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Opinion


Putting Change on the Backs of Teachers is a Bad, Bad Idea

In a lively dialogue, mobilists Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway discuss why telling teachers to just "integrate the technology into the curriculum" is a recipe for disaster — and they invite readers to tell their own tech transformation stories.

4 Tips for Surviving the Last Half of the School Year

The best way to keep engaged in your teaching and to enjoy your job is to be prepared.

E-Rate Begins at Home

If we know anything at all about the impact of technology on learning, we know that students must be able to use it when they need it, as long as they need it.

Web 2.0 to Social 3.0: The Next Big Thing

While web services that supported asynchronous collaboration on sites such as Facebook and Edmodo are the hallmark of Web 2.0, Social 3.0 is ushering in support for synchronous collaboration – with the Google Docs Editor as the pioneering example. And by 2017 every app and every webpage will be Social 3.0-ified and will support synchronous, real-time collaboration. You read it first!

Bubble 2.0? Schmubble 2.0! Stocks May Fall, but Technology Is Not Going Away!

Chicken Little is out of the chicken coup! It’s Bubble 2.0! Not so! Just the opposite in fact: while the stock market may go and down, technology is tremendously more rooted in our daily and enterprise lives than it was when Bubble 1.0 occurred. Time to integrate technology (mobile, in particular) into schools; technology (mobile, in particular) is not going away.

How To Use Technology To Increase Student Achievement Is Not a Mystery!

While good news about how technology is positively impact student achievement in U.S. K-12 schools is in short supply, the fact is this: It is not a mystery how a school can use desktops, laptops and, yes, even iPads to increase student achievement. Check out our blog; we spill the beans on how Nan Chiau Primary School in Singapore is using smartphones and 1:1 to support increases in achievement -- especially in students' development of 21st century skills!

How To Make Your Brain Detours Useful

How many times have you lost a great idea for a lesson plan simply because you weren't able to jot it down right away? Capturing ideas as the develop can be inconvenient, but here are five easy steps for recording your "brain detours" using a tool that's already close at hand.

Virtualizing Buffalo

Buffalo Public Schools CTO Sanjay Gilani and Director of Instructional Technology William Russo explain how desktop virtualization, implemented this school year, is allowing IT to provide around-the-clock access to learning resources and to help the district prepare for Common Core assessments.

YesWeKhan: Learning Alone is History!

The data are clear: when using online resources such as the Khan Academy videos, videos from flipped classrooms, and in higher ed -- MOOCs, learners sitting at the kitchen table or in their room or on the family couch will at some point hit an "I'm stuck" bump. Instead of quitting, which is what usually happens, use YesWeKhan, an Android app, to collaborate with a buddy and work through the confusion. Currently, YesWeKhan VERYbeta supports watching Khan Academy videos -- collaboratively.

Students Owning Their Learning: A Tale of 2 Schools

From Dewey in 1916 to PISA findings from 2012, with scientific research and personal experiences in between, we know that student ownership of their learning is absolutely key. In this week’s blog post, we explore how student ownership is facilitated in a direct-instruction school (Carpe Diem schools) and a project-based school (New Tech Network schools).

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