Using Technology to Transform Learning
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Articles, ideas, references showcasing ways that educational technologies change teaching and learning
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Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education

Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The K-12 classroom doesn’t look the way it used to.
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3D printing, Lego tools (robotics), graphing calculators, iPads, and Flight Simulator are highlighted. 

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XPRIZE RECRUITS REAL-LIFE “BIG HERO 6”

XPRIZE RECRUITS REAL-LIFE “BIG HERO 6” | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
SIX YOUNG PEOPLE WIN VIDEO CONTEST TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH BIG IDEAS Winners will Travel to LA to Walk the Red Carpet at the Hollywood Premiere of Disney’s BIG HERO 6
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Kids from the age of 9-17 who have created, designed, built real world solutions to global problems. 

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Connecting with the Hive Global community at MozFest | Hive Learning Network Pittsburgh

Connecting with the Hive Global community at MozFest | Hive Learning Network Pittsburgh | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

A couple of weeks ago, a coterie of Pittsburghers joined more than 1,600 people from around the world at the 2014 Mozilla Festival in London, UK.

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Report from 2014 Mozilla Festival where global members of HIVE communities around the world gathered to share ideas and success stories. 

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Helping Children Find Something New Inside Something Known – Remake Learning

Helping Children Find Something New Inside Something Known – Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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STEAM doesn't have to be just for "older" kids. Here's a wonderful project in the Pittsburgh Public Schools targeting primary school level learners.

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Glenbrook South students take part in STEM project

Glenbrook South students take part in STEM project | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
There's no simple multiple-choice answer to the question facing nearly 50 science students at Glenbrook South High School.
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Illinois is taking a lead where every state should have this type of activity. 

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Ohio Teacher is Teaching Game Design with 3D Printing: Comes up with Incredibly Inventive 3D Tic-Tac-Toe

Ohio Teacher is Teaching Game Design with 3D Printing: Comes up with Incredibly Inventive 3D Tic-Tac-Toe | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When I think back to my childhood, the most fun I had did not come from my vast collection of Nintendo games, but rather from my equally impressive selection of
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Super way of combining a STEAM activity with game-based learning. Chad Kuhn uses Zulama Entertainment Technology's Evolution of Games to challenge students to rethink Tic-Tac-Toe.

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What happens when a robotics class starts the year with no robots? - The Hechinger Report

What happens when a robotics class starts the year with no robots?  - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — When school started this fall at DeWitt Clinton High School a graphing calculator had to substitute for robots in a ninth-grade robotics class. The teacher, Howard A. Stern, was eager to teach the new robotics class for freshmen, but he started the year without a curriculum or the equipment he requested. He …
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Demonstrates how creative teachers can be. Also shows how all kids can be successful in a STEAM environment.

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Leveling the Playing Field with Technology: It's No Longer a Choice (EdSurge News)

The vision of Polk School District, Georgia, is to create a transformational learning environment that will keep students at the forefront of their own academic pursuits. Every student, regardless of his or her socioeconomic background, is at the center of the educational process in our approach.As
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Mobile Mind Specialists help teachers develop interactive lessons using technology ... Polk County has a vision and a plan to meet the needs of all learners.

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Will Google Glass Bring Augmented Reality into the Classroom?

Will Google Glass Bring Augmented Reality into the Classroom? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Adam Winkle, who earned the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence and science educator, is a pioneer user of Google Glass, which enables users to access infinite amounts of information with voice commands and touches via a head mounted display...
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Science seems like a natural for augmented reality. Here in Pittsburgh the Ellis School has forged new directions in physics using Google Glass.

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What MOOCs Are Teaching Universities About Active Learning

What MOOCs Are Teaching Universities About Active Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

MOOThere's a lot of skepticism about whether or not MOOCs are "disrupting" higher education, but can they offer important learning opportunities for the institutions themselves?

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MOOCs from this perspective have become the ultimate Flipped Experience. The research shows that a blended approach with the online information from the MOOC combined with a face-to-face smaller group experience can be very successful.

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Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning

Students Tell All: What It’s Like to Be Trusted Partners in Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
High school students at Science Leadership Academy explain what they value in their education.
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Super audio testimonies from students at SLA about the benefits (and challenges) of Inquiry-based Learning. Students share how they enjoy finding answers for themselves to their questions and creating projects to share their understanding.

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How computers change the way we learn

How computers change the way we learn | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Can technology improve the way we learn and think? Google’s head of research argues we're headed into a new era of education.


Via Nik Peachey
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At each leap in technology - moving from story-telling to writing - there are people who question and people who tout the benefits. Alfred Spector from Google and others look at the new opportunities with technology to personalize and use the power of the "crowd." 

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 31, 2014 6:46 AM

Des applications pour apprendre les langues sont déjà beaucoup utilisées, mais l'article va plus loin.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2014 11:54 AM

This a conversation dating back to Socrates and others. It is not so much that it changes how we think although it does. The more important point is we remain aware and work with that understanding. How does it impact teaching and learning in the classroom?

 

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Flipping the Lecture Hall -- Campus Technology

Flipping the Lecture Hall -- Campus Technology | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Columbia University is experimenting with the flipped classroom model in large lecture courses.
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Flipped Learning now one of the major emerging technology trends in higher education.

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Why MOOCs are Failing the People They're Supposed to Help

Why MOOCs are Failing the People They're Supposed to Help | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
MOOCs and online education are a technology with potentially revolutionary implications—but without a precise plan for realizing that potential.
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Well written article that looks at the initial research on the success or lack of success of MOOCs and questions why the work at Stanford and CMU on "control theory" learning has not been applied to MOOCs.

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Machine Learning

Machine Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Empowering the next revolution in education. GUEST COLUMN | by Raúl Garreta For the last couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been revolutionizing the education landscape and t...
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Machine Learning is the next iteration in artificial intelligence - "...algorithms that allow computers to process and understand information in text."

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A Future in Science – Remake Learning

A Future in Science – Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Young inventors drive to solve problems locally and globally

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Examples of national and Pittsburgh projects that received awards in the annual Google Science Fair. 

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Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the ...
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Interesting perspective - move towards the authentic instead of virtual now happening according to the teacher/author.

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Robotics Projects Encourage Girls to Engage in STEM | Tech Learning

Robotics Projects Encourage Girls to Engage in STEM | Tech Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

At The Ellis School, an all-girls, independent school in Pittsburgh, PA, for PreK-12, a core part of curricular programming, often within interdisciplinary projects, gives every girl the opportunity to learn to code, build robots, and learn about engineering. - See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/features/0039/robotics-projects-encourage-girls-to-engage-in-stem/55519#sthash.X0vzRNcK.dpuf

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The Ellis School has used Human Centered Design to bring the A to STEM and make their program a STEAMing success.

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Digital Innovation in Learning Awards | Winners

Digital Innovation in Learning Awards | Winners | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

Inaugural winners in the Digital Promise competition in categories such as  - Busting Boundaries, Creative Director, Sharing is Caring, Administrator Trailblazer, Power to the People, We are Family. 

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Includes two out of seventeen Pittsburgh educational leaders - Kris Hupp, a teacher leader for the Cornell School District , and Aileen Owens, Director of Technology and Innovation for the South Fayette School District.

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The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The best student video tutorial creators are sometimes made the kids who've struggled the most to understand.
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Move over Sal Kahn! Let the kids show their ability to explain how to solve problems and share their insights into difficult concepts.

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Digital learning needs a light touch

Digital learning needs a light touch | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Tech won’t turn a bad teacher into a good one, but it can help create meaningful learning experiences.
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Here's a Success Story from South Africa

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7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

7 TED Talks about gaming’s potential | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
These seven TED talks are right on point when it comes to gaming’s potential in education.
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Jane McGonigal and other experts share their passion for games. 

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For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way - The Hechinger Report

For the first time, schools in the nation’s largest charter network are investing in technology in a big way - The Hechinger Report | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
AUSTIN, Texas — Technology is everywhere at KIPP Austin Obras, a charter elementary school in Texas. One day at the beginning of the school year, first-graders grappled with math concepts as they tried to coax JiJi the penguin across the screen of their netbooks. Kindergarteners in a Spanish-language technology class learned to log on to …
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Blended Learning provides more personalized options for students with focus on KIPP Schools - a group of charter schools that were slow to adopt a mixed technology strategy.

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EdSurge Green in the Emerald City: Tech for Schools Summit in Seattle (EdSurge News)

“I feel like I’ve won already -- I’ve had golden opportunities to sit down and have real conversations,” praised Suzanne Righi, who teaches 5th grade at Madrona K-8 School.It may have been chilly and rainy in Seattle on October 24-25, but inside the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, discu
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Opportunities for teachers, administrators, and STUDENTS to share their issues with edupreneurs. 

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Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC

Rice Offers First Free Advanced Placement MOOC | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
By offering AP Biology through edX, Rice University has brought college-level classes to high school students via a free online platform.
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Free course, though without lab activities. 

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