Expert Perspectives


Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): How are we going to address our children’s emotional needs?

Our children are hungry — food-wise and emotion-wise. Schools have addressed the former and they are starting to address the latter. In this beginning blog post on SEL — social and emotional learning — we define it, raise a few provocative questions, and then we hear from Dr. Tyralynn Frazier, an SEL expert, who explores “SEL and Equity.” A very good place to start!

E-rate FAQ: FCC Releases New Rules for Ed Tech Funding

Here are the ed tech funding updates that E-rate applicants will need to know for funding year 2020 and beyond.

The Importance of STEM in the Classroom

According to a study from LinkedIn, the most in-demand job skills in 2017 included cloud computing, statistical analysis and app development. What do these skills have in common? They all incorporate STEM.

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:

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.

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.

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?

How Schools Can Score High on Their ESSA Financial Report Cards

One of the developments to ESSA’s new list of benchmarks requires schools to deliver financial reports that break out funding at the school-level — a task that was previously reported at the district-level. By December 31, 2019, each individual school must present their fiscal year budgets through an online report card. That end of year deadline will be here before you know it.

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...

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.

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