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touch screen for learning

How Kids Use Apps to Get a Feel for Digital Learning

By Andrews Tipp It’s human nature for children to learn by touch, it helps them associate words with the objects they come into contact with. Many a time you will see a toddler reaching up towards a grownups face mostly out of curiosity for what the object is that is peering down at them. With touch in… Read More ›

25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (2013)

Every year American Association of School Librarians (AASL) selects the “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning”, this is the list for this year – 2013. Media Sharing Pinterest smore easel.ly Digital Storytelling inklewriter myHistro FlipSnack Manage & Organize BiblioNasium LitPick padlet edcanvas WorkFlowy  Social Networking & Communications socrative QuadBlogging Marqueed Curriculum Collaboration 19Pencils iCivics Wonderopolis… Read More ›

99 Resources and Tools for Digital Learning

By Carrie Hopkins, from Top5OnlineColleges.org The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online education has changed the landscape of guided learning for both students and teachers. Professors who once stood in front of classrooms filled with dozens of students now stand in front of webcams in front of thousands or tens… Read More ›

Mobile Learning on The Horizon of K-12 Education – Part II (#mlearning)

(Continued from Mobile Learning on The Horizon of K-12 Education – Part I (#mlearning)) A sampling of mobile learning applications across disciplines includes the following: Mathematics. Year four students at St Leonard’s College, a primary school in Australia, are using tablets loaded with math apps and e-textbooks to access information, receive instruction, record measurements, and conduct research: go.nmc.org/stle. Music. Students at Institut… Read More ›

Mobile Learning on The Horizon of K-12 Education – Part I (#mlearning)

People increasingly expect to be connected to the Internet and the rich tapestry of knowledge it contains wherever they go. Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, enable users to do just that via cellular networks and wireless power. The growing number of mobile subscribers, coupled with the unprecedented evolution of these devices, has opened the door to myriad uses for education. Learning… Read More ›

open

The NMC Horizon Report – 2013 K-12 Edition

From NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Education Edition (full report) The six technologies featured in the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition are placed along three adoption horizons that indicate likely timeframes for their entrance into mainstream use for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Near-term Horizon On the near-term horizon — that is, within the next 12 months — are two related… Read More ›

digital literacy

May is California Digital Citizenship Month!

“Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people? Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?”  — from Common Sense Media Join Common Sense, California… Read More ›

educational technology, K12

(Infographic) Summary from Latest Surveys about #EdTech in K-12 Classrooms

by Constance McKenzie Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) classes about their use of education technology, or “EduTech”, including cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards (commonly written as “SMART boards”).  They found that these new… Read More ›

mobile learning for teachers PD

Mobile Learning for Teachers and 8 Policy Considerations

This is a very short briefing to bring the public awareness to the important series published by UNESCO last year. These key points are from those papers. UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning comprises fourteen individual papers that were published throughout 2012. The Series is divided into two broad subsets: six papers examine mobile learning initiatives and their policy implications, and… Read More ›

special education apps

13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 (#edapps)

by Teachers With Apps, published on TeachThought : 13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012 TeachThought and TWA are pleased to bring you another ‘Best of 2012′ app list: 13 Of The Best Special Needs Apps of 2012! 1. See. Touch.Learn. Pro by Brain Parade is one app that can have many purposes, including creating your own lessons. The most important asset… Read More ›

app textbook, mobile learning

Are Apps the New Textbook? (#edapps)

by  Terry Heick, TeachThought.com : Are Apps the New Textbook? Apple’s recent entry into the textbook market was a bit anticlimactic after news of a “major announcement” rippled through the internet. The news that Apple would soon enable teachers to create personalized and interactive textbooks was interesting if you’re merging old ed-thinking with modern tech-thinking. Textbooks have… Read More ›

digital textbook, open education resources

6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

Founded in the fall of 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association serving, supporting, and representing US state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA works in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations as a forum for inter-state collaboration, cooperation, and best practices. To help the transition into digital textbook, through SETDA’s report : Out… Read More ›

Learning Content in the 3-5 Year Horizon

This slide deck is from the Next Is Now webinar delivered by Dr. Rob Reynolds on April 25, 2012. In his presentation, Rob explores key Internet trends affecting education, and makes projections regarding the future of learning technology and learning content. More reading: The Shift to Touch Will Introduce Major Changes in Education Flat World… Read More ›

A Guide for Setting Mobile Learning in Your Districts

Leadership for Mobile Learning, a CoSN leadership initiative, has released a new resource to help school leaders navigate the mobile learning landscape. The guide for administers, which was developed based on the shared experiences of pioneering school and district leaders, industry experts and leading scholars, provides key information and tips to educate and support administrators interested in… Read More ›

mobile learning

Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE)

The Stanford Mobile Inquiry-based Learning Environment (SMILE) enables students to quickly pose multimedia-rich multiple-choice questions and share them with peers using mobile phones during class. After the questions have been created, students can respond to and rate the questions that they and their peers created moments before. Finally, when all students have responded to each… Read More ›

self organized learning environment

School in the Cloud and Self-Organized Learning Environment

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Dr. Mitra, an educational researcher and professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK) delivered his… Read More ›

digital resources

21 Literacy Resources For Digital Classrooms

by Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., learningunlimitedllc.com, cross-posted on TeachThought.com If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right. For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. How’s that for starters? In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective… Read More ›

iPad classroom

7 Lists of Free iPad Learning Apps (#iPaded, #EdApps, #iPadchat)

Dear readers, You might find these selections on free educational iPad apps by Christopher Pappas useful. Enjoy! 24 Free Chemistry iPad Apps for Students 20 Free Multiplication iPad Apps for Kids 14 Free Alphabet iPad Apps for Kids 21 Free Counting iPad Apps for Kids 13 Free Addition iPad Apps for Kids 9 Free Subtraction iPad Apps… Read More ›

mobile learning

Toward a Mobile Learning Friendly Environment

The good, the bad, the challenges, infokit, toolkit and “quick win” strategy for mobile learning, at a glance. Mobile Learning: It’s Not Just About the Kids; It’s Also About the Teachers! The reality voice: During a standard, PowerPoint presentation at FETC in Orlando (Jan 31, 2013), Cathie received a hearty, loud “amen” from a teacher… Read More ›

iPad classroom

5 New Free Tools for iPad Classrooms Worth Your Attention (#iPadEd)

Several new tools might be worth your attention for flipped classrooms or iPads classrooms. These tools are all free to use and meet different needs. GoClass (beta) Instructors can string together resources in a lesson plan format along with lecture notes and questions for formative assessment through a single app, and then deliver it through the… Read More ›

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It’s the 2nd annual Digital Learning Day, and once again, we’ve compiled a bunch of great resources from within the network to share with you. They are all available to anyone looking for information or inspiration on how to incorporate digital learning practices and pedagogies into their learning spaces. They’ve all been tested in afterschool,…

#DLDay

Blended Learning Implementation Guide (#DLDay)

Blended learning is not ‘just another district initiative,’ It is a large scale opportunity to develop schools that are more productive for students and teachers. It’s a fundamental redesign of instructional model. In honor of Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released its fifth white paper in the DLN Smart Series, “Blended Learning Implementation… Read More ›

adaptive learning

Adaptive Learning – The Challenges and Developments

Learning analytic is one of emerging technologies that will impact higher education in the next 2-3 years from the Horizon report for higher education just released this week. It refers to pulling data from a variety of data generated as learners interact with the learning contents and environments to give a picture of learners’ profile…. Read More ›

Why are Textbooks Bad for Education?

This post written by Justin Marquis Ph.D. was first published on OnlineUniversities.com : Why are Textbooks Bad for Education? An interesting video in the Edutopia “Big Thinkers” series, featuring my first faculty mentor at Indiana University, Sasha Barab, the leader of the Quest Atlantis project and now the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair in Teacher Education at Arizona State University is… Read More ›

game-based learning

Automating and Humanizing Education for The First Time In History

This post written by Daniel Burrus first appeared on GettingSmart : Automating and Humanizing Education for The First Time In History. While many parents and teachers lament over the amount of time today’s youth spend on video games, the truth is that these high-tech “toys” can be used to revolutionize education and training. Think of it… Read More ›

tablets for learning

50 Resources on iPads for Learning

50 Of The Best Resources On iPads In Education by Tom Vander Ark first appeared on gettingsmart.com 36 Lists of iPad Resources  39 sites for using iPads in classrooms 10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have– from PC Magazine 10 Must Have iPad Apps for Students and Teachers 10 Ways to Use iPads in Your Classroom 40 iPad Apps… Read More ›

education reform

12 Must Read Papers on Digital Learning(2012)

This post “12 Must Read Papers of 2012” by Tom Vander Ark originally appeared on GettingSmart. Following are the 12 papers I most frequently cite (or plan to cite over the next few months) including a couple I co-authored.  The cover blended learning, online learning, competency-based learning, and edtech.  They come from our friends at SETDA, iNACOL, Digital Learning Now …. Read More ›

app created by academics

The Best E-Texts (App) Created by Academics

Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Elliott Visconsi, associate professor of English at Notre Dame, have co-designed The Tempest iPad app, they re-imagined reading. Jennifer Funk gave this story a write-up here (edcetera). “We’ve made the text manipulatable,” Rowe says. “We’ve said, ‘You can get your hands inside this electronic text in any way… Read More ›

LOs

OER in the Mobile Era

Mobile learning is no doubt one of the converging trend in Ed-Tech for the next several years. Open Educational Resources (OERs) repositories should adapt their features so their contents can be accessed from mobile devices. elearningeuropa.info has published a report : OER in the Mobile Era: Content Repositories’ Features for Mobile Devices and Future Trends This paper… Read More ›

learning registry

Converging Trends and Opportunities of K12 EdTech

Seattle-based MIT Enterprise Forum of the NorthWest is one of 28 chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Strategic business reviews are the primary focus of discussion for Enterprise Forum programs. The forum held in Seattle, Washington on November 13th, 2012 focused on educational technologies. Based on the published content of the panel moderator, Frank Catalano, and from background… Read More ›

infusing technology into schools

Bring Your Own Devices Framework

Oak Hills Local School District in Ohio opened their high school campus to student devices in the fall of 2010.  and they developed a robust “BYOD framework” and set up a strict acceptable use policy before it launched its BYOD initiative in 2010. Oak Hill’s BYOD Framework consists of 10 structured implementation and support steps that they have documented… Read More ›

tablets for learning

25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience

When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens. How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too… Read More ›

flipped classroom, flipped learning

Professional Development for Flipped Learning

Pearson and the Flipped Learning Network have joined forces to offer new and exciting blended professional development for educators looking to switch to the new “flipped learning” teaching model (See the Press Release). Through this partnership, and based on the pioneering work of Flipped Learning Network’s founding members, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, highly skilled trainers… Read More ›

iPad 1:1 program, mobile learning

How Well Does Your iPad 1:1 Program Work?

iPad Scotland Final Evaluation Report has raised much attention, it is indeed an insightful resource to prove how the fancy tablet iPad re-invents the ways of learning. So we wish to dig a little more out of it. You might get some answers from the report as you ask yourself: How well does our iPad… Read More ›

5 Predictions on Mobile Learning

Mobile is what’s happening.  TechCrunch alerted to us in Web 3.0: The Mobile Era: Here’s a quick review for the technology waves over the last roughly 20 years.  Web 1.0 was about web connectivity, the giants of that epoch catalyzed by Netscape were companies like AOL, Yahoo, and Google. Web 2.0 was social, with Facebook, LinkedIn, Zynga, Twitter, and… Read More ›

technology and academic performance

Technology Matters for Students

Technology is not only a critical part of learning, it’s an essential tool for communication and student-teacher engagement.  Which technologies are most important to students ? How technology impacts academic experience and achievement? Muhammad Saleem sent us this infographic about undergraduate students and technologies to share with you. Original source: http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/

learning anytime anywhere

Mobile Learning Lesson Ideas

Young people are connecting with one another through technology in unprecedented ways. Computers, wi-fi networks, and smart phones allow young people 24/7 access to technology and to one another. Using smart devices in educational settings as learning and community building tools can promote interpersonal communication and encourage young people to positively express their individuality and… Read More ›

iPad in education

iPad Scotland Final Evaluation Report (October 2012)

The final report of the iPad Scotland Evaluation undertaken for schools and local authorities in Scotland was released by the Technology Enhanced Learning Group based in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull in October. 8 primary and secondary schools were assigned to participate the research by local authorities, the approximate number of iPads in… Read More ›

bring your own device

10 Reasons Why BYOD is a Good Idea

by Miriam Clifford from informED (commentary from Open Colleges) Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly. Bring Your Own Device has transformed the classroom by creating new opportunities… Read More ›

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Connecting Educators and Programmers

Recently, MindShift gave a write-up about “The Rise of Educator-Entrepreneurs: Bringing Classroom Experience to Ed-Tech“. While we see this trend grows, the reason behind it is simple: “Teachers are usually the last people to be consulted on many of these education technology companies.” Even we can see new EdTech sites emerging everyday, not every newly minted site… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).