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The Pearsonizing of the American Mind - Bridging Differences. 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. 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. Just wanted to share that next week while thousands of New Jersey school children will be subjected to the annual ASK standardized tests, my 12-year old son Tucker will not be among them.

Opting Out

We made a formal request to opt out, which is our legal right in NJ, and he’ll be staying home during the testing periods. 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. 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. 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”) 2¢ Worth. Listen. Cool Cat Teacher™ - Vicki Davis , Cool Cat Teacher Blog. Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes. Updated 01/2014 As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom.

Twelve Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes

As always, the tool must fit the need. Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need. With safe and specific structures, mobile learning tools can harness the excitement of technology with the purpose of effective instruction. Choose your own adventure videos. Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science. 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.

iPad as an Interactive White Board for $5 or $10

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)