Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Tablets are great for watching videos, reading books and articles, taking pictures, or playing interactive educational games, but they falter when it comes to typing up essays or preparing other documents.

6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces #intelEdu2in1


6 Reasons the Intel 2 in 1 is the Perfect Fit for Effectively Designed Blended Learning Spaces As a current classroom teacher, I can attest to the importance of smart classroom design along with finding resources that support what happens within your space. Today’s classrooms are increasing in size, and there is an increasing need to personalize instruction for the special needs of all learners along with meeting the learning styles of the entire class.


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Inspire Learning Beyond Your Classroom Walls by Setting Up a Virtual Learning Community

Teacher Reboot Camp

More important than the learning that transpires in our classrooms is the learning we inspire beyond our classroom walls. One way to motivate students to continue using the knowledge acquired in our classes is to set up a virtual learning community. The free web tools below help teachers create a safe online class where students can access learning materials, post their work, and comment on the works of others. Free Virtual Learning Environments.

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20 Ways to Have a Summer That Matters

The CoolCatTeacher

So, I’ve collected twenty of the best ways to make this summer one of learning. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. Now that we have screentime reported to us on many phones, track it and work to spend less time looking at your mobile device. Learn Something New Ernest Hemingway says “We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”

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How—and Why—We Can Improve the Future of Mobile Learning


When Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) were first introduced, people quickly realized these platforms could help students learn more effectively at their own pace on their own schedule. This development, combined with tremendous growth in mobile device usage due to improved technology, naturally led to a shift in mobile learning patterns. Despite this promising beginning, the role of mobile devices in the classroom and in education overall is still rather limited.

Video communication apps and mobile learning

Nik Peachey

One of the great things about mobile devices such as tablets, iPads and phones is that most modern devices have good quality cameras and microphones built in. Mailvu also provides mobile apps for iOS, Android an Blackberry. By this I mean that students can upload or record a video on their mobile device and then add a video commentary over the top explaining or commenting on what they see in the original video.

The economics of educational nonconsumption in the developing world

The Christensen Institute

To help address this resource-constraint problem, the Rumie Initiative has developed an educational tablet. This low-cost tablet offers at least three advantages relative to textbooks. Secondly, updating the online content on a tablet via monthly synchronization with the cloud is much cheaper and easier than purchasing updated versions of textbooks. The Rumie tablet doesn’t have near the functionality of an iPad.

iPads keep students connected, even on snow days

eSchool News

If you have power and Internet, there’s really nothing that can stop learning from happening,” she said. Using technology to expand the learning environment is one of the most talked about subjects among educators in West Virginia and across the country. Devices like iPads or Android-based tablets have become must-haves in many districts as school officials look to create “anytime-anywhere” learning environments not restricted by the four walls of a traditional classroom.

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This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System). I prefer to call the ones that have evolved Online Learning Environments (OLEs).

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5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Would that have helped you to develop a true feel for what you were learning? Now imagine your students creating a virtual world for others to experience in order to make their learning visible? You might think it is out of reach financially or it is too difficult to learn. VR AR Viewing and Creation: Chromebook, Desktop, Tablet, Mobile Device.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged


The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Shake Up Learning

The post 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google has been working to bridge the gap between the tablet and laptop by allowing us to use Android apps on a Chromebook. However, mobile apps often offer us a few more ways to interact with information, as well as tap into some creation tools that don’t work the same on an old school Chromebook. Click here to learn how this works in the mobile app.).

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. This year, nearly half of teachers (47 percent) said their students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms. Among high school students, 58 percent said they now use their own mobile device at school to support learning activities.

10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I had the privilege of attending the Google Geo Institute ( #CAGTI17 ) with approximately 90 other educators from around the world last week to learn more about Google’s Geo Tools ! If you want to learn how to create your own here is Micah’s presentation. Learn about anywhere. Shake Up Learning 2017.

Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide!

Shake Up Learning

I like to think of Google Chrome as the learning environment for all things Google! With Chrome, you can customize your learning environment to fit your needs and interests. Better yet, customize the learning environment to fit the needs of ALL learners! Be sure you have installed Google Chrome on all of your desktops, laptops and mobile devices so you can seamlessly move from working on one device to the next. Yep, I have my own Shake Up Learning extension.

The Riddle Of Meaningful iPad Integration

TeachThought - Learn better.

In lieu of being incredible pieces of hardware with significant learning potential, iPad adoption has produced uneven learning results thus far. This is series is the result of a collaboration between The Tabula Project and TeachThought in pursuit of better learning results with the iPad. What do educators and learners need from tablet computing? What is tablet “workflow” in an educational context, anyway? The Riddle Of Meaningful iPad Integration.

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Making lectures and lessons more interactive with mQlicker

Nik Peachey

As the traditional lecture has come increasingly under fire for being completely out of touch with modern teaching and learning methods, there has been a move by many teachers, conference presenters and lecturers to make their teaching techniques more modern and interactive. You can create complete flipped interactive learning, by creating questionnaires with a video embedded into a slide at the beginning and then a variety of questions to get students exploring the video content.

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning in 2015. If you’re interested in the possibility of video games for learning–that is, teaching and learning with video games to master both academic and non-academic content–than the following collection may be of interest to you. We’ve discussed before the logistics of how to teach with video games (especially for non-mobile games). 50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning. ?.

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The power of ed-tech in the developing world


We focus a lot on the K-12 system of the United States in our blog , and I thought it would be fun and interesting to explore how countries in the developing world are facing their specific educational challenges with blended learning models. I have tried to focus instead on actual case studies demonstrating the success of e-learning models in these environments. The Health Enablement and Learning Platform (HELP), delivers training to CHVs using their basic phones.

7 PROs and CONs of m-learning in the classroom


Mobile learning is generally defined as training or education conducted via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, generally connected to a wireless network such as GSM, G3 or Wifi. Typically mobile learning — or m-learning — entails extending teaching beyond the classroom environment, connecting with learners further afield, as well as empowering students to learn wherever they are. 7 PROs and CONs of m-learning in the classroom.

How to get every student a device and access to the internet

The Christensen Institute

As we enter summer and close the books on the 2019-20 school year—one sure to be more than a footnote in history texts in the future—there’s a new consensus that all students should have the technology they need to stay connected to learning. Yet as this crisis has demonstrated, millions of children live in homes without reliable access to an internet-connected laptop or tablet that can be used for schoolwork.

How m-learning is transforming online education


That trend is called m-learning , otherwise known as Mobile Learning. Defined as a way to facilitate education through the use of devices like smartphones and tablets, m-learning is also a lot more than that. One of the major benefits that m-learning brings to the table actually has to do with a significant barrier that it breaks down: geography. As a concept, m-learning changes that delivery mechanism and makes it one that can exist anywhere.

At the end of our tether

Learning with 'e's

What does mobile technology have to do with academic freedom? A person's freedom of learning is part of his freedom of thought, even more basic that his freedom of speech.' Holt could easily have gone on to argue that freedom of learning should also include choice of location. He died in 1985, before the era of the Web and mobile technology, but the thought was undoubtedly already there. Being able to choose when and where to learn is part of the freedom to learn.

Makerspaces go digital: 6 options for the blended classroom


Not wanting to be a complete killjoy, I must however point out that many, many Makerspace projects exist and are conducted in blended learning environments using digital tools. I thought we could explore some of the Makerspaces and tools that are blending online and physical environments. Read more: 4 Modern literacies students need to learn in school. Raspberry Pi is a UK-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping anyone learn to code, and have fun doing it.

25+ Ways to Use Google Keep for Teachers and Students – SULS041

Shake Up Learning

The post 25+ Ways to Use Google Keep for Teachers and Students – SULS041 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are additional features that only work on mobile, so be sure that you also install the app on your mobile devices. Google Keep on Mobile. Add an Image : Add a picture (or snap a photo on mobile) to your notes. To learn more about this strategy, check out my previous post: Personalize Google Keep for You and Your Students.

Classroom Design Trends: Update Classroom Layout to Boost Engagement

ViewSonic Education

At its core is the idea that meaningful learning is a creative process. Schools are creating classroom layouts that support successful 21 st century learning. The ability to rearrange components supports the many faces of constructive learning. Evidence-based learning environments. Active learning environments. This category accounts for around 50% of the impact on learning. It accounts for about 25% of differences in learning. Mobility.

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6 of the best art and culture ed-tech tools


So, while our blog is certainly all about digital and blended learning we by no means encourage studying exclusively tech and science-based subjects. I particularly like their global and inclusive subject base, and you can explore an extraordinary array of sub-cultural gems: from learning about the Zoroastrian art of Kusti – the spinning of the sacred thread to various art movements. A lovely blend between being creative and learning about the actual paintings.

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WeWork helps online learning take its next step forward

The Christensen Institute

Among other things, the partnership allows 2U students to use WeWork’s office space as study halls, and the two companies will build a learning center together in 2019. The place-based aspect of the partnership is what is so interesting, as it points to what will happen next with the disruptive innovation of online learning, namely how it will improve. The future of online learning in higher education is in bricks, not just clicks. Improving online learning.

Product Review: Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 Is Adaptable to Any Curriculum

EdTech Magazine

The innovative design features a keyboard that rotates completely behind the monitor , supporting a variety of configurations, from a standard notebook to a slate tablet or stand-alone display. MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how mobile devices are proving to have a positive impact on K–12 learning. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how K–12 schools can get started with blended learning. Product Review: Dell Latitude 3390 2-in-1 Is Adaptable to Any Curriculum.

An overview of active Learning.

Linways Technologies

Why does it work so well and how to implement active learning in your classrooms. Active learning is an approach in which students are engaged in the learning process. In teaching-learning, there is a lot of importance in keeping the students involved and engaged in the session. Active learning is also helpful in building an interesting learning environment in class. Students also perceive greater knowledge and understanding with active learning.

How to Use Digital Textbooks in the Classroom

Kitaboo on EdTech

Advantages of Digital Textbooks in Classrooms: A survey by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) reports that 81% of K-12 teachers believe that digital textbooks enrich classroom education and increase their motivation to learn. Digital textbooks are, on the other hand, available for use on smartphones and tablets. Interactive digital textbooks have interactive content and images, 3D images and diagrams, sounds and videos to keep students engaged and make learning fun and easy.

Role of ICT in higher education in the 21st century

Linways Technologies

The advancement of education technologies and digital content development tools has made personalised learning available to wider audiences. Based on research and practical evidence there are several advantages of ICTs in learning: ICTs can present content in an engaging and attractive form. ICTs facilitate learning-to-learn skills. The latest innovations in ICTs (mobile tools, cloud solutions, etc.) Using ICTs for assessment of learning.

How Edtech Developers Design Around ‘Screen Fatigue’


When I think about education technology, images of engaged students in front of computers and tablets come to mind. As the director of business development at Zinc Learning Labs , a literacy company, my bread and butter is communication with educators. Among them: “blended learning.” Learning is fun and exciting, and technology should reflect that. This focus on dominating the attention economy must stay out of edtech’s learning economy.

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6 tips for making the most of your iPad and Chromebook carts

eSchool News

They’re used to charge, secure, store, and distribute tablets, laptops, and mobile devices—and in schools that aren’t using one-to-one take-home initiatives, they’ve become a mainstay. The elementary English teacher who is using a blended learning approach in her classroom, for example, has come to rely on that cart of fully-charged iPads or Chromebooks that’s rolled into her classroom at 8 a.m., Here’s what they had to say: Understand the learning space.

Do Mom and Dad know what’s good for their children online?

The Hechinger Report

Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the informed use of quality media, surveyed more than 1,700 parents of children 8 to 18 years old to learn about their media and technology use; it also conducted focus groups. They believe that technology helps children learn new skills, prepares them for modern jobs, exposes them to diverse cultures and encourages creativity.