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How Gaming Is Changing the Classroom - Education By the time she’s 21 years old, a student will play nearly 10,000 hours of video games. But can kids play their way to learning? An increasing number of educators are recognizing that students aren’t responding to old-school lectures, and they’re looking to engage the gamer generation by bringing gaming into the classroom. Since 2009, an entire school, New York City’s Quest to Learn, has used gaming-based learning principles to help students achieve. While there are plenty of learning games made by educational software companies, savvy educators are going directly to the popular games their students are playing outside of school. Similarly, the Pender County, North Carolina schools are using World of Warcraft to teach language arts to middle schoolers. Why does gaming work so well as a learning tool?

You Want iPads For Your School ... But Is That Enough? Everywhere I turn schools seem to be buying iPads. Critics, even in this forum, question whether investment in a relatively new and untested technology can be justified, especially given the current economic climate. To some degree, I think their scepticism has merit. Buying iPads for your school may not improve the standard of education. Technology is a tool. "How will I use new technology to change the fundamental practice of education?" You see, without a clear vision your educational dollars may in fact be wasted. If you want iPads so that you can distribute digital reading material to support a largely teacher driven, content based program ... it's not enough. If you want iPads so that children can practice drills without any knowledge or context of how the skill being drilled has relevance to their daily life ... it's not enough. If you want iPads so that you can develop and disseminate flash cards that help students cram for testing ... it's not enough. On the other hand... Sam Gliksman

Tech Tip #51: Copy Images From Google Images As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: To copy an image from Google Images (or Bing), I right-click on the picture, select copy, then paste it into my document (with right-click, paste). But, It’s hard to move around. A: You’re probably grabbing the thumbnail rather than the real image. …then copy-paste the image that shows up. BTW–don’t copy Google images unless they’re for ‘scholarly purposes’. Questions you want answered? To sign up for Tech Tips delivered to your email, click here. Like this: Like Loading... In Classroom of Future, Outdated Testing Can’t Keep Up Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr:AlbertoGP Sunday’s New York Times article, “In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores” by Matt Richtel had the wrong headline. When describing a classroom in Arizona’s Kyrene School District, which invested $33 million from a ballot initiative dedicated to technology upgrades, Richtel laments the district’s “stagnant scores” in reading and math. He writes: “Critics counter that, absent clear proof, schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an overemphasis on digital skills — like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools — at the expense of math, reading and writing fundamentals.” When technology is deployed thoughtfully in a way that feeds into a broader system that’s not reliant on the outdated factory model of schooling, the quality of learning should not be discounted — even if it can’t be measured yet. And this is where Richtel buries the lead, in paragraph 42, about a third of the way through the article: Related

Two tales of personalization and technology Personalization and technology can be read as a dream or a nightmare — it all depends on who is telling the story. If Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Arne Duncan or Michelle Rhee are perpetrating the plot then personalization is about using technology for union busting, test score analytics and the marketization of our children’s minds. In this story, the poor get a computer, while the rich get a computer and a teacher. Technology is a trojan horse that carries an army of economists and shadow industries who have been stalking public education for a very long time. In this story, technology and personalization isn’t about learning — it’s about money. If Sir Ken Robinson, Alfie Kohn, Linda Darling-Hammond or Diane Ravitch are the narrators, then personalization is about student excitement, creativity, intrinsic motivation, curiosity and citizenship. Personalization and technology can be about collaborating to discover our passions but it can also be about competing over profits. Like this:

45 Web Builders to Create an Insanely Awesome Free Website Looking for a place to create a free website? There are plenty of resources that allow you to create you own website, blog, wiki, or social community without having to know any programming language. These free website creation sites allow you to easily create a site, customize the design, add content, and use a custom URL. Take a look at 45 best web builders to create a free website. Wix I personally don’t have a lot of experience with Wix, but it seems like a very neat way to create free Flash websites. Google Sites Hey, its Google and they are letting you create a free site….so do it. Windows Live Spaces Webs Google Knol Google Knol came out about 2 years ago and even though it has not gotten the same praise as Wikipedia, it is still a valuable resource that you should take advantage of. Jimdo Jimdo is a new free website builder that is very clean and easy to use. AngelFire Edicy Squidoo One of my favorite places to create a free webpage is Squidoo. Yola Tripod Wetpaint WikiSpaces Blogsome Weebly

Preparing and Supporting Teachers to Integrate Technology in the Classroom « November 18, 2011 by cultureofyes This post also appears in the current edition of the BC College of Teachers TC Magazine (here) Never before have teachers faced challenges such as those created by continually evolving information technologies. Students’ technical expertise must be nurtured and supported by their teachers. Across our province and around the world, educators are wrestling with the implications of personally owned devices, coming to grips with the role for social media in education, and having rich debates on issues that speak to the core values of our system, including safety and equity. Without question, our profession is evolving. As a profession, we need to take a critical look at the structure and content of teacher training programs. I also expect new teachers to enter the profession with a mindset that the digital tools they are using now will likely be different a year from now. And some specifics for teacher training programs?

Visuals : Facebook and College Admissions by Loreal Lynch | April 6, 2011 As Facebook has become more and more popular—if it were a country, it would be the third largest in the world—its use in the field of education has expanded, too. In fact, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers report using Facebook as part of their recruiting process. Are admissions officers really looking at the Facebook profiles of prospective students? And if so, are they making admissions decisions based on these profiles? Embed in your site: <a href=" src=" alt="Reading students like an open facebook, or how social media is reshaping college admissions" width="605" height="2145" border="0" /></a><br />Courtesy of: <a href=" About the Author Loreal Lynch is a content editor at QuinStreet who is passionate about issues of education.

Nine Neat NASA Resources for Teachers and Students Almost every time I visit NASA's website I find something new and interesting to me. I just did a quick look through my archives and over the last few year I've written about NASA-related topics more than sixty times. Here are nine of those better NASA resources for teachers and students. NASA's Lunar Electric Rover Simulator is a free iOS app that lets you explore the moon. The app is really a game in which players perform tasks to support the activities of a lunar outpost. NASA 360 is a twenty-two episode series of videos about NASA. NASA @ Home and City is a virtual tour of NASA-related science in our homes and cities. Moonbase Alpha is an online game developed by NASA to be played on the Steam online gaming platform. NASA Space Place is a sizable collection of fun projects, games, animations, and lessons about Earth, space, and technology. NASA's eClips videos are arranged by grade level; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. NASA TV streams many different feeds to the web.

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is my two-part series at Education Week Teacher. Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational circles. However, if you believe a recent survey of visits to 23,000 U.S. classrooms, the higher-order thinking skills it’s ideally designed to promote doesn’t get much use. And I can understand why. It’s easy to get caught-up in the day-to-day work involved in teaching a class or multiple classes, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing the “usual stuff” and not “think out of the box.” I thought it might be useful to share in a “The Best…” list the resources that help me try to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in my classroom. There may very well be resources out there that do a far better job of explaining the Taxonomy and how to use it. I personally try to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in two ways. In addition, I try to use Bloom’s to help me formulate my own lessons. Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Memory Understanding Applying and Analyzing

Squrl Launches an iPad App for Video Discovery Squrl is a free service that allows you to create a playlist of videos from sources all over the web. Rather than creating playlists on individual video sites like YouTube and Vimeo, you can create playlists from multiple sources and save them in one place for sharing with others and viewing at your convenience. Squrl has been available as a web application for a while and now they're offering a free iPad app.

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