And, we're back! My apologies for the delay of Weekly Roundups lately! It's been a challenge balancing a new job with a new doctorate program and running the website, but I've got it sorted out now and the Roundups should be back to their typical weekend postings! Hopefully. To start with, remember that crazy robot Watson who beat everyone at Jeopardy? Well, s/he's back and ready to start teaching teachers! Read more over at EdTech Magazine!
Next up, the staff at Edudemic has a nice"Guide to Creating Tech-Friendly Classroom Management Strategies." With more and more technology creeping into today's classrooms, management of behavior is an incredibly important issue. Find out what edudemic suggests in their four-part guide.
As always, Free Technology for Teachers has an excellent collection of new resources for class. Here are a few:
Over at Getting Smart you'll be able to find a summary of the new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). The article, entitled "iNACOL Report: Online Learning Can Close The Opportunity Gap," discusses how online learning allows for greater learning opportunities in schools and districts where particular courses and electives are unavailable.
For those of you who are fans of the Maker Movement like myself, Dr. Jackie Gerstein at User Generated Education has an excellent post on "The Mindset of the Maker Educator." The article includes several graphics which outline a framework for maker education in the classroom and she also includes a presentation (below) on Maker Education.
Up next, Katrina Schwartz at Mind/Shift has a great post on "How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning with Mobile Games." Schwartz discusses how "situated games" which require students to interact with the real world, can be both motivating and educational. It's an excellent article with tons of examples and definitely worth reading.
Over at Mighty Skins (yes, the iphone/ipad/computer case makers), it turns out they have some great EdTech blogs as well. In their new post, "The Dawn of the Digital Classroom" the team discusses the emergence of digital learning. But, more importantly, they share an excellent infographic on the prevelence of digital learning in education today.
At Magoosh, Peter Poer has a new post which discusses how "Online Learning Can Work for Everyone." Throughout the post, Poer outlines the benefits of blended learning, and the challenges to overcome when implementing blended learning in the classroom. He concludes by discussing how students and teachers can overcome their fears of online learning.
Finally, we've got a very special offer from Bettermarks for readers of the Roundup! Anyone interested in a free access account just needs to click here and apply. But wait, what is Bettermarks? Bettermarks is an online learning service that offers adaptive math books, aligned with the common core standards, which adjust to your student's learning needs. So definitely check them out and give it a free try!
That's it for the Roundup this week! Thanks for reading, and again, my apologies for the recent delay! I hope everyone has an excellent weekend and I'll see you next time!
With options for classroom technology growing every day, it has become an increasingly difficult challenge to find the best resource for your students’ learning needs. Do you go with tablets? What about a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy? Or maybe a laptop cart to share between classrooms?
While all these different resources have their advantages and disadvantages, one relative new-comer to the field is Google’s Chromebook, and it offers some serious potential at an incredibly reasonable price. [Continue Reading]
Welcome back to the Roundup! We've got a short one this week, so let's jump right in! Up first, Holly Korbey at Mind/Shift explores an issue that's been on my own mind a lot lately,"Can Students 'Go Deep' With Digital Reading?" In the post, Korbey does an excellent job discussing the issue, incorporating recent research, and addressing both the advantages and disadvantages of digital reading.
Up next, John Hardison at Getting Smart has prepared an absolutely awesome collection collection of tools and resources in "A Gold Mine of #EdTech Resources: Part II." Hardison covers Website Creation, Learning Management Systems, Apps, Blogging Platforms, and so much more. There are tons of great tools here that are absolutely worth checking out. And, if you're interested in part I of the series, you can find it here.
And, of course, some great new resources from FT4T:
Finally (I told you it was a short one!) we head over to the Ed Tech Review for a nice collection of resources from Prasanna Bharti entitled, "Flip Your Classroom with These Great Online Tools." Bharti covers EdPuzzle, eduCanon, Blubbr, VideoNotes, and Teachem, all of which are good tools and worth exploring.
The Lightning Round...
And that does it for this week! But before I go, I want to recommend checking out a new app that was designed by a student fresh out of high school! It's calledSharedAgenda and it's basically a way for students and teachers to make the school agenda a social experience. It's a great app and it's free, so check it out!
Thanks for reading and we'll end with a new infographic from Presence Learning which looks at some of the benefits of online therapy. See you next time!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend and a good start to the school year! This week we'll begin at Getting Smart with a new post from Jim Schultz on "Three Ways Blended Learning Makes Teachers More Efficient." Schultz opens with a basic definition of blended learning (in case you're unfamiliar) and then jumps into his reasons on why it makes for more effective classes.
Next up, Nicole Blake Johnson at EdTech Magazine has a new post which outlines the Internet Keep Safe Coalition's"New Digital Literacy Program to Educate K-12 Students on Internet Safety." The post also discusses how the curriculum offers free lessons that align with Common Core Standards. If you're a computer literacy teacher, or looking for a good way to inform students about internet safety, this is a good place to start.
A few of the great new resources from Free Tech for Teachers:
Let's take it back to blended learning for a moment with a solid post from Reannah Sartoris at Edudemic. Sartoris' new post, "Top 5 Tips for a Blended Learning Classroom" offers some simple, easy-to-follow tips for teachers just beginning in a blended environment.
Over at Inside Higher Ed, the team has just released a new 30-page booklet entitled "Online Education: More than MOOCs." For those not familiar, a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, and has become one of the standards for online education. If you're interested in online education, either K-12 or higher-ed, I definitely recommend reading thefree book.
Here are a few of the new podcasts from the EdReach network
And finally, for those of us who love virtual reality, and the potential it has for the K-12 learning environment, Benjamin Herold at Education Week has an excellent new article entitled, "Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12." If you haven't heard of the Oculus Rift, it's pretty awesome, and offers some exciting possibilities for K-12
The Lightning Round...
That's it for this week! Thanks for stopping by and we'll have some new reviews up soon for you as well. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and we'll close with a new interactive infographic from Open Colleges on the Uses of Google Glass in Education. See you next time!
Hello and welcome to the Roundup! After taking two months off to move back to the states from Colombia, and then to move again to Bloomington, I'm ready to get the site running again! For those who are curious, I'll be starting a Ph.D. program at IU in instructional technology. As for the site, not much will change, except I'm going to start adding a monthly "Research Roundup" for those interested in the current research and studies that are underway in the field. Otherwise, it's good to be back and thanks for reading! Let's begin!
Today we'll start at EdTech magazine with an article by Matt Renwick, entitled "How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology." With a new school year beginning, it's the perfect time to give that new technology tool a try! In the post, Renwick talks about the benefit of starting small and trying to make a personal connection with the technology you're using in the classroom.
Jordan Shapiro at Mind/Shift has a new post which shares "How to Choose a Learning Game." So maybe you've decided you would like to begin integrating learning games in your classroom, but you're not sure how to pick the right one. Shapiro asks several guiding questions to help teachers select and implement a learning game that will be beneficial for students.
A few of the new posts from the excellent Free Tech for Teachers:
If you're not familiar with Google Hangouts, it's a free video conferencing tool that be used to connect with others. It offers great classroom potential, and to that end, Jennifer Carey at Edudemic has a new post which outlines "4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts."
Over at Getting Smart, Jena Draper has a new article which asks "Is the Sharing Economy Education's Future?" Draper opens by discussing the increasing momentum of the sharing economy and goes on to discuss how this relates to education. Her main argument is that, "the sharing economy, when applied to education, has the potential to accelerate a highly advanced teaching and learning model."
Sean Cavanagh at Education Week has an interesting new article which discusses how "Ed-Tech Vendors See Hurdles in the K-12 Marketplace." The post discusses the intricate nature of the K-12 environment and how it can be a slow and difficult process to get Ed-Tech tools out of the hands of creators and into the hands of students and teachers.
Here are a few of the new podcasts from the EdReach network
Finally, at ElectricBrains the site shares an excellent post on "The Top Resources for Teaching Digital Responsibility." They have a great collection of sites to check out as well as a short post on the huge importance of digital responsibility in the classroom. If you're using technology at all in the classroom, this is a great post to start thinking about digital responsibility and how to teach it.
And that's all for today! Thanks again for stopping by and it's good to be back. Also, if you're a teacher who uses Edmodo (a great learning management system), you might want to check out this excellent collection of guides and resources from Educational Tech & Mobile Learning. In closing, here's an interview with Paul Andersen (of the excellent Bozeman Science) about creating online resources for students. Have a great weekend and see you next time!
Good news for fans of the Roundup and education technology in general... We'll be back in just a few short weeks! Early August to be exact(ish). It's been nice having some time off, but I'm almost ready to get back to the blogmobile.
So, see you soon, and in the meantime, check out the new review of Wildlife Acoustic's Echo Touch Meter - You can use it to find your neighborhood bats!
Well, hello! As of today, the Roundup will be going on a brief hiatus until the beginning of August. I'm currently in the process of moving back to the states from living abroad for the past 4 years, and beginning a new graduate program. So, things are a little crazy at the moment! There will be occasional reviews and editorials posted over the summer, but as for the Weekly Roundup portion of the site, it'll be gone for the time. But again, the site will be back in action come August, with some new changes and updates as well! As always, thanks for reading, and I hope everyone has an amazing summer!
Welcome back to the Roundup! First, I'd like to wish all the moms out there (mine especially!) a very happy mother's day! Second, let's start this week's Roundup with Michele Molnar at Education Week who has a new report on "Google's 'Classroom' Learning Management System." The application will allow teachers to easily collect assignments, provide feedback, make announcements, and more! Check it out!
Jordan Shapiro at Mind/Shift has a new article entitled, "Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects." In this post (which is part 3 of Mind/Shift's Guide to Games & Learning) Shapiro discusses how teachers can use game-based lessons to embrace holistic learning and bring various content areas together, helping students to see beyond traditional subject-area boundaries.
Here are a few of the great resources from FT4T this week:
Next up, Katie Lepi at Edudemic has an excellent infographic and analysis on "Keeping Students Safe Online." Lepi opens with some statistics (many of which are troubling) about students' behavior online. She then goes on to offer strategies and tips for helping keep kids safe, and shares a great infographic as well.
Here are a few new resources from this week on ET&ML
If you're a Twitter fan like myself, you've probably seen an occasional (or often) twitter Q&A discussion taking place. Maybe you've even wondered how you could launch your own Q&A session about a topic that you are interested in. If that's the case, check out Lisa Nielsen's excellent new post on "How to Host a Q&A Twitter Chat."
Finally, here a few of EdReach's new podcasts!
The Lightning Round...
And that does it for this week! Again, a very happy mother's day to all you moms out there and thanks for reading! We'll end today with a new infographic on how technology in education has changed over the past few years!
Welcome back! After a week off for spring break, it's good to be back blogging! This week's Roundup begins at Edudemic with a new post from Katie Lepi entitled "How is Technology Affecting Kids?" The post includes an excellent infographic and covers the latest statistics on students and technology use.
Next up, Katrina Schwartz at Mind/Shift asks "Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?" The article centers around a new report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which surveyed 3,100 teachers and 1,250 students about effective digital instruction. It's an excellent read (as is the entire report) for classroom teachers and administrators alike.
Here are a few of the great resources from FT4T this week:
Tracy Clark at Getting Smart has some great ideas for digital spring cleaning in her new series "10 Spring Cleaning To Dos for Your Digital Adobe." Clark walks us through updating passwords, automating digital tasks, cleaning out inboxes, and a whole lot more. It's easy to forget the importance of keeping our digital lives organized and up to date, and Clark's post is a great and helpful reminder.
Over at EdTech Magazine, D. Frank Smith has on new post on "Captivating Students with Perplexing Problems." The article discusses a recent talk that math teacher Dan Meyer gave at the annual CUE (Computer-Using Educators) conference in March. Meyer offers some excellent advice on engaging and captivating students, and how to use technology to help in that process.
Here are some of the new resources from ET&ML:
If you're not familiar with the recent movement to "flip" teacher professional development, and put more power in the hands of teachers as to what they focus on, it's pretty exciting. On that note, TeachThought has a great new post which offers "8 Steps to Flipped Teacher Professional Development."
A few of the great podcasts from EdReach this week:
Finally, if you're feeling in supportive spirits today, we'll end with a new edtech kickstarter project called Crack the Books. The project aims to offer digital textbooks at a variety of reading levels, so that students can all learn the same content, but at a reading level that is appropriate for them. There is about 65 hours left on the project, so go check it out!
That's it for the Roundup today! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Welcome back to the Roundup! Hopefully your team has made it to tonight's final four, or if not, that you're having a great weekend! Today we begin at the EdTech Review with their brand new "EdTech Implementation Guide - Part 1: Creating a Tech Integration Vision." This is an excellent guide for districts, technology coordinators, or really anyone interested in integrating education technology.
Speaking of edtech integration, Jennifer Zaino at EdTech Magazine has an excellent new article which discusses "Why Students and Staff Should Have a Voice in IT Decision-Making." The post outlines why it is important for all educational stakeholders to have input into the technology purchasing and integration process. And, from a personal perspective, I couldn't agree more with her advice.
Here are a few of the great new resources from FT4T:
Next up, Mary Jo Madda at EdSurge has a great new piece entitled, "No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson." The post tells the story of "how a school put teachers in charge of edtech and turned around a failing program." It's a wonderful article about the challenges, successes, and possibilities for integrating technology and creating hybrid learning environments.
Next let's head over to Mind/Shift for a new post by Shawn McCusker which asks, "How Are Students' Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?" In the article, McCusker discusses the skills students must possess to successfully navigate the enormous amount of information they are continually presented with. It's an excellent and thought-provoking read, and definitely worth checking out.
Here are a few of the new resources from ET&ML this week:
Next, Benjamin Herold at Education Week has a new article discussing how "Khan Academy, Open Ed. Providers Evolve with Common Core." For anyone in one of the many, many states adopting the CCSS, and for those interested in blended or flipped learning, this will definitely come as great news. The online content providers will be (and have already been) aligning their curriculum with the Common Core.
Dawn Casey-Rowe at Edudemic has a great new post to help teachers integrate new tech on the cheap, "5 Ways To Do EdTech on a Shoestring Budget." In the post, Casey-Rowe outlines five easy steps to bring technology into the classroom without spending boatloads of cash. For anyone with limited resources, or just looking to save, check it out!
Finally, here are some of the new podcasts from EdReach:
And that's all for the Roundup this week! I'll be out of town next week because... we finally made it to spring break! Woo! Have a great weekend and the Roundup will return in 2 weeks!
In the meantime, check out some of our new reviews and podcasts! And if you had a chance to try out Been, and you're liking it, make sure to vote for them in the DEN March-Madness EdTech Championship! Thanks for reading!