Thursday, October 27, 2016

Using tech to promote classroom discussions - Great idea and very affective. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Some schools are adopting software programs that allow students to show their work and engage in classroom discussions without ever leaving their seats. Programs, such as Pear Deck and Classkick, allow students to project their work from their mobile devices to a screen -- eliminating potential obstacles to classroom discussion and engagement.
The Hechinger Report (10/19)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Should coding meet foreign-language requirements? With our new understanding of how our brains process, we have redefined the definition of language. Here is an interesting article on using coding to fulfill the second language . See what you think? Courtesy of ASCD SmarBrief.

In 2013, 12 states allowed computer science to fulfill a math or science high-school graduation requirement. That number since has risen to 28 states and the District of Columbia, but efforts to pass policies in other states to have computer science count as a foreign language have been met with some resistance.
U.S. News & World Report (10/13)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How teachers use Twitter to build community - A great article with suggestions for the use of Twitter in the classroom. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The possibilities for Twitter in education are endless, according to educators in a Nebraska school district, where they use the hashtag #lubdub -- the sound of a heartbeat -- to connect with a broader community. The educators use Twitter to link students with authors and expand professional learning opportunities.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

A great article that presents ideas to be presented at the White House.  It is an absolute must read regarding computer science literacy!  Courtesy of Mind/Shift.

In high school computer science classrooms, girls and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented. One district in the San Diego area is trying to find a more inclusive path by offering a different kind of computer science class. Art Lopez was one of the first teachers in the country to pilot the new AP Computer Science Principles course and he has worked with district leaders to develop partnerships, train faculty, and recruit students. "We went from teaching zero CS courses five years ago to 42 CS courses throughout our district this year," said Lopez. Learn More
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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)