This article points out that while most students are adept at using social media and other Internet-based technologies, very few understand the implications of their activity. Tech education needs to equip students to be smart about WHAT they post, not just HOW to post–a 21st century skill.
In this article a high school technology teacher gives “the rest of us” four helpful tips to find web-based educational resources.
This article looks at two districts and how they implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative. We learn how and why the schools chose to implement a 1:1 initiative, as well as the methods they used to monitor the iPads. This is a must-read for any district looking to implement a 1:1 initiative!
This report focuses on the current state of digital citizenship among teenagers. Aside from shedding light on just how teens are interacting online, it also contains eye-opening statistics on the pervasiveness of social media, as well as privacy issues. Instances of teens stopping cyber-bullying when they see it outweigh reported cases of online harassment.
An informative article that shows how technology enables and engages students in a deeper, richer learning environment. This article was researched by Speak Up and their national initiative, Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit dedicated to the empowerment of students’ voices in education.
This article focuses on two groups that thought they were being innovative, but were lacking a “bridge” and a way to show the other group what they were doing to help them. It then shows how federal and state governments can help make this connection and encourage innovation.
This article discuss how the four federal “turnaround” models may not be the best options to transform the education of “at-risk students.” They present a better, more long-term strategy with three core elements.
This article explains this concept of a Personal Learning Network and gives practical tips for starting and maintaining a PLN.
This article proposes that when schools try to prepare students for the future, they tend to fail. Conversely, when schools prepare students to succeed in today’s world, students excel.
This article provides a list of crucial tech skills for educators–you may be surprised by how many you already have!
This is a must read for any administrator concerned about CIPA and the need to block websites as part of a district Internet policy. The article clearly outlines what schools can, can’t, and must do in order to be in compliance. The results might surprise you!
This is a fantastic document explaining just what Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is, how it differs from that “other” Taxonomy, and how you can take advantage of technology to move students toward higher-order thinking. You need this.
This report argues that high-performing schools have effective leadership at the top and outlines five practices of excellent principals. You have to click on the link to find out what they are though.
The Race to the Top-District competition may be over, but Personalized Learning is here to stay! In this white paper, author Meg Evans looks at what exactly personalized learning is and gives some concrete strategies for doing it right.
Personalized learning doesn’t necessarily have to involve technology, but it sure gets easier when it does. This report outlines the benefits of using tech for personalized learning, with a special focus on assessments and student feedback.
The statistics are in: more and more students are on Facebook, and at earlier ages. It’s absolutely crucial that school leaders know how to talk to students about social media and digital citizenship. This report, co-authored by iKeepSafe and the American School Counselor Association, gives educators key talking points to use with students, as well as advice on crafting school social media policy.
What are the Common Core standards? Where did they come from? What will the assessments look like? If you’ve asked one or all of these questions, this is the report for you.
In this article the great Will Richardson argues that we do our kids a great disservice when we focus on shiny new tech toys rather than effective learning practices. According to Richardson, “It’s not about the tools…It’s about addressing the new needs of modern learners in entirely new ways.”
You’re a parent, you’re confused by all this new-fangled 21st century learning business, and you don’t know where to start. Worry no more–download this free parent’s guide from the fine folks at Edutopia. The guide provides some basic definitions and practical resources for elementary, middle, and high school students. This is an excellent piece for all parents!