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Guess What’s the Fastest-Adopted Gadget of the Last 50 Years

Nope, not the iPod or iPhone (in fact, it’s got no relation to Steve Jobs). Not the walkman, VCR, or even the answering machine.  Keep thinking… [EF]

When we think about the great consumer electronics technologies of our time, the cellular phone probably springs to mind. If we go farther back, perhaps we’d pick the color television or the digital camera. But none of those products were adopted as fast by the American people as the…

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Tip of the Week – Six Great Ways to Publish Student Work

While the post comes from a Social Studies teacher, the publishing techniques described can be used in all subjects and for all ages.  Check these out before you design your next unit lesson plan…

We know that the world is moving online and that to prepare our kids for that world, we need to train them to use that world’s tools. We know that publishing student work beyond the classroom encourages authentically engaged kids who create high-quality work. We know that integration of writing and visuals increases cognitive activity.

Yeah. So?

So we need to be publishing more student work online. But where and how?

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Post Source: History Tech

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Why #Pencilchat May Be the Most Clever Education Allegory Ever

A fun way of expressing some teacher frustration, but also a good way to teach about allegories and metaphors…

A decidedly low tech device, the humble pencil, is providing some tongue-in-cheek insight into current education debates via Twitter. In the past 24 hours, educators have tweeted the hashtag #pencilchat thousands of times. The tweets are undeniably witty, but they also reflect the frustration teachers feel over everything from schools’ technophobia to budget cuts, which may make #pencilchat the best—and most clever—education allegory ever.

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Post Source: GOOD – Education

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A ‘Moneyball’ Approach to College

You know those “clickers” some of your colleagues have been using for objective tests or quizzes?  What if the system could also give you data to decide which students should be partnered up? In real time?  And could we learn something from “Moneyball?”

Educators have long held that the interactions between students and professors defy simple reduction. Yet in several areas of campus life, colleges are converting the student experience into numbers to crunch in the name of improving education.

Think of it as higher education meets Moneyball. In the movie, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane reinvents his struggling baseball team by analyzing statistics in new ways to predict player success. In education, college managers are doing something similar to forecast student success—in admissions, advising, teaching, and more.

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WeTopia Transforms Online Gaming Addiction Into Social Good

From the old if you can’t beat ’em category…at least time spent playing this video game could improve the lives of actual children.

Know any Farmville addicts? About 30 million people spend time on the game every day, pruning digital trees or exchanging cash for virtual tractors.While social gaming may be fun, there’s something absurd about buying fake goods. But what if all that energy and economic activity went to something productive in the real world instead?

That’s the value proposition behind WeTopia, a new social game from Sojo Studios that lets gamers directly fund initiatives to improve the lives of children.

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