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December 15, 2014
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The Best Articles On The New E-Rate Increase

December 14, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Al Jazeera Article On Providing Students With Home Internet Access

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Al Jazeera has just published an article about New York City libraries providing free home internet access to low-income students and families.

I was interviewed by the reporter and you’ll find a couple of not-particularly-profound quotes from me talking about a similar project our school did with immigrant families.

I’m adding the article to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

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November 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Are Your Top One-To-Three Mobile Apps For The Classroom – & Why?

I’ve been asked to write a short article listing the ten “best” mobile apps for the classroom.

I’ve got my ideas, but thought I’d invite readers to contribute their own, as well.

Leave a comment, or send me a tweet, with one-to-three of your favorite apps and, ideally, also write one sentence for each one saying why you like it so much.

I’ll publish everybody’s suggestion in a blog post here — of course, giving credit — and will also give you credit if your app makes my “top ten” cut.

I’d love to hear apps that can be applicable to as many content areas as possible, and am also interested in ones for math and science since I don’t know much either of those subjects.

Please let me know your suggestions by December 15th.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users

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November 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

I’ve become increasingly disappointed with our District’s decision to not purchase Chromebooks and, instead, purchase far more expensive and far fewer MacBooks.

I did think, though, that readers might find a Chromebooks “Best” list useful and, perhaps, someday, so will I.

Before I share those links (and I hope readers will contribute more), here are a few other Best lists you might find useful:

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools

The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning

The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology

My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus A Few From Other People)

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users

The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me

Now, here are my choices for The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom:

Chromebooks beat iPads as top education device is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

30 Ways to Use Chromebooks in the Classroom is a useful slide presentation.

Using Chromebooks in the Classroom is from Reading Today.

Here’s a Live Binder created by Maureen Davis full of related resources.

10 Chromebook uses: How Google-powered laptops are enhancing classrooms is from Education Dive.

3 Reasons Why Chromebook Beats iPad in 1:1 Programs is from edSurge.

Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs is from Forbes.

Why Chromebooks Are Beating MacBooks is from Mashable.


Educators Weigh Merits of Chromebooks, iPads in Twitter Chat
is from Ed Week.

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October 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Useful Posts About Ed Tech

Here are three recent useful posts on ed tech:

Why I Now Friend Students On Social Media is by Vicki Davis. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teacher/Student Use Of Social Media.

15 Effective Ways to Use Google Docs in Class is from Ed Tech and Mobile Learning.

The Downside of Being a Connected Educator is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Connected Educators Month.

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October 4, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Many More Resources On Connected Educators Month!

September 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New $15 Million XPRIZE For Learning Software To “Disrupt” Education — Call Me A Cynic

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The XPRIZE organization has offered many big prizes for technological solutions to problem. Now, they’ve set their sights on education and want to “disrupt” it.

The prize is:

challenging teams around the world to develop tablet-based software solutions that can bring children who have little or no access to quality education to a higher level of performance in reading, writing and arithmetic in eighteen months. The winning team will create an independent learning environment for each child, empowering them to take control of their own learning and, ultimately, their future.

And they’re doing this because:

The traditional model of education is no longer scalable or sustainable. We simply can’t build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need.

For all I know, some decent learning software might come out of this effort. Unfortunately, though, they’ve drunk the “kool-aid” of all the high-tech folks who know little about education and want to create a technological magical solution.

Granted, there certainly are substantial challenges to education in developing countries. But having good, plentiful schools with quality teachers is “scalable” and “sustainable” with a broad-based political push to make it happen.

Some nice software will not…

As legendary organizer Fred Ross, Sr. once said:

Short-cuts usually end in detours, which lead to dead ends.

Here’s a video on the new Prize (this is where I got the quotations):

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September 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three Skeptical Posts About Ed Tech

Here are few interesting recent skeptical posts on ed tech issues:

Why I’m Asking You Not to Use Laptops is from The Chronicle Of Higher Education. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away is by Clay Shirky. I’m adding it to the same list.

iPads for Young Children in School is by Larry Cuban.

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