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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.

Via Agron S. Dida
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There is an attempt in the article to find a balance between what is healthy and what we need to work on with technology. How do we make our uses more humane so to speak.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Jenn Alevy, Amy Ragsdale
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A number of these things remain fully in place i.e. isolated classrooms, computer labs, schools without adequate Wi-fi, etc.

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Learning theories for the digital age

Learning theories for the digital age | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Pierre Levy, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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We still need pedagogical relationships. The pedagogic practices used were conceived before the digital age, but I think as Steve Wheeler points out we can use those ideas and re-conceive what teaching and learning look like and the way they can evolve.

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Pierre Levy's curator insight, February 9, 2014 8:20 AM

many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age....

sandra alvaro's curator insight, February 10, 2014 6:52 AM

I pointed out recently that many of the older theories of pedagogy were formulated in a pre-digital age. I blogged about some of the new theories that seem appropriate as explanatory frameworks for learning in a digital age. These included heutagogy, which describes a self-determined approach to learning, a new model of peer-peer learning known as paragogy, a post modernist 'rhizomatic' learning explanation, distributed learning and connectivist theory, and also a short essay on the digital natives/immigrants discourse. I questioned whether the old models are anachronistic.

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Educational technology for a better classroom experience

Educational technology for a better classroom experience | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Educational technology should not be intrusive in the classroom. It should be designed in a way that makes the most of the real world of teachers, families and students, according to SXSWedu keynote speakers Vivienne Ming and Norma Ming, co-founders of educational technology startup Socos.

 

“We can build technology that provides amazing support without you ever realizing that it was there,” Vivienne told attendees. “Technology does not need to be intrusive.”

 

“Stop trying to disrupt everything,” she added. “There are systems out there. Integrate them. You’ll get so much more done that way. We’re not talking about big intrusive technology.”

Here are five lessons Vivienne and Norma shared with attendees to help educational technology designers — and others — keep the promise of educational technology in the classroom.

 


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Educational technology should integrate smoothly into classroom experiences. Teachers and students might be included in the planning and designing moving them beyond consumptive processes.

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Virtual Learning for Little Ones Raises Developmental Questions

Virtual Learning for Little Ones Raises Developmental Questions | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Educators are working to make sure the technologies elementary students are using are appropriate for their age and highly interactive.

Via Norton Gusky, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Dean J. Fusto
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This article points out the importance of teaching. It does not go far enough as it uses the word guidance, but teaching is an active process that takes us beyond simply guiding students.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 14, 2013 4:33 PM

Important issue - how much is appropriate? 

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Despite Low Completion Rates, Harvard And MIT Say MOOCs Work | On Campus

Despite Low Completion Rates, Harvard And MIT Say MOOCs Work | On Campus | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via ThePinkSalmon
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I think it might be hard to put an exact measure on completion rate. What students who enrolled in a MOOC got out of it might not be the same way as in a brick and mortar or even an online class where there are marks and you for the course. Students might still get what they wanted out of a MOOC without completing it. There is more at stake than completing perhaps.

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Blogging for authentic trans-disciplinary learning…

Blogging for authentic trans-disciplinary learning… | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Overwhelmed by demands of mandated curricula?

Via Karen Kurczak
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We need more ideas about overarching themes that emerge across curricula. They are there. One challenge is the overspecialization of teachers, but this might be overcome with collaboration.

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Understanding The Internet: A different Approach

Understanding The Internet: A different Approach | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
. . Understanding Internet-Internet, the virtual savant child Internet is a "living product" technique! To be viewed as a "child" to be educated by millions of people simultaneously, with different...

Via Gust MEES, Dean J. Fusto
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This fits with the what I am suggesting in my dissertation about education and living curricula.

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The ABCs of school technology programs | eSchool News | eSchool News

The ABCs of school technology programs | eSchool News | eSchool News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
School technology implementations must be properly planned and sustained. But what are the essential steps in ensuring tech success?
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Two things caught my eye. First, ask why the digital technology is being used. That leads to the second point. There is a moral imperative to using technology.

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Eliminate Tech from the Education Discussion

Eliminate Tech from the Education Discussion | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
After five decades of being an educator, I am growing weary of the constant discussion over the divide between education and technology. When will we reach a point where we will discuss Education, ...

Via Nancy Jones
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I think education has one goal and that is the responsible emancipation of students through education. That means they have to become self-disciplined and apply freedom which is not an easy trick. Learning and education are not the same thing. Learning should be the flip side of the teaching coin when things work well. Education encompasses both. The etymological roots of education are educare which is nurturing and educere which is leading. Good education would make the conversations about technology irrelevant, because students and teachers would be able to make wise and prudent choices through their education.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:31 PM

I really appreciate the nature, not only of this article about skills for the future, but the interesting comments that followed this post.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Educational Technology Infographic

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Educational Technology Infographic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Educational Technology Infographic clarifies the habits of highly-effective educators, who use edtech!

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I marvel at the way we can turn something into a limited and finite number of traits or habits.

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Introduction to Internet Safety.

Introduction to Internet Safety. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Via Dan Kirsch
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There is a continuing need for many of these offering multiple paths towards Internet safety. It is interesting that our guru of technology where I worked would often discount the parental and teacher concerns as unwarranted.

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Dan Kirsch's curator insight, February 27, 2014 4:36 PM

Students learning about Internet Safety by accessing information via @GCFLearnFree website. 

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Bridging the Digital Divide, Technology, Teachers, & Students

Bridging the Digital Divide, Technology, Teachers, & Students | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Bridging the Digital Divide, Technology, Teachers, & Students http://t.co/kUNVUoS1gu #esl #eltchat

Via Lewis Walker, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Digital technologies are important. What that means is still evolving and that is important. We need to be attentive, mindful, and ask questions without presupposed answers.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 27, 2014 7:07 PM

Quite often, my students knew more than me about technology and I was good with that.

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Hybrid Personal Learning Environments

Hybrid Personal Learning Environments | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Aim: Enhancing Informal Learning by Morphing Digital and Physical Spaces Learning is situated in and facilitated by different environments. Formal learning environments such as schools or universit...

Via Valary Oleinik
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As long as morphing and integrating are the same this works.

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Valary Oleinik's curator insight, March 6, 2014 9:44 PM

The article and paper that is also available for download have some wonderful diagrams explaining the concept of hybrid personal learning environments.

Andrew Middleton's curator insight, October 23, 2015 1:57 PM

Examining the relationship between PLEs and PLNs is useful. My feeling is that thinking about PLNs superceded thinking about PLEs as it draws attention to the social part of social media and Connectivism.

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Why Is Adoption of Educational Technology So Challenging?... 'It's Complicated'

Why Is Adoption of Educational Technology So Challenging?... 'It's Complicated' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
"If an institution's stated strategy is to promote the use of educational technology, that institution must establish an adequate framework for faculty to use technology successfully. This includes...

Via Fishtree Education
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Complicated is different than complex which is what this is. Complicated is about knots that keep getting tighter and complexity is about the relational aspects that happen when humans are introduced into the equation. Having said this, the author makes great points about time, restructuring, and reflection.

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why I care about edtech

why I care about edtech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I've been in the edtech game for a long time. I started as a programmer in 1994, then moved into instructional design, and now am working with an amazing group of folks to integrate learning techno...
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I liked the article. There are a couple of things I don't agree with necessarily or think they are overstated. For example, ed tech can be transformative. It is not a given. It requires pedagogy that works and helps make a difference for students. And, it doesn't necessarily break down silos. I agree it can, but under the right conditions. I think the way it is used by some it builds silos. Where I taught for 20 years, that is the way I would see the use of technology.

 

A key and critical point is the one about education needing to step up and take on the responsibility of teaching using ed tech.

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Prof Mary Beard: online courses risk losing focus on education - Telegraph

Prof Mary Beard: online courses risk losing focus on education - Telegraph | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Mary Beard, professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, has raised concerns about online degree courses - Moocs - which she claims could lose the focus on genuine education and interaction

Via Peter Mellow, bill woodruff
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Teachers are vital to educating students.

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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | See more about learning.

Theories of Learning.  Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | See more about learning. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | See more about learning.


Via Dan Kirsch
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A very detailed infographic that takes a few moments to get through and begin to digest.

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New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model - Edudemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The new Padagogy Wheel features another band focusing on the SAMR Model and on helping teachers (and admins) effectively integrate education technology.

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Where do students and teachers fit into this?

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10 Modern Teaching Skills

10 Modern Teaching Skills | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Do you possess Modern Teaching Skills? As with most professions today, there are rapid developments in teaching that are being driven by social and technological changes. Keeping up to date with these developments within education will pay dividends with...

Via Betina Astride
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Being committed is different than being devoted. Most of these have been around for some time, but it worth being reminded of them from time to time and creating our own lists.

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Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World

Classroom Design Principles for an Increasingly Online World | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that we must stem the tide of rising costs and tuition and adapt our current business models to change. But as one provost I talked with put it, "The future of education is not 18-year-olds going to college in their bedrooms. L...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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One piece of information that jumped out was the average of schools. Good teaching can overcome a lot.

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Learning with 'e's: Blogging with Freire

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This is an excellent article that approaches the use of blogs as part of the learning scheme differently. Steven Wheeler used Pedagogy of the Oppressed to describe the way Paulo Freire might have responded in the digital age to e-learning.

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The Future Of Games In Education

The Future Of Games In Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Gamification is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This thinking has merit if we do not go overboard with it. We need to find the balance between digital and more traditional technologies. Both will continue to be necessary in the world we cannot plan for.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:45 PM

I find it a little comical to call gaming in education a "trend." Is it not true that human children have learned through play since the beginning of time? It is only within the last 200 years or so that we have taken away that concept and replaced it with teachers delivering content to children sitting in hard chairs in perfect little rows with the expectation they would be able to spit back any delivered information on a test to prove they got it. Maybe we should just call gaming what it is: getting back to the real way children learn.

Audrey's curator insight, February 28, 2014 3:19 PM

Children can learn how to use games in the classroom which  helps to  enhance learning.  It is an easy way to stimulate the brain; audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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Envisioning the Future of Education Technology

Envisioning the Future of Education Technology | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Bridging the Digital Divide, Technology, Teachers, & Students http://t.co/kUNVUoS1gu #esl #eltchat

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Quite often, my students knew more than me about technology and I was good with that.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 27, 2014 1:47 PM

Digital technologies are important. What that means is still evolving and that is important. We need to be attentive, mindful, and ask questions without presupposed answers.

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A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It's Complicated.

Via Anna Hu , Terry Harding
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This looks a very insightful book. The review and interview are both thoughtful pointing to challenges that teenagers face along with the benefits.

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, February 27, 2014 9:27 AM
“My phone is my escape from all of the things at school and other things that stress me out.” 
Terry Harding's curator insight, February 27, 2014 5:08 PM

Taking the time to understand, is critical, especially when it involves children.