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Meeting Students Where They Are

April 01, 2015
In Delaware teacher Katy Corey’s fifth-grade class, the students use laptops for math. They don’t all work on the same problems, though.  Corey uses a technology platform, Schoology, to provide different students with different math problems, depending on their strengths and weaknessess. The program is also a great tool for parents, who can access their child’s information, and see their child’s progress, what areas are strengths for their child, and what topics they’re struggling with. It’s not just in Corey’s classroom, or even her school or district, that educators are taking an increased...

Increase Collaboration Time by Flipping Classrooms

March 27, 2015
In St. Cloud, MN and some of its surrounding districts, more and more are schools are choosing to try a flipped learning model in their classrooms – letting students go through the lesson materials on their own at home, and then devoting classroom time to practice, collaboration, and deeper learning. In Matt Darling’s fifth-grade math class, Darling records videos of his lessons for his students, who watch them on tablets as homework. They test their comprehension with a brief quiz, and when they come in, they have the entire class period to work on areas or topics that need help, and to...

Technology, Trust, and a Turnaround

March 25, 2015
Nestled in a tiny, rural town in the Arkansas Ozarks, St. Paul High seems an unlikely place for a tech-powered school turnaround. When Daisy Dyer Duerr began there as principal in 2011, the school was failing and slated for takeover by the state. Duerr responded by focusing on two issue: technology and trust. Duerr sought out grants to improve the school’s connectivity and secure Netbooks, Chromebooks, and Nooks for the school, and encouraged teachers to use technology in their classrooms, like Google Docs for real-time editing and collaboration on writing assignments, Newsela for reading...

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