Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here’s what piqued our interest at Haiku Learning, and we thought you might be interested in it, too!
"Guest Post: Wisdom from David Bowie: Technology and Change" - Education Week
This is a guest post written by Gregg Russell, an Idaho Education Association Outstanding Principal of the Year. Russell explains how he applies of McREL’s Four Phases of Change to educational technology implementation in schools.
One of the phases is “creating demand” something we’ve seen with many of our own customers at Haiku Learning. We offer free pilots to schools of our School Edition, and oftentimes, the school will have a select a group of teachers use the platform and leverage their success to “create demand” amongst the rest of the staff.
If you’re a technology director looking for help to fund your projects, you may want to read this. The article outlines five steps to help you win grants for technology initiatives, including the common mistakes people tend to make at each step and how to prevent those mistakes. The article is based on advice from Stan Levenson, who has raised $50 million for schools he’s worked with and he has authored several books on the topic.
"'Soon We'll All Be Gamers’" - THE Journal
FETC 2015 was held in Orlando this week, bringing together over eight thousand education leaders and technology experts. This article discusses the keynote address, presented by Jane McGonigal, the first person to earn a Ph.D. in the study of the effects of gaming. McGonigal presents why educators and parents shouldn’t fear gaming and in fact should embrace it.
English has always been one of the tougher subjects to integrate technology with in a meaningful way. This article presents 5 examples that combine technology with common core standards.
For those using Haiku Learning, many of these can be easily done within our platform. Students can use our WikiProjects to create blog posts, use our Dropbox to post their podcasts, do Socratic Seminars via our Discussion Forum, and for mind mapping, we have a number of widgets in our Embed the Web library that you can embed including Coggle. As for using non-traditional authentic texts, YouTube has a great library full of newscasts that can be embedded or you can upload videos and other documents as well.
You can now get access to free sample test questions for grades 3-12 on the platform that the students will be using. PARCC also released online tutorials and described how the test will be accessible for special ed and ELL students.
If you’re using Haiku Learning, another way to get additional help for your students is to set up online practice exams using our Assessment feature. Many of our own customers have already told us they’re doing this to ensure that students feel comfortable taking online assessments. You can restrict the time limit (or not), randomize questions and answers, and allow students multiple attempts if you want to give them continuous practice with the same exam.
Here’s a concise overview for anyone who missed President Obama’s State of the Union and how he addressed education.
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