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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!
Welcome back to the Roundup! This past week, the annual BETT show (British Educational Training & Technology) was held in London. In addition to all the great podcast content edreach put out over the week, they also have a nice write up from "The Floor of the BETT Show." If you're interested, you can also visit the BETT site for more highlights from the conference.
Most educators are familiar with the name Howard Gardner (the educational psychologist who developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences). Gardner, along with Katie Davis, have recently published a new book entitled The App Generation which discusses the issue of identity in a digital world. Today, Mind/Shift shared an excellent excerpt from the book which is definitely worth a read.
Free Tech for Teachers has some excellent new resources:
Audrey Watters at Hack Education has just announced the launch of a promising new educational technology site, Educating Modern Learners. As she says, " far too often, ed-tech is positioned as a tool that will serve to merely enhance pre-existing classroom practices, to make these more efficient" instead of actually changing current practices.
I'll be the first to admit, there are many times when my initial reaction to a new edtech tool is something along the lines of "Oh, this would be a great tool to help students pay more attention to a lecture," instead of, as Ms. Watters rightly suggests, using edtech to rethink and redesign our current educational paradigm. It's definitely something that needs to change. That being said, I'm excited for her new site!
Ray Mina at Getting Smart has an excellent new post outlining "Ways to Implement Safe Social Media for Schools." Mina discusses how teaching students to blog, creating a class over social media, and having "virtual hallways," can help students become better digital citizens and more aware of how to safely manage their online behavior. It's a great read and, for any school that doesn't address social media, worth considering.
iLearn Technology has a new review of Timelapse, a visual timeline that is powered by Google. Students have the option of exploring satellite imagery of cities all over the world, all the way back to 1984. It's a great resource and check out iLearn technology for the full review.
Our friends over at 2and2 have a new post entitled, "Why Educational Games and eLearning will Become Even More Prominent in 2014." The article discusses the growing accessibility of mobile devices, the improvement of web literacy, and the ability of educational games to promote more active learning. It's a great read with some really good, practical examples to check out.
ED&ML has some excellent new resources from the week:
And that's it for the Roundup this week! Thanks for reading! In closing, I'd like to leave you with two excellent timeline/infographics to choose from. But choose wisely!
We've also got some new reviews up from this week, so be sure to check those out! Thanks again and see you next week!
We. Are. Back! Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful break and/or holiday season! I survived my time in the Andes and the Amazon and I'm excited to be back at the blog for a brand new year. In case you missed it over the past week, I've added some new reviews and editorials to start getting back in the swing of things. And for those of you missing the podcast, Saul and I will be back in the next week or two and we have some excellent guests lined up for season 2. As always, thank you so much for reading and let's get started with some technology news!
Let's start off at Edudemic with a straightforward post from Roman Sahakov on "2 Pros and 2 Cons to Education Technology." Sahakov discusses how technology can be used as a teaching aid and to make information more easily accessible. He then goes on to cover the cons: students can become distracted by the tech and it's easier to cheat.
Next up, Dom Norrish has a great post which asks, "Is There a Role for MOOCs in Secondary Education," an issue that I've been rolling around in my thoughts recently as well. It's a well-thought-out article that covers the advantages and disadvantages of using MOOCs with secondary kids.
Laura Fleming at Getting Smart has a new article entitled, "Technology as Learning Environment." The post, which originally appeared of Worlds of Learning, discusses the Cloud, virtual learning environments, and how students are engaged and affected by digital life. Fleming goes on to discuss a project of hers, ProtoSphere, which is a face-to-face interaction tool for virtual environments.
Richard Byrne at Free Tech for Teachers has had around 1,000,003 great posts since I've been gone, but here's a few:
Next up, iLearn Technology has a new review of "Buncee: Digital Creation Tool." Buncee can be used by students and teahcers to create interactive digital presentations and stories. Plus, you can sign up and use the service for free (there, of course, premium options available as well). Here's a short video introduction to the service if you're interested!
Educational Technology has some great new posts:
Shawn McCusker at Mind/Shift has a new post to check out, "MacBook, Chromebook, iPads: Why Schools Should Think Beyond Platforms." As the title suggests, McCusker discusses the importance of focusing on learning needs and flexibility, and not just the brand that the school is buying into. It's an excellent read and definitely worth your time, especially if your district is considering a purchase soon.
Finally, EdReach has some great new podcasts:
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And there you have it! All Rounded up! Thanks again for reading and we'll be back next weekend with a brand new Roundup!
Welcome back! And thanks for tuning in to the very last Weekly Roundup... Of 2013! Tomorrow I'll be leaving Colombia for our school's winter vacation and I'll be off to explore Peru and Bolivia (on the off chance you're interested in the adventure, here's my travel blog). So, it's been just over 6 months since the Roundup officially launched and I want to take this moment and give a GIANT thank you to everyone who has been reading, commenting, and enjoying the site. I greatly appreciate the support. And to all of you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful New Year!
And, in other incredibly exciting news, the EdTech Roundup has been nominated for an EduBlog award in the "Best Resource Sharing Blog!" If you've got a minute, vote us up! And if you can't see the vote button in the graphic below, just head over to the EduBlog site. Incredibly honored!
Up first today we've got a pair of posts from Getting Smart and Edudemic. If you weren't aware, the first annual "Hour of Code" is coming to a close. HOC is a campaign, hosted by code.org and others, to get students excited about coding and computer science. If you missed it, no problem, there's still plenty of ways to get your students excited about coding! To start, here are some ideas from Getting Smart and Edudemic.
Next up, Aarti Shahani at Mind/Shift has an excellent new article which asks, "Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?" The post opens with a few of the many examples of students having issues and difficulties with their behavior on social media networks. Shahani then goes on to discuss the possibility of teaching social media skills within the classroom.
And speaking of social media, Ricky Ribeiro at EdTech Magazine has a new post which asks, "How Should Schools Navigate Student Privacy in a Social Media World?" Ribeiro discusses the legal and practical issues involved with protecting student privacy while using social media networks within the classroom. For any teacher using social media, this post is definitely worth considering.
Here are a few of the excellent new resources from FT4T:
Audrey Watters at Hack Education has been compiling her Top EdTech Trends of 2013, and most recently she discusses Hardware. In the article, Watters covers how schools are beginning to move beyond the iPad, the growing influence of the Maker movement, the difficulties that surround tablets in education, and a whole lot more. You can check out all of her Top EdTech Trends posts here.
Up next, Lisa Nielsen at the Innovative Educator discusses "5 Reasons Cellphones Benefit a 1:1 Environment." Oftentimes in education, even in districts that push for more tech use, cellphones get a bad rap. In her new post, Nielsen outlines some of the ways that cellphones can actually be huge boon, especially in a 1:1 environment.
Here are a few of the wonderful new podcasts from EdReach
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are all the rage these days, and Ilan Paretsky at Edudemic has a new post which will prove helpful for any classroom heading in that direction. In "3 Keys to Making BYOD Work For Your Classroom" Paretsky outlines some basic tips and strategies to consider when implementing a BYOD policy.
Educational Technology has some great new resources:
We've talked a lot about LearnPad over here at the Roundup, but for those unfamiliar, the LearnPad is a tablet designed specifically for education. And, the LearnPad team just received some exciting news: they have achieved the honor of being the "Most Awarded Global K12 Tablet Solution." If you haven't had a chance to check out LearnPad, you can head over to their site for more information.
Finally, USC Rossier Online has announced a new classroom supplies contest entitled, "The Classroom Project." You could win up to $500 dollars in school supplies by writing a short blog post/essay and including a photo of your classroom. Just in time for the holidays! Check out their site for more information on thecontest.
And that's all folks! Again, thank you so much for reading, have a happy holiday season, and I'll be back in mid-January to continue the Roundup! See you next year!
We've got a special giveaway here at the Roundup! If you've been a reader for a while, you're probably familiar with MobyMax. If not, it's an online learning ecosystem, aligned to the common core standards, that helps teach students math, reading, writing, language, and vocabulary. It's an absolutely wonderful learning resource and they're giving away one Pro Account ($79.00) here at the Roundup.
If you're unfamiliar with MobyMax here's a video introduction to the site courtesy of the MM Team:
You can also check out our review of the service for a complete rundown on how the site works. In short, it's an excellent collection of targeted, online-learning modules that help students reach specific standards and learning goals in K-8 math, language, reading, writing, and vocabulary.
To enter the competition, sign into the raffle below, and leave a comment on this blog post about how you would like to use MobyMax in the classroom. Happy Raffling!
Looks like it's time for the 2013 Edublog Award nominations! For those unfamiliar with Edublog Awards, here's a little background: The Edublog Awards started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.Best individual blog
So, without further ado, here are my nominations for this year!
Welcome back to the Roundup! I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving week ahead of them! Today we begin at Getting Smart with a new post from Charles Reigeluth entitled, "Education 3.0: Helping All Children Reach their Potential." In the post, Reigeluth covers a brief history of our evolving models of education and discusses how the current education paradigm is beginning to look (or at least what it should look like).
Next up, Kelly Walsh at Emerging EdTech has a new article in which he shares some excellent video resources for helping teachers become familiar with iPads in the classroom. The post,"More Great VIdeo Sessions from the Teaching & Learning with the iPad Conference" shows off some great learning resources for teachers with iPads.
Here are a few of the great posts from FT4T for this week:
Jamie Forshey at EduTech for Teachers has a new post, "At-A-Glance Ed-Tech Tutorials" in which she shares some wonderful new Ed-Tech tutorial/posters from Gwyneth Jones (The Daring Librarian). Jones is building a growing library of outstanding resources that are designed to easily help educators familiarize themselves with educational technology. The collection is definitely worth a look!
For those teachers who are new to the EdTech arena, you might have seen the term "Flipped Classroom" being thrown around a lot. If you want to learn more about the practice, and what it looks like in the classroom, Katie Lepi at Edudemic has a wonderful new post, "What is a Flipped Classroom?" to introduce you to the basics.
Educational Technology has some great posts from the week:
Lisa Nielsen at The Innovative Educator has a new post entitled, "How Social Reading Enhances the #CCSS" in which she discusses how the excellent online discussion platform ReadUps can be used in support of the Common Core Standards. Nielsen offers some great tips and ideas for utilizing the service within the classroom.
Here are a few of TeachThought's posts from the week:
Education and politics don't always get along. However, as Drew Minock writes about in his new post, "The White House Got it Right!" occasionally things work out well between the two. Minock discusses the White House's recent selection of 10 educators who were awarded the distinction of being "ConnectED Champions of Change." I've included the video of President Obama's speech below.
Here are a few of EdReach's podcasts from the week:
Finally, Teachscape (education software and service designers) has announced a new social media contest. The company is asking educators to discuss how they use videos for professional development. The winner(s) will receive one Teachscape Peri Panoramic Camera Kit & one software license for Teachscape Learn. If you're interested, you can find all the details here.
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And that's it for the Roundup this week! Thanks for reading! We will be back on Wednesday with a brand new podcast (the top 10 edtech apps of the season!) but the next Roundup won't be for two weeks, due to Thanksgiving! So, I hope everyone has a few wonderful days off and we'll see you soon!
Today we'll close with a new infographic from Digital Learning Now (via Edudemic) that outlines the basics of blended learning in the classroom.
We. Are. Back. After far too much delay, it's good to back blogging! The big news this week, Google Play for Education (Google's answer to the iPad's classroom dominance) went live. EdTech Magazine has a great article outlining the details, "Google Play for Ed & New Tablet Management Tools are Tailor-Made for K-12." And I'd also recommend checking out Audrey Watters' post at Hack Education as well!
Dr. Jackie Gerstein at User Generated Education as an excellent post about "Self-Directed Professional Development." Gerstein discusses the unfortunate current state of professional development in many districts and how social media and teacher-centered professional development are beginning to change the traditional PD model. As always, it's worth reading.
Free Tech for Teachers shares some excellent resources:
Up next, Lisa Nielsen at The Innovative Educator has a new post about a free mLearning ebook that she and 34 other educators put together. It's an excellent resources (embedded below) and offers tons of tips, strategies, and ideas for mobile learning in the classroom. The book is great and the primary focus is on using tech to drive student-centered learning.
India's Ed Tech Review has a new article which outlines the "Benefits of Being a Connected Educator." With "Connected Education Month" only a few weeks past, this post is a great reminder of the benefits of online communication and collaboration between educators. The article discusses the specific advantages of being a connected educator and goes on to provide some examples on how to get started.
Educational Tech has five new resources to check out:
Getting Smart has an excellent article from Kristen Hicks (which first appeared on edcetera a little while back) entitled, "Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons Give Students a More Active Role in the Research Process." Hicks offers the idea of organizing an Edit-a-Thon in class to focus on ideas that are "somewhat out of the limelight." Having students edit and add to Wikipedia articles gives them a sense of ownership and helps them to become better researchers in the process.
Teach Thought has 5 new posts to check out:
For all you teachers in schools that are rolling out iPads, Sam Gliksman at Mind/Shift has an article you'll probably want to look over, "Checklist: Are You Ready for iPads In Your School?" This is Glicksman's third post on the topic (all of which are exceprts from his book, iPad in Ed for Dummies). Glicksman discusses how to target 21st-century learning objectives and a whole lot more!
EdReach has a ton of new podcasts, here's just a few:
Katie Lepi at Edudemic has a new article outlining a great project from educator Cheryl Uy who is teaching in China. Uy is using art and iPads to help her students turn themselves into superheroes. It's a wonderful project. Lepi also has a repost of Ed Tech Magazines best EdTech blogs (including the EdTech Roundup - thank you!)
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And that's the Weekly Roundup! In case you missed my post on Thursday, I'm going to be doing a weekly/biweekly roundup of the biggest and best EdTech news, rather than trying to do a daily roundup 4 or 5 times every week. I might have more time next semester to switch back to more frequent posts, but for now, the Weekly Roundup begins!
Thanks for reading and we'll end with a preview of a new infographic from Educational Resources. If you want to download the full PDF of the infographic, just click here. Have a wonderful weekend and see you soon!
Hey everyone, you may have noticed that there have been a lack of "daily roundups" over the past several weeks. I've been facing some serious time constraints and some super sketchy South American internet connects which have made it a bit of a challenge to keep up with my regular posting.
For now, I'm planning on changing the "Daily Roundup" to more of a "Biweekly/Weekly Roundup" and focus more on the biggest & best edtech news from the week. Plus, I'll be writing more reviews/articles as well (which according to network traffic is what most people are interested in anyway).
So, if you find yourself super bummed out by this news, let me know, and I'll do my best to step up my game, otherwise, thanks for reading and stay tuned!
In the meantime, here's our new podcast from last night. We cover the Maker movement, constructivism, and a whole lot more!
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