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The Future of Work: Technology and Robots and Digital Literacy… OH MY!

The Future of Work: Technology and Robots and Digital Literacy… OH MY! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Q: When will robots be able to do my job?

A: Not yet… (at least not all of it).
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I’ve been thinking about how technology is and will impact the world of work. Thanks to NPR’s Planet Money calculator: Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine? and perhaps an empirical search on automation in teaching literature I’ve been reviewing for George … I might have robots on my mind. The calculator says my professional role is not likely to be fully replaced, but I have my doubts."

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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Preparing students to be “college and career ready” is a catch phrase in many schools, but those same institutions often block large swaths of the internet in an attempt to protect students from acting inappropriately online. While well-intentioned, blocking useful digital tools prevents educators from guiding students through appropriate online behavior while still in the relative safety of school. College and job recruiters are seeking students who are creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and independent thinkers, but in many cases, rules prevent students from practicing those skills online.

‘If we trust them to engage with the content then we have the power to teach them the digital citizenship.’
“When you try to use a computer in a school, it’s shocking what is blocked,” said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Caanan High School in Connecticut during an edWeb webinar. “That is not 21st century learning.” Luhtala doesn’t believe schools can make good on their promise to prepare kids for the world that awaits them outside school walls if they don’t first prepare them to use the tools to operate online in safe ways. She acknowledges that letting students direct their own learning in virtual spaces can be scary and that it takes a lot of trust.
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Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages - The Guardian

Tech's push to teach coding isn't about kids' success – it's about cutting wages - The Guardian | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This month, millions of children returned to school. This year, an unprecedented number of them will learn to code.

Computer science courses for children have proliferated rapidly in the past few years. A 2016 Gallup report found that 40% of American schools now offer coding classes – up from only 25% a few years ago. New York, with the largest public school system in the country, has pledged to offer computer science to all 1.1 million students by 2025. Los Angeles, with the second largest, plans to do the same by 2020. And Chicago, the fourth largest, has gone further, promising to make computer science a high school graduation requirement by 2018.

The rationale for this rapid curricular renovation is economic. Teaching kids how to code will help them land good jobs, the argument goes. In an era of flat and falling incomes, programming provides a new path to the middle class – a skill so widely demanded that anyone who acquires it can command a livable, even lucrative, wage.


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This narrative pervades policymaking at every level, from school boards to the government. Yet it rests on a fundamentally flawed premise. Contrary to public perception, the economy doesn’t actually need that many more programmers. As a result, teaching millions of kids to code won’t make them all middle-class. Rather, it will proletarianize the profession by flooding the market and forcing wages down – and that’s precisely the point.

At its root, the campaign for code education isn’t about giving the next generation a shot at earning the salary of a Facebook engineer. It’s about ensuring those salaries no longer exist, by creating a source of cheap labor for the tech industry.
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Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues - NYTimes

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The benefits to companies are substantial. Many start-ups enlist their ambassadors as product testers and de facto customer service representatives who can field other teachers’ queries.

Apple, Google and Microsoft, which are in education partly to woo students as lifetime users of their products, have more sophisticated teacher efforts — with names like the Apple Distinguished Educators program, Google for Education’s Certified Innovator Program and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program. Each yearlong program selects teachers to attend a conference and work with the company to help create, or develop, education innovations, often using company tools. The tech giants position their programs as professional development for teachers, not marketing exercises."

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8 Practical Tips for the Care and Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User - @GwynethJones

8 Practical Tips for the Care and Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User - @GwynethJones | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In technology (and in life!), sometimes you’re the teacher and sometimes you’re the student - and it’s completely normal to always be a bit of both. One day, you help a colleague learn the joys of the copy and paste keyboard shortcut, and the next day you’re learning how to create and edit a YouTube video or a Gabsee 3D animated Avatar!

So, whether you’re teaching or learning, or a bit of both, here are a few practical tips to make it a little easier for the reluctant tech user.  
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4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed

4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When preparing students to be ready for the future, the focus often is on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. But, in a podcast with employees from Google, Pinterest and Twitter, EdSurge found that those in the tech industry believe students need skills beyond just technical expertise.

“I think the one thing to keep in mind is that it’s impossible to say what technical skills people are going to need in 10 or 20 years,” says Ryan Greenberg, a software engineer at Twitter. “I think that necessary job skills actually have to be a little bit higher level than specific technology.”

We gathered four key takeaways from what Greenberg, Google for Education program manager Drea Alphonso and Pinterest software engineer Trisha Quan say are the best skills future-ready students can have.
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30 Cool Gifts for Nieces and Nephews (Tech and Stem Toys) - Avatar Generation

30 Cool Gifts for Nieces and Nephews (Tech and Stem Toys) - Avatar Generation | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kids love new technology, and a cool new tech toy will make any celebration fun and exciting. Our list gives plenty of food for thought. STEM building toys, bright artistic sets for coloring or creating bracelets, and exciting hover-boards are all great ideas at any price point. Even the fussiest niece or nephew will enjoy the best new tech toys around.

Here is a list of toys for all ages and learning levels that both nephews and nieces will love. Sometimes you just need a few ideas to get you thinking about what someone would like!
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Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t is wonderful to see that SAMR is a great place to start. It provides the teacher with some definitions and an understanding of how technology can both facilitate learning while also expanding it. In fact, teaching teachers about the line in between SA and MR allows teachers to see if they are on the road to transformation. This is often referred to as teaching above… or below… the line.

I am certain you are waiting for that “however”… so here it comes. SAMR is one model, and perhaps a first step, in helping teachers understand technology integration and transformational learning. Do not stop with SAMR! Try to understand that a lesson at the top of SAMR may not be the ultimate learning opportunity in technology integration. As you facilitate teachers on a best practices journey it will be important to look at lessons with some other filters, SAMR, after all, is only one. Let’s take a look at some other concepts we must keep in mind as we help educators understand SAMR. Please enjoy the ideas below, and by now you must know that in future posts I will be building upon these important ideas.
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For $499, a Drone for Beginners: DJI’s Spark - NYTimes

For $499, a Drone for Beginners: DJI’s Spark - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you thought those drones buzzing around on the beach were annoying, just wait and see what happens when they become cheaper than iPhones.

Whether you like it or not, drones — miniature remotely controlled aircraft — may be on the cusp of going mainstream as they plummet in price. DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, which is based in Shenzhen, China, will soon release Spark, its first $499 drone. That’s roughly half the price of the most popular drones on the market, or three-quarters the cost of an iPhone, which starts at about $650.

I tested Spark over several days this week and found it surprisingly capable for a low-cost drone. Unlike most expensive drones, which operate with a physical remote control, this machine was designed to work primarily with a smartphone app; you can also make hand gestures to move Spark or make it take your selfie. It shoots superb high-definition video, weighs about a quarter of a pound and is so compact you could stuff it in a tote bag.

I was able to confidently fly Spark, the first drone I have ever used, after several sessions, a testament to its overall ease of use.
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High Techpectations: Mobile Learning Finds (Apple iOS) (weekly)

High Techpectations: Mobile Learning Finds (Apple iOS) (weekly) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Lucy Gray compiles a tremendous list of iOS resources from the week that was. See what you missed in this great resource! 

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In Defense of Teachers: Unfair Expectations in Making, Coding and Tech - Medium

In Defense of Teachers: Unfair Expectations in Making, Coding and Tech - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Multiple times per week, I see claims on social media that teachers "who aren’t coding are somehow causing inequities amongst students or are inefficient themselves.


It’s mind boggling to me that people can say this and even more so considering that the same statement used to be said about teachers who fail to use technology when we all know that having a teacher who puts her/his heart and soul into students trumps tech every time.



Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that kids should indeed have access to use technology just as teachers should be using it but this generic message of tech being the definer of great teaching ignores all of the systemic inequities that keep it from happening.


…just as it does with making/tinkering/coding"

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Top 100 technology YouTube channels | Tech Youtube Channels

Top 100 technology YouTube channels | Tech Youtube Channels | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Technology YouTube Channels Best List. Keep up with videos about New Technology, Technology News, Latest Technology, Tech Updates, Tech Reviews, Tech Events, Tech Launch and many more ..."


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5 Questions Teachers Wish You Would Ask Them About Screen Time, Tech, and Internet Privacy

5 Questions Teachers Wish You Would Ask Them About Screen Time, Tech, and Internet Privacy | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"No TV until your homework is finished" used to be the easiest way to separate school work from screen time. Today, with IMs, YouTube, texting, and social media, that boundary is super blurry. And because middle and high schoolers often have media and technology as part of their lessons and take-home assignments, it's tough for parents to know where to draw the line. Fortunately, the folks whose job it is to prepare kids to take on the world (including the digital one) know all about managing screen time, multitasking, online privacy, and even using tech tools at home. And they know your tweens and teens pretty well, too. Teachers -- who are on the front lines of the tech-infused school day -- are experts at helping families manage this stuff so that kids can learn. Here are the questions teachers wish you'd ask about the issues that affect students the most."

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5 Ideas For Your Student Tech Team - Using Technology Better

5 Ideas For Your Student Tech Team - Using Technology Better | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One way for your school to grow the digital learning capacity of its students, teachers and community is to have a student leadership group, often called ‘The Tech Team’ or even, ‘Digital Ninjas.’ These are teams of students passionate about digital learning who are coordinated to run initiatives in the school.

Here are 5 ways that your student tech teams can supercharge the use of digital learning in your school.
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Perspective | Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

Perspective | Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The pace of change is what amazes me the most. The challenges my younger daughter will be facing when she starts high school in the fall are light-years away from what my elder daughter, who’s now in college, experienced in 2010. My younger daughter’s friends live a lot of their lives through filters on Instagram and Snapchat, two apps that didn’t even exist when my elder daughter was dipping a toe in social media.


But I am optimistic about what smartphones and social media can do for people. I am thrilled to see kids learning on smartphones, doctors using apps to diagnose diseases and marginalized groups such as gay and lesbian students finding support they never had before through social networks."

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4 novel ways to get kids reading and learning - USA Today

4 novel ways to get kids reading and learning - USA Today | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As young kids enter the classroom for another school year – or perhaps their first – parents can take comfort in knowing there are smart apps that give their children a boost.

Whether it’s educational games, homework helpers, learning to code, or encouraging kids to read, there’s no shortage of affordable downloads and cloud services playable on devices like tablets, smartphones, laptops and desktops.

If you’re looking for some “best-in-class” suggestions, the following is a look at four such platforms, catering to various ages and subjects.
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10 Practical Strategies to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom

10 Practical Strategies to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
 "Using technology in class should always be motivated by a real need to optimize students' learning and to enhance your teaching. Every time you want to digitize a teaching task ask yourself the following questions: what are the added advantages of integrating technology in this task? And what are the alternative plans if things did not go as planned? The purpose is to make sure your use of technology is pedagogically sound and that it aligns with your own teaching goals. There are actually several ways to integrate technology in your classroom from collecting students feedback to grading paperlessly. In today's post, we are sharing with you this handy visual that features10 good examples of how you can put technology to serve your teaching. This visual is based on Marcus Guido's blog post "25 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom". We have done little bit of tweaking (with permission) on Marcus original list and ended up with the list below."

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, August 17, 5:17 PM
Nice collection of tech tools by result
Daniel Jimenez Zulic's curator insight, August 18, 12:07 PM
10 great ideas, and also allows increasing the appraisal of new content taking in account the student different learning styles
 
Aurora Rodarte's curator insight, August 20, 12:13 AM

Great ideas for starters!

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3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Customized tech, the LMS and video conferencing are all tools today’s younger gen parents like to use for communicating.

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The answer to the UK's looming digital skills crisis might be more obvious than you think - Daily Genius

The answer to the UK's looming digital skills crisis might be more obvious than you think - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So what next? Well, the chances are that at least part of the answer could be sitting right by you. They’re called ‘women’. You may have heard of them. And it’s time they were a much bigger part of the UK’s tech sector.
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Getting teachers on board the iPad Express

Getting teachers on board the iPad Express | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The challenge then with the iPad is like anything else computer related. Can we get the teachers on board? Regardless of Apple’s PR machine telling us how magical and simple it is, despite the fact a toddler can pick one up and play games without batting their cute little eyelids, the fact remains there are still many teachers who haven’t embraced laptops after 15 years of exposure let alone a completely different system present in the iPad."

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