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Dale Basye | May 3, 2013
“School's out for summer. School's out forever.”
“School's out for summer. School's out forever.”
— Alice Cooper
Rocker Alice Cooper pretty much sums up the effect that summer has on the minds of most kids: once school is out, it’s out of mind. And that’s the problem.
“When we leave children unsupervised during the summer, we miss critical opportunities to improve their academic achievement and we take away crucial supports like nutritious meals and snacks,” says Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “By not creating and funding enough summer learning programs, we are missing the chance to engage and educate millions of students during the summer, and instead are leaving them unsupervised and at risk.”Read more...
Peggy Grant | April 24, 2013
The Common Core State Standards Lifestyle.
With their adoption by forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense, the Common Core Standards will be part of almost all teachers' lives, if not now, certainly within the next few years.
The math and language arts standards have been available for several years, but on April 9, 2013, a companion set of science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, developed with the support of the National Research Council was released. For those of us who believe that technology can engage students and elevate learning to deeper levels, the Common Core is speaking our language.
Consider the following example English Language Arts and Math Standards where technology is specifically identified as a component of literate and mathematical thinking:Read more...
Stefanie Hausman | April 16, 2013
What’s all the fuss about 1-to-1 (one-to-one learning)?
Why are schools going to lengths to purchase individual devices for students? How can a 1-to-1 learning program benefit schools? Is it worth the cost or how can the cost be avoided? These are some important questions when considering a 1-to-1 learning program for your school.
1-to-1 represents a 21st century classroom. 1-to-1 is about personalized learning. It’s about convenience, communication, and control. For digital natives, it’s about meeting the needs and expectations of a generation who take technology for granted. When students have their own devices, they can more easily use technology for research, communication, data collection, content production, productivity, and entertainment – everything that most adults use in their daily professional and personal lives – and that many students are accustomed to outside of school.Read more...
Lisa Fisher | March 26, 2013
MOOOve over online courses, MOOCs are the next big trend in higher education.
The term MOOC stands for a Massive Open Online Course. Essentially, they are fully-online courses designed around lectures, discussion, and some type of assessment- but with their own unique distinctions. Traditional online courses charge tuition, offer credit, and limit student enrollment to allow for more interaction with the instructors. The MOOC, on the other hand, is usually free, usually credit-less, and (as the name implies) massive.Read more...
Dale Basye | March 7, 2013
THE MASS PRINTED BOOK—The Mass Printed Book, 563, died prematurely of intense hyperbole yesterday. Beloved storytelling medium of the masses for generations, devoted giver of information, entertainment and reflection, and progenitor of countless adoring media, The Mass Printed Book passed less-than-quietly, leaving behind a legacy of confusion in its wake. It will be missed.
The death of print has been reported for years now. But, while book stores continue to disappear, books themselves are still kicking. Even real books…made from the dying breath of countless trees.
But, whether print or digital, it really doesn’t matter. That’s just the medium, not the message (apologies to Marshall McLuhan). The important thing is that books themselves are doing just fine, thank you very much. People are still reading. A lot. And the book-publishing industry—while undergoing a massive make-over (hopefully with more dignity than the music industry has)—is, all-in-all, in pretty good shape.Read more...
Meighan Maloney | February 24, 2013
“First, do no harm.” This cautioning phrase is most often associated with doctors, but educators and other professionals who serve the public good are implicitly bound by this rule. As teachers consider implementing any new pedagogical approach, they need to examine not only its potential benefit, but also the potential for harm. Blended learning is no exception.Read more...
Thor Prichard | February 9, 2013
About this time two years ago, while thinking about the growing void of quality mobile apps for education, an idea for a way to help fix that was born: EdAppCamp. The idea was simple, easy to implement and would spark interest in a problem that needed attention. And the perfect domain name was registered: edappcamp.org/net/me/com/mobi (we thought it was going to be big, right?). Unfortunately, with only 24 hours in a day competing with other priorities, the idea slowly fell by the wayside… until today.
Before the domains expire and get auto-registered from some remote corner in cyberspace, we’d like to transfer them (for free!) to an organization ready to carry the idea forward. Read more...
Lisa Fisher | January 22, 2013
Data visualization is driven by numbers and logic. On the one hand, its primary purpose is to communicate information clearly and effectively. Effective data visualization makes sense of statistics, providing structure and function to an otherwise seemingly random group of numbers. Data visualization also serves an important purpose, guiding the everyday decisions of policymakers as well as the habits of everyday people. And sometimes, data is just purely interesting (see – One Race, Every Medalist Ever – it’s really entertaining).Read more...
Peggy Grant | January 15, 2013
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?Read more...
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