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Ten female role models in tech to follow on Twitter

The tech industry is male-dominated, wilfully ignoring the chance to build a skill-set in the other 50% of the population. And then complaining there’s a skill shortage.

But some people get around to begin changing things, to encourage women into tech and coding and to build the skills and the structures around them. So if you want to encourage girls – your pupils, your daughters – into tech and give them the skills of the 21st century, this is not a bad place to start:

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5 ways teachers can foster creative thinking with technology

Why do we teach? For me personally, it is the moment my students come up with original ideas, innovations, inventions. Simply put, a different way of thinking. How can we utilise technology to foster diverse, creative thinking?

How teachers can foster creative thinking with technology

Here are a few ideas:

1. Allow students to use drawing Applications/Software to sketch a theory or big idea.

2. Mix up routines and Applications. Using the same devices/software every time for the same tasks create a fixed mind set of how we use tools. The beauty about edtech is that we will always find new connections between technology and learning. Empower students to have a say in the learning process.

3. Allow students time to reflect. Make use of recording software and mobile devices to create a daily learning journal. Allow students to reflect on questions like: “what could I have done differently?” and “what if…”

4. Allow students (and teachers) time to play and learn. The process of being exposed to something new is a great way of realising possibilities are all around us.

5. Use world builders like Minecraft, Eden and Topia in conjunction with the 4 suggestions above. Starting with software/games that have a blank canvas encourages us to dream and make visible what is in students minds through to product. Reflecting on what we build is a powerful self awareness strategy. And finally sometimes we need to remove the technology and give students an opportunity to use tools they wouldn’t normally use. Because it is not about what teachers are comfortable with, it is about our students developing skills that will allow them to follow their dreams and passions.

Paul is Head of Learning Technologies at a private schools in Australia and Founder of iPad Monthly.

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This is the past, present, and future of education technology

Do you remember the horn book? What about the magic lantern? No? How about a chalkboard or Scantron system? Probably at least some of those I hope. In fact, you’re probably still using some of the older education technology tools from the past. In fact, most schools still use chalkboards and Scantron systems. They also use overhead projectors and ballpoint pens.

The crazy part? All those things are ‘ancient’ and from the early 1900s. Something to think about the next time you reach for chalk or a ballpoint pen.

There’s a lot of talk about the growing trends of education technology in the present and future of classrooms. But it helps to understand where we’ve come from in order to understand the future of education technology.

I love this graphic from the folks at Fedena and think it’s a simplified approach to the evolution of edtech but, regardless, it’s a great quick read and makes it simple to understand what’s coming next in the world of education.

What’s missing? I’m always curious about the best products in use right now in classrooms. Share your favorites!

Education Technology: 1650 – 1972

  • 1650: Remember horn books? These wooden paddless had printed lessons and were frequently used through the colonial era. Great for learning verse!
  • 1870: The Magic Lantern is a predecessor to the slide machine. Ah the good old days. It projected images printed on glass plates in 1870. They were used by a large group of public school students in Chicago in 1915.
  • 1890: Chalkboards and school slates came into use by 1890 followed by pencils in 1900. Wide availability of pencil and paper made school slates obsolete.
  • 1920: A new form of learning evolved with radio on-air classes for students within listening range in the 1920s. Board of Education, New York City broadcasted lessons to schools via a radio station.
  • 1930: 1930 and 1940 saw the introduction of overhead projector and ballpoint pen in classroom education.
  • 1972: In 1972 came the Scantron system of testing which allowed teachers and educators to grade exams more effectively and efficiently.

Education Technology: 1981 – 2007

  • 1981: Computers came to daily use in the 80’s with the first portable computer was introduced in 1981. During 1984, public schools in U.S had one computer in average for every 92 students.
  • 1985: Hand held graphing calculators were introduced in 1985 and it became a great sensation in the field of maths. Year 1985 also saw the CD-ROM Drive coming to use. A single disc could store a whole lot of things like an entire encyclopedia along with video and audio.
  • 1996: The internet, which was by then considered a computer network used mostly by NASA physicists and academics, slowly entered into homes and educational institutions by 1996.
  • 1999: Technology in the classroom reached new heights with interactive whiteboards which blended handwritten notes with interactive technology in 1999. Earlier versions of these whiteboards were connected to desktop computers through wires, whilst the latest ones are compatible with smartphones and tablets.
  • 2007: 2007-2010 was the age for smartphones and tablets. The concept of classroom slates got a revamp with iPads which is taking classroom education to new heights.

The Future Of Education Technology

  • Biometrics: Biometrics, the science that recognizes people on behavioral or physical qualities, is surely the answer to student disposition in the classroom and develop teaching materials accordingly.
  • Wearable-glass: Wearable devices in education is the next big thing to watch out. Virtual reality headgears, wristbands, smart watches will take education to the next level.
  • Multi-touch: These surfaces like desks or workstations can work wonder for students to collaborate with their peers around the world. Videos, online resources and other virtual tools available in the single swipe of the desk.

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The history of education technology (in under 4 minutes)

Sure, you know about the current trends in education. You know how popular iPads, Chromebooks, and other devices are in schools around the world. But it hasn’t been that long since the days of having a single desktop computer in a classroom was a technological marvel.
In fact, it’s probably worth noting that we’ve come a long way in terms of edtech. So what better way to review the past than through a cute and informational YouTube video? I bring you, amazing ladies and gentlemen, the history of education technology in under 4 minutes.
This video does a great job of quickly walking you through the distant past as well as the recent changes happening in modern classrooms. From the building blocks of technology (geometry is an example) to the current proliferation of devices, there’s a lot to cover.
This video does not cover everything that’s happened in terms of the history of education technology, of course. It barely scratches the surface. But it also does something many other videos do not: it starts in the distant past rather than just a few decades ago. Enjoy!

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A look at some creative ‘man cave’ design ideas

While I don’t really enjoy the term ‘man cave’ as it sounds like an area of the body rather than a room in a house, it’s apparently stuck. So, we’ll use it here on Daily Genius. After all, we’re all about cataloging what’s interesting and happening in the world of food, technology, and fun. The ‘man cave’ is a mashup of all THREE of these things!

So let’s check out some awesome caves from around the world. As you can see, they’re each different in their own right but worth using as inspiration if you’re looking to set up your own in the near future.

Or perhaps you just pine for an awesome room like this. Whatever works for you!

First off, how about a hidden door to your hidden man cave?

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How about a basketball-themed toilet area?

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Who wants color-coded game console storage?!

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Would you rather drive or play pool? How about both?

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Here’s a solid use for those used wine corks. A dartboard!

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A great place to hide, err, store your alcohol

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Looking for something classy to do with those used beer bottles? How about a beer bottle chandelier.

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A look at some creative 'man cave' design ideas

While I don’t really enjoy the term ‘man cave’ as it sounds like an area of the body rather than a room in a house, it’s apparently stuck. So, we’ll use it here on Daily Genius. After all, we’re all about cataloging what’s interesting and happening in the world of food, technology, and fun. The ‘man cave’ is a mashup of all THREE of these things!
So let’s check out some awesome caves from around the world. As you can see, they’re each different in their own right but worth using as inspiration if you’re looking to set up your own in the near future.
Or perhaps you just pine for an awesome room like this. Whatever works for you!

First off, how about a hidden door to your hidden man cave?

hidden-room-man-cave
Source:
Pinterest

How about a basketball-themed toilet area?

toilet-bball
Source:
Pinterest

Who wants color-coded game console storage?!

tvroom
Source:
Pinterest

Would you rather drive or play pool? How about both?

amazing-car
Source:
Pinterest

Here’s a solid use for those used wine corks. A dartboard!

man-cave-dart-board
Source:
Pinterest

A great place to hide, err, store your alcohol

barrel-man-cave-alcohol
Source:
Pinterest

Looking for something classy to do with those used beer bottles? How about a beer bottle chandelier.

beer-chandelier
Source:
Pinterest

 

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10 real secrets that will give your life some perspective

The Secret app is an astonishing place where people can share their innermost thoughts, concerns, and questions with the world anonymously. You can make a quick little visual presentation for each post you make and it’s shared without anyone knowing who you are.
There are a lot of heartbreaking and jaw-dropping secrets shared on a regular basis within the app. For example, many users talk about how their very unsure of themselves, undecided about how to deal with an issue, or simply not in a good place.
That’s putting it nicely, at least.
Most users who share these real secrets unleash some pretty heavy stuff. Below are some of the secrets I’ve bookmarked and periodically looked back on to give me perspective. I hope they are just as useful to you and that you pass along these and other secrets if it helps make you and / or your community feel better.
Mouse over the images below and use the forward / back arrows to browse through the images. You’ll be glad you did.

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The technology buying guide everyone needs

Are you in the market for a new piece of technology? Whether for the office or home (or home office!), work or pleasure, purchasing the right thing for you isn’t always easy. Coming up with a list of things to do when purchasing a device – seems a little silly, right? You could probably use a handy technology buying guide, no? Well, let’s look at how most gadget purchasing goes these days:

  1. I need a laptop. Is it a laptop? Cool.
  2. Is it sexy and does it have brand notoriety? Cool.
  3. Buy it and show it off to your friends.

Simple, right? But does it always get us the best tool for the job? Sometimes, perhaps. But not always. here are some questions to ask yourself when you’re in the market for a new device/technology/gadget.

1. What’s in your current technology arsenal?

Take a look at what you have already, what you’ve bought in the past and used or not used, etc.

2. Look at your needs.

Ask yourself why and how your current technology isn’t meeting your needs. If you need a mobile phone to make calls, but don’t care about checking your email, playing games, or browsing the internet while you’re on the go, why do you need a smartphone? If you must be connected to email at all times for work, make sure you’re looking at tech solutions that provide that.

3. Make a list.

Once you know what all of your needs actually are, you can make a list of those along with potential tech solutions, and see which possibilities fit the bill better than others.

4. Look at cost.

Cost has two parts – the purchase cost and the ongoing cost. Don’t forget to look at things like warranty programs (especially if you’re prone to damaging your things), and do a bit of research on maintenance costs and the like. If one product has a great track record of nearly no reported problems but costs a little bit more, also consider the cost of your time spent on endless customer service calls or sending your device back,etc.

5. Save!

This seems a little bit basic, but try to save a little cash where you can! If you can wait a little bit for a device, many companies run periodic specials where you might be offered a gift card or free product with your purchase. Get the most bang for your buck as you can, if you can!

6. GO!

Buy your device, and put it to work!

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This Cheap And Simple Technology Would Literally Save The World

Holy tap dancing Teslas, you guys. If you thought the Tesla Model S (check out what happens when you push a Model S to the limit here) was the technology of the future and that it was going to save the world, you’re half right. It is and and probably will.

But there’s a new Indiegogo campaign that features technology that might LITERALLY save the world. I don’t use that term lightly.

This new technology is called ‘solar roadways’ which, in a nutshell, are hexagonal panels that use fancy technology and solar panels that are designed to replace pavement. Seriously, that’s crazy.

Imagine a world where you no longer have to drive on pavement, potholes, or pay for electricity. This new technology would literally save the planet – even if you continue to drive your Hummer H2 over it while throwing flaming gas cans out the window.

If you want to see this technology become a reality, check out the Indiegogo campaign here.

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