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It’s a new year, so why not make the most out of new opportunities?

We compiled five of our favorite resources (and more) for a fresh take on education technology in 2017.

1. Apps for students

Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2016

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@aasl

2016 was a pretty good year for education technology. In fact, we got some pretty sweet apps out of it. So if you’re a student who likes to choose your own adventure, explore wild and crazy habitats, or create your own artwork—and so much more—check out this article from the American Association of School Librarians.

Here’s a peek at of our five favorite apps from the article:

  1. Ryan North’s To Be or Not to Be: A steampunk twist on William Shakespeare.
  2. The Everything Machine: Imagine. Invent. Play.
  3. Newlsea: Become a master reader.
  4. MusiQuest: Make beats in seconds.
  5. Spies of Mississippi: The Appumentary: Celebrate civil rights using multimedia.

2. Tools for teachers

Educators: The lessons we learned in 2016

eschoolnews.com

@eschoolnews

As part of a three-part series for teachers, principals, and superintendents, this article from eSchool News chronicles five educators (teachers, coaches, and librarians), and their respective experiences with technology in 2016.

Here’s what they learned and the tools they used to enhance their teaching.

  1. Practice new technology at home. ClassFlow
  2. Step out of your comfort zone. pivotEd
  3. Connect reading and music. Cantata Learning
  4. Activate learning with videoconferencing. Generation Global
  5. Create cross-curricular lessons. Kids Discover Online

3. Tips for parents

How can I use media to teach my kid compassion?

commonsensemedia.org

@CommonSenseMedia

Do you have questions about how to gauge screen time, respond to cyberbullying, or help your child develop life skills using media? At Common Sense Media, all your tech-based questions about parenting are answered.

As far as using media to teach your kid compassion, here are three quick tips from the article:

  1. Try to incorporate movies that inspire compassion.
  2. Teach your kids safe online behavior.
  3. Discuss how anonymity affects a person’s compassion.

4. Advice for school leaders

8 Things to Keep in Mind When Executing a Digital Transformation

edtechmagazine.com

@EdTech_K12

Instead of focusing on how technology is changing, this article from EdTech Magazine places the importance on the evolution of education itself. Dump the buzzwords and ballyhoo you know about tech, and sink your teeth into eight practical solutions for your schools.

Here are three takeaways that resonate with us:

  1. “Investing in people will always be one of the foundation elements of a successful digital transformation.”
  2. “The question we need to be asking when going through the budget process is this: How will this technology actually improve learning and achievement at scale?”
  3. “We need to prepare students for their future, not ours.”

5. Predictions for chief technology officers

What’s on the horizon for K-12 ed tech in 2017?

educationdive.com

@EducationDive

This article from EducationDive features predictions and concerns from four district tech chiefs and thought leaders across the United States. Topics include the rise of makerspaces, digital equity gaps, and blended and online learning.

Here are three notable predictions from the panel of professionals:

  1. Libraries and computer labs will be “converted to innovative learning labs with 3-D printers, robots, drones, circuits, LEDs, metal, tools…”
  2. Virtual reality will hit the classroom in a big way as prices come down.”
  3. Robotics programs will continue to expand rapidly in schools.”

As you embark on a new year of adventures in your schools, classrooms, and at home in 2017, we hope you achieve all of your outcomes and more. For a closer look at how Bak USA is committed to your success in education, explore some of our media coverage, or contact us today. To all our friends in K-12 classrooms and beyond, have another wonderful year full of exploratory learning and new discoveries.

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James A. Colombo III

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