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March 21, 2013
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ASCD SmartBrief Special Report:
Technology-rich learning (Part II)
From e-readers and iPads in kindergarten to students chatting via Skype, from teachers and students posting their own blogs to solving problems by creating applications -- technology is fueling our future.

In Part II of this special report, we examine student-centered teaching methods, such as the flipped classroom, and the efforts states, districts and schools are making to build the infrastructure needed to support technology-rich learning.

In case you missed it, Part I of this report, which was published Tuesday, looked at how technology is being used in schools and on some applications and websites, such as Skype, that frequent the modern classroom.

Also in this special report, we offer a collection of links to ASCD resources.

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   Student-centered Approaches 
  • Flipped classrooms are about more than just videos
    The flipped-education model goes beyond creating videos for students to watch at home, write Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, who both are educators and authors. "It's about how to best use your in-class time with students," they write in this article. "That insight is causing educators in classrooms from kindergarten to college to reevaluate how they teach." Educational Leadership (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to engage students in inquiry learning
    Students can discover their own paths to learning -- a process known as inquiry learning, writes former history teacher Diana Laufenberg. Among her eight suggestions for accomplishing this process is for teachers to be flexible, encourage curiosity among students, set ways for students to participate in class and teach students, not subjects. Laufenberg, speaking at the recent SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Texas, also recommended providing opportunities for experiential learning and embracing failure as part of the process. blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology brings ecological change to school
    Technology is helping transform education from teacher-centered to student-centered, an ecological change that is becoming the rule, not the exception, educator Will Richardson writes in this article. Students have the ability to access a plethora of information at all times via the Internet, affording opportunities for authentic learning, he writes. "The transformation occurs in that participation, that connection with other learners outside school walls with whom we can converse, create, and publish authentic, meaningful, beautiful work," he writes. Educational Leadership (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Infrastructure 
  • Mich. district prepares students for tech-driven world
    Michigan's Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district is using a recently approved $114.4 million bond, in part, to invest in the school technology necessary to implement online-testing requirements that will start in the 2014-15 school year. Among other things, the district will buy digital devices for all students and make improvements to district labs for science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for technology-driven jobs of the 21st-century. "This is the way of the future, it's the nature of the global world," said John Barrett, school board president. Observer & Eccentric Newspapers (Livonia, Mich.) (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. may postpone digital exams for technology upgrades
    Lawmakers in Florida are considering legislation that would allow the state to postpone the implementation of new computerized exams until district information-technology systems are adequately prepared. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has proposed spending about $100 million to upgrade districts' technology infrastructure to handle the computerized exams, required under the Common Core State Standards, but districts have said that will not be enough. The state Department of Education requested $441.8 million for technology upgrades. StateImpact (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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