In celebration of their daughter’s birth, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced he would be donating a significant portion of an approximated $45 billion to developing personalized learning. But the Zuckerbergs are not the only people putting money or effort towards developing better learning systems.I
Let’s keep things interesting and mix things up! I’m a fan of focusing on the learning objective, not the assignment. Providing students choices for ways they can demonstrate their learning definitely keeps things interesting!! When we ask students to “create a presentation” or “make a brochure” you can almost hear the groaning in the room since they have made so many of them. I received a tweet asking for ideas for alternatives. A lot of great suggestions followed…
It's been about three years since I posted my original list of iPad apps teachers can actually use.
Since then I have compiled a few other app lists:
Chess Apps to Improve Your Game and Your Mind Creativity Apps Critical Thinking Apps Earth Science and Geography Apps But I do think it's time I update my original post. Or at least added to it. Most of the apps and tools on the original list are still around, but there are a whole lot more that are useful.
New goals are out for edtech policy via the 2016 Ed Tech Plan. Is your district on target for the current infrastructure, professional development and digital learning policy objectives? @LynwoodSchools is on track and moving in a good direction.
Google Drive is a fantastic resource for those who need free (or cheap) online storage space. It synchronizes beautifully with Google's own suite of products, as well as several third-party services such as desktop email client Mailbird, productivity and organization software Evernote, and online communication tool Slack. Here we take a complete look at how…
He's selling his Amplify education division, which was run by controversial former New York schools chancellor Joel Klein.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
Amplify was no boom and all bust like many edtech ventures. Everyone wants to claim to revolutionize education without really having any data to support their rationale. Why are tablets the platform of the future and so much better than desktops?
d Give your fingers a break! Now you can type using your voice in Google Docs, and it's completely free. Not only that, but the software really works well. You can try it for yoursel...
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
I have tried this new feature and given my fingers a break. It takes a different kind of thought process to speak your writing into the software, but it is so easy you have to try it. I am looking into trying this out with my students. Handwriting and keyboarding skills are still needed but this is a sign that writing for the next generation is going to be something entirely different than we are used to.
Now, I've never been one to caress a new Apple product in admiration of its beauty. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't even know how to change a tire. I've always been a Shakespeare geek, moved to tears by words, and moved to tears by having to hang a leveled picture in my hallway.
Cut to three years later, and I have my first 3D printer and have just pitched my district for four more for next year. My friends, I have drunk the Kool-Aid.
"Star Wars Epiosde VII was filmed on Skellig Michael island in Ireland. What better place to depict an ancient, mystical, martial asceticism in a galaxy far, far away than an actual ancient eremitic settlement, dripping with stone-cold monastic austerity, located at what was for centuries the very ends of the earth, seven miles off the very tip of a western Irish peninsula?"
This craft is great for kids and adults alike. It’s pretty cool, really clever, and super easy. In my experience, those are the best kind of crafts when trying to hold the kids’ attention. Drawing in 3D is much easier that I ever imagined! You’re going to want to pay attention to this!
I stumbled upon the renewed Reading Rainbow program. With millions of $ in Kickstarter they are pushing out to Title 1 schools, letting educators "try for free" and linking parents in with complimentary access. I'm signed up and am going to try out the resources.
By using wireless speakers and tablets loaded with interactive activities, this nonprofit teaches young children the basics.
J. Mark Schwanz's insight:
Although not explicitly an endorsement of Cisco, this press-release type article shines some light on an effort to bring digital resources to remote Guatemala and early childhood programs. Very interesting application of media and connected-ness to help support literacy in early learning. Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com/.
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