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End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll share three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. A note: The links won’t work until the articles publish! If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish.

Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

If you rely on product recommendations from your favorite shopping sites or engage with people on social media, you’re encountering AI. AI is largely developed by tech companies, but it’s role in other industries evolves on a daily basis.

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Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives

The CoolCatTeacher

So he’s done quite a few things with Chromebook implementation and Google Level 1 Certification for all of his teachers. Mike: We’ve started a weekly email to about 400 parents so far, where we’re covering topics like digital citizenship, security, filtering, social media — everything that really relates to how students should use technology today. I literally heard someone saying yesterday that most experts say that kids shouldn’t be on social media until they’re 18.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

Edsurge

We’ve largely succeeded—according to a recent Common Sense Media survey , eight out of 10 K-12 teachers have computing devices in their classrooms. Hyper-stimulating media pervades their worlds, social media culture makes them feel inadequate, and existential pressures of economic, community and environmental decline hover over their futures. Chromebooks and lower-cost Windows devices built on inroads the iPad made to eat Apple’s market share lunch.

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11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

The CoolCatTeacher

I have an InFocus Jboard, so my students use Lightcast Sender to transmit their screens to the board (it works with Chrome and Chromebooks to InFocus devices.) This is important because you probably don’t want to share all of those pictures and videos on social media. And not all parents are on social media. Chromebooks, Laptops and Tablets: Lids up or lids down. Set Up Social Media. See the article here.).

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

This article was modified and published by EdScoop. Her work in blended learning, student engagement, and social media has been featured by EdWeek, NBC News’s Education Nation, Instructor Magazine, Intel, ISTE, ASCD, Tech & Learning and the NEA. Given his background in cloud computing and passion for education, he moved to the Google for Education Team in 2012 and was one of the first Chromebooks for Education team members.

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Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry

EdTechTeam

Visited several local libraries and InfOhio : I tapped into these resources which gave me over 300 books, magazines, and articles at various reading and interest levels. While some studied robotics and social media, others dived into different learning disabilities and schools around the world. Some students wrote a grant to a local company for flexible seating while others wrote for a classroom grant funded by a PTA gift.

Media Literacy Resources for Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Media literacy is a way for us to better understand our world and have our say in it. It involves understanding how -- and why -- a media message is constructed as well as its impact on the world. Effective media literacy education also involves a strong focus on civic engagement and creation, connecting people with the tools to make their voices and perspectives heard. Jump down to a section Media Literacy Courses and Curricula. Creating Media and Media Production.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe. At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. The company has raised some $77.5 But raising venture capital can make a company’s prospects of sustainability worse.

The 2 Biggest Barriers To Learning in Modern Schools - Consideration 7

The Innovative Educator

Today, with Chromebooks, it is less expensive to give each child a device than it is to provide all the resources that device provides (i.e. Furthermore with companies like Neverware which can turn most any old device into a high-speed Chromebook, cost and tech support are no longer the barriers they once were. When we block social networks, can we be surprised when students don’t use them responsibly? That’s why articles like “ How to UnBlock YouTube ” are so popular.

The TeacherCast Ultimate Guide To Podcasting

TeacherCast

In 2010, I had the opportunity to listen to my first podcast while taking a trip with my wife and from that moment, my life and my career would forever take an amazing turn that has given me the opportunity to connect with thousands of educators and hundreds of companies and make a pretty nice life for my family in the process. In this article, you will learn about: Planning Your Podcast. Social Media. Welcome to the TeacherCast Ultimate Guide to Podcasting.

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

This leads to the “innovator’s dilemma,” described recently in The Economist as “the difficult choice an established company faces when it has to choose between holding onto an existing market by doing the same thing a bit better, or capturing new markets by embracing new technologies and adopting new business models.” ” The article goes on to point out some examples of this kind of dilemma, and how certain businesses responded.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 13 Edition)

Doug Levin

The Hechinger Report → In three years, no one will be able to explain why it was that colleges and universities continued to hand more than half of their tuition to companies marketing and supporting their online programs – the online program managers. Tagged on: April 2, 2017 School IT Leaders Share Strategies on Defending Against DDoS Attacks | EdTech Magazine → This article claims students are primarily responsible for denial of service attacks on schools.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. I remain skeptical that leasing low-cost Chromebooks represents a good deal for schools.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Independent : “13-year-old girl arrested after contacting clown on social media and asking him to kill her teacher.” It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. ” From the article: Zuckerberg revealed that he wants to ensure that education has a chance to flourish in VR. Investor Fred Wilson on “ Chromebooks in K–12.”

Protests, Unrest Bring Social Studies to the Forefront of the Classroom—and Boardroom

Edsurge

One of the first things students learn about in social studies class is the pilgrims, and how different people fled to a new land to start new lives. Especially challenging are those teaching social studies, history or civics, as they wrestle with the task of teaching these subjects in a critical way, while refraining from injecting personal opinions or persuasion. Civics and social studies are typically not subjects that attract attention—either from the media or investors.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. First Lady Melania Trump launched her “Be Best” campaign this week, encouraging people to be nicer on social media. The Office of Students and Young Consumers had actively and aggressively policed the student loan industry and monitored credit card companies and other financial institutions that serve – or target – college students and other young people.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Guardian : “ Toby Young quits New Schools Network , citing media pressure.” From the Google blog : “ Chromebook tablets for versatile learning.” ” Also via Wired : “Companies Are Cashing in on Reality TV for Tots.” ” Apple held one of its big media events this week, this one focused on education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Sandler is also the founder of the ed-tech company Nibletz. ” I’m putting this story here as it discusses VCs’ willingness to continue to invest in Mike Cagney , the former head of the student loan company SoFi. It’s probably better for them than stupid worksheets on their Chromebooks. The company: RIB Software SE.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.” “Harvard Management Company to Lay Off Half Its Staff,” The Harvard Crimson reports.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Frederick County Public Schools using social media in the classroom | Your4State.com → Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she's considering incorporating social media into the classroom. Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2017, just a week before Christmas, the New Media Consortium abruptly announced its immediate closure “because of apparent errors and omissions by its former Controller and Chief Financial Officer.” Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Lots of reporting on various court filings in the Trump University case, particularly those about the company’s “ playbooks ” detailing how former employees sold its course packages, targeting vulnerable populations. City native and rap superstar Fetty Wap released a music video last week for his latest single, ‘Wake Up,’ filmed at Eastside High School, according to social media posts by the rapper. The company has raised $10.35

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Liberty University students have criticized their school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr, and his media appearances supporting Trump. ” The answer, in part, is in this Buzzfeed article by Molly Hensley-Clancy : “ Native American Colleges Have Abandoned The Student Loan System.” The ruling, which referred to players as employees, found that they must be freely allowed to post on social media, discuss issues of their health and safety, and speak with the media.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Education Week : “ FCC Chair Moves to Block E-Rate Funds for Companies Deemed ‘Security Risk’ ” (State and Local) Education Politics. Via Inside Higher Ed : “The State Department is proposing to ask additional questions of visa applicants regarding their social media usage.” The 3D modeling company has raised $2.8

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