I posted out to my PLN several weeks ago that I was searching for web resources to present in the 30 Day Challenge.   One of the surprising resources that I got back was Technology Education publications.   While I hadn’t really considered these as something for the challenge before, the  contributor made a good point that stuck with me.   So, here it is!   While there are many journals and other periodicals out there in print, many are online or at least have an online version.   It is easy to subscribe to them and you can receive periodic emails with article highlights (if you want them) and recent Tech Ed projects in the works throughout the world.    Below is a list of some of those publications on Tech Ed and a little bit about each one.

 

 

EdTech

Ed Tech Magazine is a collection of K-12 articles and case studies.  It is sponsored by CDW-G, but has many good articles.  You can search for articles using the search box at the top of the window, or browse the site by category as seen in this image to the left.

 

 

THEJournalTHE Journal is a standard publication on educational technology that is very visible as a print based publication.  THE Journal is published by 1105 Media group Inc.  This is the online version linking to all it’s articles.   The articles you will find here are all tech ed based, but can get heavy on the IT and admin side of education.  That said there are some really good examples of positive uses of technology in education in it.

T&L

What can you say, Tech & Learning is another great resource for Tech Ed articles and blogs.  That is why it’s here!  The publications listed here all allow you to easily post each article to your PLN through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more.  There are also RSS feeds for embedding the resources on your own website or apps.

EdutopiaEdutopia.org is more of a blog collection site.   Of course there are general education articles and information, but the vast majority of information on Edutopia is in the form of curated blogs from educators.  I like how you can search by topic or grade level to get at what you want to find that is relevant to you.

 

 

How do I organize all this stuff?

Now who would I be if I gave you all these publications, but didn’t give you a way to keep them all together?  I know right!?

So here you go…..  Flipboard is a free app (iOS and Android) that allows you to collect RSS feeds and other social networking sites / articles and place them into an easy to navigate and edit flipboard.  I simply downloaded the app from the app store, created an account using my Facebook credentials, and added these publications to my flipboard.  Now I have a nice organized way to view them all (and more… subscribe to the “Kid President” FB page if you need a good pick me up :)) in one easy place.  I know right!?

Your Challenge

Take a gander at these publications (“Flip”, if you will) and report back with a good article link that you find uplifting, insightful, or even one that gives you a great idea to try in class with your students.  Looking forward to seeing what you can find!

35 COMMENTS

  1. I love the Retweet Tuesday articles in the Tech and Learn emails that I get. They are full of good ideas. I did find this article on What could be in Indiana’s Student Data Backpack and it looks like more work for those who submit state reports. Most of what they are proposing is already available through the student management systems at the local levels. I really don’t see the value in spending time and money to recreate this on a state level. I would rather see a state supported student management system that all schools use that flow seamlessly when students transfer and that works perfectly with state reporting. Just my opinion. The article is below. http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/2013/12/09/indianas-proposed-student-data-backpack/

  2. I downloaded the flipboard, and am interested in playing with it more, bc there are things I would like to follow, that don’t quite fit in wone of my other website organizers. I looked up an article that would be something that I could pass on to my teachers. So I found something that suggested winter reading apps. This is huge bc this is our first year with a few ipads in our classrooms, and they are interested in app app apps. So this article I already passed on to my teachers.
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/apps-for-winter-reading-monica-burns

  3. Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction | Edutopiahttp://www.edutopia.org/blog/qr-codes-to-differentiate-instruction-monica-burns

    I have never heard of creating my own qr codes. I love that idea!

  4. Another great way to keep up with these and other great epubs is through twitter. I have been following edutopia, teachthought, edudemic, ed tech tips and others. You get current topics on these services and then retweet those that you feel need to be passed on. Flipboard can also include your facebook and twitter feeds as well as RSS feeds. Beautiful program, but I prefer a more linear viewer so Flipboard did not fit me well.

  5. I subscribe to all 4 of the websites. I find great resources to use on our Facebook and Twitter account. I love reading them using the Flipboard app!

  6. I had seen and heard things from Edutopia before so I decided to check out THE Journal. The link below is to an article about “flipping your classroom”. I found this interesting since we just went one to one this year with ipads and were asked to do so much with technology right away. It was very overwhelming teaching yourself and the students at the same time. I also liked how it said you must teach students how to watch videos you use and post for them as it is different than just watching a movie. Have them answer questions about the video and prepare a question for the class as well. Also don’t teach what was in the video or those that did do the assignment will feel that they wasted their time doing the homework. The students must buy into flipping.

    http://online.qmags.com/TJL1113#pg12&mode1

  7. I have been using Edtech for about a year now and enjoyed this article on common core State Standards. http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/10/taking-common-cores-temperature As the technology coordinator it is my job to make sure that we have the correct technology to administrator these tests online. I just recently purchased an IPAD and I will be adding the Flipboard app, to use and keep all of these RSS feeds and networking articles organized

  8. I checked out ED Tech. I looked at the article, “5 Reasons Chromebooks Make Sense for Schools” because we are always looking at technology for improving special education student’s access to communication and curriculum. I found this article interesting, but I need to play around with the Chromebook to really understand it’s features. Thanks for this tool.

  9. I chose to explore Edutopia and found it very easy to navigate. By browsing 9-12 and choosing Brain-Based Learning as my subject, I found an interesting article, “Smart Talking: Tell Students to Feed Their Brains by Milton Chen (2007). Chen reports on research showing that brains and intelligence can be grown and strategies that encourage brain “growth.”

  10. I signed up for an Edutopia account. I really like the search, grade level, videos, and blog features. We recently got 56 iPads through PTA funds, grants, and donations. I looked up iPad apps and came across this article. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-all-content-areas-andrew-marcinek. It reassured me that some of the apps we are looking into are good and also gave me some other ideas. I also think you could use some of the videos as an introduction to a lesson for students. I look forward to following some of the blogs, following them on Twitter, and reading and looking for articles on Edutopia.

  11. http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/03/6-reasons-invest-better-stem-education-infographic

    This article speaks to the importance of STEM education in our schools. This is something I feel very strongly about and feel that should be included in all grade levels K-12, not just middle and high school.

    I loved the wealth of articles that edtech magazine had and I plan on browsing through them more often. I also subscribed to their newsletter and look forward to some great and useful information.

  12. Field Trip Budgets are being cut and field trip possibilities are limited this year. Teachers have to choose from a list of acceptable locations. While I understand the concern, I also worry that students may miss educational opportunities. I found the following article on Edutopia that mentions some incredible Virtual field trips that would not be possible otherwise. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ipad-apps-virtual-field-trips-monica-burns

  13. Over the past couple of years, I have struggled on how to make my journalism program more digital. This year, I took a fairly large step by moving our newspaper online, asking the staff to produce more web-only content. But still, I need to learn how to do this better. This article on EdTech was one that I saw earlier and have taken to heart, even if I have not fully implemented what they have done.

    The student journalists at Palo Alto High School in California (The Paly Voice – palyvoice.com) have created an award-winning website which has transformed from the traditional print work to more multimedia. That move is very current, but is also on target with what their teenaged audience is looking for. They have started to use more video and more visual works to tell their story.

    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2012/03/inside-story-palo-alto-high-schools-technology-centric-journalism-program

    “We’re working hard to get more out of our stories by adding videos or photo slideshows to them when they’re posted online,” says Benton, a senior who will graduate in June. “That’s definitely the way people want their journalism delivered right now. It’s a lot easier to watch a minute-long video than to read a 1,000-word story.”

  14. Edutopia…so many reasons to like/use this site. Their topics cover a broad range of subjects, grades, and inspirational ideas to try. This is an article I found when first trying to figure out what and how to start using iPads in the classroom.
    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-free-web-2.0-tools-lisa-dabbs

    EduChat is a neat group I found on Twitter or Facebook (maybe both). This icon just reminds me to stay focused on why I’m using the technology.also, that technology is a tool to help the students connect textbook knowledge with real world application…something I try to do with biology lessons.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/BGruetzmacher/status/353615971648434176/photo/1

  15. I’m a sucker for great quotes and found this article in the Edutopia page. I have a new quote on my board every day and try to discuss it in how we can learn from it. One that was in the article and is a favorite of mine is “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan.

    http://www.edutopia.org/groups/community-bulletin-board/500861

  16. I always like flipping through edutopia and today was no exception. I was drawn in on several articles, videos,and blogs on PBL. I am really thinking of doing more PBL and open ended projects in the future after seeing and hearing about open ended projects while at NCTM so this was great. Does the flipboard app work on a kindle fire?

  17. I found an article detailing students’ five digital expectations for schools: http://www.techlearning.com/white-papers/0044/the-five-digital-expectations-of-todays-students/54416

    This article tells us the basic technological expectations students have when they enter the classroom. I always try to be on the cutting edge of technology in my classroom, and I love seeing other people who are as passionate as I am about equipping our students to deal with the Internet age. If they enter college without the ability to parse useful information from useless information, they’ll have a difficult time.

    We have a responsibility to prepare students for real life, not just our subject area. Even adding a moderate amount of technology into the classroom really helps students become comfortable with it.

  18. As schools increase technology usage, conversation about social media, inappropriate technology usage, monitoring/filters, cyber bullying, etc. always seem to be hot topics. I have been an advocate for encouraging increased communication about Digital Citizenship and developing a culture that encourages trust and responsibility with regard to student technology use. This article from Edutopia seems to encourage a similar idea:

    http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-teens-key-word-trust-matt-levinson#.UoZdUvmQm1w.link

    Granted this is not an overnight solution as it takes time to develop a culture of trust, but this type of culture will develop skills needed outside the structure of school.

  19. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/students-biggest-lie-resolving-it-jose-vilson
    “The Biggest Lie Students Tell Me (and How to Turn it Around) This is a great article in Edutopia that makes you think about expectations we have for our students and 5 strategies for what to do with students who say, “I can’t do this.” It involves asking the right questions, such as “What part do you get?”
    With proper guidance and questioning, we can help our students to work through a problem or concept, persevere and become successful. The article sums it up greatly, “All together, this means we can only control our own actions as educators in the classroom. We can teach students to persevere. We can teach students to work harder, and to see the fruits of their efforts in the learning they do. We can ask them to translate these attitudes to their lives overall.” This was a great article to read on a Friday when you are tired and ready for the weekend. I found it to be inspiring and remindful of what we do should do as teachers.

  20. There is no denying that when used properly, technology can greatly enhance the learning environment in the classroom. One of the major hurdles to having all the technology in the classroom, is that there are multiple different devices that work independently of one another. This article (http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/10/how-samsung-school-changing-classroom-experience-0) talks about how samsung has helped the school with the works. Tablets, pcs, desktops, etc. and even the boards.

    This kind of base, gives the entire school compatibility with the rest of the school. Making lives easier and not worrying so much about all of the different technologies. Although, diversity in electronics and technology encourages companies to be better at edu content.

    Thoughts?

    • I agree that it would be nice to have one set of devices that were all identically compatible. But the reality is that this is extremely rare. I know the EVSC IT department tries very hard to consolidate systems so that they can efficiently support them. But in education we tend to go for what we can afford that fits the requirements, and not necessarily that it matches the others we have. I do believe that we as educators need to learn to embrace the goal (what we want students to learn), and then find a system that will do what we want. Even if it means needing to learn something new, the value is in educating our students, not always the tool I already know.

      Be tied to the learning and not the device/tool.

  21. I think this is a great article, because I am constantly changing the way my room is arranged. I have 28 computers and 4 long, rectangle tables. I am always trying to find the best room arrangement that will benefit my students the most.

    http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/10/what-does-classroom-20-look

    I would like to start using some of the other websites with my students. I like to do Socratic Seminars and I think these websites would be great resources.

  22. Edutopia is a great resource because it provides a wide range of topics. I also used the above section mentioned on gratitude and to my surprise–some of my students clapped after the lecture. Actually I use all of the resources listed above and find them very helpful in and out of the classroom.

  23. I’ve found edutopia to be a great collection of resources and opinions. I’ve primarily just followed them on twitter, but enjoyed to the website. This post: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/heart-habits-gratitude-students-reflect-act-on-maurice-elias had some really easy way to encourage students to show gratitude in the classroom. We sometimes get so caught up in the academic side of things we forget about teaching important life skills like giving thanks. I’m grateful for this challenge!

  24. I have used flip board off and on for a while. A great magazine on there is mind shift. I also research a lot on edumedic. Here is a great graphic I found that shows teachers and technology. (Resource no longer on Edudemic website – link removed)

    • Thanks for the additional publication! Interesting to see that most teachers agree that ed tech is important and helpful in learning, but that most also don’t use it regularly.

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