April 06, 2016
Principal Christine Swanson of Edison Elementary in Michigan knows that in education, there are no “magic wands” that can change things for the better with a flick of the wrist. But she’s found something pretty close – something that has made a difference in everything from academic achievement to the happiness of teachers and students. That something is parent engagement, and Principal Swanson is using technology to get parents (and the whole community) involved in creating a welcoming, inspiring school culture. What makes technology such a great tool for engaging with parents? It’s all...
April 01, 2016
If you want to know all the ways that tech can make an impact in the classroom, look no further than the South Pasadena Unified School District. You’ll see students working in groups on online projects, creating iPad videos (and replaying them in slow motion!), and sharing the results of science experiments on the interactive whiteboard. Teachers at SPUSD are all about the “four C’s” – and no, these aren’t the four C’s of diamond buying (cut, carat, clarity, etc.). For SPUSD, the four C’s are communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking – and technology has helped them...
March 30, 2016
Teachers in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are no rookies when it comes to technology in the classroom. For the past three years, they’ve looked carefully at student data to identify kids who are at risk of not graduating and to help keep teachers updated on student progress. But while they may be experienced with using digital tools, that hasn’t stopped Gwinnett County from continuing to seek out new ways to empower their teachers and students with technology. This innovative district is always looking to use technology to make a difference, and their latest project hopes to take student support...