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Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers.

EmergingEdTech Teaching Technology Tweet Wrap

This week in the Wrap … the new Horizon Report (the higher ed edition) is out, helping students understand complex concepts by Edusketching, better learning through … long hand writing, Common Core resources, strategies for differentiation in PBL, encouraging a growth mindset when it comes to math, and more!

The 2016 #HigherEd Horizons Report is out! Can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.
http://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-horizon-report-2016-higher-education-edition/

Merging Classrooms: How I Shared My Students with a Class in Egypt
http://www.coolcatteacher.com/merging-classrooms-how-i-shared-my-students-with-a-class-in-egypt/

E-books: too much distraction, not enough learning
http://www.statepress.com/article/2016/02/e-books-too-much-distraction-not-enough-learning

Here’s Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter
http://www.businessinsider.com/handwriting-helps-you-learn-2014-12

I’m a Teacher That Hates Technology—So Let Me Design the Products
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-02-04-i-m-a-teacher-that-hates-technology-so-let-me-design-the-products

50 Common Core Resources For Teachers
http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/50-common-core-resources-for-teachers/

APPEd Review – 4 Apps for Early Literacy Development
http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/10/rubric-reviewed-best-early-literacy-development-apps/

Edusketching: A Tool to Help Students Understand Complex Concepts
http://www.coolcatteacher.com/edusketching-wendy-pillars/

12 Barriers To Innovation In Education
http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/disruption-innovation/12-barriers-innovation-education/

Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/miot-ccb020316.php

6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/differentiated-instruction-strategies-pbl-andrew-miller

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It
http://www.coolcatteacher.com/teacher-pd-is-still-broken-these-3-steps-can-fix-it/

Annotation Studio – Annotate Shared Documents With Text, Video, Images
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/annotation-studio-annotate-shared.html#.VrIcotIrLcs

Amazon, Ed. Organizations Launch Blitz for “Growth Mindset” in Math
https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/amazon-ed-organization-launch-blitz-for-growth-mindset/?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB

‘Micro Schools’ Could Be New Competition for Private K-12
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/27/micro-schools-could-be-new-competition-for.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB

Why Science Fairs Matter More Than Ever
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-d-etzwiler/why-science-fairs-matter-_b_9071720.html

MIT Launches Multiple Initiatives To Improve Digital Learning from PreK to Continuing Ed
https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/02/02/mit-launches-multiple-initiatives-to-improve-digital-learning-from-prek-to-continuing-ed.aspx

If we give kids tools to build computers, we can raise creators not just consumers!
http://www.ted.com/talks/linda_liukas_a_delightful_way_to_teach_kids_about_computers

Fun song based lesson ideas (for any subject really)!
http://appedreview.com/app/genius-song-lyrics-more/?platform=hootsuite

Four Ways Teachers Can Differentiate In The Classroom
http://inservice.ascd.org/four-ways-teachers-can-differentiate-in-the-classroom/

Exploring The Bergmann & Sams School of Flipped Learning
http://www.flippedclassroomworkshop.com/bergmann-and-sams-school-of-flipped-teaching-learning/

Why We Should Use Behavioral Economics to Design Technology That Doesn’t Kill Us
http://singularityhub.com/2016/01/28/why-we-should-use-behavioral-economics-to-design-technology-that-doesnt-kill-us/

Obama seeks $4 billion to reboot tech education
http://www.cnet.com/news/obama-seeks-4-billion-to-reboot-tech-education/

 

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Share Your Experience and Let Others Know What This Powerful Technology can do for Your Students

Adaptive learning software solutions have evolved and continue to mature. There are now a good (and growing) number of platforms available to help teachers and schools individualize learning for students.

Vendors of these products often have testimonials on their sites from teachers or students who use the products, which is great, but I’d really love to hear more directly from teachers who are using these types of tools in their classrooms. Are you?

Unlike so many other categories of education technology software, I don’t actually know anyone that is using one of these products (or at least, I don’t know any who I know is using ‘AL’). Are YOU using an Adaptive Learning application in your classroom? Are you willing to share some of what you are doing and help other educators learn how these tools might help them?

I would really love to gather some of your stories and write a follow up post to this. It would also be great to reach out to you and discuss your experience a bit further, if you’re up for it (you can let me know in the poll).

So, if you are, or have, used Adaptive Learning software and are willing to share some insights, it would great if you’d complete this quick 6 question poll and let us know about your experience (thanks!)https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/u-adaptive

My goal is to simply learn some more via this poll and then pull together an article about what readers have to say about their experiences with Adaptive Learning (then everyone can learn more).

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