Monday's post was about two surveys of US teachers about what technology's doing to students' academic performance. Today, a guest commentary from Marianne Malmstrom, who teaches grades 3-8 at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, N.J., after I asked her what she thought of the research and the New York Times's coverage: "At least the New York Times and Pew stated several times the findings … [Read more...] about A teacher’s view of teacher surveys about youth & tech
So what good is social media?
I hadn't seen this figure: Social media use is forbidden in 52% of US classrooms, writes writes Prof. Todd Finley at East Carolina University in Edutopia. He suggests that this prohibition is working about as well as did Britain's royal decree in 1763 that North American colonists were not to settle west of the Appalachians. Professor Finley doesn't stop with why today's containment effort is … [Read more...] about So what good is social media?
To bring learning back into school
This is a mashup of a blog post and a retweet. I'm basically retweeting (Twitter users' term for reposting someone else's tweet because you think it's worth your own followers' attention) educator and author Will Richardson's March 2011 TEDxNYED talk in case you missed it. At about 1:30 into Will's 14-min. talk, he mentions 17-year-old professional cinematographer Mark Klassen in Ontario. Here's … [Read more...] about To bring learning back into school
5th-graders teaching us about teaching digital citizenship
I read 5th-grade Washington, D.C., teacher Marti Weston's blog post because I was curious about "The Digital Citizenship Minute" (the title of her post). But my curiosity quickly gave way to inspiration. I really liked that Marti asked her students to discover for themselves the definition of digital citizenship by collaborating on the writing of scripts about it for podcasts. Then, as I read on, … [Read more...] about 5th-graders teaching us about teaching digital citizenship
NASSP calls for social & mobile tech in school
We've turned a corner, maybe. "The National Association of Secondary School Principals is looking to change the conversation about mobile computing and social media in schools," TheJournal.com reports. This week the NASSP released a statement encouraging their use in the classroom to help "prepare students to be active, constructive participants in the highly connected world in which they already … [Read more...] about NASSP calls for social & mobile tech in school