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Welcome back to the Roundup! And, as always, happy Friday-eve! Today we start off with some big news from EdReach. Like some 1970's super-group, EdReach has just announced new partnerships with our friends over at Two Guys and some iPads and the tech company TechSmith. They'll be launching some assuredly excellent new shows as well as a new comic strip!
Next up, Kate Smitty at Emerging Ed Tech has a writeup on "LearnPad - a Tablet Designed Specifically for Educational Use." While iPad and Android tablets have their distinct advantages, they were designed for consumers, not for educators. The LearnPad is a "trialed and tested tabled designed for schools and educators." Check out Smitty's post for more info on the new tablet.
Free Tech for Teachers has 5 new posts to check out:
EduTech for Teachers has a new Guest Post in which "Media Experts Name the Best Technology Skills for Graduates." The article discusses the essential technology skills that students should be learning and discusses why encouraging blogging is an excellent way to support those skills. It's a great read and if you haven't considered having your students blog, this post might change your mind!
David Fife at Perspectives 2.0 has an excellent new post on the "4 Reasons Why You Need to Be a Connected Educator." Social media has made it ridiculously easy for teachers to connect, share ideas, and swap lesson plans and in this article Fife argues the importance of connecting to your own personal learning network (PLN).
Educational Technology has 4 new posts to check out:
Finally, iLearn technology has a new review up, "Fluency Finder App: Updated with New Features!" If you guessed that Fluency Finder is an app to help find out your students' reading fluency levels, you're absolutely correct! It's designed for 1st-8th graders and has some pretty awesome features. If that's your area, check it out!
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And that, my friends, is all she wrote! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and we'll be back on Monday with the weekend Roundup! Thanks for reading and remember, you can always follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or just subscribe to receive the Roundup by email (box on the right and up a bit...)
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