Welcome back! I hope everyone's week is winding down well! Today we start with Marisa Kaplan at EdSurge and a new post on the Maker Faire NYC. If you're not familiar with the Maker Movement, it's basically a grass-roots collection of innovators, teachers, hobbyists, students, and curious people who like building, tinkering and creating. The "group" held it's annual Faire in NYC last weekend and it looks like it was a pretty amazing place to be!
Next up, Education Week has a new post entitled, "Consumer Demand for Digital Learning Games, Simulations Growing Worldwide: But Level of Interest in K-12 Lags Behind." The article discusses the growing market for game-based education and learning outside of the classroom as well as some of the companies that are behind the games. The post also covers where K-12 education fits in with current market trends.
Free Tech for Teachers has three new resources up:
Next up, for all you science teachers out there, the site Bird Brain Science has just announced that they are out of beta testing and going public with their resources. Bird Brain science provides common core aligned, accessible reading texts that are adjusted to students' reading levels. They also give quizzes after readings to determine the level of future readings. It's definitely an awesome resource for differentiating instruction. And if you sign up now you can pilot the program for free!
Bryan Kitch at Edutopia has a new post on "HACKtivate ED: A Model for Collaborative Problem Solving." The post covers the recent 24-hour Activate-Ed educational hackathon. The event brought together "educational luminaries from the San Francisco Bay Area with tech sector developers to tackle key issues affecting K-12 students." The group looked at 9 specific problems over the 24-hour period and some awesome results were achieved!
Educational Technology has four new posts to check out:
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And that's all we've got for today! Tomorrow I'm off to celebrate my 30th birthday (wild!) and then we'll be back on Monday. And, in case you missed our podcast this week, you can check it out here. Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week!
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