Thursday, November 28, 2013

Here is guided inquiry as intended. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief. Courtesy of ASCD.

Project-based learning gets a boost from technology
Schools nationwide are using education technology to integrate project-based learning into classroom lessons. Examples in this article include a project in which a group of Philadelphia high-school students worked with an astronomer and planetarium director to locate and photograph anomalies on the surface of the sun. The nonprofit New Tech Network works with about 130 schools to promote PBL. District Administration magazine online (11/11)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Following is a post including a number of articles on connecting/collaborating with schools using technology. This is an important piece of guided inquiry. Enjoy...taken from Choice Literacy.

Here are two articles from the Choice Literacy archives to help you use technology to build literacy connections in classrooms and schools.

Colby Sharp has advice for connecting classrooms with authors in  Adventures with Author Skyping:

Andrea Smith assesses the benefits of children blogging about their learning in Strawberries, Fun, and Student Blogging:

Mary Lee Hahn shares what she learns about her students when she invites them to participate in a "bring your own device day" in her classroom. This is a post from the A Year of Reading blog:

In a new podcast, Angela Maiers talks about teaching passion and technology tools:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Here is some "qualitative data" on how social media impacts schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Fla. school district's social media efforts seen as "#amazing"
The Pasco County, Fla., school district has gotten high praise from Twitter executives, who have called its social media efforts "#amazing." In the district, which has embraced social media, administrators and others use Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other sites to communicate with students and others. The approach is a departure from that adopted by some neighboring districts, including one which largely has avoided social media on the advice of its attorneys. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (11/2)