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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools
Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr: jhaymesisvip Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the digital divide created by socioeconomic boundaries. Now a new study reinforces that perspective, finding that students’ access to mobile devices, in this country anyway, is more often a question of parents’ attitudes toward mobile learning than a family’s income or the mobile device provisions of that family’s local school district. The report published by Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance with support from AT&T, found that, according to data from a representative nationwide sample of nearly 2,400 parents, more than four in five K-12 students at least occasionally use some sort of computing device, including mobile devices like tablets or smartphones, or laptop computers. Income did affect the number of computing devices per household, however. More from the study: Related:  iPadTIC and technology

iPad in Education Innovative ideas for using iPads in education Inside Thinglink EDU Examples Photo: Also Thinglink EDU Examples The unexpected success of failure How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads / Jonathan Wylie It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. STILL One of the Best Kept Secrets: Pinterest! / Teachers With Apps One of the best kept secrets about social media for edu­ca­tors and stu­dents is Pin­ter­est!

17 Ways Teachers Are Using iPhones In Education Think iPhones don’t belong in the classroom? Well, think again. Technology in higher education is going mobile, and smartphones are becoming more and more ingrained in daily life for faculty and students alike. At Education Dive, we have already looked at the role of Apple’s iPad in schools , as well as some of the major app releases that educations should be paying attention to. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

When To Put The Tech Away In Your 1:1 (or Any) Classroom The following post is written by EdTechTeacher’s Shawn McCusker and Beth Holland. They will also be leading EdTechTeacher Summer Workshops in Atlanta , Chicago , and Boston . When we work with schools embarking on 1:1 programs, losing classroom culture often tops the list of concerns. Turning OFF an Elementary Classroom “1-2-3 look at me!” We’d had enough technology, and now it was time to re-engage as a class. Over the years, I established different routines with different groups of students. In an elementary classroom, children bouncing out of their chairs, loud screeching noises, and then occasional slew of waving hands amongst shouts of “it isn’t working” make it obvious to put away the technology. When and Why to Add Technology Though failing to include any technology in the modern classroom is wrong, including too much, or employing it ineffectively, can be equally problematic. At its best, technology enhances, extends or deepens the learning taking place.

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code? - Lauren Goode - Product Reviews The pillars of elementary education in the U.S. — reading, writing, math — have remained the same for a long time. Now another skill set is increasingly coming into focus: Computer programming. This week, I tested two new mobile apps, Kodable and Hopscotch, that are aimed at teaching young children the basic skills necessary for computer programming. What is programming, exactly? Coding tools for kids and beginners are hardly a new thing, but many earlier applications are browser-based, while these apps capitalize on the gravitational pull that tablets seem to have on kids. Kodable, which launched late last year, is aimed at kids in kindergarten through second grade. I found it easy to get the hang of Kodable, which is based on Basic, an early and simple programming language. Hopscotch, on the other hand, is more advanced, aimed at kids age 8 and up. Since I’m a few years beyond fourth grade at this point, it’s tough for me to approach these apps exactly as a child would.

48 Free Education Apps Sorted By Grade Level 5 Useful iPhone Apps For Student Bloggers 10.32K Views 0 Likes Student blogging is a wonderful way to get into the world of online writing and learning. These iPhone apps for student bloggers will enhance their skills. 6 Interactive Storytelling Apps For Younger Students The Teacher's Guide To Using Badges In Your Classroom What encourages students to do well in school? Often, it comes down to grades. Many students will work harder in order to earn a higher grade. Colleges want to see good grades. Parents want to see good grades. Unfortunately, some students are not motivated by grades. Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts Boys and girls in the scouting program earn patches for three things: progressing through the scouting program, attending a special event, or accomplishing a specific goal. The patches are a source of pride to the scout who earned them, and they are a way to show off what they have accomplished to others. The values of every organization change, and when that happens new badges are created to encourage members to gain those skills. The Use Of Badges In The Military The Scouts’ use of badges was borrowed from the military which has been utilizing badges for hundreds of years. Video Game Achievements Badges from the video game Crysis – via MadMagnet Some of the achievements are very specific . Targets

10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom If you haven’t heard of 20% time in the classroom , the premise is simple: Give your students 20% of their class time to learn what they want. Yes, that’s it. Below is a list of the 10 reasons you should consider 20% time in your school, and you will not regret making that choice! 1. You will join a great community of learners When I first did the 20% project with my students I didn’t have a community of teachers or learners. 2. One of the major issues we face in schools today is covering a wide breadth of information, instead of allowing students to get a real depth of knowledge. 3. When students in my school have their pitch day, they get to share with the entire class what they are working on. 4. Too often our students complete assignments for the grade. 5. Randy Pausch famously said, “If you think you can’t learn and have fun at the same time. 6. It doesn’t matter if you teach elementary, middle, or high school. 7. 8. 9. 10. Have you seen Caine’s arcade ?

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads The following post is written by Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher . Join EdTechTeacher at the iPad Summit in Atlanta on April 10-12. The app store is loaded with options that allow students to create content on their iPads. From comic strip creators to mind maps, video editing and publishing, screencasting & digital books, the options for individual student creation are expanding. However, collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads. Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation. Explain Everything ($2.99) A flexible and powerful screen casting option, students and teachers can collaborate on screencasts by exporting Explain Everything project files from an iPad. Google Drive (Free) BookCreator ($4.99) Subtext (free) Diigo

The Teacher's Guide To Google Glass If you’re as excited as Katie and me about Google Glass, this post is for you. We like to take on the latest technology and see how it fits into education. If it doesn’t, we typically don’t write about it or will mention it in passing. But the potential for Google Glass in education is just too great. Once the expensive pair of glasses actually makes it into the hands of a teacher, the typical lecture will become something totally different. What Is Google Glass? Before we start, let’s talk about what Google Glass is (and what it isn’t). How Does Google Glass Work? Rather than give you a lengthy description of the intimate details, I’ve decided to let the Googlers do that. How To Get Google Glass It’s actually a bit late to get in on the beta testing but you can still stay informed and get alerts about when it’ll be available for you. However, there are reports that it’ll be available in 2014 for about $1,500 or so. How Teachers Can Use Google Glass How To Use Google Glass

ped Learning Flipped Learning collection of articles Inside My first Virtual BETT Photo: Also My first Virtual BETT Flipping the iPad Enabled Classroom (Part 1 of 2) Redefining Learning Through Screencasting Redefining Learning Through Screencasting / Beth Holland Beth Holland of EdTech Teacher looks at the SAMR Model as she walks us through ways to redefine learning through screencasting.Introducing new technology into the classroom, especially iPads, can be overwhelming -- even daunting. Flipping the iPad Enabled Classroom (Part 1 of 2) / K. Schools with iPads Programs are Flipping the Classroom too! What If We Flipped Online Learning? / By Jeff Dunn on June 24, 2013 Peo­ple are already con­sid­er­ing what flipped online learn­ing might look like. New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model

Using Cell Phones In Class: A Primer For Teachers Bringing a cell phone to class usually starts a debate between teacher and student. Most teachers completely ban them. They are often regarded as distractions from learning. Looking at mobile devices in a positive light, they can facilitate student learning inside the four walls of the classroom. Many teachers believe that phones are not really important—not because they are useless, but because they are just tools that do not affect the lesson plan if they are not used. First Step Educators have to familiarize themselves with cell phones that can be used for education. What Can Teachers Do With Cell Phones? The first and foremost purpose of cell phones is, of course, communication. If messaging is not enough, teachers can use Twitter to share what they do in class. Teachers can also support the students even when at home. Takeaways Teachers have to remember that before they allow their students to bring phones to class, they have to provide appropriate limitations for using the gadgets.

7 Habits Of Highly-Effective Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology 7 Characteristics Of Teachers Who Effectively Use Technology by TeachThought Staff Ed note: This post has been updated with an updated visual from Sylvia Duckworth, who took our graphic from (now getalma) post and created the above visual. It is also sporting a new title, as the “habits of” is a trademarked term. As such, the new graphic and phrasing appears below. In most ways, teachers that use technology in the classroom aren’t much different than those that don’t. Any teacher worth their salt assesses, and then revises planned instruction based on data from those assessments. They manage their classroom in a way that works for them, create a positive learning environment, and (great teachers especially) collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to make sure every humanly possible attempt is made to meet all students need. They care about learning more than tools, people more than curriculum, and questions more than answers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.