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Open and Connected Learning: How to improve and expand education through technology

Open and Connected Learning: How to improve and expand education through technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
While the digital revolution has led to an increase in educational resources via the Internet, European education systems are still unable to integrate ICT in their mainstream practices.

A Commission initiative titled 'Opening up...
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Video interviews with key European educational leaders looking at issues with possible strategies and solutions for the European Union countries.

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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Bringing Khan Academy (Lite) Around the World (EdSurge News)

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: Bringing Khan Academy (Lite) Around the World (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Khan Academy has often been hailed as the world’s teacher. Unfortunately, an estimated 4.5 billion people have no Internet access. So when a former intern at Khan Academy, Jamie Alexandre, created an offline version of the platform, dubbed “KA Lite,” in December 2012, the world took notice.Currently
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We sometimes forget how many people do not have Internet access. Here's an innovative approach to bring the power of Flipped Learning and the Khan Academy to people who may not have Internet services, but can connect to a network where a version of the Khan Academy has been installed.

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Minecraft add-on LearnToMod aims to teach children coding skills

Minecraft add-on LearnToMod aims to teach children coding skills | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Developer ThoughtSTEM will release programming tool in October following 150-student beta test. By Stuart Dredge
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Students can now program new modules within Mindcraft - cost about $30. 

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Top ed-tech stories to watch: Schools grapple with data privacy

Top ed-tech stories to watch: Schools grapple with data privacy | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
No. 4 on our list of key ed-tech trends for the new school year is the need for K-12 leaders to navigate a data privacy minefield
School leaders must talk openly about privacy and address parents’ concerns proactively, before it’s too late.
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With the growth of Big Data comes Big Security.

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Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi - Businessweek (blog)

Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi - Businessweek (blog) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Businessweek (blog)
Kids Are Learning to Code With a Slice of Raspberry Pi
Businessweek (blog)
Raspberry Pi is a credit card-size computer that can function like a basic PC when plugged into a monitor and keyboard.
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For $35 access to a full motherboard for programming. 

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Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level

Teachers Take Game-Based Learning to the Next Level | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A lesson using "Minecraft" can touch on history, engineering and ancient architecture.
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Article gives other ideas including "Inform 7" a programming language for interactive storytelling. 

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3D technology gives Marquette teaching new dimension

3D technology gives Marquette teaching new dimension | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With 3D technology, scientists can stand inside virtual blood vessels, teachers can take students to a hospital patient’s bedside, and theater artists can transport audiences to the scene of their play.
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Focus on health investigations in a virtual space called the CAVE. 

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Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better - The Hechinger Report

Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In April of 2012, Mark D. Shermis, then the dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring engines” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers. Shermis’s research, presented at a meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, created …
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Robo-readers are better at the mechanical analysis of writing and have a positive impact on revision.

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Philip Guo - How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement

Philip Guo - How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Great research findings - key is to keep video to six minutes or less and make it personal

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Tips to make sure classroom technology is focused on asking students to be creative, collaborative and analytical.
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It's not the device; it's what you do with the device. Good arguments for BYOD approach. 

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Video and tutorial series on open source programming | Opensource.com

Video and tutorial series on open source programming | Opensource.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Brother team Jared and JR Nielsen are the puppet masters behind The Hello World Program, a video and tutorial series hosted by a penguin, a snake, a fox, and a robot. They bring to life the learning and fun of open source programming, web development, and computer science.
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Wonderful introduction to computational thinking for younger learners using toy puppets - Python, Web Development, Linux, and robotics.

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Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes

Easy Projects to Get Started with Scratch: Drawing 2D Shapes | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Programming a computer is simply telling it what to do, and tools like Scratch convert this language into images to familiarize elementary students with coding.
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A geometric approach to using Scratch - reminds of my days teaching Logo. 

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‘Maker Party’ blends art and tech craft for kids

‘Maker Party’ blends art and tech craft for kids | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

For many children, Saturday mornings are a time for goofing off with friends, playing games on their iPad, learning gymnastics or competing on a team in an athletic tournament. At a Saturday “Maker Party” organized by the Sprout Fund, hundreds of parents and children stoked their creativity by producing everything from art to videos at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District. At a dozen different stations, children and adults could story-board a movie, build puppets, learn gardening basics, sew, make a mobile app or dip their hands in water to create homemade textured paper. The basic steps of Andy Warhol’s silkscreen process were available through a mobile app and Stephanie Garrison, a member of The Andy Warhol Museum’s education department, was there to walk people

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Great examples of Maker Activities that were part of a Saturday event sponsored by the Sprout Fund in Pittsburgh.

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Summer computer academy expands diversity ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow

Summer computer academy expands diversity ⋅ Charlottesville Tomorrow | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

In a classroom full of laptops and giggling children, three girls hunch seriously over a computer trading insights in rapid Spanish about a game. They represent a much more diverse group of students who are learning to code and play with computers at the CoderDojo summer academy.

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Summer program targeting ELL students, helping them develop a new technical vocabulary. Why do the kids need to wait for summer? 

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Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game (EdSurge News)

Adult Education: Finally Hip to the Game (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Not too long ago, Santa Ana College instructor 
Susan Gaer found herself in class describing the steps required to obtain a passport. Her students – mostly English Language Learners of varying ages – began typing notes into their cell phones.
This alarmed Gaer, given the somewhat complicated
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Usually we talk about K-12, but there's a tremendous number of adult learners who don't have Internet access, but have mobile devices. Across the world there's been a growing awareness of the potential for adult literacy through mobile technology. 

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Preparing Kids for Cyber Jobs and Cyber Warfare

Preparing Kids for Cyber Jobs and Cyber Warfare | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Across the country, students are participating in competition to test their cyber skills. It’s part of an effort to get students excited about science.
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This is the first time I've seen cyber defense included with a hackathon. Great idea!

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Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral

Paper Circuitry Illuminates ‘Writing as Making’ | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
There has been a great deal of buzz lately about "making" and production-centered learning. As a professor of literature and writing, I have been enthusiastic about the role "making" might play in the classroom.
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Here's a great way to reach a STEAM goal - adding writing and design to creating a circuit with LEDs. 

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Games: The new learning experience | eSchool News | eSchool News

Games: The new learning experience | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
At its core, games connects learning and meaning to content to give students an intrinsic learning experience.
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Solid advice from Lucien Vattel, CEO of GameDesk, a nonprofit focusing on research around game-based learning. 

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Video Games And The Future Of The Textbook

Video Games And The Future Of The Textbook | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Curriculum designers are rethinking not only the textbook, but educational content delivery in general.
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Games like "Lexica" and "Historia" provide opportunities for learners to become system thinkers and discover the power of classical books and historical conflict.

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How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World - Edudemic

How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World - Edudemic | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year. I was excited to learn about how this technology could be advanced in terms of education and everyday activities… however it never dawned on me how much potential it truly had until I began the Explorer Program. Over …
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Great examples from an elementary teacher. 

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How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives

How a TEDx Mission Makes Learning Relevant To Students’ Lives | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In a 7th-grade classroom, health lessons are framed as broader "missions" to get students engaged with relevant topics in their community.
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Quest to Learn School uses TEDx as the authentic activity for students to share their learning

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#LeydenPride: How a Tweet Revolt Changed My School (EdSurge News)

#LeydenPride: How a Tweet Revolt Changed My School (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I don’t tweet.I have a Twitter account. I made it in the days where Twitter still wasn’t blocked on our school-issued Chromebooks. I used my full name because tweaking names to sound cool was (and still is) too MySpace. I even uploaded a picture of myself. If you look at my tweet count though, you’l
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How to turn Twitter into a positive educational strategy

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Can Giga Pets Improve Student Engagement? (EdSurge News)

Can Giga Pets Improve Student Engagement? (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Walk into 100 different classrooms and you might encounter 100 different techniques for encouraging students to go the extra mile. The motivational boost once provided by a sticker or gold star now comes from a bevy of prizes, classroom privileges and tangible forms of recognition. (Badges!)Despite
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Study from Taiwan looking at the role of virtual pets as a motivating factor. 

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5 higher-ed skills to teach K-12 students now | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 higher-ed skills to teach K-12 students now | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
These skills taught in high school can give students a leg-up in their postsecondary success.
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Great list of skills - Digital Literacy, Maker, Online Safety, Entrepreneurial, and Financial. 

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3D printing in your classroom--so what? | eSchool News | eSchool News

3D printing in your classroom--so what? | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
3D printing is expanding in K-12 classrooms across the country. Find out what, exactly, this all means.
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Trevor Shaw, the author of this article, includes on page 2 some very good points about lessons learned after two years of 3D printing. 

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Blog - Zulama

Blog - Zulama | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Every educator is thrilled when a student finds his or her passion. It’s what drives us through the more difficult days and rekindles our passion for working with kids. Golden moments for an educator are when you know you’ve made a positive difference in the life of a child.

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Bev Vaillancourt shares her experiences as a teacher working with challenging students. Games provide an entry point for differentiated success.

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