November 06, 2015
Reading and writing did not come easily to all of California teacher Kyle Redford’s fifth-grade students. Those with learning differences such as dyslexia had trouble putting their ideas down in words, and were struggling to keep up with their peers in essay-writing workshops. But that began to change when Redford decided to try an experiment, and handed one of these students an iPad. Redford was thrilled when her experiment worked, and the tablet helped to unlock the student's potential in totally unexpected ways. Redford’s fifth-grader quickly began using the iPad to take down his ideas...
November 03, 2015
For many teachers looking to bring technology into their classrooms, or hoping to add on to what they already use, the most challenging part can be just figuring out where to start. Fortunately, Scholastic is here to help, with seven ways to integrate technology into class, straight from the pros who are making it happen. These strategies include everything from blog posts to videos to mini-social networks. Consider the power of blogging, for instance: Mary Kruel in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, uses one blog to post scheduling and homework info, and a second for her fourth-grade students to...
October 30, 2015
A great part of my job as a principal is to develop a culture that values family engagement in the school and transparent two-way communication to help families trust the people who spend each day with their kids. How do principals develop strong bonds between family and school when we all are so busy and scattered? At Timberview Middle School in Fort Worth, TX, we have learned to meet families where they are by inviting them to experience school anytime, from anywhere, and at their convenience. Many of our families experience our schools via their smartphones, and they scroll through news...