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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Students say that in order for high schools and colleges to better serve them, it is important to challenge the assumption that students are digital natives. This starts with educating professors about the technological diversity in their classrooms and providing students with workshops and engaging videos to help them learn without shame.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 26, 2017 3:43 AM

Well worth considering. Particularly when it comes to using tech for study purposes, I think many teenagers really need some help.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, June 27, 2017 5:06 AM
The idea of being a digital native has been unsubstantiated for a while but the myth still persists - this dispels some of that. Remember it's more likely to be digitally confident not competent  
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On Election Day, most voters use electronic or optical-scan ballots

On Election Day, most voters use electronic or optical-scan ballots | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
While more than 46 million Americans already have cast their votes this year, 80 million or so more will be voting on Election Day itself. If you’re one of them, there’s a good chance you’ll use one of two basic forms of voting technology to record your choices: optical-scan ballots, in which voters fill in bubbles, complete arrows or make other machine-readable marks on paper ballots; or direct-recording electronic (DRE) devices, such as touch screens, that record votes in computer memory.

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A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks

A 2,000-Year History of Alarm Clocks | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Dating to the year 725, Yi Xing’s ingenious version of an alarm clock is one of the world’s earliest recorded devices of that nature. Along with the water clock Plato used to wake himself up for his legendary dawn lectures in the 4th century BCE, it is evidence that humans have been looking for ways to rise on time for thousands of years.
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The Evolution of Classroom Technology | Edudemic

The Evolution of Classroom Technology | Edudemic | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.

We’ve certainly come a long way but some things seem hauntingly similar to many years ago. For example, Thomas Edison said in 1925 that “books will soon be obsolete in schools. Scholars will soon be instructed through the eye.” I’m pretty sure this is exactly what people are saying these days about the iPad.

Also in 1925, there were “schools of the air” that delivered lessons to millions of students simultaneously. Scroll down to find out how that worked (hint: it wasn’t by using the Internet!)

Here’s a brief look at the evolution of classroom technology. Do you have a piece of technology that you think should be included? Tweet @edudemic or let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it to the timeline! **Updated to include items suggested in the comments! Videotapes, Pens, Copiers, and more!**

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60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
I have been asked by math teachers how they can use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is great for any subject area, especially math! Earlier I had posted on 5 ways Students Can Use Google Docs in...

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New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Great Learning Platform for Teachers) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Google Educator Groups (GEGs) is a new project launched by Google yesterday.This project aims at bringing the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms and communities across the world through the collaborative work of a community of passionate educators. GEGs is a place where educators, principals, school administrators, professors, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in using Google Products to help people learn , get to meet and collaborate with each other .

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4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American

4 Robots That Teach Children Science and Math in Engaging Ways - Scientific American | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. The children also learn STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by watching and interacting with robots that demonstrate the practical results of the day’s lesson. “Kids recognize when they are learning something themselves—robots give them that,” says Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium, a research organization that specializes in educational technology. Robots are proving to be valuable educational tools from the lower grades all the way up to graduate school. “Building and programming these devices is part of becoming a creative science and engineering kind of person,” he adds."


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Los Altos School District Tries Out Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Los Altos School District Tries Out Virtual Reality in the Classroom | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The Los Altos School District is doing an experiment. They’re trying out 3D virtual reality in the classroom. It’s a pilot program to find out if studying 3D images can help kids learn.
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excerpt: "The Los Altos School District is doing a pilot program to test zSpace, a learning tool that uses polarized glasses and a stylus to create an immersive educational experience. “It’s actually like I haven’t imagined it before,” Adam says. “I never knew technology was this advanced.”

 
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iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support

iPad Apps for Dyslexia/Reading Writing Support | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Staff at CALL Scotland have produced a helpful Wheel of Apps guide for iPad that may be useful for students with dyslexia or who just need some additional support with reading and/or writing diffic...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:40 PM

iPad Apps for students with Dyslexia.

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:44 AM

Great resources!

Erin Schettler's curator insight, August 14, 2014 6:47 AM

This is an AMAZING compilation of apps to aid struggling readers!

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Tocomail - safe email for kids

Tocomail - safe email for kids | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Tocomail is free, simple and safe email for kids that offers parents complete control over kids email activity while providing a fun and safe email service experience with kids email app.

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teachers can use this and share with parents.

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5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Excellent iPad Apps Students Can Use for Taking Audio Notes ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"There are times when taking a note in a written format is not a practical option. You might for instance be attending a lecture or a conference or you might simply prefer to listen to your recorded notes instead of reading them, in these cases apps such as the ones below are what you will use for audio note taking. While keeping the basic note taking features, all of these apps are fantastic for recording notes and adding audio to your notes. I invite you to check out the selection I have below and share with us what you thin about it."


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tech resources for students and teachers (or any school personnel)

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Genie Alva's comment, January 30, 2014 1:43 PM
Thank you very much John Evans!
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:55 PM

Useful ideas

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2014 6:18 PM

Useful tools for those students who aren't big writers or need support with writing. 

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Preparing for Adaptive Learning

Preparing for Adaptive Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In formalized education, there’s a predetermined set of things that children are supposed to know, and there’s a good amount of research pushing people into a particular way of teaching them. This leads to large amount of content that consistently supports particular learning objectives. I’m not stating that formal education has the right learning objectives to prepare a child for the world they are going to enter, but I am saying the consistency in content requirements makes this easier from the adaptive perspective.

 

In real work, the complexity multiplies. There are two huge differences between formal education and the working world: the variation in jobs roles and the work to be done by people in those roles. Learning technologies will be continuously developed to get smarter about accounting for such fuzziness, but until then we can make it easier to work with many different new technologies as they arrive.

Here are three steps we all need to take to get ready for better, smarter support by the technology we choose to use.

 

We’re on the edge of some radical and exciting changes.
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We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

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Sharrock's curator insight, January 10, 2014 1:06 PM
 

We are not ready yet. I would have hoped that maybe some of these algorithm inputs could have been addressed with IBMs Watson, but this disappointing report suggests Watson isn't ready either http://www.technologyreview.com/news/523411/facing-doubters-ibm-expands-plans-for-watson/?utm_campaign=socialsync&utm_medium=social-post&utm_source=linkedin#!.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 10, 2014 3:03 PM

Learning and leading are about being able to adjust and adapt to meet the needs of the context. There is a sense of mindfulness involved. The two, learning and leading, are inseperable.

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article written and curated by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia:
"Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.

Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface.

To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.

1) Display Formats of Curated Content Collections
The first area in which I expect to see lots of improvement and innovative ideas is the one of how a curated collection or stream can be displayed to the user.
This is one of the most underestimated and underutilized areas of improvement for content curation tools.

2) Slicing and Dicing
Some of the present-day content curation tools, including Scoop.it, Spundge and several others, do allow you to tag and filter content but none provides a direct facility to easily create sub-sets that gather together collection items with the same characteristics.

3) Micro - Macro
One other badly needed feature, that I hope will see its way in some of the leading content curation tools, is the ability to instantly switch from a bird’s eye view of a topic to the detailed view of a specific information item.

4) Recurate
Another area that offers great opportunities for innovation and for the introduction of new useful features is the one covering the ability to assess, managing inventories, organize and curate one’s own existing assets.

5) News Discovery
The main problem with news discovery arises from the fact that quality filters and algorithms capable of both fully understanding the topic of interest, not just by way of a keyword or a hashtag but by semantic inference, and capable of identifying the relevant sources among so many noise-making content marketers reposting other people stuff, are not easy to build.
The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.

6) Ownership
The main benefit offered by content curation platforms that require you to curate and publish first via their systems (Scoop.it, Pinterest, etc.) is that they provide you with an existing broad audience readily interested in your content. For someone just starting out online, this can be a huge booster.
The con side of the equation is that your rights on what you have curated as well as the physical ownership of that content is not under your control anymore. And for those already having good visibility and reputation online, this may not be the most attractive proposition.

7) Credit and Attribution
For professional curators the need to properly and systematically credit and attribute the content and sources utilized is not a secondary matter. Discovery of new interesting content is at the heart of the curator job, and facilitating the exchange on meta-data that provides credit and hints as to who has been of help in discovering something will increasingly be a highly valued activity..."

Each point is analyzed with more information and external links. Read full, interesting and detailed article here:
http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/

 

 


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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:20 AM

Thanks!

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:49 PM

Scooping this to basically reference it for more tips on curating. We are all works in progress.

Russell Yardley's curator insight, December 25, 2013 4:01 PM

With billions of people connected through social media and directly connected with email traditional curators of news and other content have had their business models destroyed but it has not surprisingly taken many years for better models to emerge. 

 

The widsom of crowds is well known but so is their stupidity (stock market crashes, group think, lowest common denominator in election outcomes...). Better curating tools and systems are beginning to show that valuable curators of the worlds content are able to find their audience and enrich the world with deep insight that replace the extremely low numbers of curators of the past (news paper barons).

 

Some of these curators will be paid and others do it just for the joy of it. Collectively they will reshape thinking and ultimately the world. 

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School students interpret classic literature with modern tech

School students interpret classic literature with modern tech | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
School students interpret classic literature with modern tech

New Rochelle High School's writing/filmmaking program works with the English high school curriculum
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Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues

Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Four examples of how news organizations might use games to help people understand — and act on — serious issues.
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For those teachers and administrators curious about some new ways to engage students with learning, explore these four games. You might also explore the topics "serious games" and "journalism games". At some point, you might assign the playing of one of these games after assigning a "what do I know (or think I know) about the given topic without looking it up". Then, the students can write a one-page essay about what they learned from playing the game--either about the topic itself or about themselves. You might also facilitate a class discussion as gaming critiques: what did they like or dislike about the game? You can broaden or deepen understanding using a research project of some type resulting in a slide presentation or as a written essay. The course can be civics or economics.
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These Charts Show How Globalization Has Gone Digital

These Charts Show How Globalization Has Gone Digital | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Just 15 years ago, cross-border digital flows were almost non-existent. Today, they exert a larger impact on global economic growth than traditional flows of goods, which developed over centuries.

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"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

Tags: technology, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, March 31, 2016 6:13 AM

"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

Tags: technology, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

Trish Harris's curator insight, March 31, 2016 7:40 AM

"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

Tags: technology, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

malbert's curator insight, April 4, 2016 4:15 PM

"Yes, globalization. For many people, that word conjures up, at best, images of container ships moving manufactured goods from far-flung factories. At worst, it harkens back to acrid debates about trade deficits, currency wars and jobs moving to China. In fact, since the Great Recession of 2008, the global flow of goods and services has flattened, and cross-border capital flows have declined sharply. But globalization overall isn't on the wane. Like so much in our world today, it has reinvented itself by going digital."

 

Tags: technology, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

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The Best Damn Guide to Men’s T-Shirts on the Internet

The Best Damn Guide to Men’s T-Shirts on the Internet | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

T-shirts get their name from the T-shape formed by their boxy body and attached sleeves. And such T-shaped garments go back centuries; originally made from wool or silk, these sets of underwear often covered the whole body, were designed to absorb perspiration, and served as a barrier between a man’s skin and the more expensive garments he wanted to protect from bodily grime.

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Some articles can surprise you with their information and history research. The t-shirt (aka undershirt) has some interesting connections based on how they were used and worn. 

 

Technology teachers, as well as secondary school teachers of history, can develop an interesting discussion about technology around its intended uses and actual/practical uses. Discussions can plunge deeper by exploring historical context, for example, social customs and practices as they are influenced by GIs returning from the war fronts to live as civilians. Words, attitudes, social interactions, gender politics, and more are influenced by the returnees. 

 

 

 

 

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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 2015 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

AnnC's curator insight, January 25, 2015 9:51 PM

Khan Academy just keeps getting better!

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 26, 2015 10:00 AM

Excellent new, please enroll anyone in your family, this is an can't miss 

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Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teachers Professional Development Guide: Must Have Tools and Resources ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

In the midst of a growing storm of new technology-induced learning concepts such as flipped learning, blended learning, personalized learning (to mention but a few) , teachers are left with no other alternatives but to enhance and accommodate their professional development efforts to suit the changing educational paradigms. Edsurge called this "personalized professional development". This is the kind of life-long learning that involves the integration and leverage of digital media and technology (and offsite resources) for expanding one's field of expertise.

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always remember: what you can't readily understand from reading the text, YouTube videos are also a useful supplement. Somebody somewhere probably recorded a training video for the use of the tool, why it is used, and when it should be used. 

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Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching

Three Working Models to Integrate Technology in Your Teaching | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

"Technology is obviously an essential element in our instructional toolkit. Knowing how and when and for what purposes to use this technology is much more important than the technology itself...

An important step in the process of effective integration of technology in education is having a pedagogical approach supported by a theoretical framework to ground your technology practices inside the classroom."


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