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Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement

Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement
Critical Issue: Using Technology to Improve Student Achievement Contents Issue Context Research Results Factors to Consider Implications Action Options Implementation Pitfalls Illustrative Cases Contacts References Back To Top ISSUE: Because effective use of technology must be supported by significant investments in hardware, software, infrastructure, professional development, and support services, over the last decade, we as a nation have invested more than $66 billion investment in school technology (QED, 2004). While complex factors have influenced the decisions for where, what, and how technology is introduced into our nation's school systems, ultimately, the schools will be held accountable for these investments. To answer these questions, educators need to look at the research on technology and student achievement and the contextual factors that affect learning goals. Back To Top Technology and Youth: Wired Schools and Wired Lives NCLB & High Stakes Testing Inclusion: Reaching All Students 1. Related:  Safe and Ethical Use of Technology in the ClassroomTech Integration

Smartboard in the Classroom SMART Technologies An online community for educators using SMART products. SMART Technologies Website (Download Notebook Example) (Download Notebook Example) Download Examples SMART Learning Activities Best sources to download Notebooks and lessons Also, check the International lesson activities. The following websites contain lots of examples of Notebooks to use with your SMART board. ACCE Interactive Whiteboard Resources Download Whiteboard Notebooks in many subject areas. National Whiteboard Network from the UK Interactive Whiteboards from Kent Includes case studies using Smartboard, Whiteboard resources, and others. Interactive Resources For evaluation only (Evaluation watermark) Learning Grids For purchase only Royal Kingston SMART Notebook Templates from UK

The Digital Divide Within: Creating a Level Playing Field for All Students This is a follow-up post to "1-2-3 -- Red Light!: Let's Give the Use of Technology in Classrooms the Green Light Instead." There's still a lot of talk about the digital divide in this country. I've seen it firsthand as I've worked with schools and school districts around the country on technology-leadership issues; some student populations do lots of online and computer work at home, but other schools serve students who don't have computers and Internet access at home, so the choices for after-school technology work are limited. As stated in CNN's Virtual Villages initiative, "Technology has become the driving force of change in the modern world. Clearly, leveling the playing field outside school is a huge task. But one thing I've noticed that still strikes me as just as critical is the digital divide within school buildings. Now that the school year is winding down, I believe I've seen some students make it through one more year without a lot of exposure to technology.

EduTechieGal EdTech Teacher Summer Workshops This workshop is intended for middle and high school Science, Technology, Engineering and, Mathematics teachers, division heads, and curriculum developers as well as higher ed professors and instructors. This workshop is an intensive, three-day, hands-on opportunity for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators to explore practical ways to use technology to enrich their curricula and engage students. Participants will explore innovative ideas, effective techniques, and thoughtful plans for incorporating web-based resources, mobile devices, and emerging technologies into the classroom instruction of STEM. The workshop provides numerous examples of the best STEM-related websites, describes practical methods and techniques for using technology in the STEM classroom, and includes opportunities for targeted exploration.

Differentiation of Instruction in the Elementary Grades Differentiation of Instruction in the Elementary Grades. ERIC Digest. by Tomlinson, Carol Ann In most elementary classrooms, some students struggle with learning, others perform well beyond grade-level expectations, and the rest fit somewhere in between. Within each of these categories of students, individuals also learn in a variety of ways and have different interests. To meet the needs of a diverse student population, many teachers differentiate instruction. At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. Content. Process. Products. Learning Environment. A simple answer is that students in the elementary grades vary greatly, and if teachers want to maximize their students' individual potential, they will have to attend to the differences. One challenge for teachers leading a differentiated classroom is the need to reflect constantly on the quality of what is being differentiated. Danielson, C. (1996).

Home Internet Safety Resources - help students stay safe online The Internet is an incredible thing - allowing us to communicate, connect, collaborate, learn and share with people all over the world. However, there is also the dark side of the internet - predators, scams, and more.Our students use the internet at home, at school, and all around with their mobile devices. Simply blocking certain types of web sites is not the answer to protect them. We need to teach them how to use the internet responsibly and how to be safe on the internet.Here are some resources to help do that: Make Use Of - 6 Internet Safety Games To Help Kids Become Cyber Smart Make Use Of, a great resource in itself, has listed 6 online safety games that help kids learn how to be safe and smart online. These games are a great way to teach kids about internet safety.

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