Digital Media


Ed Dept. Names Finalists for Virtual and Augmented Reality Competition

The ED has selected five finalists in the EdSim Challenge, a national competition that aims to advance students’ career and technical skills with immersive, computer-based simulations. Finalists will each receive $50,000 and continue to develop their prototypes for a chance to win the $430,000 grand prize.

3 Reasons to Think Twice Before Implementing a Required BYOD Program

Schools that implement BYOD programs will choose one or both of two approaches: required BYOD and supplemental BYOD. While supplemental BYOD is a common-sense way to broaden students' and teachers' classroom resources, required BYOD is a problematic choice that will challenge a school district's staff and the community as a whole.

Study: Preschoolers Learn Similarly for Digital and Print Books

Reading stories aloud to children has long been proven to boost early literacy skills, but less has been revealed about the impact of a story’s format on learning. Now, new research says that preschool-age children will comprehend a story in both digital and print formats if they enjoy the story’s content.

Picting, not Writing, is the Literacy of Today’s Youth

Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest are among the most popular websites and apps on Planet Earth. Those websites support "picting" — using images to communicate. In this week’s blog post, we present a "pro" and a "con" about the value of "picting" — using images — not words — for communication and self-expression.

Q & A With Art Educator Marcia Osterink

Marcia Osterink is a Southern California arts teacher and the creator of Arts Attack, an award-winning art curriculum designed for K-8 that’s available on DVD and streamable online.

itslearning LMS Integrates to Microsoft Office 365, G-Suite Cloud Apps

The itslearning learning management system (LMS) has increased integration to popular cloud apps like Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G-Suite, enabling users to more easily add cloud files from these plattform into courses, assignments, the itslearning library and other features within the LMS.

26 Effective Ways to Use Twitter For Teachers and Educators

For educators, Twitter can be a distraction or a gold mine of resources. The school management software company Fedena has put together a handy, helpful graphic that offers 26 effective ways to use Twitter for teachers and educators.

JotForm Update Allows Users to Create Forms on Mobile Devices

A tool used by more than 2.5 million people worldwide to create forms and publish them online has been improved to allow users to build forms via mobile devices.

Common Sense Education Launches #DeviceFreeDinner Campaign

Common Sense Education, a project of the nonprofit organization Common Sense, is sponsoring a Device Free Dinner campaign, with the hashtag #DeviceFreeDinner. Common Sense Education is encouraging the distribution of an online toolkit for educators, which offers tips on achieving media balance at home.

Global Cloud-Based ELL Market to Grow at CAGR of 27% Through 2021

The global cloud-based English Language Learning (ELL) market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.07 percent from 2017 to 2021, according to a new report by market research firm Research and Markets.

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