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Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz

Teaching tech to the teachers - Stuff.co.nz | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The first rule of Zombie Robots Group at Taupaki Primary School is you don't talk about Zombie Robots Group.
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An example of how schools in New Zealand are integrating digital learning. 

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Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News

Downingtown STEM Academy students work on applications in technology - Daily Local News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
DOWNINGTOWN >> STEM Academy sophomores collaborated with Comcast on Friday to discover new uses of technology.
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Comcast has not joined the STEM design world with a learning environment that includes Makey Makey, Sphero, and other interactive tools. 

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Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers

Three lessons from data on the best ways to give feedback to students - Education By The Numbers | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Proponents of computerized instruction often point out that software can give instant feedback to students. And that helps students learn more. That’s why a personal tutor can be so powerful. He or she can immediately react when there’s a misunderstanding and provide an explanation or a hint. But the truth is, educators don’t really understand …
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Sometimes immediate feedback is not the best strategy. The type of activity determines the best type of feedback. Explanations are always effective.

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‘Gone Home': A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking

‘Gone Home': A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills.
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Examples from creative teachers who used this atypical game to meet ELA standards and engage students across multiple sites.

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Is This the Future of Adult Learning? - EdSurge

Is This the Future of Adult Learning? - EdSurge | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How does the MIT Media Lab develop its adult learning tools?
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Adult learners who need to develop literacy skills can now grow their knowledge of English by reading to young children and see a dual screen with their native language and English or have an app as they commute to work on their English skills. 

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5 Announcements at CES 2015 that Could Affect Education

A virtual reality display, advanced 3D printing components and a bold stance from Intel for workforce diversity headlined CES this year.
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There are too many products to possibly examine at the CES show. Here's a summary from EdTech about five products or announcements that have an educational significance.

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MOOCs Aim To Strengthen Computer Science And Physics Teaching In Middle ... - Forbes

MOOCs Aim To Strengthen Computer Science And Physics Teaching In Middle ... - Forbes | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When massive open online courses (MOOCs) took off three years ago, many educators had high hopes that these courses could expand and diversify access to education.
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Harvey Mudd University has targeted K-12, especially 6-12, as the entry point for STEM education. They have developed a series of online courses (MOOcs) for this population. 

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Internet of Things Lab Powers Football Helmet Designs at UW Madison

Internet of Things Lab Powers Football Helmet Designs at UW Madison | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Students at the University of Wisconsin Madison come up with interesting ways to solve problems with the Internet of Things.
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I've been looking for educational ways to tap into the Internet of things. Maybe right now it's just best to let students innovate and create new strategies to use this technology. 

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Meet The Classroom Of The Future

Meet The Classroom Of The Future | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.
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The School for One uses an algorithm to determine where students are and what they need to learn. It has pluses and minuses, but it's important to look at this approach with more student input. Right now it's about a computer telling the teacher and student what to do. 

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The evolution of video, from technicolor to streaming to 4K

The evolution of video, from technicolor to streaming to 4K | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Tech Time Machine:The Evolution of VideoBy Eli Epstein presented byToday, when we watch a Facebook video on our smartphone or a CGI-drenched film on Netflix, we tend to overlook the tremendous progress that's been made in the fields of filmmaking...
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History of modern video over the past 100 years. Great tool for classroom discussion. 

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A quest for a different learning model: Playing games in school - The Hechinger Report

A quest for a different learning model: Playing games in school - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — When the New York City middle school Quest to Learn welcomed its first class of sixth-graders in 2009, it hailed itself as “the school for digital kids.” Its founders from the Institute of Play promised a technology-rich environment that would parlay children’s passion for video games into riveting educational experiences and authentic …
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The power of games in action at Quest to Learn in NYC and through teacher training in Pittsburgh.

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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.
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Glad to see that Scoop.It made the list of alternative tools.

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Pittsburgh-based Duolingo introduces software for schools

Pittsburgh-based Duolingo introduces software for schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A language learning app designed to turn the work of translation into play is making the turn into serious business for schools across the globe. Shadyside-based Duolingo announced this afternoon that it has released Duolingo for Schools, a version of the popular mobile and desktop app that allows teachers to check students’ work, evaluate learning styles and even adapt curriculums to fit student needs. The software’s machine-learning capabilities will assess when students hesitate before answer
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Here's an innovative approach to language learning from a Carnegie Mellon spin-off company that uses a crowd-sourcing approach as part of its business model. 

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CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer

CMS offering students options for learning - Charlotte Observer | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is experimenting with personalized learning, an approach to teaching that gives students options.
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Here is a good story that identifies the issues - positive and negative - as CMS moves into a personalized form of instruction that uses technology as a tool to deliver information.

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Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps - VentureBeat | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agr...
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As more and more young people use apps, it's critical to look at the differences in learning styles in order to make online learning more engaging.

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Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Personalize Learning: Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.
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While this doesn't truly focus on the role of technology, technology will need to play a major role to make personalized learning a reality. 

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Wireless Video in Learning Spaces

Wireless Video in Learning Spaces | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Like Wi-Fi, wireless video holds the promise of freeing our laptops and mobile devices from cumbersome cables. This is more than a simple convenience in many situations. Imagine a standard, technology-enhanced college classroom.

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Good analysis of wireless options from Chris Millet at Penn State University.

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Lincoln Laboratory hosts first "Make Your Own Wearables" workshop for high-school girls

Lincoln Laboratory hosts first "Make Your Own Wearables" workshop for high-school girls | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Hands-on projects in wearable technology introduce girls to mechanical design and electrical engineering.
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Details from a workshop organized by an MIT female engineering student in Boston.

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Fun and games lead to learning in Farber's Denville classroom - NorthJersey.com

Fun and games lead to learning in Farber's Denville classroom - NorthJersey.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Peek inside Matthew Farber’s social studies classes at Valleyview Middle School in Denville and you may see his students playing games, but there is learning taking place as well.
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Interview with Matthew Farber, a teacher in New Jersey, who has successfully used game-based learning to deepen the learning in his class. 

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Virtual Personal Assistant App Helps Students Manage College Life -- Campus Technology

Virtual Personal Assistant App Helps Students Manage College Life -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Imagine a mobile app that wakes a student up for his first class, guides him to his classroom via GPS, alerts him to upcoming exams, provides information on study sessions, times his study periods, reminds him that it's his last day to sign up for or drop classes, gives him a profile of students in each of his classes, and automatically inserts classes and events into his smartphone calendar.
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McGill University piloted the app. Right now it's for the higher ed market, but sounds like something that could work well for 6-12. 

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The Web Poet's Society

The Web Poet's Society | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Can an online course revive interest in the classics?
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Using a MOOC to bring poetry to the masses.

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The Experimental Cookie: Teaching Kids Science Through Baking – The Plate: Maryn McKenna

The Experimental Cookie: Teaching Kids Science Through Baking – The Plate: Maryn McKenna | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
If you spend any time around cooks, you might hear some version of this comment: “Cooking is an art. But baking… ooh, that’s science.” What people mean, usually, is that baking requires precision a...
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Baking as Science. Here's a chance to truly bring the scientific method into the mouths of learners.

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What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class

What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Despite the uncertain financial standing of a cooking and gardening program, students are encouraged to take risks, even costly ones, all for the sake of learning.
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Adding a different flavor of "green" to a STEAM project - creating a catering business using crops/foods grown by students.

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Lessons on Small Particles Yield Big Gains, Say Proponents

Lessons on Small Particles Yield Big Gains, Say Proponents | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teaching nanoscience could help integrate STEM studies and point students to new careers.
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I don't think there should be a separate program, but understanding nanoscience in context of modern physics and chemistry makes tremendous sense.

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When a Flipped-Classroom Pioneer Hands Off His Video Lectures, This Is What Happens

When a Flipped-Classroom Pioneer Hands Off His Video Lectures, This Is What Happens | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
At Brigham Young University, an accounting professor became something of a rock star on camera. Then he retired.
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A video lecture pioneer, Norman Nemrow, whose work is now included at Brigham Young University as part of a "flipped" strategy. 

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