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Where Does Disruption Begin? With Teachers Who Teach Teachers

Where Does Disruption Begin? With Teachers Who Teach Teachers

| August 16, 2011 | 6 Comments

Disrupting the entrenched education system is daunting. There are 7.2 million teachers in the U.S., 76 million students, and more than 98,000 public schools, according to a government census (as of 2008). So what’s the most effective way to unshackle the current archaic system from ineffective tactics that no longer work in the digital age? […]

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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 | 5 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 are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

| July 26, 2011 | 32 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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How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

| July 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

As teachers try to suss out how to integrate Google+ with their Facebook and Twitter networks in and out of the classroom, the line between public and private posts becomes that much more the focus of discussion. Google+ has made it somewhat easier by making users decide specifically which circles to post to. That function […]

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Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

| July 11, 2011 | 11 Comments

It’s been almost two weeks since the launch of the “field trial” of Google’s new social network, Google Plus. As the hype grows, more and more people are receiving their invitations to the service, and in turn, there are an increasing number of discussions about how Google Plus might work for teaching and learning. (Take […]

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Education in the Age of Google and Wikipedia

Education in the Age of Google and Wikipedia

| June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you’re still wondering about the implications of the effects of technology on learning, take a look at this brilliant video by Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist who studies the effects of media on society. The envelopment of sites like Google and Wikipedia into our daily lives has completely changed our relationship with information. What […]

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Does Apple’s New iCloud Offer Anything New for Education?

Does Apple’s New iCloud Offer Anything New for Education?

| June 8, 2011 | 3 Comments

Apple is holding its big developers’ conference this week in San Francisco, and the event kicked off on Monday with a keynote unveiling some of the new products and features Apple has in store. This includes upgrades to both its Mac and mobile operating systems. Apple also introduced a new product, iCloud that will store […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft announced this week that it has agreed to acquire the popular VOIP service Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype has become an important tool for educators bridging classrooms around the world, and the acquisition may boost Microsoft’s status in the education sector (provided, of course, Skype still works on Apple computers). According to the June […]

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Is Your School Ready for Google’s Chromebooks for Education?

Is Your School Ready for Google’s Chromebooks for Education?

| May 12, 2011 | 14 Comments

At Google IO this week, Google announced a “new kind of computer” and a new program aimed at schools: Chromebooks for Education. These new devices look like laptops, but they run on Google’s new operating system Chrome OS and are truly Web-based and Web-centric. There is no local storage and there is no software. In […]

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Is Google’s Science Fair Just a Marketing Ploy?

Is Google’s Science Fair Just a Marketing Ploy?

| April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

The New York Times‘ Claire Cain Miller published a story this weekend entitled “Promoting Science, and Google, to Students,” which looks with skepticism at Google’s first ever Global Science Fair. The story is positioned, in part as a follow-up to a story from February documenting the decline of science fairs — just as President Obama […]

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