Teaching for the 21st Century We offer technology integration workshops each summer in Boston, and we travel to schools around the country and abroad. Our 'T21' program provides cohorts of teachers the opportunity to develop their technology integration skills over a one year period.
"This is a guest post by Joanne Manaster, a cell biologist and educator at the University of Illinois who writes a blog at Scientific American. She is active on social media as an advocate for STEM and science literacy."
"A group of students from Resaca Middle School in Los Fresnos, Texas were one of eight winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, which aims to get students interested in technology. Their invention, called Hello Navi, will help blind or visually-challenged students during the school day. Their school was awarded $20,000 and the creators will go on a trip to Washington, D.C."
"Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:"
"I am drawn to the concepts of collage—the combination of different elements to create an artistic whole—and bricolage, described by Louridas (Design Studies, 1999) as “the process of designing within contingencies by using and repurposing the tools at one’s disposal.” Today, the variety of available texts is more diverse than ever, and multimodal literacy practices demand we include these diverse texts in our instruction (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, & Cammack, Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading, 2004). More than ever, I find myself gathering, collecting, blending, and recombining resources like a mixed media artist. "
"we are living not simply in an unequal society but rather in two separate, side-by-side economies. For those who can crack the top 20 percent, there is great promise. Most people in that elite group, Rank told me, will spend at least part of their careers among the truly affluent, earning more than $250,000 a year. For those at work in the much larger pool, there will be falling or stagnant wages and far greater uncertainty. A college degree is an advantage, but it no longer offers any guarantee, especially for those who graduate from lower-ranked for-profit schools. "
"The CEO of Spritz, Inc., Frank Waldman, was describing the company’s new reading app, Spritz. What a promise! Reading without so much as trivial ocular effort. The ultimate in sedentary pleasures. Reading exertion zero. No eye movement, no tracking of lines, no keeping of one’s place on a page."
"A collection of books, created by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs), that demonstrate the use of Apple technologies to transform teaching and learning. Each One Best Thing book shares a unit, a lesson, or a best practice and is designed to help another educator implement a successful practice. It’s a professional learning idea championed by an educator—in word and action—that others can look to for ideas and tips on how to replicate."