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Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom

The proper place of social media in the classroom remains a mystery to most people, with Wikipedia standing as the biggest, baddest new media nemesis of them all.

Wikipedia remains misunderstood because many educators have yet to recognize the distinction between Wikipedia as a tool for teaching and Wikipedia as a tool for research. Unfortunately, fear of the latter has blinded most to the possibilities of the former. I believe Wikipedia to be an effective tool for both.

Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom.

How An Amsterdam School Uses Facebook Timeline In History Classes

Facebook, despite its massive size, is one of the least talked about social media tools in the education technology world. But a high school class in Amsterdam has started using it for educational purposes and you can check out the hard work they’ve done!

How An Amsterdam School Uses Facebook Timeline In History Classes.

Strong School Leaders Key to Solving Digital Age Education Challenges – Transforming Learning – Education Week

School leaders recognize this better than anyone. As they face escalating demands for accountability, the rise in mobile-learning technologies, shrinking resources, implementation of Common Core Standards, the balancing of instruction and assessment — the list is seemingly endless — leaders are grappling with identifying pragmatic solutions to these digital age dilemmas.

Strong School Leaders Key to Solving Digital Age Education Challenges – Transforming Learning – Education Week.

Stages for Technology Learning Environments

This site is meant to provide some guiding questions, examples, timelines, and shared experiences of districts who have found success in implementing a 1:1 learning environment. Successful implementation relies on planning, preparation, implementation, professional development, and ongoing evaluation & adjustments.

Stages for Technology Learning Environments.

The iPad goes back to school | Macworld

When Dr. Martin Ringle introduced the then-new iPad to Oregon’s Reed College in the fall of 2010, he was more than a little cautious. After all, he had seen educational-technology trends come and go—he even had an oldApple Newton gathering dust in a drawer somewhere.

The iPad goes back to school | Macworld.

The 50 Best Free Educational Apps from Google Play – OnlineDegrees.org

Don’t look now, iPhone Kool-Aid drinkers, but Androids are taking over. iTunes had a good run, but now is the time of Google Play, Android’s home for more than 600,000 apps. To help ease the transition back to school, we’ve combed through the pile to find the best educational choices, for everyone from Mother’s Day Out attendees to college seniors, to rock on a Galaxy, Nexus, or Droid.

The 50 Best Free Educational Apps from Google Play – OnlineDegrees.org.

15 Free Learning Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet – Online College Search – Your Accredited Online Degree Directory

It can be hard to keep up with the ever-growing list of free educational sites out there, much less distinguish which ones will best meet your needs and help you learn skills you really need without shelling out big bucks. New sites are always being launched and even those that have been on the scene for a while sometimes don’t garner enough attention to make it onto your radar, often getting overshadowed by more high-profile sites. As a result, even those who are in the ed tech loop can miss out on some seriously helpful free learning sites. Here we highlight just a few of these under-the-radar free learning sites, that run the gamut from providing full degree programs to simple job-skill training tools, offering a little something for every kind of learner.

 

15 Free Learning Sites You Haven’t Heard of Yet – Online College Search – Your Accredited Online Degree Directory.

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse

This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.

 

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse.

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia

Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup | Edutopia.

From smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers, today’s students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips. Here’s a look at some mobile learning resources from Edutopia and around the Web.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning

E-learning and m-learning have become extremely important buzz words of the education technology revolution; each characterising a whole raft of ideas and resources for the tech-savvy teacher. But the two terms are not always used correctly, with some confusion about the differences between them and where they overlap. And in more complex terms, thinking about the differences between e-learning and m-learning can be particularly useful for teachers who use technology in the classroom, as it can help them to pick out which techniques are best for which education scenario.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning.