Linking to learning

January 19, 2012

For educators, iPad’s time is now

Fraser Speirs, an influential Mac developer and a technology director at a Scottish school, recently wrote in his blog speirs.org that “the iPad is not the future of education. It’s the present of education.” Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is promoting the use of iPads in schools, says his company believes that the tablet can “change the way teachers teach and the way kids learn.”

November 24, 2011

Will textbook-laden backpacks be a memory?

The era of children bearing backpacks stuffed with heavy textbooks may soon be over. Instead, they will open their leather binders and flick their fingers across the screens of their e-book readers. Those of you who already read using a Kindle, Nook or other electronic book reader understand the convenience, the interactivity and the easy portability of these devices.

October 27, 2011

Reading websites for youngsters

The ability to recognize and process printed text is heavily dependent on comprehending spoken language. Fluent readers should understand the meaning of both printed and spoken language. That’s why teachers of our youngest readers should take advantage of Internet sites that offer interactive, read-aloud storybooks and activities that foster literacy.

September 22, 2011

More Web-based tools for teaching
Free Technology for Teachers (www.freetech4teachers.com) is a must-see for teachers interested in integrating technology into their classroom practice. The blog by Richard Byrnes, a Maine social studies teacher, is chock full of the latest and greatest Internet tools for teachers.

June 23, 2011

Improve your PC’s performance for free
If glaciers move faster than your computer’s hard drive, then malware, viruses or assorted temporary files may be bogging down your operating system resources. A clogged or infected hard drive will eventually grind to a halt unless you do something about its health on a regular basis.

May 26, 2011

Spring cleaning? Well, how about your PC?

Does your computer’s fan work overtime? Do keys on your keyboard stick? Is it a feat of patience to control your mouse? Is there a smudge mark in the middle of your screen? Well, maybe it’s time to clean up that computer so it looks and works like new again.

April 28, 2011

The octopus paxarbolis: Developing information literacy

Researcher Donald Leu created a website on the fictitious “tree octopus” to test students’ information literacy skills. His findings revealed that students did not have the tools to evaluate information they found online. “These results are cause for serious concern,” he says, “because anyone can publish anything on the Internet.”

March 24, 2011

Great environmental literacy resources

Summer seminar: The Cullman Center Institute for Teachers offers three week-long summer seminars with brilliant writers and academics at the New York Public Library's landmark building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

February 17, 2011

WebQuests: Authentic learning through technology

WebQuests are a great way for teachers to infuse technology into their teaching and foster higher-order thinking skills in their students. A WebQuest poses a challenging, real-world problem or task that a student or group of students must set out to tackle.

January 20, 2011

Participating in professional learning networks

Casting aside the limitations of physical space and time, social networking on the Internet expands the possibilities for teachers to take control of their learning and to push beyond the borders of the classroom, the school and the district’s annual professional development conferences.

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