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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

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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 »

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

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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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Code and Program

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014

Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Coding and Programming

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/ten-resources-for-helping-students.html

Please consider previous IMS blog posts on the topic:
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=coding

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

Scratch http://scratch.mit.edu/

Snap!

The MIT App Inventor
App Inventor 2
support documentation and curriculum
Click here to read about a great app developed by students using the MIT App Inventor.

Google Blockly’s

Crunchzilla
Code Monster

Code Maven
Game Maven

TouchDevelop

CodeMonkey

Mozilla Thimble App

Daisy the Dinosaur

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free multimedia sources

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014

Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/09/sources-of-free-sound-effects-and-music.html

Royalty Free Music
Musopen’s collection
The Internet Archive
The Free Music Archive
FMA

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mobile eLearning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th September 2014

eLearning for the Mobile Generation

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/58054282672001378/

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Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/wearable-technology-how-teachers-could-use-it-with-students/#sthash.d7njCEYD.dpuf

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 7th September 2014

Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/wearable-technology-how-teachers-could-use-it-with-students/#sthash.d7njCEYD.dpuf

Wearable Technology: How Teachers Could Use it with Students

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Two Google Apps for iPAD

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th September 2014

Google Authenticator

2-Step Verification for your Google Account to provide an additional layer of security when signing in. With 2-Step Verification, signing into your account will require both your password and a verification code you can generate with this app. Once configured, you can get verification codes without the need of a network or cellular connection.

Google Admin

take care of the most common tasks from anywhere you are. Add users, reset passwords, manage groups, contact support, and view domain setting changes.

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