These technologies represent some of the cutting edge tools and trends in education. While some are being implemented now, regular use of others is on the (not to distant) horizon. We’ve scanned the gurus’ lists and found the top technologies that educators need to prepare for in the next one to five years.
"We worry about social media’s impact, but impact' itself doesn’t necessarily mean negative impact. I needed to remind myself that the use of social media by students can either have a positive or negative effect."
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.
With Smartphone cameras, students can maintain archival evidence of their work simply by snapping a picture of the graded assignment and storing it in a designated album on their phones. A picture may not be worth a thousand points in this case, but it might come in handy if there is a discrepancy in the grade book.
While the idea of being or becoming a connected educator is important, as a new teacher, this may seem completely overwhelming. There are resources in abundance for this month of learning, such as the CEM Starter Kit and the Connected Educator Month Calendar. These sites are packed with wonderful information, truly enough to get the head of a new teacher spinning!
'A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development and gives educators the option to participate in their PJs, from the comfort of their own home! It is essentially a chat room, with everyone sharing and talking and hanging out virtually—discussing learning strategies, classroom management techniques, and technology."
"A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development and gives educators the option to participate in their PJs, from the comfort of their own home! It is essentially a chat room, with everyone sharing and talking and hanging out virtually—discussing learning strategies, classroom management techniques, and technology."
"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."
"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."
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