It’s hard to believe that this is the last weekend in September! The month has flown by, and October promises to be just as exciting.

Registration is open for our October Webinar Series, and we will kick off this month-long event on Tuesday, October 1st, at 7:00pm EST with Connecting & Collaborating in Elementary Classrooms. Samantha Morra will host a conversation with Holly Clark, Beth Holland, and Suzy Brooks.

October Connected Educator Month Webinar Schedule
  • October 1st, 7:00pm EST: Connecting & Collaborating in Elementary Classrooms hosted by Samantha Morra
  • October 8th, 7:00pm EST: Creating a Connected Classroom hosted by Greg Kulowiec
  • October 15th, 7:00pm EST: Digital Citizenship in the Connected Classroomhosted by Holly Clark
  • October 22nd, 7:00pm EST: The 1:1 Connected Classroom hosted by Carl Hooker
  • October 29th, 7:00pm EST: Connected Administrators hosted by Tom Daccord

iPad Summit Boston News

We have some updates for the November 13-15 iPad Summit in Boston. Tickets are selling fast, and hotel rooms even faster! Thanks to the amazing work of Val Langille, we have added another block 100 rooms at The Revere Hotel Boston Common, located at 200 Stuart Street in Boston. It is a 1.0 mile walk from the hotel to the Hynes Convention Center and also on the Green Line of the T (the subway) for a rate of $269/night double occupancy. For reservations, please call 855-673-8373 and ask for the EdTechTeacher block of rooms or book online.

A tentative schedule has been posted and full concurrent session titles and descriptions will be posted as soon as our speakers confirm that they are attending. For the Pre-Conference, we have added a second Advanced iPads session, and only a few spots remain for Creating Digital ContentEarly Bird Registration closes October 13th. Register soon!

Articles from the ETT Team

The Balance of Screen Time

Is it appropriate? Is it meaningful? Is it empowering? Beth Holland tackles these questions with regard to the concept of screen time in this Edutopia article.

How To Redefine Your Classroom By Connecting Students

“The best thing about connecting your students is that you don’t need 1:1 devices to get started, just the desire to rethink learning.” Writes Holly Clark in her new post that originally appeared on Edudemic.

Special E-Readers for People with Dyslexia

On his EdTechResearcher blog, Justin Reich addresses a new joint study from the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Graduate School of Education at Harvard, and the University of Massachusetts Boston computer science department that examines the impact of screen readers on people with dyslexia.

Resources from the Web

iOS 7 for system administrators
Good article about configuration options now available with iOS7.

▶ Organizing iPad Apps in iOS 7 – YouTube
Good video tutorial for re-arranging apps with iOS7

Kodu Game Lab – Microsoft Research FUSE Labs
Kodu lets students create games and virtual worlds on PC (free) or xBox ($4.99)

Safe Search
Another safe search to use with elementary students. A great feature is the safe image search that includes the ability to filter by license.

Primary School Games – Fun Curriculum Games
A host of web-based games for reinforcement of basic elementary skills. Subjects include ICT, Math, English, & Science.

Classdroid
A FREE app designed to be used with WordPress blogs in order to take a picture of a student’s work, grade it, and instantly upload it to the class blog.

PrimaryWall
Consider this to be a version of Padlet designed specifically for elementary teachers. With the FREE version, teachers can create walls for their students to collaborate and they last for 30 days. A Pro account offers additional features and support.

Verso
New app designed for iPad, Android, and the web to support flipped classrooms with a new way of delivering student data to teachers.

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