Posts tagged ‘Classrooms’

Dave McDivitt on using InQuizitor in School

“I heard quotes like, “this game is awesome even though I don’t know the answers.” But what continued to happen is that student after student kept taking the quiz over and over again. Which obviously exposes them to material again and again.”

Author: Dave McDivitt, 18th April 2008

Full article available here.

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April 19, 2008 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

‘Hybrid’ courses show promise

One educator demonstrates that blending face-to-face and online instruction can lead to better student grades and understanding.

“Hybrid courses,” or courses that deliver part of their instruction in a traditional lecture manner and part in an online environment, are becoming increasingly popular among schools and colleges. Proponents of the concept say it capitalizes on the benefits that both face-to-face and online learning can provide—and now, there is some evidence to suggest that hybrid courses can help students learn more effectively.

Brian McFarlin, a professor at the University of Houston’s Laboratory of Integrated Physiology, decided to conduct an experiment in one of his classes to observe the strengths and weaknesses of hybrid courses.

Author: Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News, 3rd April 2008

Full article available here.

April 10, 2008 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

Intel unveils new Classmate PCs

New low-cost laptops, now targeted to U.S. schools as well, have larger screens and more storage

Intel’s new Classmate PCs–slated to go on sale this month for between $300 and $500–reflect the company’s growing efforts to sell computers equipped with its own chips to schools in developing countries, a battleground for technology companies because of the millions of people there just coming online.

But the target market for these low-cost laptops has expanded to include kids in the United States, too, as potential users of cheaper, stripped-down machines.

Author: eSchool News staff and wire service reports, 3rd April 2008

Full article available here.

April 10, 2008 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Technology Immersion Turns Around Texas Middle School

Take a Title I urban school with fewer than 50 computers for some 850 students and a staff that wasn’t strong in technology. Add an ambitious plan to roll out a new technology program that gave a laptop to every teacher and student. Sound like a recipe for problems? Actually, it wasn’t.

The school, Marvin Baker Middle School, part of the Corpus Christi Independent School District in Texas, faces challenges familiar to many urban schools. The student population is diverse; the mobility rate is rising; and 80 percent of students receive a free lunch. However, Baker also houses the district’s Athena Program for gifted and talented students; about a third of the school’s students are part of that program.

Author: Linda L. Briggs, T.H.E. Journal, 27th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Google Goes to School: Google Tools for Educators

“Like many educators new to the use of technology in the classroom, using Google as a search tool quickly became a staple in my classroom. Over the past year, Google has stretched their search capabilities to include an abundance of open source web applications tailor-made for teachers. In fact, they’ve called this new suite of tools Google for Educators.

The web application found within Google for Educators allow teachers and students to:
– collaborate with their colleagues
– monitor and participate in discussions
– publish videos
– create PowerPoint presentation and web sites
– manage photos
– monitor online data. Google has gone the extra mile by providing teachers’ guides and exciting examples of classroom teachers using Google Tools to support the use of technology as a mindtool. Those best practices demonstrate how Google applications, when are used alongside meaningful classroom instruction, can literally change the face of classroom instruction.”

Copyright © 2008 Education World

Author: Brenda Dyck, Education World®, 29th February 2008

Full article available here.

March 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

A tiny revolution

It’s smaller then a textbook and cheaper than many software packages. George Cole visits two schools using the first in a new breed of mini laptops

Arrive at the entrance to St Mary’s RC primary school in Grangetown, Middlesborough, and you’d think a bomb had gone off. In fact, around half the school has had to be demolished after a devastating arson attack last October causing almost £1m worth of damage. Currently without hall, ICT suite or library, its 150 pupils and 19 staff are crammed into half of the building that is being repaired and refurbished.The school only moved back from other premises in January. “One of my first reactions was, how on earth are we going to do ICT?” says ICT co-odinator Janet Lawrence. “We have a totally integrated ICT curriculum – we use it in maths, history, geography, science, for example.” But good can come out of adversity and the school’s plight resulted in donations from various companies, among them 25 Asus miniBooks from the ICT suppier, RM.

These mini laptops have caused a stir in the education sector, not least because they offer many features found on full-sized laptops, including built-in wireless networking. Their low cost (£169) is partly down to their use of open source software like the Linux operating system and free software packages such as Open Office. This does away with many software licensing costs incurred when using Microsoft Windows. So what are they like in practice?

Author: George Cole, The Guardian, 18th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 20, 2008 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

21st Century Technology

I recently read an article in THE Journal about 21st Century technology in the classroom. The article focused on how the gadgets that are now available to kids are not the problem but the lack of manners that kids, and adults for that matter, have with the use of them.

Author: Dave McDivitt, 15th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 16, 2008 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

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