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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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Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Education Tablets: Look for More Than A Device

Most tablets can do what other tablets do, including getting students and teachers to the Internet, which is big for Google schools, especially with Google’s recent announcements to provide more in the way of education apps at their Play Store. But what can separate the right choice in tablets from the pack, today, is what comes with the tablet—out of the box—for the price of the tablet. I know that this may rub some educators … Read entire article »

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Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

Collaboration Is Such An Easy Word to Say

I’ve heard the word collaboration used a lot lately. But what does it really mean? Collaboration is more than sitting students in a group at a table, device, or large sheet of poster board with colored markers. That’s just grouping, and something educators have always done for everything from field trips to choosing sides for games. There’s nothing new there. Grouping Tosses students into collections of fours or fives by class-number division, separating kids out … Read entire article »

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Unfolding Technological Wings

Unfolding Technological Wings

“You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.” ~Ray Bradbury I keep wondering if floating ideas—then chasing those ideas down the runway—trying to strap the wings on—makes sense. We all look for those taking risks, not holding back, and launching something unique. In most cases there isn’t a risky leap, but more of an obvious release that usual fizzles out before soaring high. But when the actual leap is called Leap … Read entire article »

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Generations Connecting Naturally

Generations Connecting Naturally

Being in the right place at the right time—and recognizing it—is most often purely an accident. One such accident happened to me the other day, and I’m sure it happens to many—daily, too.  After years of bring your own device thinking and invention, there I was, like Ebenezer, unseen, experiencing what used to be Christmas future, but now Christmas present. On Christmas day, my 5-year old grandson was flicking through an iPad Mini app and talking … Read entire article »

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Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Beyond 3D: Active, Interactive Education

Digital games come closest to active and that’s why they’re successful on their own, and when tied to education outcomes. Arthur C. Clarke may have said it best, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I believe in Magic! Someone just asked me if I’d written anything about 3D. Well, yes, but not for some time. My thinking has sort of jumped lightyears from where it started with 3D. I began getting serious about 3D, … Read entire article »

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Future Informing Education Tech

Future Informing Education Tech

It isn’t about any one type of technology, but it is about how teaching needs to change in order to involve all students—and not just a few each class time—and outside. Even the best tech educators are missing students they could be involving. Dropping a whole bunch of technology, or the hottest device on the planet into the laps of teachers or kids isn’t necessarily a plan for success either. All that seems fairly obvious, … Read entire article »

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Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

Edgewood City Schools Go Android Tablet

1,000 students and 70 teachers at the Edgewood City Schools, Trenton, OH are using Acer’s Iconia A200 Android tablets for their tablet education program. With 25% of consumers choosing tablets, and with that number rising daily, it’s not surprising schools are looking at the Android route, too. The percentages of Android to Apple iPads used are amazingly close, as well, according to a Pew Research Project. It’s about 48% Android to 52% iPad. Those percentages … Read entire article »

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Education Purchases: Price of Success

Education Purchases: Price of Success

When I was a kid, Tony-the-Grocery-Man used to drive his truck to our house. He actually drove it to each house on the street. I looked forward to it. Going to a real store was a rare occurrence. I still remember the smell of fruit, vegetables, and cigar. That truck was packed with stuff, even when Tony upgraded to a larger van nothing but the amount of stuff he carried changed. I thought we’d see … Read entire article »

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Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

Dr. Chris Dede Talks Scaling EdTech

It was a pleasure catching up with Dr. Chris Dede, Harvard’s Timothy Wirth Professor of Learning Technology, in Washington, D.C. I had a chance to video interview him about wireless education philosophy and scaling education tech. He’s doing some great things with teachers, students, and augmented reality, so after you watch my talk with him, do some searching to find out more. He does offer a link for sharing in the video as well. Students … Read entire article »

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Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet: First Video Interview

The latest Dell Think Tank was at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I listened and tweeted throughout. Guests at the table included students, educators, higher education professionals, superintendents, tech marketplace professionals and even a tech reviewer… or two. The audience also included some recognizable advocates for education and education technology change. I have to admit that listening and tweeting takes about as much concentration and energy as participating in the conversation. Actually, I felt that I … 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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EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

EdTech Experiments: Kindergartners, iPads & Gorillas

The other day there was a short pitch to read a blog post that went something like this: What would happen if you put iPads into a kindergarten class? Instead of clicking to read, I thought about the image that created—tossing iPads into a classroom of kindergartners—sort of the way you’d toss toys into a cage at the zoo to see what the animals might do with them. Now, don’t get me wrong, kids aren’t … 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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Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

Dr. Robert Ballard’s 2000 Digital Chat with My Students

The following chat by Mr. Royal’s Science Students and Dr. Robert (Bob) Ballard took place June 9, 2000. The Students used iMacs in the Media Center to contact The Institute of Exploration, while other classrooms used projected computer images of the chat.  In this way, all classes were involved. Historians Alyssa and Jon archived the chat. The Dr. Robert Ballard Chat, June 9, 2000 Bob: Good Morning, everyone Devonna:(New Msg) Hi Dr. Ballard, this is my seventh grade science class … 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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Education Tweets Sprout

Education Tweets Sprout

Recently, someone asked me if I was creating all the content at my blog. I said, “Only the stuff you read there.” Do I have multiple personalities for different topics? If so, I’m hoping there’s a little Andy Rooney as well as a bit of Henny Youngman in my opinions. In a way, my mind is sort of made for the Twitter world, where short bursts of nonsense, or perceived brilliance last only 140 characters. … Read entire article »

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Education SoMoClo: Social Media, Mobile, & Cloud

Education SoMoClo: Social Media, Mobile, & Cloud

Recently, I had a meeting with corporate leaders at the Aberdeen Group, a company that conducts primary research studies. The discussion was about Social Media/Mobile/Cloud Computing technologies—SoMoClo™. In my opinion, it’s the next education IT movement. What they do best is “take a large community of like-minded individuals… bring them together at an educational event… where they have an opportunity to connect… to solve problems through technology,” says Andrew Borg, Senior Research Analyst at Aberdeen. … 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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BioBuilder Brings Biology Engineering to Class

BioBuilder Brings Biology Engineering to Class

As a former life science teacher, as well as an elementary classroom guppy farmer, I’m always interested in creative ways to teach science, as well as looking for more unique and experiential ways to fill STEM classrooms with eager, young scientists. I was fortunate enough to find one, while talking with Natalie Kuldell, Ph.D. at MIT. Kuldell is an instructor with the Department of Biological Engineering. Now, don’t let that MIT role scare you, Kuldell … Read entire article »

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TCEA

TCEA

This is the first year I won’t be attending TCEA, the Texas Computer Education Association conference, in Austin, TX. It has been my favorite conference since beginning my coverage of education and education tech gatherings. Texas teachers are part of the reason I love TCEA.  I discovered that teachers also come to Texas for the event from all over the U.S. One year, I flew in with about 20 or more educators from Maine, who … Read entire article »

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Create Simply Brilliant Digital Lessons

Create Simply Brilliant Digital Lessons

Every once in a while, I come across software that is so simple-stupid to use that it makes me appear brilliant. Camtasia by TechSmith is one such software. Many educators have been using it for years, as well as other screenshot-video makers out there to create how tos and digital lessons. But recently, I was reminded of how crazy-easy Camtasia is to use—for everyone—and not just the techno pilots in your schools and districts. Sorry, … Read entire article »

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