EdTech Weekly Digest - 2 (May 2014)

Welcome back to another edition of weekly digest, Lots to talk and seeing some great out here in edtechreview.in. so lets discuss some resources this week as so many things are moving with education and education media. Lets discuss some of the great thing we can capture in this edition of weekly digest. 

Great Education Insights by Prof. Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra is well- known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment, and broadly quoted in works on education and literacy. Here is a transcript of an interview of Prof. Sugata Mitra with Harrogate Online from the past.
Harrogate Online:- I have a lot of friends who had reacted strongly on Twitter during one of your presentation, as you were suggesting that teachers are redundant. Could you respond to them? Do you really think teachers are redundant now?
Sugata Mitra:- No not now but they will be. Like many other professions, I don’t think anything special about the teaching profession but like doctor or bus drivers, they all be redundant one day.

Google Introduces a New Product in Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

On the eve of Teacher Appreciation Day, Google announced the launch of a free and very useful app for the educators; the app is called "Classroom". Classroom is an easy and simple educational app designed to give teachers and students more time to teach and learn respectively.
Using this app, teachers can:

  • Create and organize assignments quickly
  • Provide feedback efficiently
  • Communicate with their classes with ease.

Google always understands that student’s privacy is critical. Like other Google educational apps, this app also does not contain any advertisement nor Google use any content and student data for advertising purpose.

13 TED Talks That You Would Love Being a Teacher

TED is a perfect platform for spreading various ideas including ideas about education and education technology through powerful TED talks.
Here is a list of 13 TED talks that you just can’t miss being a teacher.
The 100,000-Student Classroom
Peter Norvign a computer scientist lectured a classroom on artificial intelligence. The lecture was attended by 175 students in situ and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. In "The 100,000-Student Classroom",TED talk, he is sharing what he has learned about teaching from global classroom.

Be As Great Online As You Are in Class with Smart Sparrow

So you’re a great teacher, you love what you do. You always pride at yourself at giving each student personalized attention and detailed feedback. You believe the best way to learn is by making your classes interactive and full of authentic problems with real-world examples. But when it comes to online, let’s face it; you’re not such a great teacher. Your LMS limits you and you can’t engage your students, sure it’s easy to post text and upload videos but that’s not learning by doing.

Shattering Antiquated Math Models-Changing Lives

Dr. Matthew Peterson, Co-Founder, of the MIND Research Institute spent time with the Core to discuss how we can re-purpose math education into an interactive experience for children. Dr. Peterson and MIND's research has uncovered a terrible truth that 70% of U.S. students fail math by middle school. MIND's work removes language barriers and elevates math proficiency through interactive gaming and visual feedback.

Flex Academies Founder Josh Chernikoff Talks After-School Enrichment

Michelle Rhee Tackles "Agenda" Criticism

ISTE CEO Brian Lewis Talks EdTech

1st School-in-the-Cloud with Sugata Mitra

Sir Ken Robinson Discusses The Education Landscape at ASCD 2014

About the Author
Author: Dr Rod BergerWebsite: http://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
Rod Berger, PsyD, is President and CEO of MindRocket Media Group serving the global education market. Dr. Berger has been a VP of Education for an edtech firm, Keynote Speaker, Brand Strategist and continues to teach college courses and each summer guests lectures at Vanderbilt University.
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