Report: Schools not Meeting Students’ Technology Needs by Joshua Bolkan in THE Journal online, 09.13.12
Although this study was conducted by Dell, a purveyor of technology, this brief overview of the results is worth reading. The majority of teachers in the study said that “technology allows them to create a more personalized learning experience” (para. 3), but many still feel that they do not have the necessary expertise to implement it effectively.
Using iPads With Mixed-Ability Students, Teachers Must ‘Give Up Some Control by Kim Fortson in THE Journal online, 09.12.12
Even elementary students seem to able to unlock the power of iPads intuitively. In a pilot study of students in a mixed 7th/8th grade class, students who were given iPads performed higher on standardized test than those who were taught in the traditional manner. One of the results of this experiment was that the teacher realized that they had to give students with iPads more freedom to choose the way in which they would use the iPads. For example, students were told which skills they needed to practice and they had the freedom to choose the app they preferred to work on that skill.
100 Video Sites Educators Should Bookmark from The Innovative Educator
Even though this article/website is a bit dated (Feb. 24, 2010) it is still is a good resource for finding videos online. It is divided into categories such as Educational Videos, which contains resources such as Teacher Tube and Cosmo Learning and General Videos, which contains resources such as Hulu and TED. The other categories are Teacher Education, Lesson Planning, Science, Math and Technology, History, Arts and Social Sciences, Video Tools, Network and Program Videos, Free Movies and Clips, How-Tos, and Government and Organizations.
The Machines Are Taking Over by Annie Murphy Paul The New York Times Magazine online, 09.14.12
Tutoring has long been recognized as the most effective form of teaching. Neil Heffernan wanted to make the advantages of this one-on-one interaction between student and teacher available to all students through computer technology simulating the immediate feedback and “nudging” that a human tutor provides.
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