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December 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017

I publish a regular series called Ed Tech Digest, and I thought it would useful to readers and to me to review them and highlight the ones I think are the best of the year.

These are different than tools appearing in The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017; The Best Online Learning Games Of 2017 – Part Two or other lists at All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here are my picks:

WHAT ‘TECH WORLD’ DID YOU GROW UP IN? is a neat Washington Post interactive. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.

How to Use Twitter is a great guide from one of The NY Times social media staff. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About, which is a list I definitely need to cull.

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios is by Vicki Davis. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online is a great post by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images.

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Understanding what doesn’t work in personalized learning is from Brookings. I’m adding it to the same list.

How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom is from The New York Times.

Inside Silicon Valley’s Big-Money Push to Remake American Education is from Mother Jones.

Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It’s Rebooting is from Bloomberg.

Delta Math is an online math site that lets teachers create free virtual classrooms.  You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.  I’m adding it to The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Personalized learning: The importance of teachers in a technology-driven world is from Brookings. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For Online Student Safety & Legal Issues.

All That We’ve Learned: Five Years Working on Personalized Learning is from Silicon Schools. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology:

The Practical Ed Tech Handbook for 2017-18 is from Richard Byrne.

Think you’re doing digital portfolios? Think again. is by Matt Renwick. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

There’s a lot to unpack in this NY Times article: Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

Should kids be taught in schools using Minecraft? seems like a pretty well-balanced article.

Welcome to your first day of Classroom is from Google Ed. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom.

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants.

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching With 360-Degree Videos is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

4 Ways to Upload to Google Drive is from Jake Miller. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive.

Typing.com lets teachers create free virtual classrooms to teach…typing. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School? is from Ed Tech Strategies. This is why I think “personalized learning” needs to include tech AND non-tech components. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Free Wi-Fi Doesn’t Mean Safe Wi-Fi, And Neither Does Having the Password is from NBC News. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info.

Many low-income families get on the Internet with smartphones or tablets. That matters. Here’s why is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

Instant Virtual Field Trips is from Ditch That Textbook. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips (which I just revised and updated).

Here’s a multi-article report from Education Week: Technology Counts 2017: Classroom Tech: Where Schools Stand.

Read Oasis lets teachers create a free (for one school term) virtual classroom for up to 50 students and provides tons of reading resources. Teachers can monitor student progress. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

The Histories of Personalized Learning is by Audrey Watters. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

As More Schools Look to Personalized Learning, Teaching May Be About to Change is from NEA Today.  I think it’s a pretty good article, but others apparently disagree (Teachers’ Union Faces Backlash Over Publication on Personalized Learning is from Ed Week). I’m adding them both to the same list.

Study Finds Classroom-Response ‘Clickers’ Can ‘Impede Conceptual Understanding’ is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

As ed reformers urge a ‘big bet’ on personalized learning, research points to potential rewards — and risks is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Microsoft’s Presentation Translator translates presentations in real time is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach? (Part 1) is by Larry Cuban.

Virtual Reality Could Transform Education as We Know It is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Technology “Disrupting” Teaching (Part 2) is by Larry Cuban.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology:

The Best Videos For Learning & Teaching About Net Neutrality:

Google Unveils New Ear Buds That Automatically Translate 40 Languages

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Computers – Help Me Find More

The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

Google Expeditions Announces New Augmented Reality Program For Schools

The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info

“Speak To Go” Could Be A Fun Tool For A Student-Centered Geography Lesson

“Sideways Dictionary” Explains Tech Through Analogies & Lets You Contribute Your Own

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

 

November 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

WHAT ‘TECH WORLD’ DID YOU GROW UP IN? is a neat Washington Post interactive. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.

Survey: Use Of Blogs In Education 2017 is from The Edublogger. Take it if you or your students blog!

Google Trends is on The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators.  They’s just made some improvements.  You can read about them at More realtime data on Google Trends from Google and Google Trends now surfaces data from News, Images, YouTube and Shopping verticals from TechCrunch.

Ed Tech blogger extraordinaire Richard Byrne just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the his blog. You can see his top ten blog posts from that period here.

Speaking of Richard, he also recently wrote a post titled EquatIO is Now Free for Teachers about a popular math tool.

Apple has just created a new YouTube channel devoted to short-and-sweet instructional videos for using its devices. You can read TechCrunch’s post, Apple launches a new YouTube channel offering device tutorials, for more information. If it wasn’t so late, and I wasn’t so tired, I’d add it to The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me and The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users.

This could be very interesting and useful to teachers and students if and when it comes out of beta: YouTube is launching its own take on Stories with a new video format called ‘Reels’

November 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Game On! is a Quizziz/Kahoot-like game that is primarily, though not exclusively, focused on Geography. I learned about it from the Teacher’s Tech Toolbox. I was having some issues with it when I tried it out, but I assume it was just a temporary glitch. I’m adding it to The Best Online Geography Games.

You can easily create and embed a chatbox with Minnit. Thanks to Nik Peachey for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

How to Use Twitter is a great guide from one of The NY Times social media staff. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About, which is a list I definitely need to cull.

GCF Learn Free has a nice Typing Tutorial. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding.

November 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Three versions of personalized learning, three challenges is by Dan Willingham. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Three Options for Adding Voice Comments in Google Docs is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive.

Removing digital devices from the bedroom can improve sleep for children, teens is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep.

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios is by Vicki Davis. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

How to Use Social Media in Your Career is from The NY Times and is a great introduction to social media for anyone new to it. I’m adding it to My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus A Few From Other People).

November 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online is a great post by Jennifer Gonzalez. I’m adding it to The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images.

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Understanding what doesn’t work in personalized learning is from Brookings. I’m adding it to the same list.

ORGANIZE AND SPRING CLEAN YOUR BLOG IN 10 STEPS is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

YouTube Playlists: Why You Need Them and How to Make Them is a useful blog post by Richard Byrne.

Seven Tips for Getting More Out of Google Slides is another useful post by Richard Byrne.

November 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

How Silicon Valley Plans to Conquer the Classroom is from The New York Times.

Inside Silicon Valley’s Big-Money Push to Remake American Education is from Mother Jones.

Silicon Valley Tried to Reinvent Schools. Now It’s Rebooting is from Bloomberg.

How To Embed Pinterest Boards And Pins On Your Blog is from Edublogger.  I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

October 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Delta Math is an online math site that lets teachers create free virtual classrooms.  You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.  I’m adding it to The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

50 Blog Topics And Prompts For Teachers is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning is from Larry Cuban’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Teacher Advisor With Watson is from IBM (yes, the Watson on all the TV ads) and provides K-5 math resources.

Hyperdocs: Create Interactive Google Docs is intriguing and is a post at Richard Byrne’s blog.

DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO USING STUDENT BLOGS AND DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

October 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Where to Find Free Images for Students and Teachers is from Kathleen Morris (via Edublogs). I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images.

How to Protect Your Information Online is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info.

The Answer Pad is yet another site that lets teachers create free virtual classrooms and have students do online work.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

How to Help High Schoolers Without Home Internet Access is from U.S. News. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

Typito – Simple, But Not Too Simple, Video Editing is a blog post by Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors.

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