Like many teachers, I was resistant to using technology at the start. I didn’t use any technology my first two years in the classroom (except the days my administrator would evaluate me and, for those days, I would throw together a PowerPoint!). Now I am lucky to work with some amazing districts, schools, administrators and teachers around the world who are revolutionizing education. Here are the first three reasons I don’t think I can be a great teacher without using mobile technology in my classroom.
- By Zachary Walker
Apex Learning, a provider of tools for virtual and blended learning, is expanding its line of math and English language arts tutorials for students in grades 6-8.
FileWave has introduced version 8.0 of its mobile device management software. New features include Android support, the addition of inventory-based smart groups, VPP managed distribution for Mac with multiple sToken support, parameterized profiles for Mac and advanced license management.
Why not let someone else keep your files safe and shareable so you don’t have to take up your hard drive space?
- By Ellen Zimmerman
As part of its YouthSpark initiative, Microsoft has teamed with nine of its hardware partners to deliver a special pricing program on devices for schools. The devices are designed to be compliant with Common Core testing requirements and start at less than $300.
Booneville School District in Mississippi has implemented Chromebooks and iPad Minis for all 1,300 K-12 students and 90 teachers, along with new wireless infrastructure to support the devices.
New research by ISTE and the Verizon Foundation suggests that for schools with mobile device initiatives an organized, comprehensive teacher training program can improve standardized test scores, at least somewhat, and lead to more one-on-one learning in the classroom.
- By Stephen Noonoo
Chalkup employs social networking tools and an interactive platform to facilitate online learning with video chat, instant messaging, group messaging, discussion boards and Twitter.
- By Christopher Piehler
This week we explore a recently published book: The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. In a nutshell: “Computers ... are doing for mental power ... what the steam engine and its descendants did for muscle power.” And the steam engine "was ... the biggest and fastest transformation in the entire history of the world.” Buckle up!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
When schools need technology and districts can't provide it, sometimes the only way to find the funds is to get creative.
- By Dian Schaffhauser