Saturday, January 28, 2012

Should blogs be used to replace the traditional term paper?


  • Here is a great article on the use of blogging - its full potential for the 21st century student. 
    More educators in the U.S. are replacing traditional academic research papers with blogs as a vehicle for teaching writing to students. Advocates of the method, including Duke University English Professor Cathy N. Davidson, argue that the medium is more fun and engaging for students. But critics defend the traditional term paper, saying it requires more student reading and is a better tool for teaching students critical-thinking and other important skills needed in the job market. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Some Idaho districts upgrade technology for young students

  • States are beginning to look at introducing technology earlier.  Take a look:) - Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief.
    Some Idaho school districts are purchasing new iPads, laptops and desktop computers for young students using $13 million set aside for technology upgrades in 2011. A statewide initiative to distribute laptops to all high-school students and teachers is in the works, but some schools say purchasing the devices now for younger students will better prepare them for high school. Idaho State Journal (Pocatello)/The Associated Press (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, January 13, 2012

Google launches 2012 Global Science Fair

  • Great opportunity for your students to share globally.
    Google once again is calling on students ages 13 to 18 to participate in an online science fair. The 2012 Global Science Fair, which follows last year's inaugural event, challenges students to submit projects that will be judged by a panel of scientists and researchers. This year, submissions will be accepted in 13 languages. Judges will select 90 regional finalists in keeping with the company's goal of "guaranteeing more global coverage," Google Science Fair judge Maggie Johnson said. KQED.org (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Here's what you can expect in 2012 from education technology - courtesy of ASCD

  • Great article on mobile device use in the classroom.  Such use will provide a high level of engagement, but will also require many schools to change their policy regarding use of mobile devices in school.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

  • The use of mobile phones and other mobile devices, including those owned by students, is expected to be an increasing trend in education technology for 2012, says education writer Audrey Watters. Other growing trends include the use of data to improve teaching and learning, and instruction based on the principles of gaming. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Exciting News! from our Sister Blog - Guided Inquiry.

For more information, please go to Guided Inquiry in the 21st Century.

We have begun to work on our project with the Sinarmas World Academy.  

Alison Prescott,


  Jane Ross, 



 and myself skyped on Tuesday night - 8pm here, 8 am there.




This was our first step towards planning collaborative projects between Alison's first grade in Winthrop, Maine and a first grade in Jakarta, Indonesia. 


Stay tuned!!!  More to come after Christmas break.