"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted a detailed guide http://ow.ly/kHCyW to everything teachers need to know about digital portfolios. Today, I am adding some web tools that are really wonderful for creating digital portfolios. Check them out below and let me know what you think."
Each back-to-school season sees a new bunch of kids leave their homes with a first phone in hand. These devices are a big responsibility for both the kids and their parents. Kids need to learn everything from what happens to a phone bill when you stream digital video on the bus ride to and from school, to digital etiquette—when it's inappropriate to use a phone and just how lasting a seemingly fleeting, maybe not-so-nice message can be.
Parents need to set boundaries, rules and talk to their kids about what their own role is. If a parent plans to track the device, or read a kid's messages online, to ensure their safety, those are good things to discuss in advance. But first, there's the matter of data or talk-and-text-only? Feature phone or smartphone? Prepaid or family plan? Below, we've gathered some data, and some advice, to help ease the transition for all parties. "I'm trying to think about it all in the same way I'm going to think about buying [my teenager] a car in the future," said Ken Hyers, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics and a father of two. "It's a real learning process for me, but it's training for what's to come." Click headline to view the slideshow--
You will be happy to hear that no disaster has accompanied the release this week of Diane Ravitch’s second book, Reign of Error. Perhaps the sentiments contained in it (and in her article this week) are not yet sufficiently milquetoast to secure her general favor, but her outcry is worth the read. ● The common core, which impacts most students this school year, is now a battleground. Two articles, one by E.D. Hirsch Jr., will get you up to speed...
You entrust us with your children for the school year and we are honored. But the relationship is not one-way. A generous, thoughtful and trusting collaboration between home and school is the best way to achieve the school year you are hoping for.
The iPad mini's dual speakers, placed on the bottom edge, sounded louder and richer than the Nexus 7's dual speakers on the lower back and bar on the top back. We measured the decibel output at 13 inches (the distance ...
Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies.
So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness.”"
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"Mobile devices today are introducing exciting new possibilities when it comes to digital learning. For-profit Corporations are jumping on board, but the educational industry is largely leading the way for innovation in this space."
These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.
As more school districts consider 1:1 initiatives, they are faced with the decision of which device to roll out. Chromebooks and iPads are two popular choices, but instead of choosing between them, some innovative school districts are deploying both.