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Zinc - Journal. Chromebooks in Education - A Chromebook review. The Rise of the Chromebook. According to recent figures from the US, in 2014 the Chromebook quickly became the bestselling device in Northern American educational markets and is continuing to grow in popularity.

The Rise of the Chromebook

But are Chromebooks really a panacea for the ever growing and ever evolving educational market? Or are they merely a fad destined to burn out in the years to come? (Netbooks, we are looking at you). And what should schools consider before dipping their toes into the Chromebook realm? A Chromebook is a laptop of a different breed, one that runs Google’s web-based Chrome operating system.

The first Chromebooks to go on sale were manufactured exclusively by Acer and Samsung. To date, customers from the education market have formed the most common type of user for Chromebooks. Popularity for the device is picking up pace around the globe. Chromebooks merge perfectly with Google Apps for Education, which is now used by more than 40 million students and teachers around the world.

EdTechTeacher The beginner’s guide to Chromebooks in the classroom - from Jennifer Carey. This post first appeared on Daily Genius.

EdTechTeacher The beginner’s guide to Chromebooks in the classroom - from Jennifer Carey

In 2014, Chromebooks surpassed iPads in the world of education. There are a variety of reasons for this: economic needs, more “laptop like” feel, and the ubiquity of Google Apps for Education in schools. If you find yourself the owner of a new Chromebook, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not quite a laptop, but it also isn’t a tablet. Chromebooks are actually their own unique tool outside of these categories. They are just different enough that they can require a little time to get used to. Unlike iPads, there is no single manufacturer Chromebooks.

Chromebooks. Technology in the Classroom: Amazing iPad Apps for Educators. When one looks at how technology has changed education over the past decade, one can’t help but be blown away by the sheer number of iPad apps for educators that have absolutely flooded the electronic marketplace.

Technology in the Classroom: Amazing iPad Apps for Educators

There are so many iPad apps for teachers released every month that even the most plugged-in educator would have a difficult time processing and utilizing them all. Luckily, when teachers are looking to learn how to use iPads in the classroom, they need to look no further than TeachHUB magazine and -- an educator’s primary go-to resource when researching iPad apps for teachers and iPads in the classroom. Read on to learn about TeachHUB magazine and’s updated list of the hottest iPad apps for teachers and iPad apps for education, destined to forever alter your curriculum landscape, organized here by subject. iPads in the Classroom.

Edutopia. 31 Reasons You Should Be Using iPads in the Classroom. Here on the SecurEdge blog, we think a lot about mobile technology, especially iPads and how challenging they have become for school wireless networks to support.

31 Reasons You Should Be Using iPads in the Classroom

We’ve shared a number of stories on how schools are benefiting from iPads in the classroom. We’ve even compared iPads and Chromebooks as to which was better for education. Specifically when it comes to iPads in schools, we’ve realized that there are still a lot of questions about if it’s right for your school, or if it will truly enhance the curriculum and the student learning environment.

It’s our belief that every school's wireless network design and strategy is unique to their situation and exact needs. 8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle. The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr.

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”. SAMR. Bloom’s Taxonomy. By Patricia Armstrong, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Background Information | The Original Taxonomy | The Revised Taxonomy | Why Use Bloom’s Taxonomy?

Bloom’s Taxonomy

| Further Information Background Information In 1956, Benjamin Bloom with collaborators Max Englehart, Edward Furst, Walter Hill, and David Krathwohl published a framework for categorizing educational goals: Taxonomy of Educational Objectives. Familiarly known as Bloom’s Taxonomy, this framework has been applied by generations of K-12 teachers and college instructors in their teaching. Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking. This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of ISQ Briefings, a publication of Independent Schools Queensland.

Skills for the 21st Century: teaching higher-order thinking

Republished with permission. It is hard to imagine a teacher or school leader who is not aware of the importance of teaching higher-order thinking skills to prepare young men and women to live in the 21st Century. However, the extent to which higher-order thinking skills are taught and assessed continues to be an area of debate, with many teachers and employers expressing concern that young people ‘cannot think’.

What are we talking about when we talk about ‘higher-order thinking’? Brookhart (2010) identifies definitions of higher-order thinking as falling into three categories: (1) those that define higher-order thinking in terms of transfer, (2) those that define it in terms of critical thinking, and (3) those that define it in terms of problem solving. 10x10 Presents Girl Rising (Official Trailer) Girls' education and gender equality. Despite progress in recent years, girls continue to suffer severe disadvantage and exclusion in education systems throughout their lives.

Girls' education and gender equality

Inside Zaatari: Syrian refugees turn desert into one of the world's largest refugee camps. Updated In the dusty desert of northern Jordan a city has emerged out of the sand.

Inside Zaatari: Syrian refugees turn desert into one of the world's largest refugee camps

Two years ago Syrian families began arriving here, fleeing war and persecution in their homeland. Almost overnight the United Nations (UN) was forced to set up a refugee camp, and what started as a few tents has now grown into a city of about 100,000 people. Click or tap to toggle before/after. The Educational and Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children. The Syrian civil war, which began in March 2011, has subsequently displaced nearly 12 million people—more than 4 million of them beyond Syria's borders.

The Educational and Mental Health Needs of Syrian Refugee Children

Children under the age of 18 represent about half of the Syrian refugee population, with approximately 40 percent under the age of 12. As the refugee crisis continues to unfold, this report takes stock of what is happening to these displaced children. Syria Crisis – 4 Years On: Education caught in the crossfire of conflict. Education caught in the crossfire of conflict. The attack on Al Hayat Primary School in Qaboun, eastern Damascus in November 2014 killed 11 children and injured many more. The horrific scenes that were shown on television and on the internet sparked widespread revulsion and condemnation. But the Qaboun assault was just one of at least 68 attacks on schools across Syria between January and December 2014 alone, which caused an undetermined number of casualties among children and staff. All told, since the conflict began, more than 4,200 schools – around 1 in 5 – have been damaged, destroyed, or are currently sheltering internally displaced people according to data gathered by UNICEF.

Without education, Syria’s children will be a lost generation. Amid the Syrian chaos of carnage, starvation and evacuation, there is a tiny glimmer of hope. The Lebanese government has declared that it has taken 207,000 Syrian refugee children off the streets and given them places in their country’s public schools. And today I am setting out a plan to extend the opportunity of education to 1 million refugee boys and girls across Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey during the course of 2016 – with the ambition that by next year every refugee child will be offered a place at school.

Through a combination of generous European Union funding by development commissioner Johannes Hahn and contributions from both public and private sectors in the region itself, $250m has been raised – the first instalment of the $750m we need to deliver this bold initiative. And in the run-up to the UN pledging conference in London on 4 February we are asking donors from public and private sectors to do more.

Students Develop Cheap Water Treatment System Using Chip Packets. A team of students at the University of Adelaide has designed an elegantly simple yet efficient water treatment system using empty chip packets, some plywood and glass tubing. What’s more, the whole thing cost just $67 and doesn’t require skilled engineers to assemble, making it ideal for remote communities with no access to clean water. In the Western world, most of us probably take our taps and bottled water for granted. Safe water is something that millions of people across the globe do not have the privilege to access.

According to the CDC, around 1 in 9 people, or 780 million individuals, don’t have access to improved drinking water sources. High school student develops water filtration system. A high school senior created a water filtration system using natural resources like the seed of a tree that could influence the development of future filtration devices, and also enabling people to gain access to a clean source of drinking water. "For people who are currently drinking contaminated water and don't have access to another [filtration] method, I think this is really a step in the right direction," Meghan Shea, an 18-year-old student at Unionville High School from West Chester, Penn., told NBC News.

Creating a water filter Shea created the water filter – which uses PVC piping and other materials like bamboo to form interlocking segments – as a prototype for the Intel Science Talent Search, a competition that draws in some of the most competitive and dynamic young leaders in the science field around the country. An affordable alternative for people in need could reduce the risks of disease transmission, particularly through water-borne pathogens. United Nations Girls' Education Initiative. A Syrian girl studying in a school for refugees in southern TurkeyPhoto credit: Xanthe Ackerman Istanbul – Over dark coffee at a community center in downtown Istanbul we recently discussed girls’ education with young women from Syria.

The war in Syria disrupted people’s lives dramatically, but the impact on girls’ education varies. Reem, a young Damascene woman wearing a silk headscarf, told us that she studied law in Syria before the war broke out in 2011. Education in Syria: a catalyst to girls’ well-being under risk - Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility. ShelterBox Australia's Blog – Keep up to date with the work of the international disaster relief agency's work around the world. ShelterBox: - About Us. ShelterBox brings comfort to children after disasters. Student loans cut to creative courses. Gaza’s only ballet school a haven of calm for traumatized girls - Al Arabiya English. A Ballet School Still Open Despite Violence in Syria. A journey from Syria to Europe: Ahmad's story. Dancing in Damascus: Ballerina clings to art, hope, amid Syria's hellish descent. As her city and nation continues its long and bloody descent into hell, Damascus native Nagham A-k Maala dances - and clings to fading memories and hope for the future.

Making her way from her small apartment in the city where she grew up, passing bombed out buildings, crowded cafes and ubiquitous security checkpoints, Nagham ventures daily to the studio where she first honed her internationally recognized skills as a ballerina. The 26-year-old has the means to flee a civil war that has claimed an estimated 400,000 lives, but remains to share her art with those who are trapped in Syria’s capital. “Now is not the time to leave,” she told in an online interview. “Now, my country needs me. I still have duties here. Nagham directs the contemporary and classical program at the famed Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in the ancient city’s Umayyad Square.

“Dance is my oxygen, it keeps me alive. “Dance is my oxygen, it keeps me alive,” she said. Dance or die: Syrian dancer fights the war in his own way. Missing monuments: Before & After pics of Palmyra show what ISIS has destroyed. Joseph Eid, a photographer for AFP news agency, traveled to the Syrian city of Palmyra, recently recaptured from Islamic State, carrying with him photos that he took two years ago. Isis shows destruction of ancient temple. GOING VIRAL: Heart-wrenching image of Syrian refugee boy drowned on a Turkish beach. Australia's response to the Syrian and Iraqi humanitarian crisis. What happened to the 12 Syrian refugees rescued by the pope? Stories from Syrian Refugees. Syria crisis. After escaping war, what awaits Syrian children in Europe?

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A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 4 Caravan chaos. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 3 Desperate for a home. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 2 Theft or privatization. A Day in the Life Za'atari: Episode 1 Welcome to Za'atari. Connect Zaatari. Evaluating UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme. Jordan Gets $100 Million for Education of Syrian Refugees. Joint Education Needs Assessment 2014 E copy2. Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees. Canadian city welcomes Syrian immigrants. Lebanon: A tiny computer lets Syrian refugees learn​

Syrian Refugee Children Speak Out. Syrian child refugees in Turkey. Russia backs UN probe of Syria attack. Kids in Syria are Picking bread. Very Sad to see this. Syria Crisis: One Million Refugee Children. Understand the Syrian Conflict in Five Minutes. The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained.