News: Teaching Google, Getting girls to code, Communication app for special education, Tech in blended learning

Teach your students the right way to Google
In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources.

How to get more girls to code: Use Frozen’s Elsa
If you want to lure young girls into computer coding, go straight to the heart — which these days is likely to inhabit the magical snowy landscape of Frozen. announced Wednesday that it had teamed up with Disney Interactive on a tutorial that lets young programmers help Frozen sisters Anna and Elsa make ice fractals and skating patterns using basic coding skills.

Special education communication apps
These apps are intended to help special-needs students build communication skills

Blended Learning: It’s Not the Tech, It’s How the Tech is Used
Since the 1970s we’ve known of Moore’s Law, which states the processing power of computers will double every two years. Forty years later, computers are presumably a million times more powerful. The education world is finally beginning to harness this power, taking us far beyond the origins of computer labs where students clicked away at the Oregon Trail and practiced word processing. Finally, we’re starting to reach a point where adaptive online programs engage students with rigorous academic content at their exact level while providing teachers with detailed data, allowing us to better group students and meet their unique needs.

pbs_mathPBS launches math series for kids in ‘Odd Squad’
Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show…

About Microsoft 70-228 Certification Exam

The 70-228: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition certification exam is targeted towards IT professionals who work in medium to very large computing environments that use the services provided by Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. Prior to taking the exam, interested IT professionals should have a year of hands-on experience in the administration of the SQL Server. They should also have a year of experience in implementing databases in environments that feature heterogeneous databases, SQL Server security integrated with Windows Authentication, and client/server configurations of at least 50 users. Well-qualified IT professionals will have conducted multiple installations of SQL Server 2000 before taking the 70-228 exam.

Passing the 70-228 exam completes the requirement for the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification. IT professionals who pass the exam also complete one of the core credits towards the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator on Microsoft SQL Server 2000 certification. Passing the 70-228 exam also fulfills an elective credit for the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Microsoft Windows 2000 certification, the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator on Microsoft Windows 2000 certification, and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 certification.

Concepts relating to the management, monitoring, troubleshooting, installation, and configuration of SQL Server 2000 will be featured on the exam. Candidates must also be prepared to demonstrate a thorough understanding of SQL Server 2000 security features.

Technology Is Changing The Way Children Learn To Read


One of the reasons that it was so difficult to get children to learn to read in the past was because it was hard to develop functional lessons that were applicable to real-life situations. For example, reading a story about a duck was helpful, but it was not always something that kids could readily apply to what was going on around them. As the Internet and other technology continues to advance, it is becoming easier to teach children to read in ways that they will be able to use in their daily lives.

The progressive parents have stopped fighting with video games and have realized that video games can be a great way to help kids to learn to read at almost any level. Interactive video games that teach reading skills are available all over the Internet and can be used by children at every level of aptitude. If you want your kids to learn to read, then utilizing a video game can be the most effective way to do it.

The interactive video games that connect people all over the world can help children to learn to read in several different ways. Kids want to play those games. But if they want to play, then they will have to learn how to read. Their friends are already playing online interactive video games and no kid wants to be left behind when it comes to the popular games everyone is playing. The games also require people to chat back and forth using the written word. Not only can your kids learn to read by playing video games, but they can also learn sentence structure and good grammar as well.

Another way that technology is helping kids to learn to read is by offering new reading courses for kids at all levels that can be easily manipulated to help the child learn at his pace. In a classroom setting, there can be pressure that may leave behind some of the kids that cannot keep up the same pace as everyone else. But when the child gets home, he can stop a DVD reading lesson and review it at his own pace. Now every kid has the chance to learn to read thanks to technology that was not available just 20 years ago.

Because there are so many technology tools to help children read, that allows the parents to find the time to get involved in their kids’ lessons as well. The portability of technology means that parents and kids can be in the same room reviewing a reading lesson for the day while the parent does his own work tasks on the Internet as well.

Technology continues to bring breakthroughs in ways that allow us to become more interactive with the world around us. By channeling reading into video games, interactive DVDs and other materials, educators can help kids start to read at ages that may have been impossible in the past. If the child wants to learn, then there is nothing to stop him.


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Introduce Students to Open-Source Software Development

Google’s new Code-In competition, which gets under way November 22, presents 13- to 18-year-olds with eight tasks, ranging from refactoring code and interface design to such not-so-techie jobs as writing and editing software documentation and developing marketing materials. For every three tasks they complete, students earn $100, up to a maximum of $500. Ten grand-prize winners will get an all-expenses-paid trip with a family member to Google’s Mountain View, California headquarters. The trip includes a tour of the Googleplex facility and meetings with some of the company’s engineers.

Deadline: Contest ends January 10, 2011; winners announced February 14, 2011

Click Here for More Information and Contest Updates

5 Fun iPhone Accessories for Kids

As more and more kids are toting iPhones and iPod touches, we thought we’d take a look at the child-friendly accessories that are now available for the new gadget-loving generation.

We’ve found five fun products that will suit a wide age range of kids, from the toddler borrowing Mom’s iPhone right up to older children with devices of their own.

Using twitter to transform the classroom!

[Via Stephen Downes]

If you need a fun article to introduce your colleagues to Twitter, this is a good one. Zaid links to some articles and resources, then looks at how Twitter can help with learning, with specific instructions on how to use Twitter alongside an online (or offline) class.


Over 10 Million Students Now Use Google Apps for Education

Just about four years ago, Google launched Apps for Education – a version of Google’s online productivity tools (including Gmail and Google Docs) that is geared towards K12 schools and colleges. Now, Google just announced, there are over 10 million students, staff, faculty and alumni that are actively using Apps for Education. With the beginning of the new school year, Google must have added about 2 million new users, as the company cited 8 million users until just a few weeks ago.


Technology In The Classroom (Infographic)

From the Pajama Pundit:

Ah, I remember the “good” old days when there was only one classroom with computers in it in my high school. We played a lot of Oregon Trail, as I recall…

However, I think the scariest stats in this infographic are near the bottom. 64% of teenage students used emoticons and a full two-thirds of American teenagers use internet abbreviations (OMG, LOL, etc.) in their schoolwork.


See the whole infographic here =>