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EdTech News Roundup: Growing Appreciation for Ed Tech Among Teachers, 'Multimedia Literary' Requirements at College, and 24/7 ELL Lessons

Posted in Teacher Tools on May 15, 2011 by

1. Seven Questions to Ask About Texting in Class

With cell phones becoming more and more ubiquitous among students, new ideas are being floated about possible ways to incorporate these mobile devices into the classroom. This article from MindShift has some questions to consider about the logistics of using mobile devices in class.

2. Across More Classes, Videos Make the Grade

USC and other universities are pondering new ways to ensure that students graduate with “multimedia literacy” — which means, in part, the ability to create meaningful and compelling graphics and images. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

3. Survey Highlights Changing Teacher Opinions on Ed Tech

According to a recent survey, teachers are becoming more avid users of technology in both the classroom and their personal lives (there’s been a 50 percent increase in teachers using podcasts and videos as part of their classroom instruction since 2008). Administrators too are recognizing the value of online and blended learning in addressing remediation issues and keeping students engaged. Read more in this article from eSchoolNews.

4. ELL to Go

Two schools transform their ELL programs by giving students around-the-clock access to some of the latest mobile devices. Read more in this article from THE Journal.

5. Twitter Meets the Breakfast Club

A professor who incorporates Twitter and Flickr into classroom assignments has found that the public nature of these forums — and the fact that potential employees might stumble upon it later — improves their work. Read more in this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.