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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation - New York Times

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Online Education as an Agent of Transformation
New York Times
WHEN the first commercially successful steamship traveled the Hudson River in 1807, it didn't appear to be much of a competitive threat to transoceanic sailing ships.
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Clayton Christensen outlines the role of online learning as a disruptive innovation for higher education. 

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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12 | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
After decades of false starts and unkept promises, makers of virtual-reality technology could be ready to give students a new and potentially powerful way to learn.
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Digital games and virtual visits to places, like college campuses, become new opportunities. 

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Using flipped learning to boost engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News

Using flipped learning to boost engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Flipped learning, a growing instructional model, helps educators personalize instruction for students and increases student engagement.
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Pointers from Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams from an ASCD webinar on Flipped Learning.

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Happy accident: Sphero makes the move from toy to teaching

Happy accident: Sphero makes the move from toy to teaching | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Orbotix, now simply known as Sphero, had the world in awe when it introduced its smartphone-controlled, ball-shaped toy back in 2010. Back then, we were
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Here's something that looks quite intriguing for kids to use as a tool to learn coding. 

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No Chalkboard Needed: J-Schools Experiment with Blended Learning - PBS MediaShift

No Chalkboard Needed: J-Schools Experiment with Blended Learning - PBS MediaShift | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
PBS MediaShift No Chalkboard Needed: J-Schools Experiment with Blended Learning PBS MediaShift There are a number of models, but popular blended learning methods include swapping brick-and-mortar class time for time spent reporting in the field or...
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Examples of higher education courses and programs that tap into online resources as part of a face-to-face experience.

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How Notre Dame Creates Mobile Apps With No Coding Required -- Campus Technology

How Notre Dame Creates Mobile Apps With No Coding Required -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Non-technical end users can now build their own mobile apps using a modular, do-it-yourself approach.
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Notre Dame finds Kurogo - an app development tool that does not require extensive training - allowing apps to be developed quicker and with less training for student developers.

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Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute

Who are your teachers? New technology for humanity | Christensen Institute | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

For those adults working on, writing about, or generally pondering the fate of our education system, “teachers” are thought of as a stakeholder group, a fulcrum for change. But most of us are likewise bought into the idea of lifelong learning—that is, formal schooling may end, but we continue to be students of life. As such, who are your teachers? When you encounter a thorny problem, where do you turn?

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The Internet offers great resources, but the credibility is sometimes an issue. New companies, like Educurious, Nepris, and Crowdworks - are connecting learners with real world experts. 

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How tablets and apps are transforming education - Brisbane Times

How tablets and apps are transforming education - Brisbane Times | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Brisbane Times How tablets and apps are transforming education Brisbane Times In a 2012 study, Use of tablet Technology (iPads) in the Classroom, the NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre noted that before teaching could begin, the planning...
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An Australian perspective on tablets and learning.

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Badging the “Soft” Skills

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Badging the “Soft” Skills
For 21st century learners, skills like patience and problem solving are proving just as critical as technical know-how.
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Badges can certify mastery of knowledge, skills, or dispositions. The Summer of Learning project in Pittsburgh provided opportunities for a variety of institutions to test out the concept of digital badges across all three domains of learning. 

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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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Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play

Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Play can release code from the rules and structures that drive it.
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Here's an opportunity to young programmers to "mod" video games and learn the ins and outs of coding.

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​Students Use MAD Learn to Create Apps for Local Communities (EdSurge News)

​Students Use MAD Learn to Create Apps for Local Communities (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Before this spring, rising 7th grader Madison Reiman was no mobile app designer. But after developing her ideas in class last April, she’s worked to bring her creative prowess to her community.Madison, who starts 7th grade at Auburn High/Middle School in Auburn, Nebraska this fall, was one of thirty
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Examples of how students can build apps for local businesses and their own schools using tools like MAD-learn or Google Forms.

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Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Digital storytelling enhances K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling uses various types of media to illustrate academic concepts in an engaging way for today's students.
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Digital tools expand the possibilities for story-telling - check out Bernard Robin's website.

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Welcome to the university of the future

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Most people have not heard of Singularity University in California, but it is attracting some of the world's finest minds. Josie Ensor visits one of the most elite institutions
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 A British perspective on Singularity, a university of the future where interdisciplinary work is the norm and technology is a given. 

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Digital learning: how technology is reshaping teaching - Telegraph.co.uk

Digital learning: how technology is reshaping teaching - Telegraph.co.uk | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Digital learning: how technology is reshaping teaching Telegraph.co.uk It is unsurprising, therefore, that technology is playing an increasingly central role in the classroom - not just in ICT lessons, where children will start...
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An English perspective on integrating technology into classroom instruction.

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Customized Learning - KELOLAND TV

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Customized Learning
KELOLAND TV
Freshman and sophomores had the chance to sign up for a new customized learning program in Watertown this year.
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Students will be able to move at their own pace in core subjects opening up opportunities for more electives and college-ready courses.

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South Fayette students' work on display in nation's capital

South Fayette students' work on display in nation's capital | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

For two years, the software development team at South Fayette High School has been working to create a flashcard application for teachers to use to help students. The team’s ongoing  work paid off this month: The nine-member group was named the winner of the First Annual Congressional STEM App Challenge.

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I feel quite fortunate to work with South Fayette and I've had a chance to interact with the student app team. This is exactly the type of real world experiences we want to see more in our schools. 

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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
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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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