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Malware and Virus. Concept mapping. Cellphones in the Classroom: Distraction or Tool? The final version of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was released last week, setting forth the Obama Administration's plan for improving access to and integration of technologies for teaching and learning.

Cellphones in the Classroom: Distraction or Tool?

Among the recommendations the Department of Education makes in the NETP is a call for support for "efforts to ensure that all students and educators have 24/7 access to the Internet via devices, including mobile devices, and that states, districts, and schools adopt technologies and policies to enable leveraging the technology that students already have. " The push for "24/7 access to the Internet" falls under another the auspices of yet another endeavor, the National Broadband Plan.

But the call for better access to Internet-ready devices, particularly utilizing tools the students already possess is an interesting one. Because the device that is ubiquitous for American students isn't the desktop computer or the notebook or the netbook or the iPad. Teachers Stances on Cell Phones in the Classroom. Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning. Query most secondary school teachers on the subject of cell phones, and you're likely to get an impassioned rant about the device's insidious ability to provoke distraction in the classroom.

Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning

All that giggly sub rosa texting not only robs students of attentiveness, they say, but also presents an inveterate disciplinary problem. It's why most school districts have strict cell phone policies, and most teachers are grateful for it. But some forward-looking educators have begun to push the subversive idea that the high tech wizardry of mobile phones can be a powerful multipurpose mechanism for learning. Podcasts, video interviews, polling, quizzes, even homework assignments, can all be accomplished via cell phone to enhance students' learning experience, while the phone can also act as a versatile electronic aid to the teacher. Cell Phones Rule Breaking and Rule Setting. Cell Sanity: Mobile Phones Ring Changes in the Classroom. This is a multipart article.

Cell Sanity: Mobile Phones Ring Changes in the Classroom

Click here to go to the beginning. Immediately after announcing new enforcement of a cell phone ban in New York City schools last spring, Mayor Michael Bloomberg found himself the target of furious protests from parents who insisted they retain the ability to call their children during the school day. Student Impression of Cell Phones in the classroom. Google Apps for Education Demonstration Video. Google's Free Lesson Plans - A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans.

Did you know that Google offers a sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use?

Google's Free Lesson Plans - A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans

It’s part of the company’s big push into education (seems to be quite the trend these days) and involves thousands of free lesson plans just waiting for you to try out. Most incorporate Google products but then again so do most high-tech lesson plans these days. PlanbookEdu Tour. Twenty Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers. Gcflearnfree. Teaching Objects. Copyright Lesson Plans: Copyright 101 Video Lesson. Fishtreeblog.tumblr.com/post/52702006062/what-is-education-for-you-i-feel-strongly-about?utm_content=buffer90d65&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer.

Internet Safety Resources - help students stay safe online. The Internet is an incredible thing - allowing us to communicate, connect, collaborate, learn and share with people all over the world.

Internet Safety Resources - help students stay safe online

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MELGOSA, A., & SCOTT, R. (2013). School Internet Safety: More Than 'Block It to Stop It'. Education Digest, 79(3), 46-49. – ashleykinney

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Schubert, A. a., & Wurf, G. g. (2014). Adolescent sexting in schools: Criminalisation, policy imperatives, and duty of care. Issues In Educational Research, 24(2), 190-211. – ashleykinney

Helping Students Make Their Homes Safer.: EBSCOhost. Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server! Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images. Digital Citizenship. Our Kids' Connected Culture - Overview for Parents and Teachers. What is Digital Citizenship? Grown_Up_Digital_-_How_the_Net_Generation_Is_Changing_Your_World_(Don_Tapscott).pdf. Business Leaders Praise Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.

• As consumers, they want to be “prosumers”—co-innovating products and services with producers. The concept of a brand is in the process of changing forever because of them. • In education, they are forcing a change in the model of pedagogy, from a teacher-focused approach based on instruction to a student-focused model based on collaboration. • Within the family, they have already changed the relationship between parents and children, since they are experts in something really important—the Internet. • As citizens, the Net Generation is in the early days of transforming how government services are conceived and delivered and how we understand and decide what the basic imperatives of citizenship and democracy should be. For the growing numbers trying to achieve social change, there is a sea of change under way, ranging from civic activities to political engagement. The Net Gen is bringing political action to life more than in any previous generation. • And in society as a whole, empowered by the global reach of the Internet, their civic activity is becoming a new, more powerful kind of social activism. – ashleykinney
• As employees and managers, the Net Generation is approaching work collaboratively, collapsing the rigid hierarchy and forcing organizations to rethink how they recruit, compensate, develop, and supervise talent. I believethat the very idea of management is changing, with the exodus from corporations to start-ups just beginning – ashleykinney
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The big picture The intent of this study is to document the popular vision of educational leaders regarding the role technology can play in restructuring schools. – ashleykinney
Thomas L, Knezek D. Providing technology leadership for restructured schools. Journal Of Research On Computing In Education [serial online]. Winter91 1991;24:265-279. Available from: Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson), Ipswich, MA. Accessed January 13, 2015. – ashleykinney

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Gee, J. P. (2003). From Video Games, Learning About Learning. Chronicle Of Higher Education, 49(41), B13. – ashleykinney

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Fiducia, C., Keroack, E., & Simpson, R. (2006). Mystery Rocks and Marvelous Machines. Educational Leadership, 64(4), 52-53. – ashleykinney

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly. Editor's Note: A version of this post first appeared on Techie Teacher and Character Coach.

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

"But Miss Parrish, I can't think of anything to write! " Video Games: Using Technology to Create a New Paradigm. Posted 01/06/2015 12:41PM | Last Commented 01/13/2015 8:04AM Thinking back to when I was in Elementary school, I remember I was first introduced to a computer there.

Video Games: Using Technology to Create a New Paradigm

O'Connor: Using learning styles to adapt technology... - Google Scholar. Blended Learning Energizes High School Math Students (Tech2Learn Series) Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom. Kristin: I can say that the things I've been doing the last two years have really made a difference, because my kids have scored the highest in the State on the standardized tests.

Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

So what we're doing here is working, and it's helping them be successful. Julie: We define Blended Learning as the combination of digital content and activity with face-to-face content and activity. It sounds easy to Blend, but it really, it looks very different in every classroom. Welcome to the Egan Library proxy server!