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The Pearsonizing of the American Mind - Bridging Differences. Dear Deborah, d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2012/02/digital-differentiation-get-wired.html. Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills.


At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation.

Note: The interactive graphics you see below have been updated. When Schools' Internet Filters Follow You Home. Protecting Children on the (Schools’) Internet Schools and libraries that receive federal E-rate funding (a program that helps underwrite their telecommunications and Internet costs) are required by CIPA, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, to create an Internet safety policy and filter or block certain kinds of websites.

When Schools' Internet Filters Follow You Home

The law only demands these filters address obscenity, child pornography and sites that are “harmful to minors,” but schools interpret this mandate in a variety of ways. The "Dirty Work of Education" No question, one of the most talked about, Tweeted about, blogged and written about ideas in the past year has been the “flipped classroom,” the idea that we can use technology to deliver the “lecture” as the homework and then use class time, ideally, to bring the concepts to life in meaningful, real world ways.

The "Dirty Work of Education"

Opting Out. Downgraded by Evaluation Reforms. Kickboard: A Data Dashboard for Teachers. I chose "data" as one of the most important ed-tech trends of 2011, and it's one that continues to gain steam this year as well.

Kickboard: A Data Dashboard for Teachers

But as it does so -- as education becomes increasingly "data-driven" -- there are numerous challenges and repercussions, many of which have a lot more to do with education politics than with education performance. (The release of the Teacher Data Reports in New York City is one recent example.) Will Technology Advance Learning, or Prove a Distraction? Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques. In 1990, after seven years of teaching at Harvard, Eric Mazur, now Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics, was delivering clear, polished lectures and demonstrations and getting high student evaluations for his introductory Physics 11 course, populated mainly by premed and engineering students who were successfully solving complicated problems.

Eric Mazur on new interactive teaching techniques

Then he discovered that his success as a teacher “was a complete illusion, a house of cards.” The epiphany came via an article in the American Journal of Physics by Arizona State professor David Hestenes. He had devised a very simple test, couched in everyday language, to check students’ understanding of one of the most fundamental concepts of physics—force—and had administered it to thousands of undergraduates in the southwestern United States.

Bounce – A fun and easy way to share ideas on a webpage. RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms. Where does 21st Century teaching begin? [Guest Blog] The 21st Century Teaching Project Findings (Part 2) Seann Dikkers 3/1/12 This post is part of an ongoing series abridged from the 21st Century Teaching Project (21CTP) – a study of expert professional development trajectories and digital age practice.

Where does 21st Century teaching begin? [Guest Blog]

Let’s assume that the goal of teacher training and professional development (PD) is to prepare teachers with powerful models, tools, and pedagogies that will inform expert practice over a career. If so, the 21CTP is designed to help us as a community, 1) hear from 39 award winning teachers, and 2) ask relevant questions about how to study and design teacher training and PD in the coming years. The 21st Century Teaching Project. Professional Trajectories Schools face many challenges, yet they are ripe with potential to embrace 21st Century skills and technologies.

The 21st Century Teaching Project

With new digitally mediated learning opportunities, we can learn much from those that are innovating early and often with 21st century technologies. The 21st Century teaching project (21CTP) is an effort to once again look closely at innovative practitioners for their professional development trajectories that brought them to practices we want to see much more of. These early adopters are easy to recognize, and when we track their professional growth. This work informs: • Teacher training and preparation programs, • Effective ongoing professional development, • School leadership that fosters 21st century teaching, and • School technology policy and budgeting for optimal impact.

Interesting Ways to use Endless Ocean « Trails Optional. Open Culture. iLearn Technology. Supporting the use of technology in the classroom. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”) NOTE: First, Wallwisher, the popular virtual “corkboard” or “bulletin board” Web tool changed their name — they’re now known as Padlet (though all their old links using the Wallwisher name work fine).

The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

2¢ Worth. Listen A few weeks ago I worked and attended North Carolina's ISTE affiliate conference.

2¢ Worth

Cool Cat Teacher™ - Vicki Davis , Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes. Updated 01/2014.

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

Choose your own adventure videos. Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science. I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. iPad as an Interactive White Board for $5 or $10. School leaders around the United States continue to spend HUGE amounts of money on interactive whiteboards for classrooms, despite the fact that these devices universally FAIL to empower students to become more independent, self-directed and engaged learners in the way mobile learning devices (like laptops, tablets or other personal digital learning tools) can.

Please do not misunderstand me: It definitely IS a big deal for a teacher and his/her students to have access to an LCD projector connected to a computer in the classroom if previously, the “normal” technology in the room was an overhead projector. photo © 2010 Wesley Fryer | more info (via: Wylio)