January 20, 2016
The digital age has brought all kinds of exciting developments for teachers – and perhaps the greatest is the power of data, which allows teachers to give our students the right kind of assistance at the right time. More than ever before, we can see where students are struggling and give them personalized help to get them where they need to be. But it takes time to look at all that information, and even more time to make smart decisions about it – time that teachers don’t always have. That’s where people like biology teacher Erin Burns come in. At West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, N.C...
January 15, 2016
For Brenna Howard, literacy is a high priority – as an English teacher, she is tasked with helping her students become confident readers and writers. In order to reach this goal, her class at East Jessamine High School in Kentucky uses plenty of technology, from submitting assignments through the cloud to taking online quizzes. But Howard has found that her students are also learning another kind of literacy, one that extends beyond English class. Thanks to the way they use digital tools, Jessamine County students are becoming more tech-literate as well. Technological literacy includes...
January 13, 2016
In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made it clear that he hopes to provide “hands-on computer science and math classes” for all American students. It’s the “hands-on” part that catches our attention. The President knows that STEM education isn’t just about teaching the concepts of tech and engineering – it’s about applying those concepts to solve authentic problems. Tech can open doors and spark imaginations, but amidst all that discovery, it can be easy to forget the creative ways we can use technology to impact the real world all around us. High school science...