Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't.
Technology isn't a fun extra at my school; it's a voice for dyslexic readers, an essential communication and social device for autistic students, a tool for the dysgraphic, and an organizational must-have for everyone. Is technology in the classroom worth the hype at my school? Absolutely.
With the release of iBooks 2, Apple is trying to turn the education textbook world on its head. Blogger Nick Provenzano explains some important things to consider now that Apple has jumped into the textbook world of education.
Edu-tech innovator Idit Harel Caperton urges us to look at the educational landscape that our growing enthusiasm for the flipped classroom model is actually creating - and how we can make the most of it.
"When districts come to me to talk about developing the policies, I point to the work done at Kimmel Farm Elementary and the development of the Best Practices for Social Media Use as a model that can be replicated anywhere, at any level."
To to help teachers communicate their expectations to students who are just starting to blog or use dropbox or set up discussion threads, Heather Wolper-Gawron provides a list of seven attributes that students should have, or need to develop, for successful online learning.