the Fun Tab,
tablet for children.
The Fun Tab comes loaded
with popular games, such as Angry Birds, Where’s My Water,
Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, and more. Child-specific features
include Art Studio, which allows parents to view their children’s art in the program gallery and mark their favorite
designs with gold stars. Kids can use Video Mail to record
short messages with the FunTab’s front camera. Parents
can monitor the online content their children are exposed
to and customize lists of safe websites. They can track their
children’s activities and read detailed reports of their educational progress, artwork, video messages, and more.
MORE INFO: ematic.us/tablets/funtab-pro
ISTE has released NETS
for Coaches, a booklet that
describes how technology
coaches support the work of
administrators, teachers, and
ultimately students in transforming schools into digital
age, global learning environments. Discover how to make
the most out of this highly
effective form of individualized professional development tailored to educators’ professional needs and personal learning.
MORE INFO: www.iste.org/store/product?ID=2595
maker of interactive iBooks
for the iPad,
has released an
educational series of British literature, including titles
such as Macbeth, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,
the Poetry of William Blake, and Frankenstein. Each iBook is
designed to make the classic come alive with narration and
video lectures by top scholars, interactive glossaries and dictionaries, and quizzes to spark engagement and encourage
classroom discussion. The interactive content is designed to
appeal to various types of learners, including visual, auditory,
read-write, and kinesthetic as well as students with learning
MORE INFO: www.providenceelearning.org
Python for Kids, a new
book by Jason R. Briggs,
is a kid-friendly introduction to Python, one of the
world’s most powerful and
widely used programming
languages. Python for Kids is
designed to teach students
how to create drawings, animations, and games. It features ravenous monsters, secret agents, and thieving ravens,
and each chapter is full of colorful art by Miran Lipovaca.
MORE INFO: www.nostarch.com/pythonforkids
One Size Does Not Fit All
Despite all the talk about the need to
adapt instructional methods to reach every
learner, there is little agreement on how to
do it. Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey
of Personalize Learning, LLC, explain what
personalized learning is and detail their six-step plan to take it from theory to practice.
Improve Your Teaching with an ARS
Research shows that audience response systems (ARSs) can improve classroom interaction
and student engagement as well as promote
a more student-centered environment. Steve
Gregor and Gregory Muscelli explore the
effectiveness of ARSs and measure how well
teachers who use them meet the NETS•T.
How Do You Engage, Enhance, Extend?
Educators are expected to implement technology that engages students, enhances lessons,
and extends learning. But how can they do
that if they don’t know what those terms
mean? ISTE book author Liz Kolb defines
those terms and illustrates what technology
integration looks like in the K– 12 classroom.
Should computers grade essays?
Join this discussion on ISTE’s
LinkedIn page: linkd.in/Va9rh9