Welcome back! After a week off for spring break, it's good to be back blogging! This week's Roundup begins at Edudemic with a new post from Katie Lepi entitled "How is Technology Affecting Kids?" The post includes an excellent infographic and covers the latest statistics on students and technology use.
Next up, Katrina Schwartz at Mind/Shift asks "Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?" The article centers around a new report released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which surveyed 3,100 teachers and 1,250 students about effective digital instruction. It's an excellent read (as is the entire report) for classroom teachers and administrators alike.
Here are a few of the great resources from FT4T this week:
Tracy Clark at Getting Smart has some great ideas for digital spring cleaning in her new series "10 Spring Cleaning To Dos for Your Digital Adobe." Clark walks us through updating passwords, automating digital tasks, cleaning out inboxes, and a whole lot more. It's easy to forget the importance of keeping our digital lives organized and up to date, and Clark's post is a great and helpful reminder.
Over at EdTech Magazine, D. Frank Smith has on new post on "Captivating Students with Perplexing Problems." The article discusses a recent talk that math teacher Dan Meyer gave at the annual CUE (Computer-Using Educators) conference in March. Meyer offers some excellent advice on engaging and captivating students, and how to use technology to help in that process.
Here are some of the new resources from ET&ML:
If you're not familiar with the recent movement to "flip" teacher professional development, and put more power in the hands of teachers as to what they focus on, it's pretty exciting. On that note, TeachThought has a great new post which offers "8 Steps to Flipped Teacher Professional Development."
A few of the great podcasts from EdReach this week:
Finally, if you're feeling in supportive spirits today, we'll end with a new edtech kickstarter project called Crack the Books. The project aims to offer digital textbooks at a variety of reading levels, so that students can all learn the same content, but at a reading level that is appropriate for them. There is about 65 hours left on the project, so go check it out!
That's it for the Roundup today! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!