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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic

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The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps - The Tech Edvocate *The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Best of the Best” resource lists. These lists provide our readers with rankings for edtech related blogs, twitter accounts, influencers, products, etc. These lists are meant to be fluid, and for that reason, they are regularly updated to provide up to the moment information.* Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. One of the great aspects of having tablets, laptops, and desktops in the classroom is the availability educational apps. Virtual Reality Apps Star Chart – with over 20 million users this app brings the universe a little closer. Math Apps Prodigy Game – This app is free for teachers and aligns with math curriculum for grades 1-8. Assorted Teaching and Learning Apps Memrise– Learning languages can be a challenge for both young and old, but thankfully apps such as Memrise are here to help make it a whole lot easier. Teacher Communication Apps Movie Making Apps Study Skills Apps Science Apps Social Studies Apps

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web When Reuben Loewy took up his first teaching gig in 2012, he had a major revelation: The digital revolution has dramatically transformed the way that kids perceive reality. Perhaps that makes the 55-year-old teacher sound like a dinosaur. What he discovered is, after all, one of the most obvious realities shaping education policy and parenting guides today. But, as Loewy will clarify, his revelation wasn’t simply that technology is overhauling America’s classrooms and redefining childhood and adolescence. Rather, he was hit with the epiphany that efforts in schools to embrace these shifts are, by and large, focusing on the wrong objectives: equipping kids with fancy gadgets and then making sure the students use those gadgets appropriately and effectively. Educational institutions across the board are certainly embracing (or at least acknowledging) the digital revolution, adopting cutting-edge classroom technology and raising awareness about the perils and possibilities of the Internet.

Marco Polo Timeline Marco Polo Timeline History Timelines of People provide fast facts and information about famous people in history, such as those detailed in the Marco Polo Timeline, who precipitated a significant change in World history. This historical timeline is suitable for students of all ages, children and kids. The timeline of Marco Polo details each important life event with related historical events and arranged in chronological, or date, order providing an actual sequence of the past major and important events in their life. The History timeline of famous people provides fast information via a time line which highlights the key dates and events of the life of famous people such as Marco Polo in a fast information format, a concise and and accurate life biography. The life of this major historical figure is arranged by chronological, or date order, providing an actual sequence of past events which were significant to this famous figure in history as detailed on the Marco Polo Timeline.

How Has Google Affected The Way Students Learn? Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity? If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it? Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google. “What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ For those of us who grew up with search engines, especially Google, at our fingertips — looking at all of you millennials and post-millennials — this might seem intuitive. Now, with the advent of personal assistants like Siri and Google Now that aim to serve up information before you even know you need it, you don’t even need to type the questions. But with so much information easily available, does it make us smarter? More Space To Think Or Less Time To Think? ‘I’m Always On My Computer’ How To Teach Digital Natives?

10 fascinating Australian subcultures you had no idea existed | Guide Untold Australia begins tonight (Wednesdays at 8:30pm on SBS and on SBS On Demand) and it’s an in-depth look at some of the diverse ethnic and cultural groups nestled within the wider Aussie population. Over three weeks we meet with young Indian Australians on a race to the altar, Norfolk Islanders threatening mutiny and the super-secret Orthodox Jews of Adass Israel. In that spirit, let’s look at some much less conventional groups and subcultures that have sprung up in our nation, from the weird and wonderful to the – frankly - bizarre. 1. Sharpies The “Sharpies” were a youth gang of the 60’s and 70’s, widely considered the first home- grown Aussie subculture. 2. When you think of doomsday preppers you probably think of those nutso people in middle America storing canned goods in nuclear bunkers under their homes. 3. What is a furry? Yup. The subculture is about 80% straight male and members meet annually at “Anthrocon”, the international furry convention in Pennsylvania. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Categories Coming to you from the Canadian Maritimes ( Halifax), Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is an educational blog dedicated to curating, reviewing and sharing EdTech tools and mobile apps. The purpose is to help teachers and educators effectively integrate digital technologies into their day-to-day teaching, learning and professional development. For any questions regarding our website or the content we publish, please contact EdTech admin, editor and blog owner, Med Kharbach at: Med Kharbach is a doctoral researcher and a former teacher with 10 years of classroom teaching experience. Kharbach, M. Example: Kharbach, M. (2016, December 30). 9 Fundamental digital skills for 21st century teachers [Blog post].

Infographic: Are You Revealing Too Much on Social Networks? Social-networking sites are a hacker's dream: a sometimes public online community where unsuspecting people post personal information. But what information can and should be posted on social networks? Cloud security firm Trend Micro examined popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Pinterest and found that most require identifying information like location, employment, birthday, and education. Tumblr is the only site that does not ask for any details, aside from username. According to Trend Micro, one in four Facebook users location-tag their posts each month, while 16 percent of Pinterest browsers offer their address. The two sites also carry the same average of 229 friends or followers. More than 20 million U.S. There are consequences to making information publicly available, Trend Micro said. Some people are already taking precautions. For more, check out the infographic below.

Marco Polo – Silk Road Traveler and Explorer A well-known traveler and explorer, Marco Polo headed for China along the Silk Road in the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). The Travels of Marco Polo, dictated by him, described Chinese politics, economy, and culture in detail, which greatly aroused the desire of westerner to go to China and had a great effect on the European navigation. Marco Polo was born in a merchant family in Venice in 1254. His father and uncle often traded into the west coast of Mediterranean Sea. On one fortuitous occasion, they went to China and met with Kublai Khan, an emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. Young Marco Polo was very interested in listening to the stories of their travels and made up his mind to go to China. Long and Difficult Journey to China In 1271, when he was 17 years old his dream came true. 17-years Service in Kublai Khan's Court Clever Marco Polo quickly learned Mongolian, Chinese and became familiar with the Chinese customs. 17 years passed quickly and Marco Polo missed his hometown more and more.

Americans' opinions on privacy and information sharing Many Americans say they might provide personal information, depending on the deal being offered and how much risk they face Most Americans see privacy issues in commercial settings as contingent and context-dependent. A new Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people finds that there are a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal information or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value. For instance, a majority of Americans think it would be acceptable (by a 54% to 24% margin) for employers to install monitoring cameras following a series of workplace thefts. Nearly half (47%) say the basic bargain offered by retail loyalty cards – namely, that stores track their purchases in exchange for occasional discounts – is acceptable to them, even as a third (32%) call it unacceptable. The nearby chart runs down the six different scenarios that were examined in this study.

Juvenile delinquency, welfare, justice and therapeutic interventions: a global perspective Teaching with"APP"-itude! □ - Blog #2 This is the SECRET to my success...Seriously, it has changed my WHOLE classroom. I download all my products from Teachers Pay Teachers on my iPad. Whatever I plan to use for the week, I download into my iBooks. I take screenshots of the things I need and will use for the week. They are in my photos for me to use whenever I need to send them to students via AIRDROP or to put them into different time-saving apps that I use. These first two tips alone will change your life and will save you from running to the copy machine. The four apps that we use each and everyday are all free. Seesaw allows me to communicate with my parents, see all assignments, and grade projects at home. EPIC! This next incredible app is Classkick. For more information about this app, contact me or go to This is the app that I have used the most in the 6 years that I have had iPads. I didn't learn all of these wonderful things overnight.

Article: How Do Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids’ Use? We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it’s one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should their kids spend staring at their phones and computers? What’s the right balance between privacy and self-discovery? Research continues to provide some answers on how parents are navigating this world. Just today, for example, there’s a new study out that looks at nearly 2,000 parents — who have kids ages 8 to 18. And despite spending a big chunk of their day with a device, most parents — 78 percent — told the researchers that they are modeling good media habits for their kids. The report’s biggest takeaway? “Media and technology are essential to family life and to childhood and adolescence, and therefore we have to get more on top of it, ” says Jim Steyer. In this blog’s 2 1/2 years running, some of our most popular posts have touched on parenting questions. Here are some of the highlights: Copyright 2016 NPR.

plot-analysis Exposition Out of the Incubator Because of all his medical issues, ten-year-old August Pullman has always been home schooled. Auggie has been loved, nurtured, and protected, but now that he is older and stronger (both physically and emotionally), his parents recognize that it is time for him to face the world. Rising Action Into the Fire So Auggie starts fifth grade, the first year of middle school at Beecher Prep. Jack and Charlotte are nice enough, but Julian can't handle Auggie's uh, non-traditional appearance. Kids at school get used to Auggie's face, but that doesn't mean they accept him—a "game" called the Plague makes Auggie untouchable. And as Jack learns to see the Auggie beneath the face, he realizes what a good friend Auggie is. At least, that's what Auggie thinks. Complication Et Tu, Brute? A series of unexpected snafus on the morning of Halloween results in Auggie wearing an alternate costume, which makes him doubly incognito. Jack is bewildered and upset when Auggie dumps him.

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