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Opinion


7 Simple Tips for Getting Your IT Issues Solved Faster

It may surprise you to learn that IT really is listening. One pro shares how educators can build rapport with IT and get problems fixed faster.

Los Angeles' 640,000 iPad Purchase: Too Big To Fail

LAUSD just purchased 640,000 iPads to go 1-to-1 throughout the district. We, the educational technology community, need to rally round and provide LAUSD’s teachers with all manner of support. We must help LAUSD make their hugely visible iPad rollout a hugely major success.

Fair Trade Electronics

The recent, promising events around working conditions in Apple's factories are hopefully leading toward a new definition of "shareholder value."

NAEP Gets It One-Third Right

A new federally authorized test of students' technology literacy has little in sync with the tech curriculum schools are teaching.

Social Networking in Schools: Incentives for Participation

Research has shown that both schools and parents believe social networking could play a positive role in students' lives, and both are interested in social networking as a tool. So why has social networking not been leveraged more in schools to enhance the education of youth?

Breaking the QR Code

T.H.E. Journal is not a how-to guide, but it can guide you through some of the issues and challenges you face in creating technology-rich 21st century schools. Also, it occasionally can take advantage of some of those ideas and technologies--and not just by simply telling you about them either.

Be Prepared for 'What If?'

No water in my house today. A combination of an unseasonal cold snap and a bad circuit breaker in our pump house has frozen the pipes. While standing in the pump house cursing the guilty circuit breaker, I had an epiphany: So this is what it is like to be...

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking

Mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Here are five examples of activities that target these levels of the taxonomy and can be used with students across grade levels in a variety of content areas.

Realizing Increased Student Achievement With Mobile Technologies: Here's the Plan

It seems appropriate that in our first column for T.H.E. Journal's K-12 Mobile Classroom Newsletter we should lay out the path to the Holy Grail of K-12: increased (if not dramatically increased) student achievement. While we might be wearing rose colored contact lenses, here's the trajectory that we see actually happening over the next few years that will get K-12 to the Holy Grail:

BYOD Teachers Talk Classroom Use

BYOD programs are only as good as the use teachers make of them. One school's director of IT explores how teachers in a variety of subjects are incorporating student devices into their lessons during a comprehensive school-wide pilot.