Education & Technology Blog Posts by Peggy Grant

Can You Read with Your Ears

I love audiobooks. I have a monthly subscription to audible.com and love the free books from librivox.org. So lately I’ve been thinking about the use of audiobooks in the classroom.

I’ll start with the obvious. Listening to a book is pleasant. For very young children, it’s more than enjoyable, it’s a critical part of their literacy development. Listening to books helps children develop a positive attitude about books and increases their motivation to read. Read more about Can You Read with Your Ears

One-to-One Computing: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Idea

For those of us who have been in education for over 20 years, the evolution of educational technology from computer labs to classroom computers to mobile labs to one-to-one programs has been nothing short of astonishing. There’s no question that computers have had an effect on teaching and learning. But has technology delivered on its promise for student achievement? And does more technology, as in one-to-one programs, make enough of a positive difference to justify the expense? Read more about One-to-One Computing: Not a One-Size-Fits-All Idea

Digital Citizenship

The digital world where today’s students live, connect with others, and learn, is one that is often only partly understood by their teachers who have used technology in more traditional ways. How many teachers have posted a home-made video to YouTube or shared photos of dubious value on Facebook? And do you have a hard time understanding why your students feel compelled to post so much about themselves online?

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Parents—It’s time for “The Talk” (No, Not That One!)

Child development experts have long advocated for early and frequent discussions with children about sex, advice which is rarely acted upon with comfort or ease. In today’s technological environment, parents are now asked to have similarly serious, although probably not as awkward, discussions about their children’s online behavior..

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The iPhoto Journal—A Useful (and Fun) Tool!

For me, preparing to take a trip is more fun than the actual trip. And it’s a good thing since my trips only last about a week, and I can plan for months! I just returned from a trip to Dublin, Ireland, and I discovered a great way to share my trip through iPhoto without making people listen to me drone on and on about what I saw and did! It’s easy to see how the tool could be used in the classroom to share presentations. Read more about The iPhoto Journal—A Useful (and Fun) Tool!

Is BYOD Right for You?

In this age of budget cuts and shortfalls, many schools are exploring Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. At first glance, it seems like a great solution to a problem, a way to implement one-to-one computing without the expense of buying computers for every student. While many educators are enthusiastic about BYOD, others object to such initiatives, citing both practical problems and philosophical disagreements. Read more about Is BYOD Right for You?

How Much Participation Is Too Much?

As teachers, we are used to being the center of attention. Unlike students, we can pretty much talk whenever we want to, interrupt anyone for any reason, and say whatever we feel like. Even those of us committed to student-centered instruction probably dominate talk and activity in the classroom far more than we think we do. This is often painfully obvious in classroom discussions that are supposed to be places where students interact about important content-related toopics. We want students to take the lead in discussions, but that is more easily said than done. Read more about How Much Participation Is Too Much?

And the Answer Is...

Why do we hate and love quizzes? We hate them in school, especially the “pop” variety, but we love taking them about everything else from “Which Brittany Personality Are You”  to “The Nerd Test.” 
Online quizzes can be very useful tools for teachers, especially for differentiation. You can use online quizzes to help students review prerequisite knowledge and skills before starting a new unit and to help students identify areas where they might need more practice. Read more about And the Answer Is...

Talking Back

What a brave new world it will be? A world nurtured by the free exchange of ideas. Elevated discourse on important topics. The world of the Internet!

Well, not so much. Jeff Jarvis on the podcast, “This Week in Google,” had this to say about comments on blogs and web sites, “Whenever the recipient loses control, it becomes noise.” Read more about Talking Back

Asian Perspectives

In mid-July, I presented on formative assessment of 21st century skills at the AMFIE, Asia-Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education, conference in Manila, Philippines. The conference was sponsored by UNESCO, KERIS (Korea Education Research Information Services), World Bank, and Intel, among other organizations. What an experience it was! The discussions I heard confirmed my expectations in some ways and surprised me in others. Read more about Asian Perspectives

Are You Lookin' at Me?

We know they are.

I spent a few days looking for a new comforter for my bed and then suddenly noticed ads for bedding popping up on my Yahoo email page. (I also saw ads for training pull-up pants, so the alogorithm is clearly not perfect!)

I love how I can search for any business on my iPhone and get directions. Clearly, my phone has to know where I am to do that.

I think it’s a nuisance to type in (not to mention, remember) passwords and usernames for the sites I regularly visit, so, sure, go ahead and save those for me. Read more about Are You Lookin' at Me?

Creativity and Getting It Close to Right

I’ve been thinking about creative thinking lately, due to a book I’ve been reading,World without End by Ken Follett . In this sequel to Pillars of the Earth, a young woman, Caris, becomes a medical healer and faces the customs and superstitions OF 14th century England. It’s interesting to think about the kinds of thinking that people did during that time, processes that are similar in lots of ways to how we want our students to approach problems. Read more about Creativity and Getting It Close to Right

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