March 11, 2016
On Wednesday, Smarter Schools was honored to be a part of the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas. Our panel, “Straight Talk from Teachers on EdTech Policy,” brought together three rock star teachers to talk about the ways that technology is making a difference in the classroom. The discussion was moderated by former North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, and you can check out a full video right here – or just read our highlights below! The three teachers on our panel, Jose Frausto from Chicago, Kerry Gallagher from Massachusetts, and Matt Worthington from Texas, came from different kinds...
March 09, 2016
The small town of Piedmont, Alabama, doesn’t look like a hub of technology – nestled in the Appalachian foothills, it has a population of 5,000 and just three traffic lights. But every student in Piedmont city schools has a personal MacBook from grades 4 through 12, not to mention free internet at home and access to brand-new school media labs. All this technology is the handiwork of Superintendent Matt Akin, who has taken the town from typical rural district to edtech pioneer and is seeing powerful results. Akin has led the Piedmont school district since 2003 and overseen many of its...
March 04, 2016
Here at Smarter Schools, we’re always looking for new ways to answer the question: what does it mean to innovate in the classroom? One thing we continue to learn, thanks to leaders like Ann Feldmann of Bellevue, Nebraska, is that successful schools do more than just bring in tech and hope for the best. “The transformation occurring in these classrooms is not because of the device,” she writes. “Rather, it’s a combination of a powerful professional development program, solid pedagogy and content knowledge by the teacher, and student access.” As a district tech coordinator, Feldmann has helped...