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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

iPads seem to be the new way to go in classrooms. Here is an article that will help those of you who are brave enough to try with your students. Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief.

What you need to know about using iPads in the classroom
Before using iPads in the classroom, there are a few seemingly little things you'll want to know and address before your students arrive. You'll need to answers questions from "How many devices can share an Apple ID?" and "What apps should be installed" to "What are some simple ways to get started?" Jeff Dunn in this blog post answers these and other common questions that educators ask on this subject. Edudemic

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kan. teachers prepare to implement iPads - Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

Here is a great article on possible uses in the classroom for ipads - k to 12.  Enjoy!!

Teachers in Abilene, Kan., have been spending the summer learning how to incorporate iPads into their classroom instruction following the district's decision to purchase an iPad for every student in second through 12th grades. The teachers are learning how to use iPad applications to individualize instruction and how to engage students through subject-specific lesson plans. For example, a social studies student might demonstrate an understanding of a subject by downloading and labeling photos, while literature students can read ebooks with word definitions available at their fingertips. The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle (Kan.)