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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Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the ...

Beyond the Maker Movement: How the ChangeMakers Are the ... | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
As the co-founder of IDEAco, a nonprofit that works in maker education, a large part of my job is about using maker culture to inspire learning. Exposure to this revolution hooks students on the science, technology, engineering ...
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Making technology solve real problems - ChangeMakers. 

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LEGO And Ashoka Want To Help You Change The World Through Playful ... - Forbes

LEGO And Ashoka Want To Help You Change The World Through Playful ... - Forbes | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
LEGO And Ashoka Want To Help You Change The World Through Playful ...
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Looks like a great way to get kids and communities engaged. 

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Turning a MOOC Into a Network of Schools Collaborating | Mediashift | PBS

Turning a MOOC Into a Network of Schools Collaborating | Mediashift | PBS | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Co-authored with Avery Holton MOOCs, or massive open online courses, have been alternately heralded as the future of online education and a flop. Although MOOCs promise education for the masses, they often have mass desertions after the first week and are lucky to have 10 percent completion rates.
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This example from Utah and Texas has been replicated in places like India where sub-groups form and take advantage of the large-scale delivery of content with smaller group interactions for engagement.

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How Is The Internet Changing Education?

How Is The Internet Changing Education? | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The internet has brought many wonders to our lives.
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There's no denying the impact of the Internet in the form of eLearning and online opportunities. 

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Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM

Schools Shift from STEM to STEAM | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
3D printers, sophisticated software and other technologies are helping many schools incorporate the arts into their STEM curricula.
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Examples of schools around the country that are adding the arts - visual, performing, media, language - to STEM.

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No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson (EdSurge News)

No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Ask education leaders and they’ll tell you: Hybrid High, the University of Southern California's experimental two-year old charter school, is doing just fine. More than two-thirds of its original students are meeting their growth targets. But peek behind the stats and you’ll discover a school that h
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Creating a culture of learning with strong teacher involvement proved to be the key for Hybrid High. 

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April Fools? Nope. Real Life Sci-Fi Coming to a Classroom Near You | Remake Learning

April Fools? Nope. Real Life Sci-Fi Coming to a Classroom Near You | Remake Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Amazing projects! Now, how do we decide which ones to use in our classrooms, libraries, or homes? 

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How Technology Enables Blended Learning

How Technology Enables Blended Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
School districts are flipping education on its head with mobile and online teaching tools.
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Examples from California, Colorado and Ohio.

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Passion-Based Learning, Week 6: Minecraft, Lego & Makerspaces

Passion-Based Learning, Week 6: Minecraft, Lego & Makerspaces | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When Minecraft fun shifts from collaboration to competition, Matt gets out the Legos and ponders some fresh questions about digital games & learning objectives.
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Letting kids tinker with no purpose can sometimes be counter-productive. Here's a classroom story that shows how to give kids a focus in order to be successful. 

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Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App' - Education Week News

Why Data Is Education's 'Killer App' - Education Week News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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I hear a lot about the search for the "killer app" in education. One side effect of the boom in consumer technology is everyone is an expert on video games.
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Data in the form of Learning Analytics can change the educational landscape, according to IBM VP. 

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WEB ADVENTURES: FOR STUDENTS | Games — Virtual Clinical Trials - Index

WEB ADVENTURES: FOR STUDENTS | Games — Virtual Clinical Trials - Index | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Interactive games from Rice University introducing key concepts for clinical trials. Can be used by high school students as well as higher education.

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How a Dyslexic Neuroscientist’s iPad App Will Boost Your Kid’s Math Scores

How a Dyslexic Neuroscientist’s iPad App Will Boost Your Kid’s Math Scores | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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I'm interested to hear from schools and students using ST Math. It sounds like a great tool. 

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Games students play in NYC

Games students play in NYC | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Sixth grade students at Quest to Learn, a New York City public school, recently got a two-week break from regular class work to build a giant Rube Goldberg machine. The project, for example, required
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Met with Quest to Learn team last year and heard presentations at Digital Media Learning Conference. They have truly integrated game-based learning into their instructional program. 

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New Media’s Role in Participatory Politics | DMLcentral

New Media’s Role in Participatory Politics | DMLcentral | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Social network sites, websites and text increasingly serve as a conduit for political information and a major public arena where citizens express and exchange their political ideas, raise funds and mobilize others to vote, protest and work on public issues. 
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Digital media opens new doors for engaging youth in civic discourse. 

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Sioux City's West Middle School takes technology to the next level - Sioux City Journal

Sioux City's West Middle School takes technology to the next level - Sioux City Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Sioux City's West Middle School takes technology to the next level Sioux City Journal Eighth-graders Reid Brandon, 14, Ralphy Aguilar, 13, and Nathan Henning, 14 -- who hope to someday become a mechanical engineer, aircraft engineer and...
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Taking a traditional tech ed program to a new level for a series of middle schools in Iowa. The students now see themselves with future STEM careers -  engineers and scientists. 

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Can Open Source Infrastructure Move the Market? (EdSurge News)

Can Open Source Infrastructure Move the Market? (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
So here’s an edtech story you’ve likely never heard:Budding young programmer notices that his high school’s technology is horrible.Young--and now dangerously capable--programmer goes to college and finds his university’s technology is equally offending.Still young, capable--and now credentialed--pro
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Is there anyone out there using Slate other than SLA? I've seen the potential and failure of open source solutions. The marketplace is the ultimate testing ground. 

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Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners

Micro-Credentials: Empowering Lifelong Learners | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Krista Moroder, a project manager with the non-profit Digital Promise, makes a case for micro-credentials in an educational landscape that encourages non-traditional learning for students while still evaluating teachers' PD by...
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I'm interested to find examples and research to learn how teachers feel about micro-credentials, i.e. Badging. Any thoughts? 

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Voices: Students collaborate creatively with technology - Herald Times Reporter

Voices: Students collaborate creatively with technology - Herald Times Reporter | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Voices: Students collaborate creatively with technology
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When most people think of technology and education, they think of it as an add-on to the curriculum — but this is not where the future of education is headed.
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Watch an example of a TED Talk presentation created by high school students. Don't we want all students to create their own TED Talks on subjects that interest them? 

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Students troubleshoot, problem-solve for Bluffs school district data center

Students troubleshoot, problem-solve for Bluffs school district data center | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
The students' work is part of a new student-run data center for the Council Bluffs school district, which helps colleges store medical research data. An unveiling ceremony for the data center was Tuesday at Abraham Lincoln High School.
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Here's a new take on getting kids involved in the IT process - running a data center. 

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Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets

Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it

FranEdutopia blogger Beth Holland urges teachers to inspire their students' love for poetry by introducing it in a context that makes sense - creative use of the technology that young people are already using.

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Fantastic examples of student work as well as Apple's recent iPad campaign.

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- Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests

- Students Yearn For Creativity, Not Tests | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
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Watch Sarah's video. It's quite inspiring. She tackles a series of key questions about the importance of creativity and art. 

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Child’s Play: Lessons from the Sandbox (EdSurge News)

Child’s Play: Lessons from the Sandbox (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How does technology affect the ways kids play, learn, and connect? Such a question popped up continuously over the course of MIT’s Sandbox Summit conference this week. In fact, Claire Green and Wendy Smolen founded Sandbox Summit in 2007 to create a forum for conversations surrounding that very ques
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Themes from Sandbox Summit held in Boston in March - including learning by iterating (failing and trying again). 

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Connected Learning: Chicago Tests 'Digital Badges' to Track Education - Next City

Connected Learning: Chicago Tests 'Digital Badges' to Track Education - Next City | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Connected Learning: Chicago Tests 'Digital Badges' to Track Education Next City On a March 7 panel of big-city mayors at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described what drove the creation of his city's...
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During the summer of 2013 the city of Chicago used "badges" as a tool to document student projects. One problem: the majority of badges were never claimed. 

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Game-Based Storytelling

Game-Based Storytelling | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Blogger Matthew Farber looks at video games as narratives, defines some game development terms, and suggests a range of tools and activities for students to tell their own stories through the gaming medium.
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Wonderful set of ideas and resources to generate digital stories or game and link to Common Core standards.

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Innovation in Education: Not Just a Term for Startups (EdSurge News)

Innovation in Education: Not Just a Term for Startups (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers and schools are often perceived as lacking in innovation. However, looking at the way teachers approach the classroom, you find many similarities to disruptive innovators. In his book, The Innovator's DNA, Clayton Christensen lays out the five characteristics of these innovative thinkers -

Via Stephanie Sandifer
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Adding innovation to the educational world 

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Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:18 PM

If a teacher is allowed to do what he or she needs to do in order to be effective, then they would be operating much like a nimble or agile innovator or developer in their own classrooms -- carefully observing constantly, making relevant connections for their students, asking lots of questions about their practice and about how/what/why students are learning, actively searching for new ideas, and constantly experimenting and tweaking everything in order achieve the best possible outcome.

Scripted lessons, standardized curriculum, and "everyone on the same page on the same day" do not allow for this type of innovation.