Weekly News Roundup: 6.5.2015

By Cari Jackson 06.05.2015 blog

This week in Education News: Edutopia shares ways to blend analog and digital projects; Edudemic rounds up online math resources; an economist breaks down the pressures teachers face today; EdWeek reports on what experts have to say about the future of EdTech; and Channel One’s resident blogger rounds up apps for the social studies classroom.

Enhance Creativity by Blending Analog and Digital Mediums

For parents and educators alike, Edutopia offers a list of creative ways to blend analogue and digital in school projects. Help students bring their book reports, drawings and biographies to life with apps that enhance hands-on projects. Get ideas for how to use Popplet, Bill Atkinson PhotoCard, Tellagami and other apps to allow kids to communicate in clever and inventive ways.

Liven Up Math with These Free Online Games and Videos

Edudemic rounds up the best free web resources to make math fun. TEDEd Math Videos, Yummy Math, MathDude Podcast, Absurd Math — these sites and others offer games, brainteasers, lesson plans, activities and more for all ages.

The Ethical Challenges Teachers Face Today

During a commencement speech at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York, scholar Richard Rothstein described the challenges confronting teachers today, who often find themselves under pressure to raise test scores among populations suffering from deep socioeconomic inequality. Is a teacher who changes a student’s test score in order to help him stay in school less ethical than a school system that undermines opportunities for real education by spending weeks teaching to the test? Rothstein breaks it down in a memorable speech.

Industry Officials Weigh in on What’s Next for EdTech

EdWeek reports on the EdTech news coming out of the Association of American Publishers’ Content in Context conference. Industry experts see a future in personalized learning, a glut of EdTech startups, opportunities for developers to support school community engagement, and more.

iPad Apps for the Social Studies Classroom

Our resident EdTech blogger and Apple Distinguished Educator Monica Burns updates us on the latest apps to enhance learning in the social studies classroom. The White House has launched its own official app, helping students understand the inner workings of the executive branch. Other apps allow students to travel from their classroom to the Natural History Museum and farther flung locales.

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