Thursday, April 25, 2013

Here's a great article and heads up on the use of Chromebooks. Seamless wireless is the key!! Courtesy of ASCE SmartBrief!

  • Lessons learned from schools' adoption of Chromebooks
    Educators in two school districts that have begun using Google Chromebooks in the classroom say they have learned several lessons from the use of the devices. Among them are that the devices are low-cost, easy to use and simple to maintain, but they require seamless wireless access to be used effectively. David Fringer, director of information systems at the Council Bluffs School District in Iowa, suggests planning, publicizing plans and starting small, among other tips. T.H.E. Journal (4/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Program helps educators, students filter online searches, content - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Research and nonfiction text are two of the areas the CCSS addresses in depth.  Here is a tool that addresses teachers', students', and parents' concerns regarding the quality of information students access online.  Enjoy:}
Type any search terms into Google and what appears may be right on the mark or wholly inappropriate -- especially for students using the search engine to complete school assignments. Enter netTrekker Search, a program that connects teachers and students with material found online that has been reviewed by education experts. Officials in Houston said they relied on the program when transitioning to a digital curricula. T.H.E. Journal (4/16)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tablet computers are taking off in Minneapolis-area classrooms - courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

  • Technology keeps changing.  Are we going to be able to keep up? 
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    One-to-one technology is taking hold in classrooms in the Minneapolis area, so much so that Jeff Noyes, a teacher on special assignment for technology integration at Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, said he expects school computer labs will be dismantled within the next few years in favor of handheld devices, such as tablet computers. The school is one of many in the region using iPads and other tablets as teaching tools -- a trend that educators say has helped to enhance teaching and learning while cutting costs. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Monday, April 8, 2013

CCSS has embedded inquiry throughout the standards. Research is crucial for the 21st century. Here are some resources for teaching younger students the process of researching - courtesy of Choice Literacy.

Here are two takes on teaching research skills from the Choice Literacy archives.
Julie Johnson uses the Family History Inquiry Project to build research skills and community at the same time in her first-grade classroom:
The mother and daughter team of authors Sofia Headley and Justina Chen Headley share Research Advice for Teens Writing Fiction:
If you're nervous about young students searching freely on the wild wild web, you might want to try Sweet Search, a search tool that includes only websites evaluated and approved by educators in the results:
Mary Beth Hertz considers the challenges of helping students learn to do online research over at Edutopia:
Join Franki Sibberson for the online three-week course Becoming a Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher offered April 3 - 17. This interactive course includes three webinars, Franki's newest book, a professional development DVD, and an introduction to scores of resources on the web to integrate into reading and writing workshops. For more details and to register online, visit this link:

Monday, April 1, 2013

How school leaders can become "technology masters" - courtesy of ASCD and Smart Brief

Here is a great model for educators facilitating the technology transition.

School leaders need to become "technology masters," who help teachers make the transition to the digital age and support schoolwide technology plans, according to Scott Klososky, the keynote speaker at a recent conference. In this blog post, Anne O'Brien, deputy director of the Learning First Alliance, shares Klososky's model for school leaders. It includes developing technology guideposts for the school, fostering an adaptive culture, developing a quality technology team and developing processes around technology, she writes. O'Brien's bl