Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Horizon Report, iOS 8, Google Classroom and other Nifty New Stuff

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition will examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education. The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition is the sixth in the K-12 series of reports and is produced by the NMC in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and made possible via the support of HP. 

Apple Introduces iOS 8 And Texting Will Never Be The Same
Now when you get a notification for a text message or a Facebook comment, you can respond from whatever app you're in. So if you're looking at Twitter and you get an iMessage from your mom, you can quickly respond without leaving Twitter.
Why Google Classroom won’t affect institutional LMS market … yet
Google Classroom is a slick tool that appeals to individual instructors whose schools use Google Apps for Education. . . .The tight integration of Google Drive, Google+ and GAE rosters allows for easy creation of course sites by the instructor, easy sharing of assignments and documents . . . . But these features are targeted at innovators and early adopter instructors who are willing to fill in the gaps themselves.

Why Formative Assessments Matter
One of the first things I did was put sticky notes on every student's desk. at the end of class they had a chance to summarize what we did that day and ask any questions they wanted. They could put their name on it or could remain anonymous. Either way I had a good indication of whether my students got it or didn't. And I could make those on-the-fly adjustments for the next class or for the next day. Now we have virtual sticky notes like on Wallwisher and LinoIt that make this process that much easier. 

Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation
With the amount of content that is shared on the Internet every minute, it’s no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed by the quantity of information out there. This is why content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students. The act of curation requires critical and creative thinking, as decisions are made around what to keep, what to discard and how to connect and present ideas.

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