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Education and EdTech News You May Have Missed This Week (Ending May 12th, 2017)

Education and EdTech News You May Have Missed This Week

Happy Friday Everyone! Below is a small collection of news articles you may have missed this week. Click the article titles to read the full articles!

“Google Classroom: Now Open to Even More Learners”

Google has recently announced new developments for the Google Classroom, placing a substantial emphasis on collaborative efforts between schools, teachers, and students. The features added to the Classroom will essentially open up the platform, allowing users without G Suite for Education accounts to join classes and participate. Google's post focuses on using these possibilities to expand access to Classroom across a multitude of audiences: transfer students, tutors, and even virtual study abroad programs.


“Researchers Develop Groundbreaking Technology for Student Writing Success”

While educators might already be aware of what Turnitin can do for students, the separate Revision Assistant platform offered by Turnitin is quickly taking schools by storm for what it can do for teachers. If your teaching style centers heavily on writing, Revision Assistant could be an effective way to assign your students additional writing practice without generating piles of papers to grade. Looking at an International Baccalaureate school in particular, a diploma program where lengthy essay assignments are a core part of the curriculum, the author examines how Revision Assistant can provide key insights about student writing while easing the workload for educators.


We Ask Teachers: How Has Edtech Made a Difference in Your Classroom?

With the conclusion of Teacher Appreciation Week upon us, there is no better time than the present to explore and admire what tools other educators have utilized in their classrooms to find success. In a compilation of brief interviews, EdSurge asked eight teachers from various backgrounds what educational technology in particular has done for their classrooms. The answers are inspiring and thought-provoking; while some teachers focus on how edtech can offer new mediums for the ways in which their students learn, others center on the fact that an engaged teacher is the true powerhouse behind a captivated classroom.


How Pokémon GO Can Help Students Build Stronger Communication Skills

As learning becomes increasingly integrated with technology, a working knowledge of the technologies most relevant for students becomes crucial in fostering a personal, real-world interest in curriculum. Assistant professor Kelly Howell at Iowa State University's Department of Education is taking it one step further by examining how the popular game Pokemon GO can be used in K-12 classrooms to improve writing and communication skills. Although the idea is nontraditional, Howell takes Common Core standards into consideration and makes a strong case for truly connecting students to what they're learning.


School Bullying Is Down. Why Don't Students Believe It?

A new study points to positive change in the education world; levels of school bullying have dropped across the country—and for good reason. More and more, schools have been concentrated on the importance of developing a culture where teachers, parents, and students are kept alert to the signals of bullying, with administrators providing adequate resources to combat it. However, a perplexing facet of this study is that students still report feeling that bullying is an issue; this article takes a closer look at how such a contradiction can occur when the positive results are so tangible.


-Kelsey Erwin