Wednesday, February 20, 2013

10 Technology Trends in Education and Two Big Questions.

Key Trends as reported in the NMC Horizon Report:
2012 K-12 Edition
1 Education paradigms are shifting to include online learning, hybrid learning and collaborative models.
2 The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators.
3 As the cost of technology drops and school districts revise and open up their access policies, it is becoming increasingly common for students to bring their own mobile devices.
4 People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want.
5 Technology continues to profoundly affect the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed.
6 There is a new emphasis in the classroom on more challenge-based, active learning. i.e. Common Core style questions
Time Line to Adoption:
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less
  • Mobile Devices & Apps
  • Tablet Computing
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Two to Three Years
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Personal Learning Environments
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years
  • Augmented Reality
  • Natural User Interfaces
  • Online Textbook
Here is the link to a full copy of the report:
Think about these two things and come up with only one sentence for each, Please share them in an Email to me at
What is the biggest road block relating to critical thinking and student learning you face daily?
How can we deliver Professional Development to staff so they feel comfortable using the the ten key trends listed above to engage student in critical thinking and student learning?

The Future of Instructional Technology | ClassLink Blog

The Future of Instructional Technology | ClassLink Blog:

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Innovation Excellence | 15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

Innovation Excellence | 15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013:

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Blended Learning at Millis High

This is a student perspective of 21st century learning at Millis High School.


About: "The project is supported by a grant from the REMC Association of Michigan and maintained by a team from three Intermediate School Districts in Michigan (Shiawassee, Ingham, and Macomb). It was created as an educational and online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the 21st century. This project was specifically developed to provide districts and classroom teachers with resources to help students meet or exceed the 8th grade technology proficiency requirements in Michigan. The development of this resource came at the request of teachers using the initial  site."

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The geometry of chocolate: Nigel Nisbet at TEDxOrangeCoast

Google Summer of Code 2013

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. We have worked with the open source community to identify and fund exciting projects for the upcoming summer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Colin Powell: Kids need structure

How can you help kids get a good start? In this heartfelt and personal talk, Colin Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State, asks parents, friends and relatives to support children from before they even get to primary school, through community and a strong sense of responsibility. (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at

GradeCam Overview

We are very excited to announce the release of GradeCam Insight 1.1, the first update to Insight.

Our main goal with GradeCam Insight's release in January of 2012 was a product with all of GradeCam Online's features, but with an improved user interface and restructured architecture in order to make it easier for us to improve and adapt the software for teacher needs. Insight has been out for only four months now and this is the first update. We're very excited about the improvements and also that we were able to make them happen in a very short time frame. Our hope is that they will make GradeCam Insight even easier for you to use and allow you to use it in more ways.

One of the huge benefits of online software is that you don't need to do anything to access the new features and improvements. As soon as you sign in, they are there for you. No downloading or installing required.

New Stuff

Personal setting have been moved to a link at the top right of your screen.
We upgraded the user interface for answer keys.
You now have the option of changing the "Question Type" on exams.
From the answer key you can print forms for customized exams.
Multiple Exam versions now allow for aligning with Standards and reporting features are working.
When creating forms, you no longer need to select how many ID digits you'd like to use.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Daniel Pink - One Sentence Project

New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Daniel Pink discusses motivation and how it relates to student education experiences.

- Smartphones over Tablets

This article is wrote on the subject Smartphone vs a Tablet from this person point of view. Please comment what is your thoughts on this subject?
- Smartphones over Tablets

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Coursera - Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free.

Coursera: "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free."

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Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource (OER)

TED - 5000 Day of the Internet

Why Open Education Matters

Snapplify Explained

What is TED & TEDx?

How to Use iPads in the Classroom

Time lap video of the universe.

The link above has many more videos of his work this is amazing.
Polar Swirl from Brian D. Ottum, Ph.D. on Vimeo.

Friday, February 8, 2013

6 Education Conferences To Check Out This Year - Edudemic

6 Education Conferences To Check Out This Year - Edudemic:

'via Blog this' Review of the educational online service

Product: SpellingCity Evaluation

Review wrote by Mrs.Q at USA Schools

Strengths: Excellent review and study tool for Spelling and content vocabulary words, entertaining, engaging, and provides immediate feedback for students.  Multiple lists can be created and stored - teacher can open or close lists for students use as needed.  Many features are offered, even without a subscription.  Can be used anywhere there is internet access, and this is an educational alternative that can be used at home.  Parents are excited about the app, because now their children can study on a mobile device on the go.  Simple tutorial videos for teachers to explain how to use features.
Premium subscription allows teacher to track individual progress, keep a grade book, and create assignments.  There are no pop-ups, because these can be very confusing for young learners.  Students have access to more games and other features like writing and vocabulary.  Overall, quite user friendly.  First graders were able to access and use the programs without much training or pre-teaching.

Weakness:  Free Non-subscription: POP-UPS are very confusing and often redirect young students to other sites.  Students need to search for teacher's lists, and this takes a few steps.

Premium: I wish there was a calendar feature to set to post and close assignments automatically.  Sometimes, I forget to open new lists.  I would like to be able to have students practice dictation sentences and not just single words.  I would LOVE it if the site blocked other activities until assignments were completed, and make the waiting assignment indicator larger and more obvious.

Challenges: I would like to explore the other features more - vocabulary and writing.  I would like to create content vocabulary lists.  Teachers should incorporate time for students to use the program during school, because some students do not have access at home.

Opportunities:  Writing is a new feature.  I would like to explore this more.  It would be wonderful to have a way to electronically correct writing and give timely feedback.


A. What grade levels: K - 4th, but lists can be customized for older students.  However, Spelling practice games may be a bit immature/less challenging for older students.

B. To Purchase or not to Purchase it
If a teacher is committed to creating and posting lists, it is a useful tool.  Subscription is highly recommended for younger students, because of ease of navigation and no pop-ups that look like games.  Also, a subscription is needed if a teacher wants to track student progress or use for grading.  Lists can be saved without a subscriptions.  Personally, I would ask that teachers create lists prior to purchase to increase the likelihood the site will be utilized.

How to Use iPads in Early Childhood Education

Why mobile learning?

Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom.

BYOD in the 21st Century

Wondering what BYOD means or if your school is ready for it? In this 8-minute Pedagogical Quickie, I present some of the many advantages and limitations of this concept for education.

Testing the iPad Blogger app

This post is being created with an iPad Blogger app. It allows you to create your blog post with an Apple app.

Meet the Discovery Educator Network

The Discovery Educator Network (DEN) is a global community of educators passionate about teaching with digital media, sharing resources, collaborating, and networking. Our 4500+ STAR Discovery Educators have provided professional development to over 1 million educators worldwide, both on-line and in-person. Discovery Educators have exclusive access to a wide range of resources, professional development activities, networking opportunities, exclusive Discovery events and more!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Technology will only work if implemented well

I think this say a lot about technology and how many schools are simply adding to the classrooms. This will not improve student learning. We need to make sure that we do PD with staff so that they understand teacher best management practices when using technology to improve student learning.

Digital Learning Day message from Superintendent Flanagan

Start a Google+ Hangout Tutorial

What is a Google Hangout? this video describes what a Google Hangout and how do you use it.

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet with Windows 8 - The Death of the Desktop

The Death of the Desktop and taking on laptops. This is my prediction of where we are going with computers in education. They are portable and have an interface that is catching on quickly. With Intel cutting back on Desktop technology development. The hand writing is on the wall and we just need to read it. A second factor is looking at the sales of Tablet devices. They are exponentially increasing in sales. There has never been a trend of sales like this in the adoption curve of technology. This is truly a disruptive innovation as talked about In the the book. "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns" Also so that I am clear I think it will be a mix of operating systems, Android, Apple, And windows and I don't promote one over the other.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

B.F Skinner. Teaching machine and programmed learning

From B.F. Skinner experimental study of learning come devices
which arrange optimal conditions for self-instruction: the Teaching Machines