More educators, such as California fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein, are using Skype to introduce their students to guest speakers from around the globe. Dunbar says the sessions teach students empathy and compassion for others, while Rosenstein says the talks spark interest in learning about other parts of the world.
Educators used social media and Google Docs to build a network with other principals to help schools in Texas affected by the storm Harvey. Ronny Snow's school in the northern part of Texas raised supplies, clothes, food and other items for one school in Dayton, where the principal used social media to help distribute the supplies.
A new version of IBM's Watson is now available to help teachers locate resources from a free library of lessons, teaching strategies and videos. More than 1,000 teachers have tested Teacher Advisor with Watson, which was launched on Wednesday.
A teacher in Texas used Facebook Live to bring lessons to her students when schools were closed following storm Harvey. Shanna Lumpkin used a mobile app to alert parents to the online lessons, which included reading the book "What Do You Do With a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada, which she had planned to read to students on their first day in the classroom.
Educators should encourage students to become creators of virtual reality -- not just consumers -- asserts Iolani School teacher Michael Fricano. In this blog post, Fricano shares five ways to promote student-led VR-content creation.
Technological improvements and increased availability can make virtual field trips accessible and affordable to schools, Joyce Valenza, assistant professor at Rutgers University, writes in this blog post. She shares descriptions and offers online resources for six virtual field-trip platforms.