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

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I am posting these two articles together today because I believe most of us have used technology in very traditiional ways and are ready to step outside of the box and match the technology to our students' needs. The two artcles seemed to me to create that bridge. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How technology can enrich learning
Technology can help enhance creation, consumption, curation and connection in schools, suggests instructional technologist Julie Davis. In this commentary, she writes about the importance of these four C's and how to best strike a balance that meets students' needs. T.H.E. Journal (4/2)

What are the benefits of risk-taking for educators?
Teachers have to risk failure if they are to succeed, asserts digital learning coordinator Jennie Magiera, who closed a recent conference keynote address by asking thousands of teachers to stand up and dance to the "Uptown Funk" song. "Taking a risk is scary, especially when as teachers so often we have so little control over what we do," Magiera said. eSchool News (free registration) (4/1)

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The survey below outlines the process for some of the schools when implementing the 1 to 1 model and other uses of technology. Be sure to check out the link in the article titled full list of the schools. The link provides trends that have proved successful for implementation of technology - 1 to 1, STEM, and E-Learning. Maine has done a great deal of work in this area that has proven successful. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Survey identifies top-performing digital schools in U.S.
School districts in Virginia, Alabama and Maine ranked at the top of a survey by the National School Boards Association and the Center for Digital Education. The 10th annual Digital School Districts Survey rated districts -- in categories based on enrollment -- for making extraordinary use of technology, including one-to-one laptop initiatives, flipped instruction and science, technology, engineering and math curricula. T.H.E. Journal (3/24)
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