February 19, 2016
What comes to mind when you think of a school library? It might be musty rows of books, or card catalogs, or being shushed for talking too loud. At Edwards Elementary School in Ames, Iowa, though, the library means 3D printers, computer coding, and even robots. The tech specialists in Ames know that innovation in the classroom (while important) is just one piece of the puzzle –the library has a big part to play in preparing students for the future. For twenty years, tech teacher and librarian Teresa Green and media technologist Beverly Crumpton have worked to create a tech-friendly...
February 17, 2016
There’s a theory about music that also applies to education in many ways. It’s called the “auditory cheesecake” theory, and it compares music to dessert: sure, it’s nice to have, but does it actually give us anything vital or necessary? We hear the same question about edtech all the time. Digital teaching tools and strategies are certainly exciting, but are they really meaningful, or just icing on the cake? As we celebrate Digital Learning Day today, edtech guru Eric Sheninger has some suggestions for how digital tools can make a real difference in the classroom – and how teachers can create...
February 12, 2016
Data can sound like a newfangled four-letter word, but it has been a cornerstone of the classroom since just about the dawn of time. Teachers collect it in everything from attendance sheets to quiz grades, and thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to analyze and react to student data. But all this enthusiasm about the power of information begs a few questions: does data actually do what we all hope it does? And what happens when we give our students data about themselves, and help them to understand, analyze, and act on it? You might be familiar with the idea of the “growth mindset” –...