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July 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“ABC Mouse” & “Vocabmonk” Are Two New Sites Where Teachers Can Create Virtual Classrooms

I’m adding two new sites to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress:

One is ABC Mouse, which — at this point, at least — only provides content for pre-K and Kindergartners, though much of it would also be accessible and useful for Beginning English Language Learners. Though it charges families, teachers can sign-up for their own virtual classrooms. It’s also accessible for free from public libraries.

The second is Vocabmonk, which focuses on building academic vocabulary. Teachers can also create their own virtual classrooms there, too.

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June 30, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Four Interesting Links On Educational Technology

Here are some recent pretty interesting posts/articles on ed tech:

Educational technology isn’t leveling the playing field is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

In Defense of Laptops in the Classroom is from Slate.

5 Things Researchers Have Discovered About MOOCs is from The Chronicle Of Higher Education. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s.

Striking a Balance: Digital Tools and Distraction in School is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Classroom Management.

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June 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Useful Ed Tech Articles & Posts

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Here are some recent useful pieces on ed tech-related issues:

From Apple II to Touchcast, the evolution of computers in the classroom is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.

Via Tablet or Smartphone, Learning With MOOCs is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More.

Three issues with the case for banning laptops is a thoughtful commentary from the Chronicle of Higher Education on a recent New Yorker piece advocating banning laptops in the college classroom (a link to the original piece is in the Chronicle article).

Don’t Personalize Learning is definitely a thought-provoking piece.

The Missing Guide for Google Hangout Video Calls is very helpful. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About.

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May 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech

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Most readers know that I’m a big proponent of using technology to help students in their learning process.

In fact, you can see a collection of applicable articles and related “Best” lists at The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

Most readers also know I’ve got a lot of misgivings about how tech is being used in education, particularly in ways that seem to prioritize profit over learning (though that’s certainly not the only reason it’s being misused).

I thought I’d bring together a number of those kinds of “Best” lists, along with specific articles, and encourage readers to also contribute their own.

Here they are:

The Best Posts About The Khan Academy

The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

Audrey Watters has written too many excellent posts to count on this topic at her blog, Hack Education.

Marketing Technologies in U.S. Public Schools is by Larry Cuban.

Framing the School Technology Dream is also by Larry Cuban.

Adaptive Learning Is An Infinite iPod That Only Plays Neil Diamond is by Dan Meyer.

Mind the Quicksand: A Word of Warning to EdTech Investors is from The Education Scientist.

Quotes: When Vendors Calls Themselves “Partners” is from This Week In Education.

I’ve written a fair amount about Internet Essentials in The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students. It’s Concast’s program to provide online access to low-income students. I have mentioned some skepticism about the program, but I was amazed about how much more skeptical we all should be of it. Read about it at The Washington Post, Why Comcast’s $10 a month Internet isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and at Quartz, Comcast promised poor Americans cheap internet, but most of them didn’t get it.

The History of “Personalization” and Teaching Machines is by Audrey Watters.

OPINION: A Distemperate Response to Silicon Valley’s ‘Edtech Revolution’ is from Ed Surge.

Bill Gates Is an Autodidact. You’re Probably Not. is from Slate.

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops is from The Chronicle Of Higher Education.

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away is by Clay Shirky.

What am I missing?

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May 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Star Trek “Universal Translator,” Here We Come?

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I’ve previously posted about experiments made by Microsoft to create the capacity for simultaneous translation (see The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation) and about Word Lens, an amazing mobile app that translates images of signs (see The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me).

Well, there has been big news recently about both tools.

Microsoft has made new advances and, as The Atlantic reports, Microsoft’s Skype Will Soon Be Able to Translate Voice Calls in Real Time. They’ll release it later this year. You can read more about it at The Guardian’s article, Microsoft’s ‘Star Trek’ voice translator available before the end 2014, and see this video demo:

In terms of Word Lensthey’ve just been bought by Google, who intends to integrate their features into Google Translate. Before that happens, though, they are making their app free for a limited time. In case you didn’t see their video when they first unveiled it, check it out:

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April 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’”

One-To-One Technology ‘Is Really About Building Effective Relationships’ is the title of my new post at Education Week Teacher.

Alice Barr, Mark Pullen and Troy Hicks will share their suggestions on how to successfully implement a one-to-one technology program.

Here are some excerpts:

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April 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Useful Posts On The “Flipped” Classroom

March 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Virtual Reality & Education

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Facebook’s recent purchase of a virtual reality company has been in the news this week. I have to admit I hadn’t been paying much attention to it until I heard this segment on the PBS News Hour, Facebook invests in a virtual reality future with $2 billion Oculus Rift acquisition.

I’ve embedded the video below, and you can read the transcript at the link, but the line I highlighted at the top of this post really struck me.

Might this be the real future of technology in education, as opposed to MOOC’s and all their shortcomings?

What do you think?

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March 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Podcast: What Are The Benefits & Challenges Of A One-To-One Program?

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My latest nine-minute BAM! Radio Podcast is on What Are the Real Benefits of a 1:1 Program? What Are the Biggest Challenges?

Educators Alice Barr and Troy Hicks share their thoughts, and they are also among contributors to one of my future Education Week columns on the topic.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs.

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March 6, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Four questions to ask before using an Ed Tech tool” Is My New British Council Post

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Four questions to ask before using an Ed Tech tool is my latest post over at Teaching English-British Council.

Here’s how I start:

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You can see all my British Council posts here.

I’m adding this most recent post to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

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February 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Helpful Resources For Google+

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Here are some new helpful resources that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About:

12 Reasons Google+ Isn’t As Bad As You Think is from The Huffington Post.

The Plus in Google Plus? It’s Mostly for Google is from The New York Times.

10 Growing Google+ Communities In Education is from Teach Thought.

28 Google+ Ed-Tech Communities for Educators, Instructional Designers and Technologists is from Ed Tech Magazine.

ESL Teachers is one Google+ Community.

English Language Teaching is another Google+ Community.

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February 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

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Here’s a link to my two-part Ed Week series on successfully implementing one-to-one programs

I’ll soon be covering a question in my Education Week Teacher column about one-to-one laptop/tablet programs, and thought it would be useful to readers (and to me!) to create a “Best” lists on the topic (Check out my nine-minute BAM! Radio Podcast on What Are the Real Benefits of a 1:1 Program? What Are the Biggest Challenges? Educators Alice Barr and Troy Hicks share their thoughts, and they are also among contributors to one of my future Education Week columns on the topic).

This list will be fairly limited at the beginning, but I’m confident readers, particularly teachers who are actually doing a one-to-one program, will contribute great stuff in the comments. I’ll be regularly adding those contributions to the post itself, but be sure to check the comments, anyway.

Here’s a start:

Big Educational Laptop and Tablet Projects: Looking at Ten Countries is from Larry Cuban’s blog and provides an excellent overview.

I have a number of useful resources at previously published “The Best….” lists and other posts in this blog, including at:

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

Tablets Or Laptops?

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users

Another Study On Schools Providing Students Home Computers Finds The Obvious Results

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

Here are more resources from other places:

Maine’s Decade-Old School Laptop Program Wins Qualified Praise is from The Huffington Post.

Unfazed, Houston Pushes Ahead on 1-to-1 Computing is from Education Week.

Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing is from November Learning.

Power Up! / Your 1:1 Program: Can You Answer These 10 Questions? is by Doug Johnson.

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads is from The Atlantic.

Why a New Jersey school district decided giving laptops to students is a terrible idea is from The Hechinger Report.

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February 5, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Show Me The Money — Are Schools Really Getting An Extra Billion For Technology?

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You have seen articles over the past couple of days about President Obama getting the Federal Communications Commission to add an extra billion dollars towards providing high-speed Internet to schools and libraries.

Here are some of the better articles on it:

Here’s Obama’s plan to give teachers and libraries $1 billion a year in extra funding is from The Washington Post.

F.C.C. to Change Program That Connects Schools to High-Speed Internet Service is from The New York Times.

Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it…

What are your thoughts? Is it really going to make much of a difference? Will money really get to schools?

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December 30, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Receive Questions Electronically While Leading A Workshop

I put this question out on Twitter and Google Plus, and here are the responses I received….

Please continue to leave comments and I’ll add them in….

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December 26, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Collection Of Recommendation Lists From Around The Web For iPhone & iPad Apps

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Over the past few days, the Web has been awash with recommendation lists of apps for people who received a new iPhone or iPad as a holiday gift.

Here are a few of the best ones. I’ll be adding this list to both The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users and The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me.

90 best free iPhone apps 2013 is from TechRadar.

Start here: the best apps for all your new devices is from The Verge.

11 Best iPad Apps of 2013 is from Mashable.

Essential Apps For Your New iPad or iPhone is from Gizmodo.

The very best (new) apps of 2013 is from USA Today.

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December 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Tablets Or Laptops?

The question of whether tablets or laptops are the way to go in classrooms is heating up in school districts around the country, and is probably being informed by the iPad fiasco in Los Angeles.

I lean in the laptop direction, though I’d certainly like to hear what readers think.

Scholastic has a useful discussion of the question, and I thought readers would also find this infographic useful (it might not come through on an RSS Reader.

I’m adding this post to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

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