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.
The best tip in here for educators: do not "use a dozen edtech tools at one time” or even try to tackle all the 4Cs at once. They offer up some examples of each of the C’s and recommend picking one or two to start. Many of the apps offered here, like Padlet, are already in the Haiku Learning Embed the Web library, and we did an App of the Week blog post on it!
"What Can Be Done To Improve Parent-Teacher Communication?” - Mindshift/KQED
How often, and through what means, do you as an educator communicate with parents? Phone, email, text message? This article raises questions like that and offers some research on the topic, such as what groups of kids benefit the most from regular communication between their teacher and parents.
"Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?” - Edutopia
One of the experts in this article suggests using technology as "a tool for creating and making authentic products," rather than merely consuming information or performing rote tasks.
Hey, if you’re using Haiku Learning, WikiProjects is PERFECT for that. Students have choices in how to demonstrate their knowledge using a variety of tools. Students can create content using hundreds of real-world web applications from our Embed the Web library and embed their work directly into their WikiProject. They become content creators, problem-solvers, & web publishers.
These are great for inspiration! And if you’re using Haiku Learning and have your own answer to this question, make sure to enter our Raise Your Hand contest!
"Beyond the Silver Bullet: Making 1:1 Matter” - EdTech: Focus on K-12
Some food for thought on the topic of what schools should really be focusing on when it comes to edtech: people! Without creating the right culture and providing the right training, your 1:1 program may not be as successful as you hope.
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