Sunday, July 24, 2011

New tools for helping students create projects - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

New tools for helping students create projects
Educator Eric Brunsell recommends multimedia tools and resources to help students synthesize information and create projects. He highlights new digital tools that allow students to create video tutorials, podcasts and online posters. Brunsell's blog (7/19)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Another Great Article from e-school news - Survey reveals need for tech skills in college, workforce

July 11th, 2011

Survey reveals need for tech skills in college, workforce

Students say that high schools are not imparting adequate technology education

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Students say they need tech skills for the future, but most high schools don't deliver.
A new survey reinforces the concern that while students must have technology skills to succeed as they enter college and the workforce, their schools are not meeting this important need.
The second annual 21st Century Classroom Report from CDW-G reveals that 94 percent of students said learning and mastering technology skills will improve their educational and career opportunities, and 97 percent of school faculty agreed. But in spite of those results, only 39 percent of students said their high schools meet those technology expectations with technology in the classroom.
Eighty-six percent of students note that they use more technology outside the classroom than inside.  Nearly all surveyed students (94 percent) said they use technology to complete homework assignments, but just 46 percent of faculty said they regularly assign homework that requires the use of technology.
More districts are turning to digital content as an essential part of their classroom instruction. Eleven percent of districts are using digital content as an alternative to traditional print textbooks, and 62 percent of IT staff said their districts are considering using digital content.  Nearly three-quarters of faculty noted that digital content is essential because of its ability to provide faculty and students with better access to updated information.
This year’s survey also found that 64 percent of IT staff said the technology at their high schools is cutting edge or current, up from 41 percent in 2010.

Monday, July 18, 2011

How to Raise a Global Kid

 This article, published in Newsweek, addresses what characteristics a "global child" should possess and what parents can do to help their children.  Take a look and see what you think - do you agree? - do you think it is feasible?

“In this global economy, the line between domestic and international issues is increasingly blurred, with the world’s economies, societies, and people interconnected as never before,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in remarks in the spring of 2010 at the Asia Society in New York. “I am worried that in this interconnected world, our country risks being disconnected from the contributions of other countries and cultures.”

How to Raise a Global Kid 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

eClassroom blog! - Don't Miss It!

Be sure to check out our new eClassroom blog, School Beat with Victoria. In School Beat you'll find all the latest news on resources, curriculum, and mobile technologies, and we encourage you to participate in conversation with your peers on these important topics!