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 (