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Google Search Strategies

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th October 2014

Great Google Search Strategies Every Student Can Use – Infographic

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/great-google-search-strategies-every.html

Google Search Strategies

 

Vicki Davis shared this Google Search Modifiers Poster
http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//educators/downloads/Tips_Tricks_85x11.pdf

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Five Apps To Test Your Physics Skills

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 28th October 2014

Beyond Angry Birds, Five Apps That Test Your Physics Skills

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/beyond-angry-birds-five-apps-that-test-your-physics-skills/

1. Crayon Physics Deluxe worldofgoo

2.  World of Goo                  coaster_crafter

3. Coaster Crafter               602196_434936999916746_2105602860_n-1

4. Amazing Alex                  tinkerbox

5. Tinkerbox

All the above games have physics in common but they’re also all in 2D. If students love these games, consider challenging them with 3D and even 4D games that put physics knowledge to the test. Valve’s Portal series is a great choice, or look into the equally mind-bending first-person games Antichamber or Quantum Conundrum, both of which go beyond the boundaries of Newtonian physics and Euclidean geometry.

Posted in Digital literacy, gamification, gaming, learning styles, mobile apps, mobile devices, mobile learning | No Comments »

Media Literacy: Political Advertising

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th October 2014

Campaign Ads: Helping Students Find the Truth

http://www.middleweb.com/18374/campaign-ads-politicians-permission-lie/

media literacy

Media Literacy Clearinghouse: http://www.frankwbaker.com/mlc/

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Wikimedia Commons

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th October 2014

Wikimedia Commons

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/122441683594666802/

Offers over 20 Million of Free Usable Media

wikimedia commons

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Early Learners’ Tech Use

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th October 2014

‘Screen Time’ Alone Too Limited a Gauge of Early Learners’ Tech Use, Report Says

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2014/10/screen_time_early_learners_RAND.html

screen time as the sole measure of what’s OK for children is no longer adequate, the RAND researchers argue that screen-time limits shoudn’t go the way of the VCR:

Limits on screen time may remain important in restricting use that is passive, sedentary, or noneducational, and they may also prove useful in ensuring that children engage in a balanced combination of activities.

However, a more-comprehensive definition of developmentally appropriate technology use will empower ECE providers and families to make better decisions about the ways in which young children use technology–and help maximize the benefits young children receive from this use.

my note: information on Pinterest still goes the other direction. E.g.:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/284923113897755173/
screen time

Posted in digital identity, digital naitives, instructional technology, learning, learning styles, online learning, technology literacy | No Comments »

drones

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 15th October 2014

If you are interested in sharing ideas about DJI dronesplease do consider sharing them under this blog entry

Here is more on drones at our blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=drone

Posted in educational technology, mobile learning, technology literacy | 2 Comments »

international experience for librarians

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th October 2014

Do American librarians REALLY need international experience?

A LITA listserv post:

—–Original Message—–
From: Sarah Prescott [mailto:sarahgibsonprescott@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 2:27 PM
To: lita-l@ala.org
Subject: [lita-l] International Librarianship Blog

Hello Fellow Librarians,

I am a librarian with 14+ years of experience in international schools and colleges. My goal, now that I have returned home, is to encourage and assist other librarians to travel. If you are interested in the subject of international librarianship and/or have experiences and comments to share, please my webpage (www.sarahpgibson.com) and blog: The Traveling Librarian (http://sarahpgibson.wordpress.com).

Safe travels, Sarah P. Gibson

 

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Female Programmers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th October 2014

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/10/06/345799830/the-forgotten-female-programmers-who-created-modern-tech

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broadband speed: domestically vs globally

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th October 2014

US States With the Most Improved Broadband Speeds and Rates 2009-2014

http://www.bluefirebroadband.com/blog/broadband-speed-improvement/

broadband increase by Mbps

Minnesota:

Average Speed (Mbps)
2009: 12.45
2014: 24.23
Average price (per Mbps)
2009: $5.29
2014: $3.13
Speed Increase
195%
Price Decrease
41%

U.S. broadband speeds are improving, but still far behind global leaders

http://bgr.com/2014/07/03/u-s-broadband-speeds-vs-global-speeds/

Hong Kong, Switzerland and the Netherlands rounded out the top 5 with average Internet speeds of 13.3Mbps, 12.7Mbps and 12.4Mbps, respectively.

America’s national average of 10.5Mbps placed it in the No. 12 position globally.

Akamai: Global Average Broadband Speeds Up By 25%, U.S. Up 29% To 6.7 Mbps

http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/09/akamai-global-average-broadband-speeds-up-by-25-u-s-up-29-to-6-7-mbps/

South Korea continues to remain the connection king, with an average connection speed of 15.7Mbps. The U.S., meanwhile, doesn’t make it into the top-10 countries (it’s ranked 12th) but at least it’s speeding up

Posted in digital divide, technology literacy | 1 Comment »

tech for faculty top priority?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd October 2014

per M Pacansky-Brock tweet:
81% of IT officials say faculty development for use of tech in teaching is top priority

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/01/survey-shows-training-and-support-remain-top-issues-among-it-officials

college and universities are unable to offer the right training to faculty, staff and students. IT officials’ evaluations of their own institutions’ IT infrastructure present almost a mirror image of their list of priorities. While 81.4 percent of respondents listed faculty development as their top priority, only 27.9 percent rated their existing training offerings as excellent (or a seven on a seven-point scale). At 12.8 percent, IT training for students drew the second-lowest share of respondents giving it an excellent rating.

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