The Weekly Roundup - October 10th, 2014
And, we're back! My apologies for the delay of Weekly Roundups lately! It's been a challenge balancing a new job with a new doctorate program and running the website, but I've got it sorted out now and the Roundups should be back to their typical weekend postings! Hopefully. To start with, remember that crazy robot Watson who beat everyone at Jeopardy? Well, s/he's back and ready to start teaching teachers! Read more over at EdTech Magazine!
Next up, the staff at Edudemic has a nice"Guide to Creating Tech-Friendly Classroom Management Strategies." With more and more technology creeping into today's classrooms, management of behavior is an incredibly important issue. Find out what edudemic suggests in their four-part guide.
As always, Free Technology for Teachers has an excellent collection of new resources for class. Here are a few:
Over at Getting Smart you'll be able to find a summary of the new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). The article, entitled "iNACOL Report: Online Learning Can Close The Opportunity Gap," discusses how online learning allows for greater learning opportunities in schools and districts where particular courses and electives are unavailable.
For those of you who are fans of the Maker Movement like myself, Dr. Jackie Gerstein at User Generated Education has an excellent post on "The Mindset of the Maker Educator." The article includes several graphics which outline a framework for maker education in the classroom and she also includes a presentation (below) on Maker Education.
Up next, Katrina Schwartz at Mind/Shift has a great post on "How Virtual Reality Meets Real Life Learning with Mobile Games." Schwartz discusses how "situated games" which require students to interact with the real world, can be both motivating and educational. It's an excellent article with tons of examples and definitely worth reading.
Over at Mighty Skins (yes, the iphone/ipad/computer case makers), it turns out they have some great EdTech blogs as well. In their new post, "The Dawn of the Digital Classroom" the team discusses the emergence of digital learning. But, more importantly, they share an excellent infographic on the prevelence of digital learning in education today.
At Magoosh, Peter Poer has a new post which discusses how "Online Learning Can Work for Everyone." Throughout the post, Poer outlines the benefits of blended learning, and the challenges to overcome when implementing blended learning in the classroom. He concludes by discussing how students and teachers can overcome their fears of online learning.
Finally, we've got a very special offer from Bettermarks for readers of the Roundup! Anyone interested in a free access account just needs to click here and apply. But wait, what is Bettermarks? Bettermarks is an online learning service that offers adaptive math books, aligned with the common core standards, which adjust to your student's learning needs. So definitely check them out and give it a free try!
That's it for the Roundup this week! Thanks for reading, and again, my apologies for the recent delay! I hope everyone has an excellent weekend and I'll see you next time!
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