Saturday, February 22, 2014

Here are some great ideas as we move forward with technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Teachers tap social media for authentic learning experiences
Educators and advocates say schools increasingly are adapting to new technology and now are beginning to use social media, such as Skype and Twitter, in innovative ways to create authentic learning experiences for students. In one example, a second-grade teacher used Twitter to help students practice their writing, including proper use of grammar and punctuation. Educators are cautioned, however, to ensure social media use is private, education-oriented and secure. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Winter 2014)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Here is an excellent overview of two successful models of blended learning. Take from it what apllies to you. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

A virtual educator on what it takes to implement online, blended learning
Online and blended learning requires a lot of work and dedication from teachers, but when implemented correctly can have positive results for students and staff, according to Julie Young, who recently announced her retirement as president and CEO of Florida Virtual School. Young highlights two different models in use in Florida, including one in Palm Beach County where instruction is delivered in-person as well as virtually and where the school's physical environment has been transformed. T.H.E. Journal (2/11)Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What a great idea!! I am wondering about its application to content areas. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

S.D. teachers establish Facebook pages to communicate with parents
First-grade teachers at a South Dakota elementary school say they have received positive responses to a pilot program in which the teachers create class Facebook pages to communicate with parents. Teachers, who are the only ones able to post information to the page, say they share photos and other information that allows parents to keep tabs on what their children are learning. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.)/Hot Springs Star (1/28)Bookmark and Share