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Fasimpaur, Karen – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2013
MOOCs--massive open online courses--are all the rage these days, with hundreds of thousands of participants signing up and investors plunking down millions to get a piece of the pie. Why is there so much excitement about this new disruptive form of online learning, and how does this model apply to professional learning for teachers? Traditional…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Source Technology, Distance Education, Lifelong Learning
Runyan, Marla – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2013
Most would agree that iOS technology is downright cool. But it is more than cool for a person with a visual impairment--it is accessibility built right in. At first glance, an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad, does not appear to be an appropriate tool for the blind. It has only a few physical buttons, and it seems to make sense only for…
Descriptors: Technology Integration, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Blindness
Light, Daniel – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2012
Many educators know that web 2.0 tools can transform learning and teaching, but teachers need support to make this happen. This article discusses how principals can encourage teachers to learn how to use these powerful tools. Over the past decade, Intel has provided the Center for Children & Technology with funding to conduct numerous studies…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Principals, Web 2.0 Technologies, Social Networks
Crompton, Helen; LaFrance, Jason; van 't Hooft, Mark – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2012
A QR (quick-response) code is a two-dimensional scannable code, similar in function to a traditional bar code that one might find on a product at the supermarket. The main difference between the two is that, while a traditional bar code can hold a maximum of only 20 digits, a QR code can hold up to 7,089 characters, so it can contain much more…
Descriptors: Hypermedia, Handheld Devices, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
Long, Christian – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2012
Design thinking is about using design to improve the human experience. It combines collaboration, systems thinking, and a balance of creative and analytical habits. It also fuels what the students want for themselves: making an impact on the real world in real time and having adults take their passions seriously. The process essentially comes down…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Systems Approach, Design, High School Students
Light, Daniel – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2011
The author and his colleague, Deborah Polin, traveled around the United States to get a first-hand look at how teachers are developing successful Web 2.0 activities for their classrooms. With funding from Intel, they interviewed 39 educators in 22 schools throughout the country about how they employed these tools in their classrooms in innovative…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Web Sites, Web Based Instruction
Johnson, Doug – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2010
Web-based applications offer teachers, students, and school districts a convenient way to accomplish a wide range of tasks, from accounting to word processing, for free. Cloud computing has the potential to offer staff and students better services at a lower cost than the technology deployment models they're using now. Saving money and improving…
Descriptors: Internet, Computer Software, Computers, Users (Information)
Greenhow, Christine – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Today, information and communication technologies such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are some of the most popular technologies available on the Internet, with millions of users worldwide. Research is still trying to discover how people use them, for what purposes, and in what settings, and investigate how they may be shaping the ways they…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Internet, Educational Trends, Web Sites
Wurster, Paul – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
In honor of International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE's) 30th anniversary, "Learning & Leading with Technology" conducted a poll asking members to cite their favorite teaching tools. After asking members of ISTE's Special Interest Groups to name three tech tools they felt were the most influential in education over the course of…
Descriptors: Educational History, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Resources, Computer Mediated Communication
Mishra, Punya; Koehler, Matthew – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
This is the age of cool tools. Facebook, iPhone, Flickr, blogs, cloud computing, Smart Boards, YouTube, Google Earth, and GPS are just a few examples of new technologies that bombard people from all directions. As individuals people see a new technology and can appreciate its coolness, but as educators they wonder how these tools can be used for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Web Sites, Search Engines, Engines
Cornelius, Cawood; Vest, Terri – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Looking for a "habanero" (extremely hot) lesson to engage first-year Spanish language students in an in-depth study of Spanish-speaking countries? This article offers an overview of how the authors used 21st-century tools to get students excited about the not-so-new assignment of reporting on the people and culture of another country. Chances are,…
Descriptors: Spanish, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Student Projects
Redekopp, Reynold; Bourbonniere, Elizabeth – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
All teachers know them--the students who sit in the back of the room and never make a peep. If prodded, they may reluctantly offer a comment or opinion, but they are so obviously uncomfortable about participating that a teacher may wonder if it is even worth trying to engage them. Are they unprepared or just shy? Do they lack ideas or merely need…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Class Activities, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes
Davis, Gerry; Dick, Donna – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Online courses are flexible and convenient for students, but creating them takes time and careful planning. Educators need to reflect on the goals of a course change when transitioning from a classroom setting to a virtual environment. In this article, the authors have drawn up an outline of the basic steps needed to go from a traditional course…
Descriptors: Internet, Integrated Learning Systems, Online Courses, Virtual Classrooms
Forrester, Dave – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Web conferencing tools help educators from around the world collaborate in real time. Teachers, school counselors, and administrators need only to put on their headsets, check the time zone, and log on to meet and learn from educators across the globe. In this article, the author discusses how educators can use Web conferencing at their schools.…
Descriptors: School Counselors, Teachers, Technology Integration, Computer Software
Bigenho, Chris – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
In this article, the author introduces the world of RSS (Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary), one of the least used and understood of all the Web 2.0 tools. RSS technology has two parts: (1) feeds; and (2) aggregators. RSS feeds use a special type of HTML known as XML. Each feed is defined with channel tags, which contain specific…
Descriptors: Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Selective Dissemination of Information, Electronic Publishing
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