When I sit down to write this blog I go back through a folder of ideas, surf popular sites and look through my email. Yesterday, NE Coordinator Julie Kuhn sent us all an article from EdSurge called, “Eyes Don’t Lie: A New Way to Use Gaze Tracking in the Classroom” The article details the premise of two studies by Lucia Mason of the University of Padova. In this research, eye tracking technology is used to track the reading of accomplished readers and then played back to train struggling readers. Grad Students were used as accomplished readers and the amount of time they spent on specific phrases and concepts while reading was the information being sought. This article brought to mind a couple of topics I would like to address as well as one of my favorite quotes, from one of my favorite guys, Bill Nye, Science Guy and CEO of the Planetary Society.
New Look +
As you may have noticed, the Rapid Fire Blog has a new look. As of July, it will begin having some new authors. All of the PATINS Coordinators will be taking turns writing. It will still be published weekly, but with several different minds taking on the task of publishing information relevant to it’s readers. Stay tuned, this is the start of something BIG!
Wait times for popular items
We never know what equipment teachers are going to want to try with students. One of the more popular items for the PATINS Library has been eye tracking technology, or eye gaze technology. At times these devices are waitlisted for 6 to 12 weeks. When you find yourself at the long end of the waiting list, please take this time to connect with your Regional Coordinator. We may be able to come up with a different solution or find a different device that will satisfy your needs.
App of the Week!
This is a fun science discovery app. As we look to summer and finding good apps that help children explore the world around them. This one would be on my list. Also, the original TV series videos can be found on NetFlix and in less accessible forms on YouTube.