July 2012 Archives

Examining tentative results from a study: What if Constructivist Beliefs and Technology Confidence Don't Make Better Tech Teachers?

Today's Ask a Researcher comes from a student starting a PhD program in the fall, who asked for some tips about starting out:

I used to think that I needed to help teachers to use tools, but now I think I need to help teachers meet learning goals.

And I will continue to thank my PLN, many who I am proud to call friends, for constantly reminding me what a difference we can make when allow our passion and intellect to guide the way, not the state frameworks or antiquated education policy.

Math Camp and similar events tell a story of teachers leading the march towards better instruction, better outcomes for students, and more meaningful learning by pooling their shared experience and working together to create better classrooms and schools.

RoadTrip Nation wants to help young people discover their interests and passions through the great American rite of the road trip.

I'm pleased to report that with a month still left to go, there are over 14 entries in the #MTT2K Khan-test: 14 videos ranging from silly to snarky to measured, from off-the-cuff to carefully researched.

It hurts to say it, but it's true: the math blogotwittosphere is the best blogotwittosphere.

My own takeaway from the workshop is the tremendous importance of breaking the "technology silos" in schools. We need fewer technology plans, and more learning plans that incorporate technology.

Last month I had a chance to participate in the first Ignite presentation series at the International Society of Technology in Education Conference.

Personalization optimizes on observable characteristics. Lots of things we care about are not easy or inexpensive to computationally observe.

Given the near universal agreement across a wide range of educators that personalization has tremendous potential for education, I've started thinking more about the threat posed by personalization.

When it comes to using educational technology in the classroom, it seems like every school is doing it, has done it already, or has plans to do it in the near future.

With the recent unveiling of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard's digital learning platform, EdX, the exclusivity of the MIT and Harvard undergraduate education is allegedly crumbling.


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