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Using technology to help students show their thinking
THE Journal
Mark Hammons, the educational technology coordinator at the Fresno County Office of Education, is a trainer, speaker and former music teacher and percussion director. He devotes much of his professional time to coaching Fresno educators through hands-on learning sessions as well as sharing ideas at ed tech conferences. An Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, Hammons talks here about the many ways that technology can show what students are thinking.
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Favorite tech tools for social studies classes
MindShift
Educators are looking for ways to help students participate in a digital world, but the choices for digital engagement in the classroom can be overwhelming. Many teachers have little to no money to pay for premium versions of apps and are looking for quick and easy ways to determine how an app works. They must also consider why it might be useful for their teaching practice.
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Looking to the future of classroom tech
EdTech Magazine
Some educators are called to the classroom, but others are called to take on leadership roles on the national stage. Through his work as the state and district digital learning director for the policy and advocacy organization Alliance for Excellent Education, Tom Murray has testified before national legislators on educational technology issues. He also helps lead educational online awareness programs, such as Digital Learning Day and Future Ready.
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Coding in the classroom: 16 top resources
Edudemic
As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology. However, when students hurdle that obstacle and see the value of computer science — specifically coding — they gain a broadened perspective and the potential for a rewarding career in the tech field. The following resources will help you teach your students the basics of coding and will provide tips on how to keep kids interested as you go.
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Best of the best: Apple and Google educator programs
Edudemic
Can you imagine life without Google? How about without your iPad? Both Apple and Google products have become indispensable to many teachers. And both companies have designed programs for educators who want to make the best use of technology in their jobs. If you feel that you need more technological training, or if you want to take on a leadership role to help push your school into the modern, high-tech age, these programs might be for you. And they aren't limited to classroom teachers. Librarians often need to be the go-to source for information technology, and principals might want to stay a step ahead of what is happening in the classroom.
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Global market for education technology hardware grows, report shows
Education Week
The global market for educational technology hardware jumped by 16 percent over the past year, to nearly $15 billion, and is poised to climb by much more in the years ahead, according to a new analysis. That surge is being driven by demand for mobile personal computers, which account for 63 percent of the total educational spending on digital K-12 hardware, reports Futuresource Consulting, a United Kingdom-based research and analysis organization.
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Report outlines how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning
eSchool News
A new report has combined the recommendations and observations more than 100 educators who gathered last year to compare experiences, discuss common challenges and barriers, explore case studies and identify potential solutions and models that all must be addressed collectively to scale the implementation of personalized learning through technology. The educators gathered at the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning Summit hosted by the Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators.
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The future of education? Smart and personalized microschools
By: Archita Datta Majumdar
It didn't take too long for the intriguing nature of microschools to capture America's attention — especially the attention of parents who are disillusioned by the education system. Many are still facing the consequences of their own knowledge gap and don't want their children to face the same. In such a scenario, a school that promises students to be future-ready seems too good to be true. But AltSchool, a chain of technology-centric private schools in San Francisco, is actually making this a living reality.
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State lawmakers balance concerns on student-data privacy
Education Week
Building on last year's energetic debate in states over how best to protect student data, legislators have intensified efforts in 2015 to address the issue in statehouses. And this year, there's particularly prominent tension between privacy advocates concerned about loopholes through which data can be shared and used inappropriately, and the education technology providers who don't want restrictions on access to learning software and other services.
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Would tongue magnets be top of mind when listing education technology trends?
The Hechinger Report
Nichole Dobo, a contributor for The Hechinger Report, writes: "A conversation about education technology trends does not typically include the phrase 'tongue magnets.' But that's exactly what I heard about last week, during a webinar that offered a preview of an annual report that catalogues the promise and challenges presented by trends in digital learning. The full 2015 K-12 edition of the New Media Consortium Horizon report will be released in late June, during the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Philadelphia."
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