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