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Ed Tech Bits-2014-12-17

Speak Up America GraphicThanks for Speaking Up America!

Thank you to everyone that participated in Speak Up America 2014! Over 85,000 students, parents, educators and members of the community spoke up about digital learning this week, and the Speak Up community took on social media by storm with multiple Photo & Video challenge submissions and a Twitter chat with our fabulous CEO, Julie Evans on new and surprising preliminary data findings from this year's surveys.

This year’s survey period has been amazing with over 421,000 surveys already submitted! We still have a week to go, so be sure to participate before the surveys close on Friday, December 19th

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On behalf of the Center for Digital Education, I would like to invite you to attend an upcoming webcast titled: Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones: Oh My! - taking place Thursday, December 18th, 2014 from 10am-11am PT.

Featured speakers:
Robert Baker, Director of Technology, Cincinnati Country Day School
Tom Ryan, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education, Former CIO, Albuquerque Public Schools
Jacqueline Russell, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Surface, Microsoft

In a consumer technology centric world, the choices for end-user devices in education are seemingly endless. Finding the right device can feel like looking for a golf ball in the tall grass.  Is it for students in a K-12 environment or in Higher Ed? Is it for faculty or staff? What’s better – a  tablet or a full-featured laptop?  

Join the Center for Digital Education, for an informative webinar on device strategies in education. Discussion areas will include:

  • Form factor vs. appropriate use and how to set those standards
  • Communication and collaboration within schools and districts
  • Education of staff and the establishment of new technology uses
  • Which devices offer the most flexibility, security, and overall satisfaction

You can register at no cost here. Please feel free to share this information with any colleagues you feel would benefit from attending, and do let me know if you have any questions! jcaldwell@centerdigitaled.com
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6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills http://thejournal.com/Articles/2014/11/03/6-Apps-That-Target-Higher-Order-Thinking-Skills.aspx?m=2&Page=1

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15 Tips for Facilitating Online Discussion http://www.edudemic.com/online-discussion-tips/

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2015 Student Technology Conference New  Online - Jan 31 9:00 am all day Free


The 2015 Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of education technology best practices in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students and for all, is committed to:

  • Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teacher and administrators in a conversation about technology.
  • Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.
  • Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the classroom.

The conference will have the following strands:

  • Making, Design, Innovation and 3D Printing
  • School Technology Clubs
  • Technology in Schools: Projects and Collaborations
  • Educational Tools
  • Students and Social Media
  • Entrepreneurship

All of the presentations and keynote will be by students. The call for proposals is now open on the conference website: studenttechnologyconference.com Go to Event Page

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3 Ways to teach cell phone etiquette to high schoolers http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2014/12/15/3-ways-to-teach-cell-phone-etiquette-to-high-schoolers

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Free 3D printing curriculum teaches students the basics of personal fabrication (as always weigh this out yourself)
Teachers in the fields of design and manufacturing can now access a free curriculum on 3D printing. Stratasys has launched a 14-week course designed to help students build skills in personal fabrication. The free curriculum, which includes a curriculum guide, presentations and 3D models (in the form of STL files and grading tools), is available for download at Stratasys' Web site.

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Digital badges grow more popular in online education
Digital badges, with which students can showcase their achievements, have gained momentum in online education in recent years. Among other things, the badges allow students to highlight their achievements on Facebook and other social media websites and applications. U.S. News & World Report (12/10)

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Vacation starts tomorrow for me so it’s time to wish you

Happy Holidays in so many ways… peace, joy, love, family and friends…

1.     Happy Holidays in French: Joyeuses Fêtes!

2.     Happy Holidays in Spanish: Felices Fiestas!

3.     Happy Holidays in Vietnamese: Hạnh phúc ngày lễ

4.     Happy Holidays in Chinese: 節日快樂

5.     Happy Holidays in Filipino: Masaya pista opisyal

6.     Happy Holidays in Irish: Laethanta saoire sona

7.     Happy Holidays in Swedish: Trevlig Helg!

8.     Happy Holidays in Portuguese: Boas Festas!

9.     Happy Holidays in Turkish: Mutlu Bayramlar!

10.   Happy Holidays in Romanian: Sarbatori Fericite!

11.   Happy Holidays in Korean: 행복 휴일

12.   Happy Holidays in Slovenian: Vesele Praznike

13.   Happy Holidays in Indonesian: Selamat Hari Raya!

14.   Happy Holidays in Croatian: Sretni praznici!

15.   Happy Holidays in Hungarian: Boldog Ünnepeket

16.   Happy Holidays in Greek: Καλές δικακοπές! (kales diakopes)

17.   Happy Holidays in Danish: Glade feriedage

18.   Happy Holidays in Albanian: Gëzuar Festat

19.   Happy Holidays in Mandarin: Jie Ri Yu Kuai

20.   Happy Holidays in Catalan: Bones Festes!

21.   Happy Holidays in Latin: Felix feriarum

22.   Happy Holidays in Swahili: Furaha likizo

23.   Happy Holidays in Japanese: 幸せな休日

24.   Happy Holidays in Hebrew: חג שמח

25.   Happy Holidays in Italian: Buone Feste!

26.   Happy Holidays in South African (Xhose): Ii holide eximnandi

27.   Happy Holidays in German: Forhe Feiertage

28.   Happy Holidays in Dutch: Prettige feestdagen

29.   Happy Holidays in Hawaiian: Hau’oli Lanui

30.   Happy Holidays in Gaelic: Beannachtaí na Féile

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