Monday, December 24, 2012

A great articl talking about the shift to independent thinking and reasoning - in line with the common core!

Technology requires shift in teaching
Technological advances now have devices performing our work for us, such as translating English into other languages, prompting author and educator Will Richardson to ask what students really need to know when they leave school. Richardson writes that rather than focusing on providing students with knowledge, educators should instead focus on teaching independent reasoning and thinking. District Administration magazine

Monday, December 3, 2012

What is the correct way to use classroom technology? - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

When it comes to using technology in the classroom, there is a right way and a wrong way, writes high-school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano. In this blog post, he writes that the wrong way is to consider how to build a lesson around technology. Instead, he writes, educators should build their lesson plans and then consider how technology could be added to help reach learning goals. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/29)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Student engagement, communication improve after laptop rollout

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  • Here is a great article on how laptops can improve student success using the 21st century skills...including communication.

  • A Minnesota school distributed 235 MacBook Airs to seventh- and eighth-grade students in September, and educators say the technology already has improved instruction. Students say they use the devices daily and use digital copies of their textbooks. The laptop program, which is expected to be expanded, has improved communication among teachers and students, and helped keep students more engaged. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Survey: Technology has shortened students' attention spans - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

The implications of teaching older students how to focus an sustain focused attention, must be identified.
Two-thirds of middle- and high-school teachers surveyed said they believe digital technology has created a generation of students who are easily distracted and have short attention spans. Research has shown that students' distractions are primarily rooted in technology, including texting and logging into Facebook. Researchers working with students found that if the students check Facebook once in a 15-minute study period, they are more likely to have lower grades than their peers. eCampus News (free registration) (11/13)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

What teachers should know about Facebook - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • I have posted a number of articles on facebook and  have created several facebook pages myself to for staff development.  Teachers in today's classrooms really need to think about using this medium.  The literacy demanded to use this media is different from the traditional strategies.  I encourage teachers to at least experience the medium.

  • The writer of this article offers some tips for teachers considering using Facebook in lessons or to communicate with students and others. In some cases, teachers are using Facebook groups or creating separate accounts for professional use -- rather than their personal pages -- and they are reminded to set clear guidelines for the use of social media with students. Mashable (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, November 2, 2012

Excellen Article - We need to find an answer - this is a viable approach!

  • Power up! On board with BYOD
    Educational Leadership's new Power Up! column by school media and technology director Doug Johnson shines a spotlight on the technology trends and tools most relevant to school leaders. The October feature delves into Bring Your Own Device plans, which have been gaining acceptance and popularity. Explaining why banning student-owned technologies or letting individual teachers make their own rules is no longer a viable option, Johnson walks readers through key steps to setting up a successful BYOD initiative. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Monday, October 29, 2012

Apple touts educational uses for new iPad Mini - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new iPad Mini, in part, by pointing out its benefits for classroom instruction. The devices cost $329 for a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet -- less than earlier versions of the iPad, which have been popular among schools and are considered the "gold standard" among some educators. On Twitter, however, reaction to the iPad Mini was mixed, with one user posting that the smaller devices do not meet requirements for assessments under the Common Core State Standards. Education Week/Marketplace K-12 (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Amazon launches Kindle-management service for schools - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • This is  a great step for many schools who are being crushed by their reduced budget!!  Well worth the time it takes to read it.
    Amazon unveiled Whispercast, a service that lets schools manage a fleet of Kindle tablets and e-readers from one website. The service is part of the company's push to get the Kindle into more classrooms. It lets educators set up and monitor students' user accounts and limit what students can do with the device, the company said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/Reuters (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Teaching with the Library of Congress - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

The Library of Congress makes millions of primary-source documents available online and runs a blog that helps educators adopt those assets for classroom use. A recent Inservice post highlights interesting resources featured in the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. They range from an app based on Aesop's fables to newspaper articles about the Titanic tragedy. Read on.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ga. partners with Microsoft on high-school program - Great Idea! - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

Georgia is joining five other states to offer a Microsoft IT Academy program in high schools. Students will get hands-on technology training and certification opportunities through the partnership with Microsoft. John Barge, superintendent of schools in Georgia, said the goal is to "produce a technology-savvy workforce." T.H.E. Journal

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Does technology aid literacy education? - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

Educators who are urging more technology use in schools should consider how it can be used to close literacy gaps, education professor Venus E. Evans-Winters writes in this blog post. "How can we seriously discuss and advocate for an increase in technology in education without first acknowledging that we have a growing population of citizens who are not even able to read a Google page for information or able to decipher media propaganda from legitimate news sources?" Evans-Winters writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/19

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Middle school uses iPads to offer differentiated instruction - Courtesy of ASCD

Differentiated instruction made easier with technology. 
Sixth-graders at Hazelbrook Middle School in Tualatin, Ore., this year will be using iPads in language arts lessons as part of an effort to close the racial achievement gap, while also tailoring lessons to student needs. Teachers say they plan to use the iBooks Author application to have students create stories. The iPads will be synced together and linked with sixth-grade learning specialist Rory Moore's laptop, so he can offer immediate and custom feedback to each child. The Oregonian (Portland) (9/4)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

IPads bring changes to a Wis. high school - Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

IPads are the new way to go!!  Many new apps!  Here is are some ideas for math.

Students at a Wisconsin high school are using iPads this year in their classes, including in geometry, where teachers say the device offers several tools that will help students succeed. The tools include a math glossary and reference site, as well as an application that allows students to take photos of math formulas she posts on the classroom board. While students will continue to turn in their homework on paper, they are expected to take about half of their tests using the iPad. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.)

Monday, August 27, 2012

What do studies show about school tech initiatives?Courtesy of ASCD

U.S. classrooms are entering the age of "personalized digital learning," James Marshall Crotty writes in this blog post. Schools are scrambling to implement one-to-one laptop or tablet programs, add interactive whiteboards and train teachers in education-technology use, while major educational publishers have come out with new digital programs and content that personalize instruction and assessment. Although some studies indicate those efforts produce more engaged students, Crotty writes, it is unclear where credit belongs: technology or other factors, such as improved teacher training. Forbes (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story