At the risk of incurring Android fanboy wrath, Google Now is a lot like Apple's Siri: it responds to voice commands and can perform lots of cool and practical functions. Of course, like Siri, it comes without an instruction manual.
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Whether it’s for your classroom or your entire school district, creating a Facebook page is a key way to bridge the gap between parents, students, friends, teachers, and administrators. Follow these 12 steps to get on the road to creating a popular and useful Facebook page.
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Learning to code is all the rage these days, but not in one place that matters a lot: U.S. schools. U.S. students already significantly lag their global counterparts where math and science skills are concerned.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://readwrite.com/2013/10/18/kids-learn-code-programming#awesm=~on6ymlwNbw53H6
Second only to the Transformers and G.I. Joe as the greatest cartoon/toy lines of the 1980s, Voltron broke new ground in marketing, demanding kids beg for not one but five different toys in order to assemble one giant robot.
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Sometimes that failure is the tech’s fault—internet access in a building drops away during a web-based presentation, for example. Other times it’s user error, as with my class blogs. Many observers, however, won’t distinguish between machine- and user-generated failures.
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Part of my work, at my school, is to create a framework for our Middle School that will take (already) blogging students from Elementary School and prepare a smooth transition for them, as they move on to High School.
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Here’s something to consider when you’re Christmas shopping for that teen or young adult in your family. Yes, young people spend a lot of time reading and writing short messages on their smartphones, or listening to music and playing games on those and other electronic devices.
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A couple of months ago I posted here a good visual outlining the different steps of the inquiry process and today I come across this wonderful graphic in a tweet from Mark Kolkman about the the 5 questions we need to ask our students.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/11/the-5-questions-teachers-should-ask.html
In the November 19 Atlantic, Megan Garber explored a nascent meme that has been gaining traction on the web. Previously just a simple conjunction, “because” is evolving into a preposition as a way of concisely declaring reasoning that should be overwhelmingly obvious.
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Last spring, I saw one of the happiest and the saddest sights of my life. Let's start with the happy. A social worker friend invited me to go with her to a youth performance at the Wang Theater, one of the aged performance venues in Boston's tiny theater district.
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This last week, as I was trying to change over my license and tags back to Kansas from Florida, I had what I imagine is a very common experience. You wait in line, next to several people in the same predicament as you.
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1. Don't just care...really care! It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own little worlds, but we have got to remember that whatever is going on in our world, is 100 times simpler and less complicated than that of our students.
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10 Mind-Blowing Mobile Learning Statistics Infographic By 2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. In 2012, 65% of workers declared their mobile devices to be their “most critical work device.
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“The time was when a library was very like a museum and the librarian was a mouser in musty books. The time is when the library is a school and the librarian is in the highest sense a teacher…” Melvil Dewey, 1876 When you look at recent media about librarians you see a typical pattern.
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Tired of shooting photos of your latest meal for Instagram? Need some new ideas, some challenges, something new and fresh to do with your iPhone camera. Well… ok do this. Yep you heard that right. Check out OkDoThis.com!
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://fstoppers.com/popular-new-app-launches-for-photographers
Google Street is well-known for whisking people across the world to any location from the comfort of their computer screens — you can visit Venice, the Galapagos Islands and beyond — but it’s added a new practical use: helping you preview international travel.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/11/26/google-maps-now-lets-you-preview-international-travel-with-images-of-airports-railsubway-stations/
There is a war coming soon. The arms merchants of the cloud and a new wave of developers armed with APIs are going to cause massive technology disruption. And APIs are the ammunition fueling this change.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://gigaom.com/2013/11/24/arm-yourself-the-api-wars-are-coming/
CAMBRIDGE – It wasn’t long ago that high school students were ordered to power down digital devices during school hours or risk having them confiscated. Not so much anymore. Not only are high schools tolerating use of cellphones and pocket technology, they’re now embracing it.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/4233409-library-reno-at-galt-collegiate-institute-features-technology-upgrades/
Recently I received an email from a friend concerning Google Chrome extensions that can be used for educational purposes. For the teachers that are not familiar with, Google Chrome Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-google-chrome-extensions-for-teachers
I tend to be an extremely linear thinker, so I don’t always love mind maps. Even though each branch can be fairly linear, something about the whole branching visualization of it doesn’t usually speak to me. I ran across this one today, and despite its many branches, I really like it.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.edudemic.com/grammar-mind-map/
I believe a lot of people are worried by the forthcoming Computing Programme of Study, judging by the number of people I’ve spoken to who say they have not yet begun to think about it. And that is quite understandable.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.ictineducation.org/home-page/2013/11/24/preparing-for-the-new-computing-curriculum-what-if-1.html
The more you delve into the fascinating world of education, the more exciting it becomes – educators across the UK are dreaming up new, creative ways to awaken students to the joys of learning through strategies like student-negotiated learning, critical questioning and original activities.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blog.tutorhub.com/2013/11/25/discover-a-world-of-learning-with-our-favourite-education-blogs/
By Justin W. Marquis, Ph.D. Whether our students fear the dark, monsters, heights, some other imagined horror, or something more real such as family troubles or bullying, everyone is afraid of something.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/help-students-embrace-failure-game-based-learning/
You've probably heard about this before. Readers prefer shorter texts because they cannot sustain attention for more than a minute. A study, in fact, revealed that the average attention span online is about 8 seconds.
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Allowing your child to have access to the Internet and keeping them safe digitally can be tricky. Here are nine tips to help you weed through it all. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three? Figure out what social media platforms your child uses, and then learn how to use it yourself.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2013/11/21/social-media-safety-tips-for-parents/
Please, let’s get passed the useless debate about whether or not we should have technology in school. It must become the norm. No question. Kids are extremely plugged-in and engaged outside the classroom while increasingly, they’re tuning out in the classroom.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://www.cea-ace.ca/blog/ron-canuel/2013/11/4/stop-madness-blindly-dumping-technology-classrooms
Efforts to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees may be starting to sink into students' minds, according to new data released by the National Student Clearinghouse.
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Share this infographic on your site! A Look at the Workplace of the Future If asked to envision an office of the future, some people might channel space-age options like “The Jetsons,” including robots and moving walkways.
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Tensions were high Wednesday at New York University's Stern School of Business, as a group of academics, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs faced off during a panel discussion on the future of higher education.
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Academics. Most of our current school system revolves around it, and yet, I think it falls miserably short of what our kids need. To be honest, I think our academic system of education is highly overrated, at best. At worst, it destroys a number of our kids. Hear me out.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://plpnetwork.com/2013/11/07/obsession-academic-teaching-preparing-kids-life/
Leave it to the aptly named and solidarity-sporting weareteachers.org to develop the Teacher Bill of Rights. Public school teachers. Public menaces! They watch as children are injured. http://t.co/3R6e7ZqRNY #education #publicschool
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by General One of the most frequent claims I have heard from people trying to explain poor learning outcomes in their country is that their teachers come from the bottom third of their college graduates, while high-performing countries recruit their teachers from the top third.
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I first got interested in engineering and technology 30 years ago when I was in 5th grade. My class had four Apple IIe computers, and my teacher taught us to program in Logo and BASIC. This was my first time using technology to create something and I loved it.
Click here to read the rest of the article: http://makezine.com/2013/11/20/encouraging-girls-to-hack-and-make/