Schools nationwide are grappling with how best to provide Internet access to students and staff and ensure their safety while online. In this commentary, Mike Ribble, director of technology for Manhattan-Ogden Schools in Kansas, shares four steps to help schools strike that balance, including sharing information among teachers, administrators and other stakeholders.T.H.E. Journal
Blended learning programs can help to bridge the gap between high school and college, according to Tony Brannon and David Black of Murray State University. In this blog post, they write about the Racer Academy of Agriculture, a dual-credit program through the university that is taught online.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education
Device aims to boost safety in event of lockdown A door-barricading device aims to provide schools with an extra layer of safety in the event of lockdown. The Active Crisis Tool, designed to withstand high-velocity impact, is installed at the bottom of a door, inside the classroom, and activated with a foot stomp. Videos of the device in use are available for viewing on the company's web site.
Interactive whiteboard courses help foster student participation Educators using Learning Upgrade can now access a new set of courses designed to foster whole-class participation. Called Teacher Upgrade, the lessons are delivered to an interactive whiteboard and students work through problems by pressing a button or using a pen or finger. Teachers can launch the new lessons from the "Students" or "Courses" tab on their dashboard.