A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms.
ensuring that all students are adequately prepared for college and career following graduation
manage shrinking budgets and rethink how resources are allocated in support of teachers
a transition from a teacher-centric culture to learner-centered instruction
address the disparities in access to technology of low-income students and students of color who are most at-risk of being left behind
I love using TED videos in my classroom to get students thinking about issues related to what we are studying. When I heard that I could wrap video content in an online lesson with TED Ed, I decided to check it out.
ScreenFlow is my favourite screencasting software tool and the one that I use to make all the video tutorials for my Tech Tools for Teachers series on OneStopEnglish and for the award winning Blended Learning in ELT course I designed for Bell. I'm now using it to create iPad tutorials and it works really well.
~Record from desktop, a video camera, microphone and computer's audio all at the same time ~Full screen HD capture, optimized for the best, most efficient screen capture ~Intuitive editing interface allows you to add professional touches ~Keynote and PowerPoint support ~Full range of elegant 2D & 3D transitions ~Publish directly to YouTube, Vimeo or Flash movie ~Optimized to take advantage of productivity enhancements in Mac OS X Lion
That’s the hope of Worldreader, a non-profit organization devoted to using Kindles to bring books—and the life-changing, power-creating ideas within them—to all in the developing world. “We are working in a part of the world where there are no books,” says Susan Moody of Worldreader. “With Kindles, you go from empty libraries and children unable to get their hands on reading material, to suddenly being able to carry a library around with them in their hand.”
Three in 10 Americans are offline, citing both cost and digital skill barriers—but thanks to Everyone On, a new nonprofit initiative, more than 100 million offline Americans will have cheap broadband access and training in digital literacy...
"Although the prospects of learning how to use the plethora of digital resources at our fingertips can be overwhelming, we can no longer make excuses for our lack of knowledge."
Patrick Larkin, former principal of Burlington (MA) High School, is the assistant superintendent for learning at Burlington Public Schools and a 2012 NASSP Digital Principal. Follow @patrickmlarkin on Twitter
The concept of a flipped classroom is becoming quite the buzz word in schools this year, and after talking to several teachers, we can see why. Teachers are finding that sending students home with a videotaped (or audiotaped) at-home "lecture" that explains a difficult concept reserves valuable class time for guided practice. And while the idea of flipping your classroom sounds complicated, it can be really simple with the help of a flipped classroom app.
A "learning playlist" is a collection of sites organized by a user (teacher) to teach others any given: subject, topic, unit, etc. Best of all these playlists are very easy to create, can be embedded into a site, and be shared w/ others.