Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse

This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.

 

Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making: What Works Clearinghouse.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning

E-learning and m-learning have become extremely important buzz words of the education technology revolution; each characterising a whole raft of ideas and resources for the tech-savvy teacher. But the two terms are not always used correctly, with some confusion about the differences between them and where they overlap. And in more complex terms, thinking about the differences between e-learning and m-learning can be particularly useful for teachers who use technology in the classroom, as it can help them to pick out which techniques are best for which education scenario.

The Different Uses of E-learning and M-learning.

Power Searching with Google – Inside Search – Google

A free course to help you become a better searcher

Knowing how to find answers on Google is an important skill in today’s digital age. Taught by Google’s Search experts, this online class will help you search smarter, so you can find the information you need — even in the most challenging situations.

Power Searching with Google – Inside Search – Google.

An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere – The Inspired Classroom | The Inspired Classroom

Quote #1: “The kids will learn technology whether we teach it or not, so why waste our time on it?”

I’m glad you brought this up.  I agree that it seems like our students are using technology even without our help – for example, we often see them texting on their phones once school is out, don’t we?  But there’s a big difference between knowing how to use technology for entertainment purposes and for educational purposes.  The New York Times went so far as to call this difference the “new digital divide.”  So you’re right that they’ll learn how to make Facebook accounts and watch YouTube videos without our help, but will they know how to use technology powerfully to enhance their education?  Without instruction in that area, I’d argue that many won’t.

An Open Letter to Tech-Fearing Teachers Everywhere – The Inspired Classroom | The Inspired Classroom.

Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology – PSFK

 

The ‘Tinker Tablet’ looks like the inside of a tablet, educating kids about what’s inside electronics.

By Emma Hutchings on September 7, 2012.

Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology - PSFK

 


Analog Toy Teaches Kids About Technology – PSFK.

The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration | District Administration Magazine

Teacher collaboration and professional learning communities are frequently mentioned in articles and reports on school improvement. Schools and teachers benefit in a variety of ways when teachers work together. A small but growing body of evidence suggests a positive relationship between teacher collaboration and student achievement.

The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration | District Administration Magazine.

Getting the Best ROI in Technology | District Administration Magazine

Do school district leaders receive even close to a full return on investment for 21st-century technologies like online learning, videoconferencing and interactive whiteboards? Technology vendors and their most engaged, enthusiastic customers say that many educators leave significant potential untapped because they are unable to see how technology could be more transformative or are unwilling to make the bold moves necessary to align curriculum with technology rather than the other way around.

 

Getting the Best ROI in Technology | District Administration Magazine.

3 Goals and 3 Challenges for our Educational Technology Leaders

by Joshua Kim

If higher ed is to change then our educational technology leaders must play a central role.

This call for change in higher ed begs the question – what sort of change?  I’ll suggest 3 dimensions that I view as imperative that we address in the next decade.  I hope you will offer your additions and alternatives.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/technology-and-learning/3-goals-and-3-challenges-our-educational-technology-leaders#ixzz25l3DhJVg
Inside Higher Ed

20 Education Technology Books You Should Be Reading | Edudemic

20 Education Technology Books You Should Be Reading | Edudemic.

It’s almost impossible to be an educator without implementing some kind of technology in the classroom. From blogging toeducational games to online tracking tools, there are numerous tools that educators can take advantage of to cater to an increasingly tech-savvy group of learners.

But not everyone knows just how to do that or what is best for students, and with so many options it can feel overwhelming to even get started. That’s where great books on the topic can really come in handy.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research, that will help you learn about and implement educational technologies and curricula that can truly benefit both you and your students.

My personal favorite that I view as required reading is Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser. Worth checking out (digitally, of course).

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts – OnlineDegrees.org

50 Great Ways Schools Can Use G+ Hangouts – OnlineDegrees.org.