Thursday, July 30, 2015

This article has great resources for teachers to use in their classrooms- along with great ideas for using them. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Strategies for using, sharing Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources include public-domain and open-licensed textbooks, lesson plans and other media. Educators can access such materials, modify them and then share the resources with others. This article offers suggestions on where to find OER materials and best practices on using and sharing them. Edudemic (7/27)Bookmark and Share

Monday, July 27, 2015

This Hechinger report takes a close look at the best application of blended learning - with some cauions. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Expert shares pros, cons of blended learning

There is an increasing need for better "curation" of education technology as
educators adopt blended learning programs, according to Shawn Rubin, director of blended learning for the nonprofit Highlander Institute. In this Q&A, Rubin explains the benefits of blended learning, but reminds educators that technology is just a tool -- not a substitute for great teaching. The Hechinger Report (7/9)Bookmark and Share

Friday, July 17, 2015

Here is a great resource on interactive books and how they are impacting reading. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How interactive books are transforming reading

Interactive books
Multimedia online novels, e-books, touchable TV and transmedia are some of the terms used to describe an emerging trend of interactive, clickable books. The medium increased student engagement in a New Jersey elementary school, where the librarian describes the reading experiences as representing "the world the kids are growing up in." The Hechinger Report (7/15)Bookmark and Share

Monday, June 29, 2015

Howard Gardiner is the co-author of this article that explores how apps may impact students' thinking and feeling. It is well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How have mobile apps changed student learning?
mobile apps
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Mobile applications make information available at users' fingertips. Researchers Katie Davis and Howard Gardner theorize that apps may be short-circuiting students' ability to connect and empathize with others as well as undermine creativity. T.H.E. Journal (6/16)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This post has some sound, doable ideas for classroom teachers. The author looks at ways technology has changed the classroom and how to uses this information for the benefit of their children It is not commercial. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

Educator: 6 ways tech has transformed learning
Technology is an essential part of teaching and learning in many schools, educator Starr Sackstein writes. In this blog post, she shares six ways technology has transformed instruction. "Teachers and students need to experiment until they find the tech that works for them," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (5/18)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

This report cuts right to the heart of what works and what doesn't work in the classroom to help students meet their learning goals. Many classrooms have evolved away from the "canned programs" for everyone and are beginning to differentiate as suggested in this article. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Report: 5 essential components of personalized learning
A recent report highlights how to use technology to support personalized learning goals. The report is based on findings from a recent summit held by North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. The report identifies five essential ingredients for personalized learning. T.H.E. Journal (5/26)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Here is a discussion by a teacher on how he uses next gen assessments for formative assessment in his classroom. Many school districts are adopting a similar format. This is well thought out with some practical ideas. See if it is a fit. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How next-generation assessments can improve learning
Next-generation assessments can personalize learning and improve instruction, asserts Todd Beach, district curriculum lead at Independent School District 196 in Rosemount, Minn. In this blog post, Beach defines next-generation assessments and describes how the district uses them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (5/7)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here are some great ideas for virtual field trips. With the new global world view our students are bombarded with, this is a great way to help education them about the places that impact their lives. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Tips to use virtual field trips in the classroom

Cairo - The Mother Of The World
(Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)
Virtual field trips tied to the curriculum through guided lessons can engage students in their learning while exploring the world, author Barbara Blackburn writes. In this article, she describes a social studies lesson based on a virtual tour of the Louvre Museum's Egyptian Antiquities exhibit, and offers links to other virtual tours as well as tips for math and language arts classes. MiddleWeb (4/26)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Here is a great new curriculum that answers a number of our questions and address fears/misundertandings as well. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Curriculum aims to help students excel in the digital world
While students today have grown up with technology, many are unsure of how it works behind the scenes and how to use it effectively, teacher Reuben Loewy says. Studies also show that adults have fears about the online world -- including cyberbullying and addiction -- which some say can impede students' learning. To bridge the gap, Loewy has developed a "curriculum for the digital age," Living Online, that features digital lessons. The Atlantic online (4/21)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This guide is for free and covers several major topics. It is well worth the read for all 21st century schools. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Education Department releases educational-technology guide
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced a new, free developer's guide for education technology. The downloadable guide identifies 10 key challenges in education such as family engagement, professional development and assessment creation. The Hechinger Report (4/8)Bookmark and Share