Keeping Up with Ed Tech
TWA recently published a blog summary of the recent document put out by the Office of Educational Technology called the Edu Tech Developer’s Guide, it was so chock full of valuable information that we wanted to share some of the resources with our audience. This section has the best of the best in edu tech publications for staying abreast of the ever-changing scenario of how technology is being utilized to transform education.
Zach Sims, 24, cofounder and CEO of Codecademy says it best, “Technology may be the silver bullet to enhance the material and the way we teach. Our students already live in a tech-saturated culture, so they will certainly welcome such change. Technology can help America’s students better prepare for the future, and keep preparing—since learning will increasingly need to be continuous as the stunning pace of technology change further accelerates.”
• EdSurge: The EdSurge weekly online newsletter is widely read in the ed tech community. EdSurge also produces ES-Instruct for educators and the EdTech Index, a database that categorizes and reviews hundreds of ed tech startups, products, and services.
• Education Gadfly: Weekly ed tech updates produced by the Thomas Fordham Institute.
• EdTech Times: Boston-based group whose site features daily news updates and features.
• Edutopia: focuses on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge,attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.
• EdWeek Digital Directions: Part of EdWeek, Digital Directions covers news, trends, and best practices for the K–12 tech audience.
• EdTech Handbook: A series of contributed articles (the handbook is designed to demystify the process of launching an education-focused startup, specifically for K12).
• eSchool News: Provides the latest educational technology news K-12 and higher education.
• Getting Smart: Created by Tom Vander Ark, the Getting Smart site covers formal and informal topics that cover K-12, higher education and lifelong learning. The organization has a particular focus on innovation andpersonalized learning.
• Graphite: Created by Common Sense Media, Graphite provides reviews of ed tech products where educators can filter results by type (app or website), subject, grade level, and price. Product information provided includes setup time, skills addressed, intended student audience, and tech notes. Designed for educators, the products arereviewed by volunteer teachers who use a review system that examines pros, cons, engagement, pedagogy,support, and the bottom line.
• KQED MindShift: If you’re looking for a deeper dive into topics related to learning, check out MindShift. Launched in 2010 by KQED and NPR, MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions, including cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, and education policy.”
• New Learning Times: is produced at the Ed Lab at the Teachers College at Columbia University and provides daily coverage of learning opportunities to transformation education.
• Startup Digest EDU: shares the latest news and information about startups and innovations in education.
• Tech and Learning: Published by New Bay Media, Tech andLearning includes a website, newsletter and monthly magazine. Both a website and monthly paper publication, Tech and Learning focuses on ed tech professionals responsible for implementing and purchasing for K-123 schools.
• THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators,technologists and tech-savvy educators on educational technology issues.