Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here is a great post on digital literacy and the actual use in schools! Courtes of ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey: Most schools make digital literacy part of curriculum
Among readers of SmartBrief on EdTech who responded to a recent poll, 97% said digital literacy is part of their curriculum -- usually spread across multiple subjects. About 30% of respondents also reported the integration of special literary events or projects this month, which is National Literacy Month. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (9/26)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 21, 2013

As the use of technology accelerates, teachers need to stay on top of the research regarding its impact on students' learning. Here is a study on special needs readers and technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief. Enjoy

Study: Most students with dyslexia benefit from e-readers
U.S. researchers tested the reading skills of children with dyslexia and found that using electronic readers was associated with greater reading comprehension and speed in most students, compared with traditional paper. However, the study showed that children who had lower "visual attention span" scores comprehended less of what they read on electronic devices. The study was published in the journal PLOS One. CNN/The Chart blog (9/18), (9/18)Bookmark and Share

Friday, September 13, 2013

Here is some information on how to use Goggle Lit Trips to help students understand the settings of various literary characters - fiction and nonfiction. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How Google Earth can help make lessons more relevant
Educators are using Google Earth to make math and reading more relevant to students' lives. One teacher uses the free site, Real World Math, which offers math lessons that include word programs that incorporate downloadable Google Earth maps. Another free site, Google Lit Trips, allows students to use online maps to follow the travels of literary characters. (9/6)


Monday, September 9, 2013

As technology changes, there are exciting new updates and opportunities for new learning. Followig is a article about the new classroom uses. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Technology market opens up more with tablet options for schools
The tablet computer has expanded beyond the iPad, offering officials more choices, including devices made by Intel, Samsung, Google and Amplify. This blog post lists some of the top-rated devices for education with information about their operating systems, applications, screens and examples of classroom uses. blog (9/4)
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