YouTube is usually associated with the latest viral video, but now growing numbers of people are turning to the video-sharing website for education instead of entertainment.
Teachers are broadcasting lessons online, everything from biology to foreign languages — and for some, this online “classroom” is more inspiring than the confines of brick and mortar.
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The career frontier is an ever-changing one.
Sixty-five percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created, according to this U.S. Department of Labor report.
Educators have a daunting task ahead of them: teach students skills to solve problems we’ve never seen before and won’t see for years.
Even today’s technology skills may be obsolete before students graduate, let alone before they reach the workforce.
Thankfully, some skills are timeless. They’ve been relevant for decades, centuries. They will continue to be relevant into the future. These skills – and a handful of other more modern-day skills – will serve our students well as they enter the “real world.”
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Fred Koch is a K-4 Technology Coach for Lake Forest, Illinois School District, an award-winning music educator, and a Google Certified Teacher.
Like most technology coaches working in elementary schools, Fred wears a couple of hats. His primary responsibility is to help teachers become more comfortable with tech tools that offer engaged teaching and learning experiences. The way he sees it, his job is to help students find ways to pursue their interests and express their passions, focus on storytelling and encourage them to think critically and creatively about their writing, their audience, and their presentation.
But it’s not always easy. “We sometimes find it challenging to find age appropriate tools and activities to share with our young children, teachers and parents,” Fred says.
To that end, Fred has provided five examples of his favorite tools for the elementary school setting, as showcased through his student projects, so we can see the tools in action.
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We’re about to give your fourteen-year-old a computer,” Michael Allen recently told a group of parents attending a new student orientation, “and here’s why it could scare you.” Then Allen, the principal of no-textbook New Tech High School, said he understood their biggest fears: the new sites and technologies that crop up all the time, kids multitasking while doing schoolwork, the reality of parents’ lack of control over what their kids see and how they behave online.
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Google Plus has recently rolled out some very impressive updates to its features starting by improvements of the page lay-out to improvements in Google Plus Communities. Last year, Google integrated Google Plus into its ecosystem. Google calls this access to “your web.” So instead of all the public information that is already available to everyone searching via Google, so you can see information that you posted into Google’s new social network and on some of Google’s other services like Picasa Web.
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