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Research:  Liberal Indoctrination? Not So Much

Research:  Liberal Indoctrination? Not So Much | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Study counters widely held views about how students' political views change when they arrive in college.
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Very interesting study of student political views after a year of college (7,000 students at 120 colleges/universities):

 

Research suggests that colleges broaden students' political views, doesn't change them..

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NC Community Colleges: Not keeping up (funding-wise)

NC Community Colleges: Not keeping up (funding-wise) | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s community colleges are respected and loved by their communities – 58 colleges spread throughout the state, within a 30-minute drive of 95% of North Carolinians. And they are a critical link in North Carolina’s workforce and economic development. 

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Yep, the NC General Assembly provides less and less support for NC community college students (they keep the student tuition and dole back some to the community colleges), and faculty pay is actually going down, down, down. Faculty are paid less than NC K-12 teachers, and often have to have a Master's degree to teach.

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According to researchers: How to encourage more girls to pursue science and math careers

According to researchers: How to encourage more girls to pursue science and math careers | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Negative stereotypes about girls’ ability can discourage from them pursuing careers in math and science, researchers say
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Promote the idea that girls are smart and therefore "good" at math/science, and provide positive role models to combat the "nerdy" STEM stereotypes. 

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160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. 

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Chrome apps/extensions are organized by grade level, category, and subject.  

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Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says

Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
As digital natives, Generation Z diverges strongly from millennials, their older counterparts, according to new research from Pearson.
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Yep-every year, my students preferred watching my or other folks videos over any other type of content or activity..

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Sakai Instructors: 3 Top Tips or How to Stop Wasting Your Time

Sakai Instructors: 3 Top Tips or How to Stop Wasting Your Time | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Most Sakai instructors are aware of the basics for setting up their courses, but we've found that some instructors are unaware of a few important ways you can save yourself precious time and effort.  Here are three of our "top tips": 

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Find out the fastest way to create Sakai tests (markup text); how to create the least number of gradebook items "from scratch" (let Sakai do the heavy lifting, it will generate your assignment/test gradebook items for you), and find out how to grade topic discussions without the hassles..  

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Six Things That Make College Teachers Successful

Six Things That Make College Teachers Successful | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
It is easy to become disheartened by student complaints, lack of administrative support, and job insecurity.
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Good advice, no matter what you're teaching..

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Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms

Five Ways to Build Community in Online Classrooms | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Building community in online classrooms is a difficult task. Here are five tips to help you get started.
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I've used some of these techniques-but you have to be careful to use what works best for you, your students and your topic/course.. sometimes community-building attempts can be a bust, other times they can work..

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Say Goodbye to Old Google Forms

Say Goodbye to Old Google Forms | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

The current version of Google Forms has been available for almost three years. But change is hard and so there are still people using the old "Classic" version of Google Forms.

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Usually, I like to try new things, but not when it affects items I've already created..so starting Aug 22, we're going to have to use the "new" format or version of Google Forms. Your "old" forms and data are still there-it just looks  a bit different..

 

Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers, provides a short video demonstrating the changes..

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 Goo.gl Is Being Shut Down - 5 Alternatives

 Goo.gl Is Being Shut Down - 5 Alternatives | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Thanks to a Tweet from Tony Vincent I learned that Google announced the impending closure of the Goo.gl URL shortening service. 

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Ouch-I missed this-Google is no longer supporting Goo.gl. If you use it, you have until March 30, 2019 to move your shortened links somewhere else, like bit.ly, which I use, since it saves the links and you can check how many people are using the link. 

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BigBlueButton/Meetings New Feature: Statistics and Student Participation Data!

BigBlueButton/Meetings New Feature: Statistics and Student Participation Data! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Meetings (BigBlueButton), our open-source web conferencing tool, now tracks your student's participation and polling results, when you record your meeting. 

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The BBB Statistics tracks number of times students chat, speak, use an emoji, raise their hand and answer poll questions. Plus the start and end time each student participated in the meeting is tracked, and each of the student poll answers are recorded and can be downloaded.

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Research on: The State of Higher Education Equity

Research on: The State of Higher Education Equity | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

Black and Hispanic adults are less likely to hold a college degree today than White adults were in 1990 — roughly 25 years ago.

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Check out the higher ed equity differences by state or download the briefs for details. It isn't good news..

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Read This Before Signing Up for a Programming or Coding Course!

Read This Before Signing Up for a Programming or Coding Course! | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it
Programming courses are great, but which programming course should you choose to meet your needs and skill level? Here's how to make the right choice.
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Tips for those unsure if they really want to take a programming course..

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One Question We Should Always Ask When Implementing Technology into Classrooms 

One Question We Should Always Ask When Implementing Technology into Classrooms  | Education and Tech Tools | Scoop.it

"This post and visual were meant to spark discussion and not insinuate that real learning doesn’t happen in schools. The hope though was that as educators, we always focus on giving students real learning opportunities, not just do things that are solely for the purpose of  “school.”"


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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Ouch, are you using tech tools with your students that they will never use in real life or in their work life?