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This is a thought provoking video presentation produced by TED in last September.  In this video, education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education — the best teachers and schools don’t exist where they’re needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.

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The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in the State of Victoria, Australia released 2 publications in January 2011 on iPads in Education.  These 2 digital books are free to read online or download.  They are useful for schools whose plan to introduce iPad in their classrooms.

iPas for Learning - Getting Started

iPads for Learning – Getting Started:  Classroom ideas for learning with the iPad: Resource book for schools

iPads for Learning: 21 Steps to 1-to-1 Success

iPads for Learning – 21 Steps to 1-to-1 Success: a handbook for planning, preparing, implementing and evaluating iPad programs

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A great video produced by Justin Tarte, a teacher at Seckman High School in Imperial, MO.  With the huge push for technology in schools, Justin asked what his students thought about their feelings toward technology in schools.  Here are 25 responses from his students.


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For the past month, I have viewed several videos regarding teaching and technology. I think they are well made. Teachers, administrators, and parents should watch them and learn.

Evolution of Technology and Teaching

Advances in technology have powered paradigmatic shifts in education (Frick, 1991). This video was made to encourage teachers to use technology in new ways to support and transform erstwhile ways of teaching and learning. Unfortunately, this video is no longer allowed to be embedded into a blog.  So, here is the link:


Why We Need to Teach Technology in School?

This video describes the importance of technology in schools. Technology prepares students for lives in the future. It also engages students in learning.

Are kids different because of digital media?

The video was created by MacArthur Foundation (www.digitallearning.macfound.org). The MacArthur Foundation committed $50 million to explore how technology is changing kids and learning,

Children Using Technology to Learn

This movie was made by Gosford, a TAFE Outreach student in Australia, for her major assignment in the Digital Movie Making course.

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Mobile devices are getting smaller and more powerful.  They have the ability to deliver learning objects and provide access to online systems and services.  Today, mobile devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones, Blackberry, iPods, MP3 and MP4 players are finding their way into classrooms in students’ pockets.  These high tech gadgets are useful learning support tools for students.  Unfortunately, many teachers and administrators have serious concerns about the use of these high tech gadgets in schools.  Some schools are so afraid and go extreme to ban these mobile devices for security and other reasons.  It is true that mobile devices could be disruptive and dangerous in schools.  So can pencils and scissors, as Doug Johnson made his points in the article “A Proposal for Banning Pencils” as well as Wesley Fryer argued in his online article “Scissors and Cell Phones.”  Banning these devices is not a good solution since the Internet is not going away, and neither are online social networks, cell phones, mp3 players, and other mobile devices.As teachers and educators, we should educate our students with the proper use of the mobile technologies.  We should work together with our students who are digital natives to figure out how these devices can be used in authentically ways to enhance teaching and learning.  Teachers and school administrators should embrace the rich learning enhancing possibilities that these mobile devices provides and will provide even more so in the future.  Instead of banning these wonderful learning tools in schools, we must ensure that educational practices include the adoption of mobile technologies in productive ways.

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