Why not Say it simply, Very Simply? NPR.org A great segment from NPR about taking complex ideas and explaining them in extremly simple terms.
eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year
RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms.
The folks at RSA animate have put together a very well done presentation based on a talk given by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert
In a short entry from ZDnet education, Christopher Dawson dicusses his feelings about how much schools should lock down the laptop computers that students use.
Ezekiel Edwards has an article in Edutopia about the accuracy of eyewitness testimony that might prove of use to anone teaching forensics.
Missouri begins prosecuting under cyber bullying law is an article from eSchool News that follows up on the aftermath of the Megan Meier case.
For the Holiday gift giving season I’ll throw in a link to a great resource for finding deals on technology, cNet’s the Cheapskate
Here’s an article from Edutopia about a teacher who uses a projector and a digital camera to make lessons more visual.
Google will be adding photos from Life magazine to it’s ever expanding list of offerings.
Technology key to analyzing assessment data
Incorporating assessments into daily instruction builds solid base for formative assessment
From eSchool news
The Schoolroom Peace Plan, Part One: Introduction
By Elena Aguilar
School libraries try to do more with less
New standards arrive as budget cuts threaten to trim programs, staff.
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
A quarter million teachers to get free wikis
A San Francisco wiki services provider has just finished a multiyear project under which it gave teachers all over the world 100,000 free wikis, and now, it is getting set to give away another quarter million, CNET reports.
Schools try to reach students via podcast
What's Next 2008: Ten Predictions for the Future of Public Education
Edutopia predicts: What's in store for the coming school year.
by Jennifer Foote Sweeney
Low-cost laptop experiment under way
Birmingham's pioneering use of XO computers from the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child initiative has captured educators' attention
By Christine Van Dusen, eSchool-news
Four-day week on the rise in education
High gas prices, long commutes have colleges and K-12 schools taking a close look at longer days, shorter weeks
By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
Here’s an article from Edutopia about staying healthy by eating locally grown foods
And, here’s a blog entry entitled 6 Keys to a Teacher's Successful Summer Vaction
Here’s an article from Edutopia about staying healthy by eating locally grown foods
And, here’s a blog entry entitled 6 Keys to a teachers Summer Vactionhttp://www.scribd.com/doc/96288/6-Keys-to-a-Teachers-Successful-Summer-Vacation
In honor of earth day here is an article from Edutopia about a sixth grade class in Arlington VA who started an electronics recycling program.
Heres a story from dailypress.com about a group of 10 year olds who created their own interactive whiteboard pen.
Time Magazine has posted an article on How to Make Great Teachers.
eSchool news has posted an interesting article on what sounds like a mean spirited social networking site and what students are doing to fight it. This story is a good example of how students using new web trends can police themselves.
The Learning Lab: Science Center Is an Ideal Model for All Classrooms - I have a strong belief that Science and Technology labs at the Elementary and Middle School level need to be much more hands on and interactive. Experiental learning is the way to go. This blog entry from Edutopia expresses that opinion also.
Science, Evolution, and Creationism - The National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine have released Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a book designed to give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom. The link above contains a downloadable summary, an option to purchase a hard copy, and an audio webcast version for those of you who are auditory learners.
Biology Teacher Engages Students with Classroom Capture, Multimedia - This article from T.H.E. Journal describes the success of a Michigan High School Science teacher as he has started recording and pod casting his classes.
Using Acting Skills in the Classroom - This "Wire Side Chat" from education world.com interviews the authors of Acting Lessons for Teachers: Using performance Skills in the Classroom, who suggest that teachers should incorporate acting skills to help with student engagement.
Special-Education Innovator Sally Smith Dies - This broadcast from NPR reviews the life of an educator who helped shape the way we work with special needs students. This link leads to audio and video clips.
Lost in Translation: The ESL Explosion - This article from Edutopia explores the difficulties involved with teaching ESL. If this topic interests you, be sure to check the last section which contains several online resources for TESOL.
Reports reveal online learning's successes, needs - This article from eschoolnews reviews a report from the North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL). The NACOL finds that while online learning has grown in popularity, it still is under heavy evaluation and scrutiny by state education departments.
The EAST Initiative: Students Use Technology to Promote Collaborative Learning - Here's a great article from Edutopia showing what students can do when fostered to use technology for collaborative learning. Be sure to check the 8 minute video on this to hear and see the students in action.
'Smart mob' tech spurs student activism - This article from eSchool news online looks at the effect that the pervasiveness of cell phones, PDA's and the internet has had on being able to gather very fast crowds or mobs to rally around a cause such as what recently happened in Jena, LA.
eSchool News Presents classroom management - eSchool News has aggregated many of their articles on classroom management as it relates to technology. There are stories here about keeping students focused, student projects that make money, how technology can lower bias in classrooms and more.
Snarewear, A new Eco Trend - The Wildlife Conservation Society has been dedicated to saving wildlife around the world for over one hundred years. Read about one of their latest efforts to give African poachers an alternative way to make money. This would be a great article to share with students and then have them try to come up with similar 'recycling' programs.
eBooks could spark interest in reading - "This story from eSchool news reports on a study conducted by researchers at Ball State University who found tha the use of wireless handheld devices, or eBooks, could help encourage reading among students who are reluctant readers.
Modern technology cracks the code of "The World's First Computer" - "This article from Edutopia tells the story of Antikythera Mechanism which is a compuer used by the ancient greeks.
Is Teaching an art or a Science? - "This segment from Edutopia asks people to weigh in and share their philosophy about teaching.
The Executive Wiki - "The poster child for the Web 2.0 movement, the wiki, demonstrates the spirit of open content more clearly than any other application. Wikipedia, the most famous wiki and the world's largest encyclopedia, defines a wiki as a Web site that "allows visitors to add, remove, edit, and change content."
Is Technology Missing the Mark? - "The emerging digital student has been the impetus for the evolution of the Web from information source to participation .. " Our challenge as educators, parents, and community members? How do we empower and protect our students in an environment that increasingly excludes us?
Tehcnology & Learning, March 2007"
Technology Literacy and the MySpace Generation - "The emerging digital student has been the impetus for the evolution of the Web from information source to participation .. " Our challenge as educators, parents, and community members? How do we empower and protect our students in an environment that increasingly excludes us?
Tehcnology & Learning, March 2007"
Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century - "The greatest challenge is moving beyond the glitz and pizzazz of the flashy technology to teach true literacy in this new milieu. Using the same skills used for centuries--analysis, synthesis, and evaluation--we must look at digital literacy as another realm within which to apply elements of critical thinking." (Educause)
Putting an End to Topical Research - "Topical research requires little thinking and little imagination. These assignments stress collecting rather than interpreting and analyzing. Students become smarter when teachers show them how to use their minds to wrestle with challenging questions, but scooping and smushing does little to advance their skill." (From Now On)
More 'reliable' Wikipedia Soon to Launch - Wikipedia co-founder is set to launch a new web site that aims to improve on Wikipedia's model while offering a more authoritative source of information.
Curriki Offers New World of Course Content - "Dubbed the "Wikipedia of curriculum" by its creators, the online community known as Curriki -- accessible at www.curriki.org -- aims to provide a place online where educators from anywhere in the world can post curricula and lesson plans for review and use by fellow classroom teachers.
Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview - "More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew
Internet & American Life Project.
The Classroom of Tomorrow: Here Today - "We must also build classrooms that not only meet the teaching and learning needs of today, but are flexible enough to adapt to new pedagogies, learning technologies and instructional tools – even some that do not yet exist."
Telling Tales With Technology - "Digital storytelling takes the ancient art of oral storytelling and engages a palette of technical tools to weave personal tales using images, graphics, music, and sound mixed together with the author's own story voice."
Web Radio - Streaming audio allows thousands of radio stations around the world to put their programming online and reach a global audience.
Leadership: Walking the Talk - We need to shift the focus from systems to people, and that takes real leadership. When we begin to put people first, we finally realize the fruits of our technology investments.
National Education Technology Plan - It is the responsibility of this nation’s educational enterprise – including policymakers – to help secure our economic future by ensuring that our young people are adequately prepared to meet these challenges. Today, they are not. This report explores why – and recommends steps to ensure that they will be.
Top 10 Returns On Investment - With budgets slashed, NCLB-inspired demands for quick spikes in student achievement, and the public clamoring for proof that technology is really working in education, all eyes are on the bottom line.
Video Game Studies and the Emerging Instructional Revolution - Having spent many hours playing at "twitch speed," students are bored by conventional media and likely to be attracted to courses that address their deeply imprinted interest in video games.
The Future of Learning Technologies: An Inerview with Chris Dede - My fundamental interest is in how emerging technologies expand human capabilities for knowledge creation, sharing, and mastery, so I am most interested in the learning technologies that lend themselves to complex data manipulation, intensive collaboration, and robust archives. (register for free access to this e-magazine)
A Field Guide to Cross Cultural Projects - CultureQuests allow students to examine, understand, and appreciate diverse cultures, including the student's own culture.
Thinking Through The Technology Puzzle - Here is what technology is for: questioning, exploration, discovery, analysis, understanding, application, and communication. This is also known as the learning process. Teachers need to ask themselves, "How can students learn the concepts central to this field of study better through the use of technology?"
The New Literacy - It is crucial that when teaching literacy to our students, we emphasize skills that reflect the information environment of the present, not the past. Whether we like it or not, with the information age comes a whole new set of basic skills.
Videoconferencing at its Best: Nashville Opera Brings "How to Write an Opera" to USN Students - This a true tale of just one instance where videoconferencing allowed distance learning to work its magic.
Implementing the Standards into Projects - "When creating an online project, begin by realizing that implementing National and State standards into your project is not only easy, it's the best way to teach!"
Gently Down the Stream - United Streaming, video on demand application available to New York schools, is proving its value in the classroom - "when combined with other media, video has proven to be a highly effective way of getting and holding students' attention so real learning can take place."
Monitoring Technology Misuse & Abuse
A Five-Step Plan for Creating a Digital Citizenship Program in Your School.
Leadership is Key to Ed Tech Success - The quality of leadership, researchers found, is also the primary indicator of whether technology funding--regardless of the funding level--is likely to be spent wisely or be wasted.
7 Time Saving Tools - Imagine if a technology could shave an hour off your day-or even 15 minutes. How much would that be worth to you?
Mass Storage - As students and teachers produce more multimedia work, large-scale web projects, and rich presentations, they encounter the need for mass storage.
Global Links: Lessons From Around the World - The world outside the US is rich with lessons about how technology can be used in schools. Technology Counts 2004, Education Week’s annual report on educational technology, presents a groundbreaking overview of technology in schools around the world, examining data, lessons, and trends. (free subscription).
The Coming of the Intelligence Age: Enhancing Education Through Assessment - In education, there is a ... convergence developing between assessing and evaluating student capabilities and progress, legislation, technology, and communications. This ... will ... lead to an increased use of intelligence systems to collect, manage and report data.
Summer Workshops Make the Difference - The skills I have learned over the course of three summers have helped me to be a more confident technology user.