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Articles, ideas, references showcasing ways that educational technologies change teaching and learning
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Innovation: What It Really Takes to Market a Good Idea - The Fiscal Times

Innovation: What It Really Takes to Market a Good Idea - The Fiscal Times | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Management gurus who have long touted the value of teamwork and productive collaborati
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Interview with Walter Isaacson looking at role of collaboration as part of innovation process. 

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6 Minecraft lesson ideas for your Common Core math class | eSchool News | eSchool News

6 Minecraft lesson ideas for your Common Core math class | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When I taught third-grade math last year, I combined elements from the wildly popular sandbox game Minecraft to get kids to rethink math class.
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Turning Minecraft into Mathcraft for a third grade classroom.

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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

"According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code.

 

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don't need this skill because they'll all go into it as a career -- that isn't realistic -- but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here's how you can start."

 


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Vicki Davis shares a great roster of ways to make more than an Hour of Code possible in every K-12 classroom.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 29, 2014 11:53 AM

Older article but pertinent information with resources on teaching your students coding.

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:51 PM

Mais alguns exemplos de programas

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Perspectives on Learning Pathways – Remake Learning

Perspectives on Learning Pathways – Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

On Friday, November 21st the Sprout Fund hosted the Pittsburgh Learning Pathways Summit, a town hall meeting where teachers, students, mentors, and others gathered to explore ways to connect in-school and out-of-school learning experiences and create new pathways to opportunity for students in the greater Pittsburgh region.

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One of the keys to lighting up the learning pathway is digital badging. Article includes a variety of sound-bytes from educators throughout the Pittsburgh region looking at where learning is heading.

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Art and Science Intersect at the Environmental Charter School's Thinking Lab

Art and Science Intersect at the Environmental Charter School's Thinking Lab | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
On a recent Thursday morning at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park, eighth graders Tori Hogue and Riley Wolynn are hacking web pages. It's not
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Students work in collaborative teams to reinvent instruments or to find solutions to design challenges.

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What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks

What Students Can Learn from Giving TEDx Talks | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Creating a TED talk can be as educational as watching one. Students and teachers are taking up this activity to grow new skills and learn more about themselves.
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Giving students a voice - an opportunity to share their interests and passions.

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Next Generation Online Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered

Next Generation Online Learning | Higher Ed Beta @insidehighered | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

“Online education” takes many different forms.  It can be synchronous or asynchronous, self-paced or scheduled, video- or activity-based, free or for-fee, modularized or unchunked, and instructor- or learner-centered. An online class can be the size of a standard course, massive in scale, or somewhere in between.

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Good breakdown of type of online learning with the most creative engaging the learner in the process - a module approach where the learner can pick and choose the units, "Learning by Design."

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Drexel professor creates LocoRobo, a nonprofit to teach robotics - Philadelphia Business Journal

Drexel professor creates LocoRobo, a nonprofit to teach robotics - Philadelphia Business Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Pramod Abichandani wants every school district in the United States to have a solid robotics program. LocoRobo is his key to making that dream a reality.
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Another robotic kit that works with Android mobile as well as more sophisticated programming languages like Python.

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Researchers explore future of 'postdigital' textbook

Researchers explore future of 'postdigital' textbook | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
An interdisciplinary team at Arizona State University has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies program to conduct research o
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Adding social interaction to academic content makes sense. 

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology

EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology.
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New direction for MOOCs - training teachers to infuse technology, teach in a blended learning environment, and educational leadership.

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IndieCade, Part 3: Learning from Virtual Reality | DMLcentral

IndieCade, Part 3: Learning from Virtual Reality | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Oculus Rift made headlines this year with a development kit for its affordable virtual reality head-mounted display, which comes equipped with sophisticated software that prevents the “simulator sickness” that was so common on earlier models.
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I've never experienced a virtual reality game, but this approach seems quite engaging and may lead to a better appreciation for many cultural situations.

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Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report

Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated …
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Jordan Shapiro, a professor at Temple University, hones in on the social context for digital learning and the possibilities of game-based learning.

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Summit Friends Facebook to Expand Personalized Learning Platform (EdSurge News)

Schools are often at the mercy of the market as they wait for companies to develop tools that enable them to improve learning. But what happens when such hopes don’t materialize?Some take the reins and start building themselves. That’s what Summit Public Schools, a charter network based in Silicon V
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Great opportunity to schools wanting to make learning more personalized - a system that can be shared and explored together.

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Parents told: use iPads to get reluctant boys to read

Parents told: use iPads to get reluctant boys to read | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A study by the National Literacy Trust says tablet computers are a 'vital new weapon' to combat poor reading, with a doubling in the number of nurseries using them
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UK studies show that young boys and poorer students read for longer periods and develop greater vocabulary using tablets.

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Hands-on learning environment transforms student engagement

Hands-on learning environment transforms student engagement | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Vocational education prepares students for life after school.
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Lesson from Australia via West Virginia

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An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context - The Hechinger Report

An education prof. goes back to high school, finds technology is no longer a tool but a context - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Every student arrived with a smartphone. Ask a question, and instantly, thumbs began to effortlessly search for a digital answer. High school history had changed during my 21 year absence from teaching it. Now a professor of education at Baylor University, I returned to a local area public high school last fall on a research …
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It's time to stop talking about 21st Century Skills and Technology as a  Tool. This article by Tony Talbert and Jason Trumble highlight how technology is part of the world of today's high school learners. Educators need to find ways to tap into this information resource and restructure learning activities.

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Minecraft at Tate: in gaming, the Renaissance has returned

Minecraft at Tate: in gaming, the Renaissance has returned | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Jonathan Jones: This new collaboration is proof that video games hark back to an artistic age obsessed with realism and perspective – the Renaissance
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Are video games an art form? The Tate Gallery has commissioned new Mindcraft versions of artwork.

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Coding exposure: 900 students develop their first programs at App Day - GeekWire

Coding exposure: 900 students develop their first programs at App Day - GeekWire | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Inside the gymnasium on Friday at Rainier Beach High School was a scene best described as organized chaos.
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Great program that more schools should model. 

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9 design concepts for creating collaborative student spaces on campus - eCampus News

9 design concepts for creating collaborative student spaces on campus - eCampus News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The next step in improving students’ experience in higher ed may be in rebuilding campus spaces for collaboration and data sharing.
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While this study focuses on higher education, it could easily be used by formal and informal K-12 learning providers. The key is to have flexible, personalized, learning spaces.

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Learning Environment as the Third Educator

Learning Environment as the Third Educator | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Reggio Emilia approach has a strong belief that children learn through interaction with others while teachers observe and document the learning.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University in Pittsburgh have been leaders in using the Reggio Emilia model for early childhood. Reggio Emilia sees technology as one tool that actively engages the child. The environment is really a Maker Space giving young learners the tools to learn based on their interests.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 21, 2014 4:21 PM
The Reggio Emilia approach is about having children seen as competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, inventive and to possess a desire to interact and communicate with others. The learning environment, the third educator, invites learners to explore and discover on their own as teachers and parents observe and document the process. 
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 22, 2014 12:22 PM

The teaching/learning environment is a technology that is often overlooked.

 

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7 Ways Tech Can Raise Student Success Rates [#Infographic]

From blended learning to analytics, an educational technology investment organization is identifying what works in classrooms.
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Key to success - targeted learning using an active, blended strategy with appropriate support, systemic approach, and scaffolded technology

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Demarest students program two NAO robots as part of STEM class - Education - NorthJersey.com

Demarest students program two NAO robots as part of STEM class - Education - NorthJersey.com | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
DEMAREST - An unusual trick-or-treater visited classrooms at Demarest Middle School this Halloween €“ a two-foot tall NAO robot that was programmed to mimic costume-wearing children.
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What fun! Here are middle school kids "creating" and "designing" novel solutions using the NAO robot.

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Building Mobile Apps for Faculty -- Campus Technology

Building Mobile Apps for Faculty -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's application development team meets faculty mobile app needs by working collaboratively, managing goals and expectations, and emphasizing transparency.
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Great model for both high school and post-secondary to consider using their own resources to solve internal learning needs.

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'Let it Code' with Frozen-inspired coding | eSchool News | eSchool News

'Let it Code' with Frozen-inspired coding | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new coding initiative from Code.org encourages students--especially girls--to become involved in computer programming.
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Looks like a great way to motivate younger learners.

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's news leader. - Community devises ways to deal with lava - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's news leader. - Community devises ways to deal with lava - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii's news leader. News, business, lifestyle, weather, sports, video, employment, real estate, rentals, mobile, breaking news, breaking hawaii news.
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Putting STEM and entrepreneurial efforts to work to design a solution for a community problem! 

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