This week in Education News: Minecraft gears up for the Hour of Code; WaPo Ed blog shares an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg; Edutopia examines how to do EdTech better; and Monica Burns checks out Socrative.
Minecraft Tutorial Teaches Coding Skills
For the third annual Hour of Code, Minecraft game designers have collaborated with Code.org to create a tutorial for kids ages six and up. The tutorial introduces kids to basic coding skills and tests students with 14 challenges. More than 100,000 events will be held during this year’s Hour of Code. What will your school do for Hour of Code?
Former Classmate Addresses Mark Zuckerberg About School Reform
Emily Talmage was a former classmate of Mark Zuckerberg at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. There, they were taught through small classes and roundtable discussions. On the Washington Post Education blog, she asks how their teachers would respond to some of the expectations of the school reform movement, and questions whether Zuckerberg’s investments in school reform initiatives will help or hurt students.
How to Get Smarter about EdTech
The world of education technology has produced uneven results around the world. As machines become smarter than ever, the question of how to leverage them for use in the classroom becomes more urgent. This Edutopia article examines that question and shares resources for how to think smarter about using EdTech to improve learning experiences.
Socrative App Helps Teachers Assess Understanding in Real Time
Apple Distinguished Educator Monica Burns reviews the Socrative formative assessment tool, which enables teachers to instantly create, administer and record results for pop quizzes — both for multiple choice questions and written responses. Socrative lets teachers view data in real time, allowing them to see how quickly students respond and who answers correctly. It could be an excellent complement to viewing Channel One News.
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Thank you Channle One,
Your the best news reporters. I have an idea, maybe you should show bloopers that would make your should even more fun. :]
channel 1 news is so awesome. I watch it during class like a lot.