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.
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?
- By Patricia Deubel
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...
Inaction by Congress and the impending sequestration could have a devastating impact on educational technology funding.
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:
- By Elliot Soloway, Cathie Norris
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.
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.
- By Susan Brooks-Young
Educators need to do a better job of explaining to the public what effective education really looks like.
- By Therese Mageau
Bill Gates commented that "constructionism," a theory of how people learn, is "bull***t." While he may well be the richest man in the world, that was a stupid thing to say — and it is a dangerous thing to say. Read on to find out why it was stupid and is dangerous.
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
In a digital world, learners of every age should be taking their first steps toward establishing an online presence. One author shares the compelling reasons why.