Saturday, January 26, 2013

What educators should ask to further 21st-century learning - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Educators should ask themselves 12 questions to further teaching and learning in the 21st century, writes David Penberg, an urban and international educational leader. Among the questions Penberg poses in this blog post: how to encourage students to think globally, how to leverage the power of the Internet and other technology, how to tap into all learners, and how to assure that schools and educational programs give students opportunities to connect with the world around them. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (1/17)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Google offers free tool for teaching digital literacy courtesy of SmartBrief

This is one of the best resources I have previewed.  I encourage all of you to take a look.  Think about how it ties to CCSS.  Enjoy!

As educators struggle with how to teach students to conduct proper online research, Google's Search Education is a free resource that offers lesson plans and activities designed to teach digital literacy. To help students develop their online-research skills, the resource offers free instructor-led courses on top searching techniques, "A Google A Day" challenges and live training. EdTech magazine (

Sunday, January 13, 2013

4 ways teachers are using technology now - courtesy of SmartBrief

Here is a great article on uses of technology in the classrooms.

This article compiles examples of how classroom teachers are using technology to further learning. Included among the case studies is a group of Minnesota third-graders who are using technology to compete in educational games with other students worldwide. The exercise has led to improved achievement in reading and math. In a San Francisco classroom, chemistry students are greeted each day by a text message asking them a challenge question related to what they will learn that day. blog

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ideas for using technology in the middle-grades classroom - Courtesy of SmartBrief

Technology can increase learning in a classroom, but no one has all the answers on integrating it into lessons, writes Josh Stumpenhorst, a sixth-grade language arts and history teacher. He offers examples of how his students use technology, such as making movie trailers instead of writing book reports, or recording talk shows featuring people from history. "The key is in how you use [technology] and what you are hoping to accomplish with it," Stumpenhorst writes. Education Week Teacher/Classroom Q&A blog

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Temple Run Meets Algebra: CK12′s New Approach - Courtesy of ASCD

Here is an example of information you can find on the blog: Mind/Shift

Educational website connects math, other subjects to real world
Making math relevant and less abstract may improve students' understanding of the subject. This is the idea behind CK12, an online resource that contains free lesson plans, tips and other materials for math and other subjects. Resources include a math activity using scores from the game Temple Run and videos from Khan Academy and PBS.

This site has a large number of materials available - including flex books - for teachers - FREE!