"I still hear teachers talk about today's kids being tech savvy. They aren't. They are not digitally literate. They are, however, tech fearless so they are willing to try new things and they share and share (often to the point of oversharing), but they also share techniques and tricks they've learned from others or figured out on their own. Still doesn't make them smart about how to use technology."
Video games may not be all bad, and actually could help kids learn about science.
"There is a developing notion of good screen time versus bad screen time," said Osman Rashid, founder and CEO of Galxyz, a game maker in Los Altos, California. "Good screen time" can include using games that make players strategize, analyze and think quickly, he said, while bad screen time generally involves doing something more passive, like watching a video. Do you agree?
Educators are rethinking how school has traditionally worked, questioning everything from school schedules, to how individual disciplines are taught and how success and creativity are measured.
"Teachers at the cutting edge of this work are asking students to use technology to access and synthesize information in the service of finding solutions to multifaceted, complex problems they might encounter in the real world."
“Blogging and publishing online are truly connected to college readiness, as well as lifelong literacy skills in the new economy,” notesDavid Theriault, an english teacher at Huntington Beach Union High School. “[Companies like] Google want to see what people are thinking, how they reflect, how they plan and how they create.”
"More and more schools are approaching learning through digital projects, providing students with daily opportunities to self-publish."
Administrators can create a more connected school culture by modeling Twitter use and encouraging staff to work, play, and learn through the medium.
"Twitter is one of the most powerful tools that you can use for your professional development -- 24/7. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of educators around the world are currently using Twitter to connect, share, and collaborate."
Lifelong learning should play a role in Global Citizenship Education ‘Global citizens’ are more involved in their communities and are aware of the global ties of their actions. Lifelong learning can play a crucial role in Global Citizenship Education to raise awareness of global inequalities, to foster democratic change and to empower citizens worldwide.
The 4,300-student Burlington Community School District in Iowa plans to use body cameras at schools, clipped to the ties and lanyards of its principals and administrators.
The decision to deploy the devices followed an incident in which a Burlington Community School District middle school principal was wrongly accused of kicking a student. Security camera footage later exonerated the administrator, according to the Des Moines Register.
"Homework has undergone a makeover in our school – simply by adding tablets to our teachers’ toolkits. Although the fundamental learning outcomes are the same, teachers have been able to expand their repertoire of homework tasks."
Instructional rigor is a concept we can agree is important, despite the debate about the use of the word itself. Rigor is “creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels; each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels; and each student demonstrates learning at high levels (Blackburn, 2008).” But how does technology relate to rigor? As with any instructional tool, educational technology is critical to increasing rigor in the classroom. There are five ways technology can be used to increase rigor.
While some school officials still fear 'bring-your-own-device' efforts will disrupt learning, others say the eclectic mix of technologies is proving to be effective.
"Administrators and teachers say they're learning to embrace the eclectic jumble of technologies students use, in the belief that taking a flexible approach will benefit not only students' academic development but also classroom instruction."
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