10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For

Technology has been used in the classroom for decades now. But with the advent of cloud computing and the proliferation of smaller, more portable computers and Internet-capable devices, it’s now possible to bring the classroom into the technology instead. Mobile learning, focuses on learning through mobile devices, allowing learners to move about in a classroom … Continue reading 10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For →

Weekly News Roundup

The National Science Foundation announced this week that it was kicking off a new program called Innovation Corps to help transform promising academic research projects into viable startups. Starting this fall, the NSF will provide 100 science and engineering projects with $50,000 in funding and will enroll them in a crash course on entrepreneurship, taught … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It

By Shelley Wright I love the flip. I do. And I realize by saying this I’m making a controversial statement. I believe if used judiciously, in the right context, the flip can free up valuable class time and provide the background knowledge that is fundamental for students to then go forward and wrestle with higher … Continue reading The Flip: Why I Love It, How I Use It →

New Educational Apps of the Month

At the end of month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last thirty days. (Read our previous months’ reviews.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. NASA VISUALIZATION EXPLORER NASA’s latest iPad app, the NASA Visualization Explorer (iTunes, free) brings some … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, … Continue reading Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life? →

How to Make Google+ Friends with Facebook and Twitter

Attempting to lasso your social networking tools? There might be a chance. Source: Technologyreview A browser plug-in shows how easily the “big three” social networks could coexist. In just a couple of weeks, Google’s new social network, Google+, has drawn an estimated 20 million users. For some, it offers the chance to “do a reset” … Continue reading How to Make Google+ Friends with Facebook and Twitter →

5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

Summertime is typically spent unwinding, unplugging, and for many educators, untangling from the daily rigors of teaching. But summer is also the perfect opportunity to get more familiar with ideas and tools that might take time to understand and use during the school year. We asked a few teachers how they’ve been spending their summer … Continue reading 5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer →

How to Keep Wikipedia Viable? Recruit College Students as Editors

By Anne Nelson From what I can tell, most of my fellow educators spend more time criticizing Wikipedia than engaging with it. The conversation tends to go round in a fairly tiresome circle: The first educator points to an article on the subject of his/her expertise and points to a glaring error to demonstrate that … Continue reading How to Keep Wikipedia Viable? Recruit College Students as Editors →

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site. One obvious use for educators is to boost their personal and professional network, particularly as the service offers more granular controls for privacy and sharing. Within these Circles, as each … Continue reading How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? →

Teachers Find a Place for Social Media in the Classroom

Important information getting into mainstream media. Source: Usatoday Among educators, Eric Sheninger is something of a social networking hero. The principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers (his handle: @NMHS_Principal). He and his teachers use Facebook to communicate with students and parents, and students use it to plan events. — … Continue reading Teachers Find a Place for Social Media in the Classroom →

Student-Built Technology Helping Low-Vision Students

One of my favorite teams participating in the recent Imagine Cup 2011 Finals was Note-Taker, a team out of Arizona State University. Like all the teams in Microsoft’s student technology competition, Team Note-Taker has developed a tool that tackles a real-world problem. And as with several of the teams, that problem was understood intimately by … Continue reading Student-Built Technology Helping Low-Vision Students →

Schools Need to Start Where the Students Are

How do we catalyze the shift from “I teach” to “we learn”? A great conversation between Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway. Source: Districtadministration Elliot: There must be something in the water; how else can we explain the sudden growth in mobile learning “events”? For starters, within a span of a few days, two other bloggers(Blog#1, … Continue reading Schools Need to Start Where the Students Are →

Banned Websites Compared to Banned Books in Schools

With reference to MindShift’s “Surprising Websites that Schools Can’t Access.” Source: Usatoday Book banning has long been a controversial issue in the nation’s schools. Now some educators say banned websites pose as great a threat to kids’ education and intellectual freedom. Filtering software and school rules designed to keep out violence and pornography are also … Continue reading Banned Websites Compared to Banned Books in Schools →

For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury?

For schools in low-income communities, the idea of investing money, time, and energy into a digital media program or mobile-learning program might seem superfluous. Administrators and teachers already have so much to contend with — safety issues in high-crime communities, chronic student truancies, debilitating health issues due to poverty, families in constant state of flux, … Continue reading For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury? →