Technology in the Classroom

How to Use Math in the Real World

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:00
Solve real-life algebra problems with diverse crew, delightful video

The Piggy Bank Primer

Tech and Learning News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:00
This workbook shows kids ways to save and budget.

NCAA Declines Coursework From 24 Virtual High Schools

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:43
The NCAA has notified virtual school provider K12 Inc. that it will no longer accept accept coursework from 24 of its schools for initial eligibility review for prospective student athletes. The NCAA stipulates the coursework does not fulfill its course requirements for nontraditional high schools.

New Jersey School Creates Flexible Classroom Environment for Children with Special Needs

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:54
The Newmark School, a private, not-for-profit school for children with autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention issues and other developmental disabilities, has redesigned its classrooms to encourage active and collaborative learning.

Teachscape Debuts New ELA and Common Core Courses for Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00
In an expansion of its online Common Core course offerings, Teachscape is introducing new self-paced courses for educators focusing on English Language Arts and literacy.

Florida Assessments Back Online After Day Outage

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:32
Online testing in Florida schools being delivered by Pearson Education hiccupped on Tuesday, April 22, at 26 districts in the state and had to be delayed for a day while server problems were sorted out.

Isaac Asimov Predicts in 1964 What the World Will Look Like Today — in 2014

eSchool News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:26

When New York City hosted The World’s Fair in 1964, Isaac Asimov, the prolific sci-fi author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, took the opportunity to wonder what the world would look like 50 years hence — assuming the world survived the nuclear threats of the Cold War, Open Culture reports. Writing in The New York Times, Asimov imagined a world that you might partly recognize today, a world where…

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My Students Don’t Know How to Have a Conversation

eSchool News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:23

Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene, The Atlantic reports. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their desks, checking their Facebook feeds and texts. As I called their attention, students’ heads slowly lifted, their eyes reluctantly glancing forward. I then cheerfully explained that their next project would practice a skill they all desperately needed: holding a conversation. Several students looked perplexed. Others fidgeted in their seats, waiting for me to stop watching the class so they could return to their phones. Finally, one student raised his hand. “How is this going to work?” he asked…

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Parchment Launches Free College Match Tool

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:30
An online service that facilitates digital transcript and credential exchange has added an additional feature to its college search capabilities that allows a student, parent or advisor to see comparable schools that may be worth applying too as well.

New Study Suggests Comprehensive PD Program Positively Impacts Mobile Classrooms

T.H.E. Journal News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:30
New research by ISTE and the Verizon Foundation suggests that for schools with mobile device initiatives an organized, comprehensive teacher training program can improve standardized test scores, at least somewhat, and lead to more one-on-one learning in the classroom.

Five new ed-tech innovations for schools

eSchool News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 23:15

In his latest column on ed-tech innovations, Editorial Director Dennis Pierce highlights five new products or services for schools

Software that makes it easier for teachers to control students’ tablet computers is one of five new ed-tech products highlighted here.

Products that make it easier for teachers to control students’ tablet computers and leave notes within the margins of online lessons are among the latest ed-tech innovations we’re highlighting this week.

To learn about these and other new ed-tech innovations, read on.

Classroom-based control of tablets

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the convergence of mobile device management and classroom management software, a trend that gives educators more classroom-based control over students’ mobile devices—which could help with online testing.

TabPilot sells a program, called Tablet Manager, that offers many of these same features for monitoring, controlling, and provisioning Android-based tablets at the classroom level. It’s a cloud-based management system that “puts teachers in control of classroom tablets,” the company says—allowing teachers to turn specific apps on or off for individual student devices or groups of devices.

Tablet Manager includes a secure web browser, called Focal Point, that lacks a navigation bar, keeping students on the webpage that teachers want them to be on. The program also lets teachers freeze students’ screens and monitor their screens through snapshots that are taken and sent to the cloud every few seconds.

The latest version of the software, Tablet Manager 4.0, lets teachers or administrators set up “configuration profiles,” or pre-configured sets of apps, web links, and other preferences that can be applied to groups of Android tablets all at once with a single click. For instance, a teacher or administrator could create a profile for “sixth grade math,” dragging and dropping the apps that he or she would like to push out to students in that class.

There is also a “Schedule” tab that lets users schedule profiles for certain times of the day—provisioning devices with different sets of apps for home or school use, for example.

This easy, one-click control is ideal for “shared-use environments” in which devices are used by different students throughout the day, said Jarrett Volzer, founder and president of TabPilot.

TabPilot is working on a feature that would let teachers broadcast students’ screens to the entire class, and the company plans to add this functionality soon.

An identity-based alternative to managing devices

Centrify offers schools an identity-based approach to managing who has access to what resources, rather than a device-based approach. The company says its cloud-based identity management system serves as both a platform for single sign-on functionality and an alternative to mobile device management (MDM) software.

New Elementary Math Curriculum Features Real-time Data Tracking

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:00
Vinci Education is launching a new game-based digital math curriculum for elementary education, mapped to the Common Core and featuring real-time data-tracking features designed for tablets.

The Little Earth Charter

Tech and Learning News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:00
Children will enjoy the Little Earth Charter which lists eight principles for making a better world.

Boston Public Schools Turns to Online Courses to Help Boost Graduation Rates

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:30
To help improve its four- and five-year high school graduation rates, Boston Public Schools is expanding its partnership with online course provider Apex Learning.

California District To Save $380,000 Annually with Solar Power

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:00
California's Pajaro Valley Unified School District will install solar power systems, projected to reduce energy costs by approximately $380,000 each year, at five schools.

About the security content of iOS 7.1.1

Apple Ipad Support - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:23
This document describes the security content of iOS 7.1.1.

Inifnitely Virtual Launches Virtual Servers For K-12

T.H.E. Journal News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:03
Cloud Server provider Infinitely Virtual has unveiled a virtual server offering targeted at K-12 schools and higher education institutions.

Video Tutorial: Blogging with WordPress 3.6 Training

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:00
Today's video introduces WordPress training

Massachusetts Adopts Video-based Coaching Platform for Early Educators

T.H.E. Journal News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 19:00
To help shore up its professional development among early education instructors, the state of Massachusetts is introducing the video-coaching support platform from Torsh to help provide feedback and analysis.

Great Tool to Personalize Learning Materials

Tech and Learning News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 18:00
This self-paced learning tool is a genuinely exciting way to blend teacher-created and online resources