Confused About Ed Tech Tools? New Rating Site for Apps and Games

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To evaluate the bonanza of apps, games, and websites that claim to have educational value, Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization best known for rating commercial media for age-level appropriateness, has developed a new rating system called Graphite.

Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

This should help lots of people who are trying to learn which tools are most effective for what.

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Changing Our Vocabulary as Technology Integration Coaches ยป Playing with Media

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The basic idea is that non-techy terms are important when we want to win the hearts and minds of parents as well as other teachers in our rapidly changing digital information landscape. It’s easy to intimidate or confuse someone with acronyms, when it comes to educational technology or almost any other field. If we can avoid jargon when we talk about media products students can produce to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of concepts, it can help others open their minds to new possibilities instead of being closed off.

Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

Great advice.

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Personalize Learning: Home

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What does it mean to Make Learning Personal?
The term “Personalized Learning” is very controversial and confusing. We created this site to dispel some of the myths about personalized learning and for you to:

learn about the latest research on personalized learning.follow the thought leaders in the field of personalized learning.hear from teachers and learners who are personalizing learning. use strategies and tools to support changing teacher and learner roles.

Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

Fantastic site that offers insight as well as supportive research. 

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Individualized Instruction Vs. Personalized Learning

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This is one of those blog posts intended to help me shape my own thoughts – and asks you, “How close I am to the real world of teaching and learning?

Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

This is something I’ve seen numerous times, but as usual David organizes it nicely and his input is always worth the time. There is a site devoted to this fundemental concept of 21st Century learning that delves deeper than one can in a blog post. The thread running through the shift in mindset required is really summed up in this and the student/learner – teacher/master learner. Like all great plans it is simple in concept, but challenging in implementation. This last year I focused on these concepts and in spite of my best efforts I would occasionally lapse in to the "old ways." This requires a complete abandoning of traditional teaching practices.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: The Key to Staying Positive in Your Classroom: Throw Away Your Depends

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Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

Vicki is correct, but I tend to have two attitudes. This likely comes from spending many years in retail where, no matter what’s going on inside, you must be positive. I’ve always viewed my learners and their parents as customers; so, no matter what might be troubling me about administration or the direction the school is headed, I always give them a happy face. A caveat, though, is when you’re dealing with older learners. They know more about the politics in any school than we’d like to believe; they often perceive things based on observing numerous staff members. I’ve had learners come to me with concerns that often mirror my own. This is especially true with learners that have "grown up" in a school, at least in K-12 schools.

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Digital education resource and library for researchers and students – Cyborg Anthropology

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Most modern human life is a product of human and non-human interaction.

Douglas Allen Lawslo‘s insight:

Are our devices making us cyborgs? Certainly a site worth looking into if you are concerned about the future.

 

The area of this site discussing Digital Ethnography is pretty sparse, maybe I’ll volunteer my services.

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