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How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research

How Teachers Use Technology: The Latest Research
Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the "New Digital Divide." Based on Pew Research data from 2011, it was apparent that, while many previously marginalized populations now had more access to the Internet, these populations were accessing the Internet mostly through mobile devices, which are limiting, especially when trying to build and create online or access job applications or opportunities. Just this past week, Pew released a new study called How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms. It explores how teachers use the Internet for their own professional learning, with their students and for communicating with families. Who's Connected and Who Isn't As a member of a large online community of educators through Twitter and other social media outlets, I know how much of an impact the Internet has had on educators and their classrooms across the world. Same Old Digital Divide Related:  21st Century TeachersDigital Access and Equity

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have The above image is 8.5×11″ so you can print it out. PDF is available here . There’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC . Simple. In my experience, I’ve seen teachers attempt to integrate 30 iPads into their classroom by handing them out and then trying to figure out which apps are worth using. In order to do this, you’ll need skills modern teachers must have. 1) Build Your PLN Whether you call it a ‘personal learning network’ or a ‘professional learning network’ is not important. 2) Establish Real Relationships Whether it’s online or offline, the ability to establish real relationships is critical to any modern teacher. 3) Understand Where Technology Fits In Education 4) Know How To Find Useful Resources 5) Manage Your Online Reputation

Bridging the New Digital Divide At the highest performing urban school in the city of Providence, Rhode Island, the mantra when it comes to education is "children always come first. " And it isn't easy. Like most public charter schools, the Paul Cuffee School strives to provide the same excellence in educational technology as nearby public schools, but because resources must primarily be allocated to paying salaries and leasing school buildings, extra money for technology is scarce. Future Shock Michael Obel-Omia, Head of School at Paul Cuffee, is constantly analyzing the needs of his students and faculty within the context of a long-range plan for IT integration that skates on a shoestring budget. His fundamental question? In March of 2010, no one had even heard of an iPad. Technology is a tool, not a solution. Striking a Virtual-Actual Balance The term "digital divide" used to refer to whether classrooms had computers and Internet connections. Obel-Omia concludes:

Digital Learning Day :: Get Ready Plan 4 Progress Assemble Your Team The Project 24 Digital Learning Survey is designed to be completed by a key group of district leaders, working both individually and together. The survey process can be completed in these five steps: Schedule a meeting of key district leaders within your district for the completion of the survey. Take the Survey Join Our Email List * indicates required Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process April 3, 2014 You ask any teacher about the skills they want their students to develop and critical thinking will be among the first cited skills. So what is critical thinking all about ? Critical thinking is a cognitive process that requires disruptive patterns of thinking, ones that question the status quo of propositions and leads to the creation of alternative lines of reasoning. Defining critical thinking as a process signifies by implication the presence of different elements, stages, steps you name it that constitute and shapes its core. These elements are what I want to share with you today. Elesapiens has recently published a great article entitled " Critical Thinking: Education Competent Citizens" in which he analyzed and discussed the 8 constitutive skills of the critical thinking process.These elements, as shown in the visual below, are : ReflectionAnalysisAcquisition of informationCreativityStructuring argumentsDecision makingCommitmentDebate.

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher While Apple products (*cough* iPad *cough*) are known for their integration in classrooms, Google’s offerings give up little here. In fact, the sheer diversity of Google products might make them a more natural fit in the classroom in lieu of the iPad’s gravity. Below we’ve listed 25 ways teachers can get started using Google in the classroom. Let us know on our Google+ page if we’ve missed anything. Google In The Classroom: 25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. UPDATE: Google+ user (and sometimes TeachThought contributor) Kellie Ady offered 5 more, shown below. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. UPDATE: TeachThought Reader Nicole Naditz just sent us 5 more. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

Is Your School #FutureReady? How long did you spend clearing your email inbox of Cyber Monday messages this week? The flood of digital shopping alerts can leave you nostalgic for simpler times -- until you remember the frustration of those good old days, when your home Internet connection was probably too slow for e-commerce. According to the Cyber Monday legend, the workplace, with faster broadband access, became a gateway for online holiday shopping way back in 2005. By now, more than 70 percent of American homes have broadband access, up from just three percent in 2000, according to the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, an estimated 40 million American students are still waiting for the expanded access that will let them take full advantage of online content and tools for learning. Education Superhighway, a nonprofit advocacy group backed by tech entrepreneurs, estimates that 72 percent of America's schools lack sufficient Internet infrastructure for digital learning. The #FutureReady Pledge

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How Teachers Feel About The 10 Biggest EdTech Trends Figuring out the biggest edtech trends is a great first step. We’ve taken it many times . Figuring out how teachers actually feel or care about those particular trends is a whole other story. The EdTech Trends In the interest of explaining the infographic a bit more (some of the words are basically written upside down!) Web-Based Tools for Educational Purposes Online Educational Resources Digital Literacy Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) Blended Learning Social Media Education E-Moderation Mobile Learning Digital Games In Education Interactive Whiteboards How It Works So how do teachers (at least the 100 or so teachers polled) feel about these various trends? How do you fall in with these feelings? Click the infographic below to enlarge

Celebrating Access to Information In That Used to Be Us, Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum call the flattening of the world "the most profound inflection point for communication, innovation, and commerce since the Gutenberg printing press." They are not the first to make the comparison. In the middle of the 15th century, Johann Gutenberg introduced the Western world to one of the most important instruments of its history, one that granted access to knowledge on an unparalleled level: the printing press. Before Gutenberg, books -- and the knowledge they contained -- were reserved for those of a certain stature (the wealthy and the clergy). Today, February 23, we celebrate his birthday. A Revolution Underway Of course, this transformation is already underway, impacting nearly all aspects of life as we know it, with widespread implications for education. As with the printing press, new digital resources are granting that access to populations that have traditionally lacked it. Equalizing Access