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Is Classroom Technology Good for Learning or Wasting Time?
by Michael Simkins
In this article from the Dallas News, UT Austin professor Joan E. Hughes compares active and passive uses of technology.
Is the Digital Native a Myth?
by Michael Simkins
The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people—and is no better at multitasking.
That's the assertion of a recent opinion piece in Nature. It caught my eye, partly no doubt, because I tend to agree, at least to a point. The article was prompted by the release of a paper by European academics Paul A.Kirschner and Pedro De Bruyckere, "The myths of the digital native and the multitasker." Highlights from the paper include:
Protecting Your Digital Data Privacy
by Susan Brooks-Young
Recently, I went to a local jeweler to get a ring repaired. The sales associate used her tablet device to complete a work order for me. When she requested my address and phone number, I didn’t give it a second thought. Then she asked for my birth date. When I questioned why she needed to know, she shrugged and mumbled something about sending me a birthday card. I decided not to provide that information. Next she asked for my wedding anniversary date, glanced up at me and said, "Oh, I guess you won’t want to tell me that either." I smiled and shook my head. Not a huge deal, but it did get me thinking about all the times we give people personal information without asking why it’s needed or how it might end up being used. [read more]
The 9 week online Certification for the Professional Learning Leader begins February 1st with a face-to-face kick off.
The 9 week online Certification for the Administrator will kick off on February 2nd.
Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this winter: Professional Learning Leader and Administrator Certification. Professional Learning Leader focuses on educators who provide professional development and are looking for ways to promote digital learning and technology. Administrator certification is geared towards educational leaders who support and drive decisions and vision in their school, district, or organization focused on digital learning.
Student Data Privacy
TICAL Cadre Member Wins Award
Arkansas expands high-speed web access to all students
The High Cost of Low Technology Skills
Social Media Helpline
Putting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning
What can administrators, course designers and faculty do to retain online learners?
CCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
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A Social Media Handbook -- Geared for Administrators