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Universal design

I just want to put in a pitch that we need to remember the needs of ALL our students, including those with disabilities (including low incidence disabilities such as visual impairments, etc.) when we plan for educational technology and instruction. Three resources for Universal Design are:

http://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/Universal/

http://www.cast.org/udl/

http://www.udeducation.org/

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Major Tech Companies Partner With Classrooms

I believe today's students are the greatest users of technology. They crave innovation and cannot get enough of the connections they make with the touch of their fingers. I think Major Tech Companies (Apple, Microsoft, IBM, HP, etc.) need to Thinktank, Brainstorm, and partner with classrooms all around the country. They need to put more of their products in the hand of students and teachers, in exchange for ideas to ...more »

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Smart demand creates its own supply, and new jobs

The Grand Challenge now is also a competitive race. Creating new jobs requires creating new demand. That's Say's Law. In a Stalemate in Technology, with supply side stagnation, the Digital Promis is creating a demand pull of "smart demand that drives private sec- tor investment in innovation" (ed.gov/news 9/16/2011). The Race is on, 2010/11. Let Republican lawmakers now do what Democratic lawmakers did in 1986: "out- ...more »

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Integrating Technology in the K-12 Classroom

The world is changing, and technology is before us. As an educator, it is imperative to stay up-to-date as these changes take place in order to ensure that your students receive the most advantageous educational experience available. You must possess the ability to establish a solid foundation for our next generation of technology dependant doctors, lawyers, pilots and engineers. AriesĀ® is here to help you sculpt your ...more »

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Gamification of Electricity and ElectronicsTraining

Our company, ETCAI Products, has a commitment to make learning electricity and electronics more engaging and even fun. Fundamental knowledge of electricity in fundamental to understanding both new energy sources and green technologies. We feel that such initatives should be applied more widely to other disciplines. http://www.etcai.com

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Flip the Science Lab

Vast quantities of time and money are spent on traditional science labs. Too often, they don't really help students to understand science. Sometimes, they're simply dull. Too little time is spent discussing what happened with the lab investigations because of multiple stresses on classroom time -- high-stakes test preparation, overloaded learning standards, and, yes, time spent in labs. With increasing access to the ...more »

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Schools as Technology Centers

The staff at my friend's school barely knows how to use Word. They lose documents, and things are out of date. If every school followed a simple technology road map, they would be like companies that have computers and project plans, documentation, processes, user's guides, and training. When the administration and staff keeps up, teachers and students would have a solid base on which to grow. Parents and other community ...more »

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Flatten World Education

http://www.eduit.org This idea of creating fun and accessible learning environments has been out there for quite a number of years and is being spearheaded by Michael Trout of Eduit.org. Check it out. He and a team of International professional freelancers have completely spelled out how it would work in classrooms extending from USA to third world countries using computer technology including the One Laptop Per Child ...more »

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Novice Driver Training

A computer based instructional system including a driving simulator that can be set up on school and home computers. The system can be self administered by students. Teachers can monitor and guide student progress.

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Road map for turning schools into Technology Platforms

For teachers and students to be able to use technology effectively at school, the school itself should be using technology effectively. This can be done by linking specific tools (such as wikis and social media) together using a road map for technology development. You can find it for free at: www.schoodl.com.

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