Archive for July, 2011

10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For

10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For

| July 29, 2011 | 6 Comments

Technology has been used in the classroom for decades now. But with the advent of cloud computing and the proliferation of smaller, more portable computers and Internet-capable devices, it’s now possible to bring the classroom into the technology instead. Mobile learning, focuses on learning through mobile devices, allowing learners to move about in a classroom […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

The National Science Foundation announced this week that it was kicking off a new program called Innovation Corps to help transform promising academic research projects into viable startups. Starting this fall, the NSF will provide 100 science and engineering projects with $50,000 in funding and will enroll them in a crash course on entrepreneurship, taught […]

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The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

| July 28, 2011 | 5 Comments

By Shelley Wright I love the flip. I do. And I realize by saying this I’m making a controversial statement. I believe if used judiciously, in the right context, the flip can free up valuable class time and provide the background knowledge that is fundamental for students to then go forward and wrestle with higher […]

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New Educational Apps of the Month

New Educational Apps of the Month

| July 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

At the end of month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last thirty days. (Read our previous months’ reviews.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. NASA VISUALIZATION EXPLORER NASA’s latest iPad app, the NASA Visualization Explorer (iTunes, free) brings some […]

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Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

| July 28, 2011 | 3 Comments

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, […]

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How to Make Google+ Friends with Facebook and Twitter

How to Make Google+ Friends with Facebook and Twitter

| July 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Attempting to lasso your social networking tools? There might be a chance. Source: Technologyreview A browser plug-in shows how easily the “big three” social networks could coexist. In just a couple of weeks, Google’s new social network, Google+, has drawn an estimated 20 million users. For some, it offers the chance to “do a reset” […]

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5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

| July 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

Summertime is typically spent unwinding, unplugging, and for many educators, untangling from the daily rigors of teaching. But summer is also the perfect opportunity to get more familiar with ideas and tools that might take time to understand and use during the school year. We asked a few teachers how they’ve been spending their summer […]

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How to Keep Wikipedia Viable? Recruit College Students as Editors

How to Keep Wikipedia Viable? Recruit College Students as Editors

| July 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

By Anne Nelson From what I can tell, most of my fellow educators spend more time criticizing Wikipedia than engaging with it. The conversation tends to go round in a fairly tiresome circle: The first educator points to an article on the subject of his/her expertise and points to a glaring error to demonstrate that […]

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How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

| July 26, 2011 | 23 Comments

As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site. One obvious use for educators is to boost their personal and professional network, particularly as the service offers more granular controls for privacy and sharing. Within these Circles, as each […]

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Teachers Find a Place for Social Media in the Classroom

Teachers Find a Place for Social Media in the Classroom

| July 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

Important information getting into mainstream media. Source: Usatoday Among educators, Eric Sheninger is something of a social networking hero. The principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers (his handle: @NMHS_Principal). He and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, and students use it to plan events. — […]

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