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!
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