Saturday, November 29, 2014

Here is a great article that raises some crucial questions. Instead of spending millions on a common curruculum, I suggest, we may want to look at making technology - the 21st century - available to all. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students' digital divide is drawn along economic lines
The digital divide among students has its roots in the socioeconomic divide, asserts Jordan Shapiro, who teaches at Temple University. In this commentary, he writes that many students are lagging behind because they do not have the same access to technology as their peers. The Hechinger Report (11/19)Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Many of these games are a form of individualized learning. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Survey: More educators use digital games
A growing number of teachers are incorporating digital games into classroom lessons, according to a recent survey. An Illinois middle-school teacher profiled in this article introduces global history through the use of digital games that allow students to build their own civilizations. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (11/7)Bookmark and Share

Friday, November 14, 2014

Calif. district installs high-tech kiosks
A California school district plans to install 90 touch-screen kiosks in December that will act as high-tech bulletin boards, displaying information and photos, and that enhance security by notifying police if a gunshot is detected in the building. The company, SkoolLive, plans to install 1,500 of the free kiosks in schools nationwide before the start of the next school year. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (11/9)

Friday, November 7, 2014

I am posting this because I think it is a great idea especially here in Maine. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How technology can keep students learning on snow days
Many states are establishing protocols for using online learning to keep students engaged when school is closed because of inclement weather. Some school districts in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia already have policies permitting the practice. District Administration magazine online (11/4)Bookmark and Share