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From 3D printers and inspiring TED Talks to TinkerBots and open source learning, there were lots of great stories to keep us busy thinking about learning in a very connected world. Take a look at what kept the Task Force talking over the last week.

Printing Money: An affordable 3D printer raises over a million dollars in a day on Kickstarter. How long until there's one in every class? http://cnet.co/R6ckPB

Social Security: Tech savvy kids across the country are starting to get social media privacy training in schools. http://bit.ly/1sGSf0a

Tinkering with Robotics: TinkerBots help teach robotics coding to kids with a simple design and a clean interface. Could be a great tool for classrooms. http://bit.ly/1gci2EF

Seeing TED: Here are 5 great TED Talks for teachers. Some pretty interesting things to think about. http://bit.ly/OPHB7i

Sunny with a Chance of Bandwidth: Solar powered broadband internet is coming and could dramatically expand access to the web in rural areas. http://bit.ly/1hqe1B7

Kids Under Stress: Kids have a lot on their minds these days. Edudemic has a great infographic on what keeps kids up at night. http://bit.ly/P0xLQ1

Open Source Learning: The gap between traditional and nontraditional learning is disappearing fast. How we learn is quickly becoming open source. http://bit.ly/1kZksdf

Count to 3: Here are 3 easy steps to create a culture of learning from our friends over at TeachThought.com: http://bit.ly/1kXuQqk

Tablets For Every Student: An amazing 1:1 technology program and how one New Jersey Middle School made it happen. http://bit.ly/1l32czP

Heartbleed and Students: What the edTech industry must know about the Heartbleed bug and how to protect their users. http://bit.ly/1l34jna

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From the future of the edTech industry to hip hop Harvard professors, there were lots of great stories to keep us busy thinking about learning in a very connected world. Take a look at what kept the Task Force talking over the last week.

Frugal Future: EdTech doesn’t have to break the bank. Edudemic has some great tips for bringing technology into the classroom on a shoestring budget. http://bit.ly/1pRu0Is

Roosevelt’s Lessons: Eleanor Roosevelt was all about education and the importance of individualized learning in the 1930s. Good advice stands the test of time. http://bit.ly/1k0vlNo

Gaming the System: The Teach Thought blog takes a look at the difference between gamification and game-based education. There are some important distinctions. http://bit.ly/1i8bDe0

Shifting Perspectives: Student data and how to manage it will become a big focus of edTech’s future. Mind/Shift explores the management of big data. http://bit.ly/1gShd8n

Getting Ivy With It: How Harvard University serves up fresh beats and poignant lessons about America for their students. http://n.pr/1dTFhZ1

iPad Projects: Here are 20 great iPad apps to help with project-based learning programs. Take a look. http://bit.ly/1g5lIrO

The President’s Personalized Perspective: President Obama announces grants for High Schools to help prepare kids for the workplace. It’s a new, more personalised approach to education. http://wapo.st/1jUtcmg

Another Brick in the Wall?: Our friends at Edudemic take a look at how the Internet has changed the face of education. How will it continue to change? http://bit.ly/1g4bECX

Mr. Roboto...do we have a test today?: Robots invade our schools! It could actually be a really good thing. EdSurge helps explain the possibilities and why it could be a good thing. http://bit.ly/OztBhF

Connect with the Connected: DML’s report, Teaching in the Connected World Classroom released earlier this year is a great resource for the connected educator. Dig in. http://bit.ly/1lnDPQD

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From virtual reality to teachable April fools opportunities, lots and lots of great stories to keep us busy thinking about learning in a very connected world. Take a look at what has kept the Task Force talking over the last week.

Virtual Insanity: Facebook buys virtual reality company Oculus. Could this be a big boom for education? Say hello to virtual classrooms. http://bit.ly/1lmszll

Laptop Dog: Wisconsin plans to give a laptop to each student by 2017. Ambitious plan but looks like it will be a real boon to the small school district. http://bit.ly/1h06ysZ

Ending the Cycle: How poverty, language and education are inextricably linked and how edTech devices can make a big impact. http://nyti.ms/1gmqsIR

Flexing our Creativity: Mix up learning strategies, says MindShift in the article that lays out the need to be flexible in how we teach. http://bit.ly/1pGxNKz

China Learning Changes: China is starting to rethink education adopting an individualised learning approach. http://cnn.it/1iFdqdD

Data Set: Managing huge amounts of data becomes a priority with rising edTech trends. http://bit.ly/1onBt6z

Teachers Taught: Here’s one student’s advice to educators about incorporating edTech into the classroom. http://bit.ly/1gz533X

Broad Plan for Broadband: Schools come together to share the cost of internet access. This could help to close the broadband access gap. http://bit.ly/1jy3wvs

Merit Badge: Chicago is using digital badges to track and encourage student learning. Will other cities follow suit? http://bit.ly/1hTVyst

Who’s the fool now? April Fools! Matt Davis at Edutopia gives us some fun tips to get students laughing. http://bit.ly/1dRPQpL

Rad Ratios: TeachThought blog talks 1:1 student ratios and individualized learning. Take a look at these 10 resources. http://bit.ly/1my3Kmd

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Lots to share this week on individualized learning, the future of education and some inspired documentaries. Check out what the Task Force is reading and talking about below.

Back to the Future: Here’s a list of 21 education tools and structures unlikely to be around in 20 years. Might shock you a bit. http://bit.ly/1mqyqZA

Doc Your Socks Off: Bernard Bean shares 50 challenging and inspiring documentaries focused on education. You might have a hard time watching just one: http://bit.ly/1mj462V

Focused on Reading: How a Florida teacher improved her class’ reading ability by 3 years in 9 months by thinking outside the box: http://bit.ly/1oA2515

Individualized Learning Gets Healthy: What the Healthcare industry can teach educators about individualized learning: http://bit.ly/1mj44Ii

Give Them Some Credit: According to danah boyd, teens are far savvier at protecting their online footprint then we may give them credit for. In fact, they may be able to teach us some lessons about our online identity: http://bit.ly/1jcViqB

Just Chill: Harder isn’t always better. Mind/Shift tries to define the sweet spot of challenging students: http://bit.ly/1lWwchn

Teachers Hold the Keys: Teachers teach best and are the key to implementing technology in schools according to Al Jazeera America: http://alj.am/1lWweGf

Feature Focused: Here’s a look at 5 learning management systems loaded with tons of features for teachers. Some really cool stuff here: http://bit.ly/1ilZZPN

Learn to Project: Project based learning can be a great tool for the classroom when done right. Get some tips here: http://bit.ly/1faPzic

Getting to the Finnish Line: Find out why the Finnish education system ranks amongst the highest in the world. Spoiler alert...it’s all about individualized learning. http://bit.ly/1iuzGH9

Google Drives Functionality: Here’s 15 Google Drive add-ons that will help in the classroom and in the rest of your life: http://bit.ly/1msShXX

Teaching Globally: Teaching in a connected world can lead to students making global connections using great web tools. http://bit.ly/1ljHWgQ

Dig Deep: Check out the Teaching Channel’s Deeper Learning video series. There’s some great examples here of just how successful individualized learning and real world experiences can be. http://bit.ly/PYD5EW

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It was another great week for tweets and stories on learning in a connected world. Check out what the Task Force is reading and sharing on badges, student-centered learning and the growing edTech startup industry.

EdTech Takes Flight: Investment firm snaps up Renaissance Learning for $1.1 billion. Could this start a edTech bubble? http://goo.gl/XW8isp

Wi-Fi Fly on the Wall: EdTech innovations this week include how to curb cell phone cheating using the school's Wi-Fi network. http://goo.gl/hkldSW

Soft Solutions: Microsoft partners with startup Knewton to bring adaptive learning solutions to the classroom. http://goo.gl/GPOS1w

Legos Can't Let Go: Legos are the newest education tool used to teach kids real world engineering and programing skills. http://goo.gl/lflI2P

Digital World Stays Grounded: How to integrate the real world into digital classrooms http://goo.gl/MJbUjY

Seniors Stay In the Mix: Personalized tablet being used to teach digital literacy to seniors. Could this work for students? http://goo.gl/hYpUKh

Head in the Game: Can gamification help improve user engagement with online learning? http://goo.gl/xeyQaC

Extra Credit: Why teachers and schools should be compensated for their feedback on edTech startups. http://goo.gl/bW0YTE

Badge Act: Using badges in the classroom; it might be easier and more effective than you think. http://goo.gl/UU94TF

Scratching the Itch: Kickstarter campaign for kid centric code education app ScratchJr launches. Take a look. http://goo.gl/gjgSxw

Teenage Dream: NYT looks at the benefits of starting schools later in the day. http://goo.gl/Sn6v0K

Space Race: Japan Times looks at improving student learning spaces and how they correspond to performance. http://goo.gl/rF3dJE

Portlandia: Portland Superintendent talks about investing more in individualized learning plans. http://goo.gl/ftzfSn

Future Tense: AltSchool startup raised $33M to build the classroom of the future and no, it doesn’t involve teachbots and screens everywhere. http://goo.gl/NkC294

As always, for those of you in the learning mix: let us know if there's an article or new item you want to add to next week's Talk of the Task Force alert. Send links, notes or words of wisdom to hello@aspentaskforce.org. If we use something you send us, we’ll give you a shout out!

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