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5 Things That Made Us Smarter This Week

Andrew Johnson • November 23, 2015

Hopefully a recurring feature on the blog, here are five stories at the crossroads of education and technology we find interesting. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

“What does it mean to be literate in a world where screens are ubiquitous?” KQED’s Mind/Shift blog offers a balanced take on “screen time” that includes practical tips for parents and educators alike.

Digital Literacy Primer

A thoughtful breakdown of what 21st century literacy looks like, this article comes from Teaching English, a UK-based education journal focused on, well, teaching (the Queen’s) English. Be sure to check out the “Digital Literacy Taxonomy” as it might be of particular interest to teachers.

VR + Classroom = Google?

Well this was only a matter of time. Virtual reality is here (again) and this time it might actually be a thing. Is Google’s VR effort the next big classroom technology or will it be another passing fad?

6 Reasons Why Chromebooks are the Device of the Moment

Speaking of Google products that aren’t made of cardboard, Chromebooks are finding their way into more and more classrooms. This article strongly advocates for their use. Is locking yourself into Google-only tools worth the upfront savings? Especially when Google’s been caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar in the past.

What Educators Want from Digital Tools (2.0)

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation brings you the accumulated thoughts of 3,100 teachers who were asked to describe exactly what’s going on with digital tool use in their classrooms. If you’re into the whole brevity thing it also has a sweet infographic that summarizes the findings.

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