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New system measures apps for data privacy. By Tanya Roscorla, Converge June 16th, 2015 Rubric could help districts gauge how to rate apps based on how they handle data privacy A rating system for educational apps has the potential to fill in a student data privacy gap between what school districts can control and what teachers can download. More than 20 school districts are collaborating with the independent nonprofit Common Sense Media to develop a privacy and safety rubric that will be used to rate apps according to what they do with student data. Student data privacy has been a key focus for school districts over the last few years as more of them turn to digital resources created by third-party vendors to help students learn. Teachers often click “yes” that they agree with the privacy policy, but download apps for students without reading what the app developer actually does with student data. Next page: The challenge in today’s districts. Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

In the short story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” author Ursula Le Guin describes a utopian city that has everything people want or need — beauty, religion, happiness — but it’s all possible because one child is kept in the dark, separated from all joy and light. Citizens of the city have to go and see this boy, but some can’t take the guilt and walk away. After reading the story, Lev Fruchter and his class talk about what elements make up utopia and use the conversation as a jumping-off point to talk about equations.

They talk about adding good things and multiplying them if they’re really great or, inversely, subtracting things that make people unhappy and dividing the really bad elements. This is all a way of thinking about the math that will eventually run a computer program. Fruchter loves words, but is comfortable enough with math and science that he was called upon to teach them. “I’m a narrative learner,” said Fruchter. sur Twitter : "10 Reasons to Teach Coding by Brian Aspinall @mraspinall @sylviaduckworth #makerED #STEM #makerspace #edtech #edchat. Udemy Raises $65 Million to Become Netflix for Education - Venture Capital Dispatch. Adult Swim will send you a free Google Cardboard viewer… if you fax them a form.

All of the attendees of Google I/O this year (myself included) got the latest version of the Mountain View company’s Cardboard virtual reality headset for free—and now it looks like you can too. To promote their “Adult Swim Virtual Brainload” app, Adult Swim is trying to put a free Cardboard viewer in the hands of as many people as they can. But there’s only one catch: You have to fax them a form.

To learn more about the promo, you can head over to the company’s trippy VR promo page. The Virtual Brainload app “will test your mind as well as your body and the person who emerges may not be anyone you know,” Adult Swim says. And if you want to experience this, the company is giving you the chance of a lifetime to get what is assumably an Adult Swim-themed viewer. The details of promotion say that it’s valid through June 7th, and that those who actually take the time to fill out and fax the form will have to wait 4-5 weeks for delivery.

Here’s the form with all of the details. Privacy Pitfalls as Education Apps Spread Haphazardly. Photo At school districts across the country, the chief technology officers responsible for safeguarding student data are tearing their hair out. Scores of education technology start-ups, their pockets full from a rush of venture capital, are marketing new digital learning tools directly to teachers — many are even offering them free to get a foothold in schools. That has enabled educators nationwide to experiment with a host of novel “adaptive learning” products, like math and foreign language apps that record and analyze students’ online activities to personalize their lessons. But the new digital tools have also left school district technology directors scrambling to keep track of which companies are collecting students’ information — and how they are using it.

Already, some districts have experienced data breaches with software they purchased from vendors; in a few cases, student records have been publicly posted on the Internet. “It’s a huge challenge for big districts,” Mr. Mr. Collaborative Inquiry, Innovation, Reimagining School. Today, it is imperative that we make changes to our traditional school paradigms to meet the learning needs of our students for today and their futures. In the spirit of sharing ideas, innovating, integrative thinkingcollaborative inquiriesbeing better togethernew pedagogies making school differentTeachers Throwing out GradesCultivating Growth MindsetsNew Literacies We need to re-think the roles that operate within our schools to make change.

We really need to think ‘outside the box’. How can schools and mindsets change when we continually find ourselves in situations where set roles, believes, and physical structures of our schools promote the status quo. I wanted to share an idea I have had for quite some time now. It is important to share ideas. Public Libraries are successful because they work in teams running fixed and flexible schedules all the time! First, I believe that we are not harnessing the true potential and power of the Planning Time Teacher. Deborah McCallum c 2015 Like this: Make School Different | smoskovitz. I have been tagged by Deborah McCallum @Bigideasinedu in my top 5 for Making School Different. This is hard for me to write because I always want to see the amazing things schools do and they do a lot of awesome things (as kid president would say! Let’s be awesome!). So I am going to try my best and write my top 5 1) All students are the same?

Are all adults the same? I taught in Special Education for 10 years before moving to the classroom and I honestly believe it prepared me for what the classroom was like. 2) Worksheets Rock! Worksheets definitely do not rock and trust me no student ever said can I have another worksheet please? 3) This brings me to 3 – Should doors be open or closed? I have always said my door is always open and will stay that way. 4) Technology is scary. Technology is our future so we all need to get used to it. 5) Let’s all be Awesome I show my students kid president videos all the time and wanted to end with this.

What is your top 5 for making schools different? How to See Everything You've Ever Googled. Via NZ Herald You probably don’t remember what you Googled 10 minutes ago, let alone the myriad inane and fleeting things you’ve searched since the engine’s beginnings. But unless you’re browsing in incognito mode or have tweaked your account settings, Google remembers those things. Not only that: Google logs all of your searches, analyses them, and uses them to individually personalise the search results you see – which has pretty profound implications for both literacy and privacy. Now, the search giant has created a way for users to better understand that process. In a feature quietly rolled out last January, and surfaced by a Google blog over the weekend, users can download their search histories from Google, including things they’ve searched across computers and phones.

These histories aren’t 100-per cent comprehensive: They only include searches you’ve made while signed in on your Google account. Google also delivers them as JSON files, which aren’t the most human-readable things. The Future of Education According to Generation Z. Alexandra Levit is a bestselling business and workplace author and journalist. Hailing from Chicago, IL, she helps organizations to connect with top talent and individuals to connect with engaging work. This isn’t his mother’s first-grade class. My son is 7 years old and attends a public school in Oak Park, Ill., just outside Chicago. He reads ahead of most of his classmates, so he accesses a specialized online curriculum instead of the standard printed book.

He uses a mobile device to compete in math games with kids all over the world. Although my son’s college education will likely be unrecognizable, we can speculate about changes that will take place over the next 10 to 15 years. Online Learning In recent years, we’ve witnessed the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are online classes aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. New modes of online learning will cater more effectively to Generation Z — or those students born after the mid 1990s. Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. 24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly,” according to a new study from Pew Research Center.

More than half (56%) of teens — defined in this report as those ages 13 to 17 — go online several times a day, and 12% report once-a-day use. Just 6% of teens report going online weekly, and 2% go online less often. Much of this frenzy of access is facilitated by mobile devices. Nearly three-quarters of teens have or have access to a smartphone and 30% have a basic phone, while just 12% of teens 13 to 17 say they have no cell phone of any type. African-American teens are the most likely of any group of teens to have a smartphone, with 85% having access to one, compared with 71% of both white and Hispanic teens. Promoting Inquiry with Primary Source Documents in the Elementary Classroom. How To Teach Visual Thinking – 5 Strategies From Around The Web. The misconceptions about visual thinking are alarming. On one hand, this critical skill seems integral for contemporary learning, since almost every modern input is visual in nature.

Yet this key proficiency seems almost entirely absent from state standards and daily classroom lessons. Is visual thinking just a polite nod to Howard Gardner's quaint modalities? Or is it a genuine habit of learning that unites the external codes of pictorial metaphor and digital imagery into a seasoned curriculum of higher-level interpretation? Visual thinking is a close partner to graphicacy, which is a spectrum of analytical tools to decode and encode pictures. Luckily, many educators on the web have shared strategies for reaching children via optical data. Here are five terrific presentations about the power of visuals to craft a layered approach toward teaching with creative design.

Visual Thinking Presentation Visual Thinking And The Writing Process An Introduction To Visual Thinking Visual Thinking Help. Pick a Project - Project based learning ideas, ... Register Now for the FREE online Library 2.0 se... Research: Video Gamers Learn Visual Activities Faster -- THE Journal. Prodigy Math Game. Google's New Chromebit Computer Is Ridiculously Small - BuzzFeed News. MindShift sur Twitter : "Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math? #edchat #mathchat #gbl #edtech. Can Playing Video Games Give Girls an Edge In Math? | MindShift. Performativity in the Age of Knowledge. Interactive Learning Sites for Education - Home.

Privacy Pitfalls as Education Apps Spread Haphazardly. Google Apps for Education (GAFE): Giving Students an eLearning Space. Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain. Metacognition, Common Reading Difficulties & Edtech. Common Reading Difficulties among Students I have created a Thinglink that outlines some of the Common Reading Difficulties among students. I have also included iPad apps that can help specifically support several of the strategies. The main goal of this interactive diagram, is to help teachers and parents to have a basic understanding what to do next to help our student out when they are experiencing common difficulties with reading. One of the overarching concepts that I did not discuss in Thinglink – but personally believe it is the backbone of any successful learning – is metacognition.

Metacognition Metacognition is essential to creating proficient readers. What is essential for educators to know is that to help engage students in the reading process, their learning needs to be made explicit. There are different strategies that we use. Some of the Strategies for supporting metacognition can include: Questioning: Embedded with in the balanced literacy approaches, we also ask questions. Edutopia. Although students are evermore connected to the social web, many of these networks remain out-of-class digital playgrounds where students congregate. In a 2014 survey of 1,000 teachers, just one in five said they use social media regularly with students. Of course, it can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many gray areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety.

But to help teachers navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here are some of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. More Great Reads From Edutopia In addition to those great guides, there is a lot of useful information right here on Edutopia. You can explore all things related to the subject on Edutopia's social media page; here are a few of the more popular, recent posts:

Dina Moati sur Twitter : "The Evolution of Blended Learning #edtech... The Evolution of Blended Learning | Suren Ramasubbu. In 2004, Achieve, a nonprofit education reform organization, published a research report titled "Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma That Counts" that pointed to the fact that in the U.S., high school standards were not meeting the expectations of employers and colleges. This led to the development of a Common Core State Standards initiative in 2009 to improve the standards of high school education. With 46 of 50 states adopting the common core, there has been a paradigm shift from rote-based learning of yore to interaction-, collaboration- and communication-based learning. Such a shift has necessitated the insurgence of technology into the classroom which was, prior to the initiative, an optional addendum. Blended learning, in its current avatar, is a complicated endeavor that requires meticulous planning before and during implementation.

Blended learning models largely fall into one of two categories -- rotation model and flex. The U.S. Dr. Justin Tarte on Twitter: "Our best thinking is not driven by answers but by questions... #edcampstl... Best EdTech Websites of 2014 | graphite Blog. It's been a busy year here at the Common Sense Graphite Websites desk!

Throughout 2014, we rated and reviewed hundreds of websites for their learning potential, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous process of evaluation. Because it was just too hard to pick only 10, here are 14 fantastic edtech websites we reviewed this year. How about that -- 14 for 2014! Big History Project This forward-thinking curriculum blends history, the humanities, critical thinking, and science for a fascinating look at life’s bigger questions. In thoughtful and innovative ways, the program offers teachers and students new and unique ways to build an understanding of our world. Curriculet This elegant reading tool promotes comprehension with embedded assessments that are easy to use.

DragonBox EDU Essentially a Web-based version of the innovative app, DragonBox EDU helps kids build a strong foundation for algebraic thinking and learning. EdPuzzle Facing History and Ourselves Geddit Newsela ReadWorks ThinkCERCA. Digiassass_eada.pdf. Internet Memory : Collection page: Internet Memory. Sylvia Duckworth sur Twitter : "The 5 stages of innovation #sketchnotes @langwitches #aimlang #edtech #gafesummit @gcouros @wfryer @Larryferlazzo. The #eLearning & #EdTech Daily Dish. Blended Learning: Working With One iPad | Big I... CPCO sur Twitter : "7 Things to remember about feedback. #leadcpco #edchat #cpchat #edtech #onted #education... The Future of Learning Four Powerful Formative Assessment Tools for the Chromebook Classroom.

As more and more Chromebooks hit the classroom, redefining instruction and instructional practices is getting easier and easier – you just have to know where to start. One step in the process is to rethink the way you gather crucial information about each student and their journey towards mastery of a concept. There can be real power in the formative assessment process. To understand the richness of these new tools, you first need to understand formative assessment. This process is meant to measure where students are in the learning process by applying a diagnostic tool, usually in the form of questions.

Here are two assessment tools that are perfect for the Chromebook classroom. Socrative This is always the biggest hit during the Chromebook workshop sessions that I do with teachers. Tip: Try the Space Race option, a favorite student quizzing activity. There have been some amazing updates in formative assessment tools. Flipgrid – What is Flipgrid? Find and Cite Creative Commons Images in Edmodo. Does Research Support Letting Students Use Cell Phones for Learning? - How do principals use iPads in their school? WeAreTeachers on Twitter: "Fair vs. Equal poster #edchat #teachers (source: A Collaborative Guide to Best Digital Learning Practices for K-12.

4 Tips for Having Students Take Notes in Google Docs. Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age. Potential Power of Blogging for Pedagogy. The 9 Features of A Good Digital Citizen Students Should Know About. Join our Forest of Technology: Promote and Enhance Literacy with Tech! Potential Power of Blogging for Pedagogy. Gle URL Shortener. 12 Tech Savvy Educators’ Favorite Apps. 12 Tech-Savvy Educators’ Favorite Apps | Scholar Space. Twitter. Twitter. The Impending Student Data Crisis - Looking UpLooking Up. Educational Conferences and the ethics of EdTech. David Vaillancourt sur Twitter : "A1- Focus on the big ideas/picture MT @Bigideasinedu #edtechchat...

6 Good Chromebook Apps for Recording and Editing Audio. This Flowchart Explains The Severity of Different Types of Plagiarism. 7 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen. Google Glass receives regulatory approval in Canada. Google in Education. Comic Life. Saving Images with Google+ on Shared iPads. Education reform needs to adopt new technology, approaches - NB Votes 2014. EdCamp Barrie. How to Embed a Google Drive Folder into D2L's LMS.

The plot to destroy education: Why technology could ruin American classrooms — by trying to fix them. ISTE | Build an awesome class website with Google Apps. 6 Reasons to Promote 21st Century Skills vs 21st Century Tech | Big Ideas in Education. Make Your Presentations Pop with These Free Tools. 5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math - Forbes. Top 25 iPhone Apps for Reputation Management and Social Media Monitoring. 10 Free Online Educational Game Sites. Primary Edtech. Sheppard Software: Fun free online learning games and activities for kids.

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