EdCamp is a grassroots movement of do-it-yourself professional development "un-conferences." In just a year and a half the phenomenon has gained serious momentum thanks in part to networks on Twitter. T.H.E. Journal speaks to four participants.
- By Jennifer Demski
T.H.E. Journal Associate Editor Stephen Noonoo recently spoke with the flipped learning founders about the movement's newest developments, the importance of at-home internet access, and how to flip your flipped learning professional development.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Sure, voice over IP can save your schools money; but don't neglect the security aspects in your rush to get it running.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
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.
T.H.E. Journal spoke with instructors and administrators in online ed tech programs and identified five critical elements of any online master's programs in education technology that you should look for when evaluating which program is right for you.
Looking for a way to expand the horizons of its 600 students without leaving campus or breaking the annual budget, Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE, turned to videoconferencing as a viable alternative. Instead of buying some AV equipment and installing it in classrooms, hoping that teachers would use it, the school took a calculated approach to the initiative.
- By Bridget McCrea
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.