Lexipedia - Where words have meaning You Want iPads For Your School ... But Is That Enough? Everywhere I turn schools seem to be buying iPads. Critics, even in this forum, question whether investment in a relatively new and untested technology can be justified, especially given the current economic climate. To some degree, I think their scepticism has merit. Buying iPads for your school may not improve the standard of education. Technology is a tool. The issue of greater consequence should be how you plan to use them. "How will I use new technology to change the fundamental practice of education?" You see, without a clear vision your educational dollars may in fact be wasted. If you want iPads so that you can distribute digital reading material to support a largely teacher driven, content based program ... it's not enough. If you want iPads so that children can practice drills without any knowledge or context of how the skill being drilled has relevance to their daily life ... it's not enough. On the other hand... Sam Gliksman Email: email@example.com
In Classroom of Future, Outdated Testing Can’t Keep Up Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Flickr:AlbertoGP Sunday’s New York Times article, “In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores” by Matt Richtel had the wrong headline. When describing a classroom in Arizona’s Kyrene School District, which invested $33 million from a ballot initiative dedicated to technology upgrades, Richtel laments the district’s “stagnant scores” in reading and math. When technology is deployed thoughtfully in a way that feeds into a broader system that’s not reliant on the outdated factory model of schooling, the quality of learning should not be discounted — even if it can’t be measured yet. Richtel quotes Randy Yerrick, associate dean of educational technology at the University of Buffalo, who discounts engagement as a “fluffy term that can slide past critical analysis.” Most educators and education experts know that throwing money and technology at a school is hardly a cure-all for increasing student achievement. Related Explore: Technology in Schools
45 Web Builders to Create an Insanely Awesome Free Website Looking for a place to create a free website? There are plenty of resources that allow you to create you own website, blog, wiki, or social community without having to know any programming language. These free website creation sites allow you to easily create a site, customize the design, add content, and use a custom URL. Take a look at 45 best web builders to create a free website. Wix I personally don’t have a lot of experience with Wix, but it seems like a very neat way to create free Flash websites. Google Sites Hey, its Google and they are letting you create a free site….so do it. Windows Live Spaces Webs Google Knol Google Knol came out about 2 years ago and even though it has not gotten the same praise as Wikipedia, it is still a valuable resource that you should take advantage of. Jimdo Jimdo is a new free website builder that is very clean and easy to use. AngelFire Edicy Squidoo One of my favorite places to create a free webpage is Squidoo. Yola Tripod Wetpaint WikiSpaces Blogsome Weebly
Visuals : Facebook and College Admissions by Loreal Lynch | April 6, 2011 As Facebook has become more and more popular—if it were a country, it would be the third largest in the world—its use in the field of education has expanded, too. In fact, more than 80 percent of college admissions officers report using Facebook as part of their recruiting process. Are admissions officers really looking at the Facebook profiles of prospective students? And if so, are they making admissions decisions based on these profiles? Below is an infographic that highlights the answers to these questions and more, and it might surprise you. Embed in your site: <a href=" src=" alt="Reading students like an open facebook, or how social media is reshaping college admissions" width="605" height="2145" border="0" /></a><br />Courtesy of: <a href=" About the Author
The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is my two-part series at Education Week Teacher. Bloom’s Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational circles. However, if you believe a recent survey of visits to 23,000 U.S. classrooms, the higher-order thinking skills it’s ideally designed to promote doesn’t get much use. And I can understand why. It’s easy to get caught-up in the day-to-day work involved in teaching a class or multiple classes, and it’s easy to fall into the trap of doing the “usual stuff” and not “think out of the box.” I thought it might be useful to share in a “The Best…” list the resources that help me try to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in my classroom. There may very well be resources out there that do a far better job of explaining the Taxonomy and how to use it. I personally try to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in two ways. In addition, I try to use Bloom’s to help me formulate my own lessons. Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Memory Understanding Applying and Analyzing
Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students Want Success in Silicon Valley? Drop Out of School Bloomberg NewsPeter Thiel Parents, do you hope that your children have the chance to become like Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder, Facebook investor and hedge fund manager? If so, Mr. On Wednesday, the Thiel Foundation, funded by Mr. More than 400 people applied. The fellowship addresses two of the country’s most pressing problems, Mr. Much of the technological talent these days is going into Web sites and apps. Mr. “We’re not saying that everybody should drop out of college,” he said. “I believe you have a bubble whenever you have something that’s overvalued and intensely believed,” Mr. In Silicon Valley, following in the footsteps of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Williams by dropping out of school might make sense. But Mr. “I think a program like this would have been unthinkable in 2007, but I think you increasingly have people who are graduating from college, not being able to get good jobs, moving back home with their parents,” he said. Mr.