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The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs. If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator?

The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs

It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors.

They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices. This list was built in part by you, our readers. Without further ado, here is the 2013 Honor Roll: Purely Paperless We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly digital, and Montana elementary school teacher Kate Peila is a paperless girl. Read the blog: purelypaperless.blogspot.com The Daring Librarian EdReach Mr. 10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being Used Across the Globe.

For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale.

10 Emerging Educational Technologies & How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

The NMC’s advisory board includes 750 technology experts and faculty members from colleges and universities in 40 countries, and is supported by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). 2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results. Login or Create New Account Member Spotlights RIT Launches Nation’s First Minor in Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture Submit Your Projects: NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition iTUNES U Ideas that Matter and More High Quality, Free EdTech Content Sparking innovation, learning and creativity.

2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results

> NMC News > NMC Blogs > NMC Member Spotlights > NMC Member News > NMC Most Engaging 2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results Posted April 3, 2013 by Samantha Becker The NMC is pleased to announce the interim results of the 2013 Horizon.K12 Project, as presented at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego. This Short List will inform the decisions of the advisory board as they embark on the final round of rankings, in which the list of technologies, trends, and challenges will be cut in half for the final report. Near-Term Horizon: One Year or Less * BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) * Cloud Computing * Mobile Learning * Online Learning. Transforming the Way We Learn: Engaging the Millennial Generation. In a series of thinktanK12 blog posts, we look at some trends we can expect to see in education in the near future, as well as introducing you to some of the influential people helping revolutionize education.

Transforming the Way We Learn: Engaging the Millennial Generation

A recent article at facultyfocus.com gives some interesting insight into the learning preferences of Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1999 (approximately). Known by an assortment of other labels, like Digital Natives, Generation Y, and Generation Next, these are the current crop of 7th graders through college students, and they prefer a different sort of approach from their parents’ generation when it comes to education. This study by Dr. Christy Price identifies the 5 R’s in a Millennial’s ideal learning environment. According to Price, these students want: Research-based methods: Research suggests Millennials prefer a variety of active learning methods. Related Links Faculty Focus: The Five R’s of Engaging Millennial Students. K12 free online courses. K - 12 MOOCs & MOOCs for Teacher Development MOOC Providers in Alphabetical Order: of News Corp.

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MOOC for AP Computer Science. A free, two-semester MOOC for anyone interested in learning programming, geared specifically toward high school Advanced Placement students who are serious about taking the AP Computer Science A Exam in Spring 2014. A complete curriculum, syllabus and all course materials developed and taught by a master high school teacher will be free and available for the 2013–2014 school year. Blended Schools Network MOOC - Blended Schools is a non-profit network of schools that have produced hundreds of online interactive lessons and full courses, and thousands of videos which are accessible for free from their BSNcloud and BSNtube repositories. The OpenCourseWareConsortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions. Free Online Course Materials. Browse Materials : Browse Materials : Browse Materials : OER Commons.

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Partners in Learning. 1%2FEmerging Trends and Technologies Module 1 Resource List. Teaching the Millennials. They were born the day before yesterday, or so it may seem.

Teaching the Millennials

Millennials have no memory of a world without the World Wide Web, cell phones, or personal computers. They are an Internet-surfing, iPoding, texting, Googling, Facebooking, and IMing generation. They have come of age during a time of dramatic technological changes in our society. Just consider the fact that the cell phone has become the fastest-adopted invention in the history of humankind. For many of them, texting and instant messaging have become the chosen methods of communication. They are our students and we need to explore ways of adapting the college classroom to reach them and teach them more effectively. As a parent, the generational divide was brought home when my son (born 1991) was reading a book in the 7th grade and came upon a word he had never seen before. As instructors, we may have a difficult time understanding our Millennial students.

Use Technology to Enhance Good Teaching, Not Replace Good Teaching 1. Neil Howe on the Millennial Generation. Www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky - Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants - Part2.pdf. Www.lsl.nie.edu.sg/icce2012/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/C5-f-65.pdf.