Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here is a great example of how to turn around a school using technology. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

School leader sees growth, success with a focus on technology
Elementary-school principal Jonathan VanderEls in this blog post shares how a decision to build technological capacity at his school eight years ago has affected student and teacher learning. For instance, under the plan, the school began offering afternoon technology sessions during its weekly faculty meetings to train teachers on specific tools and educators later used staff-meeting time to share best practices in utilizing technology, such as creating tests from question banks. Connected Principals blog (9/20)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Many schools are beginning to relax rules on the use of the internet. This change in policy allow opportunities for guided inquiry. Take a look. Maybe you can faiclitate the same change in your school. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Ohio district to relax Internet filter for teachers, students
Beginning this month, an Ohio school district will relax its Internet filters to allow teachers and students easier access to educational material. This is a change from the district's past practice, which took a hard line against sites with potentially objectionable content, including YouTube, anatomy diagrams and retail sites. Under the new practice, high-school students also will, for the first time, have access to social media, but their activities will be monitored. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (9/14)

Friday, September 13, 2013

As I read this, I recognized the qualities that must be present when using guided inquiry as well...focus on the 20th century! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief!

Classrooms that inspire the 4 Cs
"Education is changing at a rapid pace. Once thing that is often overlooked in education is the learning space," writes ASCD EDge community member Steven Weber. In his recent EDge post, Weber discusses the 4 Cs (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity) and how to design classrooms that encourage those attributes in students. Weber suggests that to inspire the 4 Cs, a learning space must be flexible, open, wireless, comfortable and more. Read on.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Some great ideas about embedding technology in content area classrooms. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Mass. social studies teacher integrates social media in lessons
Howard Wolke, a social studies teacher and instructional technology specialist in a Massachusetts district, said his goal is to integrate technology, including social media, into lessons -- helping engage students and promoting 21st-century digital citizenship. That includes a lesson earlier this year, prior to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, in which Wolke asked his students to respond to his questions about the address on Twitter in real time. Wicked Local/Lexington, Mass. (8/30)
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