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More teaching, Less tech-ing: Google Classroom Launches August 12th for all!

More teaching, Less tech-ing: Google Classroom Launches August 12th for all! | MCA PD Upper School 2014 | Scoop.it

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A glimpse of the new Google Classroom.  However, the launch date has been delayed.  Stay tuned!

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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | MCA PD Upper School 2014 | Scoop.it

"Are you using or integrating technology in your teaching ? At the face of it, it seems like a game of semantics but in fact it is more than that. When we talk about technology integration in the classroom we are talking about a planned and highly structured and purposeful use of technology with students whose ultimate goal is to engage students and help them develop new thinking skills. Using technology, on the other hand, is a random and sporadic process whose main goal is to instruct students on content not to engage them with content.


The chart below ,I came across in Teachbytes , offers a more detailed explanation of the difference between Using Technology and Integrating Technology. Have a look and, as always, share with us your feedback in the comment form below. Enjoy"


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This chart will help you distinguish between enhancing your class with technology versus transforming or reconceptualizing concepts with technology.

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Jessica Raeside's curator insight, April 7, 2013 10:40 PM

Are you using technology or intergrating technology? An interesting and clearly presented comparison.

M Labelle-Fisch's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:34 AM

Always shoot for the integration.  I ask myself at the end of each day, among other questions, "who used the tech in the classroom today?"

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Blended Learning and Technology Integration

What is blended learning? How does it differ from classroom technology instruction? What are the hallmarks of a blended learning environment.
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This video describes how to successfully integrate technology in the classroom, utilizing the blended learning concept.  Simply using technology in the classroom is not blended learning.  However, using collaboration and higher order thinking skills (HOTS), would be blended learning and an effective use of technology in the classroom.

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HowStuffWorks "Learn How Everything Works!"

HowStuffWorks "Learn How Everything Works!" | MCA PD Upper School 2014 | Scoop.it
HowStuffWorks explains thousands of topics, from engines to lock-picking to ESP, with video and illustrations so you can learn how everything works.
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Explore the "whys" and "hows" of nearly every category you can think of with this interactive information hub.

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10 Current Lesson Ideas for BYOD and BYOT

10 Current Lesson Ideas for BYOD and BYOT | MCA PD Upper School 2014 | Scoop.it
Here are 10 current strategies for the BYOD classroom as the solution still continues to continues to grow because more and more teachers can attest to it being a way to open up access and improve learning for more students.

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Creative and interesting lesson ideas!

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The SAMR Model of Technology Integration with Google Docs by IHeartEdTech

A brief introduction to the SAMR Model of technology integration, with examples using Google Drive / Google Docs at each level. My RUP (Really Useful Project...
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A great discussion of the SAMR model using examples from Google Docs.

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BYOD: Useful Policy for Special Education - EdTechReview (ETR)

BYOD: Useful Policy for Special Education - EdTechReview (ETR) | MCA PD Upper School 2014 | Scoop.it
Students with special needs are likely to benefit from different approaches to teaching, use of technology, a specifically adapted teaching area, or resource room. Let’s see how BYOD can benefit students with special needs.

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"Personalized learning" is the new buzz term in education.  This article specifically addresses the benefits of BYOD for students with special needs.

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Caroline Weber's curator insight, October 3, 2013 3:33 PM

Technology plays an increasingly prevalent role in children's lives, so why not use it to educational advantages? This article discusses how technology can be embraced (without expense to school districts) to assist students with learning disabilities or other special needs. I think models like this should seriously be considered, especially in low budget districts, because support for special education students should not be limited to a single teacher's aid. Support should stem from multiple sources.