Newest Library Items en Do Our Students Understand Our Standards? <p>A 7th grade teacher reconstructed the standards they were seeking to achieve so that all parties understood learning objectives clearly, and then came to an agreement that there are multiple paths to successfully fulfill those expectations. This teacher hopes that by this students will see that there is room for all of their abilities and not just the ones determined by the teacher.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> assessment authentic assessment authentic learning HZ 142 individualized learning learning paths personalized learning real-world learning self-directed learning student-directed learning K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:21:18 +0000 Michele Cummins 22818 at After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology <p>When this DC Public Schools 5th grade teacher hit a wall in reaching her students, she took control of her own professional development by taking a fellowship with the CityBridge Foundation to research and develop a new teaching method:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> blended blended learning customizable HZ 142 online learning professional development K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HZ Classics Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:00:40 +0000 Michele Cummins 22817 at Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving <p>This article describes the importance of metacognition and how to teach students to take control of their own learning and become an independent thinker.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> autonomy HZ 142 metacognition real-world learning real-world skills self-directed K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:46:31 +0000 Michele Cummins 22816 at Program Helps Kansas City-Area Students Create Technology, Not Just Use It <p>Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit offers advanced computer programming courses to students from schools around Jackson County. Most of these students have taken basic computer science courses at their home schools and are now looking for something more. This article describes how Veteran instructor Terry Yoast teaches her students to "think like a programmer."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> authentic learning computer science create HZ 142 make maker program programmer real-world learning STEM K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:33:04 +0000 Michele Cummins 22815 at The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs <p>This article argues that online competency-based education has the potential to provide learning experiences that drive down costs, accelerate degree completion, and produce a variety of convenient, customizable, and targeted programs for the emergent needs of our labor market.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> competency-based Higher Education HZ 142 online learning Challenges and Trends HiEd Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:01:37 +0000 Michele Cummins 22814 at Efficient, Useful Blue-Light LED Draws Nobel Prize in Physics <p>This year's physics Nobel Prize went to three researchers who received the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of a blue light-emitting diode (LED), a technology now used in high-speed networking, data storage, smartphones, water purification, and efficient home illumination.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> data storage Emerging Technologies HZ 142 LED networking Nobel Prize physics research smartphone Tech in Popular Culture Sun, 19 Oct 2014 01:58:01 +0000 Michele Cummins 22813 at Startup Builds on Wi-Fi Chips for Cheaper Llast Mile' to Home Broadband <p>Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a system that’s based on Wi-Fi hardware and could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home. That could mean a much cheaper connection than running fiber or copper wires to each residence, an attractive proposition for service providers that want to compete with cable companies and carriers or get people in less developed countries online for the first time.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> broadband Connected connection digital divide Emerging Technologies HZ 142 internet Mimosa Networks wi-fi Tech News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:47:26 +0000 Michele Cummins 22812 at Let Your Finger Do The Reading With This Great Device From MIT Media Lab <p>Only 7% of books are available in Braille, audio &amp; large print. MIT Media Lab’s Finger Reader project aims to change that. Trace a page with your finger and Finger Reader will read it out loud for you.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> braile Emerging Technologies finger reader HZ 142 reader reading visual impairment visually impaired wearable NMC News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:00:58 +0000 Michele Cummins 22811 at Robotics Enters K-12 Classrooms <p>These schools and programs leverage robotics to engage students.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> hands-on HZ 142 maker making robot robotics STEM tinkering K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:18:26 +0000 Michele Cummins 22810 at 11 Ed Tech Developments from Educause <p>From the latest LMS to publishing developments to lecture capture, and in no particular order, Education Dive put together the following list of things to note from Educause 2014.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> educause HZ 142 K-12 'Technologies to Watch' Lists K12 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:20:13 +0000 Michele Cummins 22809 at Maps, Apps and Technology to Make City Life More Fun <p>PhD student, Panos Mavros, from University College London's Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (Casa) has created a helmet to measure stress levels while navigating cities. This article describes how various projects like this are seeking to understand how people perceive cities and make beneficial changes based on the data.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> algorithm city city planning computer science HZ 141 neuroscience Technology in Popular Culture Tech in Popular Culture Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:24:45 +0000 Michele Cummins 22807 at Gartner Predicts Top 2015 And Beyond Trends For Technology, IT Organizations, And Consumers <p>Gartner, Inc. has highlighted these top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2015:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> gartner HZ 141 prediction 'Technologies to Watch' Lists Tech News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:03:12 +0000 Michele Cummins 22806 at Wearable Technology That Feels Like Skin <p>When it comes to the future of computing, there is one major known and a principal unknown. The known, with almost guaranteed certainty, is that the next era of computing will be wearables. The unknown, with commensurate guaranteed uncertainty, is what these wearables will be and where on your body they will live.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> attachable computer Emerging Technologies HZ 141 NUI skin wearable wearable tech Tech News Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:09:56 +0000 Michele Cummins 22805 at How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools <p>The Fairhaven School, which opened its doors in 1998, has no tests or grades, and no assigned homework. Its goal is to help students develop two core traits: agency and autonomy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> authentic learning democratic school experiential learning HZ 141 learning experience real-world learning K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:58:58 +0000 Michele Cummins 22804 at Museums of the Future Will Let You 'Touch' Treasures BEHIND Glass: Smart Mirrors Allow Virtual Objects to be Picked Up and Rotated in Mid-air <p>Scientists have developed interactive semi-transparent mirrors that allow people to ‘touch’ exhibits in museums that are behind glass, using the reflection of their fingers, to reveal information and manipulate inaccessible objects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Emerging Technologies HZ 141 Interaction natural user interface NUI touch user interface Museum Museum Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:06:46 +0000 Michele Cummins 22803 at Stanford U Display Wall Takes Visualization to a Higher Level <p>This article describes how Stanford University uses a seamless, curvilinear video wall that's 256-square-feet in size, spanning nearly the entire width of the room.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Higher Education HZ 141 video wall visualization Stories, Examples, Food for Thought HiEd Tue, 07 Oct 2014 17:17:50 +0000 Michele Cummins 22802 at Anyone Can Attend This Coding School That Meets in Coffee Shops <p>Hackvard is a web application dedicated to bridging the gap between offline and online education. The two founders felt that when they were starting out learning coding what they wanted weren’t in-person teachers, but a group of people who were going through the same thing they were. They created the platform to help connect learners to others in their community for meet-ups and support.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> coding community gathering Hackvard Higher Education HZ 141 meetup Challenges and Trends HiEd Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:58:29 +0000 Michele Cummins 22801 at Silicon Valley Teens on the Future of Technology <p>During a tech event in Palo Alto the VC firm Foundation Capital asked dozens of teenagers what is in store for the future of technology. Some showed up with prototypes and models of projects they have in the works. When asked what kinds of college courses they’re looking forward to most, students called out things like “design thinking” and “applied entrepreneurship.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Design thinking future HZ 141 real-world learning Reflections on the Future Tech in Popular Culture Sun, 05 Oct 2014 16:33:28 +0000 Michele Cummins 22800 at Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect <p>new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> beacon connection Emerging Technologies HZ 140 LTE LTE protocol Mobile Device mobile learning smartphone Tech News Sat, 04 Oct 2014 03:25:39 +0000 Michele Cummins 22799 at 4 Ways to Tap Into Teens and Technology Leadership <p>In its latest communication market report, Ofcom shares that the "peak age for digital understanding is 14-15," as reported by The Guardian. If the optimal age for leading the way with digital innovation is 14-15, the question we should ask is: "Where are kids learning how to be digital innovators?"</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> community HZ 141 Innovation innovator leadership privacy social media social network teens K-12 Stories, Examples, Food for Thought K12 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:21:22 +0000 Michele Cummins 22798 at