Thursday, February 26, 2015

I am posting this here because it addresses the opportunities the digital world has offered for literacy strategies. Note these texts are free. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Texas district to use free digital texts for STEM
Educators in a Texas school district are learning how to use teacher-developed digital textbooks in their lessons. The free resources from the CK-12 Foundation allow educators to customize the texts for their individual class needs. The district expects full rollout this fall. eSchool News (free registration) (2/18)Bookmark and Share

Friday, February 20, 2015

This article poses the question of when blended learning should start. It considers several important points. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Should blended learning begin in early grades?
Early-grades students are using a combination of technology and traditional classroom instruction in some California schools as blended-learning practices expand beyond high school and middle school. Supporters say blended learning helps teach technology skills and engages students. Others question its use at an early age. EdSourceBookmark and Share

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A new source for teachers (TeacherGaming) to help align video games with the CCSS. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

How some educators use Minecraft

Minecraft is making inroads in classrooms, with some educators using MinecraftEdu to meet Common Core State Standards. Others are working to expand the use of the video game to more classrooms. One former educator recently launched TeacherGaming, which aims to align the game with educators' needs. The Atlantic online (2/6)Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Here is an interesting thought for those of us in cold climates!!! Coutesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Tech helps turn snow days into e-learning days
Educators in an Indiana school district are using technology to help bridge the learning gap during snow days. Devices are available for students to take home if they do not have a computer. During a recent string of snow days, Superintendent Ralph Walker said they had 100% student participation on the first day, but the number had dropped to 55% by the fourth day. National Public Radio/All Tech Considered (2/2)Bookmark and Share