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Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content

Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content

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Would You Eat That? The Game of Naming What's in What You Eat Getting the most out of what you eat takes knowing what's in your food. While packaged and prepared food can save time, it takes a lot of chemistry to keep those items edible on the long trip from the factory to your face. Do you know what is actually in some of your favorite food? Play "Would You Eat That?" The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background

Personalized Learning: A Working Definition A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning. They also identified critical questions for K-12 officials to consider in implementing personalized learning. Related Story: What Is 'Personalized Learning'? Educators Seek Clarity Sources: Developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Afton Partners, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, CEE Trust, the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Charter School Growth Fund, EDUCAUSE, iNACOL, the Learning Accelerator, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Silicon Schools, and educatorsDesign & Visualization: Stacey Decker

#BYOD - Criteria for Implementation Success #byodchat #edchat #BYOD - Criteria for Implementation SuccessCreative Commons Copyright ShareAlike-Attribution-NonCommercial This past week in a conversation, I found myself saying, “Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a rubric or list of criteria for implementing a BYOD program? That way, you could just share that with campus/district leaders so they could be aware of what was needed from 3 different perspectives: Teaching & Learning, Policy and Procedures, and Infrastructure & Administration.” Everyone looked at me with expectation in their faces. Internally, I gave a long sigh. EdTechSteve Blog: Our BYOD Policy and Process Our school is in the midst of piloting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with students. I like the way we've done the pilot- we basically opened it up for students before creating an official policy. By doing this, we were able to see problems or issues come up naturally.

Science Classroom Lessons Microscope Mania Pond Water Survey Hydra Investigation Animal Classification Challenge Incredible Edible Cells - Cell Project Construction Zone - Cell Project Mitosis Flip Books Genetics with a Smile + SpongeBob Genetics DNA Keychains & Replication Protein Power Game Egg-cellent Ideas for Osmosis & Diffusion Human Body Activities (Body Systems, Skeletal System, Muscular System) Also see Silly Science - a dichotomous key activity in General Science section! Internet Lessons • The Organ Trail - Challenge your students to create a "Wanted" poster about an organ. This download provides project guidelines, student information, and project worksheets.

The Top 20 Education Blogs Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.” I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. What is personalized learning? When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for educators is classroom management. Often, they believe that with devices come three options: Ban devices outright (Good luck!)Lock them downOpen your classroom up to the Wild Wild West!

6 Steps for Increasing Student Access with BYOD More than 900 middle and high school students in Edina, Minn., bring their own personal devices to school. Although that represents just 20 percent of the student population, it’s the equivalent of more than 30 labs coming to school each day. These are “labs” that Edina Public Schools didn’t have to purchase or support, but that students can use for learning. The district’s successful “bring your own device” initiative, dubbed “Go Wireless,” began with a less-than-successful effort to launch a one-to-one computing program.

Paradigm Shift - Prototyping BYOD Apr 14 2012 ASB is a leader in the use of technology to enhance our students’ educational experiences. We believe that by using technology appropriately, students are more highly engaged in their own education, have increased opportunities to develop higher order thinking skills and are better prepared to participate in a world where technological fluency is essential. With the increased availability of sophisticated personal mobile technologies, it is becoming possible to personalize learning for each and every learner. For students to be truly self-directed and reflective lifelong learners and collaborative meaning makers, they must own their learning and the devices that facilitate it.

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