EdTech

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Teachers colleges struggle to blend technology into teacher training – The Hechinger Report

Posted on: September 2nd, 2015 by bplants

MUNCIE, Ind. — On a typical day in Corey Gilman’s second-grade class, students view and listen to books on a Smart Board, following the text in their hardcover readers; they collaborate in small groups named for colors; and take turns using an iPod to listen to a reading of books they wrote by hand and […]

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How Do We Stop Illiterate Educators? | My Island View

Posted on: September 1st, 2015 by bplants

We are now better than fifteen years into the 21st Century and educators are still discussing what role technology plays in education. The fact of the matter is no matter what educators, who are mostly products of a 20th Century education, think, our students today will need to be digitally literate in their world in […]

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Educational Technology Guy: Some app substitutions for iPad apps to use on a Chromebook

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by bplants

Many “apps” made for iOS and Android aren’t meant to be used as apps on a Chromebook, anymore than they would be on a Mac or Windows device. You can just use the website. Others have web apps and/or extensions. A list follows: Source: Educational Technology Guy: Some app substitutions for iPad apps to use […]

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Synergyse Newsletter: Redesigned Classroom, Mobile Upgrades, and Google Projects – bplants@gmail.com – Gmail

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by bplants

The ability to be productive with Google Apps on a mobile device just keeps getting better. This week, the mobile apps for Google Docs and Google Sheets both received updates that will be welcome features to both the person working on the go as well as to schools that utilize tablets rather than Chromebooks or […]

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Schools boost broadband to meet demand | District Administration Magazine

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by bplants

There’s good news for district leaders in the ongoing battle to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.One-gigabit networks are coming to more areas, the cost of service per megabit is decreasing, and funding through E-rate and other sources is increasing. Source: Schools boost broadband to meet demand | District Administration Magazine

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Hangouts on Air: Connecting Teachers With Content Experts | Edutopia

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by bplants

It’s hard to believe that the Google Hangouts (GHOs) feature has only been around since May of 2013! For many innovative K-12 and higher education teachers, GHOs have become a tool that we can’t live without. They allow us to connect with others around the world for impromptu meetings, live podcasts, global edcamps, and school-wide […]

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The problem with the SAMR model | eSchool News | eSchool News

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by bplants

Lately, I have noticed a lot of talk about the SAMR model of technology integration. For those unfamiliar, SAMR is a framework for evaluating the level at which a given technology has had an impact on teaching and learning. The acronym stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition. It was designed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to […]

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Educational Technology Guy: SmallPDF – free, online PDF Tools – compress, convert, split and more

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by bplants

PDFs are one of the most popular document formats, mainly because you can view them easily on any device. Sometimes you need to modify them or convert them to other formats depending on your usage. SmallPDF is a free, online service that gives you the ability to compress, convert, split, merge, modify, (and more) PDF files. […]

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology | Edutopia

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015 by bplants

What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity — as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word “formative” should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the […]

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by bplants

Over the last month, basically since I published this post, I have received a bunch of emails from teachers asking about ways to publish their audio recordings/ podcasts. Here are the methods and platforms that I’ve been recommending.Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People […]

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