Thursday, December 19, 2013

Moving into the global village! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Va. district offers "Maker Spaces" for students to create, design
Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Va., has been hosting visitors who are interested in its "Maker Spaces," dedicated areas of the school for students to create and design their own work. The program is in place for all grades in the district, but the high school's library transformation is creating buzz and bringing visitors from universities. The library is now drawing more students, officials said, with its music studio, a "hacker" room for computer programing, a 3D printer and a "genius bar" for students to help repair computers. WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

As we celebrate Computer Science Week, here is a reflective post that deals with the challenges of moving technology from acquisition to integration. Enjoy! Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

School technology-integration specialist shares secrets to success
Isaac Pineda, the technology-integration specialist at a private school in Monterrey, Mexico, that has a one-to-one technology program, shares in this blog post three lessons learned during his school's integration process. He writes that technology acquisition is not the same as technology integration, technology integration happens gradually and the focus should always be on making progress. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/4)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Collaboration is coming to the forefront of public education. The "hive" design helps students develop their abilities in developing collaboration. Following are practical suggestions for optimizing classroom space in order to encourage collaboration. Courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Teacher: "Hive" design gives classroom an innovative buzz
Emily E. Smith, an educator in Austin, Texas, named her classroom "The Hive Society" and details in this blog post how she has transformed it into a "vessel for innovation to bloom." Inspired by photos of technology start-ups, Smith redesigned her room to inspire creativity -- developing spaces where students could work together, spread out and collaborate. "It's time for the world of education to not only redefine the curriculum placed in the hands of America's teachers, but also to redefine the classrooms in which we breed young scholars," she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (11/26)