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Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information Part 1 in the series Learning In the New Economy of Information By Shawn McCusker In the past 10 years, perhaps nothing has changed more than the relationship between teachers and the information being distributed in their classrooms. 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved. Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom. Social Learning

10 of the Most Engaging Uses of Instructional Technology (with Dozens of Resources and Tools) Are you looking for ways to integration technology in your lesson plans and courses that provide for an engaging experience for you and your students? Fans of instructional technology know that it can be fun and inviting, and engaged students are far more likely to be learning. I believe that if you can get students involved and motivated effectively enough, you can improve their learning habits over the long term. With that in mind, here are 10 highly engaging uses of technology in the classroom, along with dozens of tools and resources for implementation. Most of these involve free web based tools, so that’s an added bonus!

ConnectEDucators: Leveraging Technology in the Classroom “Technology is not a silver bullet. It’s only as good as the teachers … using it as one more tool to help inspire, and teach, and work through problems.” — President Barack Obama, February 4, 2014 Product Reviews for Teachers Website Review Teacher Rating: Not Yet Rated Kid conservationist's paradise with great images, vids, animals galore 50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out - Getting Smart by Guest Author - “50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out” by Julie DeNeen first appeared on the informED blog. Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you.

Crafting a successful BYOD policy By Michael Shoaf and Dianna R. Foley Read more by Contributor October 15th, 2013 The school district purchased technology equipment that can be used daily and/or checked out for extended periods of time by students. District leadership also knows and appreciates that students own, and often prefer to use, personal computers and devices for their educational experience. The Rocky River Schools embraced this notion and developed a plan, including a policy, to welcome student technology into the schools as a complement to existing district resources. Thus the BYOD initiative commenced.

In the U.S., 21st Century Skills Linked to Work Success WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Young U.S. adults who say they "often" developed 21st century skills -- such as real-world problem-solving and global awareness -- in their last year of school are more likely to self-report higher work quality. Gallup, in collaboration with Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Pearson Foundation, developed a 21st century skills index measuring seven specific areas: collaboration, knowledge construction, skilled communication, global awareness, self-regulation, real-world problem-solving, and technology used in learning. According to the study, 21st century skills prepare and equip youth for the challenges and demands of work in today's knowledge-based, technology-driven, globalized environment.

Edutech for Teachers » Digital Citizenship October21 Whether it’s a profile update, tweet, post, file download or YouTube video, our students are confronted every day with making important decisions related to social media and other digital networks. The question is—which choice will they make?

Mobile Learning Explained Visually May 4, 2014 The graphic below provides a good mapping of the mobile learning landscape. It features some interesting stats and digital habits that make out of the on the go learning a powerful learning brand that is expected to reign in the near future. While I find this visual very interesting , I do have one concern related to the concept of digital natives used in the first section. Several people think of digital natives as kids who are born into this digital world and possess some amazing digital skills acquired through their overuse of digital media. Part of this is true but there is another part that we need to know: In a section in her wonderful book "Understanding The Social Lives of Networked Teens" Danah Boyd talked extensively about the concept of digital natives and argued that this nomenclature does not really capture the essence of what a digitally savvy teenager really means.

21st Century Skills and the Workplace A study released by Gallup, Microsoft Partners in Learning, and the Pearson Foundation confirms the value of real world problem-solving and 21st century skills development for young people entering college and careers. The study, 21st Century Skills and the Workplace, also sheds further light on the responsibilities of educators—and parents—including the importance of listening to and engaging today’s kids around issues and topics they care most about. (Usual disclaimer, the Pearson Foundation publishes LEARNING STARTS.) The April 2013 survey of more than a thousand young people aged 18-35, including students and those who are employed, examined where people were most likely to gain career-related skills, and how learning connected to real world problem-solving and 21st century skills influences work quality later in life. According to the study, “student self-worth, engaged learning, and a sense of purpose are critical components for student success.”

8thSC - 2014 Tech Conference 2014 Etech Presentation - Teach with Technology! Not teach technology!by: Joe Bedingfield @mrbscjh -, Sue Sparks Actual Presentation: 2014 Etech Presentation - Teach with Technology! Not teach technology! Superintendent John E. Deasy Kicks Off LAUSD's Digital Citizenship Week Today is the first day of the Los Angeles Unified School District's inaugural Digital Citizenship Week. Starting today and running through Friday, March 21, all 650,000 students in K-12 classrooms throughout the district are being taught skills to engage safely and responsibly in the vast digital world. The lessons are provided to teachers, parents, and students from Common Sense Media's Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum.