Helene Blowers has identified the new Digital Divide ( Reality Check 2.010 ), as one between those with the skills to find and use information and those without. Among some of the skills she highlights are:
Knowing how to “think” about search
Knowing how to validate soft information
Knowing how to get information to travel to you instead of chasing it
Knowing where to find information in new “hot” channel
All of this is why we need to organize teachers into Professional Learning Communities
What I’d Buy Instead of an Interactive Whiteboard by Bill Ferriter, The Tempered Radical
Give me $5,000-$6,000 to spend on a middle school classroom with 25 students and I’ll buy:
5 Netbook Computers Cost: $1,250
Give me one netbook for every 5 kids in my classroom and I can create instant workstations for groups.
5 YEARS of VoiceThread for my Students Cost: $300
With little digital skill, kids of all ages can interact in Socratic style conversations on school related topics with one another both in and out of school.
5 YEARS of Brainpop Access for my Classroom Cost: $731
Brainpop is a service that creates short (3-5 minute) animated videos on topics across the curriculum.
5 YEARS of Access to Poll Everywhere Cost: $645
What makes Poll Everywhere—an online application that allows teachers to create and deliver quick surveys—unique is that students can respond to surveys via text message from their cell phones, making the need for student responders obsolete in most middle school classrooms considering the number of students carrying cell phones to school each day.
A Mid-Range Data Projector Cost: $595
Total = $3,521
Camtasia Screencasting Software Cost: $179
Students need to be more involved in their own learning
. . . from traditional student learning rote memory of predetermined facts disseminated by teachers
. . . to cognitive science students construct meaning by making connections with prior knowledge through language
Formula: Number of Proficient Test Scores on Reading Grades 3-8, Math Grades 3-8, and EOCs divided by the total number of tests taken in school year 2008-09. Mooresville Graded School District 305 N. Main Street Mooresville, North Carolina 28115 704.658.2530 704.663.3005 fax MGSD Ranked 8th in State District Percent Proficient using EOG Reading and Math; EOC Per Pupil Expenditure 1 Chapel Hill Carrboro 88% $10,579.00 2 Polk County 85% $10,449.00 3 Carteret County 83% $9,272.00 4 Transylvania County 83% $8,860.00 5 Watauga County 82% $8,305.00 6 Union County 82% $7,739.00 7 Camden County 81.9% $8,742.00 8 MGSD 81.8% $7,902.00 9 Yancey County 81.6% $9,417.00 10 Dare County 81.6% $11,011.00
"Students would always be sort of on the edge of their seat watching this thing because it's just so cool to see how it works," Coller said of the video. "But that sentiment just ended as soon as you turned off the video, and then they're back to their boring old homework again."
"Right away, they just really warmed up to it," Coller said. "They were incredibly jazzed about it. So right away, I just saw the learning levels were just so much higher and excitement levels were just so much higher than anything I had done before."
The single most important factor in a student's achievement is the quality of his or her teacher. Reports by: The National Council on Teacher Quality ("Increasing the Odds," 2005) and The New Teacher Project ("The Widget Effect," 2009)
Web 2.0 Enables Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Socialization – Through socialization our students can use the language and skills they are learning to build networks and develop relationships with real people. Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Collaboration – They can work together with others to construct and share real knowledge. Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Creativity – They can create genuine products, in a wide range and combination of media to high standards, that will have a real audience. Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Authenticity – The tasks and activities they do and the people they communicate with to do them are real and motivating. Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Sharing – They can share what they create and learn from each other. Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers by Nik Peachey
Senior Emily Smak, 20, tries out the treadmill workstation in one of the study lounges in the new Education and Human Services Building at Central Michigan University. There is a new iMac computer attached to it so students can get a little exercise while doing homework or other things on the computer.
At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a select group of freshmen received Kindles, an online book reader, instead of the textbooks.
Reading on the Kindle will get students to read books independently, but it is also all-inclusive and boosts their reading and critical thinking skills regardless of reading level, said Deanna Isley.
Encourage teachers to engage students in their own learning
“ We should instead use technology funding to bolster new learning models and innovations, such as online-learning environments, to level the playing field and allow students from all walks of life -- from small, rural communities to budget-strapped urban schools -- to access the rich variety that is now available only to children in wealthy suburban districts.”
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