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Chromebooks dominate K-12 purchases. Latest quarter reveals that Chromebooks took 51 percent of K-12 market sales Chromebook sales have surged in the U.S. K-12 education market, with the devices now making up 51 percent of sales for the first time, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. In the report, the consulting firm notes that the increase in Chromebook sales “has coincided with the need for districts to implement online assessment,” and that Chromebooks’ ease-of-use and traditionally low prices have helped increase sales. [6 reasons Chromebooks are the device of the moment] Despite the rapid sales growth in the U.S., sales across the rest of the globe are much slower. Chromebooks held 41 percent of sales in Canada, 9 percent in Finland, 9 percent in the U.K., and 1 percent in India. The “OS competition” is only going to heat up, analysts predict. More and more, school districts are choosing Chromebooks as they roll out one-to-one initiatives in their schools.

Mobile Learning. Elementary - LSR7 Chromebook Classroom. Don't Miss These Google Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching Digital Citizenship. September 25 , 2014Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum is a great resource from Google to help teachers educate their students on the importance of digital citizenship and the different ways and strategies to use to keep themselves safe while using the net. This work is a fruit of a partnership between Google security team and experts from iKeepsafe and it provides some interesting lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms. The purpose of these lessons are to : Enable students to think critically Properly evaluate online sourcesHelp students understand how to protect themselves from online threats ( e.g bullies and scammers).think before they shareBe good digital citizens. Here are the three major featured in this resource: Class 1: Become an Online Sleuth Class 2: Manage your Digital Footprint Class 3: Identify Tricks and Scams Online.

Self publish a textbook with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. I grew up in the "Pennsylvania Dutch country" and learned Pennsylvania Dutch (an offshoot of High German) and German at a very young age. That was the start of my interest in languages and linguistics. After spending a year in Germany in high school and college, I eventually got my Masters in German and Germanic linguistics at Berkeley. It had really been my intention since I was in elementary school to some day write accessible books on language and linguistics.

It took some time, but once I discovered how easy it was to independently publish books, I tried my hand at it. My first foray was trying my hand at publishing a "traditional" paperback on the medieval stage of modern High German. It was not until I discovered Kindle Direct Publishing that I really understood how Amazon was, quite literally, changing the game. Amazon's support of authors like me is invaluable. Blended Learning in the Mix: The Informed Parent. Editor's Note: Jeremy Shorr, Director of Innovation and Educational Technology at Mentor (Ohio) Public Schools, is the co-author of this post. If you know anyone in the education field, you may have heard lamentations about the cyclical nature with which the instructional strategies and programs from 20 years ago resurface under a new name.

Although we are the first to admit that this is often the case, there are some core components of our educational system that have stood the test of time. Parents play an important role in their child's education. Literacy-rich environments, when children are in the earliest stages of their development, lead to greater understanding of the English language and eventually reading comprehension.

Devices are Learning Tools Here's a critical piece that parents need to understand -- although the tool has shifted from a textbook to a device or online program, the fundamental role of the technology is to enhance learning. Understand the Teacher's Role. How Schools Are Making Mobile Learning Work. K–12 IT leaders map out the strategic planning and policies that make mobility feasible on their campuses. When students walked into El Capitan High School for the first time last August, it wasn't just the start of a new school year.

Their learning experience was about to change radically. The new $98 million campus in ­central California's Merced Union High School District was designed with mobile technology and digital ­content in mind. Wireless access points are installed in every classroom, and instead of textbooks, the school's ­inaugural freshman and sophomore classes were issued Samsung Chromebooks ; or, if they preferred, they could bring their own devices . "We wanted to create a college-like atmosphere, where students can come to school and work on their devices," Arteaga says. "Students collaborate and share resources. Powerful — and ubiquitous. "What started out as resistance to using mobile ­technology has turned to increasing acceptance. One-to-Web Instead of One-to-One. For Education. You can find previous Acer Education Webinars and playback the complete session here. 2014 Webinars March—Chromebooks in Classrooms Length: 1 Hour Agenda: This presentation will focus on the Chromebook deployment experiences of Barbers Hill Independent School District in TX.

Katie Russell will share the planning strategy and implementation best practices utilized by their district. Speakers: Katie Russell Director of Technology, Barbers Hill ISD, Mont Belvieu, TX Playback the full webinar Length: 1 Hour Agenda: Westlake Christian School in Florida will share its experiences of deploying Acer ICONIA Tablets in classrooms. Speakers: Paul Weaver Technology Director, Westlake Christian School Michaela Keats Team leader, K-2 Division Westlake Christian School Playback the full webinar Speakers: Dr. MICHAEL MALONEY Founder & CEO Learn It Systems RAQUEL WHITING GILMER Chief Operating Officer Learn It Systems RUSSELL LUM Vice President, Technology Learn It Systems Playback the full webinar. TCEA: 44 classroom tools you can use right now | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2.

Advice to New Technology Coaches. Many schools will be receiving new technology in a few weeks, and they'll need a plan for supporting and coaching teachers through the process of using this new technology effectively in their classrooms. This week I received an email from a friend and fellow educator who was seeking ideas for a new technology coach position at her school this fall.

Here are three pieces of advice I gave her. 1. Define the Coach's Schedule It is really difficult trying to coach teachers in between periods, on your prep time, or before or after school. This can be done, but it cuts down on your ability as a coach to meet with each teacher. 2. A technology coach is not there to come in and say, "We're all doing this now, so listen carefully.

" 3. Before everyone goes and downloads a million apps or gets too excited about bright and shiny technology, it's important that teachers really think about whether bringing that app into the classroom will enhance or transform the learning. 1-to-1 Essentials Program. New Tool Helps Teachers Find the Best Tech. Summer's here, which means it's time for holidays, beach days, cookouts, and camp.

But for many of the country's dedicated teachers, it's also time to start planning for the next school year. This week, thousands of teachers and administrators are in San Antonio, TX for the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. This is one of the leading events for educators who are passionate about using technology in their classrooms. We're taking this opportunity to announce our new online resource for all K-12 teachers called Graphite. Just as we are dedicated to helping parents and kids find the highest quality media from all of the options out there, Graphite is free, and part of our mission to improve opportunities for all kids to succeed with today’s technology wherever they are -- at home and at school.

We're really excited about Graphite and the support it gives teachers to discover, use, and share the best tools for learning. (Watch the Graphite demo.) Coming to a school near you: Google launches Android app store for education. Google already reaches millions of students through its Apps for Education classroom tools but, at its annual developer conference Wednesday, the tech giant said it’s making an even bigger push with Android.

Starting this fall, it plans to offer teachers across the country an education-focused Android app store, called Google Play for Education, which has been in pilot testing with various schools. “There’s a big part of all of our lives – and the lives of our kids – that mobile technology hasn’t touched. When I visit my kids’ classroom, it looks pretty much like it did when I went to school,” said Chris Yerga, an engineering director at Google. “Google Play for Education was built from the ground up to meet the unique content needs of educators.” Through the new store, teachers will be able to search for educator-recommended apps appropriate for their grades and subjects. Ahead of the launch this fall, Google said it would start accepting app submissions from developers this summer.

Advice to New Technology Coaches. Farnsworth Laptop Expectations. Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days. School is just about to start, or has already started, and you have been armed with iPads for this year. Whether your students will be 1:1 or you have access to a handful of shared devices, the expectation now exists that these tools will be put to good use. So now what? How do you get started? What can you do in the first five days of school to get going on the right foot? 1. Students will be excited about using iPads from the beginning. Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth), a high school English teacher from Iowa, provides her students with a set of expectations on the first day of school. Third grade teacher Suzy Brooks (@SimplySuzy) writes: I am committed to teaching students the value of these expensive tools, and how important it is to take care of them.

To provide her elementary students with a concrete representation of responsibility, she created iPaddling licenses last year. How do we represent ourselves online? 2. 3. Teacher Activities Student Activities 4. 5. All about Gage. Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd. Jul 05 As I lamented in my last post, many of the fabulous Web tools out there are restricted to users 13 and over. This limits what Elementary/Primary schools students can access online to create content to collaborate. To save others at school some time, then, I have compiled a list of popular/well known Web tools that can and can’t be used by children under 13 – 1), so we are legally covered in what we are allowing our students to use and 2), so they know what is available. Please note that generally the sites that allow for under 13s still ask for parental permission ( even Edmodo if you haven’t read the Terms of Use) so a solid school user agreement is needed to use these tools.

The difficulty with some sites’ policies is that they don’t all state emphatically that Under 13s are not allowed. Even though I complained in my last post about restrictions, you can see from this chart that there are still plenty of tools available for the Under 13s. Abundant Learning: Four New Strategies for Connected Classrooms. GA SpectrumTable.pdf. Archived Events-RED Events. Implementation Webinar 10 TITLE: Financial Implications & Impact of Technology-transformed Schools DATE: June 12, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 9 TITLE: Transformational School Leadership for the Digital Age DATE: May 15, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 8 TITLE: Teaching and Learning in the 1:1 Environment DATE: April 17, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 7 TITLE: Standards and Curriculum DATE: March 13, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 6 TITLE: Device Selection for 1:1 DATE: February 13, 2013 Click here to download the presentation Click here to listen to the presentation Implementation Webinar 5 TITLE: Creating the Appropriate Infrastructure for 1:1.

Flipped learning. 1 to 1 Schools. The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively. I just came across this awesome graphic shared by our colleagues in teachthought and I found it really interesting. The graphic features 7 habits of the highly effective teachers using technology. Even though the habits mentioned are generic , they still reflect part of the digital behavior teacher should embrace when using technology in their class.

What is really interesting in this graphic is that all of these 7 habits are also the same features we find in people with " growth mindset ". If you still remember the comparison we have made between growth and fixed mindsets and we said that teachers with the growth mindset are more open to embrace change, take risks, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path for mastery , and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others. Without any further ado, I ll let you go through these 7 habits and don't forget to let us know what you think of them. Enjoy Priginal source of the graphic is always prepped. Paperlessprogramreview - home. The Mobile Native. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

How To Use Mobile Technology for Engaging & Successful Learning & T... Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks – Part 1 of 2 | TICALevision. Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, AR, implemented a 1:1 program with netbooks in several junior high and high school classrooms to create a more student-centered and project-based focus.

Spearheaded by the district’s Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two parts, professional development director, Dr. Kathleen Cates, discusses the intensive professional development program, teachers share how the netbooks (mini laptops) encourage student engagement, and you will see students learning at their own pace. Resources to follow-up: TICALevision episode and Radio TICAL episode with George Lieux on the genesis of the 1:1 projectPenzu online journalQuick Take Presentations: Blogs, Wikis, Mini Notebooks (mini laptop, netbook, miniPC, etc.) eBookEffectiveMobileLearning.

SIGML. Backchannel, chat, stickynotes, meeting tools - New Tools. Untitled Prezi by Jenna Gray on Prezi. Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know.