Weekly News Round-up: 10.31.2014

By Cassie Hudson 10.31.2014 blog

Happy Halloween! From Halloween lesson plans to Malala’s fight for social change, here are some of our favorite stories making headlines in the education world this week:

Five-Minute Film Festival: Happy Halloween!
Edutopia put together a list of “video tricks and treats” for your classroom to enjoy. We especially enjoy the science project with the oozing pumpkin!

What an Educator Wants: Results from USC’s 2014 #Edchat Survey
The University of Southern California took to Twitter to find out what teachers want when it comes to resources in the classroom. By analyzing insights using “#edchat,” the survey found “technology in the classroom” and “professional development” were teachers’ biggest concerns. The survey also found that social media is the number one resource educators use to inform themselves on current issues in the field.

Smartphones and Tablets are King with Kids
According to a new survey, 4 to 14-year-olds are using smartphones and tablets more than any other electronic device. Check out the article to find out the facts and figures, plus the reasoning behind the numbers.

Malala Donates Prize Money To Help Rebuild 65 Damaged Schools In Gaza
Education activist Malala Yousafzai (and a recent guest of ours!) is donating $50,000 toward the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, an organization that is rebuilding schools damaged in the Israel-Hamas conflict this summer. “We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace,” said Malala.


  1. Destini Robinson

    It will be a good thing because instead of holding a phone you can just do your pose with friends or family and if it is the next big thing I will be waiting on it to come out cause I like taking selfies #let’s take a selfie

  2. bobcone

    yes without that then there would be nothing

  3. Ethan

    I think it will help everyone who’s arm gets tired when they want to take a selfie + you can get a full view of your surroundings

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