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Silicon Valley, from 'heart’s delight' to toxic wasteland There was a time when California’s Santa Clara Valley, bucolic home to orchards and vineyards, was known as “the valley of heart’s delight.” The same area was later dubbed “Silicon Valley,” shorthand for the high-tech combination of creativity, capital and California cool. However, a backlash is now well underway – even from the loyal gadget-reviewing press. Silicon Valley increasingly conjures something very different: exploitation, excess, and elitist detachment. What Makes a Successful Online Student? – ION Professional eLearning Programs - University of Illinois Springfield - UIS Like the facilitator, the online student possesses unique qualities. The online students of today consist primarily of working people who are trying to better their opportunities. This however is changing, as more and more young and older people become aware of the online model. The traditional school will never go away, but the virtual classroom is a significant player in today’s educational community.

Managing iPad Videos in Schools- Visual Guide for Teachers July 24, 2014 "Managing iPad YouTube in Schools" is a visual guide created by iPadWells from iPad4Schools. In this guide iPadWells walks teachers through the process they use in their school to create, share and teach using videos. YouTube is the principal video hosting used in this guide. That being said, it does not mean that the guide is not relevant for your teaching situation even if YuTube is banned in your school. You can still benefit from the tips and ideas provided by iPadWells on how to create enhanced videos using a wide variety of apps and share them with students who can access them at home. Computers Made of Genetic Material Will Revolutionize Our World Gold and DNA Nanostructures made using DNA origami are fascinating. The ability to use DNA as a construction material, capable of holding scaffolds of molecules and atoms was one huge step in developing modern nanostrutures. Most recent of these developments are gold-plated nanowires constructed by scientists from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and from Paderborn University, which independently assembled themselves from single DNA strands, as published in the journal Langmuir. These nanowires, due to their gold-plating, were able to conduct electricity. “Our measurements have shown that an electrical current is conducted through these tiny wires,” explains Artur Erbe of the Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research.

Want to Succeed in an Online Class? Consider These 7 Tips - Peterson's Online college courses are great for all types of students. Whether you are a traditional student going full-time or a non-traditional students taking course part-time while you work, online classes offer flexibility to complete your degree. Keep in mind, however, that online classes as just as hard, if not harder, than if you were taking it on campus.

What on earth is blended learning? Learning Published on July 24th, 2014 | by Mark Anderson 5inShare I was asked recently, ‘what on earth is blended learning’? Profit, not free speech, governs media companies' decisions on controversy For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his InfoWars platform follow this same pattern. My research on media industries makes clear that government rules and regulations do little to limit what television shows, films, music albums, video games and social media content are available to the public.

How Schools Can Manage Official Social Media Accounts and Protect Student Privacy With many schools boasting large and active communities, it’s unsurprising that social media has become a popular tool in education. Social media platforms offer an engaging way to share information and connect students, parents, and teachers. A Facebook page or Twitter account makes it easy to inform everyone that school has been closed because of snow, remind parents of important upcoming events, or simply celebrate the latest team win. But it doesn’t end there. Mac Setup: The Mac Mini Workstation of a Music Composer It’s time for another featured Mac setup! This week we’re sharing the workstation of James C., a professional music composer who uses a Mac Mini with an iPad to produce tracks and music scores for everything from commercials to video games. Let’s learn a bit more: Tell us a bit about what you do, and why did you go with this particular Mac setup? I am a composer of library music, and the owner of Fuzzy Beard Productions.

Don't be evil "Don't be evil" was a motto used within Google's corporate code of conduct. Following Google's corporate restructuring under the conglomerate Alphabet Inc. in October 2015, Alphabet took "Do the right thing" as its motto, also forming the opening of its corporate code of conduct.[1][2][3][4][5] The original motto was retained in Google's code of conduct, now a subsidiary of Alphabet. In April 2018, the motto was removed from the code of conduct's preface and retained in its last sentence.[6] Digital Technologies Hub Whether you are an experienced maths or computer science teacher or not, we all need to look at our own practice critically to ensure that we have the technological (T), pedagogical (P) and content knowledge (CK) necessary to design great learning for our learners’ needs. The TPCK model is a simple way to think about this. As teachers, it is important to be able to reflect on our own practice as learners. The greatest gift we can give the learners in our classes is the understanding that learning is a continual process and to model what it means to be a great learner. Throughout the Hub, you will find examples of pedagogical practice, Digital Curriculum content knowledge and references to the use of technology. Once you have completed this self-assessment, you can approach improving your TPaCK level by exploring some of the exemplars to see technology, pedagogy and content knowledge in situ.

Trust, Equity, and Student-Centered Learning With Fourth-Graders Tom Woodward/Flickr School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for classroom devices. We will examine how three different teachers in three completely different communities — urban, rural, and immigrant — are dealing with BYOD issues, including trust, equity, and what happens when teachers try to put student-centered learning in the hands of students who’ve never experienced it. The advantage of BYOD has always been flexibility — educators don’t have to wait until a school board approves funds for mobile technology, rolls out a policy and implements a training program. Instead, teachers began experimenting with technology to engage learners and allow them to have more ownership over their learning. Using student-owned devices has the added benefit of helping students to see their phones as learning tools that can be used for research at home.

Why the very idea of ‘screen time’ is muddled and misguided The idea of “screen time” causes arguments – but not just between children and their anxious parents. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, recently compared overuse of social media to junk food and urged parents to regulate screen time using her “Digital 5 A Day” campaign. This prompted the former director of Britain’s electronic surveillance agency, GCHQ, to respond by telling parents to increase screen time for children so they can gain skills to “save the country”, since the UK is “desperately” short of engineers and computer scientists.

A Guide for Bringing the SAMR Model to iPads When used effectively, iPads can develop thinkers and problem solvers. They can be used to transform learning inside and outside of the classroom, and offer limitless opportunities. Many educators are effectively integrating technology in the classroom using iPads to achieve the 4C’s, or “super skills,” that digital learners need to compete in our global society. But in order to do that, the focus has to shift from apps to content: that’s when true redefinition takes place. When my district rolled out our iPad initiative in 2012, teachers thought they needed specific apps for every content area.