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Future U: Classroom tech doesn't mean handing out tablets Future U is a multipart series on the university of the 21st century. We will be investigating the possible future of the textbook, the technological development of libraries, how tech may change the role of the professor, and the future role of technology in museums, research parks and university-allied institutions of all kinds. A couple of decades ago the most advanced technology to appear in an average classroom was a mini-cassette recorder and a calculator. For most students, however, typical classroom technology ran the gamut from yellow legal pads to theme books, from pencils to ballpoints. Computers were restricted to the computer lab. There, the green blinking DOS cursor would excite and intimidate.
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Based in Costa Mesa, California, Project 7 is a social business focusing on "products for good." More specifically, the company sells coffee, t-shirts, gum, mints and water. And perhaps more importantly, for every product that you buy, the group donates to causes in need. The mission is categorized into seven areas: "Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth." Purpose-Driven Products - Project 7 Creates Positive Change in Global Communities (VIDEO)
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Tech Tools for Teachers By Nik Peachey Tech expert Nik Peachey presents an invaluable series on using technology in the classroom. If you’re already tech-savvy, this series will give you a whole host of new ideas and suggestions; if you’re not yet comfortable with using new technology in your teaching, Nik’s help and advice will get you started in no time. There’s an ancient Chinese proverb which is sometimes also referred to as a curse, but it’s one that I like because it is very relevant to us as teachers today: “May you live in interesting times.” As educationalists, we do live in very interesting times and that can be either a curse or a blessing depending on how you feel about the role of technology in education and the degree to which you are willing to engage with it. Personally, I feel that it’s a blessing and that we are very lucky to be living in times that offer us the opportunity to radically change and improve the way we educate our students.
Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use for Students I wanted to post a list that talked about how to "use" technology in the classroom, but I found myself revising that word "use" to the more general word, "model." The reason I did this is because so many teachers believe that if students aren't actively sitting in front of the computer screen themselves, then clearly technology is not being used in the classroom. This myth can be a gatekeeper of sorts for many teachers, and I wanted to create a list that both gives advice on how to "use" but also acknowledges that in simply modeling the use the of technology, the students are also learning to use it in an indirect way. It's all about Think Aloud, that age-old trick of simply narrating everything you are doing as the wiser, more experienced brain in the room.
The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners Feb112012 Guest Post by Jasmine Hall The best way to get your parents to buy you expensive gadgets has always been to really sell the educational value. “But Mom, if you buy me a Nintendo, think about how much my spelling will improve playing Wheel of Fortune.”
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The Best Education Apps at FETC Mobile Learning | Feature The Best Education Apps at FETC Mobile learning was a cornerstone of the FETC conference in Orlando last month, and the buzz culminated with the conference's closing session: An App Shootout where ed-tech pros Gail Lovely, Hall Davidson, and Jenna Linskens shared some of their favorite apps for Apple devices.
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Technology is changing education in some exciting ways, particularly for kindergarten and high school students. eBooks and eReaders, which are already proven to be an effective learning tool for undergraduate and masters degree students, are now being implemented in many primary school classrooms across the country. As a result, students who previously carried heavy backpacks full of large textbooks are now able to lighten the load by carrying all of their textbooks on a tablet. Similarly, teachers are able to teach children more effectively and provide information in new and exciting ways. As more schools realize the value of utilizing tablets in the classroom, more children and teachers will enjoy the benefits of this innovative device. Out with Large Books, in with a Small Tablet? Oftentimes students look at the thick textbooks they are given at the beginning of the school year and feel overwhelmed by the amount of material they will have to read and learn. Easy Ways to Incorporate Tablets into the Classroom
MIT Offers Certificate for Free Courses The most famous and oldest OCW contributor MIT comes up with a program MITx, through which it will give a certificate of course completion after assessing the learning. This is not completely free, but at an affordable price, course ware is free as usual. Currently MIT has 2100+ courses and more than 100 million people access the course ware. Some of these courses will be offered though an online interactive platform where
Open courseware offered by top universities allow self-learners to access high quality educational materials for no cost. Whether expanding your knowledge on a variety of topics or sampling the programs offered at universities, free courses can benefit you. The following universities offer free college courses online to anyone wishing to complete them. 25 Universities and Colleges offering Free Courses Online
10 People Who Used Blogs to Become Recognized as Experts in Their Field If there is one thing we believe here at Expert Enough it is this: Blogs have the power to change people’s lives. In this post we are going to show how 10 experts have used blogs to become recognized as top leaders in their field. There are millions of blogs on the web, but how many of them truly matter? Blogs are used by some people to document their worldwide travels, keep track of their diet, or even just to share pictures of people at Wal-Mart.