Educational Technology Tools and Trends

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EduTech: Keep your knowledge up during summer break with these apps

<i>EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here.</i><p>As …

Education Technology

Hacking Children's Learning: Why Gamification Technology Has The Answer

The problem with learning in recent years across all levels of schooling is that, somewhere along the way, we lost how to make it fun. Instead, it’s become a chore or punishment to kids and their parents. In reality, learning should be fun as it once had been.<p>There is hope that fun can be put back …

Learning

The 2017 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs

You don’t have to look hard to find an education blogger. The internet is full of experts ready to share their knowledge.<p>But who are the trendsetters …

K-12

How Can Your School Create Content Rich-MakerSpace Lessons

Podcast: Download |<p>On this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we discuss several things you can do in your school to create simple Makerspace …

Makerspaces

5 Ways to Use Screencasting to Build Stronger Home-School Connections

Screencasts are typically short video recordings of what is taking place on the screen of a computer or mobile device. They provide students with a …

Google Drive

Using Augmented Reality for Writing Prompts

Here’s my new post for LitLife’s blog about using augmented reality as a literacy tool! Check out LitLife’s blog for more posts and literacy tips. …

Augmented Reality

Technology Does Not Magically Make Teaching/Learning Better

There is a myth out there that integrating technology in your classroom makes you a better teacher.<p>It is important to be clear that there is so much …

Education

Bramble Berry Tales - The next frontier in App storytelling! By Rome Lavrencic

Bramble Berry Tales touch on many of the Big Ideas of the Core French and Spanish curricula and easily use stories to facilitate students’ …

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students @coolcatteacher

Podcasting

Using technology to empower students and turn them into critical thinkers

<i>Editor’s note: Google for Education Premier Partners are working with schools to host the ExploreEDU event series, where schools can share their</i> …

Best apps for educators

If you’re an educator, you’re familiar with all that you have to keep up with in that field of work. While from afar it may seem that some teachers …

8 Ways Technology Can Improve Education

, CommunityVoice<p>As technology grows, so do the options for gathering and sharing information. Because while finding cat gifs or funny memes on the internet is fun, there are also scholarly dissertations on a variety of subjects, public domain novels and classics, and up-to-date scientific …

Learning

Google helps libraries encourage kids to code

Google has added a new project to its list of library programs, which include WiFi hotspot lending. The tech titan has teamed up with the American Library Association (ALA) to launch "Libraries Ready to Code," an initiative that aims to help equip librarians with the right skills and tools to …

Library Studies

8 Ways To Get Creative With Chromebooks

<b>8 Ways To Get Creative With Chromebooks</b><p>by Sam Glicksman, TeachThought PD Tech Integration Workshop Facilitator<p><i>*this blog was originally published at</i> …

Education

10 Online Research Tools Every Online Learner Should Know About

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means you will need a tool to organize both your professional and personal life. We advise you to give …

Google Chrome

9 Essential #EdTech Ideas to Share With Your Team

Technology is playing a bigger role in classrooms and schools in this country and around the world. Here are a few thoughts to keep technology in …

Leadership

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

"Design thinking gave me a process to weave through all of the project–based learning experiences I create with my kiddos."<p>"As a leader of a #NextGen …

Design Thinking

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

<b>By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report</b>By design, some students go through two years of kindergarten in Middletown, New York.People associate repeating …

Education

Here’s What Apple’s Ad Agency Learned At CES About Kids And The Future Of Tech

TBWA Worldwide is pretty excited about startups Ziro and Play Piper.<p>Ad agencies often wander the showroom floor of CES looking for the trends and tools that will help them attract consumers of the near-future to buy their client’s wares.<p>advertisement<p>This year, ad agency network TBWA Worldwide–whose …

Advertising

10 EdTech Tools for Encouraging Classroom Collaboration

By: Rachelle Dene Poth. Teaching students collaboration skills is important, and it can be made a lot easier with the help of EdTech. This list …

Education Technology

This Happy Wooden Robot Teaches Toddlers To Code

Kids discover how to program just by playing with blocks.<p>With its focus on learning through playful discovery rather than instruction, the Montessori method is widely hailed as one of the most effective ways of teaching kids. But can you use the Montessori method to teach kids to code?<p>Primo Toys …

Five Ethical Considerations For Using Virtual Reality with Children and Adolescents

The tragic events of Sept. 11 live in the American mind as a series of jarring television images: the second plane striking, the billowing smoke, the …

Virtual Reality

18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google …

Google Docs

Learning and earning: Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change

Learning and earningEquipping people to stay ahead of technological change<p>It is easy to say that people need to keep learning throughout their …

Learning

3 Things That Concern K–12 Schools About the Cloud

By Wendy McMahonExperts share how to avoid data breaches, insufficient due diligence and risks unintentionally created by users.

New Tools for Interactive Fiction and Engaged Writing

It was a typical Tuesday in my seventh-grade social studies class. Only, it wasn't. I couldn't coax students to stop writing. I made several …

Interactive Fiction

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy

In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report …

Privacy

Rethinking the coding craze…

<i>Today’s post is by guest author Bea Leiderman. Bea is a technology coach at Goochland County Public Schools in Goochland, Virginia, where she helps</i> …

7 Skills Digital Kids Will Need in 2017 and Beyond

It’s 2017. Do you know what your (digital) kids are up to?<p>Chances are they’re glued to a new gadget they received over the holidays—an iPhone 7, Kindle, or electronic toy of some sort. You can expect, if they are like most kids surveyed last year, that in 2017 they’ll spend 4 1/2 hours per day with …

Parenting