Hello and welcome to the Roundup! After taking two months off to move back to the states from Colombia, and then to move again to Bloomington, I'm ready to get the site running again! For those who are curious, I'll be starting a Ph.D. program at IU in instructional technology. As for the site, not much will change, except I'm going to start adding a monthly "Research Roundup" for those interested in the current research and studies that are underway in the field. Otherwise, it's good to be back and thanks for reading! Let's begin!
Today we'll start at EdTech magazine with an article by Matt Renwick, entitled "How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology." With a new school year beginning, it's the perfect time to give that new technology tool a try! In the post, Renwick talks about the benefit of starting small and trying to make a personal connection with the technology you're using in the classroom.
Jordan Shapiro at Mind/Shift has a new post which shares "How to Choose a Learning Game." So maybe you've decided you would like to begin integrating learning games in your classroom, but you're not sure how to pick the right one. Shapiro asks several guiding questions to help teachers select and implement a learning game that will be beneficial for students.
A few of the new posts from the excellent Free Tech for Teachers:
If you're not familiar with Google Hangouts, it's a free video conferencing tool that be used to connect with others. It offers great classroom potential, and to that end, Jennifer Carey at Edudemic has a new post which outlines "4 Ways to Enhance Your Class with Google Hangouts."
Over at Getting Smart, Jena Draper has a new article which asks "Is the Sharing Economy Education's Future?" Draper opens by discussing the increasing momentum of the sharing economy and goes on to discuss how this relates to education. Her main argument is that, "the sharing economy, when applied to education, has the potential to accelerate a highly advanced teaching and learning model."
Sean Cavanagh at Education Week has an interesting new article which discusses how "Ed-Tech Vendors See Hurdles in the K-12 Marketplace." The post discusses the intricate nature of the K-12 environment and how it can be a slow and difficult process to get Ed-Tech tools out of the hands of creators and into the hands of students and teachers.
Here are a few of the new podcasts from the EdReach network
Finally, at ElectricBrains the site shares an excellent post on "The Top Resources for Teaching Digital Responsibility." They have a great collection of sites to check out as well as a short post on the huge importance of digital responsibility in the classroom. If you're using technology at all in the classroom, this is a great post to start thinking about digital responsibility and how to teach it.
And that's all for today! Thanks again for stopping by and it's good to be back. Also, if you're a teacher who uses Edmodo (a great learning management system), you might want to check out this excellent collection of guides and resources from Educational Tech & Mobile Learning. In closing, here's an interview with Paul Andersen (of the excellent Bozeman Science) about creating online resources for students. Have a great weekend and see you next time!
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