Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 2

January 28, 2015

Last week we looked at the first four qualities that Tom Whitby and I layout in our book The Relevant Educator and believe all Relevant, Connected educators posses.

Just to recap:

Practices and Models Lifelong Learning-For educators, learning should never stop.

Believes in Sharing and Collaboration-Alone we are smart but together we are brilliant. Sharing, reflecting and collaborating together is an imperative.

Willing To Explore, Question, Elaborate and Advance Ideas Through Connections With Other Educators-We should always be striving to have our thinking pushed and have healthy debates about what works and doesn’t in education.

Views Failure As Part Of The Learning Process-Failure is part of our future. We need to embrace it so we can learn from it.

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 1

January 28, 2015

When Tom Whitby and I set out to write The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning we wanted to provide a manual for any educator who had a desire to improve their practice, as many have already done, by utilizing social media and other tools. We both had experienced tremendous growth in our professional and personal lives and we wanted to share how we got there with others.Being a Relevant, Connected Educator is something, we believe, should be embraced by all educators everywhere. Today, with so much access to information, the way that learning is done is drastically different than it was just a handful of years ago. Professional development in many schools and districts has trouble keeping up with the latest pedagogical trends and some leaders refuse to embrace these methods as viable.

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An EdTech Primer: Technology Use, Benefits, And Online Safety Tips

January 27, 2015

Today, many parents can pinpoint one significant difference between their child’s education and our own–technology.Granted, we overhear complaints about Common Core or standardized tests, but the major difference is the influx of technology in education–the internet, computers, apps, and social media. The chalkboards and film projectors, which were the height of technological advancement back in our day, are now obsolete and tucked away in the storage room collecting dust.

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The Challenges of Digital Leadership

January 26, 2015

​As founding director of CASTLE (the Center for the Advanced Study of Tech­nology Leadership in Education), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school leaders, I have had the good fortune to work with administrators all over the world on digital leadership issues. Because digital devices and online environments can simultaneously be transformatively empowering and maddeningly disruptive, the work of integrating digital learning tools into schools is usually difficult and complex. Common challenges arise, however, and can be thoughtfully addressed by proactive leadership.

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Educational Technology Guy: Free to use – 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images, and 100s of audio files

January 22, 2015

The new Public Domain Project is offering free film clips, images and audio files for anyone to use. It will have “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.”

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Khan Academy Releases New iPad App, With $2.25M From AT&T | EdSurge News

January 21, 2015

TRIBUTE TO THE KHAN: AT&T announced a $2.25 million grant to Khan Academy, the majority of which went to support a new iPad app that the nonprofit released today. The app boasts over 150,000 interactive exercises, handwriting recognition and an engine that recommends content based on a learner’s skill level.

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Synergyse Blog: New Features in Google Classroom!

January 21, 2015

When Google rolled out its solution for disseminating and collecting student digital work, Google Classroom, it was with the understanding that they were going to move slow and keep it simple. This was so that the least technological among us would feel comfortable using the product. If it was too robust, teachers might be intimidated and never give it a try.

So, when Google makes some additions to Classroom, we all need to take notice!

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Educational Technology Guy: Vernier releases free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks

January 21, 2015

Vernier, makers of very popular sensors and data collection systems, have just released their free Graphical Analysis app for Chromebooks. This addresses a huge need for schools using Chromebooks, and one obstacle that kept some schools from adopting Chromebooks.

This app was specifically designed for Chromebooks and allows you to collect and share scientific data using Chromebooks. Students connect to LabQuest2 interface equipment wirelessly to collect data from Vernier sensors. The app can then be used to create graphs, create annotations, and perform analysis with statistics. Graphs and data can then be exported into Google Drive. More updates, including the ability to connect sensors directly to a Chromebook’s USB port, are coming

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Part 1… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites | 21 st Century Educational Technology and Learning

January 21, 2015

As you might know I am active and write about PBL, Tech Integration, 21st Century Classroom Transformation, but I also have always enjoyed work in the STEM (STEAM) areas! Since I have spent a lot of time researching STEM resources for workshops, I thought I would share some of what I have found over the past year with you!

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Educational Technology Guy: List of 50 Free Android Apps Being Used in Education Right Now

January 21, 2015

I’m an Android user and my district uses Google Apps, Chromebooks, and Android tablets, so I’m always looking for great apps for Android.

I had bookmarked this site a while back and just found it again.

Edudemic has a great list of 50 Free Android Apps Being Used in Education Right Now.

The list is categorized by age/grade level, and type of app.

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