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Back to School: Putting Lessons Learned from ISTE Into Practice

Back to School: Putting Lessons Learned from ISTE Into Practice

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10/17/2017 10:59:00 AM Tech & Learning Editorial Director Kevin Hogan will moderate a discussion with key K-12 ed tech leaders about how districts should be putting into action some of the learnings and takeaways from the ISTE 2017 show. Panelists include: Share This Post TEACH STUDENTS THESE 4 SKILLS TO START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
5 TECH TRENDS TO WATCH THIS SCHOOL YEAR

5 TECH TRENDS TO WATCH THIS SCHOOL YEAR

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10/16/2017 9:00:00 AM In a recent news release, ISTE offered the following top five trends to watch this school year: 1. Coding for All Students: Teachers are helping students hone problem-solving skills by infusing coding and computational thinking into courses across the curriculum and encouraging students to become digital content creators. 2. Real-Time Learning Feedback: In an era when we have electronic devices that can measure everything from heart rates to calories burned, education is catching up with real-time learning feedback. 3. VR Is Coming to Town: This school year will likely be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) make a real impact in the classroom. 4. Media Literacy to Combat Fake News: As more information is consumed online, there is an in...
A Woman’s Place is in Science

A Woman’s Place is in Science

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10/9/2017 12:10:00 AM Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM on Ada Lovelace Day! This international celebration day focuses on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical field. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement.  courtesy of Knovation Share This Post Explore the Nature of Existence with Everything … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
My Learning: Global Citizenship

My Learning: Global Citizenship

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10/2/2017 12:10:00 AM October 6th is National Diversity Day. Set off on a journey to understand how we depend on people around the world for everything we use in our daily lives. Visit with people in many countries to learn about who we rely on for our everyday products. courtesy of Knovation Share This Post A Look Inside the Political Campaign … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
How to Win K-12 Technology Grants – Strategies for Success

How to Win K-12 Technology Grants – Strategies for Success

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9/27/2017 1:39:00 PM As traditional sources of funding decrease, securing grants is a reasonable supplement to established funding although competition can be stiff. You can improve the odds of winning grants with these successful strategies and best practices. Click here to download. Share This Post Kids Create, Share Original Artwork with Drawp … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
Pirates, Myths, Legends, Treasures and Activities

Pirates, Myths, Legends, Treasures and Activities

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9/18/2017 12:10:00 AM AARRGGHH. Talk Like A Pirate Day is 9/19. Get to know several infamous pirates, the treasures they sought, the myths and legends of their voyages. Explore the interactive maps highlighting where the pirates were active and check out the learning activities. courtesy of Knovation Share This Post Powerful Tool for Classroom Organization … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
Equifax security and information executives are stepping down

Equifax security and information executives are stepping down

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Equifax reported last week a leak on July 29 that compromised the data of 143 million Americans. This breach included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver license numbers. As though that weren’t bad enough, 209,000 people had their credit card info leaked, and the breach also included dispute documents with personally identifying information from 182,000 consumers. Following the report, the company came under fire for its response, which was both lackadaisical and callous. The website that the company set up to assist consumers was at best broken and at worst, a scam. Phone calls to the company followed the same trend, and, since then, Congress is reportedly looking into the issue. This post was gotten from TechCrunch
National September 11 Memorial and Museum: Commemorating 9/11

National September 11 Memorial and Museum: Commemorating 9/11

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9/11/2017 6:40:00 AM Learning about September 11th can be scary for kids, but  we need to teach the importance of that day in our history. The 9/11 Memorial Museum has a series of lessons that focus on the heroes of that day, specifically Welles Crowther. They will learn about his courage from the book The Man in the Red Bandana. courtesy of Knovation Share This Post Top Rated PBL Tool Grows Problem-Solving Skills … Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning

Equifax says it won’t bar consumers from joining breach-related lawsuits

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Equifax, which yesterday announced a truly enormous breach, will not require affected consumers to forfeit their right to join a class action lawsuit against the company in order to receive credit protection. The company clarified the forced arbitration clause in its terms of service after outcry by consumer advocates, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who called the requirement “unacceptable and unenforceable.”The company added the following to its FAQ for the TrustedID Premier program it is offering to those affected by the breach: Do the TrustedID Terms of Use limit my options related to the cyber security incident? The arbitration clause and class action wavier [sic] included in the TrustedID Premier Terms of Use applies to the free credit file monitoring and iden
Google Gaining Ground On Us Edtech Market

Google Gaining Ground On Us Edtech Market

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8/31/2017 11:28:00 AM The Kahoot! EdTrends Report, a new quarterly report, addresses the latest edtech trends in the K–12 market. Key findings of the first report include: ● Google is gaining a stronghold in classrooms, with Chrome OS growing quickly for computers, Apple’s iOS dominating on mobile devices and tablets, and Microsoft holding its ground with classroom computers, especially among teachers.● Google Classroom/G Suite for Education is the most popular productivity suite in classrooms.● The biggest incentive for educators to adopt edtech is improving student productivity—specifically: to improve student learning and outcomes, to motivate students, and to encourage student engagement.● In the coming school year, schools will see the increased use of digital platforms for teac
Girls & Stem

Girls & Stem

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8/31/2017 11:28:00 AM The Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative is a network of professionals that encourage more girls to pursue STEM-related careers. Students used an augmented reality interface and app to create a project in a program from Verizon Innovative Learning. According to research by STEMconnector and the National Science Board, women make up only 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce. To help encourage more girls to participate in STEM programs, two new initiatives have been announced. The first comes from Boxlight, which has signed on to be the convening agency for the Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative formed under the auspices of the National Girls Collaborative Project. The Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative is a statewide network of professionals, researchers,...
Start and Stay Organized: 5 Tech Tips to Start the School Year

Start and Stay Organized: 5 Tech Tips to Start the School Year

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As more of our work evolves to digital formats, being efficient and staying organized is essential. Here are five quick tips and strategies. Image from Quote Of The Day 1. HAVE A HOME FOR LEARNING Create a space for students to access every single day—one place where their learning begins. In my classroom, that’s our website, where there’s a Google Doc called the “Assignment Calendar” that outlines all of our lessons and learning. Whether the next activity is on Google Classroom, Kahoot!, or independent research, this home for learning helps my students focus, shows them where to start, and provides an important resource for learning. Absent? Late? Just weren’t paying attention? Check the site. Courtesy of MrAdamPE 2. CREATE A SYSTEM: FILES, FOLDERS, AND NAMES The only wrong way to name
EDITOR’S NOTE: THE NEXT DIMENSION

EDITOR’S NOTE: THE NEXT DIMENSION

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No technological concept has intrigued yet disappointed the education community as much as 3D has. From floating Second Life avatars flying students to imaginary learning islands to throbbing dissected hearts projected in dimly lit classrooms to curricula springing from handheld tablets, the promise of teaching in the next dimension has been too good to be true. Most, if not all, of these attempts have gone the way of the paperless classroom. 3D printing is different. The products you see on the cover and read about on page 42 are not prototypes but actual devices in action right now. Admittedly, when we first reported on 3D printers (check out our September, 2014 cover story in the archives: www.techlearning.com/currentissuearchive), these machines did little more than print out novelty ...
Casio Ultra-Short-Throw Projector XJ-UT351WN

Casio Ultra-Short-Throw Projector XJ-UT351WN

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casioprojector.com/products/Ultra_Short_Throw/XJ-UT351WN ■ Retail Price: $1,799.99 Quality and Effectiveness: Users have the option to control the XJ-UT351WN, one of Casio’s latest family of short-throw projectors, with a phone or other mobile device via a wireless adaptor. The projector uses a lens and mirrors instead of a lamp, and it crisply illuminates up to 3,500 lumens on a 50” to 110” space without shadows. Because it’s lamp-free, this projector has an extremely long life of 20,000 hours, or approximately 18 school years. In addition, this projector is ready to use within five seconds of being turned on and requires no cool-down time since there are fans to cool the projector. Ease of Use: This projector is easy to connect and use. The remote control, with its standardized, easy-to
Turnitin Revision Assistant

Turnitin Revision Assistant

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go.turnitin.com/revision-assistant ■ Licenses and price: Available on a per-student subscription basis. For a customized quote, go to go.turnitin.com/en us/consultation. Quality and Effectiveness: Many teachers are seeking a quality program that can incorporate technology effectively to aid their students with the writing process. Students feel free to write and revise with Revision Assistant, because it supports them as they work at their own pace. The program instantly connects the writer to icons that highlight sections of their work and provide questions or comments for reflection on what they’re writing. Students receive immediate and ongoing feedback and have access to a rubric as they write. The design is very compact—everything, including icons and teacher notes, is on one screen.
Labdisc GenSci

Labdisc GenSci

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globisens.net/ ■ Retail Price: $599.00 The Labdisc GenSci is an advanced science lab and data logger. It includes up to 15 wireless sensors so users can conduct a variety of science experiments right out of the box. Students can experiment with air pressure, ambient temperature, current, distance (motion), external temperature, GPS, light, microphones, pH, relative humidity, sound, universal input, and voltage. The Labdisc is simple to use, both on its own and with GlobiLab’s free software. GlobiLab is compatible with PC, Chrome OS, Mac, iOS, and Android and connects via wireless Bluetooth or USB. Quality and Effectiveness: The Labdisc GenSci is a well-constructed and extremely effective product for the K–12 science classroom. Because it works with a variety of platforms, it could find a
Manage Your Classroom with Class Charts

Manage Your Classroom with Class Charts

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8/31/2017 12:10:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Class ChartsSummary: Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple Pros: Design is great, it's easy to set up, and reports are thorough.Cons: Ultimately, it may be more helpful for teachers than students -- as an organizational tool, it's great, but kids may not learn the right lessons.Bottom Line: It's an easy-to-use, engaging tool for managing and tracking student behavior and participation, but does employ carrot-and-stick-style rewards. Read more here. By Commo...
Free Resource For Teaching the Sciences

Free Resource For Teaching the Sciences

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8/30/2017 6:55:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: The Concord ConsortiumSummary: Vast collection of science resources emphasizes written reflection Pros: Free access to online manipulatives that promote the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.Cons: Some activities are Java-based and hard to use in schools.Bottom Line:A selection of online science simulations paired with a teacher dashboard to track progress. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by ...
New Research on Projectors in Higher Education: Trends in Technology, Usage

New Research on Projectors in Higher Education: Trends in Technology, Usage

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8/28/2017 3:25:00 PM The ability to share large, higher-quality images, videos and websites has transformed higher education into a multimedia experience, and projectors have become the centerpiece. This new research reveals how colleges and universities are joining the movement towards full HD and eventually 4K resolutions, integrating digital video in the classroom as well as emphasizing lamp-free technologies, all while being cost-efficient.  Click here to download. Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments powered by This post was gotten from Tech Learning
K6 Math App Offers Fun, CCSS-Aligned Games

K6 Math App Offers Fun, CCSS-Aligned Games

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8/28/2017 12:10:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Zap Zap Math - K6 Math GamesSummary: Space-themed practice tool aligns well with CCSS, but with distractions Pros: Games are beautifully designed and target essential Common Core standards.Cons: Some of the games are a bit cumbersome, so it takes a long time to get to the actual math.Bottom Line: These interactive games give kids plenty of practice, so long as they can focus on the math and not the paid upgrades and rewards. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This...