School and district leadership plays a big role in setting the culture and work environment for teachers. And when it comes to trying new things, the attitude of principals and superintendents can make or break a teacher’s willingness and ability to weave new ideas and methods into her teaching practice. In schools that are trying to integrate technology into the classroom, strong effective leaders can make all the difference.
New York City is experimenting with new tools and tactics with its Innovation Zone, a devoted unit for trying out new approaches to learning and sharing best practices with like-minded educators. The iZone, as it’s commonly called, started in the 2010-11 school year with 81 schools, and since then, they’ve more than doubled that number … Continue reading Experimenting and Innovating: How to Find the Best Tools and Tactics →
Online learning in K-12 classrooms has gotten some bad press recently. The articles portray low-quality computer programs replacing teachers in a short-sighted effort to cut costs. That simplistic portrayal does not address the whole picture. “It’s a lot more complicated than that,” says Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, a digital curriculum provider in both … Continue reading Online Learning: It’s Complicated →
Online learning is on the rise, particularly in blended learning environments, as educators find ways to leverage the specific advantages of both virtual and traditional classrooms. New York City Department of Education’s iZone is taking the lead with iLearnNYC, a virtual learning pilot program that allows participating students to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes and … Continue reading New York City Schools’ Blended Learning Experiment →