Here are some of the informational and educational articles that caught my attention this week. These articles discuss the advances that students are having with technology and its usage with their education. They talk about using Wikipedia in class, as well as Facebook. They also discuss the wireless devices that many students are using to participate in class with. These are all exciting and innovative plans that highlight some upcoming changes and updates occurring in many schools across the country and around the world.
Teachers: Please stop prohibiting the use of Wikipedia – Many believe educators should teach students about Internet site credibility, fact checking, verification, and crowdsourcing, through sites like Wikipedia. Encouraging students to use Wikipedia, cite it appropriately, in addition to having other primary sources may be a useful lesson to teach.
First-graders use Facebook as a learning tool – Schools are starting to use Facebook as a teaching tool, recapping lessons and “synthesizing concepts” while using the social media site to provide updates for their parents and others. Facebook in the classroom offers a way for parents and students to communicate. It also offers students “an authentic writing opportunity, where they can get meaningful feedback from someone other than a teacher.
More Colleges Are Using Hand-Held Devices as Classroom Aids – With handheld wireless devices, like the ones used at Northwestern University, students can automatically clock in as “present” when they enter class. These devices also allow them to use the numbered buttons to answer quizzes or they can signal to their teacher that they need help. These devices are helping students stay focused and pay attention.
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