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Kristine E. Pytash, Richard E. Ferdig, Timothy V. Rasinski, et al. 2013
Preparing Teachers to Teach Writing Using Technology
"Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology. Chapters explore teachers personal experiences with writing and writing instruction, effective pedagogical practices in methods writing courses, and professional development opportunities that effectively integrate technology into the writing classroom and contribute to students’ growth as writers and users of technology. While the chapters in this collection are written to inform practice, they are written from a theoretical and empirical base by research-oriented educators in our field. Each chapter provides a research base for a particular instructional approach, a description of their strategy, and examples from instructional settings that highlight how the pedagogical practice advanced the knowledge of the teachers in the areas of writing instruction and technology. This collected volume provides as up-to-date understanding of how teachers are prepared to teach writing using technology."
by Louis Freedberg
summary by Carnegie Perspectives
"Enrollments in teacher preparation programs in California are continuing to decline at a precipitous rate, according to new figures prepared for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. A report for the commission indicates that 26,446 students were enrolled in teacher preparation programs in 2011-12 – a 24 percent reduction from the previous year’s total of 34,838 students. That was by far the biggest decline recorded over the past decade, during which enrollments have steadily dropped. Enrollments have declined by 66 percent from a decade earlier, when 77,700 students were enrolled."
by Miguel Guhlin
"What the heck has Beth all riled up?" I growled to a dear friend, who happened to be a 2nd grade teacher where I taught 3rd grade bilingual in East Texas. "Did you hear how she cut us off at the knees?" We both watched the blonde-haired 40 year old heading down the hall, her trim figure headed straight for the principal's office. I don't even remember what the discussion was about today, but I remember what my friend told me.
"You know," spoke the folksy, small town, worldy-wise voice Nancy used, "sometimes it takes everything people have to just make it to work. We don't know what she's going through so we'll let her settle down."
"Sure enough, the issue defused itself over time, and Beth regained her composure, even apologizing for her earlier behavior. Still, I haven't forgotten the shock my 20-something year old self had at a middle-aged woman losing her temper over work. As I've gotten older, begun to suffer some of my own aches and pains, emotional trials, I realize now what valuable advice Nancy shared that day. Experience and time only deepen my appreciation of the wisdom delivered in her laconic style."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Sometimes it's just good to take it easy. I like what Guhlin quotes he read recently, "Culture trumps innovation." That might not be true in every field of endeavor, but it certainly does for the schools we have now. And it doesn't come in a can.
Dr. Christopher Kaeding, a surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is the first in the U.S. to consult with a distant colleague using live, point-of-view video from the operating room via Google Glass.
"Kaeding wore the device as he performed ligament surgery at the medical center’s University East facility.
"Across town, one of Kaeding’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Magnussen, watched the surgery his office, while on the main campus, several students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine watched on their laptops."
"For those living in the Brooklyn area, the New York City College of Technology Continuing Studies Center is offering a course on fabrication and 3D printing running from October 1st to the end of November. Marked at $690 for the course fee, the class meets once a week, Tuesdays, from 6pm to 9pm. As advertised, the college will incorporate a Z Corp Spectrum Z510 inkjet powder printer, a MakerBot Replicator 2X, and a Roland Picza 3D Laser Scanner. The course seems to focus on fabrication methods instead of laser cut-away not only for class material but as their academic approach to the material. The concept of “building up” emphasizes the mindset of creation versus negation. The specs for the machines can be found on the course listing with accompanying images. This model, an academic course, further demonstrates the broad appeal and acceptance of the growing technology and answers a growing need for dispersed education."
by Olivia Blanchard
"Teaching children is inherently much more intimate, messy, and personal than any office job could ever be. It's about guiding, pushing, and spending most of your waking hours with other people's children, whether they need a Band-Aid, a bear hug, or a fresh set of markers that their parents can't afford. Many teachers in schools like mine would agree that often the most-struggling students improve in ways that will not be reflected on the state test. They might learn to say please and thank you, or they might master a set of academic skills that still will not be enough to pass on-level, or they might gain a healthy dose of self-respect. After a year in this environment, I realized I could understand how, when the annual testing frenzy rolled around, a lot of teachers chose to put their heads down, tune out, and cover themselves."
by Mindi Rench
"There are a couple of lessons that can be learned from my experience with these two teachers. First, don’t limit your willingness to explore a professional resource just because it’s labeled as a K-2 book or a 6-8 or any other grade book. Creative teachers often find ways to take ideas from just about any professional resource and make the ideas work for their students. If I had discounted Smarter Chartsbecause of the K-2 label, I would not have been inspired to rethink my own charts and I wouldn’t have had the resource the world language teachers needed.
"Second, as teachers we need to take risks and step outside our comfort zones. I had no idea if I would be able to think of ways to get students reading and writing more in the target languages. Certainly my three years of high school French over twenty-five years ago were not going to help me. By boiling down the question to its essence, I could see the need was to support these emerging readers and writers. For the teachers themselves, they needed to be open to new ideas from someone who was not an expert in their subject, someone who could approach a question from a new perspective and a new set of eyes."
Earlier this year Google's Eric Schmidt suggested that the internet should have a "delete" button for individuals that wanted to remove troubling information from the web, and thanks to a new law minors in California will get that chance.
The SFGate reports that California governor Jerry Brown signed a new law today that will require internet companies to pull down online activity from their services should a minor make the request. While the law is a step forward it has more than a few loopholes.
Companies won't need to remove any data from their servers — they'll just need to take it offline — and it only covers photos, data, or other online activity that is generated by the requesting individuals themselves. Minors won't be able to force companies to pull information posted, or reposted, by others. It's scheduled to go into effect in 2015.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
by Claire Cain Miller
"The acquisition occurred just after Apple announced a wireless file-sharing tool, AirDrop, as part of the new iPhone software, and Bump’s technology could interest the Android team. Its Flock photo app seems like a natural fit with Google Plus, which has been trying to distinguish itself as a more advanced photo-sharing service."
"This guide is for educational leaders who are ready
to seize this opportunity and shift to blended learning.
Implementing blended learning is a complex project
that changes roles, structures, schedules, staffing
patterns, and budgets. It requires frequent and online
learning experiences for staff. Dedicated, competent
program management staff members are required to
link departments that haven’t always worked closely
together, manage budgets, identify issues, and
facilitate a resolution process.
"Our nation’s schools stand at an important “inflection
point” in the history of education. Taken together, the
implementation of Common Core State Standards
(CCSS), the shift to online assessments, the
availability of affordable devices, and the growing
number of high-quality digital instructional tools create
an unprecedented opportunity to fundamentally shift
the education system to personalize learning around
the individual needs of every student.
"This implementation guide is designed to help
leaders create the conditions for success in planning,
implementing, and evaluating their blended learning
efforts. It is a version 2.0. The authors intend to
capture and update best practices as more schools
make the shift."
by Lillian Pace
"Over the next decade, our education system will experience the kind of deep disruption and reconfiguration that Amazon, iTunes, and Zipcar brought to their respective industries. The concept of “school” will take many forms where learning is no longer defined by time and place. Radical personalization will become the norm as learners and families create individualized learning “playlists” and educators embrace new roles defined by growing relationships with the community and changing credentials."
by Jeff DeGraff
Summary by Committed Sardine blog
“University professor Jeff DeGraff talks about the power of creativity in the following post on Linkedin. Only now are creativity and design methods being taught in some colleges. Apple, the world's most valuable corporation, is essentially a product and service design company. It turns out that creativity does indeed pay—who knew? Low-level analytical tasks are now either off-shored or performed by inexpensive software applications. Creativity has moved from a distraction to the main event. We have waited too long and cut too much to believe that ordinary creativity will be enough to move us once again to the front of the competitive class. Reinstating our old creative ways is not enough—we now need to be creative about being creative. ”
by Jeff Dunn
"Project-based Learning is a passion of ours at Edudemic. We’ve seen how effective it can be in and out of the classroom. Quite simply, it provides the opportunity for students to learn from each other, get their hands dirty, work in an active learning environment, and to simply have fun at school. What could be better than that? PBL teachers are typically on the lookout for PBL-aligned apps and web tools that can bolster their powerful learning environment. In an effort to help those teachers out, Katie and I found a fabulous new visual diagram that’s all about which apps and tools go with the different parts of distributed project-based learning.
"This chart reminds me a bit of the popular ‘Padagogy Chart’ by Allan Carrington we shared here on Edudemic. But it’s less focused on technology and more focused on improving the effectiveness of PBL. Gotta love that."
by Michael Molitch-Hou
"Last week, Richard Baguley (the bagel-iest of the Richards) at Tom’s Guide wrote up a brief review of some of the latest home 3D printers on the market. I still haven’t gotten a chance to see all of the desktop printers now available across the world up close and personal, let alone those still in beta on crowd-funding sites (I do wonder if anyonehas?) so I won’t be able to give my own opinion alongside Richard’s, but I can give you some of his breakdown as to which home 3D printer is right for what audience and you can feel free to throw your opinions into the comments section below. We can also compare it to Make Magazine’s epic 3D printer guide published at the beginning of this year. Also bear in mind this won’t feature the Ultimaker 2, which launched to great acclaim last Friday evening, as reported by Moheeb who was there in person."
by Jeffrey Solochek
"Word is out that Gov. Rick Scott wants to pull Florida out of the PARCC testing consortium affiliated with the Common Core State Standards.
"Tampa Bay Times bureau chief Steve Bousquet is reporting on Twitter that Scott wants to sever ties with PARCC, for which Florida has served as the fiscal agent since it began. That would "end the federal intrusion in education policy," Scott wrote in his order. "Federal government has no constitutional authority to unilaterally set academic standards for Florida."
"He joins legislative leaders who also pressed for a "Florida plan" for testing earlier in the summer. Read his executive order and letters to Gary Chartrand and Arne Duncan here."
by Anna Gratz Cockerille
"Building a strong writing workshop is similar to building a house. Doing it successfully takes expertise, patience, foresight, flexibility, and, of course, the right tools. Having an arsenal of resources to draw upon, both in minilessons and in conferences and small groups, is paramount when aiming to expertly and efficiently meet the needs of a range of writers.
"Just like in writing where organization and development are crucial, when putting together a teaching toolkit, it is essential to consider organization of materials and which resources to include. However you decide to store your teaching toolkit, digitally or in a good, old-fashioned binder, here are some tips for its organization and development."
by Steve Kolowich
"MITx, a division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that offers courses on the nonprofit edX’s platform, announced on Tuesday that it would soon offer special certificates to students who completed a prescribed sequence of massive open online courses from MIT. The sequences will be called XSeries.
"MIT plans to offer its first XSeries sequence, Foundations of Computer Science, beginning this fall. The computer-science series will consist of seven courses that together “will cover content equivalent to two to four traditional residential courses and take between six months and two years to complete,” according to a news release."
by Brian X. Chen
"For Apple, the release of two new iPhone models has already resulted in nearly double the sales of previous releases.
"Apple said on Monday it sold nine million new iPhones over the first weekend that the phones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, went on sale.
"That compares with five million iPhone 5 smartphones sold last year in that model’s first weekend."