Take Three. A Trio of Teachers on High Stakes Tests and the Classroom.

For this blog post, I asked three teachers/Boston College colleagues to respond to this question posed by Cathy Rubin of the Huffington Post: How do you balance preparation for high stakes assessments with teaching and learning in your classroom? Here are their responses: From Luke Reynolds, a middle school English teacher: Waiting for Knowledge…or Pursuing …

Technology Integration: Teach less, Learn more

True integration of technology requires that it be baked into student learning rather than just sprinkled on top. This requires an investment in time, money, and teacher attention to challenge existing modes of classroom instruction. As Pak Tee Ng expressed in his Global Search for Education interview from October 28, 2013, the real challenge is …

Technology and innovation: all about the how

Over the past 10 years, classroom technology has been transformed – or has it? Bulky, expensive desktop computers have been replaced by mobile, inexpensive devices that are designed to move with students—and some lucky districts and schools have been able to implement one-to-one programs of mobile devices for students. But a focus on purchasing more …

Three free digital ways to get instant feedback from students

Padlet is a free collaborative bulletin board where the students can write and pin up digital post-it notes with text and/or images. You complete a free registration, which uses your Google account, and then create a bulletin board with your choice of theme, add a title, questions, resources, and/or a starting discussion question. It gives you …

Google Glass, All that is Wrong with #EdTech… Again

By Adam Steiner, February 11, 2014 There is no denying the value that Google and its associated products are offering to K-12 education these days. School systems are leveraging Google Apps for Education to provide low-cost e-mail access and document management to teachers and students, using Drive to collaborate and increase engagement, managing resources with …

Retrofitting the Archaic Classroom on the Cheap

Greater emphasis is placed every day on blended learning environments that utilize digital content. Many teachers are attempting to implement such a pedogical shift in older classrooms that do not naturally support such efforts. These classrooms lack the standard equipment of the 21st century school including common student devices, interactive white boards, short-throw projectors, or …