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Internet Predictions from the 1990s

Yeah, some of these were dead on. NOT!

Why Integrate Technology?

Article Response By Tyler Breitbarth Why integrate technology? This is a question a lot of educators ask. Although more and more educators are accepting that technology is important to student learning, how will technology fit into the daily classroom environment is a question that many have not answered. The benefit to using technology, this article suggests, is that it will help give students experience they can use in their professional lives, college and career. The author really emphasizes the point that the skills students will learn will not be typing and how to run applications, but how to sort and process information digitally, such as when researching online. Effective technology integration must be made across the curriculum, in ways that deepens and enhances the learning process. To achieve this, technology must support; active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction, and feedback

Social Presentations - Engaging Students Through Technology

Social presentations are a relatively new concept as it combines the traditional approach of presentations and adds interactivity between students and teachers with formative assessments. Available for iPads, Android Tablets, PCs, and almost any internet enabled device One of the biggest benefits to technology in the classroom is making assessment data and student information almost instant. A lot of teachers I know love self checked quizzes and using other forms of assessment that instantly let the teacher know where, academically, students are at in relation to an objective or a standard. More and more, teaching practices are being improved with this data acquired through formative assessment . Unlike summative assessments , these tools allow teachers to change the lesson based on the needs of their students. Formative assessment is by no means a new idea, but with technology, the process is significantly faster. NearPod is a tool that allows t

Lifelong Learning: How Teachers Develop New Skills and Improve Their Practice This is a written response to an article for my Master's Class.  Professional development is a major focus for administrators and teachers. Now, more than ever, there is a huge push for teachers to continue learning and improving their craft, especially since it is now tied to evaluation of teachers. This article looks at different ways that teachers can find professional development online for teaching and technology integration.  One such example was selecting professional development to support a digital transition. The case study comes from Des Plains, IL last year. The school district partnered with Discovery Education to allow teachers to design, implement, and share innovative teaching strategies while utilizing the technology tools in their classrooms. The professional development process spans across multiple years. Other than professio

The components of a digital-age learner ecosystem

This is a response to an article for my Master's Class.  “An ecosystem is a system formed by the interaction of a community of living organisms with each other and their environment.” Tim Clark, an advisor to School CIO brings up a valid point about what all is involved in a successful digital learning environment. He came up with the categories listed in the picture below. Tim’s comparison of a digital classroom with an ecosystem is spot on. The purpose of identifying the needs of a digital classroom ecosystem is to identify what facilitates a sustainable learning environment that endures over time and through adversity. In order to do so, teachers must encourage digital citizenship. Teachers usually model and encourage appropriate etiquette and responsible use of technology tools and resources. Teachers should design lessons and units that encourage deeper levels of thinking using open ended q

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

This is a written response to an article for my Master's Class. MOOCs have been around for three years, marked by the release of a Stanford University class on Artificial Intelligence. Over 180,000 students signed up for the class, but did this really start a revolution in education? If you look at the 8 million students who signed up for MOOCs, there is evidence to the contrary. Research shows that only ½ of the students who signed up for the class, accessed or watched even one lecture video. The completion rate was only 4%, albeit that is 320,000 people who completed courses. However, most of the people who signed up, already had college degrees. This shows that the learning community has yet to accept MOOCs as an option. Online learning in general, the author notes, has solved a problem of access to education. However, the problem with online courses, in general, is engagement. Research still has no

The Internet and My Life Thus Far...

Our Early History Together The internet has been around, long before I came into being on this planet. From the early days of the ARPANET  in the 1960s to the creation of the WorldWideWeb , the internet was still nothing but a shadow of what it has become today when I was born in August 1986. Being a child of the late 80s, growing up in the 90s, I grew up with the internet explosion that would occur and continues to impact my life in various ways. My introduction to the internet was in 1996 at the age of 10, on a, then brand new, Packard Bell PC with a 133MHz processor, 16MB of RAM, a 1GB hard drive, and a 28.8K modem. My parents bought the computer with the intent of helping my education. I was instantly hooked, for one hour at a time, as our internet was paid for by the hour. With my Windows 95 machine, I quickly learned to ditch the virtually useless Internet Explorer for a more user friendly Netscape Navigator . Picture 1. Netscape Navigator, early version. I spent h


The United States has accepted Germany's full surrender. The war in Europe is over. As the new President, newly appointed after FDR's death, you need to come up with a plan for reconstructing Europe, appeasing Stalin in Russia, and all while coming up with a plan to end the war in Japan. Present how you would go about doing this and how you would be able to accomplish these three goals.