10/16/2017 9:00:00 AM In a recent news release, ISTE offered the following top five trends to watch this school year: 1. Coding for All Students: Teachers are helping students hone problem-solving skills by infusing coding and computational thinking into courses across the curriculum and encouraging students to become digital content creators. 2. Real-Time Learning Feedback: In an era when we have electronic devices that can measure everything from heart rates to calories burned, education is catching up with real-time learning feedback. 3. VR Is Coming to Town: This school year will likely be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) make a real impact in the classroom. 4. Media Literacy to Combat Fake News: As more information is consumed online, there is an in...
Equifax reported last week a leak on July 29 that compromised the data of 143 million Americans. This breach included Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver license numbers. As though that weren’t bad enough, 209,000 people had their credit card info leaked, and the breach also included dispute documents with personally identifying information from 182,000 consumers. Following the report, the company came under fire for its response, which was both lackadaisical and callous. The website that the company set up to assist consumers was at best broken and at worst, a scam. Phone calls to the company followed the same trend, and, since then, Congress is reportedly looking into the issue. This post was gotten from TechCrunch
8/31/2017 11:28:00 AM The Kahoot! EdTrends Report, a new quarterly report, addresses the latest edtech trends in the K–12 market. Key findings of the first report include: ● Google is gaining a stronghold in classrooms, with Chrome OS growing quickly for computers, Apple’s iOS dominating on mobile devices and tablets, and Microsoft holding its ground with classroom computers, especially among teachers.● Google Classroom/G Suite for Education is the most popular productivity suite in classrooms.● The biggest incentive for educators to adopt edtech is improving student productivity—specifically: to improve student learning and outcomes, to motivate students, and to encourage student engagement.● In the coming school year, schools will see the increased use of digital platforms for teac
8/31/2017 11:28:00 AM The Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative is a network of professionals that encourage more girls to pursue STEM-related careers. Students used an augmented reality interface and app to create a project in a program from Verizon Innovative Learning. According to research by STEMconnector and the National Science Board, women make up only 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce. To help encourage more girls to participate in STEM programs, two new initiatives have been announced. The first comes from Boxlight, which has signed on to be the convening agency for the Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative formed under the auspices of the National Girls Collaborative Project. The Georgia Girls STEM Collaborative is a statewide network of professionals, researchers,...
As more of our work evolves to digital formats, being efficient and staying organized is essential. Here are five quick tips and strategies. Image from Quote Of The Day 1. HAVE A HOME FOR LEARNING Create a space for students to access every single day—one place where their learning begins. In my classroom, that’s our website, where there’s a Google Doc called the “Assignment Calendar” that outlines all of our lessons and learning. Whether the next activity is on Google Classroom, Kahoot!, or independent research, this home for learning helps my students focus, shows them where to start, and provides an important resource for learning. Absent? Late? Just weren’t paying attention? Check the site. Courtesy of MrAdamPE 2. CREATE A SYSTEM: FILES, FOLDERS, AND NAMES The only wrong way to name
No technological concept has intrigued yet disappointed the education community as much as 3D has. From floating Second Life avatars flying students to imaginary learning islands to throbbing dissected hearts projected in dimly lit classrooms to curricula springing from handheld tablets, the promise of teaching in the next dimension has been too good to be true. Most, if not all, of these attempts have gone the way of the paperless classroom. 3D printing is different. The products you see on the cover and read about on page 42 are not prototypes but actual devices in action right now. Admittedly, when we first reported on 3D printers (check out our September, 2014 cover story in the archives: www.techlearning.com/currentissuearchive), these machines did little more than print out novelty ...
casioprojector.com/products/Ultra_Short_Throw/XJ-UT351WN ■ Retail Price: $1,799.99 Quality and Effectiveness: Users have the option to control the XJ-UT351WN, one of Casio’s latest family of short-throw projectors, with a phone or other mobile device via a wireless adaptor. The projector uses a lens and mirrors instead of a lamp, and it crisply illuminates up to 3,500 lumens on a 50” to 110” space without shadows. Because it’s lamp-free, this projector has an extremely long life of 20,000 hours, or approximately 18 school years. In addition, this projector is ready to use within five seconds of being turned on and requires no cool-down time since there are fans to cool the projector. Ease of Use: This projector is easy to connect and use. The remote control, with its standardized, easy-to
go.turnitin.com/revision-assistant ■ Licenses and price: Available on a per-student subscription basis. For a customized quote, go to go.turnitin.com/en us/consultation. Quality and Effectiveness: Many teachers are seeking a quality program that can incorporate technology effectively to aid their students with the writing process. Students feel free to write and revise with Revision Assistant, because it supports them as they work at their own pace. The program instantly connects the writer to icons that highlight sections of their work and provide questions or comments for reflection on what they’re writing. Students receive immediate and ongoing feedback and have access to a rubric as they write. The design is very compact—everything, including icons and teacher notes, is on one screen.
globisens.net/ ■ Retail Price: $599.00 The Labdisc GenSci is an advanced science lab and data logger. It includes up to 15 wireless sensors so users can conduct a variety of science experiments right out of the box. Students can experiment with air pressure, ambient temperature, current, distance (motion), external temperature, GPS, light, microphones, pH, relative humidity, sound, universal input, and voltage. The Labdisc is simple to use, both on its own and with GlobiLab’s free software. GlobiLab is compatible with PC, Chrome OS, Mac, iOS, and Android and connects via wireless Bluetooth or USB. Quality and Effectiveness: The Labdisc GenSci is a well-constructed and extremely effective product for the K–12 science classroom. Because it works with a variety of platforms, it could find a
8/31/2017 12:10:00 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: Class ChartsSummary: Seating chart system makes managing classroom behavior simple Pros: Design is great, it's easy to set up, and reports are thorough.Cons: Ultimately, it may be more helpful for teachers than students -- as an organizational tool, it's great, but kids may not learn the right lessons.Bottom Line: It's an easy-to-use, engaging tool for managing and tracking student behavior and participation, but does employ carrot-and-stick-style rewards. Read more here. By Commo...
8/28/2017 12:10:00 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: Zap Zap Math - K6 Math GamesSummary: Space-themed practice tool aligns well with CCSS, but with distractions Pros: Games are beautifully designed and target essential Common Core standards.Cons: Some of the games are a bit cumbersome, so it takes a long time to get to the actual math.Bottom Line: These interactive games give kids plenty of practice, so long as they can focus on the math and not the paid upgrades and rewards. Read more here. By Common Sense Education Share This...