Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market – EdSurge News

It’s terribly confusing, but perhaps no coincidence, that three of the world’s most prominent consumer technology companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft—each boast a “Classroom” tool aimed at K-12 educators and students. After all, what better way to secure a foothold in the market than impressing one’s brand to future consumers at a young age?

Source: www.edsurge.com

Here’s an overview article to help you understand the current k-12 online classroom environment. 

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Vicki Davis: Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

I’ve been asked about the podcasting equipment setup and software that we use on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. After 220 episodes in one year and over 430K downloads, we’ve settled on a configuration we like. In this post, I’ll share the setup and help you get started.

Source: www.coolcatteacher.com

Excellent advice from a veteran teacher (and podcaster)  Vicki Davis. 

Different Approaches To Using Student Blogs And Digital Portfolios

More and more educators are discovering the importance of having their students build some form of digital presence. Blogging is an excellent way for students to create their own online space, but what do you call this?

Source: www.theedublogger.com

Blogging puts the power of the press into everyone’s hands.  Understand how to help your students become bloggers; read this article.

Online instructors differ on whether they need online course experience

“Ideally it would be great for an online instructor to have taken an online class,” said Susan Yochum, provost at Seton Hill University, in Pennsylvania. But, she added, “the biggest issue is our faculty have a lot of responsibilities, a heavy teaching load. It’s really a time issue.”

Source: www.insidehighered.com

Are you an online teacher? Did you ever take an online class as a student? Interesting situation.

Apple Classroom vs. Google Classroom

Apple Classroom was released in March 2016, but from things I read online, or hear when talking to other educators, I feel that it still gets mistakenly compared to Google Classroom. I can absolutely see why that happens. Both products have very similar names, and both were created to help solve technology problems in the classroom. However, the truth is, these two products could not be more different. So, in this post, I wanted to take some time to run through everything that Apple Classroom can do, and compare that to Google Classroom, in order to give you some ideas on how you can use these useful tech tools at your school.

Source: jonathanwylie.com

Good side by side comparison of two online elearning products.

What are the benefits of joining the Learn Moodle MOOC? A long-term participant shares. – Moodle.com

December 11, 2017

Have you heard of Learn Moodle?

It’s a free, four-week MOOC run by Moodle HQ, designed for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform. We also run the MOOCs twice a year, after every major Moodle release.

Our Learn Moodle 3.4 MOOC Basics is starting on 8 January 2018 and recently we talked to Mary Cooch, our Community Educator and Elizabeth Dalton, our Research Analyst, to tell us what’s new for this upcoming MOOC.

Source: moodle.com

Learn something new about Moodle in this Mooc!

The Best Self-Assessment Questions for Encouraging a Growth Mindset

There is no topic in education that is more furiously debated than assessment. Of course, self-assessment tends to raise even more alarm bells. The notion of students assessing themselves is difficult for many educators to get around, but they’re warming to the idea. If our students learn to ask the right self-assessment questions and keep themselves accountable, the results in learning improvement can be amazing.

Source: globaldigitalcitizen.org

This infographic delivers a powerful message about the growth mindset.