Written by Coby Enteen Our lives have changed drastically over the course of the last three of decades; job stability is slowly declining, manual labor is rapidly being taken over by machines, and the collective knowledge of the internet is […]
Written by Coby Enteen The value of creating in-depth, meaningful learning experiences for students through a cross-curricular or multidisciplinary teaching approaches have long been justified; however the feasibility of teaching this way, is somewhat questionable. This is due to a large degree […]
New teaching practices, should we really change the way we teach? Understanding The “Thawing Principle”
Written by Coby Enteen Every so often we are overtaken by new teaching practices and learning methods such as Flip Classroom, Project-based Learning, MOOC’s, Blended Learning and so on. We often hear about them at conferences, from a school administrator or from fellow teachers and they make […]
By Coby Enteen Attending regional, national and international professional conferences are often times a confusing experience for educators, whom are sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number and scope of technology solutions presented. Vendors are trying to promote products and increase sales, […]
By Coby Enteen Project-based Learning (PBL) has gained a great deal steam and has been adopted and implemented in many forms, over the course of the last decade. Teachers invest endless hours in dissecting topics, planning activities, writing questions, organizing […]
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.
By Peter DeWitt on August 26, 2012 2:43 PM
“Districts wading into the “bring-your-own-technology,” or BYOT, waters are wrangling with which issues should be tackled through districtwide policy, and which should fall under school-level procedural codes. In the process, they’re trying to leave room to solve unanswered legal questions about Internet security and privacy.” Quillen (Education Week)
As our students get older, they become more responsible…we hope. A laptop or tablet has replaced the notebook and pen over the past few years since our present technological explosion. Many students can’t wait until the age that their teachers allow them to bring in their own devices. Unfortunately, no matter the level, not all students are encouraged to bring technology into the classroom. And those that are encouraged to do so, may not be doing it for the right reasons.
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.
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).
ASCD Express’s Tech for Teachers column, by guest columnist Jason Bedell, uses both text and a tutorial video to encourage teachers to bring web technology into their practice in simple but meaningful ways that can contribute to student engagement and learning.