Valuable advice from tech coordinators Tech leaders and coordinators propose effective approaches to managing technology and projects School and district technology directors have important responsibilities and face new challenges each day. Mobile device programs, software updates, and network maintenance are only a few of the wide-ranging issues that a tech coordinator must address. Sometimes, the most helpful advice comes from fellow technology directors–those who have had to respond to technology emergencies, confer with administrators and advocate for technology purchases, and more. eSchool News asked tech coordinators from around the country to offer advice to their fellow tech coordinators. What is the best part of being a technology director? (Next page: Valuable advice from tech coordinators)
KS1/2 Maths - Goodbye SATs, Hello Assessment 1 This programme looks at how teachers assess progress. Aston Tower, Birmingham, serves the inner city. Here, Year 2 teachers, Melanie Grant and Vanessa Clarke are anxious about how they can accurately build up a picture of children's skills at the end of Key Stage 1. They've worked with maths consultant, Val Worcester, to design active assessment opportunities. Looking at shape, Melanie encourages discussion with a small number of children. In calculation, a group throws bean bags at printed numbers. In capacity, the children play in water to find out how much juice they need to fill 30 party cups, one for each child. Read a review of this video on the Teacher Training Resource Bank site. Part of the series: Reading Aloud with Michael Rosen
A state-by-state look at top ed-tech initiatives By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura Read more by Laura Devaney September 13th, 2013 What initiative are you most proud of in your state? Sometimes, an ed-tech initiative grabs national headlines. Here, we’ve compiled a list of one ed-tech initiative in each state and the District of Columbia, to offer a look at some of the great technology advocacy and work being done around the nation. The initiatives included here are not necessarily the most-discussed or the biggest in a given state. But each initiative, resource, or program, no matter the size of its scope, is a promising ed-tech practice that serves to demonstrate just how powerful ed-tech is. We chose only one initiative per state, and we welcome your additional input. Quick navigation:States A-IStates K-NStates O-W [Listed alphabetically, by state] (Next page: More state successes)
National College online network On 1 April, the National College merged with the Teaching Agency to become the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The new agency has two key aims: improving the quality of the workforce; and helping schools to help each other to improve. Find out more about the new agency. We can help you to develop as a leader and achieve your career goals. Whether you're taking on your first leadership role or are an experienced and successful school or children's centre leader, we have something for you. We also offer professional development for chairs of governors and school business managers. Professional development opportunities One of the most powerful ways of achieving improvement is through collaboration and we offer many opportunities for school and early years leaders to provide and receive support. Find out about becoming a teaching school or being designated as a national, local or specialist leader of education. Support for schools and early years
“NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THIS”: Obama Visits Brooklyn High School to Push for Education Priorities, Including High School Redesign, High-Speed Internet in Schools, and Increased Funding In his State of the Union address earlier this year, President Obama outlined three priorities in education—making high-quality preschool available to every child, making college more affordable, and redesigning America’s high schools. During the speech, he highlighted P-Tech, an early college high school in Brooklyn, where students graduate with both a diploma and an associate’s degree in a field related to computers or engineering. On October 25, Obama visited P-Tech to advocate for those three priorities, but he added a fourth—bringing high-speed internet to schools and libraries. (Click the image to watch video of Obama’s speech.) “We should give every student access to the world’s information,” Obama said. Obama also called on the U.S. Later in the speech, Obama pressed even harder on the importance of investing in education and drew a contrast to the recent government shutdown. “Leslieanne is clear-eyed about the challenges that the students here face,” Obama said.
Will Education Technology Push Students in 2014? The pressure to introduce new education technology worldwide is mounting as a new generation of learning software, free online tutorials, and better connectivity become more available. In schools, iPads and other tablets are increasingly handed out to students to enhance their learning. Great promise is being shown by adaptive learning software. Students can learn at their own pace as these tools offer personalized education. For example, schools are allowed to take a more selective approach in acquiring learning resources by free online courses such as the KhanAcademy’s mathematics classes. According to The Economist, 2014 will see a big push to making coding and computer science part of the curriculum, with children encouraged to be producers rather than consumers of technology as Tony Wan, a staff writer at Edsurge predicts. New education technology has also penetrated higher education.
Libraries Play A Central Role in Connected Learning | The Digital Shift 2013 The Internet offers today’s youth unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers and seek knowledge in almost any area of interest—and libraries are uniquely positioned to play a central role in this learning, according to Mimi Ito, professor and cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator for Connected Learning, a new education model funded by the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative. Anthropologist Mimi Ito. Photo: Paolo Sacchi. “As educators we can do much more in supporting, navigating, and curating this for young people,” she told attendees during “Libraries and Connected Learning,” her inspirational closing keynote address of The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast on October 16. Libraries have a real opportunity to help close this gap in educational attainment. And for a library to thrive today, it must offer these activities that lower-income kids don’t have typically access to, Ito said.
eSchool News Are these 8 trends the future of K-12? By Dr. Jeff D. Borden Read more by Contributor January 1st, 2014 Here are eight ways the future of education could change In a recent blog I wrote for Wired, I discussed Jack Uldrich’s book, Jumping the Curve. As such, I’ve done my best over the years to blog about those “jumping off points” for eLearning each December, specific to the New Year. In an attempt to illuminate the possible future, here are 8 trends that I believe will hit their stride, really get (meaningfully) started, or otherwise dot the education landscape. (Next page: Eight trends that will impact the future of education) 6 Technology Challenges Facing Education Ed Tech Trends | News 6 Technology Challenges Facing Education Despite increasingly widespread adoption of technologies in virtually every aspect of K-12 education, significant challenges are preventing widespread effective implementation. According to researchers, though some of those challenges are systemic and some related to the technologies themselves, teachers and education leaders share in the blame as well. "The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition," put together by the New Media Consortium as part of the Horizon Project, identifies key emerging issues in education technology using primary and secondary research and input from an advisory board comprising "internationally recognized practitioners and experts" in ed tech. In past reports, those challenges have centered largely on reluctance on the part of administrators and teachers, lack of preparation, and lack of support or funding. Challenge 1: professional development. Challenge 2: resistance to change.
Getting Started - Schools and Libraries Program - USAC.org Full access to telecommunications and information resources makes possible the rich teaching and learning that take place in schools and libraries. For these institutions to provide the high level of service necessary for their students and patrons to participate fully in American society, the costs can be great. Telecommunications and Internet access, the hardware needed for assembling local networks, and maintenance of systems and machines can stretch budgets that are already under stress. The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain telecommunications and Internet access at affordable rates. Want to get started? The first step is to learn about eligibility. If you’re an applicant, once you understand eligibility, your next step is to review the application process. If you’re a telecom carrier, the first step is to learn about the program and about your own eligibility. Participation Basics
A World of Knowledge: 50 Different Views of Education Education sprouts in many forms depending on how you look at it. Our views of what it should look like and how it should materialize depend on our value of it and our experience with it. What if a class consisted of words that led to information that whirled into blended realms of creativity set up just for students, created by students. The students then dictated what they learned instead of reluctantly ingesting information and standards imposed upon them. That exists here and now. In every nook and cranny, around every corner, inside every well-engineered lesson, students might just learn what they want to learn and actually find success while improving the world around them. Take a tour of 50 different views of education that somehow find a similar note: Education must change. 1. Sir Ken Robinson campaigns changing education through talks, writing, advising, and teaching. 2. 3. 4. According to John Taylor Gatto, teachers should choose the real world over the classroom. 5. Dr. 6. 7. 8.
U.S. Department of Education issues guidelines on student data privacy The U.S. Department of Education has issued new online resource guidelines to help school districts and educators interpret major laws for protecting student privacy and develop best practices for using online educational services. The report, Protecting Student Privacy While Using Educational Services: Requirements and Best Practices, issued by the department’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), noted that classrooms are increasingly employing technological advances such as on-demand delivery of personalized content, virtual forms of interacting with teachers and other students, and many other interactive technologies. “Early adopters of these technologies have demonstrated their potential to transform the educational process, but they have also called attention to possible challenges,” says the report. NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) formed a working group on student privacy this year, which will issue a guide for school attorneys this spring.
Change and challenge: tips on moving forward in the face of resistance I received the following email recently about the difficulty of dealing with resistant or challenging people in workshops: I serve schools as a math and data coach throughout the State. I am writing you looking for some ideas. I am writing you looking some guidance on how you would respond to some or all of the following statements that I’m sure you have heard before, some examples: “The teachers here are great, we just need better students”“The state uses voodoo math to determine which schools are struggling, our school is fine; it’s the state that needs to make changes” These are just a few examples, I’m sure you hear the same 5 to 10 statements from educational holdouts that uses these excuses as a reason not to change their educational practices. Here was my response, expanded for this post: Yes, such fatalistic attitudes are all too common. Let’s assume for the moment that the schools are in need of change, and that some staff members are simply not facing up to issues at hand. 1. 2.