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Biggest EdTech Question: How?

Biggest EdTech Question: How?

I had a conversation with a young principal the other day. He has sixty staff, teaching K-5 level students, and he was looking for technology ideas. I had just written something about using apps in the classroom, and felt pretty good about the direction classroom technology was headed, so offered some ideas. I began with mobile devices… tablets… and talked about using them for not only going to the Internet, but for working text, images, … Read entire article »

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Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Toys “R” Us: R U Kidding?

Nope, looks like an Android 4.0 tablet will nestle alongside Buzz Lightyear and Woody at Toys “R” Us stores as well as online at http://www.toysrus.com/. All the specs and features for this Ice Cream Sandwich running Android device can be found on this Toys “R” Us page: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13044616. But where did it come from? Looks like a toy-making company, Techno Source http://www.technosourcehk.com/ may be responsible for the latest tablet, although I did see a company called … Read entire article »

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Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes: Learning Voice to Global Peace

Gavin Dykes, Education Fast Forward Fellow, talks about EFF, Peace One Day, and TakingITGlobal. The conversation covered EFF events and student debates, including From Learner Voice to Global Peace, EFF5: The Big Debate scheduled for July 10, 2012. It will be streamed live and also archived at http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en/professional-development/best-practice/education-fast-forward/. There will be student representative from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. If you’d … Read entire article »

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ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

ELMO Goes Light & HDMI Wireless

At ISTE12 ELMO (http://www.elmoglobal.com/) had an interesting booth, where a young lady, named Yuka, was beautifully dressed in traditional Japanese clothing with fan as accessory—when opened the fan broadcast the word ELMO. Their How to Tablet demonstration included teaching ideas and even some origami lessons. Each time I walked by the booth there was a packed audience. I told Matt Takekoshi, President of ELMO USA Corporation, that the clarity and brightness of the ELMO displays, … Read entire article »

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Challenging Tech Needed: APPly Now!

Challenging Tech Needed: APPly Now!

A little over a year ago, I remember sitting with some very intelligent people, suggesting that education publishing needed to not only get into the app marketplace, but develop ways to use apps more deeply than click offs on a screen, or as placeholders for a bunch of mismatched resources. Beyond the silence—eyes rolled back and glossed over. They just didn’t get it. Many education companies believe that being able to say that you have … Read entire article »

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Battery Life: Beyond the Gorilla Glass

Battery Life: Beyond the Gorilla Glass

I don’t care what device; battery life should be number 1 on your checklist. Great price means nothing if the device fades out fast. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play around with, and use different computing devices—anchored, laptop, and pocket. Today, there is still nothing worse than a crash, or a power loss due to a poor battery. It always seems to catch you in the midst of something you consider really import. … Read entire article »

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eBooks: Make Your Own!

eBooks: Make Your Own!

For some reason, I think that I have a lot to say. I know that education and tech content is in demand, so I, and everyone with a blog continue churning it out. Often I’ve looked back at what I’ve posted, and asked myself, “Wouldn’t all of this—together—be nice in a book?” It’s not an ego thing, it’s more looking at the ideas and thinking that they were really good—wonder how many looked—or noticed. All posts, … Read entire article »

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All My Teachers Have Tech, But No One Uses It!

All My Teachers Have Tech, But No One Uses It!

I absolutely hate hearing someone say, “We have technology equipment, but my teachers don’t use it!” It drives me down Crazy Street! There is absolutely no way that scenario should have been played in that way. Note that I didn’t say played to an ending like that. If teachers have tech and aren’t using it, the problem isn’t in the tech, and it’s not with the teachers, it’s with the engine that should be cheerleading … Read entire article »

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