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September 19, 2017
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Teachers use Skype to show students the world
Teachers use Skype to show students the world
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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.
EdTech online (9/14) 
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Educators use social media to aid Texas schools, families
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.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (9/18) 
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IBM launches free Teacher Advisor with Watson
IBM launches free Teacher Advisor with Watson
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.
EdSurge (9/13),  Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model) (9/13),  T.H.E. Journal (9/13) 
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Connecting Classrooms
Facebook Live brings lessons to students during Harvey
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.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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Tech Tools & Trends
How students can drive VR-content creation
How students can drive VR-content creation
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.
SmartBrief/Education (9/14) 
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Educator shares resources for virtual field trips
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.
School Library Journal (9/16) 
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