February 19, 2015
In 2012, Revere High School in Massachusetts was among the worst performing in the state. The principal and administration needed a solution, and decided to overhaul the school’s entire educational system with technology. To create the change the school needed, educators at Revere needed to do more than just introduce technology- they needed to use it strategically. In addition to adopting a blended learning model, the school also flipped its classrooms, creating more time for inquiry-based assignments that reinforced not only their understanding of subjects but also the skills of...
February 18, 2015
Check out this awesome blog post from SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Education – three of our teacher contributors appear in the article on using tech to engage students with Black History Month! Kerry Gallagher’s students found portraits of Frederick Douglass online, and then used Skitch, a visual annotation tool, to place key text from his famous speech, ‘The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,’ around his face, creating a powerful way of visualizing what Douglass stood for – and against – in his time. Ken Halla replaced all of his AP US Government class’s books with multimedia tools...
February 13, 2015
At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (Austin, TX), Chris Mabley, a teacher of 43 years’ experience, decided to run a pilot of Aleks, a math software program, for his Algebra II classes and see whether it had a significant impact on his students’ learning. He had students choose whether they wanted to be in the pilot class or the traditional class, which he would teach with lectures and assigned problem sets. Throughout the year, Mabley used the software not only to teach but also to track students’ progress. The program kept graphs of how quickly they mastered different topics, showing that...