When rolling out iPads, teachers Amanda Allen and David Lopez at St. Genevieve Elementary in Los Angeles realized they had to give students more freedom to make the initiative truly worthwhile.
Mooresville, NC's four-year path to a districtwide laptop program led to across-the-board academic achievement and this year's Sylvia Charp Award.
Education researchers are getting great results with biology learning tools that capitalize on kids’ love of technology. Through games, simulations, and hands-on exercises, students experience a visual, molecular-level representation of concepts they used to understand only in the abstract.
- By Michelle Fredette
Administrators in districts with large numbers of underserved students are finding ways to make sure they have the 24/7 internet access they need.
You don't often find a group of 75 fifth graders from a public school in Virginia interacting directly with scientists based at Palmer Station, Antarctica, but that's exactly what takes place every year at Herman L. Horn Elementary in Vinton, VA. Using Skype as a videoconferencing platform--and working together with her school's instruction technology coordinator, Holly Ireland--social studies teacher Amanda Lusk has orchestrated two of these events from the convenience of her own classroom.
- By Bridget McCrea
T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.
- By Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher
Microsoft Lync proves invaluable when teachers and students can't be together.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Simple (and hard) ways for students and educators to start developing learning apps, from flowcharts to coding classes.
The new technology being infused into today's classrooms doesn't come cheap; nor is it always easy to install, repair, maintain, and upgrade. Physical facilities take time and money to upgrade and replace, and teachers must be trained on how to use any new equipment and applications that are introduced into the classroom. For the 21st Century classroom to operate at an optimal level all three legs of the stool must be addressed--and that costs money.
- By Bridget McCrea
The University of San Diego is offering educators and administrators the first accredited certificate in mobile technology tools, teaching, and metrics as part of its new Mobile Technology Learning Center.