Weekly News Roundup: 2.20.15

By Cari Jackson 02.20.2015 blog
Weekly News Round-up: 6.13.2014

This week in EdTech news: Edutopia looks at gamifying learning…for teachers. It also rounds up best practices for incorporating social media into the classroom. Edudemic explores how “genius hours” can help build creative confidence. EdWeek looks at the movement to place teachers in leadership roles in the policy debate. EdTech Magazine reports that Google has expanded its kid-friendly educational offerings. EdSurge talks to Montessori For All. And our very own tech blogger explores using video journals for speaking and listening connections.

A New Program Gamifies Professional Development
Conquering Technology, a free game available on iTunes U, offers a motivating approach to developing tech skills. Through challenges, badges and social media connections, this app teaches iPad’s accessibility features, digital workflows, creating iBooks, using Google Apps and authoring you own iTunes U courses.

Best Practices for Using Social Media in the Classroom
Edutopia updates its roundup of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Keep Everyday Life from Crushing Kids’ Creativity
Edudemic explores how to instill creative confidence in our students. From genius hours to artist dates, there are plenty of ways that teachers can keep that creative spark alive.

Teacher Leadership Strives for Permanent Seat at Policy Table
Teachers have long lamented the lack of experienced educators in the conversation around educational policy. EdWeek reports on the state of the movement and whether we may be at a tipping point for teacher-led, collaborative change.

Google Expands Its Kid-Friendly Educational Offerings
EdTech Magazine reports that earlier this month, Google acquired Launchpad, a maker of apps for kids. Launchpad’s most popular offering, Toontastic, allows kids to draw, animate, narrate and record cartoons.

Montessori For All Brings Personalized Learning to Public Schools
EdSurge reports on how Montessori For All, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit, is working to bring the Italian-born individual education movement into public schools. The school wants to shift Montessori education from a private school phenomenon to a driver of innovation and social justice in public education.

Video Journals Connect Students in Social Studies Classrooms
Our EdTech blogger, Monica Burns, offers advice on how to incorporate video journals into social studies lessons.

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  1. ????????????

    I love my smartphone!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ipie

    Well I can see why people use flip phone, because that don’t want to be wached by people; with people that are not famous they are fine

    • ?????????????

      That’s a good point…

  3. Britney

    I think flip phones could use another chance anyway your parents could use less money.

  4. Suzie

    i think that flip phones can be really useful now…

  5. Analiese

    I don’t think flip phones could be “the next big thing” because you can’t play games on it and it’s so boring– please make a shout out to Mrs.Sells class because we watch channel one every morning and my teacher is the most sweet teacher ever❤️❤️

  6. Analiese

    I don’t think flip phones could be “the next big thing” because you can’t do a lot of things on a flip phone.

  7. america

    Happy Birthday Channel one news !!!!

  8. Tori Moore

    Flipphones Cant do anything. We can do so much more with a smart phone.

    • Suzie

      well i disagree…i think they can be the next big thing…

    • Kole

      I be changed my mind after reading these comments I think cell phones should stay in the past FOREVER . What if you need the news you can only get it by tv and what if you don’t have a tv

    • Kole

      I be changed my mind after reading these comments I think cell phones should stay in the past FOREVER . What if you need the news you can only get it by tv and what if you don’t have a tv

  9. Stephanie

    Sure why not

  10. g32502

    hey channel one I just wanted to say i love y’all…. my class watches y’all every morning!!!!! my class would be honored if y’all could show my comment and give a shout out to Ms. Kratzer!!! she is the sweetest most elegant teacher ever!!!

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