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ITM 37: Hacks for the Paperless Classroom

By: inifinitethinking

IF you watch this, THEN you will learn how to hack your paperless classroom with these amazing tools! Featuring another installment of “Even Ramsey Can Learn It!”, this episode explores EDU-awesome tweaks for streamlining teaching and learning at your school by mixing and matching your favorite web services.


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Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education: iPad, Tablet, Computer, Listening Centers

By: amplivoxsound

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While there are some nay-sayers who bring up some negative effects of technology on education in the classrooms, mainly budgetary reasons, using new technologies is the future of the education system.
The following reasons should silence the nay-sayer and help them heed the wisdom from Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach,
“Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced by those who do.”.

Teachers are finding that using different classroom technologies like tablet computers, digital video, iPods, and video games are great tools for helping students learn.

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1. Students love it. Students love using new technologies in the classroom. Whether it be the “cool” factor or just a genuine interest in new technology, it allows teachers to vary activities of the day and engage students. There is no commandment for education that says,
Students spend hours using technology like computers and television when they get home from school–why not engage them through their favorite mediums?
2. It engages the Four Key Components to Learning. Click on the link to read how technology in education (specifically the iPod School Listening Center) engages the 4 key components to learning.
3. Professional Development. Using new technologies allow students to learn another skill set that will help them in the marketplace. How many jobs need basic computing skills let alone advanced computing skills? Any time a teacher can encourage students to learn through technology, they kill two birds with one stone.
The tech industry is only getting bigger–encourage your students to know and understand technology so they can be the tech leaders of the future!
With the power of the internet, knowing how to use a simple piece of technology can turn an aspiring singer into Justin Bieber (whose mom uploaded videos of him singing which led to his fame) and a hilarious prankster into YouTube Star EdBassmaster, who recently used an AmpliVox Sound Cruiser PA System in a video (that is approaching 1,000,000 views!). EdBassMaster “Look at This” Video with Sound Cruiser
4. Makes Life Easier for Teachers. Teachers have to juggle a variety of tasks outside of teaching including planning lessons, grading, meeting with parents, and some administrative work. Why not help yourself out and put objective tests online so that students can instantly see their grades instead of spending valuable time grading?

5. It Improves Test Scores. A benefit of engaging students through technology and media is allowing them to work at their own pace and not be held back by students who learn at a slower rate. This can allow gifted students to progress several grades ahead of their peers over the course of a year. Another proof of improved test scores comes from reaching different learning styles through the use of technology. The use of electronic drilling in education can help students learn quickly and provide incentives like games for them to keep progressing. Nobody does this better than Khan Academy.
6. Helps Students with Low Attention Spans. Students with ADD or ADHD can be aided through the use of technology by mixing up the learning process with different methods and through providing them engaging activities to keep their interest. Technology is a favorite among teachers who teach in ESL classrooms or special education settings.
Even the best teachers can have their moments or topics when they are like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or Charlie Brown’s Teacher in the eyes of their students. Using technology keeps students awake and their attention level high. How hard is it for you to fall asleep while on the internet compared to hearing a lecture?
7. Learn from the Experts. With the an increasing amount of free resources available on the internet, you can engage your students with content from the smartest and best teachers in the world

AmpliVox Sound Systems manufactures and sells portable sound systems along with lecterns and podiums with built-in sound systems that are perfect for classrooms. The Pinnacle Multimedia Lectern and iPod Portable PA System are great products for school settings that have a variety of uses both indoor and outdoors.

This video applies for kindergarten, pre kindergarten, elementary school (first, second, third, fourth, fifth grades), junior high or middle school, high school and at the college/university level. These tips are great for reading help, grammar, math, science, nursing, computers, classroom management

Special thanks to all those people who had videos under the “Creative Commons” License that allowed us to use short clips of their video.

A Vision of Students Today

By: mwesch

a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

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Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. So you are welcome to download it, share it, even change it, just as long as you give me some credit and you don’t sell it or use it to sell anything.

Fall CUE Round Up, pt. 2 – Resources and Tools

In part 1 we looked at highlights and trends from the Fall CUE Conference that took place in American Canyon, California.  Today, I want to share some of the best resources and tools that I took away from the sessions that I attended. All links open in a new window.

World Wide Literacy: Searching and Curation of Content
Kyle Brumbaugh 

Summary: Teachers are not the sole source of information in a day and age where information is readily available from a smartphone. What educators should be doing is embracing the new literacy: digital curation of content. The Internet illustrates that there is an extreme difference in the idea of “knowing that” versus “knowing how”: just because it is on the Internet does not make it fact or truth. Sites like Wikipedia can assist in being a starting point via citations and Google Advanced Search tools can help locate very specific information. Additional tools can help educators and students evaluate a webpage for accuracy and scholarly appropriateness.

Research and Best Practices to Engage the Online Learner
Patricia Dickenson 

Summary: Research supports the notion that online learners outperform face-to-face learners. But this is only possible through effective engagement, understanding that engagement is malleable and not fixed, completely dependent on the classroom context. Engagement is measured by emotional, behavioral, and cognitive. Using readily available Web 2.0 tools in the place of analog assignments is one way to foster this engagement: blogging instead of reflective journals for example. It is recommended to model these tools that you want students to use and to give detailed and “hard” feedback at the beginning of the term and then ease up in order to set expectations high.

Google Lit Trips v.2 New Destinations and New Opportunities
Jerome Burg 

Google Lit Trips is a very cool tool that supplements literature. Using Google Earth, students can trace the journeys of famous characters from literature in order to learn more about locations using relevant media. Download Google Earth to your computer or to your Android or iOS device and then download the custom files to your device and begin to enjoy!

Online Learning with SFMOMA ArtThink: Visual Arts, Social Studies and Language Arts
Esther Kligman-Frey

Blending iPad and Desktop Apps for Storytelling, Video, and Photography
Thom Dunks 

AppleTV and iPads replace your IWB, Doc Cam, and Wireless Tablet
Jon Corippo

Many educators are used to do-it-yourself solutions and so getting an Apple TV/iPad solution in the classroom is a fairly attainable endeavor. It should be noted that every district/institution has its own set of technology policies so be sure to consult with your IT team before purchasing anything. But there are a lot tools out there to make the connection simple, practical, and affordable.

Great eLearning vs. Online Road Kill: How Can You Tell the Difference?
Brian Bridges

I wrote at length about online learning in part 1, but suffice to say, it is here and there is a right way and a wrong way of doing it. The second Presenter Resources (Links) below contains a wealth of additional links, resources, articles, and studies.

Technology Tools for Learning Mathematics
Patricia Dickenson