Texas School District to Give iPads to All Teachers, Students
In the McAllen school district, officials last week announced a more than $20 million commitment to provide an iPad for all 25,300 students and 1,634 teachers.
And despite painful budget cuts, Superintendent James Ponce said the costly initiative—coined “Teaching Learning in the Classroom, Campus and Community,” or TLC-3—was mandatory in the 21st century.
Will YouTube Videos Ever Replace Teachers?
The “flipped classroom"—which switches the order of classroom instruction and homework—is the latest education craze. Instead of receiving in-class lectures from a teacher, students watch a video lesson on YouTube. The next day, they head to school and do homework under the teacher’s supervision. Flipped classroom advocates say the model is more effective because students have their teachers and peers with them to give them feedback when they encounter problems with homework.
But there’s a major flaw in this innovative model: the nation still has a tremendous digital divide.
The other element left out of the flipped classroom discussion is that watching a video is no more active or engaging than reading a textbook.
The Flipped Classroom and the Changing Role of the Educator?
A few good math smartphone apps for elementary school students
This article by The New York Times mentions several good apps for teaching math schools to your young children.
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Facebook is Not Ruining Student Grades, Study Says
The latest of several studies to look into the relationship between Facebook use and low grades has a counterintuitive twist — some kinds of Facebook use are correlated withhigher GPAs.
“Facebook use in and of itself is not detrimental to academic outcome,” says study author Reynol Junco, a professor at the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. “It depends how it’s used.”
All Facebook activities do not have the same relationship with grades. Posting status updates and using Facebook chat generally mean a lower GPA, while checking to see what friends are up to and sharing links suggest a higher GPA. In other words, social Facebook activities were correlated with lower grades and information-related Facebook activities were correlated with higher grades.
Great read about classrooms and their technology future
To be sure, test scores can go up or down for many reasons. But to many education experts, something is not adding up — here and across the country. In a nutshell: schools are spending billions on technology, even as they cut budgets and lay off teachers, with little proof that this approach is improving basic learning.
This conundrum calls into question one of the most significant contemporary educational movements. Advocates for giving schools a major technological upgrade — which include powerful educators, Silicon Valley titans and White House appointees — say digital devices let students learn at their own pace, teach skills needed in a modern economy and hold the attention of a generation weaned on gadgets.
“The data is pretty weak. It’s very difficult when we’re pressed to come up with convincing data,” said Tom Vander Ark, the former executive director for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an investor in educational technology companies.
And yet, in virtually the same breath, he said change of a historic magnitude is inevitably coming to classrooms this decade: “It’s one of the three or four biggest things happening in the world today.”
Read more from the New York Times.
Why Colleges Shouldn’t Outsource Social Media
From my experience, if you are thinking about outsourcing your social media, you may want to reconsider:
1. You know your school’s story best
2. Your “experts” are already at your fingertips
3. Agencies aren’t anymore “in-the-know” than you
4. Agencies and consultants can be expensive
5. The Secret
Want to be let in on a little secret the social media experts don’t want you to know?
The truth is, there is no secret. That’s right, there’s no magic pill or formula that is going to launch your school to social media stardom. And more importantly it’s not about you, as much as it is about them.