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Great resources for integrating technology and education with the 21st century, mobile learning student in mind
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BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!"

BYOD School Tells Students, "Buy a Calculator Because You Can Cheat with Your iPads!" | Technology in Education |

Can you believe this? 


My daughter goes to a 20th century school that mistakingly thinks it embraces 21st century learning simply because it allows students to bring their own device. This is particularly frustrating to me since I speak on this very subject at schools and conferences around the country. 


"Daddy, I need to buy a scientific calculator for math class!" I respond, "Oh sweetie, you're so cute. No one with a brand new iPad mini needs to buy a physical calculator any more. Just tell me what functions you need it to do and I'll help you find the right app." To which she says, "No. We're not allowed to use our iPads or phones. The teacher says we can cheat that way by texting, IMing, or emailing answers to each other." *facepalm*


I would like to crowdsource here and ask for comments as to how to best deliver my email to this school's academic director.


Thanks in advance!

Jo Blannin - The Know Tech Teacher's comment, May 7, 2013 10:56 PM
totally disagree! teach them to source information from wherever - where does 'cheating' actually fit these days? Isn't crowd sourcing your answer a good strategy - just like you're doing?!?!?
Leslie Kelsey's comment, May 10, 2013 11:01 AM
The teacher could think about creating an assignment that involves much more than crunching numbers, and requires analysis, hypothesis proposal and other key scientific research skills that make using a Sci Calculator out of date - the whole notion of cheating is outdated.
Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Bizarre rationality after adopting a poilcy!

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21st Century Learning and Tech Tools in the Primary Grades

21st Century Learning and Tech Tools in the Primary Grades | Technology in Education |


PDF of presentation from Mobile Learning Experience 2012 (


Presented by Felix Jacomino, Director of Technology at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, with Mercy Gonzalez and Inge Wassmann


Description: This session will assist teachers in designing the 21st Century Elementary Classroom. The presenters will define what a 21st century classroom looks and feels like, including step by step instructions on specific classroom projects for student as young as kindergartners.
Motivate students, increase attendance (engagement?), differentiate instruction and see test scores soar!
This session will assist you design lessons that include all the critical features of a 21 century classroom. Lessons suggested will be project based, interdisciplinary, and present differentiated instruction as well as authentic, performance-based assessments.
• Meet the individual needs of your students
• Bring your classroom into the 21st century
• Surpass the standards
• Raise test scores
• Maintain meaningful, authentic curriculum!
This session is a must for Administrators, Elementary Teachers, Reading Specialists, Staff Developers, After School Programs Directors and anyone who wants to keep up with what is hot in education.

Delia Zepeda's comment, April 16, 2012 6:25 PM
Thanks for sharing this great presentation!
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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | Technology in Education |

by Felix Jacomino


As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.


What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exciting time for a good educator than today and the near future!


In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.


Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone.

Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!


Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)


My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!

Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 2014 3:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 8, 2014 10:30 PM

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