Each person who attends the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) arrives feeling the same buzz. For those who have a hunger to learn about technology and its effectiveness in education, it's like a natural high. People everywhere, all friendly faces, some you know from social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, while so many more are new faces. All are open opportunities to engage in great conversations focused on one goal: to become better educators.
- By Jenna Linskens
ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking have launched a new PD Online course called From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Plan.
Teachers and administrators both cited technical issues and a culture of mistrust as factors hindering more effective use of school data systems, including learning management systems and student information systems.
The eMINTS National Center at the University of Missouri is partnering with CDW-G on a three-year research effort exploring technology training for K-12 teachers.
PBS TeacherLine next month will launch a six-week course designed to introduce teachers to the "critical knowledge, strategies, and techniques to support student achievement in an online learning environment."
Florida's Citrus County School District is beginning a system-wide rollout of a Web-based teacher effectiveness evaluation tool. The district joins 21 others in Florida that have adopted the FASTe platform from ed tech developer Performance Matters.
ASCD and Pearson have teamed up with the Marzano Research Laboratory to develop Principal Compass, a cloud based leadership program for K-12 school principals and leadership teams.
- By Chris-Rachael Oseland
Microsoft has launched a new version of its Partners in Learning Network with features designed to improve and encourage collaboration.
School Improvement Network, a provider of professional development for educators, has launched a new tool designed to help teachers navigate the new Common Core State Standards.
Teachers and students will soon have a new tool for navigating the world of classroom software applications with the upcoming release of Teaching and Learning with Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2011 for Mac.
- By Mike Hohenbrink