Districts have got to stop banning cell phones in school. I implore schools and districts need to take a close look at their current policy on student cell phones. When was the current policy adopted? How was cell phone usage different then than it is now? What are stakeholders concerns about student cell phone usage? What are the potential benefits to allowing kids to use phones in school? Is it possible that students could take advantage of cell phones as data collection devices, ubiquitous connections to the Internet and tools for socially constructing knowledge? If they answer to any of these questions is yes, then it might be time to adjust your policy for 2009 and beyond.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
New Innovations Show How Mobile Devices Can Be Helpful To Learning... Just Not In Pennsylvania | Techdirt
Yeah, let's put cell phones in the same category as cigarettes. Ban student websites, too. They require new management techniques that the old model is just too tired to handle. Frankly, innovation is too darn disruptive for education. We have to teach the basics. Ban electricity. It's made students soft.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Top News - Conference explores benefits of mobile learning
Smart phones and other ultra-portable devices represent the future of ed tech, speakers say
Monday, February 16, 2009
David Merrill demos Siftables, the smart blocks | Video on TED.com
Siftables, the toy blocks that think
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Dabbleboard - Online whiteboard for drawing & team collaboration
Dabbleboard is an online collaboration application that’s centered around the whiteboard. With a new type of drawing interface that's actually easy and fun to use, Dabbleboard gets out of your way and just lets you draw.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
The Newseum displays these daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form. Some front pages may contain material that is objectionable to some visitors. Viewer discretion is advised.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
AUP For New Web Tools
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners : February 2009 : THE Journal
Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners
by Chris Riedel
Gail Lovely is adamant about the nature and potential of Web-based learning tools. "Web 2.0 is about trust," she said at a recent talk. "It's about sharing and collaborating." And, she insisted, it's about putting the power to learn and create in the hands of the students.
Technology needs to trickle up, she said, not down. We need to give the most powerful tools to the most vulnerable populations because they are the ones who need it. "Young learners, non-readers," she continued, "need high-speed access, they need animation and graphics and sound. And that's the truth."
Monday, February 02, 2009
February 2009 | Volume 66 | Number 5
How Teachers Learn Pages 34-38
Learning with Blogs and Wikis
Technology has made it easy for educators to embrace continual professional development.
Few ideas about teachers' professional growth resonate with me more than those of Richard Elmore, professor of educational leadership at Harvard, who has gone as far as to argue that school structures make learning for adults unlikely at best and nothing short of impossible at worst.