Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.
Several examples of students playing a role in teacher PD are presented here. It runs the gamut from including students in discussions on driving student engagement to learning how students use technology outside the classroom and bringing that inside the classroom.
A group of schools that calls itself the Deeper Learning Network has systemized what it believes are the core qualities of "deep learning". They are captured in an interesting infographic at the link above. In addition, they’ve created a planning guide to help educators implement and run this model.
If you’re not already familiar with AltSchool, it’s a $20,000/year K-12 school with millions in venture funding from Silicon Valley. The author of the article visited one of AltSchool’s four micro-schools. She found that some of their success is attributed to factors other than expensive equipment and software and that other districts could learn from some of what AltSchool is doing: a combination of small learning communities, project-based learning, and personalized learning for teachers and students.
This article offers teachers three different ways they can take control of technology in the classroom and the effects that can have on their students and beyond. It’s divided into three parts: Teacher Tech Enthusiasm Can Change the Course of Tech Development; Getting Started: Tools for Technophobic Teachers; and Taking Technology Outside the Computer Lab.
This is written by an instructional technologist in a K-12 district and it's intended for the parents at her school. Some of the “things” include digital citizenship, troubleshooting technology, and collaborating using technology.
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