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In the News: Five Web Tools to Help Teach Bloom's Taxonomy

Wow, October is already here; the school year is flying.

Banned Book Week is kicking off the new month, offering a chance for classroom conversations about freedom of speech and censorship. Last Friday, Edutopia took a quick look at some censored books in a great Five-Minute Film Festival, which rounded up some of the best Banned Book videos from around the Web.

Elsewhere, tech integration made the headlines quite a bit last week -- including a story about the importance of tech learning, a teacher's look at using online discussions, and a list of recent education buzzwords. Here are some of the stories that jumped to the top of the education conversation.

Five Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking

Here, Susan Brooks-Young of THE Journal highlights five Web 2.0 tools that can be used to help students develop higher order thinking skills. The article touches on podcasting, video and audio production, and photography and offers some applicable ideas for every classroom. (THE Journal)

Giving Every Student a Voice Through Online Discussion

Author and teacher Catlin R. Tucker offers a first-person account of how the Web helped shift discussions in her class. Starting conversations online, Tucker writes, helped engage students, and in turn, made classroom discussions more robust with more students participating. (Education Week)

Movie Review: 'Won't Back Down'

There was a slew of negative reviews before the Friday opening of "Won't Back Down," a controversial anti-union film funded by conservative billionaire Phillip Anschutz. In this review, author Elizabeth Weitzman makes it clear she won't get into the politics, but notes she's "firmly against heavy-handed lectures disguised as art." The movie's theme of parent trigger laws being the magic fix for U.S. educational woes also didn't resonate with audiences, as the movie took in just $2.6 million. (New York Daily News)

Should Kids Learn to Code in Grade School?

With tech careers expected to boom in the next decade, author and teacher Sheena Vaidyanathan wonders why something like programming isn't being taught to younger students. The article notes two different programs that teach programming, with links to some of the students' projects. Another piece from the New York Times took a look at an initiative from Microsoft that sends its engineers into classrooms to teach programming. (KQED: MindShift)

In Case You Missed It: Other Quick Hits

Each week, Edutopia curates some of the most interesting education news from around the Web. We'd love your help! Let us know of any must-reads we missed in the comments, or you can contact me on Twitter (@EducationMatt).

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Monica Burns's picture
Monica Burns
Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com
Blogger 2014

There are lots of iPad apps that promote higher level thinking, where students become creators and evaluators. Screenchomp is one app I love! I share my experiences using iPads in my classroom at: www.ClassTechTips.com

Monica Burns's picture
Monica Burns
Educator, Consultant, ADE , ClassTechTips.com
Blogger 2014

There are lots of iPad apps that promote higher level thinking, where students become creators and evaluators. Screenchomp is one app I love! I share my experiences using iPads in my classroom at: www.ClassTechTips.com

Jessica's picture
Jessica
I am a mother of 4 and a college student learning teacher education.

Mr. Davis, what an in depth article with technology information for the classroom. I never realized how involved schools are with such topics. We just recently learned of several Ipad applications for the classroom. I especially enjoyed the article by Susan Brooks-Young with 5 tech friendly lessons to encourage higher order thinking. Thank you!

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