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21 Things for the 21st Century Educator - Home

21 Things for the 21st Century Educator - Home

100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education Yury Lifshits is working on algorithms and prototypes of new services at Yahoo! Research. Before that he was teaching university courses in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Estonia. He blogs at and publishes his teaching materials at Education technology has become a busy space in recent years. With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to get lost. 1. The education system of the 20th century is built around institutions: schools, colleges, academies and universities. We've now seen the first online high schools (Keystone School), colleges (University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, The Open University, University of the People), certification programs (, enterprise training programs (, art schools ( and test preparation programs (Top Test Prep, GrockIt, Knewton, RevolutionPrep, TutorJam, BrightStorm). 2. To build a new educational institution, one needs to assemble a lot of pieces. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Overview - Rochambeau Map Collection Overview The Rochambeau Map Collection contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was commander in chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82) during the American Revolution. The maps were from Rochambeau's personal collection, cover much of eastern North America, and date from 1717 to 1795. The collection consists of 40 manuscript and 26 printed maps, and a manuscript atlas, the originals of which are in the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division. The Rochambeau Map Collection contains maps and papers collected and used by Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807) during and after the American Revolution (1776 to 1783). The maps and views cover both much of the continent of North America, from as far north as Placentia Bay in Newfoundland and Labrador, to the Mississippi River Valley and as far south as Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Rights and Access

Sabbath Keeping & Digital Life Our digital lives are our lives – so much part of who and how many of us are, we feel real loss and disconnection when separated from the technologies that support our communities of connection and how we practice our faith. Addiction is an issue, but I want to notice the differences between internet addiction and the grief that comes from being separated from where we have meaningful relationships. When folks who’ve been largely defined by work find themselves unemployed or retired, there’s a similar sense of grief and loss. They weren’t necessarily addicted to work. Liberal religious spiritual life is so much about balance. Like many people I connect with in my social media ministry, I’m often housebound, due to my chronic illness. If you look at my social media presence, you'll notice I have two primary modes - one where I'm sharing information and acting as a spiritual resource, and one where I'm interacting with more particularly and directly.

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development. This approach requires those who provide professional development for teachers to listen to their needs, and to know the school and staff they are either visiting or presenting to. For technology integration to be successful, a trainer needs to know these variances among the teachers he or she is working with and plan for how teachers will apply what they've learned with you once the session is over. For more on building a PD model that supports teacher collaboration and voice, see my posts on the Edcamp model. see more see less

Mind Tools - Management Training, Leadership Training and Career Training A smartphones proliferate, some users are cutting the computer cord It’s been four years since the introduction of the iPhone and rival devices that run Google’s Android software. In that time, the devices have turned much of America into an always-on, Internet-on-the-go society. A quarter of Americans with smartphones use the devices as their main way to get onto the Internet, the Pew study found. Smartphone users are diverse. “For businesses, government agencies and nonprofits who want to engage with certain communities, they will find them in front of a four-inch screen, not in front of a big computer in their den,” said Aaron Smith, a researcher at Pew and author of the report. The size of the screen is just about the only thing that keeps Miguel Reyes, 20, on his laptop. The recent high-school graduate from Landover was lounging in his backyard last month and was reminded about a book he wanted from Mexican author Francisco Jimenez. “I’m finding fewer and fewer things that make my laptop all that much better than my phone,” Reyes said.

Daniel Donahoo: Horizon Report K-12 Released: The Future of Education Is Mobile With the release of the New Media Consortium's 2011 Horizon Report for K-12 there is no doubt that the future of education is mobile. But, despite what tech-evangelists would have us believe it will not be enough to put mobile devices into children's hands and expect the education system to improve or their learning to suddenly take off. The revolution in technology, and subsequently educational technology, is an opportunity, but not a guarantee. The most recent Horizon Report repeats what it has stated for a few years now: "Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession." And, it is for this reason developing children's skills across multiple literacies like visual, digital, media and networking is important and using technology to do it is a no-brainer. Mobiles are a category that defies long-term definitions. It sounds impressive because it is impressive. We don't have to evolve, and if we don't it will be a great loss.

Classroom Resource Resources with the subject "american-history" Backpack Practice, available only via Google Chrome, offers practice with skills from preK number recognition through Algebra and ACT/SAT test prep. Choose from topics such as math, science, history, or languages to begin. Be sure to allow the program to access your computer microphone when prompted. tag(s): addition (206), animals (214), continents (37), countries (64), division (137), grammar (207), map skills (64), money (167), multiplication (188), numbers (176), phonics (68), preK (220), presidents (111), speech (84), sports (76), states (156), subtraction (170), test prep (82), time (124), vocabulary (302) In the Classroom Share Backpack Practice with students for a quick practice of math facts, continents, presidents, and much more.

Why GenY Hates Phones - Blog - Lucid Path Consulting The more I interact with baby-boomers,¹ the more I learn of their frustration with GenY (my generation). Now, there is no shortage of reasons why the previous generation throws their hands up in frustration at GenY, but perhaps one of the more nuanced ones is the communication breakdown. I’ve been told a number of times “I call, I leave messages, and he doesn’t return my phone calls. My own son – won’t even call his father back.” Similiar situations arise in business – “If he wanted to keep us as a customer, he would pick up the phone and call once in a while.” How can this be? So why do we hate the phone? Perhaps more importantly, you are demanding nearly undivided attention. Last, but certainly not least, is that a phone conversation requires immediate response. Of course, there is still tremendous value to hearing someone’s voice. And if you really need immediate access, and can’t be bothered to type, tweet, or text, then all hope is not lost.

5 Tools for Building a Next-Generation 'Hybrid' Class Website [Nicholas C. Martin is a visiting professor at American University and the United Nations University for Peace. He is also co-founder and president of TechChange, an organization that trains leaders to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable social change. Last month, I co-taught a course at American University’s School of International Service entitled ”Applications of Technology for Peacebuilding.” Prior to the course, we created an online social learning community in Drupal with a number of innovative features. Once we got the Drupal site up and running we began creating and embedding various tools to support the learning process. This course was just the beginning of our attempt at TechChange to go beyond what industry leaders like Blackboard and others currently provide to find and implement the most effective technologies and platforms to support dynamic learning. If you’re interested in seeing some of these tools in action you can view a sample TechChange Unit.

Plagiarism Checker A list of key features: 1. Billions of web pages This tool has the ability to check plagiarism by matching your content against billions of webpages on the Internet. 2. It has an option for automatically rewriting the content you run on it in just one click. 3. Our similarity checker allows you to upload different formats of documents including .doc, .docx, .txt, .tex, .rtf, .odt, and .pdf. 4. With this free online plagiarism test tool, not only are you able to upload different formats of documents, you can also check plagiarism via a website URL. 5. Our anti-plagiarism engine comes with a reporting option which allows you to download a report of the plagiarism search you run. 6. How about an option for sharing the plagiarism report generated? 7. This feature allows you to check plagiarism on documents in other languages other than English. 8. Live in the cloud? 9. 10. 11. The tool does not stop at showing you the percentage levels of plagiarized and unique content. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.