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22 stabbed, 2 others hurt in Franklin Regional High School...

22 stabbed, 2 others hurt in Franklin Regional High School... | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
One adult and 21 students were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning.
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Schools need to have more security. It was to easy for a tragedy like this to happen. Not just anyone should be able to rome the halls of a school. All doors should be locked except the main office and it should be mandatory for all guests to sign in before going else where in the school. With more security this situation could be easily avoided as well. Some may argue that putting metal detectors in schools takes away from students rights and their privacy, but wouldn't you rather metal detectors be put into schools if that meant students were safer? 

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Driver charged after runaway Prince George's Co. school bus hits student

Driver charged after runaway Prince George's Co. school bus hits student | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
A 7-year-old Prince George's County boy was briefly hospitalized Monday morning after being run over by a runaway school bus while standing at his bus stop.
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I was shocked after watching this video. There is no excuse for what happened. I think schools need to be more strict with their policies. This situation could have been easily avoided with rules being enforced.  

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Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged - NYTimes.com

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged - NYTimes.com | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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Just from being in the classroom i notice that some students I'm working with aren't being challenged enough. Do you agree or disagree from your own experience in the classroom? #edci280 

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Finally Office Apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint Are Now Available on iPad for Free

Finally Office Apps Word, Excel and PowerPoint Are Now Available on iPad for Free | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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I think its awesome that resources like these are now free. I know some schools even provide students with ipads for free. I think it levels out the field and all students being able to access the same recourses is only fair. 

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Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet?

Has Education arrived in the 21st Century yet? | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it

This interesting table, comparing 20th and 21st Century learning, was conceived by William Rankin, a well credentialed doctor of Education from ACU, Texas.

 

This graphic, which I found on Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, was originally published on iThinkEd in 2007, where you can read Rankin’s full thoughts that led to his creation of this table.

 

What’s fascinating for me is the fact this was written 7 years ago. It doesn’t date the message. It challenges us as educators to reflect on how far we have actually progressed.

 

I started hearing the talk about 21st Century Learning back in the 90s and here we are in 2013 and, looking at this chart from Rankin, we have to ask ourselves; for all the talk and planning, have we really moved out of the 20th Century and embraced what this nebulous concept of 21st Century is really about?

 


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Its interesting how this relates to what we talked about in class about technology integration. I think its important that today students have much more access to communication with their teachers. As a college student i often email my teachers with questions and concerns. With out the ability to do that i would worry a lot more about my work load and if i was doing the assignments correctly. 

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Chelsie DeBus's comment, May 8, 2014 4:35 PM
I do agree with Katie that is it scary that education as we know it is going to start changing. It is really scary to think that the American people don't like change but it is happening all the time with education. There are pros about this education change and there are cons. Let's take the cons and turn them into pros.
Alex Salazar's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:09 AM

This is an article about whether education has made it online.

Fiona Free's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:49 AM

might be interesting 'work' to get staff to do the research and come up with their own table and add a third colunm.....what they do or could do...

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Technology Gives Special Education Students a Voice

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IPads, computers, and programs allow special education students to complete schoolwork and express their desires and feelings.
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This is another perfect example of how technology can be used in the classroom to help students with disabilities. I think recourses like these should be used in every school and at every age. 

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What Is So Important About Early Childhood Education?

Explore difference opinions about the value of early childhood education.
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In my opinion pre-school and head start programs are extremely important. Children should get use to working with others and being around new people as young as possible. It builds skills that are necessary later on in life like good social skills and learning to share at a young age. #edci280 #earlychildhoodeducation 

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The Best Two Web Tools To Safely Text Parents and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Two Web Tools To Safely Text Parents and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it
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Parents have the right to constantly worry about what their kids are doing and if they are safe. I think this app should be used in every school system to give parents that extra comfort. 

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | EDCI 280 | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

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Amirah Tucker's curator insight, March 10, 2014 8:54 PM

I agree that the school systems should foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning shouldn't be forced onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job, but this is what society and the school system has created for such a long period of time. Today, we are taught that a bachelor's degree is the new high school diploma, and that most employers will look for candidates who have a master's degree or higher. This puts so much pressure on children even at early ages that in the back of their minds, they don't get the chance to love learning or even explore their passions, yet they are forced to choose a career that will help them succeed and pay them well.

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 2014 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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All-Girls Schools Have No Girl Power

Over the past decade, there has been a rise in same-sex schooling in the United States. This is done in hopes that schools can increase students' achievement...
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