Recently found … 09/05/2011

  • tags: educational reform learning time teachers professional development

    • we need to get teachers off of the hamster wheel of the current school-day model. Teachers need time to collaborate, to plan, to innovate. And schools need to find ways to build frequent – I believe weekly – time for everyone to sit in a room and work together to make schools better.
  • tags: educational reform learning QR qrcode

    • Quick Response (QR) codes are beginning to pop up on city buses, in museum exhibits, and just about anywhere people need easy access to information. But we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of how they can be used to improve the formal educational experience.
    • 1. Digital portfolios for students.
    • 2. Connecting with parents.
    • 3. Engaging students.
    • 4. Easing the transition to college.
    • “Rather than being a cure-all or silver bullet, one-to-one laptop programs may simply amplify what’s already occurring — for better or worse,” wrote Bryan Goodwin, spokesman for Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, a nonpartisan group that did the study, in an essay. Good teachers, he said, can make good use of computers, while bad teachers won’t, and they and their students could wind up becoming distracted by the technology.
    • It’s not the stuff that counts — it’s what you do with it that matters.”
    • The district leaders’ position is that technology has inspired students and helped them grow, but that there is no good way to quantify those achievements
    • , in the Maine math study, it is hard to separate the effect of the laptops from the effect of the teacher training.
    • schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an overemphasis on digital skills — like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools — at the expense of math, reading and writing fundamentals. They say the technology advocates have it backward when they press to upgrade first and ask questions later.
      • Why is it one or the other?

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