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Ed Tech News Roundup: Dissection, Communication, and Empathy

by Andrew Roush
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Howdy, folks! Welcome to another in a series of periodic ed tech news roundups. We hope you enjoy this one, and if you have a story you’d like to see included, let us know.

Parental Responsibilities

Keeping open, continuous, and fruitful lines of communication with parents is vital for every educator. Technology, of course, can help — but teachers must always thoughtfully choose when and how to communicate with parents.

  • ClassDojo is used in elementary and middle schools across the nation. It can be a useful mode of communication with parents, but some families argue that misuses of the technology can have negative consequences. [.coda]
  • Meanwhile, a new report from the Center for American Progress argues that personalization, regardless of tech, is the most important factor in communicating with families. [Education Week]

Renewing the Science Classroom

Some science-learning activities are so common, they’re a part of culture: think of animal dissections, model volcanoes, or solar system mobiles. But even the old classics are being updated with modern tech.

  • A California student wasn’t comfortable participating in her classes animal dissection, so she put together a team to test and evaluate digital alternatives. [Marin Independent Journal]
  • You might remember rows and rows of heavy, blurry microscopes in your science classroom. Now, even traditionally underserved schools are getting a chance to test out ulta-high definition 4K microscopes. [t74]

Tech and Humanity

Empathy is a crucial learning skill and a central part of social-emotional learning. New tools are helping students tap into their humanity, even while digital tech changes the ways in which we interact.

  • In an excerpt from her book, Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips delves into the vast amount of digital media kids are consuming — and how tech can complicate interpersonal communication and relationships. [Science Friday]
  • In Malaysia, educators are looking for ways to use AR/VR technology to build empathy, along with other learning outcomes. [New Straits Times]

…And Finally

Schools can be a resource for an entire community. In Silver City, New Mexico, weekly math learning nights at Western New Mexico University opens the doors to parents and local and K-12 students alike, hoping to make math learning a fun, cooperative event. [Silver City Daily Press]

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