Saturday, December 27, 2014

How edX Works

edX online learning for free from some of the best schools in the country.



President Obama announces edX-White House partnership

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History of Educational Technology

Brunner, Emmons receive Excellence in Education Awards

Brunner, Emmons receive Excellence in Education Awards
Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:16 am
By the Midland Daily News

Michigan State Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City, and Michigan State Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, have received the Excellence in Education Award at the 14th annual AT&T/MACUL/TRIG Student Technology Showcase.

The award is given to legislators who have been dedicated to improving the Michigan educational system, and was presented by AT&T, the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning and TRIG.

“Representative Brunner and Senator Emmons have played a significant role in supporting schools, classrooms and education-related initiatives,” said Mark Smith, MACUL executive director. “Their efforts have contributed to our students being better prepared for tomorrow’s workforce.”

Emmons is a mid-Michigan native representing the 33rd Senate District which includes four counties: Clinton, Ionia, Isabella, and Montcalm.

Brunner was first elected to the state House in 2010 and represents the 96th District, covering the majority of Bay County.

The AT&T/MACUL/TRIG Student Technology Showcase featured technology displays from 35 schools statewide during three separate sessions. Exhibits were set up in the halls of the Capitol so that students could provide legislators with hands-on demonstrations to show how technology is being used in the classroom to enhance learning.

Online Lesson Planning Tools

Here is a short list of online lesson planning tools. I will try to find more and update this list as I find them. Also if you would consider adding some to the comment section for tools that you feel others would be interested in. Alternatively you can send me an email with a link to online lesson planning tools that you would like to recommend.

sharpstf@gmail.com

http://planbookedu.com/

https://www.planbook.com/

https://www.planboardapp.com/

http://www.standardstoolbox.com/demos/lp_demo/lp_demo.html

Erate and Michigan TRIG

Erate and Michigan what will this mean to your school district.

E-Rate from TRIG on Vimeo.

DATA Hubs in Michigan with the TRIG Group

TRIG Data Integration project under the TRIG program

Data 1 from TRIG on Vimeo.

Technology Planning Process for the future of Michigan Schools

TRIG and MTRAx Technology Planning Process for the future of Michigan is changing learn more about what the TRIG group is working on developing


Proposed Technology Planning Process from TRIG on Vimeo.

TRIG T3 Classroom Readiness program to train teachers in Michigan

What is New Tech Network?

Edutopia's 10 Big Ideas to Improve Public Education

Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish New Tech School

Digital Learning @ New Tech Network: A Glimpse into a Project

Friday, December 26, 2014

Parrot Bebop - Preview

Los Angeles Unified School District iPad Investigation

Los Angeles Unified School District iPad Investigation



At the start of the 2013-14 school year, Los Angeles Unified School District embarked on an innovative and admirable journey: Through a $1 billion contract with Apple, the nation's second largest district planned to equip each of its 640,000 students with their very own iPad. It was an ambitiously massive 1:1 rollout, and it was unfortunately anything but smooth.

Issues ranged from a lack of necessary accessories like keyboards to students "hacking" the iPads by deleting security profiles. Eventually, the decision was made to roll back the project's completion date, and then, in August, former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy announced that the contract with Apple would be annulled. Things got even weirder in October, when Deasy resigned amid swirling rumors that there were conflicts of interest surrounding the Apple deal.

This past week, the FBI commenced an investigation into the failed, and possibly unethical, plan, focusing particularly on the potentially unorthodox bidding. According to the Los Angeles Times, top LAUSD officials, such as Deasy, may have had connections with both Apple and Pearson, which in turn influenced the monumental iPad deal.

It will be interesting to keep tabs on this story and find out if there really was any foul play in the negotiation process. The LAUSD/Apple deal was poised to set a precedent for other districts, so its failures could be a great place to start when considering what not to do in the future.

There should be further investigation on price fixing by Apple. They are charging education more then the general public. They are strong arming vendors as Box stores and online vendors not to sell at a discount to education threatening to take there authorization to sell their product if they do.

Michigan REMC has the ability to challenge them on these practices. They could not allow them to participate in there bid process if they continue to price fix. But REMC continues to look the other way.

Friday, December 19, 2014

An Introduction to Poll Everywhere and how it can be used in education.

http://www.polleverywhere.com/

Peardeck Lecture

What does depth of knowledge look like in education.


Michael Horn presents "Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive?"

Join Michael B. Horn, co-author and co-founder and Executive Director of Education at The Clayton Christensen Institute (formerly Innosight Institute) as he discusses his new report, Is K-12 Blended Learning Disruptive? Mr. Horn will analyze blended learning through the lens of disruptive innovation theory to help people anticipate and plan for the likely effects of blended learning on the classrooms of today and schools

Monday, December 8, 2014

Veritasium Science Trailer

This Will Revolutionize Education

This video has had a lot of “air time” in education circles this past week. It’s been described as humorous, as thought provoking, even heretical in some circles. Regardless of how accurate you perceive the video’s main thesis to be (you could argue that some technology has revolutionized how we think about education), the basic sentiment is dead on. There exists a constant stream of new gadgets, gizmos, and learning platforms that tech evangelists claim to be the “silver bullet” that will solve all of our educational problems. We make claims about technology that on face value are sound, but when held up to greater scrutiny are patently ridiculous; how often have you seen “kids today learn different than the way we learned” plastered in bold letters on a keynote slide at a conference? Learners today learn no differently then how we’ve always learned as a species; making, building, tinkering, exploring, testing, failing, reflecting, and ultimately synthesizing greater knowledge out of pre-existing knowledge and new experiences.

The most exciting point in this video is the “evolutionary” nature of technology in education. Technology will continue to transform how we demonstrate and communicate our inner thought processes to others, but the learning will always be an internal, cognitive act. We still learn in small groups, with a teacher or facilitator to guide and inspire learners because thousands upon thousands of years of human development has led us to an understanding that shared experiences gives us a common reference point to build new knowledge upon; we pass down stories from antiquity and our religious and cultural ancestry. We value the connection we have with the past, and attempt to build new understanding through metaphors that link back to our previous cultural, religious, and societal touchstones. We still strive to find relevance in the Bible, the Torah, the Quran, and base theories of the universe on mathematical and philosophical texts written hundreds of years ago.

Thousands of years of thought has taught us that the learning process is messy! The exact opposite of what technology is designed to do. Most technology is designed to help streamline, codify, and create more efficient paths to learning, growth, and understanding. In many small ways it helps, but when technology excels at creating linear paths to new understanding, it can ultimately diffuse and disarm the engaging and messy learning that inspires us. If you read through the comments on this video on Youtube you’ll find several fascinating conversations of individuals who were disillusioned for one reason or another with their educational experience. It doesn’t fall on technology to inspire and engage us, it falls upon the understanding and ability of the teacher to manipulate the learning environment and create opportunities that speak to the individual needs of their learners; needs that may change on a day to day, or even hourly basis, depending on the individual. Technology will never afford the same “swiss army knife” like tool that is the human mind, able to adapt to a wide variety of needs, one of which might include the need to turn off the technology for a particular learning experience.

There may exist a time when technology affords us the ability to articulate and communicate our own internal thought processes in a way that is universally understood, but until that point in time, the only revolution that is needed is one of educational practice and delivery. And even that, technology cannot help, as the impetus for change must exist within the minds of those at the front of the classroom.

This Will Revolutionize Education

This video has had a lot of “air time” in education circles this past week. It’s been described as humorous, as thought provoking, even heretical in some circles. Regardless of how accurate you perceive the video’s main thesis to be (you could argue that some technology has revolutionized how we think about education), the basic sentiment is dead on. There exists a constant stream of new gadgets, gizmos, and learning platforms that tech evangelists claim to be the “silver bullet” that will solve all of our educational problems. We make claims about technology that on face value are sound, but when held up to greater scrutiny are patently ridiculous; how often have you seen “kids today learn different than the way we learned” plastered in bold letters on a keynote slide at a conference? Learners today learn no differently then how we’ve always learned as a species; making, building, tinkering, exploring, testing, failing, reflecting, and ultimately synthesizing greater knowledge out of pre-existing knowledge and new experiences.

The most exciting point in this video is the “evolutionary” nature of technology in education. Technology will continue to transform how we demonstrate and communicate our inner thought processes to others, but the learning will always be an internal, cognitive act. We still learn in small groups, with a teacher or facilitator to guide and inspire learners because thousands upon thousands of years of human development has led us to an understanding that shared experiences gives us a common reference point to build new knowledge upon; we pass down stories from antiquity and our religious and cultural ancestry. We value the connection we have with the past, and attempt to build new understanding through metaphors that link back to our previous cultural, religious, and societal touchstones. We still strive to find relevance in the Bible, the Torah, the Quran, and base theories of the universe on mathematical and philosophical texts written hundreds of years ago.

Thousands of years of thought has taught us that the learning process is messy! The exact opposite of what technology is designed to do. Most technology is designed to help streamline, codify, and create more efficient paths to learning, growth, and understanding. In many small ways it helps, but when technology excels at creating linear paths to new understanding, it can ultimately diffuse and disarm the engaging and messy learning that inspires us. If you read through the comments on this video on Youtube you’ll find several fascinating conversations of individuals who were disillusioned for one reason or another with their educational experience. It doesn’t fall on technology to inspire and engage us, it falls upon the understanding and ability of the teacher to manipulate the learning environment and create opportunities that speak to the individual needs of their learners; needs that may change on a day to day, or even hourly basis, depending on the individual. Technology will never afford the same “swiss army knife” like tool that is the human mind, able to adapt to a wide variety of needs, one of which might include the need to turn off the technology for a particular learning experience.

There may exist a time when technology affords us the ability to articulate and communicate our own internal thought processes in a way that is universally understood, but until that point in time, the only revolution that is needed is one of educational practice and delivery. And even that, technology cannot help, as the impetus for change must exist within the minds of those at the front of the classroom.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Official Moto 360 Demo at Google I/O

Meet Moto 360, a classic timepiece powered by Android Wear. Get a sneak peek at just some of the functionalities of Moto 360 in a demo we are giving at this year's Google I/O.



This video shows why memorizing facts in a thing of the past. In the future we will need to use some of the 5 intelligence for the future as described by Howard Gardener. We will need to teach emotional intelligence and not just intellectual intelligence. This video of the Google Moto 360 demonstrated how the star trek tele-communicator is her today.



 

Energize Education K12 schools

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Video CBS

Litton Entertainment and The Henry Ford present "Innovation Nation," a weekly celebration of the inventor's spirit, from historic innovators of past centuries to the forward-looking visionaries of today. Premiering this September on CBS.

TEDxAmericasFinestCity - Larry Rosenstock - Dualities in Education Innov...

Larry Rosenstock: Moving Public Education Forward

Amidst the national obsession with raising test scores, Larry Rosenstock offers a simple suggestion: “Have kids doing work that’s important to them instead of this antiquated notion of content.”

Rosenstock is one of the co-founders of High Tech High, a group of charter schools that’s lauded as a model example of how formal education can embrace inquiry-based, truly student-driven, project-based learning. For Rosenstock, the way to a student’s motivation is through his heart, and through high expectations.

To educators, he says: “Catch yourself every time you’re systematically mis-predicting who can and who can’t do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It’s not democratic and it’s not moving us forward.”

Read more about High Tech High’s initiative in the Deeper Learning movement.

I would totally agree with Larry Rosenstock, I was one of these students and was told by a counselor at my school that I was not college material. Lucky I did not listen, I did take an alternative route but end up finishing a master degree program and not have dedicate much of my life helping all student to find there passion in learning and to become what they want to become and to find there dream.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Teaching in the 21st Century

The Future of Learning

At 2Revolutions, we are partnering with forward-thinking governments, funders, nonprofits and entrepreneurs to innovate across the human capital continuum - to ensure that each learner can be successful on the path he or she chooses. We design and launch Future of Learning models, and help catalyze the conditions within which they can thrive. If you are involved -- or want to become involved -- in building the Future of Learning, we hope you'll reach out. Come check us out at www.2revolutions.net.

Blended learning in 2 minutes and 38 seconds

What is Blended Learning ?

The SAMR Model in Blended Learning

Applying the SAMR model to build your blended learning environment. This movie is property of Chesterfield County Public Schools, in Chesterfield, VA. It may be reused for educational purposes.

Introduction to the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model as a way for teachers to evaluate how they are incorporating technology into their instructional practice. You can use SAMR to reflect upon how you are integrating technology into your classroom. Is it an act of Substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or Redefinition?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Legislature Considers Overturning Voter Enacted Proposal A

Legislature Considers Overturning Voter Enacted Proposal A

(Author unknown)

In March, 1994, Michigan residents considered a referendum, entitled Proposal A. Inclusive in Proposal A was a new mix of tax changes that would provide funding for Michigan schools. Different from previous proposals, voters in 1994 were not able to keep the status quo, should they have voted against Proposal A. Instead, they were asked essentially to decide between an increase in the sales tax rate (Proposal A) or increase the income tax rate if Proposal A failed (Statutory Plan).

Indeed, Michigan’s residents in 1994 approved Proposal A, changing the formula for funding public education from property taxes to a 2% sales tax on consumable purchases. Before Proposal A, Michigan’s property tax burden was more than 33 percent above the national average with the sales tax 32 percent below the national average. Since then, Michigan’s residents and businesses have seen large decreases in the millage rates assessed on their property. In 1993, the average statewide millage rate for all property was 56.64 mills. In 2000, the statewide average homestead millage rate was 31.54 mills and the non-homestead rate was 50.10 mills.

Clearly, these were big, mutually beneficial changes, with school districts realizing more equitable funding (the funding ratio between the highest and lowest funded school districts went from 3:1 to 2:1) and property owners benefiting with decreased taxes. Twenty years ago, these were much needed adjustments to taxes.

Without question, in Michigan, our votes count. We go to the polls to voice our perspectives on many issues ranging from our representation in Lansing to our opinions on taxation. It’s essential that, when options come before us, we vote. When we do so, our government must listen.

Yet, within the current lame-duck legislative session, House Speaker, Jace Bolger, is floating a plan to repeal the 6 percent sales tax on gasoline and replace it with a tax on the wholesale price of fuel. This is estimated to reduce public school funding by more than $600 million per year, or over $400 per student. Seemingly, the Legislature has the power to make the move — unlike other sales tax road proposals that require voter approval under the state Constitution.

Recently, I had a conversation with a preschool teacher who shared with me how her students had worked together through a difficult situation related to their classroom rules, necessary to ensure student safety, security, and happiness. When asked for ideas of what to do for children who do not follow the rules, the class could not come up with a consequence, and they responded that in fact they fully intend for everyone to follow the rules--especially their leaders. Their reasoning? “Everyone just has to follow the rules because the students in the class made these rules.” In so doing, they collectively decided what was best for the class and everyone in it. There are no exceptions. To not follow the rules is not an option. The rules are for the class, created by the class, and a shared expectation of everyone in the class.

How is our legislature any different? How can the people of Michigan voice their opinion on public school funding via a statewide referendum and then have the legislature unilaterally overturn it twenty years later? This seems as undemocratic to me as breaking the collectively agreed upon rules do to a classroom of four-year olds.

There’s no question that Michigan’s roads and bridges are broken. Safe roads matter greatly to everyone. We need a solution. Diverting public school funding to fix the roads is not a solution. Instead, it creates deeper potholes, destabilization of bridges to the future for Michigan’s children, and cuts to essential programs and services.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Here is a look at what the school in the TRIG program in the State of Michigan Purchased

The breakdown of purchases by device type is shown below:

Chromebooks: 68,513
Notebooks: 25,224
iPads: 29,388
Other Tablets: 4,194
Desktops: 19,596

And by individual awarded devices:

Device
Purchased Quantity*
Samsung Series 3 (Chomebook)
10,092
Acer C720  (Chromebook)
14,866
HP Chromebook 14
7,347
Dell Chromebook 11
20,434
Acer C720 w/4 GB  (Chromebook)
8,803
HP Chromebook 11
565
Acer C720 w/4 GB w/Touchscreen  (Chromebook)
171
HP 800 G1 (Desktop w/ vPro)
9,176
HP 400 G1 (Desktop w/o vPro)
10,420
HP 450 G1/G2 Notebook
8,037
HP 340 G1 Notebook
3,235
HP 215 G1 Notebook
3,328
Dell Latitude 3340 Notebook
5,684
Lenovo x131e Chromebook (11.6" durable)
6,235
Lenovo 11e Microsoft Notebook (11.6" durable)
0
13" Macbook Pro
1,233
11" Macbook Air with AppleCare
368
11" Macbook Air
2,744
13" Macbook Pro w/ 8 GB w/ AppleCare
294
11" Macbook Air w/ 8 GB w/ AppleCare
84
13" Macbook Pro w/ AppleCare
75
13" Macbook Pro w/ 8 GB
37
11" Macbook Air with 8 GB
37
13" Macbook Pro w/ 256 GB Drive
68
iPad Air 16 GB (single)
2,480
iPad Air 16 GB (single) w/ AppleCare
49
iPad Air 16 GB 10 pack
22,900*
iPad Air 16 GB 10 Pack w/ AppleCare
2,560*
iPad 32 GB single
63
iPad 32 GB Single w/ AppleCare
8
iPad Air 32 GB 10 pack
1,230*
iPad Air 32 GB 10 pack w/ AppleCare
90*
iPad Air 64 GB Single
7
iPad Air 64 GB Single w/ AppleCare
1
Dell Venue Pro 11
3,267
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 for Education
724
UNOBOOK 10.1" Android, Keyboard, Warranty Bundle Android
202
UNOBook Android Tablet
1
Grand Total
146,915
*single units/10 packs multiplied out


Sales and Savings Graphs
To see how sales and savings compare across the consortia, review the graphs below:
  






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