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This Week In Education Technology: 11/21/2014

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Nov 21, 2014 8:05:00 AM

7 Ways To Deal With Digital Distractions


Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom. Read more.

What Is Google For Education?


Google for Education has Google Drive and its varied distribution tools as its core. Through the use of Google Docs, Drive, mail, calendar, and more, teachers can create virtual classes, track document changes, participate in discussions, and more–what many teachers have been doing for years, but in a formal package that can also serve alignment across classrooms and schools. Read more.

Making Superintendents 'Future Ready'


More than one thousand superintendents have lent their signatures to the Future Ready Pledge, a list of blended learning stipulations that includes several top commitments: transitioning to high-speed internet, empowering educators with PD, and providing all students with universal access to quality devices. Read more.

Technology Recess At Central Elementary School


During the Technology Recess, everyone had the opportunity to learn about some resources and tools their teacher leaders had been integrating into their classrooms. Following short presentations, the leaders worked collaboratively with their grade level peers to plan a lesson that thoughtfully integrates the tool that was presented to them. Read more.

The Best Resources For Geography Awareness Week


Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Read more.


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This Week In Education Technology: 11/14/2014

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Nov 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Ed-Tech Vendors Often in Dark on District Needs, Study Shows


Educational technology companies trying to do business with schools often have only a vague sense of district officials’ specific buying needs, according to a new study that delves into vendors’ and K-12 leaders’ frustrations with the procurement process. Read more.


Six Tips For Classroom Technology Success


An industry advisory panel of educators shares strategies to help teachers – regardless of their tenure – implement education technology in the classroom. Read more.


Technology Revitalizes Hands-On Education in Classrooms


Technology has abstracted the educational sphere in the way it has abstracted all other aspects of our lives. Pencils and paper have given way to the more amorphous cloud-based computing, kids are presenting more with Prezi than on poster boards, and work can be turned in online instead of in-hand. Read more.


Common Core Reading: The High Achievers


Linnea Wolters was prepared to hate the Common Core State Standards. She taught fifth grade at a low-income school in Reno, Nev., where, she says, there was always some new plan to improve things. And none of it added up to good education. But, after leading her class through a Core-aligned lesson — a close reading of Emma Lazarus' sonnet "The New Colossus" — she was intrigued, especially by the way different students reacted to the process. Read more.


In Punchy New Memoir, Former Education Czar Joel Klein Defends His Record


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This Week In Education Technology: 11/7/2014

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Nov 7, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Late debate over Cuomo's $2 billion school-tech plan


n the final days before Election Day, supporters and critics of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $2 billion bond act to fund school technology are stepping forward to sway voters. Read more.

Before Buying Technology, Asking 'Why?'


District leaders and other advocates of personalized learning frequently say that the approach isn't about technology. But that’s easy for an administrator to say when every child in his or her district has a school-provided computer. Read more.

What Digital Literacy Looks Like in a Classroom


If students are “glued” 24/7 to their mobile devices, why is it necessary for schools to teach digital literacy? Who should teach it? And wait … what does it even mean to be “digitally literate”? Read more. 

10 Hottest Technologies in Higher Education


The annual EDUCAUSE conference is where innovative higher education CIOs go to learn about new industry trends and compare notes on the latest breakthroughs. This year was no exception as 7,300 IT leaders from more than 50 countries gathered in Orlando along with 260 educational technology exhibitors. Discussions took place in session rooms, on the exhibition floor, after the keynotes, and throughout the hallways. These are the common threads that permeated those discussions; the ten hottest topics for CIOs in higher education. Read more. 

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity


Women and girls continue to benefit from dramatically increased educational opportunities. Due in large part to the success of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, more than half of the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. colleges today are earned by women. Yet despite this progress, large gender-based disparities and inequities in education and employment persist. In particular, girls of color and girls from low-income backgrounds underperform academically compared with their white, higher-income peers. Read more. 



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