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7 Ways Technology Is Impacting Modern Education – The Tech Edvocate. 26 Critical Thinking Tools Aligned With Bloom's Taxonomy. Fostering critical thinking skills is always a challenge in teaching. Educators still honor Bloom’s Taxonomy as the basis of learning. With that giving way to its revised and updated interpretations, we now have critical thinking tools that can help in all of the key components of developing such skills. In a nutshell, learning encompasses a series of specific tasks, sometimes in order, but most often not. The elements are there and online tech tools can help today’s digital students to navigate through the elements collaboratively.

RememberingUnderstandingApplyingAnalyzingEvaluatingCreating source: edorigami The challenge is to go from traditional uses of the taxonomy to best digital practices—that is, as a Global Digital Learner. Critical Thinking Tools That Help Learners Remember Remembering is: Recognizing, Listing, Describing, Identifying, Retrieving, Naming, Locating/Finding Any tool that can help you create great flipped lectures belongs in this list.

Tools to Try: Mindmaps! Convert Your VGA Projector into a Wireless Display Using Miracast | ITC Chronicles. The following is a guest blog post from Mike Gioia about how he has replaced his old desktop computer with a Surface Pro 2 tablet. There is a twist to this story as Mike has figured out a way to connect FOUR external monitors to his setup using a special docking station and adapters. He now has the best of both worlds; having a desktop computer for hard-core computing tasks, as well as a tablet for a more mobile experience when needed. Instead of buying three different devices (a laptop, a tablet, and a desktop computer) Mike is now using just one device that is flexible enough to meet both his desktop and mobile needs.

Here is his story about how he setup a multi-monitor desktop solution using the Surface Pro 2 as the center piece. Replacing a desktop computer with a Surface Pro 2 tablet by Mike Gioia While we become more and more mobile so too have our devices. From this blog post I found the equipment I needed. Setup was fairly straight forward.

Transforming Spaces to Transform Learning: Connected Learning in Action. The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You To Attend A Webinar Transforming Spaces to Transform Learning: Connected Learning in Action PanelistsTodd Keruskin, Assistant Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District (PA)Tom Murray, Director of State and District Digital Learning, Alliance for Excellent Education Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar that continues a series on connected learning and the digital transition. This Google Hangout will explore how one Pennsylvania school district has transformed librarians into guides; study carrels into beanbag chairs; and a library into a learning environment where students can grab a coffee, explore a new technology, discuss projects with friends, and work with mentors.

Elizabeth Forward School District (EFSD), outside of Pittsburgh, has undertaken this transformation inspired by the YOUmedia work of the MacArthur Foundation, and is the first district to provide such space in a public school. How Public Libraries Are Solving America's Reading Problem. Cell Phone Charging Stations | KwikBoost.

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Speak Up Reports. Dewey Connection Cart - izzy+ Product Category: CaptureLiveHD™ IntelliClass - Complete Classroom AV Presentation Systems. Crestron IntelliClass™ are bundled presentation systems that are simple to install and easy to use. IntelliClass™ come with all you need to get a presentation system in any classroom up and running; no programming or training required. IntelliClass™ consist of a room controller, audio amplifier, speakers, input wall plates, cables and mounting hardware, including projector mount. Simply add your choice of video projector, screen and AV sources, enter them into the Intelliclass software wizard, and you're done. With simple, labeled button presses, instructors can power on the projector, choose the video or computer source and adjust volume.

RoomView Connected™ DLP projectors make setup even easier, with Crestron plug-and-play support built right in. To swap out RoomView Connected™ projectors, just unplug one and plug in the other. Network communication between IntelliClass™ and Crestron RoomView® software is safe and secure. SmartEd Services, SMART Boards, professional development and school technology. TecPodium Lite Lectern TecPodium Lite Interactive Lectern - Tecom Electronics Ltd. - AV-iQ. How Steelcase Redesigned the 21st Century College Classroom. When it comes to creative office spaces, "collaboration" and "flexibility" are the bywords of the moment. Companies happily invest in modular furniture and open-plan layouts that make it easier for workers to actually, well, work together.

So wouldn't it be natural for college campuses nationwide — the feeders of tomorrow's office workers — to create like-minded classrooms? The truth is, most college classrooms look shockingly similar to those that our parents and grandparents were educated in. You know exactly what we're talking about: those cavernous lecture halls, with podiums fronting endless rows of one-arm tablet desks. "That model has existed forever," says Elise Valoe, senior design researcher for Steelcase, and has created a real mismatch between the skills employers want and how students actually learn. Steelcase's tech-enabled "LearnLabs" are trying to change that. What does a typical LearnLab look like?

[media:scape tables] [A huddle board] [You can't hide!] How Classroom Technology Creates Collaborative Classrooms. How Classroom Technology Creates Collaborative Classrooms Posted by Ashley Wainwright on Mon, Mar 05, 2012 @ 10:15 AM Technology in the classroom has transformed education into a more interactive and exciting experience for students today. In the past classrooms were a stale environment where teachers would just give the information while students tried to gatherer it. Today’s learning environment has evolved into more of a cooperative effort to share information and ideas among teachers and students.This enhanced teaching approach has been proven to further creative and critical thinking skills as well as student engagement and understanding. Here are 2 key types of classroom technology used to create collaborative classrooms: 1) Multiple video displays Collaboration classrooms allow students to work in groups and share information with one another by giving them a connection to the same displays that the instructors use. 2) Large video matrix control switch and touch screen control system.

Audio Visual Technology News - Digital Signage - Systems Contractor - AV Network. Home | YOUmedia. The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs. Form Follows Function in Education (Part I): Rearranging the Media Center. It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,Of all things physical and metaphysical,Of all things human and all things super-human,Of all true manifestations of the head,Of the heart, of the soul,That the life is recognizable in its expression,That form ever follows function.

This is the law.[2] - Louis Sullivan, “The Tall Building Artistically Considered” (thx Wikipedia) The above article was written at a time in architecture when the old rules were no longer providing adequate usefulness in the design of a building. Sullivan, inspired by his mentor Wright, adopted this maxim as universal, but in our everyday life, it is not being applied that way. In 1896, the challenge was to ask what would influence the design of a building if tradition was not the template to use?

I submit that the same is true in education: Put places where students were likely to talk in areas that were already high traffic and less conducive to quiet study. Separate areas of talking. Swain Library: Redesigned FOR students BY students using Google SketchUp « Lorri's Blog. About a month ago, I launched a project with my geometry class to redesign our school library. In trying to keep this project as authentic as possible, Sarah Ludwig, our school’s Academic Coordinator/ Librarian presented the library’s needs gleaned from a student/ faculty survey and from her own observations.

I also asked our school’s Facilities Director, Jim Hunter, come to class to present the original architectural drawings of the building. He was very excited to share those with us. We also were extremely fortunate to have Christiaan Dinkeloo, our school’s consulting architect, meet with the class several times over the course of the project. Here is the info presented to students: You are trying to win the architectural bid for the Swain Library redesign project. Your design must include an accurate, to scale, 3D model of Swain Library. Mr. I have to be honest, I was a little scared when we started this… was this project going to be too much for us to handle?

Additional Resources: Node Chair by Steelcase at NeoCon 2010. At the 2010 NeoCon show in Chicago, the furniture manufacturer Steelcase introduced a new classroom seating product called Node. Steelcase Inc. the global furniture manufacturer, today introduced node™, an active learning classroom solution at NeoCon 2010, the World’s Trade Fair for Interior Design and Facilities Management. Based on extensive ethnographic research, node includes a variety of features to support the new ways students are learning.

This is the first product from Steelcase Education Solutions, a dedicated group within Steelcase that partners with educational institutions to design products that meet the needs of today’s students and educators. Steelcase research shows a variety of teaching modes occur in today’s classroom, such as group discussions, team collaboration, and lecture — all of which contribute to more effective learning and instruction. Educators are turning to multiple teaching modes to support multiple learning styles. Next Generation Learning Spaces at The University of Queensland.

Ideal Classroom Design for 21st Century Learning. #Edchat 21st Century learning spaces - creative solutions! We are very happy to have Adrienne Michetti (@amichetti) providing our #edchat summary this week. Adrienne has taught in several countries and is a great ambassador for the use of technology in learning. The term “21st Century Learning” gets tossed around a lot on Twitter, Ning, Facebook, and plenty of other places where tech-inspired teachers connect.

Here are some of the main themes from the discussion: Here is a selection of some of the comments: With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye. @andycinek: The ideal 21st classroom design allows for options and avenues. @k_shelton: How about a blank slate so students and teachers can collaborate on an appropriate set up for mutual benefit @ShellTerrell: Why not ask students what they think is the ideal classroom for their learning period? PTPIPaige: Have to run! Innovation studio.