Desktop Research: Miscellanea- Stories, Examples, Food for Thought

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We'd love to see your additions here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add an item, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to mark items you think are of high interest to this project, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - larry larry Jan 27, 2011 This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

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  • Remaking Education: Designing Classroom Makerspaces for Transformative Learning
    This article talks about how the Maker Movement can transform classrooms and learning spaces. - troybagwell1 troybagwell1 Jan 22, 2014 - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 Transforming learning environments is going to be a hot trend.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014This is the direction we are choosing! - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Jan 27, 2014Remember, many schools and classrooms have been doing this already (well, outside of the US at least), let's not get too entranced by the hype
  • As Education Technology Deadline Nears, A Florida Teacher Lets iPhones Invade Her Classroom
    This article explains how 12th grade English teacher Mariolga Locklin incorporates students’ devices into class, finding ways to incorporate the students’ digital habits, while as Common Core standard deadlines approach, the infrastructure to implement many technologies is not in place, like reliable wireless access and even research into what does and doesn’t work. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 22, 2014 We had to cut all -- students and teachers -- cellphone access to the wifi because of the problems I've described elsewhere. I'm hoping that when (if?) we get our wifi problems fixed, this is a policy we rescind. Since just about every kid has a cellphone, this would be the perfect BYOD program that would enable budget-strapped schools to integrate technology without shelling out the big bucks. Here's an ISTE PDF on cellphones in the classroom: - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 BYOD is big.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014We've been using cell phones for some time and they really allow us to expand our teaching possibilities. Of course it is tied with our digital citizenship course, so that we focus on the good uses of the cell phone and it doesn't become a distraction.
  • Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education
    The author of this article brings Dr. Peterson, creator of ST Math software together with Donna Allender, a founding member at Philadelphia’s Project Learn School, where students learn skills to be successful as members of a community to conclude that basic timeless learning principles are certainly aided by technology. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 22, 2014 I know a lot of people have written off 3D virtual worlds, but I'm predicting they're about to make a comeback....2015 if not 2014. Maybe not Second Life, but certainly OpenSimulator. Be sure to catch the OpenSimulator Community Conference this year. Here's the Opensim Education website: - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 I would agree with you David if they can figure out how to be multi-platform and mobile. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 24, 2014 Yes, we need a tablet solution. I can get by without phones. There was a company that created a browser plugin, but it only worked with their grid. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 24, 2014 LOL. No tilde on Spanish keyboards! Had to look it up. BTW, for a Mac it´s Alt+Ñ. ;)- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014Tablet solutions are going to be really helpful! Hope they begin to become available soon!
  • Building a Successful In‐District Online Program
    These are great tips from an experienced online teacher to consider before planning and implementing an online or blended program. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 In District online is going to be a necessity. The lowest common denominator is alt ed, lots of schools are already doing this. They basically have been doing packets of worksheets that have been photocopies of photocopies for decades. Even if they just type this stuff up and put it online it would be an improvement and a time and cost savings so for that reason it will happen. The ability to offer classes in a large district across the district is also enticing to schools. I do not think many schools will ignore having some sort of online learning component in their schools.
  • Cabell School Begins Digital Math Study
    A U.S. Department of Education-funded study is looking at the viability of a digital learning math program, where students complete course objectives at their own pace at at Davis Creek Elementary School in West Virginia. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 Fact, many teachers are bad at math and have anxiety about it. Switching to digital math learning is better because the computer knows what it is doing. However, it is not better than a competent math teacher who can make meaningful connections. More schools are going to be looking for ways to take math off the plate of teachers because they are not doing a good job of teaching it. (I'm a math teacher, math education drives me nuts).
  • California School District Hires Online Monitoring Firm to Watch 13,000 Students
    Glendale Unified School District is now using Geo Listening, a service that processes, analyzes, and reports data based on students' public social media profiles. The service looks for social media posts that deal with depression, despair, online bullying, hate speech, or other words and phrases that may indicate a possible violation of school codes of conduct—whether it's by a student or someone in and around a school’s location. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 Online safety is a big deal
  • Commandeering the Decks: Baltimore's Digital Harbor Tech Center
    The South Baltimore Rec Center, after not being used for decades, has reopened as the Digital Harbor Tech Center, a community hackerspace or makerspace where students of Baltimore City Public Schools can access tools to help them design and then create things using tech tools like 3D printers and circuit boards. This article discusses how this is an example of the larger growing maker movement that recognizes the value of experiential learning.
  • A Crisis in Education is a Terrible thing to Waste
    This article discusses the major themes shaping and disrupting education, and how they create investment opportunities for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to develop innovative technology that can bring about a critical transformation in education.
  • Ed Tech And Activism Are Reinventing Education On 30 Under 30
    According to Forbes these 30 Under 30 in education are in the forefront of the edupreuneur era, when being a K-12 or higher ed professional can mean anything from cofounding a start-up with excess of $50 million in funding or launching a venture that uses the Kickstarter model to fund classrooms and libraries in at-risk communities in the U.S. and abroad. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 This is a money magazine, the focus is not impacts on education. BUT there are a ton of startups into education who are doing it badly and that is influencing education. :(
  • Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World- 2013 Update
    The author of edtech blog Getting Smart lists the top ten developments he has seen since starting the blog three years ago.
  • Google Donates 15,000 Raspberry Pi Computers to U.K. Schools
    Public critic of the UK school system and CEO of Google Eric Schmidt donated a slew of Raspberry Pi computers to schools in the UK to kickstart the next generation of computer scientists. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 23, 2014 I see the Raspberry Pi, along with gadgets like the solar-powered Kennari tablet, as great ways to bridge the Digital Divide. But if you're in a third world country, a Pi by itself isn't going to do much. An affordable kit of some kind has to be available. Maybe the Kano is the answer. I'm in Mexico City, with malls, electronic stores, etc., and I still can't get a monitor for my Pi. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 Raspberry Pi is relevant- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014I agree.
  • Google Science Fair
    The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. Prizes range from a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, to a $50,000 Google scholarship, to hands-on experiences at LEGO, CERN or GOOGLE. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 Students need a global audience. I predict an increase in education competitions. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 24, 2014 One of my favorites is ACSTAC, a conference for kids! cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014Google Science Fair already is impacting science teaching in Brazil. It's a great initiative - motivating and global!
  • Hacking The Classroom with Michelle Cordy, aka, “Teacher on an Urgent Quest”
    Michelle Cordy is a 3rd and 4th grade teacher who has created a hacker environment in her classroom by facilitating creative hands-on, creative, and technology enabled projects. She explains how in this video.
  • Hacking Real Things Becomes Child's Play At This Camp
    R00tz is a camp that takes place at the annual hacking convention DEFCON to teach children to hack into electronics like Smart tv's and look for vulnerabilities in software and websites. Many companies have a bug bounty program where they pay hackers money to find security holes in their products and report them. Kids at R00tz have already found three bugs. Those students will get 1/3rd of the cash, 1/3rd goes toward the student's education, and the final 1/3rd goes to a non-profit of their choice.
  • How BYOD Programs Can Fuel Inquiry Learning
    In launching a BYOD policy, there are multiple considerations like providing a strong network, making sure each child has a device, and questions around distraction. But another focus that can get overlooked is the focus on how mobile technology will help shift instruction to be more collaborative, learner-driven and inquiry-based.
  • How Schools Are Making Mobile Learning Work
    School districts are increasingly taking advantage of mobile technology to engage students, make learning more interactive, and help them develop important 21st century skills such as creativity and collaboration. This article outlines the steps El Capitan High School took to make their “one-to-web” program work.
  • How Technology Has Changed Our Idea of ‘Knowledge,’ and What This Means for Schools
    The concept of "knowledge" has changed with the emergence of the internet. Dennis Pierce discusses how organically growing online communities like reddit exemplify this and the profound implications this changing concept has for schools.
  • How to Improve Educational Performance? Bring Back Recess
    Due to budget cuts, almost 40% of US elementary schools have cut back or eliminated recess -- a huge blow to academic achievement as research shows that recess actually has cognitive, physical, emotional and social benefits for children.
  • How to Survive in Edtech
    An conference attendee of “Across Boundaries: Innovation & The Future of Education” describes the key issues for entrepreneurs looking to get ahead in the edtech world, and he lists education entrepreneur John Katzman’s five predictions for edtech startups.
  • Humanizing Online Learning with VoiceThread
    This teacher explains how she uses a cloud-based asynchronous communication tool to enhance her online courses.
  • Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School
    Drawing on insights from her personal learning network and the book Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, an educator explains why she thinks it’s important to teach introverted learner interpersonal communication skills.
  • K-12 Students to Receive Free High-Tech Mapping Software Courtesy of MU Geographer’s Collaborations
    K-12 schools and certified youth programs in Missouri now have free access to data and detailed maps provided by a Geographic Information System (GIS), thanks to the Missouri Geographic Alliance, which is hosted by the University of Missouri. The GIS consists of interactive maps where satellite images can be overlaid with data from thousands of topics to show regional variations and changes over time.
  • Making BYOD Work in Schools – Three School Districts That Have Figured it Out

    Bring Your Own Device or "BYOD" is an increasingly adopted way to bridge learning in and outside of the classroom, allowing students to use their own devices as learning tools. Implementing BYOD though, does have its share of challenges. This article describes three examples of schools who have implemented a BYOD program successfully and how they made it work.- giselle.santos giselle.santos Jan 21, 2014 As more and more devices make into the classrooms, I have to agree with the author when Roger Davies when he says that this is an unstoppable trend.- cristiana.mattos cristiana.mattos Jan 27, 2014I agree as well!

  • MIT’s Free Creative Learning Class Teaches You How to Learn Almost Anything
    The MIT Media Lab is offering a free course this spring called “Learning Creative Learning,” to share technologies and activities that engage kids in creative learning experiences. Rather than just open the course to a small subset of students as was done in the past, they are opening it up to anyone online.
  • One Amazing Example of How to Train Teachers on Technology
    According to Paul Sanfrancesco, director of technology for the district, many teachers see technology as something that’s being pushed onto them. Garnet Valley School District has created a Technology Academy, which runs for one week during the summer to train teachers on technology using other teachers as coaches. - mrskeeler mrskeeler Jan 23, 2014 At least they are doing something, but I don't see this catching on. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 26, 2014 Employees having "something pushed onto them" by their employer?! The horror! It's this kind of [nonsense] that's been holding back progress. FIRE just one teacher for refusing to get with the program and the rest will suddenly LOVE technology integration! ;)
  • Open Study
    OpenStudy is a social learning network to connect students worldwide who are studying the same topics, encouraging peer-to-peer learning.
  • Silicon Valley Students Concoct Ed Tech Concepts in Invention Workshop
    Students in grades 6 through 10 spent time coming up with concepts for education technology as part of a free Microsoft-sponsored workshop held recently in Silicon Valley. The "Future of Education Challenge" was hosted as part of InventionX, the Invention Experience, an education program to motivate underserved students about invention and entrepreneurship in STEM topics.
  • 6 Ways to Modernize Teacher-Preparation Programs
    Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) report gives a round-up of thought leaders’ tips and advice on the topic of teacher-preparation programs in the digital age. Each question posed in the report is answered by representatives from national organizations, such as the Center for Teaching Quality and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. They are summarized in this article.
  • STEM Needs a New Letter
    Christine Mytko, a middle-school science teacher in California, has incorporated art and design into her STEM curriculum through Maker Mondays. These Mondays offer her students an opportunity to apply the scientific concepts they have learned in class independent projects in fabrication or physical computing. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 23, 2014 I've been touting STEM for years, and if it's called STEAM because of Arts that's great too. But what's holding STEM back is a lack of properly trained teachers, and more corporate support, such as engineer-to-teacher programs, is needed. How can you prepare kids for a nonacademic job if you've never held a job outside of a school?
  • Study: Students Really Do Learn Stuff on Field Trips
    Field trips are becoming a less and less common part of the school year in the United States. A study from the University of Arkansas documents the decline the American field trip: A 30 percent decrease in student attendance at Cincinnati arts organizations between 2002 and 2007, a similar decline in the number of students visiting Chicago’s Field Museum, and an American Association of School Administrators survey showing more than half of American schools eliminated planned field trips in the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Technology In Schools: Who Does It Best, China Or The U.S.? (INFOGRAPHIC)
    A new survey from Dell took a look at education technology in the U.S. and in China, and found that Chinese students spend more time using technology in school than American students and Chinese students say their teachers are more tech savvy than they are.
  • Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning
    These Edudemic-recommended web tools can be incorporated to enhance student communication skills, as well as their problem solving, productivity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
  • 12 learning Management System Providers and What They Bring to Classrooms
    This article lists 12 commonly used learning management systems, to explain the capabilities each provides.
  • 20 Educational Games for Younger Students
    This list of educational apps outlines great games to aid in learning on-the-go.
  • What Is Social Learning (And Does It Work)?
    The proliferation of social media users shows that young people around the world are eager to connect with their peers and are highly proficient at doing so in personal contexts. These developments in web technology can be used for an education purpose, particularly peer review – supporting & encouraging each other and reflecting on the key learning points as they do so.
  • Who’s Not Online? 5 Factors Tied to the Digital Divide
    Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, outlines five factors related to Internet non-use at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Bridging the Digital Divide forum. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 23, 2014 Check out the Kennari, a solar-powered tablet that requires neither the Internet nor electicity. It's part of the One World School project, led by Dr. Diana Muir: They're looking for teachers, BTW!
  • Why Do We Want a Flexible Phone?
    Contributor for the MIT Technology Review weighs in on the appeal of flexible smartphones as a novel idea, but its value will be determined based on its utility, which has yet to be demonstrated. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 23, 2014 I talked about this last year. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a geeky-cool idea. Just not for K-12 schools. Kids will destroy these things. Don't tell me they're unbreakable.
  • Why Students Study STEM
    Exposure to math and science has a bigger impact on students’ intent to major in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field than does math achievement, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Educational Research Journal. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Jan 23, 2014 STEM success isn't just a matter of having the right teachers. Counselors who understand the fields are necessary too. I've pitched a counselor training program with no success. At the next school, we'll be part of a group of institutions that includes three universities. Hoping to get a guarantee system going for acceptance, scholarships, etc.
  • Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America 2013
    Common Sense Media has released a report revealing the dramatic changes in children's media use from 2011 to now. The amount of time children spend with mobile devices has tripled but time spent with “traditional” screen media such as television, DVDs, video games, and computers is down substantially, by more than half an hour a day.