Weekly News Roundup: 10.16.15

By Cari Jackson 10.15.2015 blog

This week in Education and Technology news: Edutopia reports on a new StoryCorps project and shares resources for digital responsibility; Edudemic rounds up active learning tips; the New York Times guides parents through helping young teens as they enter the social media world; Tech&Learning offers up the building blocks of BYOD programs; and Monica Burns gets students analyzing videos.

Teach Students the Art of Listening with New StoryCorps Project
Edutopia shares ways to use StoryCorps new project, called the Great Thanksgiving Listen. StoryCorps will work with students to help preserve the voices and stories of their grandparents. The project offers opportunities to teach digital, planning, research and communication skills in the context of a social studies class, journalism course, extracurricular activity or integrated unit.

It’s Digital Citizen Week!
In conjunction with October’s Connected Educator Month, Common Sense Media is sponsoring Digital Citizenship Week from October 18 to October 24. To celebrate, Edutopia has updated its list of the best resources to help educators talk about digital responsibility and safety online, including ideas for student activities and strategies for engaging parents.

Cool Tips for Active Learning in the Classroom
Edudemic rounds up links to ten great ideas for engaging students through active learning exercises. Round Robins, storytelling, building simple websites: all of these activities encourage collaboration, sharing of knowledge and reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

NY Times Shares Seven Ways Parents Can Help Teens with Social Media
With 57 percent of 13- and 14-year-olds on Facebook and 44 percent on Instagram, parents need to jump in early to help kids start their social media lives right. In order to guide, help and monitor teens’ activities, this article advises on where to begin, how to set boundaries, and more.

Seven Building Blocks for BYOD Success

More and more schools are making the decision to embrace student-owned devices in the classroom. Tech&Learning offers seven building blocks for successfully implementing the idea. Advice includes how to put pioneering teachers at the front of your efforts, establish parent-school agreements, and take inventory and plan accordingly.

Creating Video Guides to Improve Listening Skills

Our EdTech blogger Monica Burns shares tools and tips for having students create video guides in order to demonstrate understanding of videos they’ve watched.


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Creating Video Guides: A Student Listening Activity

The core English Language Arts skills students are expected to master each year include reading, writing, speaking and listening. When…

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Tools for Conducting Research on Tablets

Mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, help students access course content on the go and complete tasks from just about anywhere….


  1. Logan hall

    Yes because you can try different things from a different country and have it for the first time in your life.

  2. Cohen

    Yes, because now you can charge your iPhone without missing the movie you are watching

  3. Alyssa soto

    I would pass i don’t want to eat something that is a creepy .

  4. Rachel Johnson

    Well I think that being able to charge your smartphone while watching TV but having the charger right by you.!!!
    So I vote yes .

  5. Felicity

    No I do not think it is the next big thing because it is a ways of time

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