Library 

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Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again

Here’s why I never have to teach anything boring again | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I wish I could say that’s because of my teaching panache as a visual journalism professor at UMass Amherst. But the reason is more universal. By creating a blended learning classroom—and incorporating external Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)—I can now confidently outsource what’s boring, remedial, monotonous and binary to self-guided online lessons. This works. After...
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Blended Learning combining MOOCs and direct instruction - a real winner. 

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From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom

From Building Solar-Powered Mini-Cars to Creating Apps in the Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Summer camp — it’s not just for kids anymore. Teachers from around the Pittsburgh area and from as far away as Alabama this week attended the STEAM
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Great interviews by Kevin Gavin from WESA-FM in Pittsburgh with participants and workshop leaders at the South Fayette STEAM Innovation Summer Institute. Over 70 teachers from more than 20 school districts discovered a wide variety of tools and strategies to develop computational thinking strategies using a variety of tools including Scratch, LIttlebits, Zulama's Entertainment Technology Academy, and coding to make an app. 

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The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses

The DIY World of Maker Tools and Their Uses | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
From new technology to everyday materials to rebooting school woodshop and home ec classes, makerspaces challenge students to open their minds and expand their skillsets.
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Great list, including some of my favorites - 3D printers and the Hummingbird Robotic kit. I'd add Littlebits based on a workshop I observed this week. 

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Reimagining Education Through Technology | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Reimagining Education Through Technology | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I didn’t know what to expect when I traveled to Malaysia for the very first time. I knew my mission: connect zero client technology -- desktop solutions co
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Using "zero clients" in the jungles of Malaysia brings digital opportunities to students who normally were lucky to have a school to attend

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The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom - Edutopia

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom - Edutopia | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Beth Holland introduces the backchannel as a tech integration strategy for keeping students engaged in the classroom - all students, not just the ones who are always raising their hands or speaking out.

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Good examples with personal stories including Padlet, Today's Meeting, and Socrative.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 20, 6:58 AM

Backchannel tools can be used before, during, and after lessons, giving all students a voice in the conversation/discussion. Brainstorming, questioning, sharing ideas and resources.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 20, 5:03 PM

I like the idea of children expressing themselves and using technology to tell a story.

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This Great Education Tech Needs Only a TV and VCR

This Great Education Tech Needs Only a TV and VCR | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MIT Blossoms, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t boast the latest in artificial intelligence or adaptive algorithms. Its secret weapon is, rather, a canny understanding of human psychology—both students’ and teachers’. Technologically speaking, its basic...
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Blossoms challenges some current directions in education - student centered learning using interactive devices. Is this a better strategy to introduce concepts? 

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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Some of the success stories as well as the issues - cost, lack of compatibility between publishers, and research to show effectiveness. 

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Beyond the Factory Model - Blended learning in Oakland schools

Beyond the Factory Model - Blended learning in Oakland schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Oakland teachers learn how to blend
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Some real-life lessons from Oakland, California in using online content to differentiate instruction. 

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FingerReader Is a 3D-Printed Device That Reads Text Aloud to the Blind

FingerReader Is a 3D-Printed Device That Reads Text Aloud to the Blind | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT have developed a new technology that enables blind and vision-impaired people to read any printed text without the use of braille.
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While the robotic sounding voice is from a previous generation, this device allows vision-impaired people to pick up any digital or print text to be readable. 

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Teachers Use Twitter to Promote Civics Discourse In Class | Remake Learning

Teachers Use Twitter to Promote Civics Discourse In Class | Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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KQED in San Francisco has created the "Do Now" project that enlists student input on issues or questions. Great use of social media. 

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.
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Examples from projects that allow students to solve real-world problems in their communities - creating a 911 responder map, for example.

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3D Printing Made Cool: MIT Students Print Ice Cream

3D Printing Made Cool: MIT Students Print Ice Cream | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Students said they embarked on the ice cream endeavor to inspire kids to become interested in 3D printing.
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What could be more fun than printing out your own ice cream? 

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Planting the seed: Local organizations create opportunities for girls interested in STEM careers

Planting the seed: Local organizations create opportunities for girls interested in STEM careers | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In America, women are significantly underrepresented in science, technology, math and engineering fields, but several Pittsburgh organizations are working to change the statistics. Through mentorship and hands-on experience these local programs are w
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Examples from the Pittsburgh region on how young women are becoming Girls of Steel. 

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What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
At the Quest To Learn School, curriculum experts and game designers work together to reimagine what school might look like if it drew its inspiration from video games.
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Another great story from Jordan Shapiro that explains a new approach to learning - systems literacy.

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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.
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Great video from Edutopia sharing a story of a young man who gets hooked on "making" using 3D printing with arduinos. 

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5 Google Glass Innovations Happening in Higher Ed

5 Google Glass Innovations Happening in Higher Ed | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Google’s wearable technology has opened the door to a wide range of possibilities for augmented learning in higher education.
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Though not "killer apps" yet, these are great examples of where technology provides new opportunities for travelers, visually handicapped, or novice learners. 

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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.
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All that's missing is to have the kids create their own games and digital products.

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Making It | Remake Learning

Making It | Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Making IT in Pittsburgh. Assemble, an informal learning center and partner with many other groups, was recently featured by the Imagination Foundation. 

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Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom

Video Games Are Playing a Pivotal Role in the Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Minecraft and other games offer surprising strategies for teaching core concepts.
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Three great examples of games that can make an impact on student learning. 

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CU-Boulder researchers create children's books with 3-D printing

CU-Boulder researchers create children's books with 3-D printing | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Elodie Bateson, 3, uses her fingers to touch and explore the "fur" of a mouse and the horns of a tiny cow on the pages of a plastic, three-dimensional version of "Goodnight Moon" created by researchers at the University of Colorado to promote literacy among young children with visual impairments.
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Novel use of 3-D printing opening up a new world for vision-impaired readers. 

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School-Wide Twitter Chats

School-Wide Twitter Chats | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
New Zealand schools explore the learning potential of social media with weekly education-based Twitter chats for students.
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Here's a unique way to promote digital citizenship. 

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This Company May Hold the Secret to the Future of Education

This Company May Hold the Secret to the Future of Education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
It was just 18 months ago that we were living in the "Year of the MOOC." Massive open online courses—MOOC for short—were supposed to revolutionize…
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Louis von Ahn strikes again. He's created DuoLingo, an online tool to learn new languages. His success has been amazing. Some schools are looking at his approach. 

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