Next, Edudemic discusses an interesting infographic on "Why and How Teachers are (and aren't) Using Technology." The infographic focuses on early childhood education and the prevalence of technology in the classroom. The most optimistic statistic I found in the infographic was that over half of classrooms have students working on technology every single day, and only 8% have children using technology less than once a week (500 teachers and administrators were surveyed).
Finally, Edudemic closes with a post on "4 Tools to Help Avoid Summer Learning Loss." They cover:
- GobStopper - An e-reading platform that lets you assign and monitor summer reading assignments
- MeMeTales - A free app that kids can use to read picture books and children's stories.
- Bookster - A free read along story-telling app that can also record children reading stories.
- Tales2Go - An audiobook service geared towards kids that streams over 1000 stories.
Educational Tech also has a new guide covering "Everything Teachers Need to Know About Google Spreadsheets." If you're not familiar, Google Spreadsheets is a component of Google Docs/Drive and can be an excellent (and free) alternative to Excel. If you've never used the app before, this guide offers lessons on all the basics and is a great place to get started.
The Lightning Round...
- Educational Tech covers Apps for Summer Learning and 30 Ways Teachers can use Pinterest.
- Edudemic has great new infographics on Blended Learning, ESL Tools, and Blooms Taxonomy.
- The Ed Tech Review also has a new infographic covering The Dark Side of Moocs.
- Teach Thought reviews a app for creating video lessons and blogs: Soo Meta