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National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Elementary School Principals
Today's students need educators to re-envision the role of technology in the classroom. by Nancye Blair Principal, January/February 2012 Web Resources A dramatic shift is sweeping through our schools. The signs are all around us. Third graders texting on their cell phones. Kindergarteners who can navigate an iPod Touch better than we can. These are not the same 21st century learners we came to know over the first decade of the new millennium. These new 21st century learners are highly relational and demand quick access to new knowledge. Technology integration Remixed The new 21st century learners must master more than the core curriculum to succeed in secondary and postsecondary institutions, as well as in the workplace. As students develop the four C’s, we have discovered that effective application of these vital skills in a technology-infused life and workplace requires acquiring them in a technology-infused learning environment. This is a liberating shift. Discovery and Exploration.

Best Practices in Technology Integration -- What the Research Says Most instructional technology implementation efforts focus their efforts around a few key areas. In our experience, these areas most often are: As a way of establishing what’s possible or ideal in each of these areas, we find that it’s useful to review how the relevant research describes “best practice”. Concise summaries of the research that defines best practice is presented below. Finally, working on the assumption that a picture is worth a thousand words (at least for visual learners), we have highlighted a few video clips from Edutopia (www.edutopia.org) that demonstrate how different educators have implemented elements of these best practices within their schools and districts. Best Practice in Technology Integration Studies have shown that, when integrated meaningfully into curriculum and instruction, technology can positively impact student learning and achievement. Key to the success of any intervention is the matching of the appropriate tool to the task at hand. back to top

Carter's Classroom Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us. Let’s take a look at the nebulous idea of the “classroom of the future.” This is all subjective, but it’s worth talking about. So let’s talk. Below are some ideas that are truly transformational–not that they haven’t been said before. And the best part? But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise. The Challenge of Implementation It’s challenging enough to manage a traditional learning environment where the curriculum is handed to you, and meetings are set, and you’re simply there to manage; adding more ingredients to the mix seems like asking for trouble. None of it is really complicated—it just requires new thinking. Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts Of Future Learning 1.

The 4 biggest mistakes that teachers make when integrating technology In classrooms all around the globe, educators are introducing new and exciting technological tools to engage their students in learning. Many educators are successful when integrating these technologies, but unfortunately many are not for a variety of reasons. Photo credit: Emerging Edtech In my opinion, and from my experience in classrooms around the world, these are the biggest mistakes that educators make when integrating technology into the classroom: Technology before pedagogy Sadly, educators see the latest gadgets and feel the need to use them without giving a thought to ‘why’. Technology as a toy Too often in classrooms around the world I see technology used as a toy. Technology to fill in time Technology should be used as a learning tool, not as a tool to fill in time or to keep students ‘busy’. Not utilising the technology available Pedagogy before technology! Craig Kemp I am a passionate New Zealand educator living in Singapore.

edtechcafe.onsugar Copy a Google Form If you have created a Google Form it can be tricky to allow others to make a copy of your Google Form. If you have created a Google Form to collect attendance, as a daily warm up or a formative assessment you may want to share what you made with another teacher. Most likely you do not want other teachers data mixed in with your data. You want the teachers to copy your Forms not use your Forms. In the edit screen of the Google Form there is no option to give view only access. Click on the File menu and choose “Add collaborators…” Sharing a Google Form from the edit screen allows the collaborators to edit. Workaround While Google Forms does not allow you to allow view only access to the edit screen, you are able to save the Google Form into a folder in Google Drive that has view only access. This is one way to share the Google Form. Instead of trying to to share the edit screen of the Google Form, instead share the spreadsheet. View Responses Example: Change to Like this: Like Loading...

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom by TeachThought Staff Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. So below are (at least) 60 thing you can do with Google Classroom. When an assignment, lesson, or unit doesn’t work, add your own comments–or have students add their own feedback), then tag it or save it to a different folder for revision.Align curriculum with other teachers.Share data with professional learning community.Keep samples of exemplar writing for planning.Tag your curriculum.Solicit daily, weekly, by-semester, or annual feedback from students and parents using Google Forms.Share anonymous writing samples with students.See what your assignments look like from the students’ point-of-view.Flip your classroom. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

How School Administrators’ Roles Change in the Digital Age Jane is the associate superintendent for instruction at Lincoln Public Schools, Neb., a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Tune in to social media or the news on any given day and you can read about school districts making big changes to embrace technology in the classroom and spark innovative teaching and learning. Amid the talk about the latest gadgets and apps, we’re often left wondering about the people responsible for executing the overall vision and managing the significant change in these schools. Who are the people that enable a school system to bridge theory and practice? Three years ago, I came to Lincoln Public Schools as the associate superintendent for instruction, after serving as superintendent in a smaller district. However, that quickly changed. It quickly became very apparent that we needed many people from multiple areas to function as one team. It’s these kind of stakeholders and this kind of collaboration that often go unnoticed in education.

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