Monday, December 24, 2012

Educator: Teaching students how to conduct online research is a must - Guided Inquiry!! - Courtesy of SmartBrief!

Having students learn how to find the right information quickly and efficiently online is an important responsibility of 21st-century teaching, educator Terry Heick writes in this blog post. Heick describes how search engines, such as Google, work and explains the need for teachers to help students find the right search terms for their projects. "And finding the right information at the right time can be as challenging as finding just the right word for a poem or the right song for an occasion," Heick writes. Heick's blog (12/19)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Should computer science have a place in the common core? - Many of our goals in the common core refer to the use of technology. Take a look and see what you think. /courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Two education outreach professionals at Google say there isn't enough focus on computer science in the Common Core State Standards or the Next Generation Science Standards. Google's Maggie Johnson, director of education and university relations, and Jordan Lloyd Bookey, head of K-12 education outreach, in this blog post urge parents, educators and the public to learn more about the common core and advocate for a higher profile for computer science in the new standards. "Advancing our students' understanding of the principles and practices of computing is critical to developing a globally competitive workforce for the 21st century," they write. The Huffington Post/The Blog (12/7)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Moving education into the 21st century - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

  • a great article that focuses on some important points!

  • Today's students need to be prepared for a 21st-century workforce, yet they are being educated in a 20th-century manner, writes Howard Elias, president and chief operating officer of EMC Information Infrastructure and Cloud Services. In this blog post, he advocates for the flipped instructional model as the solution to transforming the classroom and the way students learn information. Forbes (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Here is a great article on how technology takes students beyond the classroom. Courtesy of ASCD smartbrief

"We meet in very unique spaces that don't have traditional walls"
In a short video clip on the ASCD website (7th from the left), educator and 2013 Annual Conference presenter Tiffany Della Vedova discusses her experience creating a blended learning environment and teaching and leading online. Find out how she engages students located more than 1,000 miles away using Google Chat, Skype, Facebook and Pinterest, and how else she makes the blended experience work

Friday, November 9, 2012

How to engage online learners - courtesy of ASCD Smart brief!!

  • In the November issue of Education Update, writer Stacey Curdie-Meade outlines several unique benefits of online learning, among them its asynchronous nature. Her article zeroes in on how different student groups can benefit from online learning and explains how educators can leverage the advantages of an online learning environment and keep students engaged. Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Friday, November 2, 2012

Teachers can't imagine returning to classrooms without laptops - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • A North Carolina district plans to expand a one-to-one laptop program now in place in middle and high schools. The expansion, expected to take place next year, will include fourth- and fifth-grade students. Teachers say, since laptops were introduced, students have become more engaged in lessons. One teacher also has noticed more enthusiasm for reading since students began using computers to access the social-networking website Goodreads. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Monday, October 29, 2012

Keeping up on technology is key for educators!!

  • Teacher: Educators must adapt to student smartphone use
    When a student can ask his or her smartphone basic math problems and get answers and explanations of how the answers were derived, it's time for teachers to adjust their approach. In her "Powerful Learning Practice" blog post, middle-school teacher Marsha Ratzel writes that analysis and application of math-problem solutions must become the focus, moving beyond just the ability to solve equations. Powerful Learning Practice (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Twitter is new "literary practice," professor says - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • Here is a new way for learners to learn together.  It helps to solidify the collaboration piece of inquiry.
    As teenagers' use of the social-networking website Twitter increases, Michigan State University education professor Christine Greenhow suggests the site may have educational benefits as well. Greenhow found that students who used Twitter as part of academic lessons earned higher grades and were more engaged in lessons than their peers. (10/17), United Press International (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Duncan sees traditional textbooks becoming obsolete - courtesy of ASC Smart Brief

Education Secretary Arne Duncan declared Tuesday that traditional textbooks should become obsolete in the "next few years" and that schools should shift to digital textbooks. Advocates say that digital textbooks are less costly and give students better access to up-to-date resources. Douglas Levin, executive director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association, says Common Core State Standards could make the process easier for states to collaborate to make the transition without individually having to "reinvent the wheel." Associated Press (

Sunday, September 30, 2012

SchoolTube website highlights education videos - A great resource and a great way to network!! Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief

Teachers and students looking for a place to share educational videos can turn to a free website called SchoolTube. The St. Louis-based site now has about 400,000 videos online. Featured videos include lessons on concepts such as the quadratic equations and a parody about school science-lab safety. blog

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Understand the changing demands of 21st-century citizenship - courtesy of ASCD - Worth the read!!

The demands of citizenship have changed in the 225 years since the U.S. Constitution was signed, write National Council for the Social Studies Vice President Michelle Herczog and Lillian Kellogg, vice president of Education Networks of America. Herczog and Kellogg write in this opinion article that the four C's of 21st-century competencies -- communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity -- are necessary to be an effective citizen today, as well as a successful student. (Philadelphia) (9/17)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Educational websites for students - Courtesy of ASCD

Des Moines, Iowa, Capitol View Elementary School technologist Jason Lampe shares some educational websites he uses with students. Lampe writes about websites that teach through games. Students can improve their skills in areas including math, computer programming and spelling. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (9/7)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Programming courses are urged for younger children - Courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief

  • Here is a good article regarding the use of computers for younger students.  It argues for the need to make students career ready - common core - and starting theme early.  

  • Many young children are learning computer programming through online resources they find outside of school. The Computer Science Teachers Association recommends that elementary and middle schools introduce computer science classes, especially because of the need for skilled workers in the field. Alice, Scratch and Lua-based platforms are identified as good resources for younger students. Business Insider (8/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story