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Will Gaming Save Education, or Just Waste Time? -- THE Journal

Will Gaming Save Education, or Just Waste Time? -- THE Journal | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Today's sophisticated digital games are engaging students and conveying hard-to-teach concepts like failure and perspective. So why aren't more classrooms playing along?
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Well-written article that looks at the research and opportunities with game-based learning.

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Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools

Why the 'Maker Movement' is Popular in Schools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A number of forces are driving schools to rethink the way they teach students.
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Good story with focus on Albemarle Schools in Virginia. The video really brings home the student and teacher points of view. 

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Girls Learning Code explores webmaking

Girls Learning Code explores webmaking | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Recently, Girls Learning Code hosted two week long camps at the Mozilla Community Space in Toronto, Canada. The first camp explored the theme of Webmaking! ...
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Great week-long workshop with sessions including Paper Prototyping with Minecraft, Using Scratch to develop Leadership Skills, and Collaborative Programming. 

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Five education trends for the new school year | eSchool News | eSchool News

Five education trends for the new school year | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Recent developments in standards and a new federal emphasis on equity have led to new school trends for the 2013-14 academic year.
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Trends include assessments for flipped learning and adding coding and the arts to STEM. Good links with the trends.

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How Technology is Moving Arts Education Beyond the Classroom

How Technology is Moving Arts Education Beyond the Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
When you think about youth arts education, traditional images of high school art classrooms might come to mind: textbooks, sketchbooks, acrylic paints. But not in Pittsburgh.
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Great examples from out-of-school and in-school projects in the Pittsburgh area. 

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Eight UK schools to take part in 'Internet of Things' pilot - Telegraph.co.uk

Eight UK schools to take part in 'Internet of Things' pilot - Telegraph.co.uk | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk Eight UK schools to take part in 'Internet of Things' pilot Telegraph.co.uk The idea of the Internet of Things is to enable a world where devices, data and places are connected with applications and people over the Internet,...
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Fascinating project. The UK takes the lead. How could American and other students participate? 

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Mobile Learning

Five-Minute Film Festival: Mobile Learning | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Intrigued by the idea of using mobile devices for instructional purposes in the classroom? This playlist from VideoAmy will give you some tips and insights into the challenges and the promise of mobile learning.
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Great video examples to challenge the educational norms.

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The future of the technology industry: 2,000 miles of code

The future of the technology industry: 2,000 miles of code | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Kids as young as eight are sinking their teeth into advanced development – is the tech sector's future in safe hands?
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Coding provides the tool to take control. Great article focusing on UK summer hacking event - Young Rewired State. 

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How MOOCs Will Revolutionize Corporate Learning & Development - Forbes

How MOOCs Will Revolutionize Corporate Learning & Development - Forbes | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
How MOOCs Will Revolutionize Corporate Learning & Development
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MOOCS, which first formally entered the learning sphere in 2008, gained prominence in 2012 when Stanford University offered the first in what became a series of its own.
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Fascinating to see how Flip Learning and MOOCs are changing corporate training.

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How Making Robots Captivates Kids' Imaginations

How Making Robots Captivates Kids' Imaginations | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Building robots inspires such passion in high school seniors Violet and Kjersti that they've begun mentoring younger robotics teams to teach STEM skills -- and save their school's robotics program.
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Great video showcasing several high school women sharing their success stories with robotics. 

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Why video is the unlikely common denominator in ed-tech

Why video is the unlikely common denominator in ed-tech | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Here's why video is a big and important part of today's education technology trends.
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Even though the author has a built-in bias due to his affiliation with a video-related company, the points are worth considering.

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Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools

Researchers See Video Games as Testing, Learning Tools | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Wisconsin researchers are examining whether games can measure learning and build attention, empathy, and other noncognitive skills.
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Research that will demonstrate how games can impact learning.

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Computer models help students examine biological structures | eSchool News

Computer models help students examine biological structures | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Many scientists agree that the best way to learn the anatomy of any species is to utilize donor bodies. However, thousands of junior high, high school and college students, and university researchers do not have access to specific animals.
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Wonderful tool that can open new opportunities for learning about animals. Is anyone using this right now? 

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MIT Unleashes New Online Game for Math and Science

MIT Unleashes New Online Game for Math and Science | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A group of researchers in MIT’s Education Arcade are trying to harness the power of MMO games to teach high school students to think like scientists and mathematicians. Their game, The Radix...
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Looks fascinating. How will students respond? 

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Women of Google Glass connect fashion and technology - Economic Times

Women of Google Glass connect fashion and technology - Economic Times | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Economic Times Women of Google Glass connect fashion and technology Economic Times "We absolutely have to consider style and fashion, because once you put something on your body, it becomes part of your expression of who you are," said Jennifer...
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Fascinating story on how fashion is now intersecting with technology. What do you think? Is it important to have the right color Google glasses? 

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London, Ivory Coast, Pittsburgh and more: A Maker Party event roundup

London, Ivory Coast, Pittsburgh and more: A Maker Party event roundup | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Every week, people in the community are throwing events all over the world to celebrate Maker Party. We've been showcasing many of those events and ...
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Pittsburgh joins cities around the world providing opportunities for "makers." 

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Open Textbooks Advocate Circles Back To Tech -- InformationWeek

Open Textbooks Advocate Circles Back To Tech -- InformationWeek | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Rice University electrical and computer engineering professor Richard Baraniuk helped create OpenStax online series to solve a practical need for a good textbook.
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Moving torwards personalizing learning using learning analytics. Could this work for K-12? 

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Sound intuition: This technology will turn your movements into music

Sound intuition: This technology will turn your movements into music | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
For Pieter-Jan Pieters, revenge has been both sweet and sonorous. When music schools refused to admit him because he could not read music, he went to a design
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View the videos to see other amazing projects that use "design" principles to solve real-world problems. 

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The Astounding Impact Of Innovative Technology In The Developing World

The Astounding Impact Of Innovative Technology In The Developing World | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Remarkable new information technologies are unlocking the potential of developing countries in ways that are not only empowering, but revolutionary.
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Great examples of the use of mobile technologies in Africa with link to TED talk by Nathan Myhrvold looking at how technology can address medical issues like malaria. 

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Listen up, schools! Technology helps with parent participation

Listen up, schools! Technology helps with parent participation | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
A new survey reveals that though most parents want to participate in their child’s school or district, not enough technology options exist to help them communicate with educators and school leaders.
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Parents schedule limits time, but through technology new opportunities are possible. Page 2 includes an infographic with great stats. 

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Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy

Q&A: Bill Gates on Teaching, Ed Tech, and Philanthropy | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Bill Gates says that listening to classroom teachers will be key if technology is to transform K-12 education.
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Fascinating inferview with Bill Gates and his strong support for the role of the classroom teacher.

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I’m 13 and none of my friends use Facebook

I’m 13 and none of my friends use Facebook | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
I’m a teen living in New York, Mashable reports. All of my friends have social networks — Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, etc. Facebook used to be all I could talk about when I was younger. “Mom, I want a Facebook!
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What is trending with today's youth? Instagram, Vine and new simpler, less intrusive tools are taking over. 

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Creating your own eTextbooks for Common Core | eSchool News

Creating your own eTextbooks for Common Core | eSchool News | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
In an effort to save schools and districts money that’s often spent on outdated textbooks, many of which are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards, innovative educators and administrators are using online resources to create customized...
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Provides overview of key elements for eBook and tools for both Mac and PC to use to generate eBooks aligned with Common Core.

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Focus on Teachers: Katie Christie, Using Technology to "Flip" Her Classroom

Focus on Teachers: Katie Christie, Using Technology to "Flip" Her Classroom | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
Teacher leader Katie Christie using technology to flip her classroom.
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Great example of an elementary teacher flipping her learning experiences. 

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Activate Instruction Puts Students in the Driver's Seat (EdSurge News)

Activate Instruction Puts Students in the Driver's Seat (EdSurge News) | Using Technology to Transform Learning | Scoop.it
With sites like BetterLesson and ShareMyLesson offering databases of lesson plans (with the help of partnerships with large teacher organizations), the arrival of Activate Instruction this summer may beg the question: what’s so special this time?
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Makes personalized learning truly a student focused strategy. 

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