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In contrast, the kind of learning that is typically associated with technology is a much more informal, hands-on sort with a more immediate application. Need to learn how to do something on your computer? Look it up on Google or tap into the right social media networks. Need to send an email to several hundred people? Find a service that handles it efficiently and that allows you to do A/B testing on the subject line. In other words, as Collins and Halverson encapsulate it, school fosters “just-in-case learning” while technology fosters “just-in-time learning.”

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10 Education Technology Implementation Pitfalls and Ways to Avoid Them

3. Limited training: Another common implementation hurdle is planning to provide the training needed to really get users comfortable with the new or updated technology. Often there is some provision for training, but it simply isn’t enough. If you want your technology project to succeed, you need to go out of your way to provide enough training and hand-holding to make users productive with it. While it is possible to go overboard with this, providing more training than might really be needed, this is an area where being over-prepared is better than falling short. If training is costly, then consider ways in which any over-purchase might be leveraged. Some companies will let unused training credits be applied towards other costs, or at least be kept active for a long enough time to let them be used (for future hires for example).

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Errors in the Encyclopædia Britannica That Have Been Corrected in Wikipedia

stevekinney:

Saved for the next time I am subjected to an uninformed rant about the accuracy of Wikipedia.

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21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020

world-shaker:

Some eyebrow-raising ideas (or at least delivery) in here. I’ve included a few below:

5. The Role of Standardized Tests in College Admissions
The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.

6. Differentiated Instruction as the Sign of a Distinguished Teacher
The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won’t make you ‘distinguished’; it’ll just be a natural part of your work.

7. Fear of Wikipedia
Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself.

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Stay Productive in Your Online Classes

Divergent Reading

Completing online classes, you work on and submit your assignments in your own time and in your own way. For most students, that flexibility represents the principal advantage of online study. It can, however, degenerate into the class’s greatest threat, because it allows for lots of avoidance and procrastination. You know that big assignments buried in small print can sneak-up and ambush you. In order to avoid digital disaster, you must restructure all the old school rules to fit with your virtual circumstances.


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20+ Years of Education Technology

I have used every one of these devices in fulfillment of my duties as a classroom teacher. These were the tools available to me since I became an educator.It makes me feel rather old, but proud nonetheless, to have mastered these valuable communication technologies for teaching and learning.

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Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

We’ve heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income students who are forbidden to use it in public schools. 
Those arguments were personified last week in the collective voices of students from Morningside, Crenshaw, Roosevelt, Locke, and Manual Arts high schools, who presented their case at the Digital Media and Learning conference in San Francisco.

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gjmueller:

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in Schools

We’ve heard arguments from ed tech experts about how using technology for learning may in fact deepen the divide between wealthy and low-income kids. Students who have access to technology and are encouraged by teachers and parents to leverage it for new ways of learning, the argument goes, will leap even further ahead than low-income students who are forbidden to use it in public schools.

Those arguments were personified last week in the collective voices of students from Morningside, Crenshaw, Roosevelt, Locke, and Manual Arts high schools, who presented their case at the Digital Media and Learning conference in San Francisco.


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Do you speak ‘Text-ese’?

govoxy:

Textese, or in other words text speak has led to an ongoing debate on whether it is destroying the English language as we know it. Every turn we take on the streets teenagers are ‘tapping’ away on their phones. According to a study by The Neilson Company an average teenager sends over 3000…

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TED Launches TED-Ed Video Service; Partners With YouTube Education

by by jurvetson via flickr under CC

TED is expanding its popular video offerings into the education space by launching new videos made by teacher and animators that schools can find on a TED-Ed channel on YouTube and use in the classroom.


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The Top 3 Myths About Online Teaching

“One of the most common responses I get when I tell people what I do (teaching & coaching online), is that they say they would miss the “real connection” to people around them. That this would not be for them, because they need a personal connection to people!”


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