Tuesday, September 27, 2011

YouTube goes live with new channel for teachers

  • Here is a  wonderful new resource for teachers.  Courtesy of  ASCD Smart Brief

  • YouTube on Wednesday launched a new channel designed specifically for teachers that provides tips for educators on how to use the tool in the classroom. The channel also offers a new mailing list, the YouTube Teachers Community, to allow educators to share their own tips and ideas. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Monday, September 12, 2011

More schools embrace social media in the classroom, courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

 While the controversy rages on, one school district decides to use social media for part of their classroom instruction.  The following article, outlines a variety of student and teacher uses.  Take a look and see what might apply to your classrooms. 

More schools embrace social media in the classroom
  • More New Jersey teachers are seeing the academic benefits of social media, using it as part of classroom instruction. The Freehold Regional High School District has its own Twitter account, and several teachers use the tool to post class assignments, communicate with students about their work or encourage more concise writing. "This technology makes it so much easier for teachers to engage students. ... It's taking the school out into the real world," curriculum administrator Jeff Moore said. Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (8/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, September 2, 2011

Here is an article from ASCD Smart Brief.  As I read it, I thought some of the topics the author wanted addressed, were being addressed by common core - but not to the extent she would like to see them. Take a read and see what you think.

  • Preparing students for the 21st century
    Given the ubiquity of the Internet and other digital tools, it's time for parents and educators to embrace technology and change in an "archaic education system," Duke University professor Cathy Davidson says. She suggests schools re-emphasize physical and arts education, end the focus on testing and college preparation, assign projects with real-world ties and teach students to communicate globally with digital tools. "It's time to survey our lives and figure out what works, what doesn't, and how we can make real and practical improvements in our schools ...," she said. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (8/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story