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Showing posts from February, 2013

Speak Up 2012 Research and Trends

Here’s a presentation by Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow CEO that shows some of the trends of the Speak Up National Research Project 2012.  The Speak Up National research project gets its data from online surveys and focus groups and is open to all K-12 schools and schools of education.   In 2012, they had the following participants:
 K-12 Students:  364,233Teachers & Librarians:  56,346Parents:  39,713School/District Administrators: 6,011
Some of the findings include:
Students function as a Digital Advance TeamStudents regularly adopt and adapt emerging technologies for learningStudents’ frustrations focus on the unsophisticated use of technologies within educationPersistent digital disconnect between students and adultsExacerbation of lack of relevancy in current educationStudents want a more personalized learning environment Further findings can be found in her presentation below:
Speak Up 2012 Research and Trends: Enabling Technologies & Sticky Wickets from Julie Evans

Google Everything

From Google Search to Google Docs to the upcoming Google Goggles, it's pretty amazing to continually see new tools appear.....beginning from a simple, free Google email account creation.  In this blog, I'm going to share some of the tools I've recently discovered, explored as well as some that I've used for awhile and are my favorites.

Google Search mobile app - I've completely replaced my mobile Safari browser with my Google Search mobile app.  The best feature I've enjoyed is "voice search." With a simple click on the microphone icon on my iPhone, I can speak into the phone for a simple search.  Even Katelyn, my 4-year old, enjoyed it.  Guess what she searched for?  "Hello Kitty" followed by "Dora the Explorer"Google Translate has most recently been a favorite tool of mine.  Having lost most of my Chinese written language, I've been able to translate some words and phrases conveniently as I communicate via email with my mom.  …