There is a long standing belief in business that people performance follows the Bell Curve (also called the Normal Distribution). This belief has been embedded in many business practices: performance appraisals, compensation models, and even how we get graded in school. (Remember "grading by the curve?") Research shows that this statistical model, while easy to [...]
"This BYOD policy allows you to not only bring your portable device — tablet, phone, or laptop — to class, but to use it throughout. It trusts you to use it for the benefit of your education for the short time class meets each week. When using the device in class, just use your common sense, asking “would my professor approve of this use?” I don’t mind the occasional text, but please do not let your device be a distraction. Here are some guidelines for in-class device use.
At a time when budgets are shrinking, school districts are considering BYOD programs to integrate cost-effective technology into their educational programs. It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that lack sufficient technology budgets. BYOD takes advantage of the technology that students already own and are familiar with. However, BYOD programs have been met with some criticism from staff and administrators who believe the challenges outweigh the perceived benefits.
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Khan Academy with Numeric provides one way to bring world-class education into South African classrooms and homes.
Numeric is interested in finding ways to increase access to and usability of Khan Academy in South Africa. If you’ve never heard of Khan Academy, it is an outstanding online learning tool primarily targeted at school level mathematics. You can read more here, or check out their website directly at www.khanacademy.org.
But we’re not only talking about accessibility and usability, we’re putting our money where our mouth is and taking it into the field ourselves! Numeric is piloting Khan Academy in township and rural areas in the Eastern and Western Cape, translating the videos into Xhosa, and providing useful tools for teachers and learners to make this resource more user friendly.
T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.
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