"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
“ via Edudemic If you’re rolling out iPads in the classroom, you need to lay down the law. As a connected educator, you need to come up with a set of guidelines, classroom iPad rules, as well ...”
When technology boomed inside the territories of the global hemisphere, all aspects of human life were vastly affected. Especially, the educational sector brought in huge wonders.
Via L. García Aretio, Edith Irizarry
“ Reading recently through Edutopia's resources on informal learning, I found the distinction between formal and informal learning resonating more strongly now than ever. For a classroom teacher, this”
Via Dr. Gordon Dahlby
"Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it... Take a tour of 50 different views of education that somehow find a similar note: Education must change."
Via Beth Dichter, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
“ 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
The past three weeks I've taught and facilitated lessons for my 4th and 5th grade STEM students on coding using the free iPad app Hopscotch. I created and published a short, FREE eBook ("Hopscotch ...
Via Dr. Joan McGettigan
n this PD series, we address the things teachers most want and need for professional development. Professional development is an important topic–something every educator needs. However, most agree it often misses the mark. However relaxing it might be to sit in an all-day lecture about something someone thinks might interest teachers, those types of professional developments often fail to give us the things we really need. In the first chapter of our PD series, we discussed creating an EdCamp-style participant-directed PD where all members of the school contribute, creating and choosing their own workshops. In our second segment, we discussed matching people up organically, so that partners can share their talents and receive some inspiration from other people–not just teachers, all members of the school community. This week, we’re going to discuss the white elephant in the room. Tech frustration. Many teachers struggle to bring students the type of tech experience they would like because of systemic blocks and bans, or worse, feel embarrassed as students have more access to tech than teachers do. This is the issue that brought me to the tech world myself. Students continually asked the hard questions about why they couldn’t utilize technology such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and why phones were confiscated when students were using them for educational purposes. I wanted to improve my classroom experience and give my students more, but budget was a concern. Tech access is a problem in many schools. There are legitimate reasons–the desire of administrators to protect students from the darker side of the internet, fear of the unknown, lack of wireless capacity and budget difficulties which cause insufficient numbers of computers or the inability to upgrade existing tech. Some educational leaders have overcome these hurdles, but others are still working to get to that space. In the mean time, teachers are frustrated. Many attend professional development on 21st century tools they cannot use. Though many of us take the initiative to train ourselves through Twitter chat PLNs like #edtechchat, EdCamps, and self-created best practice groups, we get frustrated when we get great ideas and return to the classroom unable to use them. Is the situation hopeless? I say, “No!” There are so many things out there that can be done to bring tech to the classroom even if you don’t have tech or money. Learnist was the first thing I found. It enabled me to put together quality, up-to-date materials for students. At first, students did the lessons at home. Students were willing to do the extra work on their own, because they knew I was giving them better material. I called it “an involuntary flip.” Either way, it worked. It raised the quality of my lesson. Then, I got a few classroom computers, so we could work on things together. From there, I found other tools and tech strategies that helped students–most without spending a dime. I’m no expert–I’m a ninja. I piece together the tech I need to thrive. You can, too.
Via Edumorfosis, Edith Irizarry
“ "SAMR, a model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning, was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.. The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and...”
Via Karen Stadler