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Educators can now use our hashtags on Twitter to connect with others about the latest in technology and innovation in education

hashtags-hashtag-twitterAttention educators and administrators: We’re using hashtags to let you more easily network with colleagues on the latest content in technology news and innovation. To find and comment on our latest breaking news, you can join the conversation by simply including in your Twitter posts the hashtag #eSNTopNews.

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Children thrive in rural Colombia’s flexible schools

Myriam Mazzo is a teacher in the central Colombian city of Armenia, a rural town of about 300,000 people nestled in the mountains southwest of Bogotá, The New York Times reports. In her school’s single classroom, she teaches children of various ages and grade levels who work in small groups at their own pace. Rather than standing by a blackboard at the front of the class, Ms. Mazzo moves among them, serving as a guide more than an instructor. Using this method, she has taught generations of children, the sons and daughters of local farmers and coffee growers, to read, write and do math. Her primary school students are often among the first in their families ever to have set foot in a classroom…

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Raising kids in a digital age

Last week, the NPR tech team reported a series on kids and digital media, including school-issued iPads, stories about babies and screen time, teens and social media, the science behind video games and more, Mind/Shift reports. Bay Area correspondents Steve Henn, Laura Sydell and Eric Westervelt will take you through the week of stories in this 23-minute recording.

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5 online learning trends worth knowing about

Online learning is quickly growing and is changing the way most of us think about modern education, Edudemic reports. Before we dive into the current trends, let’s take a step back. What exactly is online learning and why should you care? Basically, it’s the implementation of new technology into education so that both teachers and students can interact in a new way. Simple enough, right? Online learning is useful for K-12 students up to college students. That’s primary and secondary school students for some of our international audience. So this new type of digital learning is a fabulous thing. We get it. Technology in the classroom is like the invention of the lightbulb, car, and airplane all rolled into one thing. Got it. It’s great…

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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

The Guardian reports: Would a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder? The former set of skills are taught in schools, the latter are not. We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. Using a mobile phone to multiply is not. But to the people who invented it, longhand multiplication was just a convenient technology. I don’t think they attached any other emotions to it. We do, and it is still taught as a celebration of the human intellect. The algorithms that make Google possible are not taught to children. Instead, they are told: “Google is full of junk.”

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Improving student feedback with Big Data

Australian university uses analytics to improve student evaluations

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A private Australian university is using analytics to better understand the massive amounts of student feedback collected by faculty members every semester.

Officials at Bond University, a private institution in Queensland, Australia, announced in October that the school would use an advanced analytics tool to sift through student evaluation forms and determine the most pressing issues among the campus population.

The university is using a tool called EvaluationKIT, an online system designed to provide better, more accurate insight into how to improve college courses.

Faculty can select questions placed on a student evaluation form and ask EvaluationKIT to summarize the comments. The analytics tool lets educators identify important themes in the evaluation forms, instead of shuffling through dozens or hundreds of forms in search of a common theme.

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Ed-tech groups mull new FCC chief’s priorities

How will FCC Chairman Wheeler’s telecom experience impact ed-tech initiatives?

Wheeler-FCC-Federal-Communications-CommissionEd-tech advocacy groups reacted to the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, noting that the official move positions the agency to better act on pressing broadband connectivity and eRate needs.

Wheeler, the 31st chairman, has previously worked in various telecommunications companies and associations, such as Shiloh Group and the National Cable Television Association, for more than 30 years.

“Former Chairman Genachowski put us all on a course to a better broadband future and I am very cognizant that we are all building on his accomplishments,” Wheeler said during Nov. 5 comments to FCC staff.

(Next page: Ed-tech groups react to Wheeler’s confirmation)

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App of the week: School Fuel

schoolfuelName: School Fuel

What is it? School Fuel is a Mobile Learning Platform that allows teachers and school leaders to connect with students in class and on the go. School Fuel provides customized app and resource libraries aligned to Common Core Standards helping schools deliver the right apps to the right students at the right time – on any device.

Best for: Administrators and teachers

Price: FREE

Rated: 4+

Requirements: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Features:

  • School Fuel helps teachers uncover the best apps for learning.
  • From the School Fuel administration console, educators populate app and resource libraries based on subject areas, grade levels and Common Core standards.
  • Students then quickly access these customized resources on nearly any device, including phones and tablets.

Links:

[iTunes]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/school-fuel/id570027440?mt=8

[Google Apps marketplace]: http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/viewListing?productListingId=20233+14595653188938587495&category=&query=school+fuel

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