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News, Tools and Resources for Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age (and the future of education)
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Crowdsourcing Free Educational Resources for Kids: We Want Your Help

Crowdsourcing Free Educational Resources for Kids: We Want Your Help | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Calling all teachers, parents, home schoolers, and beyond. We’re going to enter some new territory today and start creating a big meta collection of free educational resources for younger students — for anyone in the K-12 range. Of course, we all know about the Khan Academy, and they’ll be included on the list. But what other great resources would you like to see mentioned here? For example, we recently pointed you to Lit2Go’s collection of audiobooks for youngsters. In times past, we’ve told you about CK-12 and their free textbooks for high school students; the Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures for Children; and these great animated versions of Shakespeare’s plays. If it’s an open educational resource geared toward children, we want to know about it. And we’ll pull them all together in a nicely organized list and share them with you and others. You can tell us your favorites in the comments section below. Or simply email us your faves here. We thank you in advance for your contributions!

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Produced in collaboration with Facebook.

Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't.

That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances. With that in mind, here are some steps that will help you determine the best approach for your own community.

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Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars' Doubts - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Social Networks for Academics Proliferate, Despite Some Scholars' Doubts - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As a medieval historian with some decidedly old-school habits, Guy Geltner wanted to expand his online presence, but he shuddered at the thought of "friending" or "Tweeting" to get other scholars' attention.

Then a colleague introduced him to Academia.edu, one of a growing number of networking sites designed specifically for scholars.

"Friends told me that it's basically Facebook for nerds, which I'm very happy with," says Mr. Geltner, a professor of medieval history at the University of Amsterdam.

The profile he set up includes far more information than his university's Web page could accommodate, including links to research papers, books, blogs, and forthcoming talks. It lets people know what he's working on and helps him connect with others in his field. "I like the fact that I can read someone's paper without having to be their friend or follower," he says.

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Gaming in the Classroom Is Becoming the Norm - Education - GOOD

Gaming in the Classroom Is Becoming the Norm - Education - GOOD | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Teachers who use games like Angry Birds and World of Warcraft in the classroom are becoming less of a rarity. According to a survey by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit that studies how children learn through digital media, an increasing number of teachers believe gaming is "becoming a consistent and valuable part of classroom activities."

About half of elementary and middle school teachers say they use digital games at least twice a week with students, while nearly 70 percent say that games help students who are struggling with reading and math and 60 percent say gaming helps them personalize their instruction and meet the needs of all students.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Videos Online with WeVideo in Google Drive

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Videos Online with WeVideo in Google Drive | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

For the last six months I've been sharing WeVideo with anyone who has come to me searching for a good online video creation tool. I live WeVideo because it is cloud-based and collaborative. They released an Android app in March that makes mobile, collaborative video editing possible. Now they have a Google Drive app too. The WeVideo Google Drive app allows you to save all of your video projects in your Google Drive account. Learn more about it in the video below.

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Open Class- Free Social Learning Space

Open Class- Free Social Learning Space | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Discover a learning environment that goes beyond the LMS. Open to everyone. Easy to use. Completely free. Amazing.
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Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley?

Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. Students ride their bikes through manicured quads, past blooming flowers and statues by Rodin, to buildings named for benefactors like Gates, Hewlett, and Packard. Everyone seems happy, though there is a well-known phenomenon called the “Stanford duck syndrome”: students seem cheerful, but all the while they are furiously paddling their legs to stay afloat. What they are generally paddling toward are careers of the sort that could get their names on those buildings. The campus has its jocks, stoners, and poets, but what it is famous for are budding entrepreneurs, engineers, and computer aces hoping to make their fortune in one crevasse or another of Silicon Valley

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/04/30/120430fa_fact_auletta#ixzz1ttr2gZ2c

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How to teach history (and lots more) with Minecraft

How to teach history (and lots more) with Minecraft | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Randy Fujimoto has a mission statement on his website: "A quest to transform education through game-based learning." That's a big idea, to be sure, but we think he might have a chance to succeed, especially with his new model for teaching history...
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“Fungagement” is Necessary in Our Classrooms!

“Fungagement” is Necessary in Our Classrooms! | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
This was shown at our workshop by the presenter, John Kuglin , I think it is so appropriate. What happens when you take the same old thing and make it fun? What happens when educators find anothe...
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How Technology Helps Keep This 3,000-Student Class Engaged - Education - GOOD

How Technology Helps Keep This 3,000-Student Class Engaged - Education - GOOD | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

If you’ve been to college, chance are you’ve taken a big lecture class—as many as 500 students in a huge auditorium taking notes or struggling to stay awake—while a professor talks. Students often end up feeling like they’d be better off watching a video lecture from their dorm room and then just completing whatever papers or exams are required. But at Virginia Tech, “World Regions” instructor John Boyer is using technology to keep as many as 3,000 in-person students engaged.

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Social Media for Administrators

Social Media for Administrators | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

As I have done a lot of work with school administrators on why they should be using social media and some practical ways to use it within their schools, I wanted to compile some articles together that will help schools/organizations move forward. They will be listed under two categories; the why and the how.

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Texting 1, 2, 3: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs | Techland | TIME.com

Texting 1, 2, 3: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs | Techland | TIME.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
As protesters took to the streets yesterday to protest the inequality of wealth, two computer scientists in Portland, Oregon are protesting the inequality of resources in schools.
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Apps in Education: Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios

Apps in Education: Apps to Use as Student ePortfolios | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

I have yet to find the perfect Digital Portfolio app that I think I would use exclusively in a Visual Arts class. Some apps can be used as graphic portfolios or as beautiful sketchbooks, others are great at sharing. Not all of the apps available are great at all of these things. I have spent a heap of time trying to find one and would be more than happy for someone to send me the name of one they are using successfully. Having said that the following are apps that I would consider using;

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Military Wants Computers Doing Our Homework

Military Wants Computers Doing Our Homework | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Imagine if you could ask Google to write a report based on information from relevant Wiki or article links — all from a simple question entered into Google's search engine. That scenario represents the military's vision for a computer system capable of helping overworked military staff members prepare a multitude of intelligence reports for officers and generals.

The military already uses updated Wiki pages and Internet search engines to help write reports, but its intelligence and operations staff still "spend large amounts of time preparing reports and briefings," according to the U.S. Navy. The Navy envisions a futuristic computer system that understands the meaning behind questions regarding a person, place or thing, and can compile a report based on its own Internet or database searches.

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Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle? | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The future of tablets in our schools may not be coming from Cupertino. Or even the U.S.

Despite the craze around Apple’s iPad, it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend in the long, drawn-out process of integrating tech into education. And while the iPad’s presence – and promotion by the Apple faithful since its launch in 2010 – is hard to ignore, a winning tablet trend hasn’t been clearly established on a global basis.

It’s certainly true that tablets are on the upswing in K-12 schools and higher education. There’s no shortage of U.S. numbers to cite. Going beyond statistics of tablet penetration (in one case, most recently, 25% of college students and 17% of college seniors), it’s in the composition of purchases where the data can get interesting. For example, a Harris Interactive/Pearson Foundation survey released in March gave iPads the largest share among college students (at 63%), followed by the Kindle Fire (26%) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (15%).

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New Interactive Map Calculates Travel Times in Ancient Rome

New Interactive Map Calculates Travel Times in Ancient Rome | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

A new online tool, made by a team of historians and information technology specialists at Stanford University, shows just how long and costly it was to send people and wheat between cities in the Roman Empire. "It's Google Maps for the ancient world, complete with the 'Avoid Highways' feature," Scott Weingart, a doctoral student in library sciences at the University of Indiana, wrote in a blog-post review. Weingart was not involved in creating the tool, called ORBIS, but its creators asked him to preview and comment on it. His review appeared May 4 in the Editor's Choice column in Digital Humanities Now.

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50 resources for iPad use in the classroom | ZDNet

50 resources for iPad use in the classroom | ZDNet | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
The transition to the more extensive use of technology in classrooms across the West has resulted in the integration of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes, equipping students with netbooks and tablet computers, and lessons that use social media & online services.

Gesture-based technology is on the rise; according to the latest NMC Horizon Report, gesture-based technological models will become more readily integrated as a method of learning within the next few years.

The iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect technology are examples of these kinds of developments, and in particular, resources for Apple products in education are becoming widely available online.

For teachers, some of which are just beginning to use tablets and mobile devices in class, these resources can be invaluable in promoting more interactive classrooms and understanding how best to use and control such products. Below is a collection of tutorials, lesson plans and applications for educators to utilize.

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Social Media Rules Limit Student-Teacher Contact

New York City public schoolteachers may not contact students through personal pages on Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, but can communicate via pages set up for classroom use, the city’s Education Department said on Tuesday after it released its first list of guidelines governing the use of social media by employees.

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3D Teleconference 'Beams' Callers In | Innovationnewsdaily.com

3D Teleconference 'Beams' Callers In | Innovationnewsdaily.com | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
A team of computer scientists from several universities in Canada created a hologram-like 3D teleconferencing system. Callers look like they're standing inside a white cylinder.
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The Campus Tsunami

The Campus Tsunami | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
What happened to the newspaper and magazine business is about to happen to higher education: a rescrambling around the Web and online learning.
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Thanks to Creative Commons, OER university will provide free learning with formal academic credit - Creative Commons

Thanks to Creative Commons, OER university will provide free learning with formal academic credit - Creative Commons | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
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My View: Students with hearing loss benefit from mix of technology, teaching – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs

My View: Students with hearing loss benefit from mix of technology, teaching – Schools of Thought - CNN.com Blogs | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it
By Charlotte Walker, Special to CNN Editor’s Note: Charlotte Walker works in Maine teaching students who are deaf. She is always looking for new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in her classroom.
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The Ups and Downs of Game-Based Learning

The Ups and Downs of Game-Based Learning | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Games have shown great promise for learning, but it’s not always easy to figure out the logistics of how to use them in class. Every student and teacher’s experience is unique and it takes time to calibrate and tinker to get the best out of the experience.

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EducationOnAir

EducationOnAir | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

This site provides information for the Education On Air conference convened by Google in Education. The conference occured  on May 2, 2012 from 12 noon- 10pm Eastern using Google Hangouts On Air. 

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New Search Tools and Lesson Plans for Students from Google

New Search Tools and Lesson Plans for Students from Google | ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies | Scoop.it

Help your students become better searchers---
Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

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