FILLIN' UP YOUR TOOLBOX: Ding ding! We've got our favorite edtech teacher and administrator tools for the week right here (as highlighted in our Instruct newsletter). And if you haven't heard, check out our nifty new S’Cool Tools tag on the EdSurge site for the latest and greatest edtech tools. (And yes! Please share your favorites!) Our fave tools for the week are:
Free! Looking to help students catch up after a summer away from the classroom?OpenEd, a resource catalogue for educators to share videos and games, has courses to help students get a head start on new material with content from PBS, Khan Academy, uClass and more.
Free! If you’re looking to show your students how globalized our world has become, check out Newspaper Map, which uses Google Translate to show publications from all over the world in your chosen language. Compare how Greenland’s “Sermitsiaq” and Djibouti’s “La Nation” offer different coverage of the same issues, or read up on local Mongolian controversies in “Unen.” Seriously cool (or qué chévere, as they say in El Salvador).
$99 and Up: Yes, you can still go to RadioShack and snag a bunch of components to build a project. You can also take a peek at LittleBits. With hardware from very simple to complex, students of any ability and background can make electronic prototypes. The base kit costs $99 and prices go up from there.