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Ok Google - demo of what you can do with just your voice and search!

Ok Google - demo of what you can do with just your voice and search! | Educational news | Scoop.it
There can be little doubt that, just like Microsoft thinks touch is the future of computing, Google seems to believe voice will be the user interface of the..

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The 31 Educational Web Tools Every Teacher Should Know about

The 31 Educational Web Tools Every Teacher Should Know about | Educational news | Scoop.it

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Nine Things Schools Should Consider When Creating a Technology Plan

Nine Things Schools Should Consider When Creating a Technology Plan | Educational news | Scoop.it

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Hannah Roukas's curator insight, October 22, 2013 8:07 AM

This article lays out a comprehensive plan for school who want to implement technology.  Many schools just use the technology without knowing how to make it an effective teaching tool.  This can help put an end to that, and the blogger opens up the forum for anyone else to include their feedback about what works, what doesn't, what he missed, etc.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, October 22, 2013 8:53 AM

Consistency, adaptability, portability, vertical- alignment, cultural relevance or adaptibility, credibility, ease of use,and accountibility! These for me are the nine important things that a school should consider when creating a Technology Plan! Thanks so much for the article, I teach in a progressive school which believes in having a technology plan for almost everything including attendance, lesson plans, performance trackers, remedial trackers....you name it!

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Special Needs Students and Technology: A Match Made in the Classroom

Special Needs Students and Technology: A Match Made in the Classroom | Educational news | Scoop.it
Utilizing technology in the classroom can help disabled and special needs students master skills to help them advance and live more independently.

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Download free Teacher Educator K-12 and college PowerPoint backgrounds and templates

Download free Teacher Educator K-12 and college PowerPoint backgrounds and templates | Educational news | Scoop.it
Download free Teacher Educator K-12 and college Powerpoint backgrounds and templates for school, business and home use.

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21st Century Classroom

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Download our whitepaper: The 21st Century Classroom

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Using Prezi In Education

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Prezi’s unique slick “zooming” function offers an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional PowerPoint presentations.

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Hayden Sharp's curator insight, May 25, 2017 7:54 PM
Prezi is an extremely effective tool to use in the classroom. It allows students to showcase their ideas by creating a presentation, and personalising this presentation to visually engage the viewer. The use of this technological tool also improves student engagement in learning, as it is an alternate way to express their opinions which does not require the traditional method of putting pen to paper. This visual tool allows students to create maps of texts, images, videos, graphics and more. Prezi is also a very effective tool to collaborate with other students. It allows up to ten different people to interact with each other in real-time to brainstorm ideas and create a presentation on one shared virtual whiteboard. 
Nic Gibson's curator insight, May 29, 2017 9:58 PM
I have used Prezi, great alternative to PowerPoint presentations.
Matthew Rochford's curator insight, May 29, 2017 11:54 PM
Prezi is an online-based software used to create an unstructured alternative to PowerPoint. Prezi provides an easy to use interface matched with a single page layout that can zoom in and out of specific parts of the presentation. The single page effects of zooming from one part to another provide an exciting and engaging transition. Prezi's unique unstructured design inspires creativity and with an education version available, this can be easily accessed by students. 
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3 Ways to Display iPad Screen on A Projector

3 Ways to Display iPad Screen on A Projector | Educational news | Scoop.it

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Connie Wise's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:18 PM

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Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning?

Does Gamification Help Classroom Learning? | Educational news | Scoop.it
Does making activities into games help kids learn in the classroom? One mother finds kids need to be engaged, not just play to earn points.

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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift | Educational news | Scoop.it
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get studen

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:14 AM
Great piece! Really difficult to change the habit of some teachers and students who like to be handed the photocopied piece of research though. Would love to see more of this!
John Rudkin's comment, February 26, 2013 3:16 AM
I has to change though. The continuation of the tardy old ways has to be swept aside. That approach can have its place - there needs to be a blend (of course), but attitudes need to change.
Deborah Owen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 9:19 AM

Help students become more engaged in their learning by directing their own learning, at least to some extent.

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Teacher's Guide to Flipping The Classroom


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Judith Hilger's curator insight, February 28, 2013 3:07 PM

Great source on explaining the flipped classroom.

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Great source explaining the flipped classroom.
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Backchannel Chat - A safe and secure realtime discussion tool designed for educational use (free and premium versions)

Backchannel Chat - A safe and secure realtime discussion tool designed for educational use (free and premium versions) | Educational news | Scoop.it
Safely and securely backchannel your classroom discussions. We provide educators full control of chat activities and provide students with a tool that makes learning engaging.

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Instead of banning cellphones, schools should teach responsible use - Anne Michaud

Instead of banning cellphones, schools should teach responsible use - Anne Michaud | Educational news | Scoop.it
Cellphone bans in schools might not last much longer if teachers continue to find creative ways to utilize electronic devices in class.

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Great iPad Responsible Use Posters for Your Class

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IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years

IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years | Educational news | Scoop.it
IBM's predictions all involve big data and using computing to glean intelligence from vast systems. We discuss them with IBM's research boss.

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Five best apps that support your flipped classroom | EducationalCraft

Five best apps that support your flipped classroom | EducationalCraft | Educational news | Scoop.it

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22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom - Edudemic

22 Effective Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom - Edudemic | Educational news | Scoop.it
You can actually use Twitter in the classroom with Bloom's Taxonomy thanks to this awesome table that details nearly two dozen different ways to integrate the pair!

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A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought

A Diagram Of 21st Century Pedagogy - TeachThought | Educational news | Scoop.it
A diagram of 21st century pedagogy for the purpose of 21st century learning.

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Alastair Drayton's curator insight, June 13, 2013 6:40 PM

The influences on us as a 21st century teacher. 

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The Characteristics Of A Successful Online Student - Edudemic

The Characteristics Of A Successful Online Student - Edudemic | Educational news | Scoop.it
What does it take to become a successful online student? It's not easy and there's a new study that has some staggering details to know about.

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Deb Haasch's curator insight, April 3, 2016 7:41 PM

This article shares insight into what type of students are successful in online courses.

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Using Prezi In Education

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Prezi’s unique slick “zooming” function offers an increasingly popular alternative to the traditional PowerPoint presentations.

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Hayden Sharp's curator insight, May 25, 2017 7:54 PM
Prezi is an extremely effective tool to use in the classroom. It allows students to showcase their ideas by creating a presentation, and personalising this presentation to visually engage the viewer. The use of this technological tool also improves student engagement in learning, as it is an alternate way to express their opinions which does not require the traditional method of putting pen to paper. This visual tool allows students to create maps of texts, images, videos, graphics and more. Prezi is also a very effective tool to collaborate with other students. It allows up to ten different people to interact with each other in real-time to brainstorm ideas and create a presentation on one shared virtual whiteboard. 
Nic Gibson's curator insight, May 29, 2017 9:58 PM
I have used Prezi, great alternative to PowerPoint presentations.
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12 technologies that will reshape school libraries

12 technologies that will reshape school libraries | Educational news | Scoop.it
School media centers are rethinking how students reach them and access materials. Here are some examples you might not be aware of.

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Overcoming Teacher-technophobia in Four Steps

Overcoming Teacher-technophobia in Four Steps | Educational news | Scoop.it

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, March 4, 2013 12:53 PM

There it sits… showing off its silicon superiority and sleekness. Doesn’t matter if it’s an e-app or an i-thing; it’s there, reminding you that YOU, as a Digital Johnny or Janey-come-lately, don’t even know where to begin. (If you know what a Johnny-come-lately is, by the way, you’re in my age group.)

Everyone around you is tweeting and texting, swiping and blogging with devices that seem to get smaller with every passing year. More to the point, technology is now a category on your annual teacher evaluation. It probably reads something like: Integrates Technology. So, now, it’s part of your job. But what do you do when you just don’t know where to start? It is all so overwhelming!

I’m not going to throw a lot of tech-talk at you or even make suggestions as to what technology to use. I’m going to ask you to do something much more difficult. I’m going to ask you to:

1 . Have no fear

The mindset for working with technology requires that you understand that you can’t mess it (or them) up. Really. You can’t mess up an entire program by typing or clicking in the wrong place. It might make a loud noise or give you little warning, but you can’t break it. In fact, if you do manage to do some never-before-seen thing (which is incredibly unlikely), tech people are VERY interested in it because then, they can solve the glitch and be heroes. They like that kind of stuff. What’s really nifty keen is that whatever you DO do, can be fixed. Type in the wrong thing? Edit. Click on the wrong button? Go Back. No one is timing you. No one is counting how many times you mess up.

Those of us who remember rotary dials and typewriters, seem to have this sense of permanence about things. When we typed papers, we had to get it perfect or redo the whole thing. If we dialed one wrong number in a sequence, we had to hang up and start over. Technology is all about flexibility.

2. Embrace not knowing

This is a hard pill to swallow, I think. We like things spelled out, laid out for us. We are of the group who had manuals with instructions. However, with technology, you jump in and when you have a question, you seek the answer. There are HELP buttons and FAQs (frequently asked questions with answers). Sometimes, there’s even a handy reminder that pops up. Programs are designed to be used without knowing.

This is very different from the psychology of being told what to do and how to do it, which is how we were raised. You didn’t touch anything without fully understanding it. Your goal, now? Learn as you go.

Our children (and grandchildren), have learned how to not worry about not knowing. They put the game in the player, pick up the joystick and go, seeming to know exactly what they’re doing at every moment. They don’t. They just understand that it’s okay not to know because they’ll find out or figure it out.

3. Find a mentor who is in your age bracket

I don’t mean this facetiously. I mean it seriously. Young people, who are Digital Natives, are immersed in the technology culture; thus, they really don’t make the best explainers or motivators. They can (unintentionally) make you just feel inferior, just by their reactions: “You don’t know what a ‘mouse’ is? Really?”

That’s why finding a friend, who will talk in a way you understand, is key. Whoever this friend is, he or she should be comfortable with computers, those phones that can access the internet, iPads, and the internet, in general. Let this person know what you’re trying to do, and he/she will most likely have an experience that is similar. You are not alone!

4. Reinvent yourself as a Digital Pioneer

The pioneers who ventured out West had no idea what they were getting into. They planned as best they could, but for the most part, they figured things out as they went. This is where you are. You are neither Digital Immigrant nor Digital Native, but Digital Pioneer. It doesn’t matter that others have gone before you; this is undiscovered country for you. Discover this country for yourself and your students. You’ll do things you never thought you could do, and most importantly, you’ll meet students where they are…in their world.

You got this.

 

Mindy Kyriakides is National Board Certified Teacher in Language Arts for Adolescents and Young Adults. She began teaching at an urban, Title I school in 1998 and is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education. Her goal is to work with secondary teachers in teacher preparation programs to ease the transition into those crucial first years of working with teenagers. She and some of her former students published a book about their classroom experience: Transparent Teaching of Adolescents: Creating the Ideal Class for Students and Teachers. Mrs. Kyriakides also volunteers with Foster Care to Success, mentoring college students and is an advocate for the LGBT community. She dually resides in Cyprus and Florida.

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iAutism - Apps to support student needs

iAutism - Apps to support student needs | Educational news | Scoop.it
iPad, iPhone, Android... & Autism

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Classroom 2.0 - social network for those interested in web2.0

Classroom 2.0 - social network for those interested in web2.0 | Educational news | Scoop.it
The community for educators using Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies!

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4 Principals Of Digital Literacy

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4 Principals Of Digital Literacy

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:39 AM

Four factors: comprehension; interdependence; social factors; curation. Read this to learn more.