Chris, Jamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week, enjoy an interview with Mick Hewitt and Cory Reid of MasteryConnect.com and share their tech tips.
Articles of the Week
- With $100M From The Gates Foundation & Others, inBloom Wants To Transform Education By Unleashing Its Data | TechCrunch
Will schools see big data as something they can use to create change in their schools? Will they be able to make the changes?
- The First Step To Building Your Personal Brand – Forbes
Should teachers and students be thinking about building their brand right now?
- Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online
“By the end of this talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge? At the TEDSalon in London, Markham Nolan shares the investigative techniques he and his team use to verify information in real-time, to let you know if that Statue of Liberty image has been doctored or if that video leaked from Syria is legitimate.”
- The Web Revolution: This is Just the Beginning
“Take a look at the smartphone in your hand,” Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google, told the crowd during his keynote at the FETC 2013 conference in Orlando Wednesday. “That smartphone is just a phone to a kid. And to many kids, it isn’t even a phone.” Casap pulled his own phone from his pocket. “What you have in your hand is going to be their Commodore 64. It’s going to be their Apple IIe. When they’re in their twenties, it’s going to be the thing they buy at a thrift store and put on a shelf in their hipster apartment just because it’s cool to have one.” That’s the generation, he said, that’s coming into our schools, and we need to be ready for that.
Interview of the Week
Michael Boll interviews Mick Hewitt and Cory Reid of MasteryConnect.com
From their website: MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards. Built-in grading tools save teachers time.
High School: Pulp-o-Mizer This site is a pure fun cover creator themed with “the retro future that never was.” PLEASE try this out. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, then you need to retire. Surprise your class with a uniquely titled cover for a lesson, or print comic birthday cards. There are many fun applications.
Middle School: Get your kids creating their own avatar An avatar is a figure or character that you can create and customize the way you want. You can use this character to interact with other friends online . Users have the full control of what they want to feature for example the kind of background, accessories, clothes…etc
Elementary School: Confer App Created by a full-time, National Board Certified Teacher, Confer is a note taking app for teachers that lets you record and keep track of the notes you take on your students; both individually and in small groups.
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