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Technology in Schools

The Control Shift: A Grassroots Education Revolution Takes Shape

Kids are taking charge of their own learning as educators grapple with their new roles. Tina Barseghian For as long as anyone can remember, adults have played the role of information owners, meting out what they believe kids should know. Whether it’s the classroom teacher imparting expertise in American history, or a parent explaining the … Continue reading The Control Shift: A Grassroots Education Revolution Takes Shape →

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In … Continue reading Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II →

Award-Winning Schools’ Secret Weapons

What does a 21st century school district look like? The Howell Township Public School District in Howell, New Jersey is a great example: It snagged first place this year in the 2010 Digital School District Survey for medium-sized districts. Some of the more notable attributes from Howell include: Advanced, project-based uses of technology in the … Continue reading Award-Winning Schools’ Secret Weapons →

How Should We Use Technology in Schools? Ask Students

By Sara Bernard Last summer, 15 students from Chicago’s public school system were charged with answering this question: “How can 21st century technology enhance rigor, relevance, and relationships in high school?” To answer the question, they interviewed teachers and community members, researched best practices, held panel discussions, and conducted a survey of 380 of their … Continue reading How Should We Use Technology in Schools? Ask Students →

Why We Should Take Ed Tech Seriously

There are so many great bullet points in Scott McLeod’s post “If we were really serious about educational technology,” on his blog about how to get the ed tech revolution ignited. Here are just a few. Find out the exact percentage of our schools’ families that don’t have broadband Internet access at home rather than treating the … Continue reading Why We Should Take Ed Tech Seriously →

Technology vs. learning? They’re not enemies.

Yesterday’s New York Times’ article “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” by Matt Richtel brings up a long list of important ideas about how technology is changing the way students learn. Richtel touches on everything from how are brains our wired, to our cultural struggle with taming technology, to the balance of power between educator … Continue reading Technology vs. learning? They’re not enemies. →

Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers?

By Ifanyi Bell Educators are an industrious bunch. On a day-to-day basis, they have to make something out of nothing, and that’s especially true when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. They’re faced with a slew of barriers preventing a full-scale upgrade of technology—namely funding and an ideological consensus regarding reform, among other … Continue reading Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers? →

Give Them a Second Chance: A Case For Re-Taking Tests Online

Flickr:DAEllis By Anthony Armonstrong Anthony Armstrong is an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, Calif. One of my goals as an instructor this year was to nurture a “growth” rather than a “fixed” mindset when it comes to my students and their learning. The idea of the “growth mindset” comes … Continue reading Give Them a Second Chance: A Case For Re-Taking Tests Online →

Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers

In the age of the technology avalanche, what happens to a teacher’s role? Cheryl Davis, District Curriculum & Instruction Technology Specialist at Acalanes Unified School District says they’re crucial to the equation. “A good teacher is a good teacher. The added value they bring as our kids move forward in this world, to have experiences … Continue reading Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers →

Parents Keep Track of Students Online

Photos.com INNOVATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAMS The one time I skipped class when I was a senior in high school, an anonymous source called my mother, and told her my whereabouts (the local Bob’s Big Boy). These days, she wouldn’t need a spy to alert her. With home-school communication boosted by technology, parents can find out everything … Continue reading Parents Keep Track of Students Online →

Facebook: Friend or Foe

Nancy Willard of Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, writes in about Wednesday’s post regarding an article in the Boston Herald about teachers getting fired over friending students on Facebook. Actually, I disagree. I am the Nancy Willard who was misquoted in this article. I agree with the vast majority of the Massachusetts policy. … Continue reading Facebook: Friend or Foe →

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

Flickr: Arvindgrover By Sara Bernard Once upon a time, textbook writers would write textbooks and teachers would teach what was in them. Teachers would make up their own lesson plans, and if they were willing, shared them with their colleagues. But technology is changing the scenario. Now, not only are educators combing the Internet for … Continue reading Teachers Customize Textbooks Online →

Blogging Helps Middle-Schoolers Adjust

Flickr: UTC Library “These are kids that get separated from friends that they used to attend elementary school with, and it is a scary time for them and they are filled with nerves. I wanted to make it more comfortable and help them understand it’s not as scary as they originally thought by helping them … Continue reading Blogging Helps Middle-Schoolers Adjust →

Back to the Future: Ad’s Predictions Fall Short in Education

By Ifanyi Bell Ifanyi Bell has been a classroom teacher and a filmmaker, and currently develops and produces educational media for web-based, digital asset repositories at KQED. I was 13 years old in high school when this ad came out. As a young man, I was captivated by this optimistic depiction of a world where … Continue reading Back to the Future: Ad’s Predictions Fall Short in Education →

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