Hear all about the 7 effective practices of a successful ed tech-oriented principal from Robert Farrace, who is the senior director of communications and development for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He has some great advice in this article to help school leaders embrace digital environments for today's 21st-century learners.
Georgia begins its transition to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in fall 2012. These new Georgia curriculum standards are based on a set of common standards that were developed by a group of education leaders from across the country. Forty-nine other states have also adopted the Common Core standards as part of their curriculum.
Mobile devices are ubiquitous among students. The majority of them use a cell phone of some sort be it a smart phone or just a plain one. While solid scientific research on the potential use of the these tools in education is still lacking, more and more educational experts are talking about its use in the classroom.This is mainly due to the inevitability of these devices in our students lives. You can see how eager students become when the recess bell rings , the first thing they do when they are out is checking their mobile.
Back in the old days, more or less a few years ago, I would collect shared resources by printing them and filing them into folders for various purposes. Fast forward a year, and I found myself labeling emails into categories, compiling resource lists into wikis, and organizing my favorite sites by Delicious and my notes by Evernote.
Despite the clear leaps and bounds I’ve taken, nothing has topped Pinterest for organizing all facets of my life, from classroom ideas to vegetarian recipes. Beyond the curation of content, however, there are a few ways schools and teachers can tap into the power of pinning.
Elementary school Principal Peter DeWitt writes about students' social and emotional health, and how educators can help young people find common ground.
"Students need to learn that they have the power to create better experiences for themselves and for others. As much as school systems are at the hands of state and federal mandates, there must be time built in where children can wonder. While we are all forced to wait for Superman, we need Walt Disney."
"Proven educational strategies to increase high school completion provide returns to the taxpayer that are two to four times their cost."
"Failure to substantially reduce the numbers of high school dropouts is demonstrably penny-wise and pound-foolish."
By HENRY M. LEVIN and CECILIA E. ROUSE New York Times
Published: January 25, 2012
ONLY 21 states require students to attend high school until they graduate or turn 18.
Pres. Obama's proposal to raise compulsory attendance laws to 18 in every state...is a step in the right direction, but it would not go far enough to reduce a dropout rate that imposes a heavy cost on the entire economy, not just on those who fail to obtain a diploma.Rigorous evidence gathered over decades suggests that some of the most promising approaches (to dropout prevention) need to start even earlier (than high school).
Dropouts: By the numbers
Return of $1.45 to $3.55 for every dollar of investment, depending upon the educational intervention strategy.Proven educational strategies to increase high school completion, like high-quality preschool, provide returns to the taxpayer that are as much as three and a half times their cost.Each new graduate confers a net benefit to taxpayers of about $127,000 over the graduate’s lifetime.This is a benefit to the public of nearly $90 billion for each year of success in reducing the number of high school dropouts by 700,000 — or something close to $1 trillion after 11 years.
Professors from colleges and universities in Georgia have written an open letter to the governor, Nathan Deal, and other officials involved with education policy to express opposition to a new teacher evaluation system that depends largely on...
The versatility of an iPad for education is endless. I am no expert, nor even a veteran in curating apps for the classroom, but I am off to a great start for this next school year. Here is how I have...
As a teacher , you might be wondering if you have the qualities of the 21st century teacher. You probably have had periods of frustration when you would blame your teaching methods for your students failure. You might have gone through prolonged moments of self-reflection about your teaching practices but still could not spot where the shoe pinches in your methodology.Well, don't worry these are healthy symptoms of a mature professional development and a step in the right path. You are not alone in this, for we all go through moments of such deep meditations because in the realm of teaching there is no ready made recipe that teachers can apply to be labelled ' successful teachers'.
As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom. As always, the tool must fit the need. Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need. With safe and specific structures, mobile learning tools can harness the excitement of technology with the purpose of effective instruction. Using QR codes for instruction is one example of this.
"Touch devices--such as iPods and iPads--represent a fundamental change in computing. They are unobtrusive, powerful, and intuitive devices that support authentic acts of learning through exploration, collaboration, consolidation, creation, and communication. Although the ideal may be a 1-to-1 deployment, even a single device can have a positive impact."
The message, in the form of a letter sent to Georgia officials including the governor and state school superintendents, challenges the teacher and leader evaluation system, identifies the unintended negative consequences, and recommends the state...