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Podcast describing 15 educational tidbits from March and April 2021

The 16th century swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is quoted as saying, “If you know the way broadly you see it in all things.” The expression is certainly true in the field of teaching. Educators must constantly be on the lookout for information and techniques to improve the experience they provide for students.

Often this wisdom comes from domains outside of traditional professional development venues. Teachers must scour their news feeds, social media, and interactions with students for new tidbits of educational wisdom.

I compiled a list of 15 of my own educational tidbits gathered in the last month as part of recent graduate coursework at my local university. Here is that list.

Educational Tidbits for March and Early April 2021

News

  1. Popular video games are being used to teach university courses.
  2. Teachers should pay even more attention to TikTok, Youtube, and other popular social media apps.
  3. Governor Dewine announced recently that students had to close educational gaps created by COVID-19 closures and must post their plans publicly by April 1.

Classroom tips

  1. Make badges in Google slides to support student work
  2. Tech-savvy teachers are posting Google Slideshow templates modeled after Netflix and other social media sites
  3. Jamboard now has revision history.
  4. How can technology help in the new SEL movement?  Like this.
  5. Flat lay photography is a simple, evocative art students can do at home and you can do for your websites.

Futuristic

  1. Activity trackers may become a normal part of physical education.
  2. Lots of recent talks about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) may have implications for copyright and teachers.  The amount of content easily accessible through Fair Use may be vastly shrinking.
  3. Google has created resources to teach students about their tools.
  4. Facial recognition software is not very good at recognizing emotion..
  5. SpaceX is launching broadband satellites. 

Higher Ed

  1. Dr. Doug Reeves.  Imagine this rubric.  Criteria that student evaluates, then student writes comments and scores.  All the teacher does is provide feedback and rescore if necessary.
  2. Most people who start a dissertation don’t finish

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Tim Kitson
Tim Kitson

Tim Kitson is an educator with an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last ten years, Tim has worked with thousands of students to develop their reading, writing, critical thinking, and character. As a native of Flint, Michigan, Tim cares deeply about social justice and the role of the individual in its pursuit. He lives in Ohio with his amazing wife and son.

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