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.
"Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web" – The Atlantic
Are some schools emphasizing the wrong objectives when it comes to teaching students about technology? The author explores different perspectives on what students are actually learning about technology in today's world versus what they should be. Included is an interview with Rueben Loewy, a teacher who created a curriculum called Living Online, which covers topics he thinks students should be learning, such as Digital Activism and Cyberpsychology.
This compilation of articles and other resources aims to help schools better understand and implement personalized learning. It includes twelve resources to get started plus covers these topics: Writing the Playbook: Personalized Learning Frameworks; Carrying Out the Plays: Implementing Strategies School or Districtwide; and Team Huddle: Communicating a Personalized Learning Vision.
"4 Tools and Resources to Help Autistic Students Navigate K-12" – Education Dive
These tools include social robots that help develop social skills; lesson-planning software that helps track and address behavior challenges; a teacher-created tool that helps students develop digital literacy skills; and a curated list of top apps that help students on the autism spectrum.
We know a lot of Haiku Learning teachers use video in our platform to either help differentiate their instruction or as part of projects they assign to students. Check out this video podcast, to learn about some cool features of the YouTube Creative Studio that you probably didn't know existed but have a variety of uses for school projects. It's especially helpful to learn about these tools if you're not using computers that have iMovie or other video editing software.
"How One School Supports BYOT with a Parent University" – THE Journal
Most schools use emails and website posts to keep parents up to date on technology tools and software being used in the school. However, one school is going a bit further. They want to not only keep parents updated, but also help them "become 21st century learning advocates". The school holds monthly, hour-long sessions on topics such as Current Technology Trends in Schools and Internet Safety, and they call the program Parent University.
"Calculating Mastery: When Has a Student Mastered a Standard?" – Haiku Learning
This is one from our own blog this week on standards-based grading. It seeks to answer the question "How do you define when a student has met a particular learning goal?"
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