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First eBook Publication – People, Education, Technology

Special thanks to Richard Schwier from the ETAD Master Program at the University of Saskatchewan.

Special Thanks to Richard Schwier for publishing ETAD essays.

Special Thanks to Richard Schwier for publishing ETAD essays.


The publication includes a number of ETAD Master program essays covering various topics around educational technology.


Distraction Addiction – Alex Pang

“Rather than being forced into a state of perpetual distraction, with all the unhappiness and discontent such a state creates, we can approach information technologies in a way that is mindful and nearly effortless and that contributes to our ability to focus, be creative, and be happy.

“It’s an approach I call contemplative computing.

“The term sounds oxymoronic. What could be less contemplative than today’s technology-intensive environment? What could possibly be less conducive to a clear, meditative state than interactions with computers, cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter?

“Contemplative computing isn’t enabled by a technological breakthrough or scientific discovery. You don’t buy it. You do it.”

Technology SAMR Model for Administrators – Part 1: Staff Presentations | Edutopia

Technology SAMR Model for Administrators – Part 1: Staff Presentations | Edutopia.


The introduction of wireless networks and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs in classrooms has increased the demand for teachers to effectively utilize technology worldwide. We have seen an emphasis placed on technology-centered professional development to ensure that classroom educators are best prepared for these challenges. Throughout this process, teachers may feel that they are at the forefront of professional development while administrators may feel a little behind the power curve.

Throughout this series, I will focus on the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) model highlighting different tasks that school-based administrators may face during the school year. These tasks will be broken down and explained using the SAMR model in the following order:

  • Part 1: Staff Presentations
  • Part 2: Community Interaction
  • Part 3: File Management
  • Part 4: Classroom Evaluations
  • Part 5: Staff Input

▶ Moment of Discovery – Visionary Educational Leadership – What Does the Future Hold?

This video truly demonstrates how Apple envisioned education in the future. It is critical for every organization to have staff that can plan for a tomorrow that few can see. Leadership and risking taking are important elements when it comes to implementing or preparing for change.

via ▶ Moment of Discovery – YouTube.

About Us | STEM Fuse – Curriculum Kick Starter

STEM Fuse was born in my mind in February of 2008. It left my mind and hit a square, bar height, kitchen table in Sartell, Minnesota in 2009. It now consists of 11 employees and at least that many more contributing contractors along with a second office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.Things have changed and we have grown, but the original concept has not. We were founded with the simple goal of promoting and improving STEM education. We decided to do this by developing high quality, easily taught STEM curricula but with two major features:We must truly interest and engage studentsOur courses must be affordable and practical to implementI am very proud to say that we are succeeding. We are now taught in over 3,500 schools in all 50 States! This didn’t happen because of one individual or even because of my original 2008 idea. This has happened because STEM Fuse is made up of a fantastically awesome, creative, fun, hard-working, dedicated, passionate team of people. We love what we do. We are lucky and we know it.

via About Us | STEM Fuse.

Padagogy Wheel


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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium

The internationally recognized NMC Horizon Report series and regional NMC Technology Outlooks are part of the NMC Horizon Project, a comprehensive research venture established in 2002 that identifies and describes key trends, significant challenges, and emerging technologies likely to have a large impact over the coming five years in education around the globe. This volume, the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition will examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition is the sixth in the K-12 series of reports and is produced by the NMC in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

While the full report will be released in June at the 2014 NMC Summer Conference in Portland, a Preview is currently available for free download. The Horizon Project Preview is a high-level summary of an upcoming edition’s findings used to elaborate on the particular definitions and framings to be used in the report, and to provide a snapshot of the topics that will be explored in the final edition.  The contents of this Preview are a work-in-progress.

via NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition | The New Media Consortium.