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Beresford High School brings iPads into the learning process

Girl using an iPadFor years schools have taught kids fundamental skills like math, reading, science and English. While those core classes remain the same, today’s technology is allowing students and teachers to explore learning in a whole new way.

Beresford High School is one school implementing technology into students’ critical thinking skills.

Just two years ago the school district secured funding to purchase an iPad for each student in the high school.

“Education is a changing entity and having the technology is something that you have to do to keep and up and prepare students for the next step,” said Beresford High School Principle Dustin Degen.

“Its a very short period of time from when you’re in High School to when you’re on the job market,” said Mark Winegar.

[Interestingly the staff were given professional development to help them get the most out of the technology. Just what every teacher needs 🙂 ]

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How Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents

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Digital technology is providing a growing variety of methods for school leaders to connect with parents anywhere, anytime—a tactic mirroring how technology is used to engage students.

Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages sent in multiple languages, school staff members are giving parents instant updates, news, and information about their children’s schools. Not only that, but a number of districts are also providing parents access to Web portals where they can see everything from their children’s grades on school assignments to their locker combinations and what they’re served for lunch.

Socioeconomic disparities in Internet access can make such digital-outreach efforts challenging and even divisive, however; some parents have many options for connecting digitally, and others don’t.

Yet some school leaders are meeting that challenge head-on by teaching parents how they can use technology to become more engaged in their children’s education, and in some cases, by providing them with access to it in their own homes.

Read More: Education Week: Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents.

The Teacher’s Guide to Facebook

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Facebook is the world’s largest social network, reaching 1 billion active users at the beginning of October. People across the globe use Facebook to connect with old friends, share news about their lives and even to maximize their brand’s social reach.

In its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13, which means that more and more students in high school and college are signing up for the social network. As a teacher, what should you do if a student sends you a friend request? Does age play a factor? Should you be careful about what you post, even if it’s from your private account?

We spoke with teachers, professors and other education professionals about best Facebook practices to help answer these questions and more.

[Great article from Mashable]

Full text: The Teacher’s Guide to Facebook.

Social media helps schools build bridges

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Like all public entities, public schools are under attack from a skeptical public. The talking point that resonates: The district needs to rein in costs and make do with what it has. All the while, a need for communication is increasing at an exponential rate. This means communicating with the public in ways that it wants to receive information immediately, in real time.

Enter social media.

Social media are a must for all organizations. However, the last question a superintendent wants to hear: “Why are my tax dollars paying $50,000 per year plus benefits to an employee who is Facebooking all day?” The short response: Because that’s where people are and where we need to be to reach them. They are on Facebook, Twitter and a multitude of other vehicles.

Full Text: Social media helps schools build bridges SmartBlogs.

9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World

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iPads are making waves in education all over the nation, even in college classrooms, where they’re replacing laptops, textbooks, and notebooks. Some colleges have even gone so far as to hand out iPads to new students, helping students and faculty all work with the same technology for learning.

This year, the iPad is still going strong and schools are continuing to innovate new ways to use the tablets in class and around campus. Here we share just a few of the coolest ways iPads are making waves in higher ed this year, from helping teams play better to ensuring students never forget their notes.

Full Text: 9 Surprising Ways Schools Are Using iPads Around The World.

Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools

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As schools get ready to deploy iPads this year, each one is scrambling to figure out how to develop an efficient and effective system that works. With no standardized system or uniform roadmap to follow, at the moment, it’s up to individual schools to reach out through their networks to find information about best practices and smooth, streamlined service.

Without professional development and a set plan in place, educators in individual classes might be stumped by how to set up iPads for different uses. But once a system is in place, educators will intuitively be able to move on with the business of guiding student learning.

To that end, here are some ideas about how to put a system in place for iPad use in classrooms:

Full Text: Best Practices for Deploying iPads in Schools | MindShift.

Digital media get top marks as they bring a new kind of learning into the classroom

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Figures just released from Ofcom’s annual communications market report highlighted the fact that last year, for the first time, the amount of time we spent talking on mobile phones fell. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not communicating: the report also suggested that some 96 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds are using digital media to stay in touch with friends and family on a daily basis.

Given that, it’s hardly surprising that digital and social media are becoming more and more widely used in schools and universities.

In fact, institutions around the UK are bringing students new learning experiences via digital media. A recent example saw 9,000 students from 140 schools watch a webcast of Tim Crouch’s play I, Cinna, based on the misadventures of a lowly character from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, then writing their own poems and prose in response and taking part in a live Q&A with the actor and director.

Full Text: Digital media get top marks as they bring a new kind of learning into the classroom – Education – News – Evening Standard.

The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom

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Although the idea of permitting students to text in class may appear problematic at first, with the appropriate supports, teachers can take advantage of the technology and, in turn, create more meaningful and engaging learning experiences. Here are a few examples as to how teachers can utilize text message technology in their classrooms and increase student engagement and content mastery

Full Text: The 60-Second Guide To Texting In The Classroom | Edudemic.

Naace: The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study

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Author: Jan Webb

In the first two terms of implementing an iPad programme, Longfield Academy in Kent have noticed a great impact on teaching and learning. Research carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine consulting will be published here next week.

It’s really exciting to be able to announce our research into the use of iPads. After a successful implementation at Longfield Academy in Kent and two terms of embedded use, the research shows some incredibly positive impacts on teaching and learning. The report on the research, carried out on behalf of Naace and supported by 9ine Consulting is available below. It outlines the conclusions of one of the most extensive studies so far undertaken into the use of tablets for learning. As one teacher put it, “The iPads have revolutionised teaching”, with appropriate use of iPads helping to enhance learning across the curriculum and encouraging collaborative learning. Whilst it’s early days for evaluating the impact on achievement, there are significant gains in quality and standard of pupil work and progress and potential for extending use even further. As more schools across the country consider adopting the use of tablets in classrooms, the messages from this research will be incredibly helpful for those who are deciding on their next steps.

Download the report: Naace: The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study.

What Teachers Need to Know about “Bring Your Own Device” Trend in Education

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BYOD is the catch phrase in the 2012 educational technology spheres. This acronym stands for ” Bring Your Own Device “, I am pretty sure you might have heard of this new trend because wherever you turn you hear people talking about embracing it. I actually have been reading a lot about it to the point that I deem it important that I share with you some of what I understood from BYOD .

Bring Your Own Device or BYOT ( Bring Your Own Technology ) has started in the business world with corporations encouraging their employees to bring their own technology devices such as  laptops to use in the work place. This was a strategy to cut down on technology costs and spendings because of the financial crisis the world has witnessed in the recent couple of years. The strategy worked quite well and without even knowing it, it moved to education and so many school districts are embracing it.

BYOD in education refers to students bringing their own technology devices  (smartphones, tablets, and laptops.) to  school for educational uses. This was initially started by college students, but it soon spread to K-12 education. Schools that used to depend on government funds to provide technology that students would need for the school day , are now turning that responsibility to the parents by asking them to purchase the technology devices needed for schools, which, fortunately enough, most  students actually own. This would cut down on schools’ huge yearly technology expenditure. But the pertinent question here is : does this BYOD work ? Does it improve students learning ?

Full text: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: What Teachers Need to Know about BYOD ( Bring Your Own Device ) Trend in Education.

Seven iPad alternatives for schools

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With their interactive touch screens, easy portability, and quick boot-up time, tablets are increasingly becoming schools’ classroom computers of choice. And while many schools have invested in Apple’s revolutionary iPad, which started the whole tablet computing craze, a number of other suitable options have emerged to give school leaders more choices.

Last month, for instance, both Microsoft and Google unveiled new tablet computers. Microsoft is positioning its 10.6-inch tablet, which attaches to a removable rubberized keyboard and runs on its latest operating system, Windows 8, as better than the iPad in terms of productivity. At $199, Google’s new 7-inch device, the Nexus 7, is more of a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire than the $499, 9.7-inch iPad—but it will have a front-facing camera and will run on the latest version of Google’s Android OS.

With so many options at varying price points and with different educational capabilities, choosing the right tablet can be overwhelming. Besides the new Microsoft and Google devices, here are seven other iPad alternatives to consider—three of which were designed specifically for schools.

Full Text: Seven iPad alternatives for schools | eSchool News.

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class

Girl using an iPad

For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. At Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, Calif., the first year of a pilot iPad program for sixth-graders has just ended, and some clear lessons have emerged. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition.

Full Text: 14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | MindShift.