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- Edudemic shares 6 Ways to Tell if You're Addicted to #EdTech
- Edudemic also covers 4 Ways Teachers can Encourage Online Interaction
- Teach Thought gives us 10 Tips for Teachers to Connect with Parents via Social Media
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a happy Valentine's / Love and Friendship Day yesterday! Today we begin the Roundup with a new post from Dave Guymon at Getting Smart on "The 5 Steps of Effective Technology Integration." Guymon does an excellent job simplifying and explaining the process that teachers and schools should go through when attempting to integrating new tech into the classroom.
Lisa Nielsen at The Innovative Educator has an excellent post on students and social media entitled, "Another Reason Responsible Social Media Use Must be Taught to Students AND Adults." Nielsen writes about a recent example of the positive influence social media can have, and ends by asking if educators and parents are confident that we have prepared our students to behave safely and responsibly online.
Here are a few of the great new resources from FT4T:
Lately, there has been a lot of talk on Connected Learning, its importance in the classroom, and its relation to educational technology. If you want a good introduction to the idea of Connected Learning, Katie Lepi's new post at Edudemic is a great place to start, "What is Connected Learning?"
iLearn Technology has a new review of "EDpuzzle: Like Video in the Classroom 2.0." EDpuzzle lets teachers edit, crop, add notes, or insert voice overs to videos. Plus, you can embed your own questions within the videos as well. It's a great tool (similar to Zaption and EduCanon) and worth checking out!
Here is a sampling of ET&ML's posts from the week:
Up next, Katrina Schwartz at Mind/Shift asks, "If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?" It's an absolutely wonderful article that discusses the future of education, the importance of creativity and metacognition, and how educators can help in this process, especially by making education more of a collaborative process. Definitely worth reading.
For all you augmented reality fans, Drew Minock over at Two Guys and Some iPads has an excellent new review, "Zientia: Changing the Way We Learn with Augmented Reality." Zientia is designed to be used with chemistry, geometry, and anatomy, and you can check out Minock's review for all the details, photos, and videos of the app in action.
As always, EdReach has a great collection of podcasts:
Finally, for anyone who is in a generous mood today (or just likes learning about new edtech that is in development) I wanted to share an exciting new Kickstarter from former teacher Daniel Fountenberry entitled "Books that Grow." It's an excellent project that looks to create digital books that can adapt to students' learning levels. You can check out the Kickstarter or home page for more information.
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And that's it for the Roundup this week! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!
Welcome back! I hate to pull you away from your curling and bobsledding, but we've got a new post! If you didn't hear, last Wednesday was Digital Learning Day! We had apodcast to celebrate, and over at Getting Smart they shared a great collection of tweets and ideas for getting involved. Even though the day may have past, there are still a ton of excellent resources to bring digital learning to your classroom.
There's also exciting news for all you Android/Google Play fans, which EdTech Magazine has more on, "K-12 Books Added to Google Play for Education, Along with New Devices." This addition brings Google Play/Android up a level in the competition between iPads and other tablet devices (like the Learnpad). They've also added more Chromebook and Android tablet choices to the mix as well.
Here are a few of FT4T new resources from the week:
Dr. Jackie Gerstein at User Generated Education continues her series of posts on 21st Century Skills with "The Brances of the Other 21st Century Skills." In the post, she includes an excellent graphic showing how these skills are related and a simple summary of what each skill means/looks like. It's a quick read, but definitely worth a look!
Finding pictures that students can use without limitation (i.e. without copyright restrictions) can be a challenge, especially with many students relying on the ease of Google Images. To that end, EduTech for Teachers has a new post on "Pics4Learning: Copyright-free Images for Education." The site contains thousands of free pictures, all of which are approved for classroom use!
Here are a few of the new resources from ET&ML:
India's EdTech Review has an excellent new post which outlines "How to Connect Your Classroom to the World." The article covers creating class blogs, video conferencing, using Twitter, creating Edmodo accounts, and utilizing Voicethread. They provide a short description on how each tool can be used to help your classroom extend outside of the traditional brick and mortar school building.
One of the biggest challenges for teachers, in my opinion, is finding time for professional development and improvement. In that regard, Dr. Amy Burkman at Edudemic has a new article which asks"How Can Busy Teachers Learn Next-Gen Skills." Burkman shares some excellent ideas and resources which aim to help busy teachers develop technology skills.
Good new for podcast fans, EdReach has begun hosting a new podcast from all-star educators Steve Dembo and Adam Bellow, "Untangling the Web." I've embedded the episode below, but the podcast is all about sharing educational technology tools and making the web a little bit easier to understand. This episode covers Twitter and how it can be used in the classroom.
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And that's it for the Roundup today, thanks for reading! We'll end with a new infographic from Game Salad (which is an excellent, free game creator to try in computer class) and The Avatar Generation on the Future of Games in Education. Have a great weekend!
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