Thursday, March 21, 2013

ASCD SmartBrief Special Report:


Technology-rich learning (Part II)
From e-readers and iPads in kindergarten to students chatting via Skype, from teachers and students posting their own blogs to solving problems by creating applications -- technology is fueling our future.

In Part II of this special report, we examine student-centered teaching methods, such as the flipped classroom, and the efforts states, districts and schools are making to build the infrastructure needed to support technology-rich learning.

In case you missed it,
Part I of this report, which was published Tuesday, looked at how technology is being used in schools and on some applications and websites, such as Skype, that frequent the modern classroom.

Also in this special report, we offer a collection of links to ASCD resources.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Schools find all Internet access is not created equal - courtesy of SmartBrief





Schools nationwide are working to improve their broadband Internet connections as the deadline for online testing under the Common Core State Standards nears and teachers increasingly look to use technology in lessons. While a majority of schools have Internet access, in some cases it is not sufficient to meet the needs of educators or their students, who report slow connections and insufficient capacity. To help improve, some states -- including Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, and Utah -- have launched statewide broadband networks. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, March 2, 2013

High-tech tools are front and center in the classroom - courtesy of Smart Brief


Some teachers in Pennsylvania say part of their job is to keep up with advances in technology and put some of the latest tools to use in the classroom. For example, high-school physics teacher Clyde Qualk recently used an interactive whiteboard and student-produced video during a lesson on acceleration, and biology teacher Jade Leung asked students to use an animation program to create a movie about bacteria. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/25)