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Why BYOD Makes Sense: Thinking Beyond a Standardized 1:1 I was recently asked, "Why are you giving the teachers choice of a laptop? Why not just go all in with one device?" My answer, simply stated, is that homogenization of any tool is never a good idea in a context that is intended to foster creativity. The same argument is underway with the Common Core. However, this post is not about Common Core or educational politics. Standardization vs. A lot of schools make the mistake of trying to control every aspect of technology integration. The best analogy is the case for school uniforms, which has always sparked a debate regardless of the decade or century. As schools plan large-scale technology rollouts, they should begin by considering what would be best for the student population. Listening to the Stakeholders As the director of technology, it is my job to listen to administrators, teachers, students and parents, and find out what system works best for our schools. Choice and Trust And that's where we need to be in K-12.

Video In The Classroom: Equipment Checklist Teaching has always been visual, but what was once communicated on fusty overhead slide projectors or whiteboards that get erased, is now distributed to students in full HD video that they can review whenever and wherever they need. And whether you’re using video in the classroom for personal reflection, or to create new content for your students, it has never been easier to give video a go. What Equipment Do You Need to Get Started? Of course, you know about digital camcorders, but if you’d like to get classroom technology that has multiple uses in a classroom, here are some of the tools that will make the task of creating great visual lessons easy and impactful (check out part 2 of this blog and get tips on filming and editing): TabletsNotebook ComputersSmartphonesSound Tablets On the verge of outselling all forms of personal computers combined, no device has ushered in the era of the visual classroom more than the tablet. Notebook Computers Smartphones Sound

Handbok för IKT-pedagoger The Use of Social Media in School Share this infographic on your site! <a href=" src=" alt="The Use of Social Media in School" width="500" border="0" /></a><br />Image source: <a href=" Embed this infographic on your site! The editors at Best Masters in Education decided to research the topic of: Teens are actively Tweeting, Posting, Liking, and Commenting all across Social Media and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. The use of social media in school can't be left to chance; it needs to be mediated. Skype, YouTube, and Facebook are the most popular social networking sites used in schools 2 Student Benefits: 1 Educator Benefits: 4 Parental Benefits: - Increase communication between teachers and students - Involvement in the classroom and the curriculum - Understanding class and teacher expectations - Transparency for schools and districts SourceS

Ordning på Driven. | Tankar om svenska Det kunde man väl aldrig tro, att jag skulle hålla på med script, insticksfiler och allt vad det heter. Nästan som att programmera ju ;) Det är ju så fint det här med #digiskol, det digitala skollyftet, att man kan få hjälp med i princip allt man undrar när det gäller våra digitala arenor. Under hösten fick ju vår 7:or sina egna datorer. Fantastiskt! Massor av nya möjligheter, men också mycket nytt att vänja sig vid. Men så! Om du tror att detta kan vara något för dig tycker jag att du ska gå med i Scriptarna på Facebook. Vad jag tycker är så bra är att om jag stöter på patrull när jag försöker lära mig detta nya sätt att sköta min Drive så är det bara att slänga en fråga till någon av herrarna som jag nämnt ovan via Twitter eller Facebook, eller fråga vem som helst i FB-gruppen eller på Twitter för den delen, så får jag hjälp nästan på momangen. Nu ser jag fram emot att prova på med mina klasser. /Hanna

26 Tips for Teaching with Google Apps This guide will teach you to be as tech-savvy as your students. It is meant to acquaint you with Google Apps’ major features and is loaded with best practices and lots of helpful, actionable tips to optimize your investment in Google Apps and improve your students’ learning experience. It’s appropriate for school IT admins, teachers, principals, and anyone else interested in learning more about Google Apps for education. Start implementing these tips today! Gmail Using Gmail, you can easily send messages to students & parents. Tip #1 – Use Google Translate to convert emails to & from non-English speaking parents or between your students and international pen pals *Google Translate is not a tool for learning another language, but can help cut the language barrier between people who speak different languages. Calendar Calendar helps keep track of events in an organized way and is accessible to anyone from the desktop or a mobile device. Docs Spreadsheets Presentations Hangouts Forms Sites Groups

Use Hello Sign to Add Your Signature to Google Drive Files Hello Sign is a free tool for digitally signing documents. I initially reviewed it back in August when I used it to sign documents on my iPad. Today, I learned that Hello Sign can now be used to digitally sign documents that are stored in your Google Drive account. To sign documents in your Google Drive account install the Hello Sign Chrome app then authorize Hello Sign on your Google Drive account. Applications for EducationIf you’re tired of printing documents generated during meetings with parents or colleagues just so that you can sign, scan, and resend them give Hello Sign a try. New to Interactive Whiteboards? Here's some help and advice Whether you’ve just returned to school to find Interactive Whiteboards have been installed over the Christmas break, or you have been using an IWB for years but never really got to grips with what it can do, here’s a summary of blogposts I’ve written in the past that hopefully will prove useful to you. Photo Credit : Library Cart by Sweetjessie General IWB Ideas Here are 8 ideas to keep it Simple when getting to grips with your interactive whiteboard. Stick to the basic tools and use them well. In addition here are some Lesson Starter Ideas which are simple to make, yet very effective. Also here’s a simple guide on the Creative use of colour in IWB files. For some ideas of websites to use on your IWB take a look at 20 Interactive Whiteboard Resources for Teachers and 10 More Cool Teaching Resources for Your Whiteboard. If you want to add more oomph to your presentations, check out Powerful Images to Give Lessons Punch and 12 Useful Image Search Tools. For those changing whiteboard brands.