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10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update. These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them? It’s been nearly two and half years since the publication of the first “10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about” article on this site and given the fast paced evolution of technology it’s time for an update. The start of new school year is the perfect time to refresh this list! Below you will find updated information for 5 of the technologies from the original posting, and 5 new technologies that have earned their rightful place in the list (displacing 5 other types of tech, that while still worthy, are not quite as relevant today, IMHO).

This is not intended to be a definitive listing, but rather an informed resource that provides insights and raises awareness. Lots of links to example apps and articles have been provided, so readers can learn more about each application category. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post. Schools, technology, test scores, and the New York Times. [cross-posted at The Huffington Post] Earlier this week the New York Times wondered whether investments in educational technology were worth it since most schools don’t see any concurrent improvement in students’ standardized test scores.

That’s not exactly a new issue but it’s worth examining again. After all, we are talking about large sums of money here. I’ll start with some broad categories of pushback against the article… 1. Striving for different, higher-level learning outcomes It’s hard to get at critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication and collaboration, complex synthesis and analysis, and other higher-order thinking skills with a bubble test. 2. Most school districts ask their technology coordinator(s) to support computers and/or people at ratios that would absolutely horrify folks in the business world. 3. We shouldn’t expect test score gains when few teachers have been trained well to use digital technologies to improve learning outcomes. 4. 5. 6.

Wrap-up A. Educators Cite Research to Shift Ed-Tech Focus From 'Why?' to 'How?' Published Online: July 12, 2011 Published in Print: July 13, 2011, as Educators Cite Research to Shift Ed-Tech Focus From 'Why' to 'How' Thousands gather in Philadelphia to share digital ideas, experiences, goals Philadelphia As Chris Lehmann closed the recent International Society for Technology in Education's annual conference, he implored the audience at his keynote address here to redraw the educational technology battle lines.

"No one is arguing we shouldn't use technology in education anymore," said Mr. The call for redefining debate echoed throughout the formal sessions at the conference last month and at informal events at nearby hotels, restaurants, and bars, and even in casual conversations among the more than 20,000 estimated attendees. The latest research by Project Tomorrow, an Irvine, Calif. Teacher-Student Disconnect "From the Speak Up data, what we're seeing is a disconnect" between students and educators, said Julie Evans, the president of Project Tomorrow. Perception Gap. Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums. National Education Technology Plan 2010. TED: Ideas worth spreading. 7 Tools Students Can Use to Create Music Online. Yesterday, I gave a short presentation on digital storytelling to the folks in attendance at the Ed Tech TeacherTeaching History With Technology workshop.

One of the points I made to participants is that when creating multimedia digital stories the best way to avoid any kind of copyright issues is to have students create their own sounds and images to include in their projects. Here are some tools that students can use to create their own sounds online. Using Aviary's Roc service you can create your own music loops or samples. After you've created your music samples you can download them, reuse them in Myna, or embed them into your blog. Below you will find a brief tutorial on how to create sound loops using Aviary Roc. Beat Lab is a free service through which you can experiment with thousands of sound and rhythm combinations.

Incredibox is a neat website that allows you to create unique rhythms and sounds from drag-and-drop menu. The 21st Century Learning Initiative.