Saturday, January 26, 2013

Poll: Classroom technology to be a key issue in 2013 - courtesy of ASCDSmartBrief

In this blog post, SmartBrief on EdTech Editor Katharine Haber shares the results of a recent poll in which readers predicted developments in education technology in 2013. The most significant issue this year is expected to be technology in the classroom, according to 33.88% of respondents. A majority also said teachers use technology tools as part of classroom lessons, and 40% of readers said applications and games have been most effective in engaging students. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/18)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ohio district shifts to a comprehensive education-technology model - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

This is a great article for those of us in Maine to think about in our schools!

Educators and officials in an Ohio school district are taking full advantage of technology in the classroom and in communication with parents and the community. Besides investing in classroom technology, the district has sought to adopt more "comprehensive technology," in which students and teachers have access to iPads, iPod Touches and AppleTV, among other devices, and technology is integrated into instruction, homework and other aspects of school. The approach aims to improve student success and bolster support and accountability. District Administration magazine (1/2013)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Using technology to help students apply what they've learned - courtesy of SmartBrief

Here is a great article that helps us to think about refining our use of technology in the classroom.

There are digital tools that can help achieve the goal of educational transfer, writes Kristen Swanson, an education consultant. Educational transfer occurs when students are able to use what they've learned in the classroom in new, real-life situations, she writes in this blog post. She also offers three goals for the new year, including the use of less text when designing and consuming multimedia. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 tips for districts transitioning to 21st-century learning - courtesy of SmarBrief

  • A great article with sound advice.  Enjoy!!
    Veteran educator and consultant Jonathan P. Costa Sr. in this commentary shares five strategies to help districts transition to a bring-your-own-device and digital-learning ­environment. He suggests avoiding surprises by engaging parents before BYOD programs are enacted. He also recommends developing infrastructure beforehand, not being bound to the "right device," not letting small issues detract from the end goal and starting the process now. EdTech magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

IPads can inspire changes in teaching, learning Courtesy of SmartBrief

A great article to help us think about how to reach all students and allow them to collaborate!

The iPad has transformed the learning experience for many students who struggle in other settings, writes Ben Johnson, an education consultant, online teacher and learning coach. In this blog post, Johnson shares inspirational stories of students who have benefited from using iPads in the classroom, including typically nonparticipating high-school students who actively take part in online discussions and a student with a short attention span who diligently worked on a task on the device. Johnson's blog (12/10)