Tuesday, December 31, 2013

iPads in Schools

8 Frequent Mistakes Made with iPads in School

By Teachers With Apps

MISTAKE ONE – Underestimate the power of the iPad
Students do not need to be taught how to use the iPad, but rather how to get the most out of it. They need to be taught how they can use it to create and demonstrate incredible things, to share their learning and connect it with the real word, and to promote deeper thinking.

MISTAKE TWO – Neglect to make real world connections
Most students’ use social media, but not necessarily in a way to learn or to connect in meaningful ways. Blogs, Twitter, Instagram all of these programs work on the iPad and can be used to allow students to learn from each other and to share their learning with others. These tools allow them to take REAL action in the REAL world.

MISTAKE THREE –The iPad alone will not help kids think deeply

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

A 1 to 1 Laptop Program

American Schools Are NOT Failing

Standardization and testing is not going to make American schools strong. Innovation and creativity is what makes us strong and able to compete globally. Differentiation and individualized learning is what will help our kids best. I don't want my kids to be better test takers, I want them to be great learners and doers.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Another View on SAMR (& TPACK)

 Ed Tech Frameworks: Why I Don't Use TPACK or SAMR with my Teachers

I'm going to preface this post by saying that I think both TPACK and SAMR are incredibly useful frameworks- and I use them a lot in my work with education technology. While I don't want to completely discount either framework in this post, I do want to start a discussion- and explain why I am currently not finding them completely effective in my work with teachers.

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