Tag archives for Education Issues

  1. High touch AND high tech

    Dave Warlick asked a group of educators what they thought they would see if they walked into a classroom in 2015 in his blog postOur Classrooms are Irrelevant, not obsolete!.  His findings were a bit troubling though. I continue to be disturbed, however, by the number of educators who predict that the classroom will go […]

  2. National Standards, Is It Time?

    With the introduction of No Child Left Behind in 2001 the emphasis on standards and accountability has grown considerably.  A recent article in Education Week entitled, “Nationwide Standards Eyed Anew” discusses the inconsistencies among standards and assessments across the 50 states.  As a result, several experts are urging officials to examine the development of national […]

  3. A New Name: Same Great Information ~ The Discovery Education Classroom Resource Guide

    The latest edition of the Discovery Education: Classroom Resource Guide has been delivered!  Focused around the theme of Digital Storytelling, this edition illustrates ways to enrich your curriculum and deepen student understanding by implementing storytelling in your classroom. From fifth-grade classroom teacher Brian Talmadge, to nationally recognized experts Kathy Schrock and Bernajean Porter, stories, advice […]

  4. Learning & Leading with Technology

    A recent article published in ISTE’s Learning & Leading with Technology titled Creating a Differentiated Classroom, discusses the implications of strategically integrating technology in an effort to meet the needs of all learners in our classroom.  This article was co-authored by a good friend and colleague of mine, Susan Keck and myself.  We welcome your […]

  5. Learning & Leading with Technology

    A recent article published in ISTE’s Learning & Leading with Technology titled Creating a Differentiated Classroom, discusses the implications of strategically integrating technology in an effort to meet the needs of all learners in our classroom.  This article was co-authored by a good friend and colleague of mine, Susan Keck and myself.  We welcome your […]

  6. Online Delivery Shows Promise for High Stakes Assessment

    While various states have experimented with delivering statewide assessments via the Internet, many educators still have mixed emotions related to the academic benefits of online testing. Recently, Oregon Department of Education officials celebrated the academic gains shown by students taking the TESA (Technology Enhanced Student Assessment).  In the eSchool News article, “State: Online Testing Helped […]

  7. Google Re-thinks Policy on Scanning Books

    After significant resistance, largely from the Association of American Publishers, Google has revised its Google Print policy.  Launched in October, Google Print is an initiative to make the full-text of books searchable through both a traditional Google search and also a customized search that indexes the libraries of several major universities.    While Google sees […]

  8. Not Your Parent’s School Anymore

    Interesting article on CNN.com today about the changing face of classrooms — basic premise is that schools are moving away from 45 minute blocks of subject matter study to more technology-infused, cooperative learning in order to better prepare students to succeed in today’s information-based society. Has your school changed any of it’s teaching approaches to […]

  9. Academy of Hope

    I met last night with the outreach team for the Arlington Academy of Hope, a school in Uganda built and supported by educators and volunteers from Arlington, VA.  Founded by John and Joyce Wanda, who were born and raised in a rural village in Uganda and immigrated to the US in 1996, the Arlington Academy […]

  10. The New Wave of Professional Development

    Classroom coaching currently rides on the crest of educational practices that are attracting a great deal of attention.  Knowing that the most effective professional development is job embedded, ongoing, and inquiry-based, many believe skilled coaches can truly make a difference in the quality of teaching that occurs in schools.  Coaching pushes schools to focus on […]

  11. Blogs, podcasts and wiki’s. Oh My!

    While many teachers across the country are just becoming comfortable using PowerPoint and the Internet as an educational tool, others are integrating new technologies, ones with funny names.  More and more educators are finding value in things called weblogs, podcasts and wiki’s.  So what are all of these things and how can I use them […]

  12. Christa McAuliffe

    Next week marks the 20th anniversary of Christa McAuliffe’s selection as the first Teacher in Space. (Note to summer school teachers:  there is a great clip of this event on the "History in the Making, 1986" video on unitedstreaming. You can find it easily by clicking Learning Tools/Calendar/July 19).  As I’ve been watching the events […]

  13. Prensky: ‘Engage Me or Enrage Me’

    I attended an interesting keynote luncheon at NECC this afternoon by Marc Prensky, author of Digital Game-Based Learning.  In the session, Prensky made some interesting points about how today’s kids learn. As ‘digital natives’ – today’s kids have never really known life without computers and live with constant sensory stimulation through iPods, cell phones, remotes, […]