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Welcome to the Online version of the Digital Learning Task Force!  It's our hope to use this community to gather resources, ideas, suggestions, and feedback throughout this process.  We'll use this platform to post events like the symposiums, videos from the symposiums and poll the group about ideas. 

Please feel free to comment and share ideas, but please keep any discourse or disagreement professional.  We are all here to learn from each other and ultimately help with the future of learning for our kids. Thank you all for being a part of this.
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Carl Hooker
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Thanks to Jay and Tim for sharing this site yesterday. Looks like Apple has made some nice changes to management.  I'm particularly interested in the "Classroom" app that allows teachers to see and share what students are doing on their screen. http://www.apple.com/education/preview/
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Carl Hooker
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As we've had a few discussions about laptops and reliability, I thought this post was timely, especially if we are considering laptops at the HS. We need something that can last several years... http://www.zdnet.com/article/consumer-reports-notebook-reliability-survey/
Whatever brand you swear by (or at) there's good news, and bad, in the findings. But this Consumer Reports survey of 58,000 notebook owners finds one vendor has a huge edge in reliability and satisfaction - and it probably isn't yours.
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Carolyn Foote

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The U.S. Department of Ed just released their National Technology Plan.  A pretty comprehensive overview of how to move forward in changing teaching and learning.  Should be very helpful for us.
Today we set a new vision for technology to support learning and have assembled an unprecedented coalition of partners dedicated to making sure that vision becomes practice to transform the learning of all students. Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology ...
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Tim Yenca
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The author does a nice job sharing his opinion of what is needed in order to have a successful 1:1 mobile learning initiative. He sites the TPACK model in this article and according to the author, it is a critical part. He concludes with the following statement, "Only by mastering pedagogy can you truly master the technology, and that is the key to a successful mobile learning project." 
What separates the successful mobile learning projects from the unsuccessful? This is a ‘million dollar’ question, and I’ve thought long and hard about it. From the 17 large 1:1 projects I’ve worked on, only three have been truly successful in producing transformational learning. In your own experience, how...
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Carolyn Foote

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So much for Chromebooks in schools!  New development from Google.  Looks like they will be turning to some sort of Android driven tablet in the future.   
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Carolyn Foote

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As we move forward, this article is a good reminder that it is about far more than what device to purchase.
If women don't participate in technology, we risk losing many of the economic, political and social gains we have made over decades.
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Carl Hooker
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This video from Corning was made a couple of years ago but I really think it's interesting to see the school section of the video. Wonder what everyone's thoughts are on this?
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Carl Hooker
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It's warms my heart to see that the AAP has finally stepped into the 21st century and updated their antiquated "Screen time" guidelines.  While I still believe in balance, the old guidelines were developed around the notion of passive screen time (like TV) and really just made parents feel bad whenever they went over a set amount of time. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2015/09/30/the-american-academy-of-pediatrics-just-changed-their-guidelines-on-kids-and-screen-time/
For years, the American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) has adopted an on/off switch mentality when it comes to children and screen time. They used to recommend that children, ages two and under, have absolutely no exposure to screens. For older kids, the AAP recommended limiting ‘screen time' to just two [...]
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Much more important than the raw "time" number is the content of the screen time.  An hour on Instagram, passively wading through photos is not the same as an hour playing Minecraft or the Rock Band video game.
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Tim Yenca
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If you haven't read about this news yet, you definitely should!  Big changes and great opportunity coming soon.   #gamechanger  
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Very nice - will go a long way to introduce more practical use of iPads in the classroom.
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Chris Pousset

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Most public schools in the United States and around the world are looking for ways to increase student access to digital textbooks without a concomitant increase in costs. But proprietary licensing systems have hampered the promise of digital textbooks. These have benefited textbook manufacturers and suppliers while burdening K-12 school systems with additional costs and license tracking issues.

https://opensource.com/education/16/1/ck-12-open-education-resources
CK-12 aims to revolutionize access to affordable, high-quality, and open educational materials for teachers around the world.
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LOVE CK-12.org.  I think Open Source and flexbooks are our future.  It may take some forward thinking, but considering what we've been faced with this year in terms of the expensive Textbook companies, it makes sense.
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Carolyn Foote

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Now this would be a great addition to the library!
HP® Sprout is a fully functional creative workstation that democratizes creativity with an intuitive, natural, sensory and immersive experience. With the instant 3d objects capture function and the powerful speed, Sprout create a new computing experience that will change the way people create and work.
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Agree. 3d thinking (modeling, printing) is a core skill for the near future. It allows children to realize that they can build pretty much anything, and unlocks the "maker" in them.

Chris Anderson makes a pretty good case of this in his latest book ("Makers: The new industrial revolution").

I think this should be the next step in the digital learning strategy for the district.
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Carl Hooker
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Interesting timing about Chromebooks invading student data privacy....especially since Chromebooks have been discussed - http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-invading-student-privacy-with-chromebooks-eff/
The EFF has lodged a complaint with the FTC, alleging that Google is mining student data without permission.
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Tim Yenca
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If you have an iOS device (iPhone or iPad) or Mac it may be worth checking out this new multi-touch book on accessibility features of iOS.
Parents and even some educators have misconceptions about assistive technology tools and their role in the classroom. It is my goal, in my professional position and as a paren...
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Carl Hooker
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We heard a lot about keyboards last night at our Teacher panel.  Laptops vs. iPads?  It seemed to keep going toward the keyboard argument.  We've started investigating these ClamCases that we can get at a fraction of cost.  They are pretty amazing and have the look and feel of a full-fledged keyboard.  We'll be testing these with newer generation iPads. As we look at some options going forward, this could be an interesting one that could give those students that want keyboards a way to do the best of both worlds. https://clamcase.com/
Shop for the perfect keyboard case companion for your iPad. Hard shelled ClamCase® is the all-in-one iPad Keyboard Case and stand for your Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4.
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I would love to see one of these when they come. Looks like a viable option for sure. 
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tom shea

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Interested in understanding how the next expenditure on digital devices for EISD is being considered relative to the best use of existing devices currently utilized by student in grades 1 through 6. Could they continue to be used by students and teachers at those levels, while implimentating the purchase of the next generation of devices for EISD Middle Schools and High School, along with the supporting training for instructional use by teachers, the software acquistion to compliment the new devices and the other necessary infrastructure? The younger group's non -use of new devices would be less demanding on the administration's support capacity and allow for continued development of use of digittal technology in the classrooms. Elementary School students are a large population to supply with the next generation of replacement devices. Might the conversion to replace all at the same time be tempered by the value and capablity of continuing to use the current devices? A carefully considered reduction of apps applied to instruction takig place in those grade levels cou;d allow teachers to focus and further refine what works and how each can best make use of them in their classrooms?
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Lots of good questions here and many are being considered by the task force to be sure.  Our next couple of symposiums will shed some light on these. The site visit will give us a glimpse as well, however, the people that spend the most time with the devices (Teachers and students) should be the ones making the most impact on this decision.  Besides the symposiums, we'll be doing focus groups and surveys of teachers, students, and parents to gather more date on this topics (who gets what device and when, apps, training, etc) and a host of others that need to be considered before moving forward.  Independent of this process we are looking at a paring down of apps to more of the "Evergreen" apps that can be used for multiple subject areas and grade levels. Thanks for posting these questions!
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Carl Hooker
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Here's a recap site for Wednesday's Digital Learning Symposium Expert Panel.  In it you'll find links to the recorded livestream and links to the three virtual walls to post comments on our essential questions.  Please share with others in the community.  Also, the next symposium is Oct. 28th at HCMS cafeteria (5-7)....save the date!
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Carolyn Foote

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Social media use statistics from Pew Internet foundation show a huge increase in use.  Not surprising but how are we leveraging this--http://www.infodocket.com/2015/10/11/new-analysis-reports-on-social-media-usage-2005-2015-in-the-u-s/
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Bill Rehm

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I've been having interesting discussions with teachers and students from different schools in the district. Some people think the iPads (tablets in general, really) are perfect, others find them too limiting for what they need. 

One thing that seems to get a lot of interest is the idea that people wouldn't carry devices around at all. Devices would be everywhere - built in to desks, tables, walls, etc. What would follow them around would be their profile. When they need to do a task the requires a keyboard or a digital stylus or a larger screen, they just go to that device and start working.

With everything in the cloud - from the data to the actual programs we use - it can change the idea that we need to lug around a physical object to access our data. The thought is that we could walk up to any device and be presented with all of our programs and files. The internet is already everywhere, all the time. 

Yes, I know this kind of solution could blow the doors off of our budget and probably something that is realistically a few years down the road from actually being feasible. It's a very "Star Trek" idea, but now that we're seeing flexible displays it's hard not to imagine how easy it would be to put devices on any surface we want (http://www.cnet.com/news/what-you-should-know-about-flexible-displays-faq/).

Despite the cutting edge nature and probable expense, there are even now situations where currently available fixed devices might be a benefit. 

I talked to an art teacher at one of the elementary schools and she finds the iPads distracting and inhibits her instruction. When I brought up the idea of permanent devices in the classroom, she immediately latched on to the idea. Students could have their profile following them, but in the classroom the teacher could overlay something specific to their instruction that is managed by the teacher. 

With roaming profiles and permanent devices, students could have their personalized information but teachers can temporarily or permanently merge instruction specific to what they're doing. When the students go home, they will still have access to their Eanes profile on their personal device. 

Extrapolating even further, the software and data can be platform independent (maybe with virtual machines?) so that depending on what a person is trying to do, they can simply sit down at the device that works best for them at that moment. 

Here are some links to devices that could be the forerunners of future solutions that can make this a reality.

http://ideum.com/touch-tables/platform/
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/pixelsense/default.aspx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_computer

As I said, this is probably more future thinking than something we can do for next year. I gotta say though, I like the idea of accessing my data anywhere at any time without need to carry around something to do it. 

I think perhaps something more within our grasp is using a geofencing-style solution that can immediately configure existing devices when they enter a specific area. I'll save that for another discussion topic though.
The Platform is a line of high-performance projected capacitive touch 46 inch HD and 55 inch 4K UHD multitouch tables supporting 50+ touch points. Designed and built in the USA.
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I like the concept and do think of a point where everything is "built-in" to the learning environment is possible in the next several years. The only downside would be the fact that it forces you to be inside and in a chair, where studies show that being mobile actually helps with brain engagement. So if I wanted a class to go and make a video on a project, they couldn't take the table with them.  However something like this would be compelling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkHpNnXLB0
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