Weekly News Roundup: 3.26.15

By Cari Jackson 03.26.2015 blog

This week in EdTech and Education news: the New York Times looks at the pitfalls of placing too much emphasis on a single metric; Tech&Learning offers a how-to on using ThunderClap; Google makes coding education affordable; Edutopia looks at the potential CTE holds for hitting Common Core standards; and Monica Burns rounds up SMARTBoard resources and guides teachers in using augmented reality apps.

The Pitfalls and Benefits of Grading Teachers by the Test

As conversations nationwide continue around evaluating the quality of education, the New York Times reports on the pitfalls and potential benefits of using tests as a measure of teacher quality. Pegging promotion to a single metric has yielded bureaucratic misbehavior in many circumstances, yet some kind of measure is still necessary. So what role should tests play?

ThunderClap Helps Students Meet Common Core Standards

Tech&Learning offers a how-to on ThunderClap, the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. This powerful tool can help students meet Common Core standards by becoming informed on an issue, developing a message, collaborating with peers, and publishing writing online—as well as engaging in global citizenship.

Google Leads the Charge on Teaching Kids to Code

Last year, Google launched the CS First Initiative, a program designed to get students interesting in coding through afterschool and summer programs at a very low cost. EdSurge shares a how-to on creating a successful CS First club on your campus, and then how to take kids to the next level.

How Career Technical Education (CTE) Plays Role in Common Core

Edutopia shares thoughts on how to tap CTE to get the most out of the Common Core State Standards. CTE can offer real-world applications for math and literacy, as well as an opportunity for collaboration between CTE and academic teachers. It also looks at how the Toledo Technology Academy puts these ideas into practice.

SMARTBoard Resources and Augmented Reality for Deepening Learning

Our EdTech blogger Monica shares a roundup of resources to use to get the most out of your SMARTboard. Monica also takes a look at new augmented reality apps that let students lay learning resources over real world images, making the whole world interactive.



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