7 Steps for Turning Around Under-Resourced Schools. Under-resourced schools face many challenges that are difficult. However, I believe that they can be conquered with sufficient time, dedication, and resources. Above all, success with these challenges stems from a belief in the potential of students and staff to achieve victory despite the odds.
The barriers that have to be overcome are deeply unfair, and political efforts must be made to reduce educational and socioeconomic inequities. But our students cannot wait for that to occur. Taking Action The following steps are attitudinal and philosophical, as well as technical. 1. Celebrate improving school culture and climate, building students' social-emotional competencies and character, improving discipline and on-task educational behavior, improving academic outcomes, but do not define these outcomes primarily through standardized tests. 2. 3. 4. Students and staff want to go to a school that stands for something. 5. Including students ensures that diverse voices are heard. 6. 7. Findinganswersinlife.
The Overselling of Ed Tech. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that the idea of using digital technology in the classroom tends to be either loved or hated. After all, anything that’s digital consists only of ones or zeroes. By contrast, my own position is somewhere in the middle, a location where I don’t often find myself, frankly.
I’m not allied with the Waldorfians, who ban computers from elementary and middle schools, but neither do I have much in common with teachers whose excitement over the latest export from Silicon Valley often seems downright orgasmic.Basically, my response to ed tech is “It depends.” And one key consideration on which it depends is the reason given for supporting it.Some people seem to be drawn to technology for its own sake — because it’s cool. This strikes me as an unpersuasive reason to spend oodles of money, particularly since the excitement is generated and continually refreshed by companies that profit from it.
10 Things Students Should Know About Tech by Fifth Grade -- THE Journal. 21st Century Learning Page 2 of 2 10 Things Students Should Know About Tech by Fifth Grade 8) How to collaborate using technology. Students should learn how to use websites/apps such as Google Docs to share information with each other and teachers via both comments and adding straight to a shared document itself, both while sitting together and separate. 9) Using technology to organize their learning. 10) The perils of misuse and multitasking, and how these things affect them individually. About the Author Julie Davis is an instructional technologist at the K-12 Chattanooga Christian School (TN). What Can Tech Coaches Learn From the Marketing Masters? We are all familiar with the Diffusion of Innovations theory or the Roger’s Adoption Curve, even if we don’t call it by the official name.
We all know at least one friend, family member or colleague that always buys the latest device because it’s new and exciting (that person owns a drone or a smart watch right now), and every type of consumer between that friend, colleague or family member who is an “innovator”, all the way through to the “laggard”, who questions every innovation until it’s so widely accepted they can’t avoid it anymore (that person either still complains about, or doesn’t yet own, a smart phone). What’s interesting about this, to me anyway, is that there is a lot of research and experience in the consumer industry, particularly around technology, about how these different segments of the population respond to different marketing strategies.
Ultimately, my goal, as a coach, is to improve student learning through the use of innovative teaching and learning strategies. CSMS Genius Squad Helpdesk - Free Course by Citrus Springs Middle School on iTunes U. 6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 201 6. About a year ago, I published an e-book called the Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Over the last month, I have been updating it for 2016, adding over 30 new tools and refreshing the information I had about the original ones. I have to say, the 2015 version was excellent, but now it’s SO MUCH BETTER. (To take a peek at the guide, scroll to the bottom of this post.) In the process, I discovered some tools that I absolutely fell in love with, and I wanted to share them with you here. Each of these tools can make your teaching more efficient and effective, and your students’ learning deeper and more engaging. Let’s take a look. Listen to this post as a podcast: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:24 — 47.6MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | One key to improving student writing is to have students write more often.
The free option allows for 40 students and a limited number of posts; paid packages offer greater capacity for students and posts. Here’s a closer look at Write About: 5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance. A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning. How can we take the greatest advantage of this moment in time and create compelling and challenging learning spaces for students?
Image credit: The most important things to do are to give up control and to trust students and their teachers to use real-world tools to unleash creativity and a passion for learning. After putting these tenets in the foundation, the specifics can take several different forms: Step 1Realize that social media is a predominant tool in the world. It fosters personalization, creativity, and collaboration, giving students infinite ways in which to create artifacts of their learning and knowledge.
6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions. Nsdcstudy2009. The National Education Technology Plan 2016. The new National Education Technology Plan was launched today. Having worked on the 2000 version of the plan, I was anxious to read the document entitled "Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education". The #NETP16 provides a current look at successful technology practices in schools across the country and includes five major categories -- learning, teaching, leadership, assessment, and infrastructure.
There were no real surprises for me in the document, and I know of many schools who have already met many of the goals and recommendations outlined in the document. However, for those schools and districts who are still working on embedding technology more meaningfully into teaching, learning, and leadership, the NETP includes short vignettes that can help continue the conversation around technology in their schools. There were a few items that jumped out at me, probably because they were ideas and thoughts that I am passionate about. SmartBundle SAS FINAL. Hillsborough schools to shelve Gates-funded system that cost millions to develop. TAMPA — After six years of effort, high hopes and more than $180 million spent, the Hillsborough County school system is unraveling the teacher evaluation system it developed with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The news came in an email this week from superintendent Jeff Eakins to more than 260 "peer evaluators" and mentors who form the core of the system. It also arrived as the once-cordial relationship between the district and its teachers union imploded Thursday. The two sides walked away from each other in anger as talks over a salary agreement for the current school year broke down. Eakins announced in his email he has formed a committee to transition away from the once-touted Gates program, and said a number of employee groups would be on the panel.
That's a radical departure from the classroom observations carried out by full-time evaluators who rated the teachers according to a rubric, or scorecard. READ MORE: How Hillsborough County's Gates grant became a budget buster 1. 2. ClassLink | ClassLink | Your Cloud, Your Way… Lee Araoz | Top authority on Academia, Learning Materials and Pedagogy, Educational technology.
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Presentations - The Time Traveling Teacher. The Perfect Title > Holidays: Halloween. SK EdTech. (This is so much more than a browser!) (Surface Pro 3 tablet information) (high schools only, at this time) Thanks, Louis Gubitosi, for the image! TCHAND-excerpt.pdf. Ready for the New School Year? Get on Top of These Four Edtech Teaching Trends. The power of edtech is defined by what great teachers can do with the technology. Educators who transform classroom learning experiences are changing how they plan, communicate, provide feedback, and collaborate with their students. All of this is thanks to some powerful and clever edtech tools and resources. Last year, around this same time in August, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year. These included clear communication with parents and school leaders as well as integrating research and social media skills in everyday lessons.
This year, I’m adding the new trends and tools that can really help your students learning go deeper in your edtech classroom. Of course, these trends are the teaching strategies that I’ve seen teachers and students get most excited about in my classroom and in the schools and classrooms I’ve visited. Trend #1: Open Educational Resources (OERs) Trend #2: Formative assessment with live analytics Trend #3: Paperless workflow. Handout-Technology-Centers. The 5 Best Times to Use Technology in Class. By Patti Grayson At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference this summer, there was a great deal of discussion about how this year’s sessions addressed the use of technology. While there are still plenty of “60 apps in 60 minutes” sessions that always draw a crowd (and can help us find great resources), I was glad to see the focus begin to shift in 2015. We’ve heard for a long time that technology should not be separate from instruction (C’mon kids, let’s all go to the computer lab, and “do” technology!)
, but should be integrated seamlessly. How many times have you been asked to take a lesson and find SOME way to integrate technology? Here’s the key question: This may seem a bit obvious, but a key question arose during a session, and it helped me a great deal to think about the answer. You don’t pull a hammer out of your toolbox when you need a screwdriver, so why do we try to “force” technology into lessons where it is not the right tool for the job? 1. 2. Carts, 1:1 and BYOD: The Journey Towards Personal Student Devices | EdSurge News. Learning “at any pace, in any place, at any time” will require every student to have access to her own device 24/7.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s CTO Tim Goree thinks a blend of BYOD and district-provided devices will be the endgame. “From a district’s perspective, BYOD is the ideal: it costs less and students become the experts of their own devices, allowing teachers to focus on instruction,” he explained. “But we have to deal with the inequities.” The solution in Napa Valley: BYOD + 1:1 Napa Valley Unified School District seems to have gone a long way towards providing equitable access to technology.
“The District and its community partners strive to ensure that every secondary student can obtain a device” said CTO Gary Heard. The district is moving towards supplying a device to every K-5 student but intends to continue BYOD for 6-12. Problems with laptop carts Devices alone don’t change instruction Sure there have been technology challenges. The Best Chromebook is... an iPad. - Wired Educator. I have read many articles about which device is the best for education, the Chromebook or the iPad. Let me be clear from the onset: both devices are great for education.
I believe there are many myths and flat out fallacies about each device that need to be explored. After using both devices in my teaching I can clearly see the merits of using each. The iPad, however, clearly stands out as the best choice for many reasons, but I feel the one thing most people fail to consider, is that the iPad is also a Chromebook. That’s right, the iPad is a Chromebook.
I love using Google Apps for education in my classroom and the iPad has them all. There are currently thirty-nine apps in the iTunes store created by Google for the iPad that include the Google Apps for Education suite: Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gmail, Chrome web browser, Google Drive, Google Search, Google Calendar and more. Myth #1: The iPad is about consuming not producing.
3 Reasons Why Chromebook Beats iPad in 1:1 Programs. The Chromebook vs. iPad debate may be one that we never resolve. Whatever I say for the Chromebook, or whatever you say for the iPad, we will never convince each other. The truth is probably that any 1:1 device program is better than none. Although, many of you will counter by saying that buying or mandating any single device is misguided to begin with, and that we should be focusing on a BYOD (bring your own device) structure and diving deeply into the world of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure).
Case in point is Tim Holt’s passionate plea for choosing the iPad route in his essay, “Why We Are Misunderstanding the Chromebook-iPad Debate.” In the end, someone has to make a decision. The decision to do nothing, to have no 1:1 or VDI program is also a decision. To give you a little context, I am no stranger to this debate. But after spending the past month with a Dell Chromebook 11 my thinking has begun to change. Why? Reason 1: Chromebooks are for Creating, iPads are for Consuming. Badge List - Digital credentials for organizations. Pi. School WiFi hotspots help close broadband gap. Inquiry Partners. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. Infographic: A look at the modern college student’s use of technology | Atomic Learning's Higher Education Blog. A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning. Badge List - Digital credentials for organizations.
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