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Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:Our Brains Extended Technology is. A New Way of Thinking The fact that many adults would dispute this statement illustrates how few understand the extent to which the world has changed in our kids' lifetimes, and the role technology now plays. Let me clarify: Technology isn't about new "stuff." It's not about laptops, iPads, cell phones, or the software kids use. Technology, rather, is an extension of our brains; it's a new way of thinking. Humans have always depended on external mind enhancements (writing, for example). So when young people say, "When I lose my cell phone, I lose half my brain," they mean it literally. Rethinking the Curriculum Wise integration of our evolving and powerful technology demands that we rethink our curriculum. In these digital times, is it still worthwhile to teach students how to write by hand, calculate in their heads, read, and define words and concepts—that is, most of the elementary school curriculum? Technology-Enhanced Learning Test Prep Database Usage The New Curriculum

Maslow and Motherboards: Technology Planning Maslow and Motherboards: Taking a Hierarchical View of Technology PlanningMultiMedia Schools, Jan/Feb 2003 Ever hear these? I just can’t get the teachers excited about using technology as a part of their instructional units. They say the stuff never works at the critical time.Those technicians! They have the computers so locked up, the kids can’t do anything.Seems like we are always short of powerful computers for students, but the folks at the district office always seem to have new machines.Another gradebook program to learn! Such questions often stem from a lack of having a holistic view of technology use in schools. When I came into my job as technology “supervisor” in the Mankato Public Schools in 1991, my department and I focused almost exclusively on the teaching and learning applications for our few Apple IIs in the district. Maslow and motherboards Most of us remember Maslow from our college education foundations classes back in the last century. Schools are also businesses.

Using Google Earth to Explore Plate Tectonics This page is authored by Laurel Goodell, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University. Author Profile Summary Students are introduced to Google Earth, and then start by exploring the major physiographic features of the continents and seafloor. They then use a kmz file, compiled by the author, which includes layers showing seafloor age, locations and depths of 20 years worth of large earthquakes, USGS dynamically updated near-real time earthquakes, volcano locations, "hot-spot" tracks with age dates, and the Bird (2003) plate boundary model. A guided exploration of these data serves as an introduction to plate tectonics - including the general characteristics of plates and plate boundaries, and the use of seafloor age and "hot spot" tracks to determine long-term average rates of plate motion. Learning Goals Context for Use This exercise is adaptable for all level of students, from introductory level students to more-advanced students wanting a crash course in plate tectonics. Assessment

Equity The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights recently released a Dear Colleague Letter on Resource Equity. Excerpts from the letter related to technology are provided below. OCR Dear Colleague Letter: Resource Equity This letter calls attention to disparities that persist in access to educational resources so that districts may address disparities and comply with the legal obligation to provide students with equal access to these resources without regard to race, color, or national origin. The Problem of Unequal Access to Educational Resources Research confirms what we know intuitively — high-quality schools can make a dramatic difference in children’s lives, closing achievement gaps and providing students with the opportunity to succeed in college and their chosen careers. Technology and Instructional Materials Technology, when aligned with the curriculum and used appropriately, contributes to improved educational outcomes58 and promotes technological literacy.

Office of Educational Technology Lightspeed Systems: Where technology & teaching connect Standards Education technology standards to transform learning and teaching The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. Empowering connected learners in a connected world As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Want to know more? How can the ISTE Standards be used? Visit permissions and licensing.

Do-It-Yourself Bioblitz A bioblitz is a species inventory that involves observing, recording and documenting living things in a short period of time. Want to conduct a bioblitz? Want to know how, what you will need, and where to start? This video guide will help you plan a bioblitz in your schoolyard, a local park, or even your parking lot. Teachers, informal educators, and anyone else interested in putting together an awesome, explore-your-world, get outside, citizen science adventure can find helpful information about doing it here! From urban to rural, ocean to shore, anyone can bioblitz! Future Ready Future Ready builds on the momentum of the President’s ConnectED Initiative with the launch of the Future Ready Pledge. The pledge recognizes the importance of building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and new devices to transform teaching and learning. Featured Resources Future Ready Schools: Professional Learning Toolkit November 2014 The toolkit provides rubrics, checklists and examples to assist district teams as they develop, refine, and evaluate professional learning plans that align with their capacity, learning goals, and standards of professional learning.

Take the Pledge / Home I, _______________________, Superintendent of _________________________ do hereby affirm the commitment of this district to work with students, educators, families, and members of our community to become Future Ready by engaging in a wide range of activities such as: Fostering and Leading a Culture of Digital Learning Within Our Schools. Future Ready district leadership teams work collaboratively to transform teaching and learning using the power of technology to help drive continuous improvement. We work together to protect student privacy and to teach students to become responsible, engaged, and contributing digital citizens. Helping Schools and Families Transition to High-speed Connectivity. Empowering Educators through Professional Learning Opportunities. Accelerating Progress Toward Universal Access for All Students to Quality Devices. Providing Access to Quality Digital Content. Offering Digital Tools to Help Students And Families #ReachHigher.

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