Bring Your Own Technology – And Thinking About Equity « In my previous post (here) I referenced an upcoming event at SFU, Targeting Technology for Maximum Student Benefit. To think out loud a bit, as well as to garner some ideas, I want to take a look at a number of issues that need to be unpacked, and to create some models for comment, pushback and refinement. So, the idea is to engage in a larger conversation, but less about the case for change, and more about a tangible idea of what that change might look like. One of the points raised in the BC Education Plan under Learning with Technology is “The Province will promote the use of technology for both students and educators.” So, why does the BC Education Plan want to promote the use of technology?
Quiet Transformation at an Embattled School James: I became Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School in the Fall of 1999. My first day here I heard noise outside, I looked out my window, and there were two students tearing the gate off the hinges to get into the yard to play basketball. When I got out to the yard, I noticed there were some young students playing cops and robbers. I walked up to the young man, and I said, "Hey, can I look at that for a minute?" Every Student Response Strategies True implementation of personalized learning in schools requires a shift in the roles of educators and a shift in educator professional learning. This course examines the evolving role of teachers incorporating personalized learning experiences in the classroom. Taking a close look at what personalized learning is and isn’t, participants create resources to support teacher roles as facilitator, assessor, instructional designer, content curator, coach, and advisor, and family-school collaborator. Lessoncast believes in personalized professional learning. Several modules have assignment options.
Abdication of Education: How can we Re-engage Parents? It isn’t a decision that any of us made consciously or willingly, it’s more the result of circumstances, but as a society we have abdicated the education of our children to a specialized segment of society. That segment has taken the responsibility we’ve given it and created an intricately structured system of learning as well as a system of administration of that learning. So now, here we are, dissatisfied with the cost and effectiveness of those systems and wondering what we can do about it. It didn’t happen because we didn’t want to be involved, it’s more the result of the pace of our lives and the structure of the educational system which makes it very difficult to be involved.
5 Things Every Teacher Should be Doing to Meet the Common Core State Standards The following blog post was written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor, Lauren Davis. To read more newsworthy blog posts from Eye On Education, subscribe to our Insights eNewsletters . At the NCTE convention in November, everyone was buzzing about the Common Core State Standards . Hayes Software Systems helps prepare Texas district to deploy 27,000 mobile learning devices in 3 weeks. Hayes Software Systems helps prepare Texas district to deploy 27,000 mobile learning devices in 3 weeks. May 4, 2012 Austin, TX – Hayes Software Systems was selected to help McAllen ISD, a South Texas school district, implement one of the most ambitious, district-wide 1:1, mobile technology campaigns in the country. This initiative will put an iPad or iTouch device into the hands of all of its students—from high school seniors down to kindergarten—more than 25,000 students in all, as well as every teacher and administrator. When McAllen ISD rolled out its first 6,803 iPad and iPod Touch Devices, fiscal responsibility was a top priority. It was intent on showing the community that the school district could take care of the money entrusted to it to put its school system on the cutting edge of technology for instruction.
Tips for Writing Instructional Objectives - Bloom's Taxonomy Job Aids I am so delighted to see this post that includes Bloom's Taxonomy Wheels by ZaidLearn. I always find that it's far easier to design materials using these wheels than it is to see the verbs/products in lists. Many instructional designers can benefit from these job aids when trying to find the right action verbs for their objectives. Here are some wheels for the cognitive domain. iRead iRead is a group of teachers in Escondido Union School District dedicated to the idea that mobile devices can be powerful learning tools for all students. iRead gives teachers a chance to create meaningful, curriculum-centered projects with your students. iRead classrooms are using digital tools (iPods, iPads, and various creative mobile apps) to improve skills, engage in problem solving, and increase digital literacy. iRead has been recognized by the California School Boards Association as well as multiple times by the Classroom of the Future Foundation and Apple. Click on Visitors to get an overview and detailed history of the iRead program, recognitions, and awards. Prospective EUSD teachers apply annually to be part of the program.
Why I still want MS and HS to have a Laptop I received a tweet a couple days ago asking why I still believed laptops, in this case MacBooks, are the right choice for middle school and high school students. Now before I begin, let me state that I firmly believe a 1:1 (one computer per student) program no matter what the connected device (device connected to the Internet) is better than no 1:1 program at all. If a school can only afford an iPad for ever student then that’s the best choice. However, many schools, especially here internationally and private schools in the states, have the option to buy either an iPad or a MacBook and for them I am recommending MacBooks for Middle School and High School 1:1 programs. Consumption vs Creation by umpcportal.com
Literature Circle Models After experimenting for many years, I discovered an approach that's easy, fun, and effective. I refer to it as Classroom Book Clubs because it's a more relaxed method of doing Literature Circles that doesn't involve roles. You can view a narrated slidecast to this model by scrolling down to the Classroom Book Clubs section. On this page you can also learn about different types of Literature Circles. I've had some success with all the models below, but all models haven't been successful with all groups of students. Read through the various descriptions and find something that feels right to you.
Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code. We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future. In this collection we share many different perspectives on coding, from a university professor's vantage point (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an entrepreneur's reflections from his cross-country roadtrip to bring coding--and his stuffed dog--to classrooms across the U.S.