Thursday, April 25, 2013

Technology is a must in our schools. Here is one district's plan. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Texas district to invest in one-to-one laptop program
The Houston Independent School District in Texas plans to spend about $10 million to purchase laptops for every high-school student and another $100 million to upgrade the district's infrastructure to support the new technology. Officials say the goal is not merely to teach students core subjects using the technology but also to teach students to use technology responsibly. KUHF-AM/KUHF-FM (Houston) (4/15)
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Does questioning school technology make teachers "technophobes"? - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Here is a great article for teachers as we move towards the 21st century and increase/change our
implementation in technology.
Fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford has questions about using iPads in the classroom and adopting other technology, but fears being labeled a "technophobe." In this commentary, Redford writes about a time in which a group of students played Minecraft on their iPads, rather than complete an assignment. The incident and others like it indicate the need to think critically about the way education technology is used -- examining its benefits and trade-offs -- without fear of being labeled as resistant to change, Redford writes. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (4/15)Bookmark and Share

Monday, April 15, 2013

Here is a great resource from eSCHOOL. It has great information. Enjoy!!

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Seven new iPad apps to know about

Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called “App of the Week,” in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we've featured.
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Monday, April 8, 2013

April 18 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day!! Here are some great ideas courtesy of Choice Literacy.

There are a wealth of possibilities for using technology in poetry instruction. Mary Lee Hahn writes about some of her favorites in Poetry Friday in the Computer Lab:
Shari Frost shares literacy activities and a booklist of anthologies students love in Poetry Possibilities:
Ann Williams explains how she celebrates Poetry All Year Long with her third graders:
30 Poets in 30 Days is back! Each day in April celebrate new poems created by some of your favorite poets especially for children. This is an annual offering from the GottaBook blog:

April 18 is National Poem in Your Pocket Day, a fun way to have students and anyone in the school community carry and share their favorite poems. Details are available at this link:
Poetryclass from The Poetry Society has many free lessons designed by poets who have worked in classrooms available for download:
Franki Sibberson's April online three-week course Becoming a Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher is now SOLD OUT. Thanks so much for your positive response to this webinar series.Bookmark and Share

Here are some great sited provided by Teachers First. These sites are great resources that use technology to support student learning.

Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites, find resources to learn basics, things old, and things new (and some handy tools):
  • Ancient artifacts in 3D
  • Living history and women's history
  • A word search creator and a handy chart site
  • A sophisticated look at environmental impact
  • The human mind
  • Practice with STEM concepts
  • Cybersafety and digital citizenship
  • Financial literacy from very young to teen
  • A cool map tool
  • Create your own MOOC (what is THAT?!)
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Monday, April 1, 2013

New literacies and the common core - courtesy of ASCD and Smart Brief

  • Here is a great article for teachers who are working on implementing the CCSS.

  • "The teachers I have studied take the preparation of students to participate in a wired world seriously, and much of this preparation involves making sure that students are able to navigate new ways of reading and writing," writes associate professor William Kist. This emphasis "fits easily within the Common Core umbrella," Kist explains in a recent Educational Leadership article. He also shares key strategies that can support educators' efforts in this area. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story