Welcome back! And thanks for tuning in to the very last Weekly Roundup... Of 2013! Tomorrow I'll be leaving Colombia for our school's winter vacation and I'll be off to explore Peru and Bolivia (on the off chance you're interested in the adventure, here's my travel blog). So, it's been just over 6 months since the Roundup officially launched and I want to take this moment and give a GIANT thank you to everyone who has been reading, commenting, and enjoying the site. I greatly appreciate the support. And to all of you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a wonderful New Year!
And, in other incredibly exciting news, the EdTech Roundup has been nominated for an EduBlog award in the "Best Resource Sharing Blog!" If you've got a minute, vote us up! And if you can't see the vote button in the graphic below, just head over to the EduBlog site. Incredibly honored!
Up first today we've got a pair of posts from Getting Smart and Edudemic. If you weren't aware, the first annual "Hour of Code" is coming to a close. HOC is a campaign, hosted by code.org and others, to get students excited about coding and computer science. If you missed it, no problem, there's still plenty of ways to get your students excited about coding! To start, here are some ideas from Getting Smart and Edudemic.
Next up, Aarti Shahani at Mind/Shift has an excellent new article which asks, "Should Schools Teach Social Media Skills?" The post opens with a few of the many examples of students having issues and difficulties with their behavior on social media networks. Shahani then goes on to discuss the possibility of teaching social media skills within the classroom.
And speaking of social media, Ricky Ribeiro at EdTech Magazine has a new post which asks, "How Should Schools Navigate Student Privacy in a Social Media World?" Ribeiro discusses the legal and practical issues involved with protecting student privacy while using social media networks within the classroom. For any teacher using social media, this post is definitely worth considering.
Here are a few of the excellent new resources from FT4T:
Audrey Watters at Hack Education has been compiling her Top EdTech Trends of 2013, and most recently she discusses Hardware. In the article, Watters covers how schools are beginning to move beyond the iPad, the growing influence of the Maker movement, the difficulties that surround tablets in education, and a whole lot more. You can check out all of her Top EdTech Trends posts here.
Up next, Lisa Nielsen at the Innovative Educator discusses "5 Reasons Cellphones Benefit a 1:1 Environment." Oftentimes in education, even in districts that push for more tech use, cellphones get a bad rap. In her new post, Nielsen outlines some of the ways that cellphones can actually be huge boon, especially in a 1:1 environment.
Here are a few of the wonderful new podcasts from EdReach
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are all the rage these days, and Ilan Paretsky at Edudemic has a new post which will prove helpful for any classroom heading in that direction. In "3 Keys to Making BYOD Work For Your Classroom" Paretsky outlines some basic tips and strategies to consider when implementing a BYOD policy.
Educational Technology has some great new resources:
We've talked a lot about LearnPad over here at the Roundup, but for those unfamiliar, the LearnPad is a tablet designed specifically for education. And, the LearnPad team just received some exciting news: they have achieved the honor of being the "Most Awarded Global K12 Tablet Solution." If you haven't had a chance to check out LearnPad, you can head over to their site for more information.
Finally, USC Rossier Online has announced a new classroom supplies contest entitled, "The Classroom Project." You could win up to $500 dollars in school supplies by writing a short blog post/essay and including a photo of your classroom. Just in time for the holidays! Check out their site for more information on thecontest.
And that's all folks! Again, thank you so much for reading, have a happy holiday season, and I'll be back in mid-January to continue the Roundup! See you next year!