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Ed Tech Innovations You Should Think About
posted by: Garry | June 27, 2014, 04:59 PM   

Education apps seem to be all the rage these days. There are a host of new ones that have just hit the marketplace or entering the testing stage.  Perhaps foremost among these is the new app from Google called Google Classroom.  Google Classroom promises to be a way for teachers to eliminate paper from daily school life.


Another app that’s garnering a lot of attention is the reemergence of Reading Rainbow.  The classic began to make news again last month when the original host, Levar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show in the form of an educational app.  The Kickstarter campaign quickly reached $1 million in crowd-sourced funding and is essentially guaranteed to be developed into a fun new tool in the future.


While Reading Rainbow may only appeal to younger students, OpenEd has created a new app that will add value to many more teachers and classrooms.  Their new Common Core assessment tool is designed to allow teachers to create tests with CCSS-aligned questions.  The app gives students practice with question types they may not have encountered before, but also tends to involve higher order thinking and will better demonstrate knowledge when compared to traditional multiple choice questions.


Apps aren’t the only thing changing the educational universe.  A host of new technologies have the opportunity to radically change how we teach.  For instance, take 3D printing.  Have you, as a teacher, ever looked for the perfect manipulative for a lesson, only were unable to find it?  Among the many other uses for 3D printing, it also gives teachers the ability to create their own classroom tools.  Teachers are already beginning to experiment with the technology, as demonstrated by Thingiverse.


This is only a small sampling of what’s going on in the edtech world, and it’s worth spending some time this summer getting caught up on new innovations.


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