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New program prepares educators for blended learning | eSchool News

Many brick-and-mortar schools want to incorporate more online instruction—but how should teachers prepare for the newly popular blended classroom? An update to a national certification program for educators promises to help them teach in a blended learning environment.

via New program prepares educators for blended learning | eSchool News.

Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch

More schools are embracing what was once considered a disruptive force in the classroom: cellphones.

Districts have relaxed their rules, allowing students to plug into their phones, iPods and other electronic devices during lunch, recess or class time when permitted by a teacher.

via Schools no longer are no-cellphone zones | The Columbus Dispatch.

Education Week: Q&A: Quest for ‘Digital Wisdom’ Hinges on Brains and Machines

Marc Prensky has written a number of books about the integration of technology and education. In his latest, Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, he argues that technology can be used to enhance the human brain and improve the way people process information.

 

via Education Week: Q&A: Quest for ‘Digital Wisdom’ Hinges on Brains and Machines.

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads And How To Correct Them

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.

via 5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads And How To Correct Them.

5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have

This is an excerpt from a larger article all about the real world ways teachers can use the technology they already have in their classroom to have a high-tech learning environment. 

via 5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have.

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking — THE Journal

Experts maintain that regular opportunities to engage in activities requiring use of higher order thinking skills can significantly improve student achievement as measured on standardized tests. My own experience as a classroom teacher, site administrator, and professional development provider supports this assertion.

via 5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking — THE Journal.

iPad Design Guide

An iPad is the perfect device for learners to access online courses and content. Your job, as a Lectora content developer, is to ensure that the content you publish can provide the same or better interaction and overall learning experience when accessed from an iPad, as the learner would encounter from a traditional computer or laptop.

iPad Design Guide.

Thinking Tools – Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet. | Diigo

THE WEBS BEST COLLECTION OF THINKING TOOLS

Thinking Tools – Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet. | Diigo.

iOS 6 update bonuses for education ( not for tech heads)

iOS 6 has finally arrived and all the tech press will be ranting and raving about Siri improvements, Passbook, Apple’s new maps and whatever Android has that Apple hasn’t done yet. I’m more interested in improvements that have gone largely unnoticed that mean a better experience in a school environment, especially one like mine where we are using iPads in a shared device situation.

iOS 6 update bonuses for education ( not for tech heads).

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World.

iPads are making waves in education all over the nation, even in college classrooms, where they’re replacing laptops, textbooks, and notebooks. Some colleges have even gone so far as to hand out iPads to new students, helping students and faculty all work with the same technology for learning.

This year, the iPad is still going strong and schools are continuing to innovate new ways to use the tablets in class and around campus. Here we share just a few of the coolest ways iPads are making waves in higher ed this year, from helping teams play better to ensuring students never forget their notes.