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6 Truths About Technology in Education I recently had the opportunity to Keynote the University of Pennsylvania Literacy Network’s Winter Symposium. Penn Literacy Network founder Mort Botel (who was also a former President of the International Reading Association) wrote one of the most influential works in my teaching career, “The Plainer Truths of Teaching/Learning/Assessing Across the Curriculum“; and with his passing this past year, I hoped to honor him in this address by framing my talk around the Truths of Technology in Education. Truth #1 is the reason we educate students. It’s for their benefit. But, it only matters to our students when they own the learning.

Never Too Young To Code Kindergartners use Bee-Bots to explore coding and mapping skills at the Cook SchoolPhotos courtesy of Catherine Cook School As with other aspects of tech use in early childhood, deep discussions are underway about the appropriate role coding has in young children’s classrooms—and in the library. Sometimes referred to as the “new literacy” in schools, teaching coding means teaching children the language used to operate tablets, computers, and other devices they interact with every day. Experts say these beginning programming skills teach problem-solving and critical thinking and expose children to the world of computer science. Coding brings young children rich opportunities for language development and the “notion of learning from mistakes,” says Chip Donohue, the dean of distance learning and continuing education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, a graduate school in child development. “We actually don’t do enough of that with young kids.”

90+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy Update December 3/09: There has been much interest in this list so I have transferred this resource to a wiki. This post will remain, but I would be happy if others contributed to the wiki version found here. Thanks for your interest in media education. 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me.” A t a recent morning workshop for school leaders at a fairly small New England public school district, about an hour into a conversation focused on what they believed about how kids learn best, an assistant superintendent somewhat surprisingly said aloud what many in the room were no doubt feeling. “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me,” she said. “And it frustrates me.” As it should.

Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core You have successfully logged out of your Evernote account. Sign in Better teachers? Better at what, exactly? Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Schools take legal action against bully parents Principal Henry Grossek tells 3AW that his school isn't among those getting lawyers to write letters but he understands how things can get out of hand on social media. Phew, school holidays – a chance to recover from a typically frenetic first term and take stock. It's been busy inside and outside the classroom. Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core A group of high school students stares intently at the famous crop-duster sequence from Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Cary Grant is standing alone at the side of a deserted highway. As film buffs know, Grant isn't alone for long; a mysterious crop-duster plane soon appears out of nowhere and begins dive-bombing him, chasing him down the road until he is forced to take cover in a cornfield. As the students watch the film, they look for moments when editing cuts have been made by the film editor.

7 Games to Inspire a Child's Love for Reading Second and third grade students are showing a growing affinity for tablets, phone, and other tech gadgets, but this exposure to technology comes at a price: Although more and more kids have access to gadgets, their reading levels are dropping. Kids are swapping out reading for video games and Netflix as their main sources of entertainment. If you’re worried about your little one’s literacy, have no fear! There are a number of reading games and apps that will engage your tech-savvy child and help them become avid readers. Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World For most young people today, engagement with new digital media is a routine aspect of life. Through computers, mobile phones, and other handheld devices, youth can blog, tweet, participate in social networks like Facebook, play massive multi-player games, use online information sources, and share videos, stories, music, and art they’ve created. Important skills and knowledge can be gained from such activities, but there are also risks. For example, young people may only rarely consider what it means to be an ethical, socially responsible “citizen” on the Internet. Our Space is a set of curricular materials designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Why Bite-Sized Learning is Better for Your Learners (and You too) Bite-sized learning or Microlearning. It is the latest buzzword in the eLearning world. Designers and developers discuss it when they meet around the water cooler. HR and training managers have found ways to implement it in their learning strategies. Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media © 2010 danah boyd. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License ( EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 5 (September/October 2010): 26–36 danah boyd (dmb@microsoft.com) is Social Scientist at Microsoft Research and a Research Associate at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society

The Sky's the Limit: 16 Must-Read Quotes from Michael Fullan's Stratosphere - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - DigLN, edreform, EdTech Michael Fullan is certainly one of the three to four most influential edu-writers of our time. On whole systems design and change, only Paul Hill has earned equal influence. His most recent contribution, Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge , is very short and very optimistic. 6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns. While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our brains take in new information, and knowing how this works can help us choose the most efficient strategies for learning new things. Here are six things you should know about the brain’s learning systems. 1. We take in information better when it’s visual

Webinars 7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader Recorded on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Learn seven ways you can be a digital citizenship leader from Susan Bearden, digital citizenship experts, and author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach (Corwin Press, 2016).

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