Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.
At the recent CUE 2015 Conference, Ann McMullan, edtech consultant and former executive director of educational technology at Klein ISD in Texas, presented this list of questions. Note the order of questions here because that's important – so you’re not asking about which devices to use before you establish other things like your mission. The article also includes 5 factors that you should consider as keys to success for your one-to-one program.
"7 Proven Strategies for Winning Ed Tech Grants” – THE Journal
Nowadays, an edtech grant can mean anything from a long-winded application to a video or website pitch. The strategies offered here are both "big picture" like “ Start with Your Need” and “Keep the Students Front and Center” to more specific ones like “Choose a Memorable Name and Graphic”. "Learning from Previous Winners" may be the most helpful if only because you might get some great ideas and save yourself some time.
This article, co-written by a teacher and two students, shows how the two students have been able to create their own learning experiences by founding and creating the Rockets Help Desk at their school. They do everything from creating video tutorials to engaging with other edtech professionals online, to preparing presentations for conferences. What's equally interesting is the work they're doing outside of the actual Help Desk, like sharing updates via blog posts and Twitter to keep their community up to speed. They even wrote a course proposal to turn working at the HelpDesk into a business technology class. It’s a pretty cool read. Check it out.
A lot of articles focus on “how” to use social media in your classroom because it can be daunting for teachers to figure out. This one focuses more on “why” you should use social media such as "globalizing your classroom". The article does conclude by offering 3 steps to getting started with social media.
This is one of our own. “Collaboration" functions on two levels here. On one level, it's the outcome of two new settings in our learning platform that help facilitate collaboration amongst teachers in a school. On another level, the collaboration that happened behind the scenes – between Haiku Learning and the original educator who requested it, as well as the other customers who voted it up in our Feedback Forum – all make for a great example of edtech companies and educators working together to drive innovation.
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