Here are tips from the experts. They feature advice and case studies of how teachers and districts are using tech in education. All of these WebEx sessions are on-demand, so you can watch them when you have time.
Blend Traditional and Online Learning
Blending traditional classroom instruction with online learning is bridging the achievement gap, as many public schools now offer hybrid classrooms.
Aventa Learning/K12, Inc. in partnership with the Santa Clara County of Education, explain the blended model: how it can build a broader range of engaging and rigorous courses, how to customize an online learning solution and they provide insight into the financial and educational benefits. Watch it.
The Power of Writing
California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year Alan Sitomer talks about sensibly incorporating technology and new literacies.
He explains why technology will not replace a need for students to still be able to critically read, write and think. He shows how new technologies can coexist with old-school systems, and that successful incorporation still begins with the basics, like writing. Watch it.
Beyond the Classroom with Social Learning
What happens when a school district really embraces technology, like mobile devices, online tools and collaborative learning?
Ed-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and Atlanta Independent School District discuss both curriculum and staffing. You’ll learn how to keep mobile and social learning safe, some real-world suggestions and cautions, and ideas for getting the buy-in from school administrators and boards. Watch it.
Leverage Tech in Struggling Schools
Two questions have been plaguing educators for decades: can technology close the achievement gap, and does it really impact student learning?
Dr. Robert Marzano has been studying interactive classroom technology, specifically interactive whiteboards, and has some encouraging words to say on the subject. Learn first-hand how three different types of schools used whiteboards to improve student achievement. Watch it.
Managing Your Technology Assets
The latest technology won’t help your school district if it’s not working, not available, or you can’t get the funds to purchase it.
Realizing that technology is helpful in an educational setting is just the first step. Next comes managing your information technology assets. Learn to track and manage all types of equipment, like laptops, software and more; you’ll also learn efficient ways to manage your inventory; the projected cost savings; and more. Watch it.