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In 1990, after seven years of teaching at Harvard, Eric Mazur, now Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics, was delivering clear, polished lectures and demonstrations and getting high student evaluations for his introductory Physics 11 course, populated mainly by premed and engineering students who were successfully solving complicated problems. Then he discovered that his success as a teacher “was a complete illusion, a house of cards.” The epiphany came via an article in the American Journal of Physics by Arizona State professor David Hestenes. He had devised a very simple test, couched in everyday language, to check students’ understanding of one of the most fundamental concepts of physics—force—and had administered it to thousands of undergraduates in the southwestern United States. Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012 Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques | Harvard Magazine Mar-Apr 2012

Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media
Safe search engines for kids? Reader Q+A at Cool Mom Tech Safe search engines for kids? Reader Q+A at Cool Mom Tech What’s the best search engine for kids, in your experience? -via Twitter Keeping kids safe online should be a huge priority for parents.
The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight. We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible."

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

100 Teaching Tools You Should Know About

100 Teaching Tools You Should Know About

5 Ways To Be A Better Public Speaker 7.15K Views 0 Likes If you've been asked to speak at a conference or host a seminar, you may be shaking in your boots. Not only is the thought of speaking in public nerve-wracking, but being in charge of a seminar that no one wants to at...
20 Must-Have Educational Resources For All Teachers Edudemic often features posts providing a list of top resources for a particular category. Recently, the site gettingsmart.com posted the names of the LAUNCHedu finalists chosen by the SXSWedu® Conference, offering even more resources for the Edudemic staff to consider! On March 7, 2012, they will choose winners after a full day of presentations by the finalists. There are so many sites and programs on the Internet already, but this competition just goes to show that the need for educational resources is still great.

20 Must-Have Educational Resources For All Teachers

50 new tech tools you should know about

50 new tech tools you should know about

Many have referred to Path as the "anti-Facebook" for its attempts to make social networking more personal . CNN social media savant Victor Hernandez offers his biannual list of 50 new tech toolsThese apps can help you shoot better smartphone photos or catalog your bottle-cap collection (CNN) -- You may have dozens of apps on your phone and scores of websites bookmarked on your laptop, but that doesn't mean you have all the latest tech tools at your fingertips. New mobile apps, services, social networks and other digital tools pop up so frequently that keeping up with them is a nearly impossible task. Just when you think you're up to date, something newer and hipper comes along. But before you wave the white flag, let us help.
Top 50 Google+ Circles for Cutting-Edge Educators » Online College.org Top 50 Google+ Circles for Cutting-Edge Educators » Online College.org Google+ may still be finding its own footing among the Twitters and Facebooks of cyberspace, but nevertheless hosts a cornucopia of networking opportunities spanning numerous subjects. Education subject matter in particular seems to flourish on the service, with parents, teachers, pros, students, and interested outsiders meeting up and talking about anything and everything. Social media-savvy educators seeking any outlet possible to trade resources and ideas should check out the following circles for hot topics in teaching all age levels — including adults! Ed Tech
Much has been said about how connected devices, whether in college lecture halls or elementary school classrooms, can distract students. GoSoapBox aims to show how such devices can also help keep class on track. The startup, which is launching Tuesday, makes a web-based app that serves as a constant back-channel to classroom discussion. Students can use it to post questions about the lecture, vote up questions their classmates have already submitted, set their statuses to "confused," and contribute to polls and questions posted by the teacher. New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused
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A List of Free Must Have PDF Tools for Educators

A List of Free Must Have PDF Tools for Educators

I love PDFs and I favour them over the other document formats and I am pretty sure many of you love then too. There are many things we can do with them apart from just viewing and reading them. Web 2.0 technologies have provided us with some free awesome tools to interact with this document format. We can now annotate, highlight, customize text font, add colours, add hyperlinks and many more, things which were until recently impossible to do on PDFs.
11/10/11 Update: We have an additional 30 plus tools, references, and resources submitted by community members. We all know that teachers are always looking for tools, references, and resources for classrooms. Well, here's 80 "must see" trial, free, and paid websites recommended by Edutopia community members. Keep this list in your back pocket! It might come in handy.

80 Online Tools, References, and Resources

80 Online Tools, References, and Resources
It probably goes without saying, but I’ll type it out anyway: 2012 was an incredible year for education technology startups. Launches. Updates. Funding. Acquisitions. Adoption. Top 10 Ed-Tech Startups of 2012
Coding the Curriculum: How High Schools Are Reprogramming Their Classes There are no lockers in the hallways at Beaver Country Day School. Instead, backpacks and tote bags line either side of the floor while students step over them during the mid-morning rush to class. Nearly everyone is carrying a laptop. "There used to be lockers, but nobody was really using them," a passing staff member tells me with a shrug.
Craig Ferrara is a senior gaming & UI expert at Gigya, where he designs the integrations of Gigya's technology into clients' websites. Gigya makes sites social by integrating a suite of plugins like Social Login, Comments, Activity Feeds, Social Analytics and now Game Mechanics into websites. Conversations about game mechanics — the rules that govern how enjoyable a game is — are changing. 5 Best Practices for Applying Game Mechanics to Your Website
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Today we are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. This is the 8th annual Partners in Learning Forum, a global program that last year attracted more 250,000 educators from over 70 countries. The Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum focuses on showcasing and celebrating educators and the work they are doing in classrooms across the United States. Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum - TeachTec
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A New Digital Divide?
Future U: fear and loathing in academia
7.2 Metaphors of the Mind
Project Switch: A Small Game Experiment Yields Big Lessons
BBC Research: The Mythology Engine
Apps for Poets!
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