Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
ASCD Smart Brief highlights Passage Middle School In Newport News, Virginia for their school wide use of blogging. We are also following suit in Maine. Please read the article and then post a comment to let us know how your school compares.
Virginia middle school to use student blogs as teaching tool
Passage Middle School in Newport News, Va., will be maintaining class-related blogs written by students and teachers in every classroom. Principal Kipp Rogers hopes the blogs help educators assess student writing assignments. The blogs will be created with Edublog software, which includes content filters. Teachers will view every entry before it is posted and will control who is able to view the blogs. Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (8/24)
If you are thinking about blogging with your students, here is a link to a rubric that I think is excellent.
ASCD Smart Brief highlighted an article in EDUTopia about a new program called the Yes Generation.
Teachers can turn to students for technology tips
Teachers looking for tips on incorporating more classroom technology into lessons might want to turn to their students. A program called Generation YES encourages this practice, and one California teacher said students were able to learn digital story-telling methods and become mentors in the classroom. Edutopia magazine (9/2009)
When I went to the site, I took some time to preview it and found it very promising. It builds on student knowledge of technology and encourages collaboration with the teacher when planning to integrate technology in the classroom. The site has free resources, research, and a variety of paid services for educators. The site claims to have coordinated its work with national technology standards. Quite frankly, I do not know enough about technology to be able to recommend this site unconditionally. However, it looks promising and four Maine schools are listed as reference.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Education Week has published a review of the draft of the new assessment for technological literacy to be used by NAEP. The article was written by Kathleen Kennedy Manzo. It has a copy of the discussion draft embedded in the article and provides an excellent discussion of the purpose of the assessment, the plans to collect data, as well as the limitations of the measurement. Clear and concise. Take a look and let us know what you think.
During the summer, a debate has been brewing regarding the role social networking should or should not play in schools. We know many of our adolescent students use this resource on a regular basis. However, some schools block access to outside resources such as NING, Google, Bebo, Twitter, Facebook - just to mention a few.
The issues involved in this are many and specific to the community - school and geographic - teachers work in . Therefore, I have tried to list a limited number of arguments that I believe are well thought out and presented in the hopes that those of you visiting this blog will read these and share your opinions and experiences. Thanks, Darlene
1.) cnet.com has just published a review of a social network created specifically for teachers. It is called Better Lesson.The purpose of this network is to provide teachers with support - in curriculum, in planning, and in adapting to their roles. As, Erin Osborn, field director for Better Lesson said, "We want people to stay teaching longer than two years." This article outlines many of the positive aspects teacher site for using social networking in their classrooms.
2.) Most Faculty Don't Use Twitter, Study Reveals is an article written by David Nagel and published on Campus Technology. This article reviews the study of higher level teachers and explores the pros and cons teachers site for their choices regarding the use of social networking online. I think this is a well written summary of the opposing views existing in education today.
Take a look and tell us what you think:)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Final Report Published by the U.S. Department of Education titled:
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in
A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies
Although various sections of this report have been made available over the last few months, the entire document is now available including summaries of key sections. A must read for educators considering technology use in their classrooms.
Go to our site, The Maine Literacy and Technology Pilot, click on final report on online learning under attachments, and download your free copy of the report to share with your colleagues.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Read Write Web published an article based on Norton's survey of students' online search habits.
Norton generated the survey results as follows.
"Between February 2009 and July 2009, Symantec tracked a total of 3.5 million searches that were submitted by users of their OnlineFamily.Norton service. The list of search terms was ranked from those submitted most frequently to those submitted the least. In order to be included in the list of kids’ top search terms, a search term had to have been submitted at least 50 times by registered users of OnlineFamily.Norton."
Take a look and see the patterns of many of your students when using the internet. It is interesting to see the parallel between poor reading habits and our struggling students on the internet.
Draft of National Technological-Literacy Test Released
A draft of proposed national technological-literacy exams has been released by the National Assessment Governing Board. The computer-based test, which will be given to a sample of students in fourth, eighth and 12th grades in 2012, will gauge students' ability to use and communicate with technology as well as their understanding of technology's advantages and drawbacks. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (8/11)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Teachers First is a nonprofit organization that was formed to explore use of technology in the classroom. The founder is an experienced teacher and the suggestions she offers are well thought out, practical (that is to say doable), and support students' learning.
The company offers a free newsletter delivered by e-mail. The majority of the sites are free. Here is an example of their work. The Problem Site
If you want to sign up go to: Teachers First
There are some great first days activities as well.
Good luck preparing for your students and enjoy!
Monday, August 3, 2009
"The goal of this technology in the classroom is not to create smoke and mirrors," said John Hamstra, principal, "but to assist with instruction and to allow our Junior School students access to the necessary skills to compete in a 21st Century global economy."
"Our kids need to be moving forward; technology doesn't stand still just because you can't afford it," Lisa Gross, Kentucky's education cabinet spokeswoman.
Here is a recent article from the Cincinnati Enquirer. Take a minute to read it and think about how you might support technology in your school.
Schools Step Up Technology Curriculum
If you have any ideas or experience in this area, please post them under comments.