Weekly News Roundup: 1.16.15

By Cari Jackson 01.15.2015 blog

This week in education news: Edudemic explores how iPads can support students with learning disabilities, EdSurge interviews edtech leaders on President Obama’s privacy proposal, EdWeek covers best practices for using technology in early grades, Edutopia shows how technology allows students to become creative storytellers and our edtech blogger explains how to turn cellphones from distractions into tools for learning.

iPads Alter Classroom Landscape for Students with Learning Disabilities

For students with learning disabilities, iPads can act as a translation, communication and individualization tool with unrivaled effectiveness. Edudemic covers how these devices reduce frustration, build confidence and work well for teaching students the skills they need to learn to thrive.

President Obama’s Privacy Proposal Offers Protections — and Headaches

In his January 12th address on American privacy, President Barack Obama highlighted the Student Privacy Pledge, calling for all edtech companies to join in on efforts to protect and use student data responsibly. EdSurge caught up with a number of organizations and stakeholders–both pledge signers and otherwise–to understand what has them both optimistic and a bit concerned.

Educational Technology Enters Early Childhood Classrooms

EdWeek explores how tablets, laptops, apps and software programs can be used appropriately in early grades. When edtech is incorporated into a well-rounded classroom, it can add new dimensions to young children’s experiences, helping them to explore the real world, interact more closely with adults and create their own magic.

Technology Unleashes the Power of Storytelling

Story is a powerful force in shaping mental models, motivating and persuading others, and teaching the lessons of life. Edutopia explains how a flood of technology tools is allowing for instant communication and ushering us into a new golden age where story again dominates the media landscape.

Cellphones Serve as Tool for Classroom Engagement

School districts across the country struggle to manage the distraction of cellphones in the classroom. But our EdTech blogger Monica Burns explains how teachers can turn a distraction into an amazing tool for encouraging collaboration between students and communicating with the teacher.


  1. star hurlburt

    public napping is good and man I really need it **^^!!!!

    trust me I think that you would need it to ^^ :):):):):):)::):):):):):):):):):)

  2. Evelyn Jimenez

    public napping is cool because if you sleep in public you can sleep wherever you want and no one will bother you. The other next big thing is cool too because you can see who is calling you on your forearm and see everything else on your arm that is on your phone.

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