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Engadget\'s tablet buyer\'s guide: winter 2013 edition

Engadget\'s tablet buyer\'s guide: winter 2013 edition | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
As we begin 2013, we\'re stuck in a kind of tablet limbo.
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Engadget may not give you the answer, but it will at least provide you with some examples and critieria to examine tablets for educational use.

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Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer-to-Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"With YouTube, Wikipedia, search engines, free chatrooms, blogs, wikis, and video communication, today’s self-learners have power never dreamed-of before. What does any group of self-learners need to know in order to self-organize learning about any topic? The Peeragogy Handbook is a volunteer-created and maintained resource for bootstrapping peer learning.

This project seeks to empower the worldwide population of self-motivated learners who use digital media to connect with each other, to co-construct knowledge of how to co-learn. Co-learning is ancient; the capacity for learning by imitation and more, to teach others what we know, is the essence of human culture. We are human because we learn together. Today, however, the advent of digital production media and distribution/communication networks has raised the power of co-learning to a new level." -- from the source: http://peeragogy.org/
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  This project / living document for co-eLearning will be a site worth participating in or a the least reading periodically. Howard Rheingold, under the "Resources" section has a post about "How to use this Handbook" at http://peeragogy.org/how-to-use-this-handbook/ ;  So be sure to check this out. BTW there is an initial YouTube! video clip by Howard introducing Peeragogy at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDuSpOUtyJE   

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10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints | EdReach

10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints | EdReach | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"Building a digital legacy is an issue I believe doesn’t garner enough attention in our personal and professional lives. In fact, some of the heaviest users of online tools and social media are our young students, who are growing up as a generation of visual learners and visual attention seekers. This is in fact the Facebook and YouTube generation, and the reality is that many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online." - from Source: http://edreach.us/
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NOTE: Common sense is a core ingredient of this article. But, then again common sense is not always applied to digital content by students, employees, or other people. It's just text on a screen and not big deal. As these ten items point out your content may not go away just because you deleted it. So, this is worth reading and thinking about.


To flip this idea -- what would you want your __fill in the blank__ (Grandmother, employeer, admissions officer, supervisor, etc., etc.) to know about you? Keep these thoughts in mind in your daily interactions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest, etc., etc. Carry this further and use Social Media and aggregators to develop a digital portfolio that shows your various skills in communication, design, photography, community involvement, and such.

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The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd.

The Secret to Highly Effective eLearning - Interactyx Ltd. | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"The landscape of training has changed and continues to evolve. As new methods for delivering information become available, the way we design training must continually be analyzed. It is up to the designers of these lessons to keep pace with not only the technology, but the learners’ needs as well. And as more people are exposed to eLearning and online training, it will become increasingly clear just what a difference a great training system can make." from the source: http://interactyx.com/

 

NOTE: This article presents five reasons or secrets of eLearning and Learning Management Systems (LMS's). This is a blog entry from Interactyx Ltd. which is the publisher of a commercial Learning Management System, TOPYX social LMS. While commercial this article can prove useful in understanding better the value of LMS's.

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6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic

6 Google+ Hangouts All About Education Technology - Edudemic | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Google has jumped feet-first into the world of education and we’re all going to benefit. They’re currently wrapping up a lengthy series of Google+ Hangouts that featured notable educators and thought leaders discussing the current trends and tips we should all know about.

 

From professional development to using YouTube in the classroom, there’s a hangout for everyone. Since I love education technology (and hope you do too), I figured it would be helpful to raise awareness of some recent Google+ Hangouts all about edtech.

 

Want more videos? Click here to view the full listing of past recordings by Google... at:'Google Education on Air' -- https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/conference-sessions ."

-- from the source: http://edudemic.com/

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Google+ has been somewhat confusing to me and others. I am beginning to learn some of the ins and outs. One function that has proven invaluable to our family is Hangouts where up to 10 people can video conference. Here is an article that explains in detail 6 Education focused Hangouts for people interested or involved in Education. The author also points to another page with recorded hangout sessions that deal with Education and Google Apps for Education. All in all this looks to be a great resource for the Education community.

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Neverware hopes to save cash-strapped schools millions by making old PCs run like new

Neverware hopes to save cash-strapped schools millions by making old PCs run like new | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it
"... Family Academy became the first New York City public school to pilot a service from a local startup, Neverware. Hornik is friends with Michael Zamansky, a computer science teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan who is tapped into the local startup scene. After hearing about Neverware, and familiar with Hornik’s frustration about the state of Family Academy’s computers, Zamansky connected the two.

Neverware uses a technique known as desktop virtualization. Instead of relying on individual PCs or laptops, Neverware installs a single custom server designed for the specific school. This master machine, dubbed the “Juicebox”, is the brains of the entire system. The individual computers become “thin clients,” essentially dumb screens that are powered by Neverware’s Juicebox. A workstation could continue to operate, even if the hard drive was removed.

“The transformation was incredible,” says Hornik. Ten year old machines were suddenly running Windows 7 at blazing speed. “We went from having around 20 computers that performed terribly to 150 machines that run like they are brand new.”" -- from source: http://www.theverge.com
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NOTE: This article points out how Neverware ( http://neverware.com/ ) is using localized virtualization to provide the core content and apps for schools or organizations that rely on older personal computers. There are other such projects around, but this is the first commercial service I have seen. North Carolina State University is doing a similar service with its Virtual Computing Lab ( http://vcl.ncsu.edu/ ). -- ghbrett

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THE END OF SMARTPHONES: Here's A Computer Screen On A Contact Lens

THE END OF SMARTPHONES: Here's A Computer Screen On A Contact Lens | Education Tech & Tools | Scoop.it

"Ghent (University, Belgium) researchers imagine that in the near future, (contact) lenses like they one they've built will be able to change the color of the wearer's eye, work as sunglasses, or serve a medical purpose like protecting a damaged iris from bright light.


Farther out in time, De Smet and his team believe the lenses could function as a head-up display, "superimposing an image onto the user’s normal view."

 

Eventually this kind of screen-on-the-eye technology could displace the smartphone as as the dominant way people access the Internet and connect to each other." -- from the source: http://www.businessinsider.com/

 

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NOTE: Higher education and corporate training instructional designers are focusing on building distance learning apps to work on multiple platforms. What's going to happen when a "heads up device" (HUD) like the one Ghent is working on comes available? I know this is a futuristic notion, but it demonstrates the need for education & training software to be trully platform independent. Not to mention adherence to existing and emergent standards. Thanks to +Ted Newcomb for the lead.
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