“ The abundance of online educational tools available is truly amazing. There are so many ways for lead learners to increase meaningful face time with students and staff. In particular, flipping the ...”
Via D Fowler
“ Should technology change be an evolution or a big bang? June Garwin, Director of Information Technology at West Chester Area School District, outlines factors to consider when making this decision.”
Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
“ Teaching is both craft and profession -- and more.” Thus teaching is a deeply social and emotional activity. You have to know your students and be able to read them quickly, and from that reading make decisions to slow down or speed up, stay with a point or return to it later, connect one student’s comment to another’s. Simultaneously, you are assessing on the fly Susie’s silence, Pedro’s slump, Janelle’s uncharacteristic aggressiveness. Students are, to varying degrees, also learning from each other, learning all kinds of things, from how to carry oneself to how to multiply mixed numbers. How teachers draw on this dynamic interaction varies depending on their personal style, the way they organize their rooms, and so on—but it is an ever-present part of the work they do.
Via Gust MEES
"SmartBrief on EdTech recently polled readers about the types of resources they find useful in developing curriculum for their students. Online resources were a top choice for educators involved in curriculum development, with more than 80% of respondents saying they find these the most helpful. The poll results also showed that online resources are being used to develop curriculum for students fairly equally across core subjects with just over 5% of respondents saying they use them for developing noncore-subject curricula."
“Maximize the use of educational technology by combining it with a powerful educational vision to transform every aspect of your school.”Jim Lerman's insight:Chris Lehmann, Founding Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia gives an inspiring presentation on how to move a school from good to great at the 2013 ISTE convention.
Via Jim Lerman
This issue brings together five rather diverse papers focusing on the use of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies in an effort to engage learners. Two of the papers deal with messaging or response systems used by students in higher education, two papers deal with the use of (mobile) social media for professional development of teachers, and the final paper builds a theoretical model for Web 2.0-based workplace learning.
Via Steven Verjans, thomcochrane, Edith Irizarry
“ There’s not exactly an app for it, but according to researchers the iPad can actually help some students learn science. The tablet computer apparently helps students better grasp some nuances of science better than traditional classroom instruction.”
Via Gordon Shupe
“ It would seem Robert J. Moreau, a computer animation teacher who struggled for grants to set up a lab, would be among the first to applaud the $1-billion iPad program in the Los Angeles Unified School District .”
Via Sam Gliksman
“ The past decade has seen many tech innovations when it comes to being social, gaming or even learning, and a truly life-altering advancement —until now is ‘E-learning.’ It is revolutionizing the way learners interact, for better and worse.”
Via Rapid E-Learning, Edith Irizarry
“ In the first instalment of a new series looking at technology in the classroom, teacher Siobhan Buchanan explains how this behaviour management tool can engage hard-to-reach students”
Via John Evans, WebTeachers