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Putting the T in STEM #edtech

http://teacherrebootcamp.com/2019/04/16/tech4children/

One of the best things about teaching very young learners is that they are super excited to learn! They also love technology, but we must ensure that children learn early on balance and digital safety. When a child begins to use technology, especially technology connected to the Internet, they must also learn how to protect themselves and learn wellness...
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Social storytelling site helps kids create, publish storybooks #edtech

https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/storybird

It's easy to imagine using Storybird as a free-write station, to prompt various writing tasks, or as a platform for peer workshopping. With a bit of creativity, storytelling can also be linked to a variety of school subjects, including history, science, and even math...

What’s the BEST Model to Support Technology Integration? #edtech

https://hookedoninnovation.com/2019/04/09/whats-the-best-model-to-support-technology-integration/

Make no bones about it…Technology is a gift with a tail. It’s predicted that schools will spend $19 Billion dollars on technology in schools. This can range from a variety of devices, apps, software and various “STEM” tools but not necessarily servers, wires, and all that stuff in the closet.  Despite this large amount of money invested in technology, the amount of money to support and integrate these tools dwarfs the amount spent on the hardware and software...

How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program #edtech

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/04/cosn-2019-how-design-effective-k-12-technology-evaluation-program

Superintendents and technology directors should take a holistic approach to data analysis to accurately measure the impact of digital integrations.

How K-12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning #edtech

https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2019/04/how-k-12-schools-should-define-and-act-digital-learning

A more student-centered learning approach blends the best of the traditional classroom with more modern, digital learning environment tools and tactics.

Work smarter in Sheets, New Features #edtech #GSuite

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/04/new-tools-sheets.html

New features include:

Selecting objects like in slides, being able to select multiple objects at once, move, and resize.Copy and Paste an image into a CELL! (Finally!!!)Guidesand more...

RE: Death by PowerPoint: the slide that killed seven people #edtech

https://mcdreeamiemusings.com/new-blog/2019/4/13/gsux1h6bnt8lqjd7w2t2mtvfg81uhx

PowerPoint was once a powerful, transformative tool in education. In more recent years, this tool has been criticized as being overused, improperly used, and causing disinterest and disengagement from learning. In this example, PowerPoint was used as a tool that lead to the death of 7 astronauts. How did this happen?

Learning how to use a presentation assist tool is not always a life and death matter. Making sure your presentation connects with your audience is important. Otherwise, what is the point of doing the presentation?

One of the keys to keeping an audience engaged is audience participation and interaction. These interactive components have to relate to the topic and be meaningful, not just ice breakers.

Resources on effective slide presentations
https://business.tutsplus.com/articles/37-effective-powerpoint-presentation-tips--cms-25421
http://www.ncsl.org/legislators-staff/legislative-staff/legislati…