Sunday, December 25, 2016

Here is a great article with some practical solutions for 3 common classroom challenges. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

3 challenges tech can solve in education
Educators should not view technology as a threat, but instead use it to solve three key challenges, according to a report from the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. The report details how technology can help automate some tasks and improve teaching and learning.
T.H.E. Journal (12/12)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Here is some good information to share with parents. Courtesy of Mind/Shift


How Can Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids' Use?
Parents often complain about the excessive time kids spend on their phones, but it turns out, parents are spending nearly half their day on devices. A study by Common Sense Media found that parents are spending 9.5 hours in front of screens doing a variety of activities like texting, social media, checking the weather, etc. But when it comes to their kids (between ages 8 to 18), these parents say they're modeling good media habits. Learn More
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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Many atudents now have access to information on the internet, but are not always aware of its validity. This article looks at the issue and suggests some alternatives. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students often fall for fake news, study shows
Students often fall for fake news online, study shows
Teenage students may have difficulty identifying fake news stories on the internet, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Data show 82% of middle-schoolers in the study had trouble deciphering legitimate news from fake news.
The Christian Science Monitor (11/22)  Bookmark and Share

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here are some practical ideas for using videos for learning. Courtesy of ASCD Smart/Brief

Educator uses video for student-led learning
Social studies teacher Kelly Grotrian in this commentary writes about the promise of video-based questions for engaging students and giving them more control during learning. She discusses a process that involves embedding videos and questions in Google Forms.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Ideas for using TED Talks in class - Here is a great resource not everyone uses. It is free. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Ted-Ed enables educators to incorporate TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube videos into classroom lessons in a variety of ways. Math, science and social studies are among the range of topics available in TED-Ed's public lessons library.
eSchool News (free registration) (11/1) 


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ideas for teaching close reading on devices - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Teaching students to use close-reading strategies for digital texts has become
 necessary as more online versions of textbooks, educational materials and state assessments are being used, said Devin Hess of the University of California at Berkeley History-Social Science Project. Strategies include using Google Docs to outline and highlight texts that support students' writing and discussions.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Here is a great opportunity to help evaluate how technology is used in your school. The report is very insightful. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Education Dept. invites schools to test new tool

District- and school-level administrators can test a new tool developed by the US Department of Education to help measure the success of education technology in schools. The Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach tool will be available to all schools beginning in January.
The Hechinger Report (11/2)  Bookmark and Share

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Using tech to promote classroom discussions - Great idea and very affective. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Some schools are adopting software programs that allow students to show their work and engage in classroom discussions without ever leaving their seats. Programs, such as Pear Deck and Classkick, allow students to project their work from their mobile devices to a screen -- eliminating potential obstacles to classroom discussion and engagement.
The Hechinger Report (10/19)  Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Should coding meet foreign-language requirements? With our new understanding of how our brains process, we have redefined the definition of language. Here is an interesting article on using coding to fulfill the second language . See what you think? Courtesy of ASCD SmarBrief.

In 2013, 12 states allowed computer science to fulfill a math or science high-school graduation requirement. That number since has risen to 28 states and the District of Columbia, but efforts to pass policies in other states to have computer science count as a foreign language have been met with some resistance.
U.S. News & World Report (10/13)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How teachers use Twitter to build community - A great article with suggestions for the use of Twitter in the classroom. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The possibilities for Twitter in education are endless, according to educators in a Nebraska school district, where they use the hashtag #lubdub -- the sound of a heartbeat -- to connect with a broader community. The educators use Twitter to link students with authors and expand professional learning opportunities.
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

How to Start and Build an Inclusive Computer Science Program

A great article that presents ideas to be presented at the White House.  It is an absolute must read regarding computer science literacy!  Courtesy of Mind/Shift.

In high school computer science classrooms, girls and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented. One district in the San Diego area is trying to find a more inclusive path by offering a different kind of computer science class. Art Lopez was one of the first teachers in the country to pilot the new AP Computer Science Principles course and he has worked with district leaders to develop partnerships, train faculty, and recruit students. "We went from teaching zero CS courses five years ago to 42 CS courses throughout our district this year," said Lopez. Learn More
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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Here's a post on introducing technology to students. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

How should schools approach edtech?

Joseph South, director of educational technology for the US Department of Education, says if he could make one change to how schools use technology, then schools would think of students as "digital creators, not digital consumers." In this interview, he fields six questions about technology in schools.
Chalkbeat/New York (9/14)  Bookmark and Share

Monday, September 12, 2016

Here is a great article on the upcoming changes for technology in the schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

SETDA: Schools should prepare to increase bandwidth

The average school should be prepared to triple its internet bandwidth in the next three years, according to a report by the State Educational Technology Directors Association. The report also calls on schools to ensure students have equal access to technology outside of school.
T.H.E. Journal (9/8),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/8)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, September 3, 2016

This looks like a promising app, but needs to be considered carefully before being used in the classroom. Take a look. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

New Facebook video app has some experts concerned
Some experts are concerned about Facebook's new app, called Lifestage, which is aimed at teens. The app lets teens create video profiles and connect with peers at their schools, but some question its lack of privacy settings, including no way to restrict viewing.
BBC (8/22)  Bookmark and Share

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This is a great book published by Stenhouse. In today's world, we can not think about using technology in our classrooms without addressing the global perspective. This text has great teaching strategies as well as updated and appropriate - K-8 - resources. Enjoy!

Connect your students to the world with Teaching Globally. You'll get specific strategies on how to use children's literature to help students explore their own cultural identities in both ELA and social studies. Includes extensive book recommendations, online resources, and strategies for classroom dialogue. Preview the entire book!
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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Here is a great article on how to introduce blogging into your classroom and increase writing across the content areas, courtesy of enews.

6 tips to make the most of student 

By Chris Brantner

June 14th, 2016


Blogging with students can lead to some powerful and unexpected outcomes

Student blogging is one of the best ways to implement writing across all areas of curriculum. From reading response to explanation of math lessons, you can have your students blog in virtually any subject area. And guess what? They’ll like it a lot more than answering multiple choice questions on a worksheet, which will lead to deeper thinking and higher quality work...
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