Friday, August 30, 2013

Here is a great opportunity for teachers to have input into the development of technology - maybe fine tune it to guided inquiry. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Gates: New service allows teachers access to peer reviews of ed-tech
Bill Gates recently invested in a company aiming to offer teachers a type of Consumer Reports on education technology. The service, called Graphite, would include peer reviews of products, and in this question-and-answer session, Gates says he hopes the program leads to a "virtuous cycle" between ed-tech entrepreneurs and teachers. "Teachers are the lifeblood of the education system," he said. "It's impossible to improve education without constructively engaging with teachers, listening to them to understand their needs in the classroom." Education Week/Digital Education blog (8/16)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Guided Inquiry is beginning to catch on in schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Mo. teachers are encouraged to use technology to engage students
Administrators in a Missouri district addressed teachers before the start of the school year, encouraging them to use technology and innovative techniques to reach students. Teachers were advised to use social media, such as Twitter, and other resources relevant to students. "Now, Google is the new library and anyone with the ability to get connected has the ability to access information from anywhere at any time. Learning is no longer confined to the classroom," said Brad Hanson, superintendent of Monett R-1 School District. The Monett Times (Mo.) (8/12)
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Here is a great new book - due out August 16, 2013 - on using the i-pad in the classrooms. Well worth the read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Frey, Fisher and Gonzalez on teaching with tablets
In their forthcoming short-format publication, "Teaching with Tablets," ASCD authors Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher and Alex Gonzalez share with educators how to integrate tablets with effective instruction. You'll find practical advice on how to use tablets for modeling, guided instruction, formative assessment and more. Stop by the Inservice blog to read an excerpt from the book/e-book. Read on.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Here is a great aide to inquiry in the classroom...and a great teaching style. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Skype in the Classroom connects teachers, students with resources
In this blog post, Ariel Schwartz, a senior editor at Co.Exist, writes about the success of Skype in the Classroom, which launched about one year ago. Tony Bates, CEO of Skype, says one of his favorite examples of the technology in action is a project in which a beekeeper gave students a virtual tour while two teachers co-taught the lesson from separate schools, Schwartz writes. "The engagement level of the students went way up," Bates said. "In a video setting, people are more engaged. They know they're being watched." FastCoExist (7/30)
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