Technology In The Classroom

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Lego's new toy train is a STEM tool for preschoolers

Coding Express is one way to teach your toddler basic programming concepts.<p>Twenty years ago Lego introduced Mindstorms as a way to engage kids who were becoming more interested in video games and the internet than plastic building blocks. It was successful enough that the kits became a regular …

Kids

Your child wants to start a YouTube channel? Here are some points to consider.

By Devorah Heitner<p>It seems that online video stardom has replaced big-screen fame as a goal for young kids. And unlike making it big in Hollywood, becoming a YouTube star seems more accessible, because the platform is open to anyone. So it’s no surprise that many parents and teachers are telling me …

Social Media

Podcasts Can Improve Literacy in the Classroom

I'm going to confess, I did not bring podcasts into my English classroom with any intention of improving my students' literacy skills. The idea came …

Comparing Data Visualization Software: Here Are The 7 Best Tools For 2018

Visualization is an essential element of any Big Data and analytics strategy. The most up-to-date, real-time information and advanced analytics solutions are an expensive waste of money if you can’t communicate the results clearly and effectively to the people whose job it is to put them to …

Data Visualization

Microsoft extends education push with acquisition of Flipgrid, a student video discussion platform

A YouTube reaction video platform for students is now free to use for schools<p>Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by more than 20 million teachers and students around the world. Flipgrid is a platform that allows students to discuss and reply to topics with video clips …

18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools

A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might also be worth a thousand dollars if your school gets hit with a copyright violation claim. This …

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50 Animation Tools And Resources For Digital Learners

50 Animation Tools & Resources For Digital Learners by Lisa Chesser, opencolleges.edu.au A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of …

Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

Taping over the lens is just the first step in keeping online snoopers out of your business<p>Here is what the former FBI director James Comey said when he was asked back in September 2016 if he covered his laptop’s webcam with tape.<p>“Heck yeah, heck yeah. Also, I get mocked for a lot of things, and I …

Spying

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Related: Why have we …

Microsoft Releases 'Photos Companion' iOS App for Quickly Transferring Photos to PC

Microsoft today released Photos Companion, an iOS app specially made for Windows 10 users to let them transfer photos from their Apple devices to PCs more easily. First circulated among beta testers in November, Photos Companion links with Windows 10's built-in photos app by way of a QR code, after …

Windows 10

World Robot Conference in China: Pictures

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Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology

Students make use of technology while working in small groups. Photo: Meredith KolodnerSchool district administrators and principals are inundated …

Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

Startups are creating toys that teach robotics, games that help kids code and apps for teachers in an industry forecast to be worth £129bn by 2020<p>There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means …

Education Technology

Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

<b>This guest post is by Melanie Hempe, RN, founder of Families Managing Media.</b><p>I really love middle school kids. I have two of them! If you have been …

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students’ shopping wish lists: a …

To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular.<p>Farley, a veteran journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but she calls what we're …

Fake News

Training Teachers to Help Students Spot Fake News

2:32<p>Amid growing concerns that students have difficulty discerning between misleading and reliable news and information, some media literacy groups …

Fake News

HP Education Products | HP® Official Site

A dynamic duo for digital learning HP probook x360 & windows 10 s<p>Discover how the right combination of educational technologies can engage your …

HP announces ProBook x360 11 Education Edition powered by Windows 10

As technology usage in the classroom increases, HP has approached the design and creation of this device with students and teachers in mind. In …

DaVinci Resolve 15

Revolutionary tools for editing, color correction, audio post and now visual effects, all in a single application!<p>DaVinci Resolve 15 is the world’s …

Free and Open 3D Creation Software

Cycles Render Engine<p>Cycles is Blender’s built-in powerful unbiased path-tracer engine that offers stunning ultra-realistic rendering.<p>Real-time …

So We Flipped Our Staff Meetings and... - Flipped Learning Global Initiative

This blog post was written by Paul Hermes @BVPaulHermes and first appeared HERE. Jon also did a radio show episode with Paul and you can listen to it …

ASUS Unveils Tinker Board, A Raspberry Pi Competitor With More Horsepower And 4K Video Support

If there’s one thing the passionate and growing DIY single board computer community would ask for from the Raspberry Pi, it’s more performance and connectivity features in the same amazingly tiny package. Tech giant Asus Computer is attempting to answer that call with their own ARM core based mini …

“Write About” Is Another Great Tool For ELLs

I written about the Write About site in the past (see “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year).<p>It lets teachers create free virtual …

Top 10 Free Alternatives to Expensive Software

Unless you have a company buying licenses for you, tools like Photoshop, Pro Tools, Maya, or even Windows can be a serious bite out of your wallet. …

Schools' 'BYOD' or 'Bring your own device' demands are a rising cost to parents

JASON DORDAY/Stuff.co.nz<p>Back to school technology roundup. Bring Your Own device policies are getting implemented in schools, we look at three …

The 6 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a TV

So you're shopping for a new television. You enter a big box store and find yourself standing in front of a synchronized wall of flashing monitors, a …

Kids and the city: how do you build the perfect space for children?

Designing the best cities for children involves recognising their right to play as well as learn, says groundbreaking kindergarten architect Takaharu Tezuka<p>Whether it’s the Radical Childcare Hub in Birmingham exploring parent-led co-operatives, or an experimental nursery located within a care home …

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