Restrictive approaches to social media in the classroom are hurting K-12 districts that expect their teachers to successfully guide students into the new media world. According to Steven Anderson, director of instructional technology at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "best practices and guidelines have to allow kids to both explore and make mistakes."
- By Bridget McCrea
Digital learning expert Sara Hall discusses what districts can do to implement successful digital learning strategies as they prepare for new curriculum and assessment standards, including Common Core.
A rural Iowa school district led by Andy Crozier, superintendent and upcoming FETC speaker, is using technology to develop student leaders, foster creativity, and drive learning beyond the status quo. See how.
If eduTecher founder and FETC presenter Adam Bellow had his way, K-12 educators would jump out of the technology "echo chambers" that many of them are trapped in and test out new tools, implement new applications, collaborate among each other, and allow more student-owned devices into the classroom.
- By Bridget McCrea
Successful mobile learning initiatives require cultural change and a student-centric approach.
Laptop, netbook, Chromebook, tablet--each device has enough similarities to make the decision seem easy, but enough differences to make a big impact on the way technology is managed in the classroom and across your district. T.H.E. Journal recently conducted a virtual roundtable with seven districts about how they decided on the device that would best fit their teaching and learning needs.
- By Jennifer Demski
As many students can attest, video creation doesn't have to be difficult and it certainly doesn't have to be scary. One teacher shares how the flipped classroom can be a lesson in media literacy for students and teachers alike.
Questions and opportunities surround the still-nascent iPad textbook market. T.H.E. Journal looked at the offerings from the 'big three' publishers--Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and HMH--to discern where the industry is, and where it might be headed.
- By Stephen Noonoo
It's the little things that can help a teacher connect with every student in the class, according to author Lynell Burmark: A good place to start: Show the image first, then use the words.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
As student-run IT initiatives evolve into full curriculum programs, schools find that students aren't just supporting technology--technology is supporting them.