Blackboard Inc. and
NBC Learn have launched
“Solutions in Action,” an
online video series focusing
on innovation and successful uses of technology in
education. The videos explore topics that range from better
ways to measure student progress to virtual platforms that
expand access to new and unique subjects in the classroom
to project-based design technologies. The videos celebrate
some of education’s top influencers and their contributions
in and out of the classroom.
MORE INFO: www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Solutions-in-Action.
The Azend Group has released the ZIPPY BT-500,
a compact wireless keyboard
that supports most Bluetooth-enabled devices, including Apple’s iPad 1 and 2, the iPod
touch, and the latest releases of iOS5 and iPhone 4S. The
ZIPPY BT-500 connects to six Bluetooth devices simultaneously and features one-touch fast-switch technology
between all six devices in a matter of seconds. The Media
Function keys allow the user to change the volume, scroll
through sound tracks, launch the web browser, and much
more with one touch. In addition, this compact wireless
keyboard has a transmission range up to 33 feet and is
compatible with smartphone devices, PDAs, and
tablet PCs equipped with Bluetooth technology.
MORE INFO: www.azendcorp.com/index.php/
Discovery Education and the Outdoor Power Equipment
Institute have expanded the Turfmutt program to include
content for students in grades K– 2. Designed to get students outside investigating the benefits of landscaping
and recycling, TurfMutt online lessons and resources help
students understand the importance of yards, flowers,
bushes, and trees.
MORE INFO: http://turfmutt.discoveryeducation.com/homepage.cfm
Educreations has released an app for
the iPad that turns your tablet into a recordable whiteboard.
The Educreations Interactive Whiteboard app allows
educators to create video tutorials by touching, tapping, and
talking. You can easily explain a math formula, create an animated lesson, add commentary to photos, diagram a sports
play, and more. When you’re done, you can email the files,
share them on social media sites, or post them on the web.
MORE INFO: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-
Bring Back the Boys
Alarming statistics indicate that boys are
tuning out of learning because school culture
is out of sync with boy culture. Alison Carr-Chellman, a professor at Pennsylvania State
University, USA, suggests that using video
games in the classroom is one of many ways
to re-engage boys in their education.
AIMing for Digital Equity
How do we ensure that instructional materials
are universally designed to be flexible, accessible, and usable for all students? Authors Gayl
Bowser and Joy Zabala address the importance of accessible instructional materials
(AIM) for students with and without identified
Get Results with Formative Assessment
Cate Sommervold and Melissa Goodwin
describe how teachers in their South Dakota
school district improved learning outcomes by
participating in a one-year professional development program on integrating digital age
skills into the classroom and using formative
assessments to improve their teaching.
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