Latest News from your favourite blogs

Technology

Free Digital Library Earns Top Grades From Teachers

Free Digital Library Earns Top Grades From Teachers

Technology
5/22/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Epic! - Unlimited Books for KidsSummary: Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books Pros: Seemingly boundless library includes popular, well-loved authors and series.Cons: Assessment tools are limited, and it'd be great to have multiple book styles for each book (audiobook, read-to-me, and typical solo reading).Bottom Line:This large collection of books and videos on a wide variety of topics is an easy -- and free -- enhancement to any classroom library. Read mo...
Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

Technology
5/19/2017 5:50:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ReadWorks DigitalSummary: Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings Pros: Tons of free, ready-to-print resources including leveled reading passages, differentiated texts, vocabulary lists, and assessments.Cons: Too teacher-focused; students can't choose texts or access readings unless assigned.Bottom Line: An effective digital reinvention of the trusted ReadWorks platform that makes it simple to distribute and track high-quality reading assignments. Read mo...
Digital Platfom Helps Kids Learn Media Literacy

Digital Platfom Helps Kids Learn Media Literacy

Technology
5/18/2017 5:40:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Go-to news-literacy site is an excellent primer on media issuesSummary: Pros: Unique site allows for exploration of multiple lessons, while the check tool allows students to evaluate credibility of news.Cons: Lessons can be a bit too long and repetitive at timesBottom Line: With "fake news" a pressing concern, checkology's literacy lessons offer essential, if not totally comprehensive, skills to help students evaluate sources. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share Th...
Powerful Photo Editor App Ideal for Graphic Design

Powerful Photo Editor App Ideal for Graphic Design

Technology
5/17/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: PicCollage - Photo Collage Maker & Picture EditorSummary: Versatile, intuitive, engaging collage maker yields impressive designs Pros: Powerful, in-app photo editor and layout tools allow students to create custom, pro-like visuals.Cons: Lots of in-app ads and a watermark in free version; sharing features default to public.Bottom Line: With some privacy setup, and possibly upgrading to the paid version, this can be an excellent design tool for creating custom collages, teaching ...
How to Keep the Connected Classroom Healthy

How to Keep the Connected Classroom Healthy

Technology
Ensuring the promise of connected learning and the opportunities of instant information in the classroom doesn’t begin with a swipe of a tablet—it begins in the server room. As technology becomes indispensable in the classroom, having the proper infrastructure in place to harness wireless and mobile devices has never been more important. This has created a need for educators to address the health of the systems that support education technology across their campuses. According to a study by the Federal Communications Commission, more than half of teachers surveyed reported that slow or unreliable internet access prevents effective use of technology in their classrooms. In order for students to access digital learning tools, the FCC recommended schools extend high-speed internet access to e
How to Keep the Connected Classroom Healthy

How to Keep the Connected Classroom Healthy

Technology
Ensuring the promise of connected learning and the opportunities of instant information in the classroom doesn’t begin with a swipe of a tablet—it begins in the server room. As technology becomes indispensable in the classroom, having the proper infrastructure in place to harness wireless and mobile devices has never been more important. This has created a need for educators to address the health of the systems that support education technology across their campuses. According to a study by the Federal Communications Commission, more than half of teachers surveyed reported that slow or unreliable internet access prevents effective use of technology in their classrooms. In order for students to access digital learning tools, the FCC recommended schools extend high-speed internet access to e
Fun Way to Introduce Game Design and Coding Logic

Fun Way to Introduce Game Design and Coding Logic

Technology
5/15/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Ready MakerSummary: Fun and easy game design yields surprisingly complex creations Pros: Easy to use but difficult to master, Ready Maker will engage kids and keep them solving problems.Cons: The app can be confusing to use at first, and students will need scaffolding to link creations to class content.Bottom Line: With teacher support, Ready Maker is a creative introduction to coding and game design. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable Jav...
Fun Way to Introduce Game Design and Coding Logic

Fun Way to Introduce Game Design and Coding Logic

Technology
5/15/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Ready MakerSummary: Fun and easy game design yields surprisingly complex creations Pros: Easy to use but difficult to master, Ready Maker will engage kids and keep them solving problems.Cons: The app can be confusing to use at first, and students will need scaffolding to link creations to class content.Bottom Line: With teacher support, Ready Maker is a creative introduction to coding and game design. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable Jav...

Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

Technology
We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people.Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36 in Manhattan. I have a few discount tickets to give away. Let’s get you a table. If you are Kickstarting your project now or bootstrapping, please contact me at john@techcrunch.com with the subject line “HARDWARE ALLEY” and I will send you a coupon code. I will do my best to accommodate you. I only have a limited number of discounted spots so hurry! What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and
Graphics, Activities Provide Excellent Introduction to Geometry

Graphics, Activities Provide Excellent Introduction to Geometry

Technology
5/12/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Montessori GeometrySummary:Clever games help kids name shapes and identify them in the real world Pros: Colorful graphics and clever games help kids learn how to identify shapes and how shapes relate to one another.Cons: Navigation is not entirely intuitive, so kids will likely need guidance as they decide which features to explore.Bottom Line: Kids get a fun introduction to geometry, which sets the stage for more advanced learning. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Sha...
Empower Teachers with Quick and Easy Assessments

Empower Teachers with Quick and Easy Assessments

Technology
Join us for this webinar to learn how to solve your assessment headaches.   With GradeCam, you can create, score, and record assessments quickly and easily without special forms or equipment. Learn how two districts have streamlined classroom assessments, empowered educators, and closed achievement gaps.   Learn how you can use the same process of Scan – Score – Assess in your school or district. No special forms or equipment needed. Spend an hour at this webinar to save countless time and energy. GradeCam is a professional problem solver for teachers everywhere.   Featured Speakers:   North Hagerstown HS, Hagerstown MD James Alshire, Principal Chris Cline, Assistant Principal Chris Downs, Lead Teacher Amy Kelly, Social Studies teacher   James Bowie HS, Austin TX Steve Kane, Principal (re
Site Matches Students to STEM Careers

Site Matches Students to STEM Careers

Technology
5/11/2017 5:40:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: CouragionSummary: Individualized STEM career exploration targets students' values Pros: Well organized and quickly exposes kids to a broad variety of STEM careers.Cons: Videos and web quests cannot take the place of actual role models and mentors.Bottom Line:Students identify career values and use them to evaluate STEM options. Read more here. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This Post Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. comments p...
Colorful Puzzle App Teaches Kids Coding

Colorful Puzzle App Teaches Kids Coding

Technology
5/10/2017 6:00:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Swift PlaygroundsSummary: Fun, intuitive iOS-coding app great for newbies or pros Pros: Colorful and well-designed interface, flexible challenges make it easy to experiment with iOS code.Cons: Narrow focus on one coding language, along with the device requirement, may make it hard to implement in general coding classrooms.Bottom Line:If iPads are available, this is an inspired choice for learning how to create and tweak code. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This...
Video Reflection App Puts New Spin on Formative Assessment

Video Reflection App Puts New Spin on Formative Assessment

Technology
5/8/2017 5:40:00 AM App of the Day picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: Recap: Video Response and Reflection for EducationSummary: Video reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment Pros: Create personalized, reflective videos to showcase progress.Cons: Videos are only to be shared with the teacher, but it would be a neat option to share with peers.Bottom Line: By facilitating regular video self-reflection through Recap, teachers can support more authentic learning and self-assessment among their students. Read more here. By Common Sense Educatio...
5 Key Features of High Quality Assessment

5 Key Features of High Quality Assessment

Technology
A critical part of instruction, high-quality assessments create a roadmap for success in school, career, and life. 5/4/2017 9:52:00 PM As an essential aspect of K-12 instruction, assessment impacts everything from district level decisions about resources and training to classroom level decisions that differentiate instruction and personalize learning. From the district perspective, it affects instructional needs, curriculum, and school funding while helping to answer the following critical questions:  Are our students learning what they need to learn and at the right pace? And if not, what can we be doing better to create a roadmap for student success?“Of course, great teaching and strong support for students matter most in how well students are learning,” NMC/CoSN write in their 201
5 Key Features of High Quality Assessment

5 Key Features of High Quality Assessment

Technology
A critical part of instruction, high-quality assessments create a roadmap for success in school, career, and life. 5/4/2017 9:52:00 PM As an essential aspect of K-12 instruction, assessment impacts everything from district level decisions about resources and training to classroom level decisions that differentiate instruction and personalize learning. From the district perspective, it affects instructional needs, curriculum, and school funding while helping to answer the following critical questions:  Are our students learning what they need to learn and at the right pace? And if not, what can we be doing better to create a roadmap for student success?“Of course, great teaching and strong support for students matter most in how well students are learning,” NMC/CoSN write in their 201
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise and connecting communities

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise and connecting communities

Technology
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has a lot of issues on her regulatory plate, some given marquee billing (the repeal of the commission’s Broadband Privacy Rule) and others lurking in the wings for years (unfair practices in prison inmate calling systems). I recently had the opportunity to talk with her about a handful of them. And I’ll soon have the chance to do it again: Commissioner Clyburn is coming to Disrupt NY. Clyburn is from South Carolina, where she served on and chaired that state’s Public Service Commission, as well as publishing Charleston’s Coastal Times newspaper. These days she’s the sole Democrat on the commission (the administration has yet to nominate a fourth commissioner, who, rules dictate, would also have to be Democratic), a dubious honor, perhaps, but nevertheless a
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise and connecting communities

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn talks privacy, compromise and connecting communities

Technology
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has a lot of issues on her regulatory plate, some given marquee billing (the repeal of the commission’s Broadband Privacy Rule) and others lurking in the wings for years (unfair practices in prison inmate calling systems). I recently had the opportunity to talk with her about a handful of them. And I’ll soon have the chance to do it again: Commissioner Clyburn is coming to Disrupt NY. Clyburn is from South Carolina, where she served on and chaired that state’s Public Service Commission, as well as publishing Charleston’s Coastal Times newspaper. These days she’s the sole Democrat on the commission (the administration has yet to nominate a fourth commissioner, who, rules dictate, would also have to be Democratic), a dubious honor, perhaps, but nevertheless a
Free Online Site Boosts Critical Reading Skills

Free Online Site Boosts Critical Reading Skills

Technology
5/4/2017 6:00:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ThinkCERCASummary: Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure Pros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the critical-reading framework has the potential to foster deep, Common Core-aligned learning.Cons: Further tools for collaboration and differentiation -- such as variable reading levels for each text -- would empower as well as create more opportunities for meaningful learning.Bottom Line: A solid resource for CCSS-aligned critica...
Free Online Site Boosts Critical Reading Skills

Free Online Site Boosts Critical Reading Skills

Technology
5/4/2017 6:00:00 AM Site of the Week picks are selected from the top edtech tools reviewed by Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Title: ThinkCERCASummary: Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure Pros: High-interest texts can spark classroom discussions, and the critical-reading framework has the potential to foster deep, Common Core-aligned learning.Cons: Further tools for collaboration and differentiation -- such as variable reading levels for each text -- would empower as well as create more opportunities for meaningful learning.Bottom Line: A solid resource for CCSS-aligned critica...