Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Getting ready for the New Year and the challenges we face? Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

What's brewing in education technology in 2014?
Bring-your-own-device programs and social media as a teaching and learning tool are among the top 10 trends in education technology expected to make waves into 2014, according to a recent poll of five experts by T.H.E. Journal. Also making the list are iPads and learning analytics. The experts add that desktop computers and electronic portfolios are losing traction. T.H.E. Journal magazine (exclusive preview for SmartBrief subscribers) (12/2013)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

As we move to digital formats in texts, we need to consider what "concepts of print" we as teachers need to teach our students in order to access this new form of print. Here are some reviews of some digital texts. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Google Chromebooks are gaining favor among educators
The Torrance and Redondo Beach school districts in California have taken steps to provide Google Chromebooks for students -- a departure from the highly publicized move in Los Angeles to purchase iPads for students. Officials say the Chromebooks, so-called thin-client devices that resemble mini laptops and operate in the cloud, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for schools nationwide. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/10)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This article examines the changing role of the teacher resulting from the use of technology in the classroom. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

How the role of the teacher is changing in a high-tech world
Technology increasingly is changing the way students learn, and changing the role of the teacher "to give students what technology can't -- motivation, respect, empathy, and passion," said author-educator Marc Prensky, who made a presentation at a recent conference on learning and the brain. Education-technology expert Will Richardson also said at the conference that educators must be "learners first, teachers second." Education Week Teacher/Teaching Now blog (11/16)Bookmark and Share