Augmented reality brings new dimensions to learning

Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where the school hallways are lined with paintings that are alive and interactive, Edudemic reports. Now imagine creating an atmosphere like that for your students. Augmented Reality (AR) allows educators and students to do just that: unlock or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. Most people who interact with AR for the first time have a mind-blowing experience but fail to consider classroom applications. In our elementary school classrooms, we use AR to create active learning experiences hitherto inconceivable, and in the process redefine the learning space…

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How to use Sesame Street to promote digital literacy

Sesame Street is a pretty awesome show. Not only do I remember loving the show as a child, but as an adult, I now understand how educational it is and how much effort goes into making it so. From counting with the Count von Count to learning about recycling with Oscar the Grouch, there’s a lot of learning material packed into a show that is fun to watch for kids, Edudemic reports. Now, Sesame Street has launched a new multimedia site aimed at improving literacy for young children, and helping families (and caregivers) learn to make the most out of every opportunity for talking, reading, and writing. They cite an interesting statistic as part of the motivation for this project: ‘By the age of four, a child from a high-income family has been exposed to 35 million more words than a child from a low-income family. Low-income children miss out on over 400 hours of literacy-related activities that high-income children experience.’

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How digital learning is becoming the fourth literacy

Reading. Writing. Math. Those are the big ones, right? Up until recently, a lot of people would have probably said that was correct, Edudemic reports. But since it is 2013 and so much of our lives happen online, digital literacy is being added to the list. Not that this should come as any sort of surprise to most of us, since most teachers spend vast amounts of time in classrooms surrounded by technology. Technology that both teachers and students need to be literate in…

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Defining paperless 2.0

The transition to the 1:1 classroom regularly goes hand in hand with a call for teachers to go paperless, Edudemic reports.  The idea is a popular one for schools (and businesses) who can realize quick savings from reduced paper costs and offset the cost of the new devices. It can also be popular with teachers for a variety of conveniences when distributing and collecting materials.  But what about learning? Is moving to paperless a step forward or a high tech way of doing exactly what we have always done albeit electronically? In the initial stages of a 1:1, teachers begin to convert already existing materials into electronic copies. Copies become PDF’s or Google Docs. In most cases, these materials do not differ from what they were on paper…

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Where in the world do the most young people use technology?

Yesterday, we talked a bit about digital natives and digital immigrants, Edudemic reports. I mentioned at the beginning of that post that I got into thinking about this after reading an article that discussed which countries have the most digital natives. The article was pretty interesting, and drew on information from the recent UN International Telecommunications Union (UTI) study that looked at the proportion of young people in each country that grew up with the internet. At first, I figured that the results of this study would be pretty obvious. First world countries with large populations and higher birth rates would be at the top of the list. After all, lots of kids + money for technology = more kids using technology, right? I was really interested when the results were not quite what I thought. If you’re interested, you can find a pdf of the entire UTI report here, but they have also created an infographic with some of the more interesting data points. Keep reading to learn more…

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Teacher vs student: How each actually uses social media

At some point in my life, a few years back, Facebook became much less…interesting to me, Edudemic reports. Much less cool, even. I thought it was me. I assumed I was getting old and that my friends, acquaintances, and I were just doing less interesting stuff. Or maybe just posting about more boring stuff? It turns out I was right – at least according to the handy infographic below, which details how both teachers and students view some of the more popular social media platforms. Facebook is for old people (according to students) – so I wasn’t too far off. I’m old (apparently). And with just about the expected amount of no surprise, teachers and students see each platform quite differently. Teachers’ favorites are not student favorites, and vice versa. And those that are popular with both are not necessarily for the same reasons…

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7 signs your school needs a technology makeover

Every teacher has a technology wishlist, Edudemic reports. Whether you have one computer in your classroom or thirty iPads, there’s always a little something that we wish we had to make something a little more fun or a little easier. Sometimes, our really slow computers or lack of resources really make us wish for a technology makeover. This fun infographic from We Are Teachers showcases seven tongue-in-cheek signs that your school might need a technology makeover. They created this awhile back when they were running a contest for a technology makeover, but the humor in them still rings true today. For those of you dealing with eight year old computers and chalk boards that use real chalk in your classrooms, you’ll surely get a laugh…

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6 reasons to try mobile devices in the classroom

Looking at the recent advancement in computer and technology, the education system seems more organized and systemic than ever, Edudemic reports. Considering this aspect, one can easily predict a more technology-based classroom environment that will benefit both the teachers and students in future. Tablets and Smartphones have reinforced this ideology further by introducing new ideas and concepts in the traditional ways of schooling. Now students can learn in a more flexible and self-paced environment without any hurdles with resources – time, people, space and money. This has resulted in an efficient and faster way to learn and grow within a particular field of study. Here I will inform you about some important benefits that you can avail using Tablets, Smartphones and other mobile devices in the classroom. Here they are…

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How EdTech is now being used in music classrooms

A few months ago (and more recently), we asked for your help: we wanted real-life teachers to share what was happening in their classrooms technology-wise, says Edudemic. And share you did! We heard from so many of you, and we’re going to be sharing your classrooms with our fabulous readers starting…today! I don’t know about you guys, but I find it so insightful to see what other folks are out there doing. Sometimes they mention a tool they use or an application for a particular device that I hadn’t thought of, and I wish I had been able to think of that particular thing so much earlier! This is why collaboration is so awesome, and important…

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Why teachers should use education technology

How do you respond to someone when they ask you WHY they should use education technology? asks Edudemic. Do you get flustered and attempt to walk them through an array of apps and web tools that can help them save time, reduce friction in the classroom, and more? If you’re an Edudemic reader, then you probably already use edtech and are happy to walk others through those exact points…

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