Sunday, September 28, 2014

This is a great idea. It helps students "discuss" with ease as well as prioritize their ideas and use of langauge. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Teacher introduces Twitter to class discussions
Students in a ninth-grade English class in Illinois use social media to participate in classroom discussions. Students tweet, retweet and pick favorites of their peers' ideas. Educator Chris Bronke says the method prompts a deeper dialogue in class and allows him to track students' comprehension and engagement online. The Atlantic online (9/15)
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

As we struggle with providing success for all students, we are being challenged to implement differentiation. Here are some options. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Report: How to use technology to serve at-risk students
A report released recently by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education offers five keys to using technology to help at-risk students. Among them, the report suggests setting a goal of establishing a one-to-one technology program and making sure Internet connections are sufficient. T.H.E. Journal (9/10)Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This is an interesting study that may apply to some of your students. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Study: Technology may remove barriers for students with dyslexia
Preliminary research shows that reading on a smartphone or tablet may benefit students with dyslexia, in part, because there are fewer words on the page. Researcher and astrophysicist Matthew Schneps, who also has dyslexia, conducted a study of 100 students with the condition. PBS (9/11)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, September 7, 2014

This is a great article. The approach honors students' visual strengths as well as multiple intelligences. In my opinion this approach has the capability of equalizing education by providing poor schools the opportunity to give their students opportunities - i.e. field trips - they wouldn't normally be able to afford.It is well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.


More teachers engage students with virtual field trips

Students using computers
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In 2013, 25,000 teachers -- a 30% increase over the previous year -- joined Skype in the Classroom. The platform allows educators to bring virtual guest speakers into their classrooms and to take students on virtual field trips. Some educators say the technology offers opportunities for districts to find low-cost ways to engage students in lessons. ABC News (8/28)Bookmark and Share