Tag Archives: EduTech

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012

From Jane Hart’s Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies…

Top 100

A learning tool is a tool to create or deliver learning content/solutions for others, or a tool for your own personal or professional learning.
Here is the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 as voted for by 582 learning professionals worldwide. Below is the slideset available via Slideshare and beneath it the textual list.  Other pages are available as follows:
Short analysis of the list | Best of Breed (categorised list) | Winners & Losers 2012
Full Text: Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 | Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

25 Great Pinterest Boards in EduTech

Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education.
Full Text: The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in EdTech – Online Universities.

Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough

Toddler with iPhone

I never realized how hard it would be to limit my toddler’s screen time. Despite my efforts, he has developed a proficiency with my iPhone that is, as far as I can tell, standard for his peers. He has even taken to calling it “my phone” and is flummoxed when the old solar calculator that was given to him as a plaything does not do what it is “supposed” to do (i.e., play music, play games, make calls, etc.). Whether it is through a phone, a tablet, a laptop, or a television, kids can do so many things with technology–and it is intuitive and easy to navigate. One of our friend’s children even tried swiping at a magazine page, and was frustrated when it did not turn electronically.
The split between what Marc Prensky called “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” in his landmark 2001 article has grown wider every year of this century. Unlike the teachers and parents who have watched technology slowly phased into modern culture over the past three decades, today’s students have been immersed in the digital era since birth. People joke about their children being able to program their computers for them (the old joke of children programming a VCR is now obsolete) and this facility with technology allows digital natives to engage in the world in a completely different way than many of us were able to in our youth. While many of us can bemoan this change in childhood and look back longingly on the time when baseball and outdoor activities were more prevalent than video games, the reality is that technology is here to stay and children are its consumers as much as adults, for better or for worse.
Full Text: Being a Digital Native Isn’t Enough | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network.

Preparation & Training Key to Exploiting EduTech

Teachers who are well-trained and prepared to use technology in class typically produce better results in the classrooms than those who are not.

Teacher using a tablet with a student

Personal digital devices like tablets and laptops work better in the classroom when used along with an interactive whiteboard, finds a recent study by Filigree Consulting — and that purposeful planning and preparation went a long way toward improving academic outcomes using education technology.
Researchers looked at the practices of over 300 educators from around the world and found that when each student was equipped with a personal-use device, equipping teachers with an interactive whiteboard resulted in a more efficient academic environment since it allowed for rapid switching between whole-class assignments, individual work and small-group instruction.
Additionally, the researchers found that teachers who were effectively trained, used high-quality digital content, and had a well-developed best practices guide extracted more value out of instructional technology than their less-prepared peers.
Full Text: Preparation, Training Key to Exploiting Education Technology | Education News.