Blog Creation

The Electric Educator

I opened this blog on my Christmas vacation because I am free from the tyranny of grading and lesson planning! The intention of this blog is to record the use of technology in my classroom. I am doing this in part for my own benefit so that I can review what I have done and for the benefit of others so that they might take my ideas for further use and improvement. Thanks for subscribing to my blog. I always appreciate feedback on my posts.

What can a wiiboard do for me?

The Electric Educator

Over the summer, I came across this video by Johnny Chung Lee. This video gained a huge following amongst the ed tech crowd. Johnny Lee''s stated goal is to make technology more accessible by discovering new functions for everyday technology.

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Award Nomination

The Electric Educator

My mentor teacher nominated me for the Michigan Science Teacher Association''s "Teacher of Promise Award". I am very honored to by the nomination and grateful for the time that was spent on my behalf. I spent a large part of this past week completing the application sent to me by the MSTA. It was long! In additional to listing my teaching experience, published work, conferences attended, and grants received, I had to write an essay on my teaching philosophy.

Wiiboard Software

The Electric Educator

Turing a Nintendo Wii controler into a smartboard is a relatively simple process. Here is what you need. Nintendo Wii controler (Note: you do NOT need to have the Wii system. A controler can be purchased for about $50). Blue tooth enabled PC (if you don''t have built in bluetooth on your PC, you can purchase a bluetooth adapter for as little as $8, although I would recommend spending a bit more for higher functionality) 3.

Wii Board

The Electric Educator

This year, one of my primary projects has been the creation of the Wii smartboard first created by Johnny Lee Chung. This technology allows teachers to create a smartboard for a fraction of the cost of a commercial product such as the ones sold by Smar t. First, I readily admit that the Wiiboard is not for everyone. Although it costs only a fraction of what a commercial smartboard would cost, it requires a lot of fiddling and trial and error.

2016 Finalists Announced: SETDA Student Voices Award


Since 2008, SETDA has honored an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of.

Are We On Track? Part 2

Doug Levin

Published in 2008, “Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns” predicted that the growth in computer-based delivery of education will accelerate swiftly until, by 2019, half of all high school classes will be taught over the Internet.

Nation's Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

NPR Learning and Tech

It's the first time since 2008 that the federal government has released its assessment of U.S. eighth-graders in the arts. While there are some signs of progress, troubling achievement gaps remain. Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

"The Class" - A Film to Teach and Inspire


Photo credit: © Sony Pictures Classics, 2008 Mark Phillips Classroom Management Mark Phillips draws compelling case studies (for both students and teachers) from a masterful French film about the tensions and possibilities in a multicultural classroom

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[Guest Blog Post] Beyond Disrupting Class

Education Elements

When we published Disrupting Class in 2008, we had no idea what it would help unleash. As Gisele Huff, executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation, observed recently, the book served as a vehicle to change the dialogue in education from school improvement to transforming schools through innovation. Innovation in our schools is critical so that we can personalize learning for each student’s distinct needs such that. Personalized Learning School Districts Michael B.

How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

Digital Promise

Achterman 2008. Guthrie 2008. It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

Martellus Bennett-More Than an Athlete

EdNews Daily

Bennett was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. I am so excited to share this TED Talk given by athlete and creative genius, Martellus Bennett. On a personal note, my huband plays basketball with him.

Theories for the digital age: Self regulated learning

Learning with 'e's

Self regulation of learning is thought to be a characteristic of individual students (Beishuizen, 2008) but increasingly can be contextualised within social learning environments. 2008) Does a community of learners foster self-regulated learning?

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Theories for the digital age: The digital natives discourse

Learning with 'e's

Bennett et al (2008) assert that there is no clear evidence that multi-tasking is a new phenomenon and exclusively the preserve of younger learners. Vaidhyanathan (2008) argues that ‘there is no such thing as a digital generation.’ 2008) Web 2.0 2008) Generation Myth.

Will the decline of AP course offerings spur the rise of Course Access?

The Christensen Institute

The data shows that from 2008 to 2012, the percentage of public schools offering AP courses declined from 79 percent to 74 percent, a backslide from the eight percent increase in schools offering AP courses eight years prior. Malkus found that small, rural, and high-poverty schools—that had championed expanding AP offerings from 2000 to 2008—were the leading cause of the subsequent drop in those offerings from 2008 to 2012.

Mapping higher education cuts and tuition increases

Bryan Alexander

I highlighted Florida as one example: Again, a giant financial meteor slammed into the US in 2008, and we’ve been suffering aftershocks for the past seven years. We’re still recovering from, or, better yet, coping with the 2008 financial crisis.

Mind-Body Math: Manipulatives in the Digital Age [Infographic]

MIND Research Institute

2008). The mind-body connection is widely accepted in health and wellness, inspiring people to practice yoga or meditation, and for competitive athletes to seek sports psychologists. But what role does the mind-body connection play in the math classroom?

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

Since 2008 I’ve, perhaps conveniently, argued that scholars and advocates on both sides of this debate are correct. As we wrote in Disrupting Class in 2008, computers had been around for two decades. For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S.

How one district built a better blended learning program

eSchool News

What is now a district-wide blended learning initiative began as an online credit-recovery program in 2008, said Sam Brooks, the district’s personal learning coordinator.

Virtual Technology: A Solution to Rural Isolation

Digital Promise

A 2008 state audit found that parents were pleased with how much they learned with these home visits. In 2008, SPICE was already using technology in innovative ways. How do you help low-skilled adult learners who are also struggling with the persistent problem of rural isolation? Enter the power of virtual technology. The Students and Parents in Cooperative Education (SPICE) Family Literacy Program serves central Maine’s Regional School Unit #3 (RSU 3).

The Fundamental Theorems of Culinary Math

MIND Research Institute

What does math taste like? I was fortunate enough to work alongside Chef Hari Pulapaka during a taste of math event at MIND Research Institute's Deeper Learning Symposium. He walked me through the different ways that flavors balance each other out.

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less

The Hechinger Report

For example, between 2008 and 2014, education spending rose 76 percent in Turkey, 36 percent in Israel, 32 percent in the United Kingdom and 27 percent in Portugal. For some countries, it’s been a difficult financial sacrifice as their economies stalled after the 2008 financial crisis.

#ThrowbackThursday - Translation Tools for English Language Learners

The Innovative Educator

W ritten : November 9, 2008 I want more Today's #ThrowbackThursday brings us to a post I wrote when I was frustrated with a project I was working on with a vendor that didn't understand the value of free translation tools. Instead they were trying to figure out how to translate everything via a human translator making the project an impossible undertaking in terms of man power and money.

Are online preschools signaling the future of education?

eSchool News

Since 2008, Utah has given its families an alternative to preschool called Upstart. [ Editor’s note : This piece was originally published on the Hechinger Report.]. In education, there are always a host of programs and policies clamoring for funding.

Getting struggling students to read requires both data and compassion

eSchool News

When I became an administrator back in 2008, I realized there were too many students flying under the radar and not reading at their grade level. If there’s one thing I know as an educator, now a superintendent, it’s that reading level defines success—period.

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Reasons to be teaching

Learning with 'e's

Children who are inspired and motivated are often more creative and imaginative in their work (Jeffrey, 2008). 2008) Creativity Revealed. The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. Mark Twain.

Follow these 10 one-to-one classroom tips for every educator

eSchool News

We’ve both been teaching with one-to-one in some capacity since 2008, and we also both coach our colleagues who are new to technology integration. Before school starts, make the most of your summer with these tips from 2 one-to-one pros. The word is out.

5 Ways To Use Social Media as Time Saver at Work

The Innovative Educator

I have maintained a blog since 2008 and moderate more than a dozen online communities. I am a power user of social media. My main spaces for work are Google Communities, Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. The question I’m consistently asked is “How do you have time for it all?” While for some social media has the unfortunate reputation of being a time waster, it can be used as a tool to increase efficiency and support learning for self and others.

Work in progress

Learning with 'e's

More importantly, such activities have been shown to be very beneficial for all those who participate to learn together (Wheeler et al, 2008). 2008) The good, the bad and the wiki: Evaluating student generated content as a collaborative learning tool.

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2016 Media Kit


Print | Online | Events | SchoolCIOCirculation and Reader Data | Market Overview Custom PublishingEditorial Calendar 2008 | 2009Online Rates & Specs | Print. 2009 Media Kit Click links below to download PDF versions of the 2009 Media Kit pages.

Theories for the digital age: Postmodern perspectives

Learning with 'e's

The community decides what is important to learn, so in effect, the community becomes the curriculum (Cormier, 2008). 2008) Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum. Postmodernist views of society can be appropriated as lenses to analyse the personalised use of digital technology.

Our hopes and dreams for Global Prosperity at the Christensen Institute: Will you join us?

The Christensen Institute

In 2008 I read William Easterly’s The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. How we got here. I spent the first 16 years of my life in Nigeria before moving to the United States for college.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

“ FY 2008 $267,500,000 (President Bush’s request: $0). National Educational Technology Trends Study: Local-Level Data Summary (SRI International, 2008). On November 22, 1996, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W.

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

The Hechinger Report

Michael Mitchell, one of the report’s three authors, said in a call with reporters that between 2008 and 2014, the share of students graduating with debt from a public four-year college had risen from 55 to 60 percent, while the size of the average debt load had risen 18 percent.

Falling enrollments: A gray cloud with a silver lining

The Christensen Institute

Despite not having raised tuition since 2008, WGU (along with SNHU) now has one of the ten largest university enrollments in the country. The National Student Clearinghouse’s enrollment data is out, and the big headline is that enrollments are down—yet again. But a closer look reveals a few more interesting trends about the sorts of players struggling and succeeding across the industry.

As economy rebounds, state funding for higher education isn’t bouncing back

The Hechinger Report

But that’s not nearly enough to make up for the 33 percent it’s cut since 2008. There, the sticker price of tuition is up 90 percent since 2008.

Live Tuesday Sept. 27th with Cecilia d'Oliveira from MIT's OpenCourseWare

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Cecilia was the technology director for OCW since 2002, and in 2008 was named executive director. From 2002 to 2008 she served as MIT OpenCourseWare''s Technology Director with responsibility for building the technical infrastructure for the program.

Thousands of parents are enrolling their children in online preschool

The Hechinger Report

In 2008, the state’s legislature provided $2.5 State funding has increased steadily since 2008. LeMya Vaughn completes an activity on her kindergarten readiness program, UPSTART. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. JACKSON, Miss.

Could “Too Late” Come Too Soon?

The Principal of Change

Sitting in a session with Anthony Von Bank at the recent TIES conference, he shared this video from 2008: What resonated with me more than anything, was not what was being said, but the date. This video came out in 2008, only a year after the release of the first iPhone.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

will use this profile to tailor the browsing experience to each individual (Strickland, 2008, para. will be able to search tags and labels and return the most relevant results back to the user (Strickland, 2008, para. 2008, March 8).