Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here's a post on introducing technology to students. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How should schools approach edtech?

Joseph South, director of educational technology for the US Department of Education, says if he could make one change to how schools use technology, then schools would think of students as "digital creators, not digital consumers." In this interview, he fields six questions about technology in schools.
Chalkbeat/New York (9/14)  Bookmark and Share

Monday, September 12, 2016

Here is a great article on the upcoming changes for technology in the schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

SETDA: Schools should prepare to increase bandwidth

The average school should be prepared to triple its internet bandwidth in the next three years, according to a report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The report also calls on schools to ensure students have equal access to technology outside of school.
T.H.E. Journal (9/8),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/8)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 3, 2016

This looks like a promising app, but needs to be considered carefully before being used in the classroom. Take a look. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

New Facebook video app has some experts concerned
Some experts are concerned about Facebook's new app, called Lifestage, which is aimed at teens. The app lets teens create video profiles and connect with peers at their schools, but some question its lack of privacy settings, including no way to restrict viewing.
BBC (8/22)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is a great book published by Stenhouse. In today's world, we can not think about using technology in our classrooms without addressing the global perspective. This text has great teaching strategies as well as updated and appropriate - K-8 - resources. Enjoy!

Connect your students to the world with Teaching Globally. You'll get specific strategies on how to use children's literature to help students explore their own cultural identities in both ELA and social studies. Includes extensive book recommendations, online resources, and strategies for classroom dialogue. Preview the entire book!
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Here is a great article on how to introduce blogging into your classroom and increase writing across the content areas, courtesy of enews.

6 tips to make the most of student 

By Chris Brantner

June 14th, 2016


Blogging with students can lead to some powerful and unexpected outcomes

Student blogging is one of the best ways to implement writing across all areas of curriculum. From reading response to explanation of math lessons, you can have your students blog in virtually any subject area. And guess what? They’ll like it a lot more than answering multiple choice questions on a worksheet, which will lead to deeper thinking and higher quality work...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

This article has great resources for teachers to use in their classrooms- along with great ideas for using them. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Strategies for using, sharing Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources include public-domain and open-licensed textbooks, lesson plans and other media. Educators can access such materials, modify them and then share the resources with others. This article offers suggestions on where to find OER materials and best practices on using and sharing them. Edudemic (7/27)Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 27, 2015

This Hechinger report takes a close look at the best application of blended learning - with some cauions. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Expert shares pros, cons of blended learning

There is an increasing need for better "curation" of education technology as
educators adopt blended learning programs, according to Shawn Rubin, director of blended learning for the nonprofit Highlander Institute. In this Q&A, Rubin explains the benefits of blended learning, but reminds educators that technology is just a tool -- not a substitute for great teaching. The Hechinger Report (7/9)Bookmark and Share

Friday, July 17, 2015

Here is a great resource on interactive books and how they are impacting reading. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How interactive books are transforming reading

Interactive books
Multimedia online novels, e-books, touchable TV and transmedia are some of the terms used to describe an emerging trend of interactive, clickable books. The medium increased student engagement in a New Jersey elementary school, where the librarian describes the reading experiences as representing "the world the kids are growing up in." The Hechinger Report (7/15)Bookmark and Share

Monday, June 29, 2015

Howard Gardiner is the co-author of this article that explores how apps may impact students' thinking and feeling. It is well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How have mobile apps changed student learning?
mobile apps
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Mobile applications make information available at users' fingertips. Researchers Katie Davis and Howard Gardner theorize that apps may be short-circuiting students' ability to connect and empathize with others as well as undermine creativity. T.H.E. Journal (6/16)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This post has some sound, doable ideas for classroom teachers. The author looks at ways technology has changed the classroom and how to uses this information for the benefit of their children It is not commercial. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

Educator: 6 ways tech has transformed learning
Technology is an essential part of teaching and learning in many schools, educator Starr Sackstein writes. In this blog post, she shares six ways technology has transformed instruction. "Teachers and students need to experiment until they find the tech that works for them," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (5/18)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This report cuts right to the heart of what works and what doesn't work in the classroom to help students meet their learning goals. Many classrooms have evolved away from the "canned programs" for everyone and are beginning to differentiate as suggested in this article. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Report: 5 essential components of personalized learning
A recent report highlights how to use technology to support personalized learning goals. The report is based on findings from a recent summit held by North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The report identifies five essential ingredients for personalized learning. T.H.E. Journal (5/26)Bookmark and Share