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Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014. Well, it's that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year.

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014

As with the previous year's list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education. However, that's not to say that there aren't plenty of websites and Learning Management Systems showing up as well. Finally, any site or app that was in a previous year's list will not be in this one. * mobile app Been for Education - Innovative site for social learning that allows educators to surf and collaborate on the web with their students in a safe environment where educators create/manage student accounts.* Otus - A fantastic and easy to use 1:1 learning solution for mobile classrooms (i.e iPads/Chromebooks).

Weekly Twitter Chat Times. 5 Reasons Schools Still Need Desktop Computers. IT Trends | Feature 5 Reasons Schools Still Need Desktop Computers Despite the growth of mobile learning, desktops still have a place in the 21st century classroom.

5 Reasons Schools Still Need Desktop Computers

Desktops aren't dead. Even as schools increasingly implement 1-to-1, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and other mobile device initiatives, many are choosing to retain at least some desktop computers — and others are even upgrading to swanky, top-of-the-line machines. Keeping at least one desktop computer in each classroom is a common practice, and some schools are keeping their dedicated desktop labs, either for general use or for specialized classes. 1) Processor Power Schools that offer classes in video editing, engineering or CAD drawing need computers with scads of power because the software required for those classes is processor-intensive. 2) Screen Size The classes that benefit from the powerful processors also tend to benefit from large computer screens. 3) Ergonomics.

Flipped Learning Network / Homepage. Dr. Chuck Online. 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools. Saying that it has always been this way, doesn’t count as a legitimate justification to why it should stay that way.

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

Teacher and administrators all over the world are doing amazing things, but some of the things we are still doing, despite all the new solutions, research and ideas out there is, to put it mildly, incredible. I’m not saying we should just make the current system better… we should change it into something else. I have compiled a list of 14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools and it is my hope that this will inspire lively discussions about the future of education. 1. Computer Rooms The idea of taking a whole class to a computer room with outdated equipment, once a week to practice their typewriting skills and sending them back to the classroom 40 minutes later, is obsolete.

Computers or technology shouldn’t just be a specific subject, that’s not sufficient anymore but rather it should be an integral part of all the subjects and built into the curriculum. 2. 3. 4. COSNprivacytoolkit. How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite. Future_work_skills_2020.pdf. The secret of developing a technology-based classroom. Create an engaging environment that is student-centered and group focused.

The secret of developing a technology-based classroom

Of course, this takes a lot of preparation and classroom management skills, but it can be done. To start this process, consider developing behavioral contracts to establish expectations within the technology-based classroom. One effective practice is to have students place their devices in “polite position” when it is time for instruction or group collaboration. The University of Texas at Tyler’s Innovation Academy is implementing this exact philosophy in the classroom. Each student is provided with an iPad, which they are expected to treat as a tool. The teacher, also known to us as facilitators, write curriculum that not only focuses on content skills, but they also take into account other important life skills. Technology Services / Technology Department. It is the mission of the QCSD Technology Department to provide all district stakeholders with proactive technology support and service for administrative and instructional purposes aimed at the overall goal of student achievement.

Technology Services / Technology Department

This shall be accomplished through targeted staff development as well as prompt, courteous and effective interactions with each stakeholder. Click HERE to see the latest overview of QCSD Technology initiatives. QCSD was one of three schools in the nation to be highlighed on Digital Learning Day 2013. DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms. 10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have. Smart Classroom | Feature 10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have We surveyed educators around the country to get a snapshot of the key tech competencies in 2014.

10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have

By Greg Thompson01/22/14 In June 2005, T.H.E. Journal ran a story on the " 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. " Written by Laura Turner, a computer technology instructor at Black Hills State University (BHSU), the recommendations in the article were based on her experiences teaching in the college of education at BHSU. Year in and year out, that story is among the most read on our site, even though the advice is almost nine years old — which, in technology years, is about two lifetimes. 1) Searching the Web Efficiently A third of the survey's respondents advocated a back-to-basics review of browsers, targeted searches, and key words — all in the name of finding credible and relevant information online.

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