Educational Technology

Why I Bought a Chromebook Instead of a Mac

Educational Technology News Blog - Wed, 06/01/2016 - 00:30

by Matt Novak, Gizmodo

Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever. And that doesn’t surprise me. Because roughly a year ago I made the same switch. Formerly a lifelong Mac user, I bought my first PC ever in the form of a Chromebook. And I’m never looking back. Driven by the kind of passion that can only be found in the recently converted, I have aided and abetted friends in renouncing the sins of gluttony and pride uniquely found in the House of Apples. I have helped them find salvation with the Book of Chrome. Glory be the Kingdom of Chrome, for your light shines down upon us at a quarter of the price.

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8 High-Quality OER Collections

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:40

By Dennis Pierce, THE Journal

Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help.

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Tough Tech Choices: Laptops, Tablets, Chromebooks, BYOD? Practical Advice to Help You Find Your School’s Solution

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:35

By Jeff Mao, THE Journal

Use the SAMR model of technology integration developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura to help guide discussions about how the technology will be used — how it will change how teachers teach and students learn. You can use Common Sense Education’s quick video introduction to SAMR along with videos and blog posts written by Dr. Puentedura; also, the MLTI iTunes U page hosts an excellent podcast series by Dr. Puentedura himself. An additional benefit to using this or another model is it will provide a common vocabulary for your school community to discuss technology use. Broad terms such as “integrating technology” are better defined, and, as a result, discussions can be more meaningful and useful. With a model like SAMR in hand, you can define your educational vision and goals. This will help you better determine your device needs.

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Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

Educational Technology News Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 00:30

By Richard Chang, THE Journal

Brad Sandman and Tanya Jenkins both work at Suitable Technologies, based in Palo Alto. The company makes Beam, a mobile videoconferencing device that can be operated remotely with a computer or a phone. The Sandmans spoke with their company and convinced them to let Naya indefinitely lease the Beam+. Within a couple of weeks, Naya was virtually attending classes through Beam, even socializing with her friends, while she was lying in the hospital or at home in San Carlos, getting treatment or recovering. “I think it’s pretty cool,” she said. “I feel it’s more high tech. I feel really lucky to be in the Bay Area because of stuff like this.”

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