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Shaping Tech for the Classroom

21st-century schools need 21st-century technology. Credit: Bill Duke The biggest question about technology and schools in the 21st century is not so much "What can it do?" First, it helps to look at the typical process of technology adoption (keeping in mind, of course, that schools are not typical of anything.) Dabbling.Doing old things in old ways.Doing old things in new ways.Doing new things in new ways. Until recently, we have mostly been dabbling with technology in our schools: A few Apples here. Old Things in Old Ways When a new technology appears, our first instinct is always to continue doing things within the technology the way we've always done it. That is almost exclusively what we now do with educational technology. People certainly are putting courses, curricula, and lesson plans online. But new technology still faces a great deal of resistance. Old Things in New Ways Two big factors stand in the way of our making more and faster progress in technology adoption in our schools.

Free Technology for Teachers Virtual Schools Can new education technologies short-circuit change-resistant politics and remake our schools? Or are well-intended advocates once again overhyping the ability of electrons and processors to solve thorny problems of teaching and learning? In this Education Next forum, John Chubb of Edison Schools and Stanford University political scientist Terry Moe make the case for the transformative power of today’s technology. EDUCATION NEXT: How likely is it that technology will make advances in education in the next decade that go far beyond any changes that have taken place in the past? John Chubb and Terry Moe: The worldwide revolution in information technology has globalized the international economy, made communication virtually instantaneous and costless, put vast storehouses of information within reach of everyone on the planet, and in countless other ways transformed how life is lived. Such resistance is not new. EN: What can we learn from technological adoption in education in the past?

There Are No Technology Shortcuts to Good Education Kentaro Toyama There are no technology shortcuts to good education. For primary and secondary schools that are underperforming or limited in resources, efforts to improve education should focus almost exclusively on better teachers and stronger administrations. Information technology, if used at all, should be targeted for certain, specific uses or limited to well-funded schools whose fundamentals are not in question. (Caveat: Because this article was written for an audience most interested in government-funded primary and secondary education in developing countries, words like “wealthy,” “average,” and “typical” should be read with that context in mind. But, the conclusions are relevant for a broad class of primary and secondary schools in developed countries, as well.) To back these assertions, I’ll draw on four different lines of evidence. The history of electronic technologies in schools is fraught with failures. . Computers: The Latest Technology Cycle

Top 10 Social Bookmarking Tools For Educators This is a guest post by Julie-Ann Amos who is a freelance writer who covers topics such as online university ratings and reviews, elearning tools, and more. Social bookmarking is a highly useful tool for educators since it allows specific categorization of websites for easy access and sharing. It works on the basis of the user creating tags or categories in which websites are then placed. Unlike standard search engines that are generated by computers and therefore often misclassify or categories websites, social bookmarking is done by people, usually people that are knowledgeable and informed on the particular subject. The following social bookmarking tools can definitely help out in the classroom, both in sharing information with your students as well as other educators in the field. Stumble Upon – this free service allows you to click on the Stumble integrated browser and instantly receive a list of relevant topics that have been rated by other Stumble Upon subscribers.

Free VAK visual auditory kinesthetic learning styles test questionnaire vak - visual, auditory, kinesthetic - learning styles model and free self-test The VAK learning styles model and related VAK learning styles tests offer a relatively simple methodology. Therefore it is important to remember that these concepts and tools are aids to understanding overall personality, preferences and strengths - which is always a mixture in each individual person. As with any methodology or tool, use VAK and other learning styles ideas with care and interpretation according to the needs of the situation. On this point, the Kolb Learning Styles page offers additional notes on the use of Learning Styles in young people's education. In addition to the VAK materials and tests below, further VAK (and VARK and VACT) explanation is on the page dealing with Multiple Intelligences and VAK. vak learning styles 'Learning style' should be interpreted to mean an individual mixture of styles. vak learning styles N.B. visual-auditory-kinesthetic learning styles see also

Android Tablet for Indian Schools to Cost Just $35 Per Unit Published on: Note -- this news article is more than a year old. By: Ian Mansfield The Indian government has launched a new low cost Android based tablet device that will be distributed to schools in the country. The device will cost the government US$49.98, but will then be subsidised to US$35 per unit. This current phase was a pilot to procure 100,000 devices. The Aakash UbiSlate 7 tablet comes with a 366 Mhz processor and 256MB of RAM along with a 2GB Flash Memory. The screen is a 7-inch display with 800x480 pixel resolution and connectivity is Wi-Fi only. Tags: android tablet India

Adult Education and Technology The Journey Method - Mnemonics Training from MindTools Remembering Long Lists Associate a list with landmarks on a journey you know well. © iStockphoto/LuisPortugal The journey method is a powerful, flexible and effective mnemonic based around the idea of remembering landmarks on a well-known journey. It combines the narrative flow of the Link Method and the structure and order of the Peg Systems into one very powerful system. How to Use the Tool You use the Journey Method by associating information with landmarks on a journey that you know well. To use this technique most effectively, it is often best to prepare the journey beforehand. To remember a list of items, whether these are people, experiments, events or objects, all you need do is associate these things with the landmarks or stops on your journey. This is an extremely effective method of remembering long lists of information. The system is extremely flexible: all you need do to remember many items is to remember a longer journey with more landmarks. Example Key Points

Three Essential Tips for New Online Training Designers One of the biggest challenges online training developers have is that they often have no background in online training. Online training is very different than face-to-face training, yet many classroom trainers inherit the online learning developer role simply because their organization has decided to begin offering online training. This is further complicated by the various reasons that many organizations venture into online training, such as scalability, cost savings, and optimized resource use. These are decisions of budget, not of learning and performance. Is it any wonder that many online learning developers are metaphorically taking the square peg of traditional classroom workshops and trying to fit it into the round hole of online training? So where does someone new to the field of online learning design begin? Read. I can’t emphasize this enough. I also recommend reading relevant articles and blogs. Connect with Other Online Learning Designers That’s not design.