ED Tech Talk Roundtable 47 | Those Kids Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore!

ChrisJamie and Michael discuss the articles of the week and share their edtech tips.

Articles of the Week


  1. Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
  2. Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts. As I called their attention, students’ heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward. I then cheerfully explained that their next project would practice a skill they all desperately needed: holding a conversation.
  3. Both humorous and insightful, this article helps you see tech adoption through the eyes of children, and the child in all of us.
  4. Teaching critical thinking itself, and copious writing opportunities to employ the skill, are key.

Tech Tips


  1. The cheapest, fastest, easiest student feedback system that I’ve ever seen. I particularly like the body-kinesthetic aspect of it.
  2. If you can do this, then you can do that, so what should you learn next?
  3. About – Yik Yak yikyakapp.com
    Yik Yak acts like a local bulletin board for your area by showing the most recent posts from other users around you. It allows anyone to connect and share information with others without having to know them. News, funny experiences, shout outs, and jokes spread faster than ever through Yik Yak’s tight-knit community. Create quality content and receive upvotes from other members of your community. Be engaged in your community and help decide what’s the best through upvotes and downvotes. Spread the word to grow the herd.




About Michael.Boll

MS Technology Coach

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