Weekly News Round-up: 7.25.14

By Cassie Hudson 07.25.2014 blog

As the week winds down, here are the biggest stories circulating the education world this week:

Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers

According to Edutopia, the best teachers use the summer break to better themselves as educators (and, hopefully, get a bit of beach time in-between). From recording and preparing your digital persona to connecting with colleagues, the article offers 12 tips to help you get ready for the new school year.

What are you doing to prepare for the next school year? Share your tips in the comments below.

5 Proven Ways to Engage Students In Your Classroom

Edudemic reports that there are five proven ways educators can engage students in their classroom. They are:

1)   Use Responsive Technology

2)   Define Objectives

3)   Add Contests

4)   Keep It Simple

5)   Make It Interactive

Do you use any of these techniques in your classroom? Sound off in the comments.

More Publishers Are Tagging Their Resources with Metadata

According to a new study by Learning Resource Metadata Initiative, nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers are now tagging their resources with metadata. What does that mean to you? Learning resources are going to be easier to find!

Teens Run $67K Data Center Researching Cure for Cancer

With the help of Google, six teens in a small Iowa city are running a small-scale data center which houses servers that run computations for three research universities. The student-managed data center shares the processing burden in the ongoing search for a cure to illnesses such as AIDS, Alzheimer’s and cancer.

“Basically what we’re doing is loaning the server’s processing power to do complicated calculations so they can get their research done quicker,” Jacob Higgins, a 17-year-old student, told Iowa Public Radio.


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