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    This article in the U.S. News education section addresses the challenges faced by kids in rural areas when it comes to technology. The article mentioned that only 50% of people in rural communities are connected to the internet. In addition, students in rural areas are spending hours on buses with little or no cell phone service. While schools are trying to provide students with as much access to technology as they can, the fact remains that these students are disadvantaged at home. Teachers in these areas cannot expect students to come to school with basic technological knowledge. In addition, teachers cannot assign homework that uses any technology. This means that all the learning for these students has to be done at school. (Justine Cramer)
    A Teacher's Guide to Blended Learning
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    social/emotional learning? (Linda Wilson)
    Multiple New Issues Schools Face Adopting Technology
    In this article, Peter Martorella outlines what he believes are the top issues regarding education and technology today. He presents five major categories of issues some of which are ethical concerns in technology, internet usage, and First Amendment and privacy rights. Some of the ethical concerns in schools include theft of electronic devices such as laptops, theft of software, and unclear standards for plagiarism. Some of the issues regarding the internet involve sorting through which search engines are viable. Yet another issue Martorella puts forward is the First Amendment versus privacy rights and how freedom of speech comes up against the right to protect our students from malicious and indecent language on the internet. In our rapidly changing age of technology, this essay is very relevant. Even though it addresses several issues with technology, it outlines what we are dealing with today that we were not dealing with in the past. (Cara Kasperson)
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    Implicit Association Test (IAT)
    With the progression of psychology and awareness towards prejudice, Harvard developed a tool that has the ability to assess a person's internal thoughts and beliefs towards another group of people. The test itself is based on response latency (how long it takes someone to respond to a question/parameter) and allows the test taker to receive a quantifiable result of their personal biases. As a technological tool, the IAT allows teachers, students, or anyone from the general public to directly confront the biases they may have towards minority groups. The technology of response latency is nothing new to psych research; however, using response latency in this fashion has allowed us delve further into the complex interaction technology and media has had on our preconceptions of marginalized individuals. (Rick Mora)
    Computer Aided Design Programs
    Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs are a great class to implement in schools to access more students and to have a vocational based class that could be essential for some students. CAD classes are a great way to teach to the STEM classes (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) since this is an area our entire country is failing at. CAD classes allow students to integrate spacial intelligence with mathematical skills and real world understanding. I think these are valuable skills for all students to have access to and these kind of classes can be essential to hook some students into skill. Another reason CAD classes are valuable is due to their potential for post high school job. CAD engineers can make a great living and walking away from high school with that skill in your pocket is a great opportunity. Also, if a student is interested in engineering or math in college CAD classes are essential to help bridge the gap between theoretical understanding and practical use. I know CAD classes have been around for a while but I hope that they continue to be offered in schools especially with the increasing demand for computer literate individuals in the work force. (Blake Stevens)

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Monday, November 19

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    Katherine's Diverse Tech Tool #3- LiteracyLink

    PBS Teachers
    PBS Teachers
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Friday, November 16

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    The Pros & Cons of Facebook
    Although this article is brief and probably doesn't really tell most of us anything we didn't already know, I appreciate that it shows both the pros and cons together. This article explains that to many people Facebook isn't simply a website, but the entire internet itself. Students are spending ungodly amount of time on Facebook and teachers are trying to understand how to use it to their advantages. Using it for things like class discussion boards can be successful considering students are constantly on Facebook anyways and they are more likely to actually participate more in discussions with other students. However, there are still downsides including poor archiving abilities and excessive advertisements. This article is attempting to look at Facebook in the classroom from a more practical level and how it can be used and when it should be avoided. Whether we like it or not, Facebook isn't going to go away any time soon so we need to know how we can and can't use it in the classroom. (Anna Hawryluk)
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1722914/teacher-replacing-tech-friend-or-foeCan technology be our friend?
    There is no denying the enormous benefits of using technology in the classroom. We see technology being used more and more everyday. Kids love to use computers and computer software. It can aid special needs students, enhance your learning targets, increase relatability of subject matter and provide the set or hook you need to get your class focused and interested. However, I think careful thought around its use and relevance should be exercised. What about online classes with limited to no interaction with teachers at all? As more and more virtual classroom situations become the norm, the quality and accessibity of education for all students may decline even further. Here is an interesting article that looks at some of the benefits and problems associated with virtual classrooms. Overall I think its important for any person pursuing a career in education that technology can only take us so far with students. In addition we can’t ignore the fact that the world we are living in today has more and more technology and is being used at a rapid pace. (Molly Conner)
    Why "Googling it" Is Not Enough
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    In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores
    This article discusses an issue concerning the use of technology in the classroom: does technology really improve student learning? The author focuses on the Kyrene School District in Arizona, which has invested roughly $33 million dollars for new technologies under an approved ballot initiative. The students in this district are learning in completely new ways. In a seventh-grade English class, students are creating blogs and Facebook pages from the standpoint of Shakespeare’s characters. Although students in the Kyrene School District are learning in fun and engaging ways, their test scores have stagnated. Many education experts are noticing how schools are spending billions on technology even though and there is little proof that technology-centric classrooms are actually improving basic learning. (Theresa Han)
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    Cons of Using Facebook in the Classroom
    Although this article is brief and probably doesn't really tell most of us anything we didn't already know, I appreciate that it shows both the pros and cons together. This article explains that to many people Facebook isn't simply a website, but the entire internet itself. Students are spending ungodly amount of time on Facebook and teachers are trying to understand how to use it to their advantages. Using it for things like class discussion boards can be successful considering students are constantly on Facebook anyways and they are more likely to actually participate more in discussions with other students. However, there are still downsides including poor archiving abilities and excessive advertisements. This article is attempting to look at Facebook in the classroom from a more practical level and how it can be used and when it should be avoided. Whether we like it or not, Facebook isn't going to go away any time soon so we need to know how we can and can't use it in the classroom. (Anna Hawryluk)
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1722914/teacher-replacing-tech-friend-or-foe
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    Too Much Computer Exposure May Hinder Learning:
    This article from USA Today, describes a study performed by researchers at the University of Munich. They data gathered from 175,000 students representing 31 different countries. The results of this extremely broad based study stated that students, with access to more than one computer in the home, actually suffered more than thrived in regards to math and reading scores. This article brings forth the main issue we have discussed in our Technology Strand: What is the appropriate use of technology for our students? I believe that computers and other forms of technology are incredible resources; however, they must be controlled and used in moderation. The results of this study support just that. (Jeana Greco)
    Implicit Association Test (IAT)
    With the progression of psychology and awareness towards prejudice, Harvard developed a tool that has the ability to assess a person's internal thoughts and beliefs towards another group of people. The test itself is based on response latency (how long it takes someone to respond to a question/parameter) and allows the test taker to receive a quantifiable result of their personal biases. As a technological tool, the IAT allows teachers, students, or anyone from the general public to directly confront the biases they may have towards minority groups. The technology of response latency is nothing new to psych research; however, using response latency in this fashion has allowed us delve further into the complex interaction technology and media has had on our preconceptions of marginalized individuals. (Rick Mora)

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Thursday, November 15

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    Tech Tool 3 - The Zinn Education Project

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    Erin's Diversity Tech Tool (2)
    Erin's Tech Tool 3
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    TED Talks - Kara
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    Identify a new societal issue that is related to education and technology. Post a brief description of the issue and include a link that is related to the issue. The link may be an media article, research report, or website that is related to the issue.
    Intentionally Using the Internet for Social Justice
    The Detroit Future Youth (DFY) program is an umbrella organization for twelve grassroots youth organizations in Detroit that are dedicated to social justice. In particular, their goal is to help connect their partner organizations with using technology to further their goal of social justice. DFY's premise is that mere internet access is not enough to help close the "digital divide"; in fact, they argue that without some direction, increased media access to already at-risk youth can be more detrimental than no access at all. For example, if youth are not instructed on how to use the internet in positive ways, their access may ultimately only expose them to more violence and damaging content. DFY helps their partner organizations use technology in their programs in a beneficial way; they help these organizations use technology to build community and extend their reach, especially through social networking. In turn, these organizations then directly engage the youth they serve in technology in positive ways. Ultimately, DFY empowers youth to spread messages and acts toward social justice. (Kara Polansky)

    How to make a smart board with a wii remote
    Johnny Lee is a tech researcher who presented one of his latest innovations on the website "Ted Talks". Lee has invented a way for school teachers around the world to create a $3,000 smart board for only $50.00 (provided that each teacher has a computer and projector available to them). Lee demonstrates that by placing a Wii remote on top of the projector, so that the infrared light faces the white board, a person can use an infrared pen on the white board to create the appearance of smart board. The infrared pen acts like an actual smart board pen allowing the user to write on the screen and to drag images around the screen. I am not a very tech savvy person; therefore I cannot explain the details of how this works. I do know that is has to do with the computer picking up the infrared light projected by both the remote and pen. Lee explains that the user would be able to get 80% of the usage that a normal smart board could provide for about 1% of the cost. This basic technology could help transform underfunded schools across America, creating more equitable environments for all students. Smart boards are an excellent interactive resource that can be used by both students and teachers. By dramatically lowering the cost of this resource, Johnny Lee has made it possible for all schools to provide their students with valuable resources. (Janet Moore)
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