Back to School: Connected Educators and Classrooms

Top 13 Things to Look for in a Common Core Program
(1) Does it have all brand-new, not-repurposed content true to the details and intent of the Common Core? (2) Does it use a research-based, gradual-release instructional model that supports mastery of complex standards? (3) Does it embed professional development at the point of instruction? See all 13 things to consider

  • 5 Pinterest boards for educators
    An increasing number of educators are using Pinterest as a resource for finding and sharing teaching tools and resources. This article compiles five active and connected Pinterest users who are sharing valuable education-technology resources and ideas. Among them are Shelly Terrell, whose 46 boards include items on storytelling, presentation, online games, graphic organizers and more. Another is Erin Klein, whose EduTech Resources Pinterest board also includes various ed-tech resources. eSchool News (free registration) (8/20)     
  • Crowdsourcing offers teachers a bigger role in decision-making
    Crowdsourcing tools are playing an increasing role in education-policy discussions and are giving teachers a greater say in school district decision-making. In this article, Robyn Gee, a writer and former high-school English teacher, reflects on how crowdsourcing would have helped her when she was in the classroom. “I love the idea of teachers being encouraged to think positively about school as decision-makers — instead of listing 100 reasons why the school system will fail,” she writes. National Public Radio/All Tech Considered blog (8/12)     
  • Workshops help teachers connect with PD, one another
    Twelve teachers broadcast workshops live online during the Edmodocon 2013, which was viewed by educators worldwide. While about 200 educators attended the event live, others streamed the sessions online. Teachers also live-blogged during the sessions, and some said the connections they made will go beyond the workshop. “I made a connection with a teacher from Flint, Michigan,” said attendee Christopher Patterson, a fifth-grade teacher from Los Altos, Calif. “While we were in the workshop, we linked up on Edmodo and now we are planning to collaborate for this school year.” EdSurge (8/7)     
  • Teachers’ professional development goes high-tech
    Educators in school districts nationwide are taking professional development to the next level using video-conferencing technology. Such technology is allowing teachers to connect, interact and collaborate in new and exciting ways, including in a Florida district where a teacher created “video learning communities.” In addition, officials in an Ohio district have tapped a system that allows teachers to connect with their peers worldwide through Web conferencing technology online. T.H.E. Journal (7/31)     
  • How are teachers infusing social media in classroom lessons?
    With today’s students increasingly drawn to social media, teachers are taking note and working to integrate such social media sites into classroom lessons. Among the ideas are to use a hashtag when students live-tweet about a guest speaker, require students to maintain blogs, connect with topic experts and use programs such as Edmodo and Google Hangouts. Mashable (8/18)     
  • Teachers in Mo. district urged to engage students with tech
    Administrators in a Missouri district addressed teachers before the start of the school year, encouraging them to use technology and innovative techniques to reach students. Teachers were advised to use social media, such as Twitter, and other resources relevant to students. “Now, Google is the new library and anyone with the ability to get connected has the ability to access information from anywhere at any time. Learning is no longer confined to the classroom,” said Brad Hanson, superintendent of Monett R-1 School District. The Monett Times (Mo.) (8/12)     
  • Study: Teachers, students increasingly reach for social media
    Students are spending an increasing amount of time using social media, according to a study that found 96% of youth with Internet access use social-networking technology, with many using it to talk about school. A majority of surveyed teachers, 59%, said their students use social media for educational purposes while 35% said their schools have blogs run by students or educators or both. Teachers also reported using social media to connect with fellow educators and administrators. eSchool News (free registration) (8/5)     
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