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March 19, 2013
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ASCD SmartBrief Special Report:
Technology-rich learning (Part I)
Smartphones. Tablets. Interactive whiteboards. Applications. Blogs. Flips. Tweets. Technology is part of our everyday lives -- in and out of school. Technology is enriching the educational experience of children as never before.

In Part I of this special report, we look at how technology has taken more prominence in the classroom as teachers educate students who are called the "Last Backpack Generation" because of the use of technology. We also look at some websites and applications that frequent the classroom, including Khan Academy and Skype.

In Part II, due out Thursday, we'll 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.

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

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  In the Classroom 
  • Modern literacies fit with the common core
    The Common Core State Standards and the integration of technology into education are issues that go beyond college and career readiness and reach into the quality of life for students, writes William Kist, an associate professor at Kent State University in Ohio. In this article, Kist suggests some strategies to boost new literacies, such as giving students the chance to read screen-based texts including video to meet close-reading requirements and experiment with digital writing and collaborative writing. Educational Leadership (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tips for teachers of the "Last Backpack Generation"
    The increased use of classroom technology has forever altered the traditional classroom, notes Zachary Walker, a special educator and technology consultant. In this blog post, he suggests teachers keep in mind three things as they work to prepare the "Last Backpack Generation" to be successful. His tips: Be willing to fail in front of students, prioritize creativity and begin to view the students as a type of "co-teacher." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Teacher tech PD should prioritize student learning
    There is an increasing focus on professional development for teachers related to education technology. With that focus, however, has come calls for the training to center more on the learning -- rather than on the specific devices. For example, Leslie Conery, interim chief education officer for the International Society for Technology in Education, says that instead of training teachers to use iPads, the focus should be on the goal of the iPads, such as helping students read, write or hold classroom discussions. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Apps and Websites 
 
  • Khan Academy partnership puts focus on students
    Students who attend California's Summit Public Schools network, a group of charter schools, have taken ownership of their learning through the school's partnership with Khan Academy, write Salman Khan, academy founder and author, and the academy's Elizabeth Slavitt, who works with schools. The self-paced learning model available by using online resources such as Khan's offers students the ability to work on math at their own level, they write. "For teachers, having such rich data about students' progress at their fingertips enables them to spend time with students in the most efficient and effective ways," they write in this article. Educational Leadership (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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