Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

  • Net Neutrality and Educational Technology

    on Mar 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments


    On February 26th, 2015, the FCC approved new rules involving net neutrality. This means that the neither government nor Internet service providers can inhibit access to and/or creation of online content. According to NPR, “the Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.” For many, this is a major win. Free speech advocates, like the ACLU, find that the new rules will allow open access

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  • The Instructional Techie: Interview with James Sanders of the Ed Tech Team

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Instructional Strategies, Technology • with Comments

    James Sanders, Director of Innovation, EdTech Team

    This article was edited for length from the original interview. To see the whole interview, please view the video embedded at the end of the article. On February 16th, I sat down with James Sanders, Director of Innovation at the Ed Tech Team, a former middle school History teacher, and Ed tech innovator for an interview using Google Hangout. I was able to hear James speak at a recent Google Apps for Education Summit and immediately knew that an interview needed to happen. I spoke with James about his background, involvement as a White House Fellow,

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  • Teaching for Mastery in the 21st Century: a Conversation with Utah State Sen. Howard Stephenson

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Technology • with Comments

    Utah State Senator Howard Stephenson, advocate for 21st century learning

    Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to hear Utah state Senator Howard Stephenson (R, Salt Lake) speak about the success of Computer Assisted Instructional Software (CAIS) and its hugely successful impact on learning for mastery in Utah schools. Sen. Stephenson has served in the Utah Senate since 1992 and has become a leading voice in innovative technology for the classroom. His focus is finding opportunities and avenues for students to gain more personalized instruction for mastery and to move public education out of its 19th century factory model.  For background, I encourage you to

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  • Keep Digital Devices in the Hands of Youngsters

    on Feb 19, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management, Technology • with Comments

    Hot or Not_

    Just as 1:1 technology gains ubiquity in classroom education the movement against its success is populating social media, straining to establish evidence that digital devices are harmful. There is an irony to the viral backlash that circulates discussion boards and the social media tools that are the very target. I for one remain unconvinced that digital technologies are responsible for lowering assessment scores and making children less educated. With every change in education there will be a need to sort the beneficial from the detrimental and we are right in the middle of that change. My rationale for

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  • Differentiating your Formative Assessments

    on Jan 16, 15 • in Elementary Classrooms, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Technology • with Comments


    The point of teaching is to learn.  Each student comes to us with different experiences and this impacts how and when they master the various concepts and skills presented in the classroom.  Part of teaching is understanding where students are in a lesson, skill, and unit.  Exit tickets have become the buzz, but there are many ways, beyond a ticket out, to check for understanding during your teaching. Creativity:  Allow students to express their knowledge of the concept or idea in a creative way, through art. Some of these activities can be done quickly, others will take a

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