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This week’s collection of inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets about education and instructional technology articles, resources, etc.

(Originally posted on Twitter by @EmergingEdTech over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers).


In this week’s Tweet Wrap … great tips for finding good educational apps for kids and finding affordable digital devices for students returning to school, free money(!), a reality check for online K-12 schooling, the most dangerous phrase in education, and much more …

A primer on educational technology: Five terms parents need to understand
http://www.appolicious.com/education/articles/14010-a-primer-on-educational-technology-five-terms-parents-need-to-understand

Gates Foundation to fund 50% of nearly any project on http://DonorsChoose.org !
http://www.donorschoose.org/gates-back-to-school

The Public Domain Review – A Good Place to Find Public Domain Media
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/08/the-public-domain-review-good-place-to.html

Spend class time engaging students in application activities with feedback – “How I did it”
http://ctl.utexas.edu/teaching/flipping-a-class/how/spend-class-time

RT @jonbergmann: See my post written to parents. What if your child is in a #flipclass
http://flippedclass.com/what_parents_should_know_if_their_child_is_in_a_flipped_classroom/

6 (Very Good) Tips for Finding Great Educational Apps for Kids
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/6-tips-for-finding-great-educational-apps-for-kids-94858032894.html

High-Tech Schools With Low-Tech Problems
http://thefederalist.com/2014/08/19/high-tech-schools-with-low-tech-problems/

Digital textbooks adapt to your level as you learn
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329832.600-digital-textbooks-adapt-to-your-level-as-you-learn.html#.U_Xqoph_S2I

RT @RogerFrancis1: The Benefits of Flipped Classes on Student Workloads
https://www.fractuslearning.com/2014/07/22/flipped-classes-student-workloads

Technology pushes teacher student relationships into new territory
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/technology-pushes-teacher-student-relationships-into-new-territory-20140814-1032×7.html#ixzz3AvvRCb84

Good mentoring and networking forums can be used to help new #teachers to adjust
http://mg.co.za/article/2014-08-18-social-tech-keeps-teachers-classy

‘Computer graveyard’ a gold mine for schools
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/08/16/computer-graveyard-gold-mine-schools/14181537/

Digital learning devices don’t have to break the bank – finding affordable choices
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2014/08/18/tech-guide.html

Bill Gates: What I Learned From the Teacher of the Year
http://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/What-I-Learned-From-the-Teacher-of-the-Year

How Howard County schools are harnessing teens’ tech obsessions
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/howard-magazine/ph-mg-ho-byod-in-schools-20140812,0,7381106.story#ixzz3Ak9Z0jSi

The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education …
http://www.teachthought.com/industry/dangerous-phrase-education/

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If You’re Using 3D Printing, who Manages the Process at Your School? Is it Faculty? IT? The Library?

Do you have a 3D printer in your school? We just bought our first 3D printer at The College of Westchester, and we’re getting familiar with it. One thing we find ourselves wondering is … how are other schools handling the labor resource(s) required to oversee the use of the device?

I was rather surprised when I asked for a show of hands while attending the NYSCIO conference this July, regarding who had 3D printers at their colleges and universities. About 2 out of 3 hands went up in this large group of CIOs and similar roles from institutions of higher education across NY and other states (I’d say there were at least 70 attendees in the room at the time). Gartner just published a report stating the widespread use for consumers and education is a decade away, but in the meanwhile the fact is that schools across the world are starting to experiment with practical use of these relatively inexpensive devices.

3d printing in education

One of the things you’ll learn when you start using 3D printing is how much more complicated it is than the regular ’2D’ printing that we’re used to, how long the print jobs take, and how much you have to learn to create successful print jobs.

So Whose Managing These Print Jobs?

With all these considerations and the time required to manage 3D printing, how are schools dealing with it?

If you have students submitting print jobs, how does it work? Do they sit at a computer that is directly connected? Do they send them to a teacher to print them, or to some one else? Maybe they write them to smart cards and you print from them (depending on which make and model you have)?

Forums focused on 3D Printing in Education

I spent some time searching out and scrolling through a variety of forums and really didn’t find a lot of insight into this question. There was good information to be had, just not a lot about this in particular (although clearly the most implied answer is that teachers are the hands-on folks working with these devices).

Here are some forums I found that were specific to 3D printing in education:

So, how are you Managing 3D Printing at Your School?

If you’re using 3D printing at your school, we’re wondering who has primary responsibility for handling the print jobs? Faculty members who run related courses? Your Information Technology department? Library personnel? Feedback from practitioners would be tremendously appreciated (in the Comments section bel0w)!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Augmented Reality – The Coolest Instructional Technology You Haven’t Heard of?
3D Printing – Coming to a Classroom Near you (Sooner Than you Think)!
Interactive Projection Floors – How Engaging Would These be in Your Classroom or School?

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Digital Tools for Pairing Literary and Informational Texts and Close Reading Skills

August 21, 2014

Final Post in Series Looking at Apps and Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the […]

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand, Part 2

August 19, 2014

The Second Post in this Week’s 3 Part Series Focuses on Apps for Teaching Text Complexity Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App Flows” at the 2014 […]

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Technology for the Core – Apps and Tools for the Literacy Curriculum Reading Strand

August 17, 2014

3 Part Series offers a wealth of iPad Apps and Web Tools for the Common Core Literacy Curriculum’s Reading Strand Dr. Leslie Suter and Dr. Melissa Comer are faculty members in the College of Education’s Curriculum & Instruction Department at Tennessee Tech University. They will be co-presenting the session “Common Core Literacy Integration with App […]

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Digital Learning and Education Technology Tweet Wrap for the Week of 08-11-18

August 16, 2014

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Teach MLA in Under 15 Minutes With Formatically and Easybib

August 14, 2014

Two Entrepreneurial High School Students Made This Easy app to Simplify MLA Formatting In 2001, two high school seniors in Chicago built a website that made its way into every writing class in the USA. Thanks to those two students we now have Easybib.com. Little did those two innovative students know that their efforts would […]

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Chronicle – Teacher’s iPad App Simplifies the Management of Assessments

August 12, 2014

Revisiting a Highly Rated Assessment Tool for the iOS Platform There are so many excellent assessment tools now available to educators. How does a teacher begin to manage them all? Student Response Systems, free poll and survey tools, digital quiz tools … the purpose of these assessment tools, as well as more traditional ways of […]

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How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon

August 10, 2014

New “3 Minute Teaching With Tech” Tutorial Video Provides a Quick Intro to This Powerful Free Tool Have you ever wished you knew how to easily add questions into a video to create lesson content or to help ensure that students are engaging with video content? Well, you can, for free! One of the many […]

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Instructional and Education Technology Tweet Wrap for the Week of 08-04-14

August 9, 2014

This week’s collection of inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets about education and instructional technology articles, resources, etc. (Originally posted on Twitter by @EmergingEdTech over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers). A great keynote about Education, Technology, and Innovation; flipping Bloom’s and more flipped successes; better textbooks […]

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