EdTech Weekly Digest - 4 (April 2014)

Welcome back to the weekly digest, We are just back from ASUGSV Arizona Ed Innovation Summit. As this summit was filled with great professional coming from all around the world sharing their views and good part is that we're bringing some interviews from there in coming weeks so stay tuned with us.

Sanoma and Knewton to Bring Adaptive Learning Solutions to K-12 Classrooms Across Europe

Sanoma Learning, one of Europe’s leading learning companies, and Knewton, the global leader in adaptive learning technology, today announced plans to bring next generation adaptive K-12 courses to Europe. Sanoma Learning and Knewton are partnering to launch next-generation learning solutions, providing teachers with cutting-edge tools to help analyse the progress of pupils, use predictive analytics to detect gaps in knowledge, and differentiate instruction. John Martin, CEO of Sanoma Learning, says: “The partnership with Knewton supports Sanoma’s mission of helping pupils and teachers to achieve excellent learning outcomes. We can soon create a new generation of personalised learning solutions built on Knewton’s state-of-the-art technology platform.”

Dos and Don'ts for Project Based Learning

With technology and other reasons that are driving the need for change in education, it is no longer a trend to learn subject or to master skills only by reading and writing. No doubt, these two are very basic skills but since the requirement in the workforce is of 21st century skills like critical thinking, teamwork, communication, quick decision making, they play an important role too. And here comes the need for practices such as project based learning.

New Comprehensive Math Resources for Common Core by Khan Academy

Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization aimed at providing world-class education for free offers huge number of resources to teachers, students, principals and home-schoolers. Recently, at Annual CUE Conference, Khan Academy announced its new comprehensive math resources for Common Core to support teachers and students. Khan Academy also revealed new grade-level math resource associated to the Common Core, to make sure students practice and nourish their skills at their own pace. Salman Khan, Founder and Executive Director of Khan Academy said, "This fall, the new Common Core standards are rolling out to millions of teachers and students across the country. And while the standards may be common, we know that students are not - every student has their own learning journey. This is why we are committed to personalized learning that lets students practice what they most need help on and lets teachers see where each student might need extra attention."

STEM to STEAM Learning: Learning Science in the 21st Century

This article is the first of the series of five articles on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to STEAM (‘Arts’ added to STEM) learning. STEM is everywhere and it shapes our everyday experiences. STEM education is vital to our future, the future of our country, and the future of our children. But, STEM is basically logic driven learning. Research and data have shown that activities like Arts, support and foster creativity, which is essential to innovation. The combination of superior STEM education combined with Arts education (STEAM) can provide us with the education system that will give us the chance to regain the innovation leadership essential to the new economy. STEM education is necessary but it is not sufficient and we must have STEAM education. In this first article of the series, we will discuss about the first component of STEAM learning that is, Science.

Classroom Management Q&As: Expert Strategies for Teaching By Larry Ferlazzo

Collected and refined from posts at Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog “Classroom Q&A,” the information shared in this new digital book will have you reflecting on your current classroom practices. Better yet, the combined wisdom offered here will have you changing some of your practices to become a more effective and happier teacher. Larry Ferlazzo has been a classroom teacher for 10 years and currently is teaching English, social studies and IB classes to English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Before teaching, he was a community organizer for 19 years. He’s a reflective practitioner who tirelessly seeks creative ways to improve his own classroom practice.

You can check out few interesting interviews we had earlier and drop us in comments what you want to listen from us.

How Can Schools Attack Student Obesity Epidemic?

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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