Archive for 2012

Good Read: MOOCs Take on the 1 Percent

Good Read: MOOCs Take on the 1 Percent

| December 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

From Clay Shirky’s blog: “The fight over MOOCs is really about the story we tell ourselves about higher education: what it is, who it’s for, how it’s delivered, who delivers it. The most widely told story about college focuses obsessively on elite schools and answers a crazy mix of questions: How will we teach complex […]

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For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined

For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined

| December 7, 2012 | 25 Comments

Thinkstock Not too far in the future, students may be faced with an entirely different set of choices than they do today. No longer might college or career straight after high school graduation be the two only and divergent paths in front of them. No longer may a four-to-six-year commitment to a highly esteemed institution […]

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SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations

SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations

| December 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

Julia Hum/Educreations One of the biggest, fastest shifts in ed tech the last couple years has been the evolution from the use of large interactive whiteboards to the use of mobile, agile multi-purpose apps. Currently, there are at least six products, all competing to become teachers’ favorite. Replay Note, ScreenChomp, ShowMe, DoodleCast Pro, Knowmia, Explain […]

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Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

| December 5, 2012 | 4 Comments

Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further. Molly Michelson, who produces the Science in Action videos for the California Academy of Sciences, has seen a lot of videos explaining the science in everyday life. She’s put together her top five favorite science videos. 1. This […]

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Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

| December 4, 2012 | 4 Comments

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. “Save or Save As?” someone asks. No one has ever explained the difference to these students and no one will have the time to explain it. With a frown on their […]

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The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade

The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade

| December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Who knew a YouTube video of a nine-year-old boy’s cardboard creation would hit such a nerve? Caine’s Arcade, which has gotten more than 7 million views on YouTube and Vimeo since it was posted last April, inspired a global movement, compelling kids across the world to create their own versions of the cardboard masterpiece in […]

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The Maker Movement Goes Global

The Maker Movement Goes Global

| December 3, 2012 | 1 Comment

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and […]

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The App’s the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social

The App’s the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social

| November 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

By Aran Levasseur Shakespeare is going digital. Notre Dame professor Elliott Visconsi has co-created a new app for the iPad called The Tempest that he says helps accelerate student learning by allowing them to develop deeper comprehension in less time than solitary reading. At the heart of the app is a social network that encourages […]

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Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment

Tech Tools, Blended Learning and More: ITM’s MindShift Moment

| November 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Excited to introduce a collaboration with the creative minds behind the Infinite Thinking Machine. This week, the producers have pulled together an episode featuring some of MindShift’s most popular articles: Why Googling Is Not Enough, The Power of One Teacher’s Vision, and How Should Teaching Change in the Age of Siri? A huge thanks and […]

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Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class

Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class

| November 29, 2012 | 16 Comments

Erin Scott By Jennifer Carey A good rule of thumb for any classroom use of cellphones: the lesson/activity must be engaging as well as productive. You don’t want technology for the sake of technology (and students aren’t going to be intrinsically fascinated with a device they use routinely when they’re outside of school). If the […]

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