Technology in Schools

Award-Winning Schools’ Secret Weapons

Award-Winning Schools’ Secret Weapons

| December 28, 2010 | 1 Comment

What does a 21st century school district look like? The Howell Township Public School District in Howell, New Jersey is a great example: It snagged first place this year in the 2010 Digital School District Survey for medium-sized districts. Some of the more notable attributes from Howell include: Advanced, project-based uses of technology in the […]

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How Should We Use Technology in Schools? Ask Students

How Should We Use Technology in Schools? Ask Students

| December 15, 2010 | 7 Comments

By Sara Bernard Last summer, 15 students from Chicago’s public school system were charged with answering this question: “How can 21st century technology enhance rigor, relevance, and relationships in high school?” To answer the question, they interviewed teachers and community members, researched best practices, held panel discussions, and conducted a survey of 380 of their […]

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Why We Should Take Ed Tech Seriously

Why We Should Take Ed Tech Seriously

| November 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

There are so many great bullet points in Scott McLeod’s post “If we were really serious about educational technology,” on his blog about how to get the ed tech revolution ignited. Here are just a few. Find out the exact percentage of our schools’ families that don’t have broadband Internet access at home rather than treating the […]

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Technology vs. learning? They’re not enemies.

Technology vs. learning? They’re not enemies.

| November 22, 2010 | 3 Comments

Yesterday’s New York Times’ article “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” by Matt Richtel brings up a long list of important ideas about how technology is changing the way students learn. Richtel touches on everything from how are brains our wired, to our cultural struggle with taming technology, to the balance of power between educator […]

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Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers?

Digital Media Tool Made Easy for Teachers?

| November 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

By Ifanyi Bell Educators are an industrious bunch. On a day-to-day basis, they have to make something out of nothing, and that’s especially true when it comes to integrating technology in the classroom. They’re faced with a slew of barriers preventing a full-scale upgrade of technology—namely funding and an ideological consensus regarding reform, among other […]

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Give Them a Second Chance: A Case For Re-Taking Tests Online

Give Them a Second Chance: A Case For Re-Taking Tests Online

| November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

Flickr:DAEllis By Anthony Armonstrong Anthony Armstrong is an eighth-grade social studies teacher at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, Calif. One of my goals as an instructor this year was to nurture a “growth” rather than a “fixed” mindset when it comes to my students and their learning. The idea of the “growth mindset” comes […]

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Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers

Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers

| November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the age of the technology avalanche, what happens to a teacher’s role? Cheryl Davis, District Curriculum & Instruction Technology Specialist at Acalanes Unified School District says they’re crucial to the equation. “A good teacher is a good teacher. The added value they bring as our kids move forward in this world, to have experiences […]

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Parents Keep Track of Students Online

Parents Keep Track of Students Online

| November 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Photos.com INNOVATIVE SCHOOL PROGRAMS The one time I skipped class when I was a senior in high school, an anonymous source called my mother, and told her my whereabouts (the local Bob’s Big Boy). These days, she wouldn’t need a spy to alert her. With home-school communication boosted by technology, parents can find out everything […]

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Facebook: Friend or Foe

Facebook: Friend or Foe

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Nancy Willard of Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, writes in about Wednesday’s post regarding an article in the Boston Herald about teachers getting fired over friending students on Facebook. Actually, I disagree. I am the Nancy Willard who was misquoted in this article. I agree with the vast majority of the Massachusetts policy. […]

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Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

| October 28, 2010 | 5 Comments

Flickr: Arvindgrover By Sara Bernard Once upon a time, textbook writers would write textbooks and teachers would teach what was in them. Teachers would make up their own lesson plans, and if they were willing, shared them with their colleagues. But technology is changing the scenario. Now, not only are educators combing the Internet for […]

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