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5 Tech Tools for the Next Generation Science Standards -- THE Journal

5 Tech Tools for the Next Generation Science Standards -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
An education futurist shares his favorite software and hardware to help teach the NGSS.
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David Thornburg outlines why he's in favor of the new science standards and tools that help students develop the conceptual understandings outlined in the new NGSS. 

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TED Curator Chris Anderson on the "TED-ification" of Education

"Learning needs to be joyful," says Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks and TED Ed. "TED's mission is 'ideas worth spreading'," explains Anderson, "and the most important part of that mission,...
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TED Ed addresses learner's curiosity. The TED Talks provide fuel for sparking learning. 

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What to do for kids with no internet at home? How about parking a wifi-enabled school bus near their trailer park? - The Hechinger Report

What to do for kids with no internet at home? How about parking a wifi-enabled school bus near their trailer park? - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
SALTON CITY, Calif. – Near the shore of the murky Salton Sea in this southern California desert, a bus drives up to West Shores High School each day with a critical connection: A Wi-Fi router mounted behind an interior mirror, providing Internet...
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Resourceful approach for school district with kids with limited access. However, the program only includes two buses and the access is very limited (one hour) at the trailer park with issues about private property. 

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Manufacturers draw in millennials with new training approach

Manufacturers draw in millennials with new training approach | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Finding millennials who are interested in manufacturing and have the aptitude for it are two challenges facing Western Pennsylvania manufacturers trying to replace retiring baby boomers. But there’s another: teaching millennials once they find them. Employers are discovering that the next generation of workers learns differently than they did. “Millennials like to see results right now,” said Scott Covert, who runs an in-house training program at Penn United Technologies, a Butler County tool-an
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We need to push more students into technical fields where jobs are growing. 

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Lights, camera, action... case study - FT.com

Lights, camera, action... case study - FT.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Robert Austin, professor at Copenhagen Business School, has just completed a grand experiment: a masters-level leadership course built around a film-length dramatised case. The case features professional actors and chronicles four years in the life
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Using video to develop a case study for a Flipped class on leadership. What was learned? The Learning was uneven. Students did not always view the episodes before class. 

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Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I've had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist. My students had already written four essays this year, so I
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Caitlin Tucker challenged her students to select a metaphor from Fahrenheit 451 and bring it life. The result was an amazing burst of energy. 

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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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​Learning Should Be Creating, Not Consuming: Lessons From Berlin - EdSurge

​Learning Should Be Creating, Not Consuming: Lessons From Berlin - EdSurge | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As thought-leaders in the tech education space, CareerFoundry was excited to be invited to take part in Educa Online Berlin, a conference where educators, administrators and academics at the forefront of reforms in edtech and education discussed the...
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Conversation focused on "personal" learning using "selfies" as a metaphor for contemporary education. 

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Upper St. Clair, South Fayette students aim to 'change the world' through STEAM

Upper St. Clair, South Fayette students aim to 'change the world' through STEAM | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Studying lids and handles for pots and pans is not, perhaps, the most glamorous project for teenage whiz kids, unless your idea ends up changing the future of cookware. That’s what a group of juniors and seniors from Upper St. Clair and South Fayette high schools were tasked with during the past several months — or as South Fayette principal Scott Milburn put it, “Our rules ... are simple: Change the world.” Divided into seven groups, the 33 students collaborated to help solve real world busines
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Solving real world problems using a Human Centered Design process. 

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Future of Learning: The Classroom of 2030 | www.wise-qatar.org

Future of Learning: The Classroom of 2030 | www.wise-qatar.org | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
This is a story set in an elementary school room in 2030 in Luzon City, Philippines. But this classroom could be most anywhere.  Here learning is fun, adapted to each child’s needs. It harnesses the power of technology. This is not the only possible future for education. But it is a view of some of the most desirable possibilities.  Exploring the future in this way helps us focus on where the education system, a system ripe for change, needs rethinking and redefinition.
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Even though this portends the year 2030, it's really about tomorrow, with some good elements of today, but very little of yesterday. 

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Transform Middle Grade Education by Joining Summit Basecamp Program

Transform Middle Grade Education by Joining Summit Basecamp Program | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Tom Vander Ark - The most important work being done in secondary education today--and you could be part of it by applying to the Summit Basecamp Program.
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The use of a personalized playlist taps into the use of technology as a transformative tool. 

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Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries

Coding Bootcamps Emerge as Fast Tracks to 6 Figure Salaries | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Coder boot camps are poised to get bigger in the coming years, offering the skills to get six-figure salaries after 12 weeks of training. Is this a new education delivery system?
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Dev bootcamp provides a short-term learning experience based on paired-based projects where coders learn to solve their own problems.

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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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