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.)