Kidz Gear has released a new version
of its wired headphones for kids
designed specifically for the iPod,
iPhone, and iPad. This Apple-specific
version of the Kidz Gear headphones features volume-limiting technology to protect children’s hearing, an inline
microphone that records audio, and a remote with controls
for track up, track down, and more.
MORE INFO: www.gearforkidz.com
ISTE has four books coming out soon. Safe Practices for
Life Online: A Guide for Middle and High School, Second
Edition by Doug Fodeman and Marje Monroe will be released
in June. It offers practical advice on how to help students
make better choices and minimize their risks online. Flip
Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every
Day by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams explains what
a flipped classroom is and why it works. It will be released in
July along with the following two books: Digital Connections
in the Classroom by David Marcovitz explores how students
and teachers can use the internet to connect, collaborate,
share, and create. A Constructivist Approach to the NETS
for Teachers by V. N. Morphew addresses ISTE’s digital age
standards for teachers through a constructivist lens.
MORE INFO: iste.org/store
com is a new
free site designed to help anyone learn virtually anything by
providing a repository of cultivated, crowdsourced educational content organized into step-by-step instruction. Using
materials from You Tube, Wikipedia, About.com, and other
sources, MentorMob creates how-to courses, or Learning
Playlists, that make learning a new skill, hobby, or technique
easy without wasting time searching the internet. MentorMob topics range from how to play guitar to how to conduct
scientific experiments. Due to the collaborative nature of the
platform, the content continually grows and improves.
MORE INFO: www.mentormob.com
MindPlay has released
MORE INFO: www.mindplay.com/programs/mindplay-virtual-reaching-coach
Robotics Support for STEM Learning
Robotics is a powerful way to teach STEM
education, but what types of learning take
place when students work on robotics projects? Mark Gura and Nancy McIntyre look at
LEGO Robotics and FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO
League, a program designed to pique students’
interest in science with hands-on robotics.
Turning Around Dunbar High School
Dunbar High School was rapidly losing
enrollment a decade ago, and administrators
knew they had to make drastic changes.
They implemented a program to offer students the chance to train in a professional
learning environment while earning industry-level IT credentials. Denise Spence explains
how this turned Dunbar High School around.
Improve Reading with iPads
First grade teachers Sara Getting and Karin
Swainey of Hilltop Elementary School in Minnesota, USA, set out to determine if iPads
could improve their struggling students’
scores in word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Find out what they
discovered, the challenges they overcame,
and their encouraging conclusions.
Should Corporations Run Publicly Funded Online Schools?
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