School leaders are accustomed to working hard to make curricula challenging and engaging and to make sure it meets state standards. And many educators are now becoming more skilled at using technology in their classrooms, whether it’s laptops, digital whiteboards, or smartphones. But experts say that to get the best results for students, it’s important to be deliberate and thoughtful in the way technology is incorporated into curricula. Just layering technology on top of an already existing curriculum is often not the best way to enhance the learning process and maximize the effectiveness of the technology tools available. School and district technology leaders and curriculum experts must work together to find the best way to integrate technology into teaching and learning in order to develop the most innovative and successful methods for delivering curricula to students. Guests:
Noreen M. Walton, the director of learning support services for the 33,000-student Poway Unified School District in San Diego Mark Hofer, associate professor of educational technology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.
My heart’s desire is to turn reluctant readers into book sluts!” says Tori Jensen.
Jensen, a high school librarian from St. Paul, MN, isn’t out to corrupt kids. She’s simply trying to get them to read, especially those students who’d rather get sprayed by a skunk than curl up with a conventional tome. That’s why Jensen constantly booktalks hi/lo titles and uses them extensively with struggling readers. She also hand sells these turbocharged titles to every kid she can and reviews hi/lo books on Goodreads.com, a social networking site for readers.
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.
To build students' skills and interest in writing, author Kelly Gallagher argues, teachers need to move away from the "prescribed school writing discourses" and demonstrate the real-world purposes of written composition.
We at the Digital Education blog have tried to process a busy and pivotal year in the world of education technology. But in case you haven't read every single entry during the last 12 months (for shame!), here's a wrap-up of what we think were the five biggest ed-tech themes of 2011.
Intel has announced the launch of its 7-inch tablet encased in rugged plastic, created specifically for use in the education market. The tablets, called Intel studybooks, are expected to cost less than $200 each, says Kapil Wadhera, the general manager of Intel's education market platforms group, according to the Wall Street Journal's tech blog Digits. That price is less than half the starting price of a new iPad (which starts at $499).
Live Chat (Friday, March 23, 2012, 3 to 4 p.m. ET) Everywhere you turn in K-12 education these days, it seems that someone somewhere is trying to do something "innovative." But how much of that work lives up to the word's meaning?
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, English Language Learners:...
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