School districts all over the country are taking advantage of technology to better communicate not only with parents and students, but members of their communities not directly involved with schools.
After two decades in online teaching in both the corporate world and higher education, I regret to report that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the network connection. While online teaching offers many rewards for instructors, it takes a special set of skills and attitudes to excel at it. And these are emphatically not the same skills and attitudes that make an exceptional classroom teacher. Here's the mindset it takes to be a successful online teacher.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation's second largest, appointed Stephanie Abrams, a former television reporter and anchor, as its first social media director. Although budgets are tight, much of the funding for the new role came out of a pitch the district made to the nonprofit Goldhirsh foundation. T.H.E. Journal recently spoke with Abrams about her new role and how districts can find a new voice through social media.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Since December, many of high school science teacher Frederick Feraco’s spare minutes have been consumed with a new way he has found to help his students ace their assessments--by developing his own apps to help with state assessments.
A new program from several app developers is putting education apps in teachers' hands free of charge.
Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.
- By Jennifer Demski
Two consortia of states are paving the way for online assessment of Common Core State Standards by 2014. But will your district be up to speed?
- By Geoffrey H. Fletcher
Ed tech professionals offer five tips for approaching professional development that will help smooth the way to adoption of open educational resources.
- By Bridget McCrea
July 1 is approaching; that's the day when your E-rate-funded school better have a plan in place for teaching students about online safety and cyberbullying.
- By Dian Schaffhauser