Technology in the Classroom

International ed tech: Portugal’s success story

eSchool News - 7 hours 4 min ago

Education stakeholders highlight an international perspective on ed-tech integration

As the U.S. struggles with stagnant performance on international assessments, it could learn from other countries’ successful ed-tech initiatives.

During the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 2013 senior-level delegation visit to Portugal, ed-tech advocates explored the country’s successful technology initiative and identified key takeaways for U.S. education leaders policymakers.

Portugal’s initiative grew out of economic decline, poor student performance on international tests, and sparse home internet access. In response, the government launched the National Technology Plan for Education, with an overall goal of creating a “knowledge-based society” and using technology and internet access to make the country’s education system not just current, but top-notch.

(Next page: The ed-tech program’s impact)

Edgenuity Adds Lesson Mastery Report To Improve Personalized Learning

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:32
Online curriculum provider Edgenuity has released a new Lesson Mastery report to help teachers monitor student progress by skill and standard to more effectively personalize instruction.

NEC Launches $25,000 Giveaway Scholarship Program

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 14:00
NEC is putting $25,000 in products up for grabs with the launch of a video contest for K-12 schools.

14 Tech Supplies That Made School Tolerable in the ’90s

eSchool News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 13:52

Seat belts everyone! Time for an educational field trip on The Magic School Bus back to the 1990s, Mashable reports. The clunky technology of the ’90s paved the way for innovations in today’s classrooms, and growing up in that time period was an adventure. Children today would scratch their heads at a floppy disk. And who would know what to do with Microsoft Encarta when a quick Google search is so much easier? New gadgets, trends and advancing technology have provided the education system with fancier tools, but we look back fondly at the learning resources of our past. So buckle up and pack your Trapper Keeper, because it’s time to ford the river down memory lane…

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Learning First Alliance Suggests CCSS Assessment Delay

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:30
The group representing 10 million educators cautioned against using aligned assessments in high-stakes accountability decisions, and also announced a new website to highlight best practices for implementing Common Core State Standards.

Crickweb:  The String of Beads

Tech and Learning News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00
Use this simple site to practice sequencing and patterns.

Video Tutorial: Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 – Student Training

Tech and Learning News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:00
Today's video provides an overview of the new and enhanced features in Blackboard Learn 9.1

3D printing and Star Trek?

eSchool News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 02:00

The latest 3D printing technology calls to mind real-world applications of fictional, futuristic technology

3D printers have garnered attention in education as of late, due to their ability to generate unique objects and their capacity to engage students and drum up interest in STEM subjects such as engineering.

In fact, 3D printers help students make real-world connections between their classroom learning and careers and technological applications.

As the technology advances, many think it is approaching “Star Trek status,” as they liken 3D printing to the original series’ replicator technology.

(Next page: How is 3D printing moving us closer to Star Trek?)

How to avoid classroom cheating

eSchool News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 01:30

Technology presents cheating challenges and opportunities

Snapchat—snap a photo with a smartphone and the image disappears 10 seconds after the receiver opens it. Great for selfies, but also for sending answers on a test. The evidence of cheating, though not the effects, is gone within 10 seconds.

Can teachers keep pace with the inventiveness, the sheer creativity of cheaters, often using the latest tech gadgets they use for accessing their electronic textbooks?

Like doctors who want to heal, educators choose teaching because they love to learn and want to share that passion with anybody, especially the young.

For teachers, it is emotionally and intellectually exhausting to chase cheaters who obstruct the learning process, who play a game of accumulating points for non-learning. Grading a research paper can become a legal interpretation of what plagiarism is, placing burden of proof on the teacher, providing due process for the student, and complying with the school policy on cheating. Helicopter parents are known to bring lawyers to conferences about a student accused of plagiarizing. The real tragedy: students lose the opportunity to learn.

(Next page: Steps to avoid cheating)

Vivid Digital Library of the Natural World

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Powerful images and videos capture kids' attention and make them want to learn more.

West Corporation Acquires SchoolMessenger

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 19:39
West Corporation is acquiring SchoolMessenger, legally named Reliance Holding, a provider of notification and communication tools for the K-12 market.

Reading Horizons Adds Vocab Preview, Mini Games

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:37
Reading Horizons has launched Reading Horizons Discovery 6.0, an updated version of its literacy development program for students in grades K-3, with a Common Core report and other features.

ACT Gives First Digital Exams

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:00
The first-ever computer-based national undergraduate college admission exam was administered to an invited group of 11th-grade students in 80 high schools across 23 states.

Fuel Ed Launches Online Curriculum for Middle Schools

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:26
Fuel Education has launched an online curriculum designed to help teachers personalize learning for middle school students in blended or fully online environments.

National Environmental Education Week

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00
Download a Greening STEM toolkit that has lessons to use that are applicable to the theme.

Create Visual And Auditory Apps For Any Child

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:00
Simple but powerful tool engages kids in independently following a schedule.

Drop Everything, and Read!

Tech and Learning News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 21:00
Tomorrow is National Drop Everything, and Read Day.

NSBA Makes Recommendations for Improving E-Rate

T.H.E. Journal News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:00
In response to the FCC's request for suggestions about modernizing the E-Rate program, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel has offered a series of recommendations.

Young Teachers Stick Around, Bringing Tech Savvy

eSchool News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:20

Mayra Lara has been laid off three times and bounced among high schools during her seven-year teaching career in the Los Angeles school district, the Wall Street Journal reports. Concerned about once again losing her job, she moved in with a friend and hunted for work outside of teaching two years ago. “I was so worried about long-term job security I started to think about leaving the profession I desperately love,” she recalled. But Ms. Lara stuck it out and now is part of what some call a new generation of teachers. She began her career in 2007 along with about 200,000 others—one of the largest groups of beginners to join public schools in a single year…

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