#TeachDifferent – Reading Roundup
A collection of articles and posts from my virtual PLN, inspiring innovation in education.
Five hand-picked articles for educators. This roundup features hot topics in Ed Tech, a look at why schools need to change, how to get started with a makerspace, another eye-opening look at school funding, and innovative use of QR codes.
What’s Hot in Ed Tech?
The 10 Hottest Topics in Ed Tech–"The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students."
From coding, and robotics to the maker movement, and flexible learning spaces. This post provides a great starting point for teachers who are looking for more information on the hottest topics in ed tech. www.iste.org
The Learning Revolution
16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. — Modern Learning–An insightful, and optimistic article from Will Richardson that reminds me of Ken Robinson's plea for a learning revolution.
"While the arguments and discussions vary on the edges, it feels like there is finally an admission on the part of many that the world has changed, and that like most other parts of society, schools are going to have to change with it. Really change." Medium
The Maker Movement
Stop Thinking and Start Doing — A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!–A maker-librarian shares some helpful insight on starting a makerspace.
"I can assure you that you should really stop thinking about starting a makerspace ... and just do it."
She also provides links to four great resources to help you along. www.graphite.org
Is There A Better Way To Pay For America’s Schools?–The third installment of a series on school funding that has been truly eye-opening for me. This is a must-read for anyone with an interest in public education. From NPR: "There are huge gaps in school funding between affluent and property-poor districts. And, with evidence that money matters, especially for disadvantaged kids, something has to change." NPR.org
QR Code Jenga Teaches Fractions–More than a great way to teach fractions, this post provides links to several unique ideas for using QR codes in the classroom. 2d-code.co.uk