Saturday, March 18, 2017

Whether to teach code or not is a huge issue in school technology curriculum right now. Here is a free option for grades 7-9. A practical option. Courtesy of ASCD SmatBrief. to offer computer-science course to offer computer-science course
(Pixabay) is expected to release "CS Discoveries," a free, introductory computer-science course for seventh- through ninth-grade students. A pilot program will launch in the spring and include professional development for teachers.
T.H.E. Journal (3/16)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A good review of how to best implement Khan to help your students. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Khan: Making mastery learning more accessible
Khan: Making mastery learning more accessible
Technology can help educators make making mastery learning more accessible to students, Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, writes in this commentary. He notes that technology is "not a panacea," but rather a tool for achieving this goal.
EdSurge (12/28)  Bookmark and Share

Thursday, February 9, 2017

With the renewed focus on technology, here are some good ideas for implementation. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Tips to help a digital rollout go smoothly
School staff and the community should be prepared in advance for the implementation of digital initiatives, writes Kristina Mattis, executive director of digital learning and enablement for the San Francisco Unified School District. In this blog post, she shares tips for digital implementation, such as having a clear rollout strategy.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Here's a great post with 7 strategies, on how to use technology to personalize learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Strategies for personalized, tech-rich learning
7 ideas for personalized, tech-rich learning
Superintendent Philip Hickman in a recent podcast shared his commitment to personalized learning opportunities in technology-rich environments. In a field guide, he offers seven strategies for providing such opportunities.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (1/30)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Here are some ideas on building student /teacher engagement with technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

5 steps to boost computer science engagement
5 steps to boost computer science engagement
How can states boost student interest in computer science and careers in computing? The Southern Regional Education Board has published recommendations focused, in part, on expanding interest among typically underrepresented student groups, such as girls and minorities. (12/19) 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Here is a great opportunity for professional development. Courtesy of edublogs. Enjoy.


Our New Year's Resolution...

The Edublogs Weekly Blogging Club

Let's make blogging part of your professional and personal growth in 2017!

Starting the first week of 2017, we will be sending out a weekly blogging prompt to those that join the FREE club. You can see some examples in the announcement post here.

To signup, just enter your contact information, and be sure to let your colleagues and friends know about it.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Here is a practical way to use technology to teach literacy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Reading lessons extend to writing, connecting
Reading lessons extend to writing, connecting
Students in second-grade teacher Erin Blumenthal's class have used mail, email, Twitter and Skype to connect with their favorite authors. In this commentary, Blumenthal highlights the project and its outcomes.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (1/1)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, January 1, 2017

News Literacy Project creates resource for spotting fake news - One of the most important strategies for students to develop when using the internet, is the ability to determine fake news and information. This article is a great resources. Courtesy of ASDC SmartBrief.

Officials with the News Literacy Project has developed an infographic that seeks to help students and teachers detect fake news. Project officials say the resource, Ten Questions For Fake News Detection, was developed in response to educator concerns about how best to address the issue in classes.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (12/29)  

 Be sure to visit the NLP link and sign up for the free news letter.
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Here is a great article with some practical solutions for 3 common classroom challenges. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

3 challenges tech can solve in education
Educators should not view technology as a threat, but instead use it to solve three key challenges, according to a report from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. The report details how technology can help automate some tasks and improve teaching and learning.
T.H.E. Journal (12/12)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Here is some good information to share with parents. Courtesy of Mind/Shift


How Can Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids' Use?
Parents often complain about the excessive time kids spend on their phones, but it turns out, parents are spending nearly half their day on devices. A study by Common Sense Media found that parents are spending 9.5 hours in front of screens doing a variety of activities like texting, social media, checking the weather, etc. But when it comes to their kids (between ages 8 to 18), these parents say they're modeling good media habits. Learn More
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Many atudents now have access to information on the internet, but are not always aware of its validity. This article looks at the issue and suggests some alternatives. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students often fall for fake news, study shows
Students often fall for fake news online, study shows
Teenage students may have difficulty identifying fake news stories on the internet, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Data show 82% of middle-schoolers in the study had trouble deciphering legitimate news from fake news.
The Christian Science Monitor (11/22)  Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here are some practical ideas for using videos for learning. Courtesy of ASCD Smart/Brief

Educator uses video for student-led learning
Social studies teacher Kelly Grotrian in this commentary writes about the promise of video-based questions for engaging students and giving them more control during learning. She discusses a process that involves embedding videos and questions in Google Forms.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Ideas for using TED Talks in class - Here is a great resource not everyone uses. It is free. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Ted-Ed enables educators to incorporate TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube videos into classroom lessons in a variety of ways. Math, science and social studies are among the range of topics available in TED-Ed's public lessons library.
eSchool News (free registration) (11/1) 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ideas for teaching close reading on devices - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Teaching students to use close-reading strategies for digital texts has become
 necessary as more online versions of textbooks, educational materials and state assessments are being used, said Devin Hess of the University of California at Berkeley History-Social Science Project. Strategies include using Google Docs to outline and highlight texts that support students' writing and discussions.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Here is a great opportunity to help evaluate how technology is used in your school. The report is very insightful. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Education Dept. invites schools to test new tool

District- and school-level administrators can test a new tool developed by the US Department of Education to help measure the success of education technology in schools. The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach tool will be available to all schools beginning in January.
The Hechinger Report (11/2)  Bookmark and Share