Friday Flash Technology had me back in 1990 with my one Apple IIe and Bank Street Writer. My special education/exceptional students typed text for their stories and we printed with a dot matrix printer. We then paired the text with their own drawings or photos developed at the local store and pasted to make construction paper books. Next we moved to making big books, poster size, with Big Book Maker Favorite Fairy Tales and Tall Tales from Pelican (Toucan Software). We taped the pages together, colored and bound with a spiral binder. We thought we were really cool creating our books twenty years ago.
The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start. In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year's batch of blogs as well. These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices.
About BYOT The acronym BYOT stands for Bring Your Own Technology, and this practice is also referred to as BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. It is an initiative that is having an impact in business as well as education. From a user’s point of view, there are so many forms of technology devices that are capable of being customized to one’s needs and interests. As students utilize their personal technology devices, they can become more proficient with them than they do with school-owned devices. When they bring their own technology tools to school, they can learn new ways to use them for learning purposes as they collaborate and interact with their teachers and each other to research information, solve complex problems, create original products, and publish their work to show what they have learned.
Informational Literacy Unit - Post Revised Due to an overwhelming request by the devoted readers of this blog, I am revising this original post to include pdf's of the Guidelines for Critical Thinking rubric and the Code of Cooperation. Scroll down to find them in context. If information literacy is central to success, survival, schooling, workplace and the community, then the teaching of information literacy and all the skills that it entails is critical, too. As many of you are quite aware, the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is building instructional practices and "shifts" into the roll-out...where teaching the standards alone is simply not enough to prepare our students for the 21st century. Shift #1 for the CCSS in English/Language Arts (ELA) is this: From this chart, we created a few more.
Resources - Dr. Lissa Pijanowski Model Schools Conference 2018 Ensuring Effective PLCs: The Data Teams Process Session #54Slide Deck, Click HEREThe Futility of PLC Lite by Dufour and Reeves, Click HEREFrom Start to Finish, Click HEREData Teams Minutes Example, Click HERE Architects of Deeper Learning: Designing Authentic and Relevant Learning Experiences Session #53Slide Deck, Click HEREHandout, Click HEREAODL Toolbox, Click HEREStart a Learning Renovation! Session #55Handout, Click HEREAODL Toolkbox, Click HERE Leadership Academy 2017 Leadership Takes Brains, Heart, and CourageSlide Deck, Click HEREPoll Everywhere, Click HEREStudent - Centered Leadership, Click HEREStudent-Centered Leadership Blog Post (Peter DeWitt), Click HEREPrincipal's Time Use and School Effectiveness, Click HEREThe School Principal As Leader.
12 Most Judicious Ways to Learn Online Do you consider yourself a life long learner? Well, I think we all are — even if we don’t identify it that way. As we grow older and mature, we learn new skills associated with work and hobbies. We become better communicators and deepen our social bonds. Studies have shown that self motivated learning is a key factor in overall well being. If you have ever wanted to tackle a new field, there are plenty of online resources for you to check out.