Hue Animation Studio is a complete stop motion animation kit for students in K-12 classrooms. With the kit, students can create their own stop motion videos from legos, play-doh, clay, dry erase boards, cardboard creations, or anything else they can imagine. Once their projects are complete, they can share them online through sites like Createubbles. Overall, the hardware, software, and guide book that come with the HUE Animation Studio can be used across subject areas to create a wide variety of student products. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) and automation software are transforming the U.S. into what pundits are calling an “automation nation.” Automation is having a dramatic impact in certain sectors. In fact, the scope of industrial automation will increase more than fifty-fold from 2012 to 2025. “Exponential growth” is a misnomer; this is a revolution — one that is creating real fear in the job market. People are wary of entering certain career fields or spending time and effort on certain degrees. After all, their skills may be rendered obsolete in a few short years.
Are K-12 educators in that same camp? Will the nation’s educational system embrace automation to the extent that the skills we’ve developed as teachers will become redundant? First, let’s look at how A.I. plays a role in the classroom today. Continue reading on our editorial's page.
Evidence of Practice: Playbook for Video-Powered Professional Learning, written by Adam Geller with contributions from Annie Lewis O’Donnell, offers teachers and administrators a collection of research and practice-based advice for implementing video-based professional development. The book opens with three brief chapters which outline the basics of using video for professional development, and the rest of the book outlines 12 different strategies schools can put intoplace.
Overall, the ideas and strategies covered throughout the book do an excellent job of bringing together research and practice in ways that can be easily implemented throughout K-12 environments. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
For many students across the nation, personal finance is unfortunately not a topic that is typically covered in high school. Rather, students learn from their parents, siblings, friends, or more typically, from making mistakes along the way once they’re out on their own. For students and teachers looking for an opportunity to expand personal finance knowledge, OppU offers a free online program.
This program consists of four courses, all of which are aligned with national standards from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Pioneer Academics is a public benefit corporation that was the first to create a structured research mentorship program for high school students. The program gives high school students (typically sophomores and juniors) the opportunity to be mentored by college faculty and collaborate with peers around the world while working on a research project. It’s an outstanding program, currently in its 7th year, and it is designed for gifted, talented, and advanced students.
The Pioneer Academics team offers a spring through summer program, as well as an accelerated summer only program. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Epson’s new DC-13 Document Camera was designed specifically for K-12 classrooms and includes a wide range of beneficial classroom features. I had the opportunity to spend the last week reviewing the DC-13, and I am incredibly impressed with the collection of features the camera offers, paired with its simplicity of use. The camera currently runs at $449 through Epson’s Brighter Futures program.
It offers the ability to capture images, and even audio/video recordings of what teachers and students are sharing on the camera, as well as a variety of additional features we’ll explore. Continue Reading.
For any teacher or technology leader who has ever needed to record your screen, you know that this can sometimes be a more difficult task than imagined. Fortunately, tools like Screencastify make this process incredibly simple and straightforward. For anyone using a Chrome browser, you can install Screencastify’s free extension, and quickly begin creating screencasts. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Edsby is a K-12 learning and analytics platform that includes a wide range of features and integrations in order to meet the needs of students, teachers, administrators, and parents. It is one of the few learning and analytics platforms that was designed specifically for the K-12 market, and is completely customizable to district needs and use cases. Continue reading on our Review's Page.
Author: Bob Hand
As a K-12 teacher, you must always be willing to try new things — and virtual reality (VR) is an extremely promising avenue. However, given the alarming rate at which edtech startups fail, you may be understandably reluctant to jump on any particular bandwagon. Nevertheless we continue to explore new strategies and products. Ambitious instructors must keep a pulse on trends in technology in order to determine when a new innovation might have potential for use in the classroom. Continue reading.
iknowit.com is a math practice site designed for K-5 students. It’s currently a completely free resource, until August of 2018 (at which point it will cost several dollars per student). The site has over 25,000 Common Core aligned math practice questions across 300 lesson topics, and was designed with an eye towards engaging early elementary students. Continue reading here.
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