EdTech Weekly News Roundup - February 05, 2016

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"20 Awesome BYOD and Mobile Learning Apps” — Edutopia

We love and appreciate that Cool Cat Teacher Vicki Davis listed Haiku Learning here as recommended LMS to “bring it all together”. Some of her other suggestions cover topics like collaborative writing, blogging, and screen casting. And some apps, like Google Drive and OneNote, have great integrations with Haiku Learning. Check out this App of the Week on our OneNote Class Notebook integration.

"Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts” — edSurge

This teacher and columnist completed a "digital citizenship bootcamp” with students before giving them access to their “Tweeter of the Day” and “Instagrammer of the Day” accounts. And she even included the parents at one point in the bootcamp! Lots of insight as to why this is a good thing for students.

"STEAM + Project-Based Learning: Real Solutions From Driving Questions” — Edutopia

If you need some help to get started with PBL, see how one elementary school tackled it, starting with planning in the summer. They came up with one driving question across each grade level that ties into standards, addresses a real-world problem that students relate to, and inspires students to find a solution that will have a long-lasting impact on their community.

"Learn how you can Successfully Create and Maintain an AWESOME Student Run Tech Team!” — Teachercast

Here’s a great video podcast that features a school in Massachusetts that successfully put together a student tech team. They cover everything from recruiting students to credit to curriculum.

"Student Voice & Perspective Regarding Edtech Today” — Tech & Learning

At TCEA in Texas, a student panel was convened. Find out what they had to say about what they like best and least about tech in the classroom, some of their favorite apps, and advice they have for teachers and companies.

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Rubrics in Haiku Learning Facilitate Easy Sharing and Collaboration

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A few months ago we made it possible for teachers to share Rubrics, and we promised that the functionality would become even more robust.

Rubric sharing: More choices, more people

Well, it’s here! Now teachers can conveniently share a Rubric via a link or email invite, just like they share Classes. This will make it even easier for teachers to share their Rubrics via social media tools if they wish. It also enables recipients to preview what’s being shared with them before they add it to their account.

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Additionally, teachers can now share Rubrics with anyone who has a Haiku Learning account. Once accepted, the shared Rubric will copy into the recipient’s “My Rubrics” area in draft form, ready for editing.

Start sharing!

This all adds up to more convenient ways for educators to share great content with more people and reduce the workload for other teachers! You can find step-by-step instructions in this article from our trusty Knowledgebase.

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Winning Entries of Our Best Practices Contest!

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We loved, loved, loved reading the entries to our first ever "Raise Your Hand" best practices contest last month!

If you haven't take a look at the entries yet, do yourself a favor and go check them out!

The winning entries!

We're excited to announce the following educators as the first winners of the Raise Your Hand contest!

  • Robert Evans, Chadwick School, Peninsula, CA. Robert uses VoiceThread from the Embed the Web library for a study guide project.

  • Monique Palmer, Nagoya International School, Nagoya, Japan. Monique uses various apps from the Embed the Web library in an inquiry-based learning cycle.

  • Rosario Sanchez-Gomez, Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, Cambridge, MA. Rosario does a lot of project-based learning (PBL) and submitted a collaborative video project she uses in her AP Spanish class

Robert, Monique, and Rosario all received a Haiku Learning knapsack, a Haiku Learning t-shirt, Haiku Learning stickers, and their idea will be featured in an eBook “Best Practices for Using Haiku Learning” that all Haiku Learning educators will be able to download.

Plus, we'll be spotlighting these teachers and their entries in future blog posts in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for more info!

Join the Community Forum!

In the meantime, if you're a Haiku Learning educator and you aren't using the Community Forum, head on over there now! Ask questions to other educators, answer other people's questions, or share some cool work you're doing that you think others would like to use!

And, for everyone who entered, thank you for your submissions! As much as they help your colleagues learn new ways to integrate Haiku Learning into their classroom, your ideas also help us understand how educators are using technology in the classroom everyday. We may be reaching out to you to include your entry in that upcoming eBook, so don't be surprised to hear from us!

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EdTech Weekly News Roundup - January 15, 2016

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"How Data Works to Support DIY Learning” - GettingSmart

Learn about some of the ways that data and technology are empowering students to take a DIY attitude towards learning by being able to match their skill levels and with appropriate feedback and direction.The article profiles one student, Noah, who can "speak six languages even though his family speaks only English and his public high school offers classes in only two non-English languages." And it’s all due to his taking control over his learning through online tools and social networking

"What's Hot, What's Not in 2016” - THE Journal

It's the annual review by four industry experts who give their perspective on what’s hot and not (and why) in 2016. These topics are covered: BYOD, social media for teaching and learning, apps for learning, games for learning, digital badges, OER, portfolios, flipped learning, blended learning, student data privacy concerns...and yes, learning management systems! (Of course, we say they’re hot!)

"Digital Tools Aim to Personalize Literacy Instruction” - Education Week

With new tools, you don’t have to design curriculum for the “mythical average student” and then try to adapt for other different levels. They cover a range of tools from those that allow you to customize texts to a student’s reading level to diagnosing individual strength and weaknesses to having students show what they learned in different ways. BTW, for the that last one, check out WikiProjects in Haiku Learning! A full suite of design tools and web apps that give students lots of choices in how to demonstrate their knowledge — and become cool content creators!

"Five Ways to Build Your School’s Instructional Brand and Connect with Families” - edSurge

There are techie and non techie suggestions here. For the techie ones, such as posting Meet the Teacher Night videos, a learning platform like Haiku Learning is perfect for that since teachers are already using the platform with their students, and it's a great way to introduce parents to the platform. Even beyond that, we know that many of our customers use a Haiku Learning site strictly for keeping parents updated on the latest events and news in the school.

"Inside the School That Immerses Students in Spanish — and Technology” - eSchoolNews

The SPLASH program at one particular school has an immersion class that is taught completely in Spanish in kindergarten through third grade. They use technologies like Skype to interact with people from around the world, which helps students to see how "people look, talk, behave, and interact in those countries.” They follow up those video calls with online research projects and quests to find information related to their video interactions. Tip: In Haiku Learning, there are plenty of apps from the Embed the Web library that students can use to record themselves speaking in Spanish!

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ActiveGrade Sunset and a New Dawn for SBG in Haiku Learning

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When Haiku Learning purchased ActiveGrade in 2013, we recognized the incredible value that standards-based grading can bring to the classroom. Over the last three years, we have used ActiveGrade as a model to build a standards-based gradebook inside of Haiku Learning.

Now, in 2016, we will be investing significant resources to bring users the next generation of standards-based grading integrated with Haiku Learning. Our new standards-based gradebook will come with a suite of powerful tools for teaching, engaging, and assessing your students. The result? You'll be getting powerful data-based insights that wouldn't be possible in a stand-alone gradebook.

In order to take this step forward, we’ve made the decision to consolidate products and sunset ActiveGrade as a stand-alone grade book at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

While standards-based grading is currently only available to school edition customers, we are pleased to announce that standards-based gradebooks will also be available for individual teachers in March 2016!

If you’re a current ActiveGrade customer, you will continue to have access to your account through the end of the 2015-2016 school year. ActiveGrade users will receive an email with more details regarding the sunset.

Lastly, thank you to the ActiveGrade community for their enthusiasm around standards-based grading! We hope you’ll join us on our journey deeper into the world of SBG!

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